With Trey Mack, FunnyMaine and Rocky Dale Davis.
Here in Birmingham, right,I feel like a lot of people A:
don't understand thatyou guys have just as much
comedy as anybody else.I mean, that's--
that's why I'm here.I'm here to educate people
on what goes on--on what's here.
- There's a lot of,like, niche places.
You know, these undergroundtype spots, backrooms,
small places, and we just triedour jokes and--
- The niche spotsthat he's talking about,
that's when you gotthe most intimate environment
for comedy, 'cause these peopleare so close together--
- Yep.- And they came to,
what can be perceived as,one of the worst spots
ever to laugh.
Are you guys, like,in the same circuit, or...?
- He put me onmy first ever all-black show
I did at the Stardome.- There you go.
- Why it got to bethe all-black place?
- 'Cause it was all black--I don't know.
- That's very funny,when--when you ask a white guy,
"Why you have to sayit was all black?"
But then, in reality,it's because it was all black.
- It was all black people there.- I guess that was big to you.
- And I got on stage,and I told a joke
about the differences betweenblack and white shootings,
and they were like,"We don't want to hear
that right now."They just stood there
the rest of the showand just kind of
closed their arms.Yeah.
I blame myself on that one.I mean, I look and sound racist.
Like, every racist white guyoff "Remember the Titans"
before they started winning,you know what I'm saying?
[laughter]Like, I didn't block for Pete.
I'm the reason Pete's hurt,you know?
- Sounds prettydamn funny to me.
What about Birmingham?
Is there a country-esquething that goes with
your style of comedy,would you say?
- See, I wishI was more country.
Like, you can hear the accent.- Yeah, I can hear it.
- People don't even knowI'm from Alabama,
you know what I mean?- Tell me, why do you wish
that you--you sounded more country?
- 'Cause the ladieslike that accent.
- It's just weird,because we know
the reputation of Birmingham.Everybody--
- What is the reputation?- Everybody looks at those
old black and white videos--the dogs chasing and biting.
And I try to tell them,man, it's a different day.
We got Wi-Fi here.[laughter]
No lynchings.- Does that--
Does that bother you guys?
That--That you feel likethere's a stereotype
about what Birmingham is?
- Sometimes, yeah.- Yeah.
- But then you just,you know, you understand.
It really did happen.- Yeah.
- It's a part of the history,but now you're trying
to write a new history.- I love it.
- Yeah.- At this point,
does another job exist,or is it all comedy right now?
- I--hell, three weeks ago,I done went and laid roof.
- There you go.- Woke up at 6:00
in the morning.Laid roof for the entire week
for, you know, minimum wage.
30 degrees, on top of a roof--- That's amazing.
Wind blowing your face,and I'm sitting there like,
"I got to getthese bits together,
'cause this shit sucks."- I remember, you know,
coming through this city.I remember the Stardome
being a major stepping stonefor me and my career.
So I'm looking forwardto tonight.
It's about you guysmaking a name for yourself,
and more importantly,shining a light
on Birmingham, Alabama.So, you know, wear that, man.
Wear it with pride.All right?