Thanks, Lori, for the heads-up about Jamie Foxx’s live radio broadcast at Caesars on Friday, July 6.
I joined the celebrity party, because I thought it would be like hanging out at a barber shop in the Other Atlantic City on a Saturday morning.
Well, I was not disappointed.
The Foxxhole comedians had me dying laughing from the time I walked into the Palladium ballroom until I left two and a half hours later, longer than they had actually planned.
My first thought: Is there anything funnier, or more serious for that matter, than five black men of various ages discussing topics as diverse as 10-year-old lingerie; which woman, if any, a man should take to Thanksgiving dinner and George Zimmerman’s bail?
I definitely felt like I was privy to barber shop conversation on Arctic Avenue with all their bantering back and forth and enough profanity to last me a lifetime.
They even discussed “clean” comedy, whether or not you could really be funny with adults without using “cuss words.”
Other topics included whether or not a hip-hop artist’s sexual preference matters to fans, which led to them talking about men over 40 only caring about whether or not their doctors “like” men when it’s time for a prostate exam.
By then, audience members were falling out of their seats.
About an hour later, Jamie Foxx arrived and I was surprised to see him being the straight man in the group, discussing how we live in the greatest country in the world despite our present recession, how we need to support the men and women who serve in our military, as well as their families, and the upcoming presidential election.
He went on at length about partisan politics, the plight of poor whites in our country, the effects of outsourcing, taxes, hedge funds and the “capitalistic glitch” as he described our present economic problems. He encouraged audience members to “get out the vote” and push others to do so, saying this was not the time to be apathetic.
Though the night was filled with spoken-word talent of all genres, children and young adults also spoke passionately about being bullied and the challenges of growing up in a society that glorifies violence but complains about the proliferation of violence and guns in our neighborhoods.
For a second straight year, Academy Award winning actor, singer, comedian and Sirius XM Radio host Jamie Foxx is spending some July 4th holiday time in Atlantic City.
“I have a group of the funniest comedians in the world. I’m going to host it and keep it moving along, but the comedians are absolutely fantastic. Come out and get your laugh on; if you’re just feeling okay, we’ll make you feel great.”
Plus movies at Dante Hall, Drew Toonz and T-Fox's 'House Party' at Resorts
"[Comedy] is part of my DNA. Even in my musical show there is always some comedy sprinkled in. I let the songs that I choose tie in with a story, a little personal stuff, because some of the music speaks to me personally."
For more about DrewToonz, visit drewtoonzart.com....
Before his Academy Award-winning performance in Ray, Jamie Foxx was a well-liked comedian, both as a stand up and from his TV roles (In Living Color, The Jamie Foxx Show). His film career was part of the package (Any Given Sunday), but was mostly in supporting roles.
Before his Academy Award-winning performance in Ray, Jamie Foxx was a well-liked comedian, both as a stand up and from his TV roles (In Living Color, The Jamie Foxx Show). His film career was part of the package (Any Given Sunday), but was mostly in supporting roles or B-level movies like Booty Call. In 2004 he broke out with both his Oscar win as Ray Charles, and opposite Tom Cruise in Collateral, a film that earned him a second Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor.
Jacob Lawrence Day in Atlantic City
Black History, Jazz and Poetry