Comedy Spotlight Q&A: DC Benny

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I chatted with DC Benny about his career and his upcoming gig at Magooby’s

Q: Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Washington D.C. DC Benny is a nickname actually. It was given to me by Jimmy Mack, who was killed in the car accident that injured Tracy Morgan. I met him when I started out doing the black comedy circuit. Getting named by Jimmy meant you made it.

 

Q: Favorite stand up comic?

Waaayy too many to list. But Tony Woods, Dave Attell, DiPaolo, and Kevin Brennan come to mind.

 

Q: Do you remember the first time you performed stand up? 

I was attending University of Maryland at the time, and they were having a talent show. So I decided to sign up and do stand up. It was in the late 80’s I think. I forgot everything I had prepared, so I ended up making fun of my professors. That’s when I caught the bug.

 

Q: What was your experience like at University of Maryland?

University of Maryland was great. I was an English major and had some amazing professors. I recently discovered that a few New York City scene comics went there. Rick Younger, Steven Scott, and Jessica Kirson are a few. We should do an alumni show there someday !

 

Q: Did your comedy career lead into your acting career?

Actually I was a writer and actor before I started doing standup. Those skills fed into comedy. I write my material, and act it out when need be.

 

Q: You placed eighth on “Last Comic Standing.” What did you take away from that experience?

That was a nice bit of exposure. Pretty much any time you can get on national television, it doesn’t hurt to take advantage of it!

 

Q: Are you excited about your shows here this week at Magooby’s?

I ALWAYS enjoy performing at Magooby’s. The crowds are great, and it’s a nice venue. The owner is great to talk comedy with!

 

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DC Benny performs this Thursday – Saturday at Magooby’s!

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