While we kept things pretty short, I’m sure that today’s interviewee needs little introduction. I give you Khairy the Comedian.
So I dip and give him his space. I wait on the bust stop with them when she dips, She mentions a twin tho pic.twitter.com/k3PnoujIDs— khairy the comedian (@OMG_ItsKhairy) November 18, 2015
Speed: Can we get a bit of your origin story?
Khairy: Well I’m from Baltimore, East Baltimore. I gotta make sure I specify that. [I was] born and raised here. I originally did standup last summer and I did okay. In January of 2017, I decided I would take it as far as I could.
Speed: How’d you get your start on Twitter?
Khairy: It’s funny you ask ’cause I actually made my Twitter in 2010, I think. I just started getting shine in 2015, I think. It was after I told the story about getting catfished in high school. Ugh. You guys can look that up. I called it “Something’s Fishy” (Ed. Note: links to story above in embedded tweet). Then, my first viral tweet was the one about Meek asking Nicki to go outside. That one did 12k in a hour. So, I basically stayed consistent and gained traction.
This Nigga @BeanieSigelSP 42 years old talkin bout some damn “Gang Gang”Bro you need a damn asthma pump with ya voice sounding like that pic.twitter.com/3GTOMxgH4I— khairy the comedian (@OMG_ItsKhairy) October 6, 2016
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsSpeed: What drove you to comedy?
Khairy: I love to make people smile man. I don’t know why but I always did. So, entertainment is like a passion of mine. Plus, I love to crack jokes. So, add those things with my love of story telling and it was bound to happen.
Speed: What’s the hardest part about translating from Twitter to a live audience?
Khairy: There aren’t any memes to back me up. Like, I don’t have a .gif playing on a screen or a funny picture. It’s literally all about how I present it to the audience. I’m the meme to them.
Speed: Walk me through prep for a routine. What goes through your mind while you’re preparing?
Khairy: My ritual before a show is this. A chicken box from Ronnie’s in Northeast Market, a medium sunshine smoothie, and music. Whatever I’m feeling at the time that’s what I’m listening too while I’m outside of the venue waiting for the doors to open.
Speed: Who are some of your influences comedy-wise?
Khairy: Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Bernie Mac, Ralphie May, and George Lopez. Dave Chappelle is honestly the best comedian alive to me.
Speed: Where do you see yourself taking the act? Where do you want it to go?
Khairy: I want it to go as far as I’m blessed enough for it to go. Though I don’t look at it as an act. I would this of it as a launching pad. I eventually would love to start acting and directing. I hope to eventually start working with companies like ADD and other media platforms to make this all happen.
Speed: Who are some other acts you want to work with?
Khairy: Lean Squad. Those are DMV guys and I think they’re hilarious. Khadi the Don is another one I would love to work with. @_Stroxxx_ is another young comedian coming up in New Orleans and I would hope to work with him one day as well as ADD.
Speed: Where can folks, outside of Twitter, find you?
Khairy: YouTube, man. That’s my next move and focus. Instagram is there too, I have the same @ on everything, [@OMG_ItsKhairy].
Speed: Do you’ve any parting words for readers, potential fans, etc.?
Khairy: Thank you for all the love and support you guys have been showing me. I really appreciate you all man. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube and IG. Always make sure to chase your dreams.