When the late Tupac Shakur “appeared” via hologram at the Coachella festival, everyone ooh-ed and ahh-ed. It wasn’t the first time a dead celeb had resurfaced in hologram form (Celine Dion sang a duet with a hologram of Elvis Presley on “American Idol” in 2010) and it won’t be the last time, either (Simon Cowell wants holograms of Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson to appear on “X Factor”).
In fact, during this week’s Republican National Convention, a hologram of Ronald Reagan was rumored to make an appearance outside the convention center— but was then pooh-poohed because organizers supposedly didn’t want holographic Reagan upstaging Mitt Romney.
It’s just as well, in my opinion: bringing dead people “back to life” via hologram is kinda wrong. Keep reading »
I was recently contacted through my website by a pregnant black woman who inquired about hiring me to perform standup at her baby shower. She and her husband were diehard comedy fans, and thought it would be fun to have a comic perform for their guests.
“How did you find me?” I asked. “I Googled ‘Fat Black Female Comics’ and you were one of the women that popped up!” she answered. “Everyone knows that fat black women are the funniest comics alive!”
After I hung up the phone, I sat there for a moment trying to figure out if I should be offended or not. While I understand that she was trying to be complimentary, I’m not sure if I am flattered by someone thinking that I am automatically funny just because I am plus-sized and black. Then I thought about the $1,500 she offered to pay me to stand in the middle of her living room and crack jokes for 30 minutes, and I instantly felt better. Throughout my career, I’ve been paid much less to do far worse. There was plenty of time for me to be offended later, but for now it was time to get paid!
Comedy is hard work, no matter what you look like. The perception that fat black women have an edge up, purely because of the size of their bodies, diminishes the amount of hard work, discipline and creativity that it takes for us to create this art form known as comedy. Furthermore, I think it’s crazy that someone would assume that all fat black women are funny.
On the other hand, I get it. Keep reading »
I interrupt your regularly scheduled consideration of serious political issues to bring you this video of Republicans twerking it to “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” by rapper Khia. I must warn you the audio is very NSFW, but the dance moves make it all worth it. I don’t know about you, but I’m refreshed and renewed. Back to reading Obama’s AMA Reddit answers! [WOW]
Do you need another way to waste time today? I think you do. And should it involve “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo?” I think it should. I still haven’t figured out the formula for how the Boo Boos come up with their nicknames, but TLC has applied the top secret algorithm to their Honey Boo Boo Nickname Generator. Mine is Apple Annie. I put in Tanning Mom’s name (Patricia Krentcil) just for fun as well. Her Boo Boo nickname is Pageant Kumquat. YES IT IS. What’s yours? Please share.
Few people understand the importance of getting an order right. But Robert Wheeler does. Wheeler, of Vero Beach, Florida (of course), was so incensed by his pizza delivery guy forgetting to bring him garlic knots that he actually beat up the delivery driver. The driver said Wheeler then told him to “give that to the person working on the phone back at the restaurant.”
Wheeler has the words “Fat Boy” tattooed on his arms and weighs 346 pounds, so you can imagine how important those garlic knots were. Not sure what a garlic knot is? As Will Greenlee of TCPalm.com, the news agency that originally reported the story, explains: “Garlic knots are buttery, garlicky knots of dough — often pizza dough — that many consider positively scrumptious. Violence is not typically associated with garlic knots.” Just so we’re clear. [TCPalm]