in the Mix
5/1/2013, 11:34 a.m.
You started off on “Def Comedy Jam” back in the ‘90s. What does that mean to you?
I was so young. I was so hungry. I didn’t know the impact of “Def Comedy Jam.” I didn’t know that it was going to change my career. And when it blew up, I was like, “Oh my god.” Nineteen years later, you don’t see a lot of cats still in the game. It’s scary on one hand, but I’m one of the survivors in the game. I’m still putting it down.
How has your stand-up evolved since your first special?
There’s a lot of maturity, a lot of real-life circumstances that have given me material that I have now. I’ve been more honest than I’ve ever been before. When I first came into the game, I wanted to be safe and politically correct. Now, I talk about what’s going on my life.
You’re actively engaged on Twitter and Facebook. Has the use of social media helped in promoting your projects?
It’s absolutely fantastic. I never knew social media was so powerful. You have such a connection with the fans. I embraced it. When I go on a rant, I go in.
What projects are you working on?
I have my sitcom “Mr. Box Office” on Centric, BET and in syndication. [I’ve got] The Ladies Night Out tour on Showtime. We’re getting ready to shoot the concert film to Ladies Night Out. And I’m hosting the Centric Comedy All-Stars in Las Vegas in November.
What can we expect from your show on May 3 in Boston?
Oh my gosh. I’m going to ignite. I’m going to have an out-of-body experience. I’m going to bring so much joy and unbridled laughter.
Check out Bill Bellamy this Friday, May 3 at The Wilbur Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 and $32 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or at The Wilbur box office, 246 Tremont St. in downtown Boston, Monday-Saturday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The rescheduled date of Rihanna’s “Diamonds World Tour” is this Monday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday, May 16, Community Works presents their annual “Share A Laugh” benefit at the Somerville Theatre with comedians Wendy Liebman along with Bethany Van Delft, Chris Tabb and Kelly McFarland. Tickets can be purchased at www.communityworks.org.
The “Lights Out Tour” starring Kelly Rowland and The-Dream is at The Wilbur Theatre on Wednesday, May 29 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale for the Tony Award-winning musical “Wicked,” which comes to Boston from August 7 to September 15.
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