On November 14th, DeRay Davis will return with an all new comedy special for his fans on Netflix, called “How To Act Black”. The special, which was filmed in Atlanta, GA several months ago, serves as an important one for the Chicago comedian. The reason why: it’s due to where Davis is in his career. When you look at Davis’s resume, yes he’s done it all, but he hasn’t had his moment—yet. In the era of superstar comedians, big moments, and online spectacles, Davis has always been in the mix, but his career moves never fully separated him from other comedians. “How To Act Black” is that moment.
Through 2017, we’ve seen many comedy specials, but honestly, many haven’t been all that special. The specials that have been dropping as of recent lacked what we’ve seen in the past, hype. Nowadays a special receives the same treatment as a TV episode. Do you remember when a comedy special from a comedian was a moment? This lack of hype and excitement for a special is not entirely on the talent. This responsibility is really on everyone connected in the food chain of comedy. Despite appearing like another Netflix special, “How To Act Black” is not. The special is perfectly packaged from it’s title marketing to joke diversity. Though Davis is considered to be one of today’s most prominent urban comedians, the jokes in “How To Act Black” are not just a black thing. Davis was able to create dialogue for his fans and refreshingly touch on some serious topics like mass shootings.
By looking at Davis you see the potential too. He has a raw comedic ability and the women don’t mind watching him perform, but why haven’t we seen him in bigger roles? That question is clearly addressed in Davis’s special, Hollywood hasn’t seen this type of talent before.
We here at Comedy Hype, were able to check out Davis’s recording of “How To Act Black” and we have to admit that this is what he needed. “How To Act Black” will prove to Davis’s peers and even Hollywood elite that he is star when given the stage. It was refreshing to see the veteran comedian show a sense of humility in knowing that his career has so much more potential. If given the proper follow up, this can easily be Davis’s career defining moment.
“How To Act Black” will be available at Netflix on November 14th.