Michael Blackson, "the African King of Comedy," comes to Foxwoods Saturday
When it comes to the comedy world, you never know which comedian is going to rag on whom. That’s the nature of the game, it seems, and for comedian Michael Blackson, aka “The African King of Comedy,” his career has been built around it. He is a master at dishing out insults, often showcasing that talent on BET’s “Comic View” series, HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” “Showtime at Harlem,” and “Live in Hollywood.”
Blackson has taken that dissing expertise to the next level, though, by berating Kevin Hart for admitting to and apologizing for his cheating scandal. I personally find that to be a bit rude on Blackson’s part, but press coverage of the two speaking out against one another, despite having been buddies beforehand, has seemed to work in Blackson’s favor. With over 2 million Instagram followers, he has continued to amass an ever-growing fan base. His shows at Foxwoods Saturday seem to only support evidence of that.
Blackson is unique. Having grown up in Ghana and immigrated to the United States in 1987, his story is one of overcoming adversity, and many of his jokes hinge on dispelling African stereotypes. He started his comedy career in 1992 in the clubs of Philadelphia, eventually gaining recognition from rapper Ice Cube, which led to a role in the 2000 film “Next Friday” — a “money-move,” as Cardi B would put it, that subsequently helped launch Blackson’s career. A word of warning, however: Blackson's comedy is not for the faint of heart. The comedian relies much on a liberal use of profanities and R-rated sex jokes to keep his audiences laughing.
Michael Blackson, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox Theater, Foxwoods; $28, $45; 1-800-200-2882.