We catch up with Nashville, TN native comedian Deric ‘Sleezy’ Evans as he discuss his current hustle in comedy and how his growing clothing line ‘Stay Local H*e’ was inspired. He also takes time to explain his once move to Los Angeles where he joined the cast of Centric’s ‘According To Him And Her’ series, and his thoughts on white comedians using the N-Word.
CH: YOU CREATED SOME OF YOUR BUZZ ONLINE WITH PREVIOUS MAN CODE COMEDY SERIES WITH BILLY SORRELLS, JUST RECENTLY YOU LANDED A ROLE ON CENTRIC TV’S ACCORDING TO HIM AND HER. HAVE YOU NOTICED A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INTERNET NOTORIETY VS BEING ON TV?
DE: I think more people actually sit at the computer more than they do TV. TV will put you in a different caliber with a whole different group of people. It’s some different type of p*ssy, with the TV p*ssy they at least drive an Altima (laughs). I like doing the TV thing because it was fun, and my mother got a chance to see me. I’m just a country n*gga from Memphis.
CH: WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO MAKE A TEMPORARY MOVE TO LOS ANGELES?
DE: The comedy club I was hosting for three years, Jazz and Jokes shut down. I was the household name there, I didn’t have no where else to go. I wasn’t getting booked for clubs enough. Billy (Sorrells) told me to come to Los Angeles. Out there, I did the audition for Centric’s show ‘According To Him and Her’ and got on.
CH: HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE DURING YOUR STAY IN LOS ANGELES?
DE: The experience was worth it. Who wouldn’t want to go to California and just live for a couple months. Los Angeles is one of those cities you have to have your money right to stay around. It literally took both my BET checks to stay around. My money was going to most of my bills rather than my hustle. I like touching cash, and I wasn’t as much out there, so I just decided to move to Atlanta.
CH: YOU AND BILLY SORRELLS WERE ALWAYS SIDE BY SIDE IN EARLIER YEARS, HE’S BEEN MAKING SOME MOVES AS OF LATELY, WHAT’S YOUR THOUGHTS ON HIS RECENT SUCCESS?
DE: Billy is always going to do his thing. He’s one of those people thats going to do it himself. He’s self driven. I think he’s going to make it. I see him being a TV star rather than a big comic. He will probably have one or two breakout stand-ups then be a movie star after that. I’m like the Pimp C, I’ll just stay underground. I don’t fake smile to get cool with a lot of people in comedy. I’m not a cliquish person. Billy is going to be famous, he’s going to be rich as hell, if not already.
CH: YOU NOW HAVE BEEN SELLING T-SHIRTS KNOWN FOR THE POPULAR SAYING, “STAY LOCAL HOE”, IS THIS SOMETHING THAT ORIGINATED FROM ONE OF YOUR JOKES?
DE: Actually the shirts were inspired by someone, but definitely not about that person. The shirt talks about people who want to be local minded, and not move forward. You shouldn’t be stagnant in nothing you want to do. If you a circus clown be the best damn circus clown. So pretty much we are saying if thats what you want to do then stay local. Were moving forward. I haven’t took in on stage yet but I think I should. It’s just a phrase. I tell people after the show about the shirts, and they just like the whole meaning of it.
CH: YOUR SHIRTS HAVE BEEN TAKING OFF, WERE YOU EXPECTING THAT?
DE: I didn’t expect for it to take off at all, I just thought it was funny. I was in California when I actually got them done. Billy (Sorrells) was the one who designed them. Thats another thing people don’t know, Billy does his own editing, green screen and everything, he’s a workaholic. But I didn’t expect the shirts to take off, I made a lot of money off the shirts, can’t say how much though.
CH: FOR SOME WHO MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH YOU, YOU ARE KIND OF KNOWN AS A CONSCIOUS COMEDIAN, WHAT’S YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CURRENT STATE OF CONSCIOUS COMEDY?
DE: George Carlin, he would speak truth, Corey Holcomb even, my friend Chris Smokey Jones in Atlanta also, there’s a lot of us that tell these jokes but still are on the same wave length. People ask how can I be a conscious comedian but talk about n*ggas & hoes. I know how to cut it on on and off, because I know its a game.
CH: HOW DO YOU HANDLE TELLING JOKES IN FRONT OF A RELIGIOUS GROUP WHO MIGHT BE OFFENDED BY YOUR PERSPECTIVE?
DE : I’m in the South, it’s the bible belt, sometime it’s a touchy subject. When I perform at a church they sometimes laugh at it. But sometimes the older crowd is not really into it, “ You can’t be talking about Jesus like that.” I’m pretty sure Jesus was funny as f*ck . You’re hanging with 12 guys all day, you probably are going to shoot the sh*t every now and then. I don’t care how laid back you try to make Jesus, like he was just some lame guy. Jesus saved one of the biggest hoes in the bible, and kept her for himself. I know a cool n*gga when I hear one, Jesus was funny man.
CH: RECENTLY THERE WAS A BIG CONVERSATION AROUND WHITE COMEDIANS USING THE N-WORD AND YOU WERE QUITE VOCAL ABOUT NOT AGREEING WITH IT, WHY SO?
DE: Kanye west called Jewish people Jews, and was talked bad about. So if the Jews say not to say that word, we can respect that. So when we tell whites not to say that word the same should be done. Just say N-word. That shows that you don’t respect me. What joke do you have, that you need to use the n-word? For black comics that try to stand up and defend white comics to use the n-word, shows a slave mentality.
CH: DESCRIBE THE NASHVILLE COMEDY SCENE
DE: The scene picked up about seven to eight years ago. They have a Zanies Comedy Club out here, and you’re kind of seeing more comedians of color there. Nashville is like a melting pot because we have a lot of colleges here. This is a college city so there is a lot of people here from everywhere. The comedy scene is coming along real good, you will hear about the Nashville comedy scene soon. Just Tennessee comedy, period.
CH: YOU RECENTLY GOT INTO FITNESS AND IT APPEARS YOU LOST SOME NOTICEABLE WIEGHT, WHAT MADE YOU DEICED TO GET FIT?
DE: I don’t know what it did for my career but I wanted to do it for health reasons. When you get naked and look at yourself in the mirror, you know when you built up bad (laughs). I looked at myself one day and was like “I got to do something about this sh*t.” Now I try to eat as much vegetables as I can, and I try not to drink Crown Royal like I use to.
CH: SO WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
DE: I’m just trying to stay on the road. What’s next for me is that I have to mess with Shay Clemons, and Nod Ross in a couple days in Jacksonville, FLA. They some fools man. I’m trying to get me a Thursday night spot in Nashville, and those are the type of guys that I want there. No offense to the people that are out now but its time for some new faces. The world is tired of seeing these same faces, I know I am.
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