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The Urban Erma: May the Fourth Be with You
The first time I ever stepped on stage to do stand-up comedy, I invited only two friends to come and see me perform. Marty was one of them. While the other friend would be blunt enough to...
- Posted 4 days ago
The Urban Erma: In Search of the Black Female Superhero
When I was growing up, our house was the Hall of Justice and it was easy to believe my mother had special powers. With super strength she went to work every day, while also running a household,...
- Posted 11 days ago
The Urban Erma: Evolve or Die
I got a chance many years ago to work with one of my favorite political comedians, Barry Crimmins. It was an honor...He patiently explained that comedy clubs were no longer the place where political comedians were grown,...
- Posted 19 days ago
The Urban Erma: Tip & Tell
Stand-up comedians aren’t normally on the list of folks who work for tips but it happens. It’s a nice, unexpected bonus considering that we don’t always get paid for performing. In fact, early on, it is often...
- Posted 33 days ago
The Urban Erma: What I Wish I Knew My First Year Doing Standup
On March 31 I celebrated my stand-up comedy anniversary. I won’t give you a year, but let’s just say, it’s been a minute. And so to commemorate the event, I am reposting a piece I wrote back...
- Posted 46 days ago