I work in comedy for a living

When I was a kid watching "The Tonight Show" I never could have dreamed that I would have a career in comedy at all. I came from rough beginnings, my mother was a heroin addict and we rarely had a place to live throughout my childhood. Often times we were homeless and living off the kindness of strangers. The only thing that made everything okay was watching comedians lambast society on television and I had caught the bug. I knew I wanted to be apart of that world in any way possible. After my mother's death at nine years old, my world was turned upside down. I went to live with my aunt and I gained a sense of a more normal life and finally lived in a house for the first time. I was bored out of my mind. After discovering editing in high school, I knew that I wanted to create videos and when I started college I also started doing stand up wherever they would have me. I was awful as most people are when they start. I made videos of myself and my friends journeys to get stage time and I created a series about comedy called "The Open Mikers". The videos were little mini documentaries about the struggles to actually become funny. It is because of these videos that I eventually got the opportunity to edit video for Chris Rock. He was and still is an idol of mine. I thought I might have arrived at that moment but fate can't be determined because life will never work out how you envision it. It will always make you wait for opportunity until you are truly ready for it. After leaving the business to try and survive I realized that fate would make sure I grew up first . Many jobs later I had finally gotten back to editing comedy again in the form of clips for Jim Jeffries and Eddie Ifft on their podcast. I worked for a few years with them and enjoyed every crazy moment. Much like when I started editing comedy videos for a roommate that eventually led to working with Chris Rock, Eddie Ifft got me a job working with his manager. I am back to editing comedy full time and now after so many years of doubt as to how I could stay in the comedy field, I finally make my living working with talented people. I'm a kid that literally came from nothing and while I still have more to do, I've already made it. I'm living my dream. 

Corpus Christi, TX - Feb 24 2018 @ Selena Auditorium

Hellllo Everyone Uncle Manny here! Make sure to drop everything and go see my very funny nephew Jo Koy at the Selena Auditorium in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 24! Get your tickets at jokoy.com and tell him Uncle Manny sent you! #BreakTheMoldTour

Posted by Jo Koy on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Kent, WA - Feb 19 2018 @ ShoWare Center

Hey Everyone its Uncle Manny here! Guess what there are only a few seats left for my nephew's (Jo Koy!) hometown show at the accesso ShoWare Center on February 19 2018! It is almost sold out so get your tickets now at jokoy.com!

Posted by Jo Koy on Sunday, February 11, 2018
Charlotte, NC - March 2 2018 @ Ovens Auditorium

Hey Everyone Uncle Manny here! My nephew Jo Koy is going to show Charlotte, North Carolina the love at Ovens Auditorium on Friday March 2! Get your tickets now at jokoy.com and tell him Uncle Manny sent you! #BreakTheMoldTour

Posted by Jo Koy on Thursday, February 22, 2018

Everything is racist

This image has caused an uproar when artist Dana Schutz had it on exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Why was it protested? Because it was painted by a white woman. Am I missing something? Why would the fact that it was painted by a white woman matter? She created the piece in order to bring awareness to a subject that is often not talked about from America's not so distant past. Lynching. 

This is another example of the claim of cultural appropriation misused. This is an artist interpretation of a photo of Emit Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago boy killed by a group of white men in Mississippi in 1955. 

I can't imagine why the Left has gone so far as to turn on someone attempting to empathize with someone that experienced a horrific crime just because of the color of their skin. This artist wasn't trying to make fun of the person, they weren't belittling their story. They were simply trying to understand and bring to light a story they felt passionately about. Who cares if they were white. 

In the 60's no one cared that many in the civil rights movement were white, willing to risk their lives alongside blacks because they felt it was the right thing to do. Times have changed. Today, people are more polarized than ever. I am starting to see the Jim Crow rights that Martin Luther King Jr. fought so hard to overturn now be proposed by Liberals. In colleges, there is a serious movement to have separate living spaces for black people and it's being proposed by black people. It is baffling that the supposed party of equality is willing to turn it's back on equality and justice for all. I'm begging to think that as our country get's less racist there are more accusations of racism. I am not sure why this is happening. 

The danger of seeing racism in something when none actually exists is that it makes people less likely to react to real accusations of racism that need to be dealt with. It is very much like the boy who cried "cultural appropriation" at every little thing. Eventually, people will not believe you and that is bad for all involved. 

I know racism will never truly go away because some people need it in order to explain their terrible lives instead of looking in a mirror. Yet, yelling racism at an artist or even a little girl dressing up for Halloween isn't helping. It is taking the validity out of your argument and that helps no one. I want to believe you, I want to fight racism with you. Please stop seeing racism in everything.

 

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Everything is Racist

by Chris Adams