Comedy is such an intriguing entity. I never would’ve guessed that as I entered Morehouse College as a freshman in the fall of 1999, that I would be performing stand-up comedy during Homecoming weekend with three of my Morehouse peers who are full time comics.
That’s exactly what’s happening this weekend when Atlanta native David Perdue and Chicago natives Clark Jones, Will Miles, and myself return to the city of their Alma mater, Atlanta, Georgia, to perform at the Relapse theater on Saturday October 21st for our 4 man show, Undercrown Kings.
Some may hear the title of the show and think that we are speaking way too highly of ourselves, but I wholeheartedly have to disagree. As Morehouse Men, we are taught not to do anything less than black excellence. To fully understand why this show means so much is because we know are on the cusp onto the next big thing in all of our prospective careers.
Look at Clark Jones and Will Miles. They moved to New York City from Chicago and ended up co-producing one of the biggest weekly showcases in the city at the Knitting Factory every Sunday in Williamsburg, which was formerly ran by Chicago comedy legend, Hannibal Buress. From that, they went to achieve multiple individual accolades. Brooklyn Magazine named Clark one of the 50th funniest people in 2016. Clark is also the creator of “Classic Black Dude” blog/website. It features great think pieces on black culture from the millennial perspective, and if you haven’t checked it out, you need to do so ASAP.
Will Miles made a lot of noise in 2016. He made the Comedy Central “Comics to Watch” list. That’s a very prestigious list, people. Will also landed a writing gig on the Chris Gethard Show on TruTV. Will is one of those dudes who you’ll see randomly in a commercial, and think, “Oh shit. That’s Will Miles!” You can see both Clark and Will also on this season on the HBO series, “Crashing.”
As far as myself, I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles to write for a Comedy Central show called “Hood Adjacent with James Davis.” I am in the works of producing a web series, “Blipster Life,” with Comedy Central with my good friend and fellow Blipster, Felonious Munk that will be out in 2018. We wrote all the scripts, and also will be starring in it.
Last but definitely not least, is David Perdue. People want you to believe that you have to be in New York or Los Angeles to make it in this business. David is the counterexample to that. He still lives in Atlanta and he is doing what he wants from his hometown. Featured on Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City,” David is a staple in the Atlanta comedy scene. Atlanta has been a major movie hub and so many movies have been filmed there. Those movies also bring major industry to Atlanta. Most cities outside of N.Y.C. and L.A. aren’t able to do that. Those movies can also lead to some pretty cool drop-ins at David’s “Secret 1 A.M. Show” that he produces every Sunday morning that is always packed out.
Perdue talked with Comedy Hype this year, for their first digital cover.
At the end of the day, you may not know Clark Jones, Dave Helem, David Perdue or Will Miles, but you should. We are out here working. Creating. Writing. Producing. It’s also Homecoming weekend for Morehouse and Spelman. It doesn’t really get better than being able to tailgate and watch a stand-up comedy from these Undercrown Kings. If you’re in Atlanta, GA this October, check out The Undercrown Kings this coming Saturday (Oct. 21st) at Relapse Theatre.