A Q & A with Nikkie Carr.
Nikki Carr is one funny lady. With a fourteen-year career under her belt and appearances on BET and Martin Lawrence 1st Amendment Stand Up, Carr makes her Provincetown debut this weekend with a special appearance for Women of Color Weekend. Carr took some time out of her schedule to talk about how she is a natural born comedian, being at sea with a boatload of lesbians, and what the “P” in “P’town” actually stands for.
Provincetown Magazine: Where do you get the most inspiration for your material?
Nikki Carr: You know, I really don’t know where some of the things I think of comes from. I’ve always had a knack for making people laugh and quick wit has been a gift since I was a kid. I would stop at nothing to get a big laugh from whomever my target or audience at the time. I’ve said it in interviews before and I’ll say it again because I feel it is very significant; my mother spent most of most days asking me the same question all the time, “Why are you so silly all the time?!?!” So apparently I’ve always been quite nuts! I have to say though, in my Mom’s defense, she never once told me to stop acting silly. When I became a comedian, she was there and thus her life long question was answered at my very first show where I received a thunderous standing ovation. I was so silly because I was born a comedian! The decision to make my silliness a profession came from my Mother who would always say when I asked her to help me locate my father (jazz great Bruno Carr), “get famous and he’ll find you!” Well I took her advice but not to find my father. I knew that if I could get on TV, that perhaps my daughters who had been kidnapped by their dad and taken to Africa ( because he didn’t want his daughters to be raised by the lesbian who birthed them), would find me. To make a long story short, that is exactly what happened. My daughters found me six months after I aired on BET’s Comic View!!! It had been 14 yeas since they’d been abducted.
PM: Wow! That’s an amazing story. Do your kids factor into your act? Do they find you funny or are you a little more strict at home than on the stage?
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