Roland Martin mixes it up with comedians Ralph Harris, Royale Watkins, Chris Paul and George Wallace during the Black Hollywood edition of Washington Watch.
MR. MARTIN: Welcome back, folks.
Joining me now, a group of comedians. They all funny. Well, at least they say they are. First off, we[’ve] got Ralph Harris, dressin’ like Preacher Harris.
MR. RALPH HARRIS: Uh-huh.
MR. MARTIN: We got Royale Watkins. Cute t-shirt, Royale. We got –
MR. MARTIN: — we got Chris Paul. That’s just Chris Paul.
MR. CHRIS PAUL: You a sniper! [Crosstalk] –
MR. MARTIN: No, but you look like – [crosstalk] –
MR. PAUL: [Crosstalk] –
MR. MARTIN: — in them glasses right there.
MR. GEORGE WALLACE: Oh, my!
MR. MARTIN: And, of course, we got Mr. Vegas himself. He’s following in the steps of Liberace in Vegas — George Wallace.
MR. WALLACE: No, he didn’t!
OFF CAMERA: Wow!
MR. WALLACE: No, he didn’t! [Crosstalk] – Liberace.
MR. MARTIN: One thing I do want to ask you: when it comes to comedy … what kinds of groups do you prefer? Because there’re some groups that are very just sort of sedate and very calm. Then you[’ve] got those crazed folks who’re just fallin’ out laughing, yellin’ and screamin’. So what … groups do you like to work – rooms you like to work?
MR. WALLACE: I like black, white, Puerto Rican, old people, young people, babies. I like for the five-year-old kids to come in, ’cause, you know, they go to sleep, and they pay to get in like everybody else.
OFF CAMERA: Right.
MR. WALLACE: So, that’s just free money for me. I just like that.
MR. PAUL: You like little kids at the show?
MR. WALLACE: I love –
MR. WALLACE: — little kids at the show
MR. PAUL: What comedy clubs you play? Sandusky?
MR. PAUL: Sandusky’s Comedy House?
MR. WALLACE: [Crosstalk] – we just –
MR. WALLACE: — we just be horsin’ around! [Laughs.] We just be horsin’ around.
MR. WALLACE: Can’t you see Sandusky goin’ to prison, and the inmates: “We hear you like horses. Umph! Later on tonight, I want you to meet Big Brown up in here.” [Laughs.]
MR. WALLACE: “And if you get hungry, we got Sea Biscuit fuyya up in here, too.”
MR. MARTIN: I know there’s got to be one funniest city you rock in. Out of all the places you perform, this city is the funniest, who just – [crosstalk] –
MR. RALPH HARRIS: Columbus, Ohio.
MR. MARTIN: — Columbus, Ohio?
MR. RALPH HARRIS: Yeah, Columbus, Ohio.
MR. ROYALE WATKINS: Chicago. Chicago, to me –
MR. WALLACE: Chicago, man. Chicago.
MR. WATKINS: — is, like, always –
MR. WALLACE: Maybe San Francisco.
MR. PAUL: Houston, Texas.
MR. MARTIN: H-Town.
MR. PAUL: Houston, Texas.
MR. MARTIN: Smart man. You know why? My show. Native of Houston. He’s a very smart man.
Chris, way to go.
MR. PAUL: Oh, no. Houston’s off the hook. Huggie Low Down and I come down there and sell out twice a year.
OFF CAMERA: Nice.
MR. WALLACE: Is that right?
MR. PAUL: Favorite city. Favorite city.
MR. WALLACE: I – [crosstalk] –
MR. PAUL: D.C., “Chocolate City” – of course, we love it here.
OFF CAMERA: Of course.
MR. WALLACE: It’s always – what’s always good about – an ethnic city is always good, though. It doesn’t — whether it’s Atlanta, whether it’s Chicago, whether it’s Detroit –
MR. PAUL: Right.
MR. WALLACE: — you can – Detroit – we just sold out Detroit – 6,000 seats there. So, that’s a good city –
MR. PAUL: Wow.
MR. WALLACE: — too. So, don’t let me leave them out. Don’t let me leave them out. And Chicago’s always good. You know, they tell me the crime is so bad in Chicago, they’re trying to change the emergency number to 9. I don’t know whether it’s true or not –
MR. WALLACE: — but that’s what they tell me. I don’t know
MR. RALPH HARRIS: So they can dial faster. [Laughs.]
MR. MARTIN: [Laughs.]
MR. WALLACE: You been to Chicago lately? They got a law – talkin’ ‘bout gun control? Hell, the teachers in Chicago – e’erybody got a gun in Chicago!
MR. MARTIN: Now. we always have part of the show – look, we don’t mind shameless plugs.
OFF CAMERA: Right.
MR. MARTIN: So, what you got comin’ up – if you got anything comin’ up.
MR. RALPH HARRIS: A one-man show that I’m trying to take to Broadway, called “Manage Boy” – [crosstalk] –
MR. MARTIN: Okay. Stop one second. You got a one-man show you’re tryin’ to take to Broadway –
MR. RALPH HARRIS: Yeah.
MR. MARTIN: — which means you don’t have anything to plug yet.
MR. RALPH HARRIS: Yeah. Hey, that’s it.
MR. WATKINS: It’s goin’ to Broadway. It’s –
MR. RALPH HARRIS: [Crosstalk] –
MR. WATKINS: — goin’ to Broadway.
MR. RALPH HARRIS: It’s goin’ to Broadway.
MR. MARTIN: Look, so basically – Ralph, look in the camera and say –
MR. WALLACE: And you know –
MR. MARTIN: — you need investors.
MR. WALLACE: — Broadway – you know Broad- —
MR. RALPH HARRIS: I need investors –
MR. MARTIN: “You got any money out there?”
MR. RALPH HARRIS: — [crosstalk] – money.
MR. MARTIN: “I’m tryin’ to take my show to Broadway.”
MR. RALPH HARRIS: Yeah. [Chuckles.]
MR. WALLACE: And you’re –
MR. RALPH HARRIS: If you got some real money –
MR. WALLACE: — talkin’ about Broadway in Cincinnati. You ain’t goin’ to New York. [Crosstalk] –
MR. RALPH HARRIS: — if you got some real money –
MR. WALLACE: — to Cincinnati.
MR. RALPH HARRIS: Will Smith and Jay-Z, I know you’re investin’ in theater. I got somethin’ for you.
MR. WALLACE: Oh, that’s nice.
MR. MARTIN: Gotcha.
Okay, Royale, you have anything that’s actually tangible that you want to – [crosstalk]?
MR. RALPH HARRIS: [Laughs.]
MR. WATKINS: Absolutely!
MR. MARTIN: [Chuckles.]
MR. WATKINS: “The Mixtape Comedy Show” every third Sunday, New York City Gotham Comedy Club – “The Mixtape Comedy Show.” And follow me on Twitter @RoyaleWatkins for all of the updates.
MR. MARTIN: Aiight.
MR. WATKINS: And my wife will follow you back – so, you know.
MR. MARTIN: Which means your wife tweets for you.
MR. WATKINS: Exactly.
MR. MARTIN: Damn! That’s a lazy man!
MR. WALLACE: And she tweets for me, too!
MR. WATKINS: George, you’re out of order!
MR. WATKINS: Watch yourself.
MR. MARTIN: Speaking of wives, Chris, I know your wife adores me, but go right ahead.
MR. PAUL: She loves Roland Martin.
Keep supporting me on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.”
MR. WALLACE: She loves Roland – [crosstalk] —
MR. PAUL: Listen to my plug time!
Please support me on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” –
MR. PAUL: — with the “Morning Minute” and the NFL wrap-up. I’m nominated now for my second Emmy Award for my show in Washington, D.C.
OFF CAMERA: An Emmy!
MR. MARTIN: Okay! On that note, Chris Paul, Ralph, Royale, Chris, George – y’all keep talkin’.
That’s it for this edition of TV One’s “Washington Watch” –
MR. WALLACE: Yes, sir. [Crosstalk] –
MR. MARTIN: — Hollywood style.
MR. MARTIN: Be sure to tune in again next week.
They will work for free.
[RAUCOUS CROSSTALK CONTINUES.]
MR. MARTIN: 11:00 a.m. Eastern, right here on TV One.
Royale, at least wear a dress shirt next time.
MR. MARTIN: We’ll have an amazing and revealing interview with screen legend Danny Glover.
Until then, I’m Roland Martin.
[CROSSTALK AND CUTTING-UP CONTINUES.]
MR. MARTIN: They loud. They still ain’t gittin’ paid.