The highly anticipated Eddie Griffin and Friends Comedy Slam at the Arie Crown Theater on August 31 was a great way to kick off Labor Day Weekend. Comedians, Kym Whitley, Bruh Man and G-Thang joined Eddie Griffin at the show. Mr. Griffin was true to form with his raw comedic style. He said that "he does not mince words." Although the show was hilarious, Mr. Griffin addressed a few serious topics, such as the Trayvon Martin case and racial issues. He used comedy as platform to address taboo topics in a positive and funny manner. When asked if he was concerned about backlash from his comments; he said that "When you speak positivity, positivity comes back to you positively."
According to media personality, Pharaoh the Wordsmith, "It didn't feel like they were telling jokes. It felt like we were a part of the conversion." There was a lot of audience participation and interaction with the crowd. There was a strong sense of genuine friendship among the comedians. They all displayed, not only a sense of humor, but great showmanship. Local comic, Stick opened the show.
All of the comedians expressed how great it was to be in Chicago; and enjoy the food, attractions and people. G-Thang said that "Chi-town is real. St. Louis is real. If you can make these people laugh, you can make anyone laugh." Eddie Griffin spent some time in the Chicago area, when he completed boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Base. They paid homage to the late Mr. Bernie Mac. Bruh Man shared personal stories of what it was like to work with him.
Eddie Griffin will be appearing a new movie called Mucho Dinero to be released in December. He is currently playing The Rio in Las Vegas. Visit the Eddie Griffin website, for show details, to book him or connect on social media.