Comedy and rap both share a love for the clever punchline, with artists like Action Bronson, Eminem, and Method Man treasured as much for their wit and humour as for their skills on the mic. Now, hip-hop star Danny Brown—purveyor of such absurdist quotables as “I smoke green like I shot a ninja turtle”—is bringing the worlds of rap and comedy closer together. Last night, Brown made his standup comedy debut in Huntsville, Texas, in front of a 4,000-strong crowd.
Brown, whose funny side is also highlighted on Vice TV show Danny’s House, was opening for friend and comedian Hannibal Buress. “Tonights my first time going on stage and doing stand up … wish me luck,” the Detroit rapper wrote on Twitter before hitting the stage.
Contrary to most people’s standup debuts, he did pretty well it seems. “I didn’t bomb!!!!!!!” he celebrated after his performance. Brown went on to thank Buress for pushing him to go pursue comedy. “Hannibal killing em now owe this dude for life for giving me the confidence to finally get on stage,” he wrote sharing a picture of Buress from the sidelines.
“Definitely have a lot to work on but I can honestly say I’m addicted now and want to get better at this so I’m definitely gonna go hard when I get back home. So get that slash ready cause it’s rapper/comedian now. Thank you to everyone who sent me good luck wishes it definitely helped cause playing in front of 4K for my first stand up set definitely had me missing sleep last night,” Brown added in a series of now-deleted tweets.
Brown’s love for standup comedy and his appreciation for the art dates back to his schooldays when he couldn’t decide whether he wanted to be a rapper or a comedian.
“Comedy’s been a part of my life since rap was, ya know? It all goes hand-in-hand,” he told Complex in 2019. “I remember back when I was in school and I would tell people that I wanted to be a rapper and shit and them muthafuckas would laugh at me. From then on, I just said I wanted to be a comedian. Until one day, my teacher told me to tell a joke and I froze up.”