This was the year blackface was really big, in 2013. In talking to her, all these jokes just materialized and by the time I got to the venue, I was like [forget] the other stuff. In comedy, you may be cute, you may be able to add a little extra to your routine, but if you're not funny, no one's really rocking with you — and if you're a black woman you better be hilarious. You better not just be funny, you better be hilarious, writing and able to host My style of comedy is definitely very heady.I went on stage, did it and the audience was with me. I wouldn’t say it's different than my peers’, but for the mainstream view of what black women comedy has been, I think we’re ushering in a type of comedy that’s not [about] just sex and relationships, but also sinking our teeth into political and social issues in a way that black women haven't really been lauded for in the past.With those five words, Seales, who stars in “Insecure,” rebuffed centuries of antagonism that black women, and black people, have faced for voicing their opinions in manners not respectable enough for others.
I’m passionate.” These are the words that stood out to masses when comedian Amanda Seales confronted Caitlyn Jenner last month during a live-streamed “dinner with discourse” hosted by Katy Perry.
Others in attendance included comedian and activist Margaret Cho, CNN commentators Van Jones and Ana Navarro and recording artist Yung Skeeter.
That portion of the conversation trended online for days.
“I feel like so often we have people brought to the table to have these ‘discourse’ conversations and all they're doing is being passive with each other and trying not to hurt anyone’s feelings,” Seales said just days later.
Then, “Saturday Night Live” was looking for a negress and all these shows popped up in New York with people [hosting] black women in comedy showcases. Most of the time we’re being given platforms and then expected to speak about our [vagina]. For me, to be here less than a year and be on a hit show that is inspiring black people, black creatives, that's changing the climate of the black creative canon and to be a character that I really get to act in because she's the complete opposite of me, that's a crazy blessing ... [laughs] This is opportunity meets preparedness, because I’ve been grinding a really long time and I’ve been broke for a lot of years.
I randomly got a call for one of them and was on stage with Marina Franklin and Sasheer Zamata, who ended up getting the job, and all these women. My comedy is different in that it's rooted in social commentary and if I could just talk about racism and sexism and wack dating, that would be all I talk about. I may not have looked like it because if you're fly, you don't need a dollar. But I was riding hope as currency for a very long time. I want to be a multimedia mogul and be able to have work that exists in my voice across many platforms, to be able to do stand-up year-round globally.On her podcast she mentioned that even if u show up alone you will feel like your with family..she definitely delivered on that. "Awesome Show Tabernacle presented by Cricket Wireless - Atlanta Amanda Seales is hilarious and I loved the format of the show.Amanda was lit the entire time and never failed to give us that authentic her, bc she was quick to tell u NGMFU!! Tabernacle presented by Cricket Wireless - Atlanta The Amanda Seales experience, talks to the pysche on a different layer that just jokes and comedy. The game show theme and the audience interaction was brilliant. [laughs] But I’ve always just been the loud, short, flat-chested funny girl.I was in the music industry as Amanda Diva for 10 years, but I realized that I had bigger work to do and needed to get busy doing that work.“It shows me how hungry we are for truth.” And therein lies the root of her comedic style and plan to take Hollywood by storm.