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Damon Wayans Jr. performs at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone

Darryan Miller | Contributing Writer

Despite the gloomy weather, Damon Wayans Jr., brought the sunshine as he performed Saturday, April 7 at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone. The premier comedy club was packed and roaring with laughter as Wayans delivered punchline after punchline.

The comedy club is set up with a theme of intimacy, as seating is communal and the stage close to the crowd. The brick wall backdrop on the stage makes for a very cool, clandestine, nightlife space. The Funny Bone is reminiscent of a speakeasy as there are a couple of cool entrances, dark lighting and electronic candles that sit atop of the tables.

The food and drink menu is impressive as their dessert drinks are delightful. When first walking into the club patrons are greeted with a separate bar in which they can order a cocktail before being seated for the show. Hands are stamped and tickets are scanned all of it building anticipation to release endorphins.

Wayans created a vibe that felt as if you were sitting in your living room with an old friend. He was very personable and casual as he interacted with the crowd, performing in a hoodie, and leaving no stone unturned with his jokes. Hitting topics like politics, babies, sex and race.

Wayans’ deliverance was nothing short of hysterical.

The comedian, actor and writer is not new to comedy. He comes from a long line of family in the television production business. At 20 years old he was hired to write for the television sitcom “My Wife and Kids,” making him the youngest staff writer in television during that time period.

Some of his works include the films, “Dance Flick,” “Let’s Be Cops” and being the voice-over actor for the character ‘Wasabi’ in the film “Big Hero 6.” He is also known for his role as ‘Coach’ on FOX’s hit sitcom “New Girl,” and performed stand up on the eleventh season of “Comedy Def Jam.”

All walks of life supported the comedian this past weekend, as he performed. The comedian mentioned his father, Damon Wayans Sr., paying respect to his works, while also using him as content. Wayans held nothing back as he dished out a set that would make even the oldest member of your family laugh. The comedian’s stage presence was rollicking and audaciously bold. As Wayans delved into Trump impressions and jokes about a certain male appendage, the audience erupted into laughter. The comedian seemed to know what America needs, and it is obviously endless laughs.

The only complaint is that it seemed like Wayans’ set went by too fast. You didn’t want the laughs to end. It was a good time for all. With a humble thank you, he left the stage walking out like a true OG, only the mic drop would be metaphorical. Damon Wayans Jr. puts the fun in funny by using controversy and life experiences as his shtick. The comedian took the Funny Bone and tickled it pink, making his stand-up set one for the books.