Comedy veteran Guy Torry reflects on years in the biz
Colette Greenstein | 3/21/2014, 6 a.m.
We’ve tried that but not any time soon. We kind of cancel each other out. I like to play when I’m on stage and my show is an experience. There’s a pre-show video presentation and there’s crowd interaction. It’s a very engaging show.
In the past year, we’ve seen a slate of black films come to the big screen. Do you think that the trend will continue and hopefully where it won’t be considered a “trend” anymore?
Of course. We hope that it becomes more than a trend. Hollywood is a money-making business. Hopefully black people will support the movies. We need to stop bootlegging movies and get our asses to the theater and see these movies.
Are you still involved in your brother’s “Give Back the Love” Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children with basic needs?
I’ll always be involved. I’ve been involved in feeding the homeless at My Friend’s House Foundation. We go buy food and go to Skid Row where we feed them and clothe them.
Why is this work important to you?
I believe that’s what we’re supposed to do. I don’t do it for recognition but I do want to raise awareness. It’s about being a servant.
Has it helped or hurt to have your brother in the business?
It has definitely helped 300 percent. He taught me about stand-up. He supported me. I was broke for the first three or four years and I kept a tab of what I owed him. I paid him back once I began making money.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Good question. Other than keep God first — be yourself.