Hometown: Long Island, NY
"I love black women, but I like white women too. That's why I can't hate white men. 'Cause we need them for breeding."
Who is your comic inspiration?
My biggest comedy influences are: Bill Cosby - the funniest of all time; Robin Harris - pure attitude; and George Carlin - he makes you laugh and think, that's the ultimate.
When did you know you were funny?
I guess I always knew I was funny. I wasn't the class clown type. I was the guy whose snide comments made the people around me laugh. I kept a straight face and watched them get in trouble. When I was teaching at McDonald Douglas, that's when I found I could make groups laugh. The class was a good audience. From there, after one more layoff, I found the comedy stage. I haven't thought about honest work since.
What was your worst stand-up gig ever?
I wish I could remember the name of it. It was an open mike night at a bar in Van Nuys. I don't think they knew comedy was going on. We were interrupting their drinking and TV. A dog walked in and I swear he got more love than we did! I guess he was a regular. Then there was the Manhattan Proper, a bar in the neighborhood I grew up in. This was in the Def Jam era and I was trying a clean set that I was doing for The Apollo. Mind you, I had 1 year in comedy. They crucified me, booed me off stage! Look at me now. Guess I'm funny after all.
Tell us a little more about yourself - hobbies, annoying habits, pet peeves etc.
I'm from St. Albans, Queens in New York. Of course now I've lived more than half my life in LA and consider that home. I love LA but I'm still a hometown fan, Knicks and Mets!
I guess my most annoying habit is smoking. I'm working on it, sorry.
My biggest Pet Peeve is people who can't seem to count to ONE getting on planes with carry-ons. That's right, the sign says ONE. Not all you can carry. Not everything you own, just one. They should just throw the extra bags away. I mean launch them right off the jetway. Let that happen a few times and the concept of ONE will be understood. I used to hate SUVs but with Bush's tax cut I may be buying one (it's deductible). So if I buy one and hate them, I hate myself... then it's back to therapy.