Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Q&A: Comedian Willie Lynch Jr. Spreads His Goofy, Diverse Funny around Town

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Q&A: Comedian Willie Lynch Jr. Spreads His Goofy, Diverse Funny around Town

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Willie Lynch Jr. isn't the typical funny guy on St. Louis' comedy scene. He doesn't have ambitions to burst out of the city (been there, done that), doesn't want to be on TV, and laces his routine with real knowledge obtained while studying at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., from 2003 to 2006.

He has opened for D.L. Hughley, Hannibal Buress, Bill Bellamy, Lil Rel Howery and Cocoa Brown, performed at Helium Comedy Club, the Funny Bone, the Laugh Lounge, Luna Lounge, the Apollo Theater and Caroline's on Broadway in New York City, and the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, Calif. He also has two comedy albums under his belt, including the most recent, "Willie Lynch Jr. Live From the Atlanta Comedy Theatre."

Lynch will perform two sets this week as part of the Flyover Comedy Festival in the Grove: Thursday at "Best of the Lou" and Saturday at the Monocle.

"I can go hard on just about anything and make you laugh," Lynch says. "I pride myself on that and talking about things onstage that are different from the average stand-up."

Q - How would you describe your style?

A - It's very diverse. I'm a very diverse person. Growing up as a kid, I looked to Eddie Murphy and Marlon Wayans. So part of what I do is the goofy kid from East St. Louis. And part of what I do is also influenced by Fisk University. That makes me able to talk about serious issues, but make you laugh about it.

Q - You talk about being fit and eating right in your routine. How did that come about?

A - It comes from having gone to Fisk. It exposed me to a bevy of things. And one of the things I got conscious of was my African heritage, and part of that was the way we eat. I like the positive effect it has had on me. It's very important we get our diet right. We're dying from disease, from what we eat, not just police violence and black-on-black violence. …

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