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That portion of the conversation trended online for days.“I feel like so often we have people brought to the table to have these ‘discourse’ conversations and all they're doing is being passive with each other and trying not to hurt anyone’s feelings,” Seales said just days later.Then, “Saturday Night Live” was looking for a negress and all these shows popped up in New York with people [hosting] black women in comedy showcases. Most of the time we’re being given platforms and then expected to speak about our [vagina]. For me, to be here less than a year and be on a hit show that is inspiring black people, black creatives, that's changing the climate of the black creative canon and to be a character that I really get to act in because she's the complete opposite of me, that's a crazy blessing ... [laughs] This is opportunity meets preparedness, because I’ve been grinding a really long time and I’ve been broke for a lot of years.I randomly got a call for one of them and was on stage with Marina Franklin and Sasheer Zamata, who ended up getting the job, and all these women. My comedy is different in that it's rooted in social commentary and if I could just talk about racism and sexism and wack dating, that would be all I talk about. I may not have looked like it because if you're fly, you don't need a dollar. But I was riding hope as currency for a very long time. I want to be a multimedia mogul and be able to have work that exists in my voice across many platforms, to be able to do stand-up year-round globally.14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo (Tickets) Check out the official promo video for Amanda Seales' Smart, Funny, & Black Tour featuring names like Jermaine Fowler, Lauren London, Kid Fury, Charlamagne Tha God, Bomani Jones, Issa Rae, and more in the video provided above.And stick with AXS for tickets to the hottest entertainers in concert, live shows, sporting events, festivals and more.“It shows me how hungry we are for truth.” And therein lies the root of her comedic style and plan to take Hollywood by storm.
“We are in this world now where we [are] letting everything slide because we don't want someone to not like us.
With those five words, Seales, who stars in “Insecure,” rebuffed centuries of antagonism that black women, and black people, have faced for voicing their opinions in manners not respectable enough for others.
And in the same breath, she called into question Jenner’s white and class privilege and how the former Olympian’s transgender identity would appear at odds with her political beliefs.
This was the year blackface was really big, in 2013. In talking to her, all these jokes just materialized and by the time I got to the venue, I was like [forget] the other stuff. In comedy, you may be cute, you may be able to add a little extra to your routine, but if you're not funny, no one's really rocking with you — and if you're a black woman you better be hilarious. You better not just be funny, you better be hilarious, writing and able to host My style of comedy is definitely very heady.
I went on stage, did it and the audience was with me. I wouldn’t say it's different than my peers’, but for the mainstream view of what black women comedy has been, I think we’re ushering in a type of comedy that’s not [about] just sex and relationships, but also sinking our teeth into political and social issues in a way that black women haven't really been lauded for in the past.