Onion Juice: Countdown to the Purple Onion (Jabari Davis)

The countdown to August 28th continues. On that day I perform at the Purple Onion (8PM). A day more than a month away and with each day my excitement continues to build. One reason I’m excited is because of whose running/headlining the event: Jabari Baraka Davis

Jabari has been the champion of a Renaissance since the beginning of the year. Fed up with the confining comedy system in the city he decided to take his name and brand and shoot it into the stratosphere. 

With that decision, a ton of great comedians are being highlighted and an excitement has enriched the scene. Jabari is doing big things and he’s doing it with style, grace and poise.

Coupled with this new business plan is the opportunity for one of the best performers based in the Bay Area to continually impress and charm on stage. I’ve have the pleasure to work with Jabari a few times (Alameda Comedy Jam, 4th Street Tavern) and his crisp delivery and polish is always on point. 

This isn’t steam. Jabari is one of my favorite comedians because his ability to take his life experiences and make them resonate with everybody in the building. I’ve seen what he’s talking about: Satellite Thugs, Frozen Yogurt, Post Hood Syndrome, Whole Foods. What makes it special is he finds the essence of the situation and paints it with painstaking comedic detail. 

Plus my Mom loves his act and that’s a great stamp of approval in my book. 

Onion Juice: Countdown to the Purple Onion

Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion is one of the most personally influential comedy DVDs. Released in 2007, the movie proved to be the bonding force between me and one of my best friends, Caleb Welsh. The movie started a number of friendships but it was with Caleb and I that my comedic mind started bubbling overtime. Our senses of humor clicked absurdly well, and when our school hosted a small open-mic comedy event we looked to each other for inspiration. Hours were spent at the Xtreme Bean in Tempe, AZ; writing jokes in Lisa Frank folders trying to make each other laugh. Every comic has a friend that they wish followed in their pursuits of comedy, because they hold their friend in greater comedic esteem than themselves (the better funny person syndrome I guess). Well Caleb was/is that for me, and knowing him is all thanks to Mr. Galifianakis.

Onion Juice: Countdown to the Purple Onion (Introduction)

So, it’s happening. August 28th, 2010 I will be performing at the Purple Onion for the first (but hopefully not last) time. To those not in the know, the Purple Onion is a big deal. The history is deep within that cellar, the name carries weight, and it’s beer is really good. I like the Murphy’s Stout.

I’ve been on the stage once before, during Justin Scale’s Bullshitter of the Month competition. That night I tested my improvisation skills against some of the funniest people in Bay including Trevor Hill, Kurt Weitzmann and Kaseem Bentley. But this time, under the banner of “Jabari Davis and Associates”, I will be performing my own silly material. 

To properly convey my excitement I introduce: “Onion Juice: Countdown to the Purple Onion”. The Juice comes from being legally names Orenthal James. Anywho, I will be posting things related to the Purple Onion as I train my ass off and get my performance pristine and polished for a month from now. Hope to see you down there as I stand amid the ghosts of greatness.