what is Black Card Declined?

Black Card Declined is a game show style comedy night about Black Culture and History.  Hosts Michele Sometimes and Charity Sade invite four comedians to vie for stage time by answering questions about African American history and culture. The audience also participates and can win fun prizes.  This show brings the community together to learn something new and laugh a lot.  You might even win the Blackity Black prize! 

meet the Brainy Girls, Michele Sometimes & Charity Sadé

Michele Sometimes is a writer and stand-up comedian based in the DC Area.   She has featured and hosted at the monthly DC Improv Comedy Showcase as well as showcases at Arlington Drafthouse, DC Drafthouse Comedy, and The Comedy Loft At Bier Baron. Michele has featured for touring comedians such as Bengt Washburn, Rob Cantrell, Alycia Cooper, and Rick Younger. Under her production company Brainy Girl Productions, she is the founder of The Sometimes Pop-Up Comedy and Improv Show, an interactive comedy and storytelling show about awkward sex called SMASH!, and a comedy game show called Black Card Declined. 

Michele Sometimes is a writer and stand-up comedian based in the DC Area.   She has featured and hosted at the monthly DC Improv Comedy Showcase as well as showcases at Arlington Drafthouse, DC Drafthouse Comedy, and The Comedy Loft At Bier Baron. Michele has featured for touring comedians such as Bengt Washburn, Rob Cantrell, Alycia Cooper, and Rick Younger. Under her production company Brainy Girl Productions, she is the founder of The Sometimes Pop-Up Comedy and Improv Show, an interactive comedy and storytelling show about awkward sex called SMASH!, and a comedy game show called Black Card Declined. 

How did you get the idea for Black Card Declined?  

I was looking for an idea to combine with comedy that would bring in a cultural component. I wanted a way to have fun, laugh and bring people together after the presidential election. I played a card game at a party that was super fun, so I took the aspects of that trivia game and thought of ways to incorporate the audience. That’s where the show was born.

How is this show different than a "typical" stand-up show?

It includes appropriate ways for the audience to interact with the comics and opportunities to “win” at the show!

Have you had a favorite moment in one of the shows?  

At one of the shows, a gentleman was super happy to answer a question correctly, he won a “blackity Black” prize even though he was a middle aged white man. He was really excited about it! Another moment was when someone answered a music question correctly. The whole audience started to sing the song! That’s when I understood how much fun people were having!

How did you get your start performing / producing?  

I started stand up as an alternative to acting in plays. My kids were still small at the time and auditioning and rehearsals were taking up too much of my family time. As a suggestion from a friend, I started doing stand up because I can prepare and practice in shorter periods of time.  I started and couldn’t stop! I was hooked immediately. I produce shows to give an opportunity for audiences to enjoy interactive shows and female comics of color more opportunities to perform. 

 

Where can people find you and all the other cool stuff you have going on?

They can follow Brainy Girl Productions on Facebook and @michelesometimes on Instagram.

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