Welcome to the blog of B Daht Obama! I've taken a new approach to MY blogs - I write letters to people. Hopefully one day some of the people can actually read the letters I write. If you have an idea of a letter you'd like me to write to someone (they don't HAVE to be in Sports) send it to theescore@yahoo. Hope you enjoy, and comments are STRONGLY encouraged!
B Daht was interviewed by Go Triad:
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 âB Daht,â the resident, morning-show wise guy at WJMH 102 JAMZ FM, wants his own sitcom deal. Heâs seeking that deal the old-fashioned way: by performing stand-up.
âIâve always been a funny guy,â says McLaughlin, who says it was his managementâs idea to hit the comedy clubs if he wants to get on TV. âI felt like what I had been doing anyway, all my life, I had been doing pretty much stand-up.â
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, âFreestyle Funny Comedy Show,â 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 âWhose Line Is It Anyway?â-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.
âItâs 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.â McLaughlin also believes that the more occasional the show, the more people will pack the joint to see it. âThe 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, itâs like, 'Oh man, I gotta put this on my calendar for this show, because they wonât be able to do it again until next month.â â
But just because they couldnât keep a home in Charlotte doesnât mean theyâre 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 (McLaughlinâs alma mater).
This year, theyâre on the road again, adding four additional colleges to the tour. It starts this weekend, when theyâll 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.
â80 percent of those [college students] arenât from here, so when they leave and they remember the 'Freestyle Funny Comedy Show,â theyâre going back to their respective homes,â he says. âTheyâre going back to Florida. Theyâre going back to New York. ... And theyâre all carrying the 'Freestyle Funny Comedy Showâ idea with them. And theyâre all [like], 'Man, these guys are funny. We were at this show, and they did this and they did that. So, weâre reaching those other states, but weâre capitalizing on it while theyâre here in North Carolina.
âWe 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 theyâll hear about it and, then, theyâll want to pick it up.â
Contact Craig D. Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org