Chris James, a British-African comedian, performed a live stand-up comedy show for Bakersfield College via Zoom on February 25.
James began pursuing his dream of stand-up comedy after working as a model for some time. His comedy style includes stories, impressions, and characters. He appeared on VH1, FOX and HBO.
James’ comedy specials and one-man show appearances resulted in sold-out shows in New York City. He has lived in many places including England, South Africa, New York and LA. He continues to tour internationally to the best colleges and comedy locations in the world.
James uses comedy to share stories about his life as a person of color and the barriers he has encountered related to racism and discrimination.
He started the show by encouraging the audience to interact with him by unmuting the microphones and using the webcams for a more enjoyable experience.
James shared the judgments he’s faced with because of his looks. He said people assume he’s American just because he’s black. He also joked about people asking him what black people eat in England. He said he was mocked for celebrating July 4th because the British don’t celebrate it. His answer to that was “I love hot dogs!”
James told jokes about his parents who refused to get him a pet. The only pet they allowed him was a fish. He laughed at what his mother told him; The only reason he could have a fish is so he can fry it for dinner if he doesn’t like it.
James joked about the effect COVID-19 had on his dating life. From meeting people while maintaining social distance to making small talk with the eyes because he’s wearing the mask. But he loved the fact that COVID-19 saved him money on dating as he used to have FaceTime appointments. Once he went on a Facetime date, all dressed up with a glass of wine. To his surprise, his date was in their pajamas, still trying to wake up. “I miss dating in person,” he said. James’ upcoming project involves starring in a movie.