Mini Q+A with…X Mayo
X Mayo is a comedy writer, and the founding member of an independent all-black, 11-person improv/sketch comedy team My Momma’s Biscuits. X and co-host Shenovia will be hosting Unsung Heroes Of Black History, the only Black History Month show premiering at Upright Citizens Brigade. You do not want to miss the show featuring character bits and sketches written and performed by black comics you might have seen on Comedy Central, the CBS Diversity Showcase, Netflix, TV Land, MTV, Upright Citizen’s Brigade and more. It’s on February 22! Get your tickets now!
On your deathbed, what transcendent advice would you croak at a young female comedian?
Be kind to yourself and protect your energy. Have clear boundaries. Boundaries aren’t walls to keep people out, they’re parameters to keep YOU safe!
What’s your first impulse when someone says “women aren’t funny”?
Tell ’em, “BOY BYE!”
Best comedy advice you ever got?
“Ay yo X! Be YOU! People will love it!”
Worst comedy advice you ever got?
You can’t do more than one project at a time.
How has being funny helped you in your offstage life, either recently or when you were younger?
It’s helped me get out of a lotttttttt of traffic tickets!
Single word that always cracks you up?
Was there one person who inspired you to become a comedian? If so, who, why, how?
There are multiple comedians who inspired me (Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Eddie Murphy, Lucille Ball and more) but when I saw Queen Latifah in Living Single, that was the first time I saw myself on screen. She looked like me, talked like me, walked like me — she inspires me to be a household name and pursue all of my dreams! In my mind I am Khadijah James.
Photo via: Bijan Mejia
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