“Eventually the World Will Catch On”

Openly Gay Comedian, Sampson, takes Instagram to share a touching story with his followers. He talks about how he got started in comedy at 16 years old and the struggles he has gone through from then to now. This is definitely a heavy post from the usually funny Comedian.

Today, im celebrating 15 years in comedy.. I started as a 16 year old boy, with acne, pimples and low self esteem but a point of view and a sense of humor that helped me survive some of the worst things a child could.. (Homelessness, without money, sleeping in cars and greyhound stations, motels and bus stops, going to Wendy's to wash up in the bathroom in the morning before school, then meeting my mom after to clean houses for $30 so we could have money) and started sneaking into a smoky bar (Teddys House of Comedy) in China Town DC.. I was under the age limit, so I'd have to give the bouncers my lunch money to get in.. When I started having good sets, they started letting me in the front door. To, a couple of years later, me "coming out gay", not just to my mom, family & friends, but also on stage. I got kicked off a tour.. And was talking about being black, gay, etc. On stage before we got on TV and when really no body was talking about it unless they were making fun of us. Aside from identity, I also use the stage to probe the issues of life that make people uncomfortable.. Race, religion, politics, sexuality as a black, gay man.. Has it made the road easier? No. Have I gotten the fanfare I know I deserve (if you wanna talk about content and talent)? Nope. Are minorities getting mainstream exposure or opportunities in comedy since the end of Def Jam & Arsenio? Hell no.. And if I didn't believe in myself.. I would be bitter.. But I am angry and I use that anger to push forward and continue being the funny, fine ass, groundbreaking Muthafukka that I know I am.. Im still selling out venues, im still creating a catalog of work that could rival name whoever, and most of all still love what I do.. Eventually the world will catch on and the doors in this business will open for something different. Im proud to still be standing and I appreciate anyone who's supported my work. It means the world. ❤️ #comedy #shows #tour #carefreeblackboy #blackexcellence #art #theater #gay #qpoc #blacklivesmatter #fashion #atoughacttofollow

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Today, im celebrating 15 years in comedy.. I started as a 16 year old boy, with acne, pimples and low self esteem but a point of view and a sense of humor that helped me survive some of the worst things a child could.. (Homelessness, without money, sleeping in cars and greyhound stations, motels and bus stops, going to Wendy’s to wash up in the bathroom in the morning before school, then meeting my mom after to clean houses for $30 so we could have money) and started sneaking into a smoky bar (Teddys House of Comedy) in China Town DC.. I was under the age limit, so I’d have to give the bouncers my lunch money to get in.. When I started having good sets, they started letting me in the front door. To, a couple of years later, me “coming out gay”, not just to my mom, family & friends, but also on stage. I got kicked off a tour.. And was talking about being black, gay, etc. On stage before we got on TV and when really no body was talking about it unless they were making fun of us.


Aside from identity, I also use the stage to probe the issues of life that make people uncomfortable.. Race, religion, politics, sexuality as a black, gay man.. Has it made the road easier? No. Have I gotten the fanfare I know I deserve (if you wanna talk about content and talent)? Nope. Are minorities getting mainstream exposure or opportunities in comedy since the end of Def Jam & Arsenio? Hell no.. And if I didn’t believe in myself.. I would be bitter.. But I am angry and I use that anger to push forward and continue being the funny, fine ass, groundbreaking Muthafukka that I know I am.. Im still selling out venues, im still creating a catalog of work that could rival name whoever, and most of all still love what I do.. Eventually the world will catch on and the doors in this business will open for something different. Im proud to still be standing and I appreciate anyone who’s supported my work. It means the world. ❤️

I always find it so interesting how we never know exactly what people have gone through and what they are going through. Sampson seems to be in a great place of using his struggles as motivation to keep pushing forward. That’s something that we all should be doing!

#StayNspired!

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