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By Jennifer A. Gordon
Be ready to receive an infusion of laughter. L.A. comedian Darren Carter, “the Party Starter,” is coming to town. He’ll be performing at Serna Plaza at Sacramento State’s University Union from 7:30-9 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 16. All ages are welcome. No alcohol will be sold or permitted at the venue. The show is free.
Energy, fun, hip hop and razor-sharp wit, Carter’s act has beat. His musicality pervades his comedy and gives it rhythm and punch. And, Carter’s the only comedian with a theme song, written by a rapper fan of his, Big Fluff Nickolantern.
Grown-ups like him, too
A favorite among college students, Carter has a solid following among the adult crowd, too. When I told a ‘mature’ gentlemen with three young sons that I wrote for AmericasComedy.Com, he asked gleefully, “Do you know Darren Carter, ‘the Party Starter?’ ”
Carter is a dad. He loves his son, and fatherhood provides fodder for jokes and pervades his comedy. He’s in awe of his wife’s devotion to raising their son “24/7,” while he’s on the road. This makes Carter even more lovable. His comedy is very grounded in “real life” and, because of this, it strikes a universal chord.
“Orange Armenian Baby-Man”
Carter’s new animated YouTube video, “Orange Armenian Baby-Man,” is fabulous. He and his 2-year old son (soon to be 3) watch it together. Carter said his son likes the part where the baby makes his own hip-hop sounds. Also, he said his son is terrified of the part in the video where the baby is running around with the umbilical cord still attached.
Social Media savoir-faire
Carter is social media savvy, and he has a fabulous webmaster. Even so, Carter has to check his website frequently, as English is his Cambodian web guru’s second language. For example, “Where is Phoenix, Az?” And, sometimes, cultural differences in graphic design appear. Rainbow colors, for example, simply do not work for a virile, heterosexual man. Carter said he wouldn’t be surprised if he went to his website one day and saw a tiny penis for the cursor. That would never do!
More Carter goodies coming soon
There’ll be another “Darren Cartoon” coming out in October. And . . . Carter and fellow comedian “Dangerous Dick” produce “The Dick and Darren Comedy Podcast,” which is surprisingly classy, intriguing, entertaining, fun and, in some cases, inspiring. Carter and “Dangerous Dick” will be co-producing these podcasts more frequently in the near future.
“The Dick and Darren Comedy Podcast” brings the audience into the green room, where comedians interplay and relax in online radio format. For example, their 15th show with Kyle Cease was incredibly inspirational, as Cease shared his insights into success, the world of comedy and changing our approach to ask different questions for different results. “Dangerous Dick” is masterful at navigating and guiding the show’s stars.
Opening for Carter Thursday night will be Leo Flowers and David Lew. Flowers has also opened for such stars as Bill Burr, Mo’Nique and Mitch Fatel. Lew has shared the stage with Kyle Cease, Craig Robinson from “Knocked Up” and “The Office,” Darren Carter and Manny Maldonado.
Come on out
Carter said he cannot wait to meet you. Come out to Serna Plaza at Sacramento State’s University Union from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. All ages are welcome, and it's free fun. This comedy show is sponsored by the University Union UNIQUE Programs. Parking is free after 6:30 p.m. on the top floor of Parking Structure III.