Apology to Seattle, June 3rd 2004


June 3, 2004


The following is an explanation about what happened during my weekend working at the URBAND COMEDY CAFE on May 28th and 29th.

As the ticket holders already know, I did not perform the 10:30 show on May 28th.

First off, I’d like to say I am sorry. I know getting ready and going out takes time, energy and cash. I apologize for making your efforts pointless. But, here are the reasons I was a “no show” …

During the first show I found out that ticket prices to see me were $45.00 and $35.00. That’s $10.00 more than what I was told tickets cost. I was already having a problem knowing people were paying $35.00 a piece to sit in the audience. When the people near the stage told me it was actually $45.00, I lost my mind. That is too much considering where the shows were being put on. The URBAN COMEDY CAFE is “new”, and a bit of a hole in the wall; no tables, understaffed, odd tasting keg beer served in plastic cups, shows that began 40 minutes late. These elements didn’t add up to the ticket price for me. So during the first show I slammed some vodka in an an attempt to not give a shit. That didn’t work. I was too upset at being lied to by the promoter. You can see a show at a theater starring CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER for $42.50!

Now I don’t want to assume my Seattle audience doesn’t want to see me perform at a club with such seedy elements as the URBAN COMEDY CAFE, maybe you do. But, I love you guys and I truly care about your experience. So my initial reaction was to cancel the remaining shows and regroup, knowing people could get their money back.

I woke up Saturday and changed my mind. I did not want 500 people to shower, get dressed, drive downtown, park, walk to the door and then get pissed off. So Saturday’s shows went on. Hell, the club owner even had the kitchen open on this night. I saw a waitress making a personal pizza for a hungry fan. The pizza looked meek. The first show started 20 minutes late. The second show, 40. But they were good shows. Those of you who came, I thank you. You laughed, you dealt with everything.

So I am saying sorry to those who came to see Friday’s 10:30 show. It never happened. Please get a refund and please don’t hate me too much. I thought I was doing the right thing.

Next time I’m in town I hope we can do a theater with a lobby for waiting, a real stage and maybe even some color gels over the spot lights. Who knows?

My thanks to B. J. at the BUZZ for having me on the air.

I love all of you up there in Seattle. You’ve got spirit as silly as that might sound.