Janelle James is funny as hell and she doesn’t want you to forget. The Carribean-turned-Midwesterner now Los Angeles based comedian will be making New York City laugh this weekend with her second annual successful festival named affectionately the Janelle James Comedy Festival. I got a chance to talk to Janelle and we talked about racism, marijuana and getting Black folks’ attention. James has been able to make a name of her own cross-country and has toured with Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and David Cross. The Black Monday writer took time out to talk to me on the Dainty Thug Podcast to talk about how she is the one-woman-army who is running her comedy festival and how she hopes Black people will give her a chance. The self-professed introvert confessed she hates podcasts but chilled with me anyway.
“It’s something with Black people they really make me mad because they always like we need more representation but they only come out for people they know. White people will come out just to check some shit out,” explained James. She expressed her frustrations with trying to get more Black people to support her. Janelle James who started in fashion chose to be a comedian because she admits she’s a narcissist and her comedy is more of her joking about herself than anything.
You can check out the complete interview on Dainty Thug Podcast and you can see her in Brooklyn this weekend. You can get tickets at the door and check out this lineup:
12/5: Comedians That Don’t Owe Me Money: Presented by Fete Like Scot
Hosted by Janelle James (Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup, Late Night with Seth Meyers, HBO’s Crashing)
Sam Morril (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan)
Hadiyah Robinson (Comedy Central, BET, NBC’s A.P. Bio writer)
Abi Sanchez (Laugh Factory Chicago)
12/6: A Black Ass Show with Open Mike Eagle & Baron Vaugh (Comedy Central’s The New Negroes)
Yassir Lester (Girls, The Carmicheal Show, Showtime’s Black Monday)
Kevin Iso (Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live)
Janelle James (Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup, Late Night with Seth Meyers, HBO’s Crashing)
12/7: Comedians Who Flewed Out
Hosted by Marie Faustin (Comedy Central, VICELAND, MTV’s Girl Code) and Sydnee Washington (The UnOfficial Expert Podcast, Comedy Central)
Jaboukie Young-White (The Daily Show, Netflix’s Big Mouth writer, Netflix’s American Vandal writer)
Ayo Edebiri (Time Out NY’s Top Comics To Watch in 2019, NBC’s Sunnyside Story Editor)
Kristen Toomey (I’m Upset! podcast, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, NPR’s The 21st)
Thursday, December 5 7:30 doors/8:00 show
Friday, December 6, 7:30 doors/8:00 show
Saturday, December 7, 7:30 doors/8:00 show
The Janelle James Comedy Festival announces its initial lineup, including Marie Faustin (Comedy Central, VICELAND, MTV’s Girl Code), Kevin Iso (Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live), Yassir Lester (Girls, The Carmicheal Show, Showtime’s Black Monday), Sam Morril (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan), Hadiyha Robinson (Comedy Central, BET, AXS TV), Kristen Toomey (NBC, WGN, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network), and Sydnee Washington (The UnOfficial Expert Podcast, Comedy Central), with more to be announced.
After its inaugural, fully sold-out year, The Janelle James Comedy Festival is back for its second year with dates December 5-7, 2019. Last year boasted such guests as Amy Schumer, David Cross, Nore Davis, Liza Treyger, Judah Friedlander, Matteo Lane, Catherine Cohen and so many more exciting comics and surprise walk-ons, and this year promises to be just as exciting.
More about Janelle James:
Janelle James is a Los Angeles based comedian that can be seen on The Comedy Lineup (Netflix), Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC), and Crashing (HBO). In what has been an eventful series of events/years, Janelle toured with Chris Rock on his “Total Blackout” tour and Amy Schumer on her “Growing” tour, before taking over the reins of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival (now The Janelle James Comedy Festival) in Brooklyn. She was included in the Just For Laughs Montreal’s New Faces category for 2016, named one of The 50 Most Funny People in Brooklyn 2016 and has been featured several times for her outstanding performance ability in The New York Times. Janelle’s debut comedy album, Black and Mild was released on September 29th, 2017 on all major streaming networks. Janelle is currently a writer on Black Monday on Showtime.
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