3 days, 40 great comics, 16 amazing shows showcasing the diversity of the Black comedy diaspora (not sure if it’s proper to use diaspora in this context, but I just did, so deal.)
I only went up for the last nite of shows. I was on a show called Chicks and Giggles with Abbi Crutchfield, Robin Cloud and Hadiyah Robinson. It was so much fun and played to a packed room. After that I went to the upstairs showroom for Laughing Liberally, hosted by comic and vigilante pundit, Baratunde Thurston. If you don’t know Baratunde, please check him out. He’s awesome. He has an amazing blog, he’s written a few books, speaks all overÂ the country, and is an editor for The Onion. That show featured Leighann Lord, Elon James White (the festival producer)Â and Charles Star — the festival’s only White act — who was awesome. The last show I caught on Saturday nite was the Shades of Black show featuring Michelle Buteau, Baron Vaughn, Victor Varnado, Elon James White and Jason Weems of DC fame, who came up for the show as well.
I had a great time at all of the shows. And I had a bunch of friends from Howard that came out to see my shows and stayed for the rest of the nite and had a blast too! Finally got a chance to actually meet a lot of the comics I’ve exchanged e-mails with or just heard of. It was like an awesome youngÂ Black comedians homecoming or family reunion. There were so many shows I didn’t see that I wish I’d gotten the chance to check out… but there’s always next year. Big up to Elon and Baron for putting the festival together. Looking forward to next year. If they’ll have me, I’ll be there.