<I>Dat Boy Funny</I> Aims for Young Urban Fans17 Jan, 2004 By: Erik Gruenwedel
After welcoming a group of white audience members in the predominantly African-American venue Uptown Comedy Club in Atlanta, comedian Special K, on Dat Boy Funny, the inaugural DVD from upstart Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Mercury Entertainment Group, says he can't make them honorary black people “because you ain't lived the black experience yet.”
As a white guy watching the DVD, I understood what he meant.
The 75-minute disc ($19.98), scheduled to street Jan. 27, showcases comic Roland Powell (a wannabe Eddie Griffin) and emerging peers Doo Doo Brown, Shawty and Big Sean, among others, in a series of sketches and stand-up routines filmed in clubs and on college campuses throughout Georgia.
The material is profane, violent, laced with the N-word and sexually charged. But then that's what “krunk” comedy is all about, according to UrbanDictionary.com, which says the term is derived from the words “crazy drunk” and can be defined as “a very fun or enjoyable time,” or something “cool, hip or fashionable.”
“Roland's comedy is geared toward a younger urban audience,” said Robert Roundtree, general counsel with Mercury. “I find him funny, and I wouldn't consider myself to be in that demo. Some of the stuff I get, and some of it is not funny to me.”
Powell & Co., who appear to have a burgeoning following among a demo weaned on Black Entertainment Television (BET), MT, and hip-hop music, offer material that is both street -- “Funniest mothaf***a in the world,” said one male fan -- and alluring -- “Put your hands on me, nigga,” screams a female admirer.
“It's a whole underground scene that we just became aware of,” said Roundtree, who adds that Mercury has a distribution agreement with Ingram Entertainment for Dat Boy and future releases.
At the University of North Florida campus, Powell asks the audience if they have ever been to Hinesville, Ga.
“Their whole city is on one street,” Powell says. “Ain't s*** in Hinesville but Hinesville.”
During an open mike session at Uptown, a stream of wannabe comics don't get far with their limited material, and boos rain from the crowd.
“If they don't like what you got on, they will boo you,” Powell says. “If your brains ain't been redone, they will boo you.”
Uptown host Nard Holston joins in the ridicule after one beefy comic is mercilessly booed off stage in less than 30 seconds.
“The nigga was built and fat. Did you see that?” Holston says. “How can a nigga be built and fat?”
Apparently the same way a white female audience member at Uptown can appear ignorant when responding to a question from Special K about what a black person with a paycheck seeking cash on a Friday evening should do.
“Write a check,” she replies.
“Wrong,” says Special K. “You gotta go to the check cashing store [laughter]. You gotta have cash when you black. And if the line at the check cashing store is too long, where you gonna go? To the liquor store [more laughter]. You don't have to have I.D. or nothing. You can have anybody's check. They are going to cash that mothaf***a.”