"I got nine felonies -- bitch, I'm Bill Bellamy!"
The famously esoteric Berkeley rapper Lil B immortalized the comedian Bellamy (who first came to public recognition in the 1990s as an MTV host) with an unlikely song last summer for no other apparent reason than a convenient rhyme. The real Bellamy, for his part, offered himself up to do the remix, but, alas, it never materialized.
Bellamy snatched up his favorite enterprising young comedians that he met from the four seasons he spent hosting the show Who's Got Jokes on TV One for his Ladies' Night Out tour, which stops at Cobb's Comedy Club for three nights starting Friday. A special from the tour called Crazy Sexy Dirty airs on Showtime on June 2.
During a phone interview, the congenial Bellamy politely juggled his responses with exchanging pleasantries with an admiring female fan at a Manhattan Starbucks who sounded like she wanted to attack him (sexually). He promised that, despite the name, the show won't leave men out and, in fact, it might actually be a good place for a guy to meet a new chick.
Why is this show focused on women and the topic of relationships?
It's the most fun from a comedic standpoint because it's stuff people talk about; it's fun. It's on everybody's mind. It was an experiment at first, but when we saw the response, we were like, "Yo, this is actually good!"
The thing that I like is, our catchphrase is that we're saving relationships, one joke at a time. So what we're doing is we're showing you the funny shit that we do and that guys think. We talk about what women really want in a relationship. There's a lot of, "Oh my God!" moments and girls screaming and going, "Yes! You damn right!"
Church, preach, tabernacle?
Yeah! It goes to tabernacle really quick!
Has this show improved your own relationship?
Yes, I've been married for 10 years and it's always an ongoing process. You've got to keep your relationship hot and you can't get lazy because then your shit gets corny and kind of dry. It's almost like redoing your house, you can spruce it up and you don't have to leave all your furniture in the same place for 10 years.
When people come to the Cobb's shows, will it be along the lines of what they'd see on the Showtime special?
Well, we've got new stuff now because we shot the special in November and now we have a whole new show because everyone's going to know the stuff from the special [once it airs].
You probably also want to keep it fresh for yourself too so you don't get bored, right?
Yeah! You don't want to always do the same stuff.
How much room is there for improvising?
So it depends on what you're getting from the crowd?
Yeah, and what's going on. You have to be loose enough to feel the crowd.
Can ladies get some real game from you at this show?
Yeah, definitely! And that's what's so fun about it. It doesn't feel like you're teaching anybody, but you're laughing and you're learning at the same time about the difference between our perspective and your perspective and how you look at stuff. And it's all honest, which makes it so funny. It's raw.
Kind of like that old men are from Mars, women are from Venus idea?
I think it's more like Jupiter ...
Is it the type of show where ladies drag their reluctant boyfriends along or just leave them at home?
It's really everybody that comes. You'll even always have like a table of dudes, which is hilarious. The numbers are in their favor!
Bill Bellamy appears Friday-Sunday, April 21-22, at Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus (at Mason), S.F. Admission is $20-$25.