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It doesn’t get easier being Black on SNL

After watching Leslie Jones’ Weekend Update appearance on Saturday Night Live, one thing remains crystal clear. From Garrett Morris to Leslie Jones, it never gets easier being black on SNL. Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about SNL’s black problem. Usually it’s that SNL doesn’t have enough black people… OR they don’t know how to use the ones they have. But this is different. Much of the outrage surrounding her appearance (We really need a better word for being mad on the Internet than “outrage”.) has focused on… Read more

So That Happened Pt. 2: I was on Bill Maher and…

Last week I had what I knew going in was a rare showbiz occurrence. I was booked to appear on Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick and on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. For now, I believe that I alone hold that distinction. Call the Comedy Hall of Fame and bronze my parking passes! When I realized I was going to do both shows in the same week, I knew I was up for a challenge. Before the week began I couldn’t imagine two more different shows for a… Read more

VIP Tour Upgrades to Benefit Race Forward!

I am trying to help out my friends at Race Forward (formerly the ARC; they produce Colorlines, which many of you know) with some fundraising this year (full disclosure – I am a member of their advisory board). So I’m offering these special VIP Upgrade Packages in every city of my tour, to benefit Race Forward. If you already have a ticket, you can buy one of these packages for $55* and it will include a VIP meet and greet with me after the show, and an autographed, personalized tour… Read more

“Oh, Everything” Comedy Tour Begins + New Cities!

It’s time to head out on the first leg of my new stand-up comedy tour, “Oh, Everything!” I’m excited…. And nervous… And I don’t know if I’m elated or gassy but I’m somewhere in that zone. (FROZEN REFERENCE! I have a 2 1/2 daughter who is addicted to it… Screw it. As am I.) Tonight the tour begins in Bloomington, Indiana! Then we go to St. Louis, Chicago, Denver, Portland, OR, and Oakland. And today I am also happy to announce the second leg of the tour featuring several cities… Read more

Bloomington Book Drive

If you are coming to my show in Bloomington tomorrow, I am doing a book drive with this local non-profit called Pages to Prisoners. By providing free books upon request, they hope to promote rehabilitation and reintegration, and to stimulate critical thinking behind bars. If you want to support, bring a book* (or 2 or 3!) that you don’t want anymore to the show. Local bookstore, Boxcar Books, will be on hand to collect your donated books, which will get you entry to a VIP meet and greet with yours… Read more

“Oh, Everything!” Stand-up Tour Poster

HeyEverybody! Check out my awesome new poster for my new stand-up comedy tour, called “Oh, Everything!” It was made by Dima Drjuchin. I love it so much! Please share it with THE WORLD! Bloomington IN, St. Louis, Chicago, Denver, Portland OR, Oakland CA, Miami…

Oh, Everything! – A New Comedy Tour!

Hey People, Good to talk to you. It’s been a while. I hope your holidays were good. And I hope you are geared up for a productive and fruitful Black History Month. I have been laying low for a little bit… have hardly even Facebook-ed or Tweet-ed. (I KNOW! HOW DID I EVEN KNOW IF I WAS ALIVE???) But that mostly ends today. I am in the process of putting together the first major comedy tour that I’ve ever done and today I’m announcing the first leg of dates. And… Read more

A Baker’s Dozen of My Favorite “Totally Biased” Clips

This is a baker’s dozen of some of my favorite clips from Totally Biased. When we did these pieces, I truly felt like we were making the kind of TV that I wanted to see. Obviously everybody on the show isn’t visibly represented or mentioned here but they all contributed jokes and ideas to the pieces on this this list. (Get their names on IMDB.) And this isn’t even close to everything that I loved on the show, but as far as I know, there’s no such thing as a… Read more

So…that happened

So… that happened. That is one of my favorite lines in the history of film. It is from David Mamet’s brilliant State and Main. It comes out of the mouth of Alec Baldwin’s character right after he totals his car and the underage girl he was — and shouldn’t have been —with runs from the scene of the crimes. Alec casually looks to the person who witnessed the whole thing and says, matter of factly, “So… that happened.” I always took that to mean, “I don’t know what the fuck… Read more