Talent Harris


Talent Harris makes listeners laugh every weekday from midnight to 5am on 98.7 KISS FM. The intrepid comedian recently appeared on Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up and hosts Amateur Night at the Apolloat 7:30pm on Wednesdays starting January 27.

You're pretty seasoned. Do you have any advice for up-and-coming comedians?
Talent Harris:
I meet a lot of up-and-coming comics, and the advice I started giving them some 15 years ago, which I still give, is stay onstage! As much as humanly possible. There are seven days in a week, so you should be onstage 14 times a week.

Were you the funny guy growing up, or is it something you developed?
Yes, I was pretty much the playground clown! I developed timing, though.

Have you ever bombed a show?
Well, I'm knocking on wood right now as I tell you that I've never bombed in NYC. The night is young....

How did you come to host Amateur Night at the Apollo?
Well, the Apollo has two versions of Amateur Night. There's the real live one on Wednesdays and the TV-taped one that they film twice a year. Hosting the unaired version is how I came to get the gig for the TV version. I did that live for over 10 years. One day, while hosting a live show, they brought in the donkey from the Juan Valdez coffee commercial, and he started wandering all over the stage while I was reading some cue cards. Being that I'm afraid of horses, it was funny watching me trying to act like I wasn't, when actually I was 23 seconds from pissing my pants.

Where in NYC do you live and perform?
I've performed at all the comedy clubs here in NYC, and I reside in money-earning Mount Vernon! You know, right outside the Boogie-Down Bronx; home of Denzel Washington and Heavy D.

Make me laugh. Go!
Make you laugh? George Bush is the greatest president ever! See?

What is your pre-show preparation ritual?
Patrón, Grey Goose, praying. I think that's the order.

Who are some of your comedy heroes?
Richard Pryor, Monteria Ivey, Redd Foxx. Damn, they're all dead, huh?