Costs Bellamy performs for the first time at Green Valley Cattle ranch Resort
. He is one of the important stand-up comics that made HBO’s famous Russell Simmons’ Def Funny Jam burn so brilliant. He’s appeared in dozens of movies and TV series such as Ways to Be a Gamer, Love Jones and Any Provided Sunday, and more recently in The Recover, Clerical and Castle. And he might have come from the term “booty call.”
Now Bill Bellamy is bring his own brand name of suave comedy to Las Vegas– or more specifically, Henderson– at the Green Valley Ranch Resort for Memorial Day Weekend. We talked with Bellamy about the state of comedy, staying away from politics and his Vegas celebration prepares today.
You’re a Jersey person who’s resided in Los Angeles for a very long time, but you don’t get to Las Vegas frequently. Why not? I have actually been to check out however I’ve just been working. Last time I was there we shot the Shaquille O’Neal All-Star Funny Jam, so that was like a year and half earlier. I enjoy Vegas, it’s a pity I don’t come enough, however it’s always enjoyable and there’s constantly a terrific turnout. People enjoy their home entertainment there. It’s a great place for music and for comedy, too, so it’s sort of the Super Bowl of entertainment.
From your viewpoint, is Las Vegas still a comedy capital? Oh, no doubt. If you’re not playing Vegas, you’re simply not doing it, you understand? That’s the area. That verifies your entire scenario!
The funny landscape has actually changed a lot given that you broke through in the Def Funny Jam days. What was it about that age that was so unique? There were so many of us that were so skilled and everybody had a strength of view about life, what’s going on the planet and how we were handling it. I think of comedians as the voice of the individuals. We are the men and women that offer the pulse of the nation through social commentary. And it’s a crucial function because we have a strong platform. Coming out in the ’90s, we truly maintained that in an exemplary way, and we were on cable television so we might really speak our minds. We weren’t being kept back since HBO was actually about pushing the envelope then, and it blew up due to the fact that we were raw and sincere. Hopefully we can get back to that since today whatever is so political correctness. You cannot say that, you can’t call him that, oh my God. Comedians need an unfiltered voice to be the genuine artists we want to be.
Has the PC things impacted your act? You haven’t generally focused on political things. I do not let it affect me or make me nervous. I still want to be me and say the things I wish to say. Everyone is so delicate, but it is exactly what is, it reoccurs in waves.
The thing about politics, it’s very funny, is that when you do political humor, it divides the room. Some people are laughing and some are not. People have a very enthusiastic view of politics and faith, so in most cases I tend to stay out of there due to the fact that I want people to come to my program and unwind and have a fun time.
You’ve been busy not just with stand-up and with TELEVISION projects, however a different stage efficiency lately. Yeah, we just did the Married However Single play and I ended up in St. Louis. It was truly fun. Doing that play was an actually fantastic chance to perform in front of countless individuals in various cities, I believe 8 markets, and people were simply badgering out laughing. I really took pleasure in the character I embodied, Jackson Kelly. It was sort of like doing stand-up as a character, however there was some real acting in there, too. Since I’ve been dealing with TV, I just had a brief window to do the play, I didn’t have more flexibility to be on the roadway with it. Now I’m concentrated on some [TELEVISION] projects that I’m producing and that I composed. And I desire everybody to come see me this weekend! It’s my first time at Green Valley Ranch and I can’t wait to kill it.
Are you going to hang out in Vegas for the weekend and celebration a little? Oh hell yeah! We got ta do something. I haven’t been in Vegas for a very long time, I’ve got to capture up!
Expense Bellamy carries out at the Green Valley Cattle ranch Grand Events Center on May 27 at 8 p.m. For more details call 800-745-3000 or check out stationcasinosevents.com.