The WBLS April Fools Day Comedy Show did it again! For the 19th year, New York and the tri-state area’s home for R&B put together one of the funniest shows of the weekend with an A-List list line-up of talent for their April Fools Day Comedy Show.
Hosted by one of the Queens of Comedy, the lovely and talented Sommore aka the Human Chandalier, because “I compete with no one and shine no matter what.” She kicked off what would be a long night of some of the best Donald Trump jokes I’ve heard yet, more proof that bad presidents are great for comedians, if nothing else.
As the only woman on the bill for the WBLS April Fools Day Comedy Show, she did more than hold her own. She represented and stood out as a performer, comedian and a woman with impeccable taste in her sparkling pants suit.
Don “DC” Curry, the ageless veteran was next, imparting jokes about age and the realities of getting older. He’s been doing comedy so long that some in the audience may have forgotten just how funny he really is.
The only disappointment from the show came shortly after Arsenio Hall took the stage. A majority of the crowd instantly gravitated to him for his history in New York City (Coming To America) and his legendary late night television run, but a small group of hecklers, who decided to come to a comedy show with their panties in a bunch, tried to ruin his set for the rest of the crowd. Admittedly, Hall wasn’t laugh out loud funny, but he was the second comedian on the bill for a reason and furthermore that’s just not his style of comedy. He’s a storyteller.
Once Arsenio realized he was being heckled his clap back was absolutely vicious! And that became the best part of his set.
Thankfully, Sommore was able to steady the crowd back to normalcy after his set was done.
Michael Blackson, the African King of Comedy was up next and he was just a barrel of laughs, delivering punchline after punchline for his set. He joked in himself, joked on the demographics of the crowd and had more jokes on himself. But the laughs were nonstop.
Atlanta’s own, Arnez J was next on the bill. The former host of BET’s Comic View was consistent as ever. He was everything fans remember from his Comic View days, but of course updated to fit the times and to cover his age. He started his set saying that his jokes are based on race and he indeed talked about just about everyone throughout his memorable set.
The headliner for the night was Tommy Davidson. For me at least, he was the wild card. While I know he is hilarious from his In Living Color days, I had never seen a stand-up set from Tommy. The D.C. native didn’t disappoint. A visual comedian in the utmost sense, Tommy was in his element, using the entire stage to pull out the laughs. He also joked about the differences between different races, particularly Black women and White women. And he played out the assassination of Agent Orange in one of the most hilarious moments of the night.
Funny doesn’t even begin to say it. The WBLS April Fools Day Comedy Show was epic!
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