How talented of a comedian is gospel singer Vickie Winans? I’ll tell you. Tomorrow she’s recording her first ever stand-up comedy DVD. And she has no material prepared. She’s going to do three shows “off the top of my head,” as she tells the below awkward television reporter on a Detroit news show.
But before I totally disparage Winan’s talents as a comedian, it turns out she did released a comedy CD in 1999. It’s called Share The Laughter. (Will begin to disparage now). And I haven’t listened to it, but I’m pretty sure it’s terrible. But what, no doubt, is worse is this interview, wherein she brushes off the concept of stand-up comedy like no effort is required to make a quality stand-up recording. It’s like she was bored and thought, “Hey how about I stand on stage for THREE hours and just say silly shit and make it a DVD! That would be fun, right?” And what’s worse, she only half-jokingly says she might put out a three-volume set if all the shows are good. Anyway, here’s the horrible interview, that I know I should just ignore, but can’t.
Here’s an idea I’m going to pitch. Check it out: Todd Barry live onstage singing gospel songs. For five hours. We record the entire thing — no editing — and release a track on iTunes each day of 2012.