Sorry for the lack of posts dear friends (I missed Friday Favorites :( ) I've been SUPER busy this week with Comedy and writing. My fellow comedian and friend, Keith Carey, and I are writing a screenplay. But I couldn't miss SUNDAY COMEDIANS!!
This weeks comedian that I am reviewing is Patrice O' Neal. This man is seriously funny. It is a down right shame that he has passed on. He is a very observational comic, most of it being about race. Mr. O' Neal is one of those few wonderful comics that really knows how to connect with the audience. The whole show you really feel like he is talking directly to you. He brings people in the audience into his act and makes them feel special. He always manages to light up the room with his high energy, abrasive attitude, and expressive face. We all miss you Patrice. Keep rocking it in heaven and making Jesus laugh.
Here is Patrice O' Neal's stuffz:
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Patrice O' Neal's Website
And now for the upcoming! Derrick Lemos!
Derrick is a comedian in the LA/ Orange country area (seeing a pattern here audience?) He has been performing for 2 years now and for a good reason. Derrick is a delightfully laughtacular man. In his owns words "My comedy is a wrecking ball of self deprecation, pop-culture
references, and odd introspection. With a hint of "Is that honesty or cynicism?"" And how on the nose he is. Everytime I see Derrick his audience is wrapped around his little finger. The way he tells his jokes always has you on the edge of your seat and then on the floor in stitches.
Q #1: How did you start doing comedy? How did you know it was what you
wanted to do?
A: I was first inspired to do comedy when I was little. My mom's side of
the family loved comedy. I saw Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, George Carlin
specials as a little kid. I didn't get a lot of the jokes, but just
being exposed to it was awesome, and it carried over. I would come home
from school, and I'd always catch the Comedy Central Presents specials. I
remember writing down the jokes I thought were funny, and taking them
to school the next day and trying them out on my friends. That kind of
went away after a while, it's hard to mimic a particular performers
cadence and rhythm when you're 9. I used to do voices a lot too. From
cartoons, or real people. I'd play with my toys and do voices for them. I
got sent to a speech therapist because I was talking like Shaq in
class. I'm sure they thought I was being abused or something! The
therapist sat me down and asked me to read some words. I read them
normally, then she looked at me, looked at her notes, and made this face
like she bit a lemon and got punched in the face, and told me I could
go back to class. My first experience with live comedy was a couple of
years ago. My friend asked me if I wanted to go to a comedy show at the
Ice House in Pasadena, a couple of friends were going to go support one
of the comedians. So we went, and I remember really listening to how
they structured jokes, and delivered the punch, and thinking the whole
time "I can do this." After the show, I talked to the comic that we went
to go support and I talked to him about how to get into it. He
introduced me to the producer of the show, and he offered me 6 minutes
of time on the next show at the Ice House! So I told him yes. I spent
the next few weeks writing jokes. The night came and I had a few friends
come out, and there were barely any people there. They started the
show, and not even all of the comics had gotten there. I had to go up
first. The emcee did some time, and then brought me on. There were still
only my group of friends, and an old married couple there. So I pushed
my jokes, and they didn't get a big reaction. Until one of my friends
responded to a joke about clubbing, and I capitalized on that moment to
mess with her a little. The room erupted, and I felt this wave of
endorphins hit me. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced doing
theater. It wasn't the same. After a performance in theater, I'd still
be in my head, or in character, and need to work my way out of it, take
notes, get changed, and go home feeling deflated. With comedy, I was
receiving the applause and the laughter as myself. That's what hooked
Q #2: How do you handle bombing?
A: When I first started, I was doing fairly well. I had never really
bombed, but I also hadn't done that many shows or mics. I was in 2
orange county comedy competitions and made quarter and semi-finals. I
was riding the battle steed named over-confidence. I have my first set
where I tanked, on video. I can see the moment when they didn't react
the way I wanted them to, I floundered and never recovered. It was like
climbing a mountain, knowing the path that's supposed to be laid ahead
of you, so you don't think you need equipment, reaching for that next
hand hold, and it not being there. Then you realize "I'm on a fucking
mountain. Holy shit. I'm gonna die." Needless to say, I didn't advance,
and it crushed me. I held my chin up till I got to my car, and cried
like a bitch for like 10 minutes. Now that i'm a little more seasoned, I
try to analyze everything logistically. Try to figure out what the
audience likes by listening to the crowds reaction to other comics. And
when I bomb, I go back and listen to the tape. Was I not selling my
jokes? Was my timing off? What could I have done better? Blaming an
audience doesn't help make you better. It shows arrogance, and I don't
want to be that guy. I want to be the guy that always has something to
Q #3: What was your best
performance? How did it feel?
A: My best performance to date was for my birthday, I was at the Brea
Improv. Melissa Villasenor and Elliot Chang were headlining. I remember
being anxious. I always get mild butterflies before shows. It tells me I
still give a shit about my performance. I went up 3rd, blew the roof
off the joint, and my hands were still shaking after the show, thanking
people for coming out. I'm really grateful whenever I get to play venues
like that. All the work that goes into having a solid set, networking,
going to mics. All of it pays off when there's 400 people in front of
you, all wanting to laugh.
Q #4: What's the weirdest thing someone
said to you after a show?
A: Ummm.. I've had people buy me drinks, offer to pay me to play a party.
Nothing strange. Other than someone being drunk, and slurring over their
words, I haven't had anyone say anything weird to me. But it will
happen, now that I said that, after every show I'm gonna get accosted by
mutants. "Rubs the lotions on it's skin."
Q #5: Who is your comedy idol?
A: The list of comics that inspire me keeps growing. Guys like Louis CK,
Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, Pete Holmes, David Cross. There's no way I
could pick just one person, I still remember Comedy Central Specials
from when I was 9. Jeremy Hotz, Harland Williams, Mitch Hedberg just to
name a few. I don't think I would have ever done comedy had I not been
exposed to it. I would've been another angst-y kid, not knowing what to
do with his life, pushing carts at a supermarket for minimum wage. I'd
chose playing a town in butt-fuck nowhere for money than that feeling
you have when you don't know your purpose.
(Look at Keith Carey's link for "Bromosexual" to see Derrick in action!)
Hiccup (Movie also showing Derrick's greatness!)
Follow Derrick on Facebook to keep up with what's coming up next for him!
Have a beautiful day everybody!