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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Comedy Walk - "Comedy For Peace"

This marks my 8th month reigning as King of Comedy Walk. I am hosting the big show this month at the Los Angeles Theater in historic Downtown Los Angeles, CA

My good friend, the LA Cowboy, Brady Westwater wrote a blog about this event and here I shall re post it in it's entirety as it conveys all the information you need:

COMEDY WALK Solves Middle East Crisis On Thursday November 20th from 8 – 10 PM!

All of this month’s COMEDY WALK events will be held at the majestic 2,100-seat Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, Los Angeles Thursday, November 20th from 8pm to 10pm.

COMEDY WALK will present an evening of 15 comedians straight from major comedy clubs, television and radio plus an Oscar winning short film. All free!

FREE TICKETS at, or call 323-960-7773.

SHOW PROGRAMOne Stop COMEDY WALK November 20th, 2008

The evening starts at 8pm with a screening of the West Bank Story, a Oscar-winning and seriously FUNNY musical comedy short film about two warring falafel stands on the West Bank. A Q&A with actor Joey Naber who stars as Ahmed follows. This along is worth the price of admission which is – of course – FREE!

Then there is the comedy show from 8:30pm to 10pm featuring American, Iranian and Israeli stand-up comedians who will collectively solve all the problems of the Middle East – in just one evening!. And you get your money back if you’re not satisfied!

Parking is only block away at Pershing Square - $6.60 after 5 PM – or at local garages for $5 or $6 but make certain your garage stays open past 10:30 PM! 5th and Hill Subway stop is also only one block away.

COMEDY WALK and IranDokht Present...

Host: Stevie Mack

8pm Stevie Mack - Intro

8:05 'West Bank Story' Screening

8:30 Q&A with actor Joey Naber

8:40 Nadine Rajabi

8:45 Noel Elgrably

8:50 Willis Turner

9pm Brian Farrell

9:05 Stogie Kenyatta

9:10 Michael Goldstrom

9:15 winner Alec Sobel

9:20 Gayla Johnson

9:25 Max Amini

9:30 Stevie Mack

9:35 Jeff MacKinnon

9:40 Aurelio Miguel Bocanegra

9:45 Ara Basil

9:50 Elham Jazab

9:55 The Mooney Twins

10pm Good Night!

And Comedy Walk would like to thank the entire Delijani family, the Los Angeles Theatre, Councilman Joe Huizar of the 14th District, the City of Los Angeles, The Onion, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and the Historic Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District for their assistance in making this event possible.
# posted by Brady Westwater @ 2:19 PM

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Stevie Mack: A Working Actor/Comedian

If I am pursuing acting and comedy as a career, which I am, every day that goes by must be a day in which I have done something to advance my career. When I first got started back in 1991, I performed comedy as a hobby. When I found out I was good at it, I performed to be a part of show-business, but not really in show-business. I hung out with a select group of comedians, we partied and performed all over the place, then the strangest thing began to happen; most of my comedian friends began to rise to fame. Chris Tucker did the Tonight Show and went on to star in the Rush Hour movie franchise. Then Dave Chappell started getting all these parts in movies culminating with a very successful TV show. The list goes on, D.L. Hughly, Kat Williams, etc.

Once I decided to take this business serious, I had to take a sobering look at the similarities and the differences between me and them. First, the similarities; We are all Black, good looking, very funny plus have acting talent, we performed at mostly the same venues and we all knew, pretty much, the same people. So, what were they doing that I wasn't doing? They were doing the business part of show-business. Somewhere along the line they had gotten agents, managers and a publicist. They were doing their do-diligence on a daily basis, making calls, going on auditions, networking and promoting themselves. I was just performing and partying, thinking success came through osmosis and because I knew everybody. But it doesn't work like that. It takes hard work and a professional approach. I had to begin viewing myself as a valuable commodity.

This year I launched into doing my do-diligence in show business, I started working on the show and the business, and slowly I am seeing the transformation from obscure funny man to Working Actor/Comedian. Every day I have to keep up the work, because faith without work is dead. I check into my home-based office everyday and get to work on my career, just like I've done each morning for so many years while working for other people. I currently don't have an agent or manager. I use the web based agencies to book all of my auditions, Casting Networks $10. per month and Actors Access $68. year. I built my profile & resume there, added photos and they send me audition notices. I will join SAG and get a manager when opportunity presents itself.

Stevie Mack is featured on HBO in four episodes of "Little Britain", and stars on Discovery Health Channel's "Mystery ER".



New Day in America

November 4, 2008 I voted with my dollars and with my ballot. This historical moment is one that many thought they'd never see. I hoped it would come, but never imagined it would happen in 2008. All the cards were stacked against Barack Obama, his race, his name, he admitted he used drugs in the past, he was new to the Senate, he was not born to a wealthy family and the list goes on.

Leaders are born out of situations and the season was ripe for him to flourish. Many situations; the economy, the unpopular sitting President and the country's dissatisfaction with the the Republican party's agenda.

I've always joked about movies having a Black President when the world was either coming to an end or the country was in deep turmoil. And so it is; Art imitating life or life imitating art?