The last day has been so incredible. I got an early afternoon call from my blessed family with tickets to the Zo’s Summer Groove (celebrating their 15th Anniversary) Comedy Show. It is one of many events planned for the ZSG2011 weekend. I usually go to the Celebrity Basketball Game but this year’s comedy show was certainly something to remember.
I was late. It was a long day; I had a lot on my plate. I got dressed and picked up my tickets. I got lost picking up the sister, Fab C., who accompanied me. That made me even later than I already was; I like to be remotely on time. I just think it is respectful to honor people’s time. I don’t want anyone wasting my time.
But, this night I just had to get there when I got there…I refused to stress about it. I had that almost other worldly feeling that this would be an epic evening. When we arrived at HardRock Live Capone was performing. I enjoyed his set. He was funny. He does various voices from different ethnic groups and talks a lot about sex. Many of the comedians talk a lot about sex. It’s a universal topic, I get that but sometimes it’s okay to address other facets of our lives.
Next was Marvin Dixon, who grew up in Miami. He was energetic and he got a few laughs out of me.
I think most people thought the next comedian would have been the highlight of the evening. Everyone was excited when Host D.L. Hugley announced Dave Chapelle as the final performance of the evening. It was so hard to watch. He bombed, atomically. With each scenario you expected him to recover but he just never did. It was 45 minutes of pure torture. He allowed hecklers to dictate the pulse of his time. He was rude and just had an all-around bad attitude.
In his defense, I get when entertainers ask not to be filmed or photographed especially, during a performance. It’s so difficult to get up in front of people and exhibit your craft. He was complaining about the pressure. I fully understand what it feels like to have anxiety about being the center of attention. But baby, you have the mic. That’s your moment to shine, to say what’s on your mind.
Give me the mic. I got some junk to talk. Lots of things I’d like to get off my chest. I might choke, too. I have before, I’m sure I will again. Sometimes, when you choke, what you need to do is swallow. Get a drink and TRY IT AGAIN.
I hate I missed D.L. Hugley’s set. I like him. He and Capone were friendly in the casino lounge after the show. They have me feeling the comedy bug. D.L. was wearing this fresh peach suit and Capone was Chicago smooth head to toe in off-white…flex your style. Sharp as a knife, you hear me?
I’m told Doug E. Fresh opened the show. I’ve never seen him do stand up, I think he was DJ~ing.
Anthony Anderson was in the building, too. He was clowning. He is so down to earth. We had a GREAT time. There was a band playing in the casino lounge and he serenaded me and Fab! I had to add my voice to the number in the spirit of the call and response. It was an impromptu improvisation I will NEVER forget. It was exhilarating. He has a nice voice. He was personable and entertaining.