Last week at the Newport Funny Bone (across the river from Cincy), the audiences were the most mixed race I’ve had in a long time. Now a lot of comics eat it in this situation, as (stereotyping ahead) I think Black audience’s don’t want to hear a lot of esoteric stuff. The more real, the better. They (you know, the Blacks:) also appreciate you taking some racial risks with your material, as long as it has a laugh at the end. This has been my experience and I can’t remember not having a good show with a mixed audience. Considering that there was never even 1 Black kid in any of my classes until I got to college, I don’t have some type of hip hop personae. I think what works for me is that I come off like I’m having a conversation with audience.. I also like to make White people feel awkward in this scenario, so that adds to the fun.
Below is a clip of me discussing a White Trash t-shirt I was selling. Most of it came off the cuff and it was really fun to walk the tightrope, only for it kill at the end.