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Comedy Man

Comedy Man

Comedy Man

Gay comic Sampson McCormick is hoping to navigate territory that Moms Mabley and Redd Foxx pioneered.

In the days leading up to the presidential election, it hasn't been easy to be a gay Black comedian. Sampson McCormick confronted white supremacists at one of his shows. But he kept soldiering on, performing a comedy routine lauded for bridging race, age, culture, and gender. Raised by a single mother in rural North Carolina, McCormick speaks often of hypocritical religious leaders, because he encountered head-on “the judgmental cruelty and fierce hypocrisy of homophobic preachers and self-appointed, so-called ‘family values’ bigots.”

Like Smollett, he’s used his brand not just to find followers (especially in the LGBT community), but to also keep them safe and healthy; which is why he’s performed comedy routines at STI clinics and talks frequently about why gay and bi men need to get HIV tests. The first out gay African- American comic to perform at the famed Howard Theater, McCormick also performed at The White House and the Kennedy Center. He has released three acclaimed stand-up comedy concert albums, including his most recent, That B*@&! Better Be Funny, which was considered for a 2014 Grammy nomination for best comedy album. Still, 2017 may also be the year he becomes a household name: it’s hush-hush but insiders say he has a possible development deal in the works. 


Read his converstation with our cover man Jussie Smollett here.

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