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by B-Daht,posted Aug 23 2011 3:59AM
Triad DJ hopes Hollywood comes calling
Brian McLaughlin has a goal, a goal that he hopes will take him from the earnest surroundings of Greensboro all the way to the star-making hills of Hollywood.
You see, McLaughlin, who most of you probably know as “B Daht,” the resident, morning-show wise guy at WJMH 102 JAMZ FM, wants his own sitcom deal. He’s seeking that deal the old-fashioned way: by performing stand-up.
“I’ve always been a funny guy,” says McLaughlin, who says it was his management’s idea to hit the comedy clubs if he wants to get on TV. “I felt like what I had been doing anyway, all my life, I had been doing pretty much stand-up.”
For three years now, the St. Louis-born McLaughlin, 30, has been honing his joke skills on local stand-up stages. But he recently kicked it up a notch by hosting his own comedy show, “Freestyle Funny Comedy Show,” at the Comedy Zone in Greensboro. McLaughlin and a quartet of North Carolina funnymen (Darren Brand, Burpie, Chico Bean and Osama Bin Drankin) do a monthly comedy revue that consists of stand-up routines as well as skits and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-style improv .
McLaughlin says the show has been a hit ever since it began in fall 2009, presented on the third Sunday of every month. So, being the ever-enterprising cat that he is, McLaughlin and his crew decided to branch out and do a monthly show in Charlotte at Club Skandalos. After debuting the show there, McLaughlin says the club wanted them to perform every Thursday in July, but McLaughlin had to turn down their offer.
“It’s difficult for us to do a weekly show because so much thought goes into it. I mean, every comic does a fresh set every show. We play fresh games. We do fresh sketches.” McLaughlin also believes that the more occasional the show, the more people will pack the joint to see it. “The demand for it every third Sunday makes the crowds stay around 300 people per show. They want to come out and see what the hype is about. You only get it once a month. So, it’s like, 'Oh man, I gotta put this on my calendar for this show, because they won’t be able to do it again until next month.’ ”
But just because they couldn’t keep a home in Charlotte doesn’t mean they’re staying put in Greensboro, either. McLaughlin and the boys did a college tour last year, hitting five major campuses in North Carolina, including UNC-Charlotte, N.C. State and Winston-Salem State University (McLaughlin’s alma mater).
This year, they’re on the road again, adding four additional colleges to the tour. It starts this weekend, when they’ll play N.C. A&T on Saturday and UNCG on Tuesday.
McLaughlin is banking on collegiate audiences spreading the word about him and his comic brethren tickling ribs in the Tar Heel state.
“80 percent of those [college students] aren’t from here, so when they leave and they remember the 'Freestyle Funny Comedy Show,’ they’re going back to their respective homes,” he says. “They’re going back to Florida. They’re going back to New York. ... And they’re all carrying the 'Freestyle Funny Comedy Show’ idea with them. And they’re all [like], 'Man, these guys are funny. We were at this show, and they did this and they did that. So, we’re reaching those other states, but we’re capitalizing on it while they’re here in North Carolina.
“We just want to build a buzz to a point where instead of us just trying to go out there to L.A. and throw it out there amongst them, we wanna build a buzz strong enough to where they’ll hear about it and, then, they’ll want to pick it up.”
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