Louisiana native, D’Lai has been catching some good breaks as of lately. He’s toured with Katt Williams and is now a comedian you will catch on the side of Bill Bellamy on The Ladies Night Out Tour. Noticing that those two opportunity’s came from industry vets, we asked D’Lai to talk more about the older comedy generation helping out the new school, in which he tells Comedy Hype it lacks today.
COMEDY HYPE: WHAT WAS SOMETHING YOU LEARNED FROM KATT WILLIAMS WHILE TOURING WITH HIM?
D’LAI: Katt is a solid guy. What I took from the experience is that he wanted me to see what it felt like being in front of that big audience. I’m grateful for that, and I appreciate that because a lot of guys are not going to give you a rope. He told me, “I’ve seen in you in the small venues, I’ve seen you in the small clubs now I want to see you with a big size audience.” I respect Katt. He helps a lot of young guys. You’ll see Katt on the road with open micers, he extends that hand. Most comedians would never get that opportunity.
COMEDY HYPE: HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR OLDER COMEDIANS TO REACH OUT TO THE YOUNGER COMEDIANS?
D’LAI: Its very important, because it shows the guys who are already in position that it doesn’t hurt your shine or take away from you when you give a younger guy a look. And for the younger guy, it confirms they are doing the right thing. You don’t have a a lot of older guys that put on a lot of younger guys for whatever reason. Theres not a lot of extension from the older guys to the younger and we need to fix that.
COMEDY HYPE: NOW YOU’RE TOURING WITH ANOTHER COMEDY VETERAN, BILL BELLAMY.
D’LAI: Bills rare, he’s like my big brother. A lot of times guys put on other guys and tell them to do their thing but they don’t mean that sh*t (laughs). But when I went out with Katt and Bill Bellamy they mean it, and want you to tear that b*tch down. They really want you to do it because it’s going to push them. Those guys are competitors they compete. Thats what Katt said, “No matter what you do in front of me, when you’re headlining your supposed to pull it off, you’re the headliner.” Thats what I took from Katt, you’re the headliner, do you. If you can’t measure up to it go back to the lab and tighten that sh*t up.
As he continues touring on Bill Bellamy’s Ladies Night Out Tour, D’Lai will now make a stop at Denver’s Improv Feb. 6-8.