7 questions for comedian Shari Díaz

C: Where are you from and what made you want to be a comedian?

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I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I wanted to be a comedian because I enjoy story telling and making a joke out of my past experiences.It’s not until you’re on stage you realize how much power you have over people when you make them laugh. I’ve always loved being the “funny chick at the table.” I was always the one the guys liked because I could be their “homeboy”, but has a vagina. But, then I wondered if they liked me because I was like the homeboy or was it because of the whole vagina thing? I don’t know.

C: So what’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

The funniest thing that’s ever happened to me has got to be when a friend of mine set me up on a blind date with a one-armed man. We agreed to go shoot some pool. I felt bad after noticing he had one arm because I told him I really wanted to go play pool. He won, surprisingly. We went out for dinner afterwards, and he was a gentleman. He walked me to my car as I carried a doggy bag with my leftovers, and he offered to help. He reached over and asked, “Can I give you a hand with that?” I looked at him and said, “Muhfucka! That’s all you can give! A HAND!” I just had to. He was cool and all, but on the other hand..

C: What’s the biggest challenge for up and coming comedians and how do you deal with those challenges?

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The biggest challenge for up and coming comedians is structuring your material and then building and maintaining a buzz. Considering the age we live in, the Internet is essential. And if you can’t structure your material to be delivered through a multitude of avenues, then the maintaining a consistent buzz and relevance will be difficult. The days of pure stand up comedy and the essence of conversation with the audience is long gone. We are in a digital age where we must attack our audience from all angles and keep them as stimulated as possible.

As a female comedian, we already deal with a stigma, “Female comedians are not that funny.” And it’s true! Most of these chicks are corny! Including me sometimes, this is why I actually study and write often and do research. I watch a lot of the news and listen to a lot of the issues that take place in my family and think about them. I don’t want to be grouped with your typical female comedian that uses the same hack material about fuckin’ guys that ain’t shit and how cheap they are and how good the pussy is. That’s lame. For all I know, my pussy might be lay-away worthy at best! I’m not fuckin’ me! So I can’t tell ya! Women can be so insecure, but they’ll rarely talk about it. I point my insecurities out and it’s funny!

C: With that being said, who are some of the comedians you admire?

My dad always had an impact on me when it came to comedy. He’s the funniest man I know. I admire his ability to make people laugh and how he always controlled the room with his stories and jokes. John Leguizamo is also someone I admire. From his one-man shows to all his movies, he kills it for me. I often listen to Paul Rodriguez, Chelsea Handler, Ellen, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Martin’s old stuff, Seinfeld, and I really love Richard Pryor. I recently started listening to more of Paul Mooney’s stand up, too.

C: And where do you see yourself in 5 years?

All I know is that in 5 years, I want to be at the TOP! Whether it’s the top of the comedy game, in movies, or/and writing books.

C: What shows and projects are you currently working on?

I am currently being booked for shows with Y? BNormal Comedy Tour organized and managed by Bishop Omega and Vince Hicks, and booking shows through Comedian Rob Wright. I have a show on June 27th at My Place Tavern and Restaurant in Wake Forest, NC, and August 6th in Raleigh, NC at Vegas Nightlife where a few comedians and I are opening for Tony Woods. I’ve been asked to be in a film called, “Bless Your Heart”. I am also working on my draft for my comedic memoir called, “Romantic Comedy.” I always promote upcoming shows and projects via social media.
C: Where can fans go to stay connected with you?

Fans can connect with me on www.facebook.com/shari2funny and Twitter and IG: SharitosWay

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