Stand-up comedy show coming to Arthaus Projects this weekend
Area native and stand-up comedian Kenan Jerome Floyd will be returning to the city for a comedy show at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Arthaus Projects, 140 W. Fourth St. The event, which is being coordinated by The Comedy Shop, will also see opening performances from comedians Rubi Nicholas and Rasheed Wesley, and will be hosted by Kevin Seibert.
Floyd, who now lives in Los Angeles, will be making the trip back to town on his “The Millennial” tour. The basis for his act revolves around his turbulent religious upbringing and eccentric family. It also invokes themes of philosophy, race and fake outrage.
“My comedic style is autobiographical storytelling,” Floyd said. “I speak on every situation and how it pertains to me and what my perspective is on it, rather than tell people how they should feel.”
With a rapid-fire and unpredictable style of joke telling, Floyd draws inspiration from comedians like Richard Pryor, Moms Mabley, Wanda Sykes, Bill Cosby, Patrice O’Neal, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle.
After performing for the first time at a high school talent show in 2003, he has been doing stand-up steadily for the last 15 years.
“I was the only African American at Montoursville Area High School and dealt with bullying because of my race,” Floyd said. “So, I took to comedy to take a little bit of the pressure off.”
After moving to Los Angeles in May of 2018, Floyd has been able to further his career by doing more shows and setting out on his own tour. He is also writing for TV and film now, with hopes to release two TV pilots and a feature film next year.
“My biggest obstacles at the moment are trying to gain relevancy in entertainment while everything is changing, and sticking to what I truly believe in,” he said.
With shows lined up in New York City and Chicago following his Williamsport gig, Floyd will only be able to stay in town for one evening before getting back out on the road. He will also be doing many more shows across the country this fall.
“I’m excited to return and tell my story,” he said.
Tickets for the show can be purchased at the door.