To her friends she is known as Samyonce, who has been building a name for herself on the comedy scene. Samantha Noel talks with Comedy Hype for another installment of our ‘Women & Humor’ series to discuss the parallels of her dating life and comedy. As she looks to expand in the world of entertainment with projects such as comedy show Comedy Vibes LA in Los Angeles, and the comedy club scene hustle, we get to know more about this Texas Southern University alum.
CH: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF, LIKE WHAT WOULD PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU?
SN: I’d describe myself as a passionate person. Everything I do has to have a purpose bigger than me. I operate by faith, and still maintain a good grasp of my reality. I have a huge personality and from what I’m told, a real soft spot for the people I love and believe in. Everyone wants to work in entertainment, but few people want to actually work. My passion for journalism and entertainment push me to continuously work hard and align my loyalties where they were respectfully earned. I’m the girl that will be presented with a small idea, and then create it into a full blown production. I’m a dreamer by nature, but most importantly I’m a doer by discipline and drive.
CH: HAVE YOU EVER MET OR DATED ANYONE YOU’VE MET ON SOCIAL MEDIA. AND IF SO WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THEM?
SN: No, but if the right one comes sliding through my DM’s (haha). I don’t think I can do it. I have heard some cute stories about how people met on OK Cupid or Tinder, but I just don’t want my story to start with ” Well ya’ daddy made me his WCW back in the day on Instagram. He told me my eyebrows were on fleek and then Eggplant Friday came around and…well, we had you.” I just can’t, I don’t want that to be my happily ever after.
CH: WOULD YOU DATE A COMEDIAN?
SN: I’ll just say that working behind the scenes in comedy and entertainment makes it hard to even take this into consideration. I see a lot and I just sip my tea and keep it moving.
CH: YOU LIVE IN L.A. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO?
SN: I love L.A.! I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, and I still find new things to do all the time. I love sitting on the beach and I really enjoy hiking at Runyon Canyon, I’ve just learned that I have to go with the right people. When I go by myself, It’s peaceful, I feel inspired to look good, move into a house in the hills one day, and I end my hike by taking a selfie with a Drake or J Cole lyric captioned underneath for the ‘Gram. Now when I hike with these Herbalife fitness gurus who are high on life… Laaawd, that peaceful hike turns into blood, sweat, tears, and dangling eyelashes. No bueno. I use to be the girl that was going up on a Tuesday with the rest of Hollywood, but now working in comedy, I really enjoy going to different comedy clubs with friends while getting to know the comedians and seeing how their sets have developed.
CH: IN A GUY IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING FUNNY AND SILLY?
SN: Yes! The funniest men are funny without even trying, they just have the right dose of ig’nant to keep a woman on her toes. Now a silly man can just be too much for my spirit to handle. When I think of a silly man, I think of a clown that constantly does dumb things and requires attention. That sounds like a pet, I already have two… I’m good.
CH: WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
SN: Whenever I feel like I’m overwhelmed or lack motivation, I find inspiration in the younger me. I remember how I use to tell myself “When I get older, I’m going to….” Sometimes we allow our goals and dreams to change after we’ve been exposed to the realities of life, I love the purity of my dreams before I was aware of any possible obstacles or fears.
CH: TEXT OR PHONE CALLS? AND WHY?
SN: It really depends on the person. When it comes to business, I always start the conversation over the phone so there is no confusion. If it pertains to my personal life, you have to really be my everyday friend for me to sit on the phone with you… Who has the time for that? Now if you have a juicy story that needs to be reenacted, then yassss call me and spill that tea! If I’m getting to know a guy, I prefer text. I’m a smartass and I rarely catch my words before they hit, so texting gives me a chance to really get with Apple and God before I feel compelled to press send. Talking on the phone with a guy is really intimate to me, you have to pass the texting phase first.
CH: WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
SN: Just about everything. One thing that always makes me laugh is music. I never get the words right to a song, but now songs are so out of control that they don’t even require words to sing along.
CH: WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU IN A RELATIONSHIP?
SN: I tried dating someone outside of my race once. We were playing with water guns, and he turned his water gun at me and tried to wet my hair. I thought I’d be cute and just take the water hose and spray him with it. I guess the hose water was freezing, because he started screaming and crawled into the fetal position. I ran over to check on him and felt so bad. Do you know this fool stood up and was like “No, do that again! We can play like you’re a police officer from back in the day when ya’ll protested, and I can be the man that is fighting for my rights while you hose me down.” I was like “WHAAAAAT!?” haha I didn’t even know how to respond, he was goofy as hell so I know he didn’t mean any harm, but I just knew I had to go back to black men after that!
CH: HOW WAS DATING FOR YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL AND NOW?
SN: I didn’t date in High School. I’m the oldest of three girls in my family, so I like to think of myself as the test dummy child when it came to the topic of boys. When I was around 11 years old, my mom’s idea of birth control and “the talk” was having me take Lamaze classes and being in the delivery room with her. After she was done with me, I wouldn’t even hug a boy too tight… anything to prevent labor and delivery! Now that I’m older, I wish I would’ve dated when I was younger. Maybe I’m dealing with foolishness now because I didn’t pay my dating dues back in the day. I’m always working, so I rarely date unless I really feel like the guy is worth me missing sleep or TV. I’ve had men tell me what they can do for me, what bills they can pay, and what they expect. Men like that are annoying because relationships shouldn’t be approached as business transactions. In LA a lot of men already have their mind set on treating all women like they want something from them, so those guys treat women like they are the prize and women have to earn them. I’m the type that needs to be tricked into falling for a guy. The thought of dating is exhausting, so if you give me the chance to turn you down, I just might… Nothing personal. (*laughs*)
CH: HOW IMPORTANT IS A SENSE OF HUMOR WHEN IT COMES TO DATING OR IN A RELATIONSHIP?
SN: A sense of humor is always one of the top things on a woman’s list when dating a guy, at least on mine. My close family and friends always find humor in every moment. I need to be with someone who doesn’t wear the stress of the world on their shoulders 24/7, and keeps a smile on my face.
CH: WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT GUYS?
SN: Just one thing? Just playing. I guess the one thing that irks my soul about men is their need to lie. I feel like men think they are more important than they really are. I’m not a male basher, so just hear me out. Men will lie about the most irrelevant things, thinking they are saving our feelings or preventing an argument. Men will drive you crazy and then call you crazy. A guy usually knows he has no intention to follow through on a promise, or fully commit to his girl the way he said he would. Men, listen…. You do not need to sell the dream, most woman can respect your intentions for what they are and then make a choice as to how they are going to deal with you. Trust, we have options too. (*laughs*)
CH: FUNNIEST PICK UP LINE YOU EVER HEARD?
SN: The cutest is when men say “Excuse me, you dropped something…Your smile.” Besides that, I never get the funny pick up lines, I just get the crazy men asking me to be their baby mama with their child already in their arms!
CH: WHATS NEXT? WHAT CAN WE LOOK OUT FOR FROM YOU?
SN: I’m excited to bring back Comedy Vibes LA this February, a comedy and music show I developed and produced last year. I’ve also been working with some of my old radio colleagues in Houston to book comedians out there for shows and media as well. Comedy Vibes LA has now expanded beyond live comedy, and offers growing and established comedians with branding and booking opportunities beyond the Comedy Vibes stage. Having the past experience of being the manager and communications assistant at one of the toughest comedy clubs to get up at in Hollywood, really helped me develop a passion for the business of comedy. I look forward to growing my own business that was built on the foundation of my previous roles in journalism, entertainment, and comedy in the new year!