The People Have Spoken and They Want More of Sommore
Chicks kick so much ass and when it comes to comedian Sommore, she's been kicking ass all in the name of funny with no need to take names for what seems like forever now. With a weekend run at the Ontario Improv (June 20th through 22nd), we jumped at the chance to finally talk to this little lady packed with big humor all about her new hosting gig on BET, to get her take on "apologies," and to find out how she feels about her fans that are now both young and old.
I don't feel old until someone tells me that they've been watching me since I was a kid!
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): I first saw you a long time ago and now you've attracted this younger generation as well. It's really cool, it must feel good for you.
Sommore: There is such an age mixture! It's crazy because during my show I now ask all of the 20 year-old's to make noise and then I ask all of the 60 year-old's to make noise. [Laughs.] There are people from all age demographics in the audience now and I love that. People come up to me and are like, "When I was young I couldn't watch you and now I get to come to your shows!" Creatively, it makes me feel like my work has really been working. Like it withstands all of these years. But then I feel old after a while like, oh wow! [Laughs.] It's like, I don't feel old until someone tells me that they've been watching me since they were a kid!
It's great to reach so many age ranges though. I come from that era when autographs were the shit! It seems like no one wants them anymore.
Yeah, I think it's all about pictures now. People don't care if you're coming from the gym, if your eyebrows are on, people just don't care. They can be all glammed up and you'll be coming from the gym and they still want that picture! [Laughs.] It's all love to me though so it's cool.
Obviously you prove this theory wrong but, do you have an opinion on people saying that women aren't funny?
You know, every time I step on that stage it is my mission to prove that women are funny. It's just my mission to do that. I think it's mostly men who say that too. Those men have insecurities that women are going to tell all of their dick jokes or something. Also maybe they're insecure that women are going to male bash. That's why I make it a point not to male bash because I don't want that cheap laugh.
I noticed that you don't talk a lot of shit on Twitter either. Have you felt any backlash or are you fearful about getting attacked for just joking on there?
With social media, I'm very careful with it. I don't do jokes on Twitter or Facebook because I want people to pay to hear my opinion! [Laughs.] I do! I talk about all of the issues that people are talking about on social media but I want people to come pay to hear them. I basically just give my tour dates, post what I'm wearing, or I may propose a question or something like that. Social media can be a blessing or it can be a curse. I've seen it work for a lot of people but I come from a different background where I need a little bit more privacy and discretion in my life. I just don't get into like that.
You are so right about it being good and bad though.
Yeah it's just crazy. And to each his own, whoever chooses to play the game I'll be with them. There are people on social media and their lives are changed! There are people that are now stars because of Twitter! My Twitter account isn't even verified but there are people with a whole bunch of followers and they are verified!