I love stand-up comedy! As a former stand-up comedian myself, I know what it takes to make an audience laugh, so anytime I get to talk to another comedian, it's always enjoyable to find out what makes them tick. When I found out that comedian Adam Sank was going to be part of Keith Price's Lavender Shade at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, I knew I had to talk to Keith! I adore Adam and now, after my interview with Keith, am a big fan of this man!
Lavender Shade comes uptown to The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue, inside the West Bank Cafe) for one night only, Saturday, March 26 at 7pm! Joining Keith in this hilarious show will be NPR's Ophira Eisenberg, comedian Adam Sank, and Blanca Dominguez. Click here for tickets!
1. On March 26, you are bringing your downtown comedy show, Lavender Shade, uptown to the Laurie Beechman Theatre for one night only. Why did you want to bring this show to the Beechman? Well, I have always been in love with the space since the first time that I saw the late, great, Joan Rivers do her magic. I also had to run to my cast recording of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to take in all of Laurie Beechman’s fabulousness.
2. Why did you want to call your show Lavender Shade? I call the show Lavender Shade because somehow the color Lavender is always associated with being "gay" or "LGBT"-ish and shade is simply the truth with a side eye, which to me is always comedy gold, and the best comedy comes from the truth.
3. Since you call this show Lavender Shade, What is your most cherished lavender item you own? How often do you have to throw "Shade" at someone on a typical day? I LIVE for my lavender soaps and oils, and I throw shade every day, because it’s easier than exercising.
4. In Lavender Shade, you will be joined by the comedic talents of Adam Sank (whom I've had the pleasure of interviewing before), Blanca Dominguez & NPR's Ophira Eisenberg. What is it about their performance styles that made you want them to join you for this show? I chose these particular comedians for the same reasons that I choose all of the comedians that perform in Lavender Shade: they make me laugh. They all offer interesting pieces of themselves when they perform for audiences, and their senses of humor are so different. Blanca is a Latina spitfire that takes no prisoners and makes you laugh just because her viewpoint on her life and others is hysterical and relatable. Ophira’s comedy is edgy, smart, and so accessible to the room. Not to mention, if you read her book, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, you will see that she is like many of us. Adam, of course uses a wry sense of sexuality mixed with his passion for making people laugh, and let’s not pretend that he isn't pretty easy on the eyes.
5. You have performed your shows, filled with a message of love and fabulosity across college campuses, at numerous PRIDE events, and in famed NYC clubs. What is something fabulous about yourself that nobody knows? What is the secret to winning your love? In spite of my somewhat public stance about children, I actually like them, especially if they know how to behave and have a sense of humor. The secret of winning my love is being funny, loving to eat (or preferably know how to cook), and knowing your way around a Broadway show. Luckily, I have found someone who already has my love.
6. What is the funniest thing to happen to you during one of your comedy shows? What has been the worst thing to happen to you? The funniest thing to happen has been performing the show and realizing that my fly was down the whole time and NO ONE said a word. Maybe they thought it was part of the act. The worst thing to happen on stage was during my dance opening moment, I slipped and fell on the stage, tearing my pants in the inseam, and then having to host the entire show.
7. Have any of your comedy idols ever come to one of your shows? If so, who was it and what was it like to meet them? I have never had any of my comedy idols see me perform, but recently one of my favorite Broadway performers who is more known now as a director, Jerry Dixon, came to see my last Lavender Shade downtown. I saw his husband and him performing together at Lincoln Center a couple of weeks ago, and I ran into him after another performance with my friends, Andy Karl and Orfeh. I introduced myself to him and tried not to fan boy too much. The next night I saw him getting off the train near the show, and he told me that he was coming, and I got all nervous. He came up afterwards and told me that not only was I funny, he also loved the lineup of comedians that night: Yvonne Mojica, Mike Siscoe, and Leighann Lord. I am already proud of the shows that I produce, but that night, I was super proud.
8. When was the moment when you first realized you had a gift for comedy? Who makes you laugh today? Instinctively, I have always known that I could make people laugh from an early age, but it wasn’t until my 20’s did I ever feel brave enough to get on stage and try it. I took a class with an amazing man named, Sam Cox, back in Texas. He taught us how to use our life first and to create jokes later. After the first joke landed, I knew there was a moment. So many people make me laugh. I am a fan of George Lopez, Cristela Alonzo, Amy Schumer, all of the Wayans family, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, George Wallace, Steve Harvey, and so many more.
9. On "Call Me Adam," I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent everyday. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent everyday? Diet and Fitness. I am working on it, but DAMN, it’s hard. Maybe I have to go to the gym with you.
10. As an interviewer yourself, what is one question I haven't asked that you would have? If you could have a dinner party with a number of comedians, dead and/or alive, who would you invite? All of the ones that I just mentioned plus Mel Brooks, Flip Wilson, Lucille Ball, and Bea Arthur.
Keith Price served as co-host on the long-running SiriusXM morning show The Morning Jolt on SiriusXM, interviewing some of the most iconic celebrities in the world. As a comedian, Keith has performed his message of love and fabulosity at colleges, Pride events and famed NYC clubs.