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Tell me what this is all about. It's really just about coming out. I love with the ballers, and their organization with Tyler (Tyler Lockett) and what the family are doing with them, Giving back to these girls, Teaching more than just the stuff on the court, but life lessons and how to be better. I could relate to some of the things as I went through a lot of stuff myself, and I just wanted to come touch some of the different places in Tulsa that are very important to people. And kind of give back and inspire, (and) to share my story. It's more than just about me being a comedian. I just really want to share my story. I think it'd be powerful and it would help a lot of people.
Can you tell us a little bit how maybe athletics helped you in your routine or helped you on stage? Yeah, I feel like basketball personally, saved my life. I come from the inner city, a lot of gang violence, a lot of distractions, a single household. There's a lot of things I had to overcome. So for me basketball gave me somewhere to go everyday, gave me something to do everyday, and it made me be around people that was positive for the most part, and doing positive things. So I think basketball gave me that thing to know what it is I'm going to do, to be the person that I need to be.
So can you tell people what they can expect from your routine? Like what can they expect to get when they come out and see you? Honesty. Just me and my growth. I'm only five years in the game, so I feel like in the five years, I've accomplished a lot! I'm funny and I talk a lot about personal experiences, Things I went through. Things I've overcome. Things I want to do. Things that's odd or weird to me, and just really like education. I like to teach in my comedy. Like, "Yo, this is what I did. Don't do this, but do this. And this is how you can make money. This is what you could do to be a better person."
Just talking a little bit about Westbrook's game. How does his skills and your skills relate? It relates a lot more than people think. We need to get this on camera (Pointing to the camera man!). Our game relates a lot more than people think. Especially when there's a passion. I think we all got that from our high school coach. We played together in high school and one of the things was. We took it personal! Every game was personal. Every practice is personal. When we stepped on the floor, it was personal. So I feel like he represents not just me, but our team our area we come from, LA. Cause that's how I play! Besides being able to jump really high and dunk and get a lot of rebounds, and be really good. Everything else I can do, like the trash talking, and the hustlin, and the reboundin. I can do all day. Defense. So I feel like he represents us. And just this never give up. I think that's transitioned to me in life now and what's outside of the court too.
So can you tell us a little bit like how you got hooked up with the foundation? Yeah, I got a great team of people that I work with So she (Rashonna Moore) ran across the foundation online and started. And I guess she ran into one of them. I met one of the locket family family members. And then from there she started reaching out and made some phone calls, a couple of meetings and talked about what their mission is and where they want to go, how our two foundations align, what we're doing (how it) aligns. And for me it was a no brainer because I like giving back and sharing and giving people opportunities. For those that don't have them. So it was very involved.
What do you hope to learn from this experience? I just want to keep growing. I think every time I perform, every time I talk, every time I do an interview, I tell a joke, uh, I deal with parents, I get better. I learn something new. I learn something about myself. I know how to tap into a different person, I know how to connect. When I talk I want to impact and connect to as many kids as possible when I'm talking. Same way I want to do on stage. So that's just making me a better artist because it's all the same. If you have an audience, from telling your story to telling jokes, you gotta connect to them. So I just learned how to connect.
Can you tell people why they should come out to the comedy show? Oh, for sure. They should come out to the comedy show because I'm funnnnnyyy, (Laughing!) I know my track record speaks. We've been doing the show in Oklahoma City for five years now, uh three years. This will be the fourth year, but the fifth show. So, you know we always sell out. I bring dope Comedians, mix it up all the time. Random celebrity guests. A lot of players gonna come down. And hopefully Tyler (Tyler Lockett) is going to come down. A couple of other Oklahoma celebs and influencers is going to come down. It's gonna be a fun show. I think my show is different because I host. My material is really fun. It's not offensive. It's just real laid back. I make everybody have a good time. It's a good vibe, great music, great comedians with diverse. We have people on this show from Oklahoma! From Tulsa! So I always reach out to the people and like, Ya (Yasamin Bayatfar), she did my show like four times now, she's funny. And she's a woman. She's Persian as well. So she has a whole different twists, there's an overall great vibe and a great show and it's for obviously to shed light on the foundation. It's a great cause!
Just talking a little bit about music, we support the local music scene. And we kind of always ask. What's your top five rappers? Oh, top five. It's my own personal opinion right? Any order, any genre of rap. I'm not going to say any order. Any generation. I'm not gonna say any order though. Okay. It's 1) Tupac, 2) Biggie, 3) Nipsey Hussle, 4) Tech N9ne. Music, right? I would say. We forget to count to five out. lol This is for the follow up interview.
Okay it's still basketball season. Top five NBA players. No order? No order. All right, I'm gonna say these two on purpose together. 1) Westbrook (Russell Westbrook). 2) KD (Kevin Durant), 3) James Harden. 4) Giannis (Giannis Antetokounmpo) , Bron (LeBron James). Argue where, you may. 6) Steph (Stephen Curry) if I had to give two sixes. Naw. I'm not putting Kyrie (Kyrie Irvin) on it. That's it. I'm sticking with those guns.
Okay. Who's your prediction in NBA Champion? Finals. Boston, Golden State. I mean Bucks, Golden State. I want Bucks in six. Ima Eric Bledsoe fan. That's one of my friend's, Eric Bledsoe. Kentucky baby! I rock with Kentucky. That's what I want if I had to pick. MVP should go to James (James Harden), he deserves it. Giannis (Giannis Antetokounmpo) is going to be MVP. I'm telling you that's how it works. That's, that's where it's going. That's the way the NBA want it. That's what they want.
I got to get your top five comedians. That's easy. As of right now? It's your list. 1) Martin Lawrence, Easy! Let's get that out fist, Martin Lawrence, number one. I'm telling you 2) Richard Pryor. You got to put Richard Pryor. Out of respect you gotta put Richard Pryor 3) Bernie Mac. I like 4) Eddie Griffin. That's a wild one, I like 5) Deon Cole. Twist. I'm twisted it up. A woman. I'll give you a woman that I like a lot. Wanda Sykes. Wanda Sykes is top 5. Six. If I had to have a six, if you made me, because of business and what he does off the stage, not on the stage. Not on. Kevin Hart because of business. The jokes they ain't top five. But off of business you make the list. You got to make it. Honorable mention.
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Last but not least what do you want people to get from your comedy? I want them to learn. I want them to understand. I really just want them to learn, understand, and just see my growth. See that it is possible. See that they can do the same thing. I want to inspire. Ima huge Nipsey Hussle fan. I think the best thing you can do is inspire a human being. And, I've been trying to inspire, do my part as much as I can, because it's easy to say what somebody is not doing, but it's another thing to do what you want to see. And that's what I'm trying to do.
Speaking about Nipsey. It was a sad situation. Can you just talk about a little bit about what he meant to you? How he impacted your life? Best question ever. Personally Nipsey meant a lot to me. Not that it's levels of people you lose or lost. It all hurts. But I have close friends, cousins, aunties, grandmas, that passed. And I didn't take it this hard, because it was a different type of hurt. It was like a, they're going, I'm hurting. This is like, I look up to him, and he's gone, and I'm hurting. I've been doing comedy for 5 years. I've been listening to Nipsey since '08. So in my whole journey, it was a blueprint. I've followed the blueprint. I kept listening, kept learning. So literally a lot of stuff that I do for me, owning all my content from my shows is from him. From me wanting to be the conversation as a partner. Like me and the L2S (Layups2Standup) Foundation, we're partners. Me and the show, we're partners. I got all that from him. So his influence will not just live on through me. I'm gonna make sure it lives on through me and Ima make sure other people do the same that gets passed from me. Shoutout to Nipsey. RIP.
Last question. What do you see this thing. Everything around you right now going? I see see everything just keep building. I feel, um, in terms of the show, in terms of in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I see us doing the Chesapeake. I see me shooting my first Netflix special in Oklahoma. And I see me doing the BOK here in Tulsa every year. And I see that growing. And I see the way that the city and the state took me in as a whole, and I feel like that's just going to spread through the United States and then spread internationally through cities and the world, hopefully. That's the plan. I think I have a great message and great story, and I want people to hear it. And I want you to laugh. Then I want you to cry. So if I want you to do all three. That's special! And then afterwards I want you to be like, "I got to come back and see (it) again. I want to hear more.!"So yeah.
Thanks to Demetrius "Juice" Deason for taking time to speak with us during his event for the Layups2Standup Foundation. To see him in person checkout his comedy routine at the Why Not?? Pop Up Comedy show in Tulsa!
Date: July 11th
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: Cain's Ballroom | 423 N Main St, Tulsa, OK 74103
For more information head to: https://www.layups2standup.com/
Here's to Demetrius "Juice" Deason and much success. As Nipsey would say:
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