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Performer: Eddie Griffin
Date: Saturday, Sept. 14 with doors at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, mobilecivicctr.com
Tickets: $45 – $100 available through Ticketmaster
Comedian Eddie Griffin will be filling the Mobile Civic Center with his humorous, brutal commentary on the world around him. Ranked on Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time” list, Griffin has not only established his legacy in the comedy world on stage but also on screen. This funny man has played unforgettable characters in a long list of films including “Undercover Brother,” “Norbit,” “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” and “Scary Movie 3.” All the while, he has never left the stage. According to Griffin, the stand-up environment provides him with a platform to release his inner thoughts. Even though the world around him might cringe at his sometimes not-politically correct commentary, Griffin says he has never shied away from pushing the PC boundaries.
“I think I’m a little off,” Griffin explained. “I’ve gotta have a mic in my hand, because I’ve got a lot of sh*t running through my mind all the time. I need a mic, so I can get it out.”
In addition to the stage, Griffin has also utilized technology in his effort to spread his comedy, especially on YouTube. Griffin’s YouTube series “The Vault” has provided his fans with a healthy feed of his past stand-up routines. One of his most memorable routines from the “The Vault” is his reflections on his childhood in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Griffin shows no mercy in his criticism of the denomination’s strict regime, which includes non-recognition of holidays and birthdays. These days, Griffin says he celebrates all holidays and birthdays to the fullest. He adds he even celebrates Jewish holidays to compensate. When asked about his fear of backlash from the church, Griffin is quick to reassure that he has no worries.
“What the Witnesses gonna do?” Griffin asked. “Come knock on my door? I live in a gated community. They ain’t gettin’ in.”
When it comes to being on the road, this comedian does face certain challenges, but those who instigate these challenges should be ready to face his frustration. Recently media outlets reported Griffin went on a tirade on stage at Stress Factory in New Brunswick, N.J. According to TMZ, Griffin’s two shows were riddled with sound and lighting difficulties, which forced him to end his shows. However, Griffin is quick to note the venue breached the production stipulations of his contract.
“Tell [the media] to get up there and project to 300 people with no microphone, and in the second show, no lighting,” Griffin said. “Then you have to ask the audience to turn the lights on their phone. I’m a dark-skinned brother, and they have to light me up with their phone?”
As far as future projects, Griffin says he just finished working on the remake of “The Comeback Trail,” which also features Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones. He also just finished working on a movie called “Bad President.” Griffin takes on the role of Satan as he works to get Donald Trump elected president. As far as Trump is concerned, the Azalea City should be prepared for a merciless commentary from Griffin. He sees Trump’s presidency as a phenomenon where “normalizing lunacy” has taken place.
“When did we all forget what the f*ck a lunatic looks like,” Griffin exclaimed. “You wanna know what a lunatic looks like? Turn on the f*cking television. He’s got pissy yellow hair and orange skin. There it is! It’s a f*cking nut! Whoever that doctor is that he paid a sh*tload of money to sign off on his mental health bill needs to be pulled up out of the whole doctor association and locked the f*ck up for endangering the whole entire planet. You’ve got a nut with his hands on the nuclear codes!”
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