Micah "Bam-Bamm" White
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The best kept secret in music


"Urban Weekly"

Keepin' It Real
June 4, 2008

“Bam Bamm” Micah White

Whether he’s sending line shots into the sideline as Volleyball Coach at James River High School, or sending audiences into the aisles, Micah White’s a busy brother. With one DVD under his belt, he’ll film his second, “Who Am I” at the Landmark Theatre in September. His humor is often wickedly adult, and delivers comic punch while making us laugh at our shared trials, triumphs, and really bad gas.

UVW - You’re a high school volleyball coach by day. How are the two jobs different?
Actually, they are pretty much the same. The biggest thing is, I can say just about anything on stage and get away with it. However, with my high school team, there are things I would never think about saying!

Also, with comedy I am the only one performing. With volleyball, I’m teaching my team how to perform.

What do you like to do when you get time off?
Sit at home, kick it with my boxer Boomer, and play poker. Other than that, absolutely nothing!

In your stand-up, you talk about relationships. Are you seeing anybody?
Right now I’m not. It’s tough being an entertainer and finding someone that’s all about you and not your career. I date, but as soon as they start talking about my career more than me, I know this will be our last date.

You have a DVD out, “Keeping It Real.” What was your favorite thing about making it?
I enjoyed everything about it! But the fact that the day I taped it the audience was 50% black and white was definitely the highlight of the evening. I didn’t know white people liked me so much!

What was the hardest part?
No one knows this, so don’t say anything. I had a horrible case of gas that night. So the hardest thing was making sure I didn’t empty the front row!

Do you think with the elections that it’s a good year for news satire?
Absolutely! A black man, a white woman, and an old fart… Couldn’t be a better year for it!

How do you prepare for a show?
I pray!!!

Where do you get material?
Everyday life. There is just about a joke in everything you do or see.

What was growing up in Alabama like?
I loved it! I was raised by my grandmother in the hood. We were poor when it came to finances, but rich when it came to love! I can remember getting Christmas gifts with other people names already on it.

Hell, I actually remember getting gifts that I was just playing with a month before at my cousin’s house.

Do you like Richmond? What do you like to do here? Where do you like to go?
Richmond is cool. There really isn’t a whole lot to do here when you’re in your 30’s and single except go to a bar or to a periodic show that comes to town. I like to go to Tropical Soul, Lucky Buddah’s, Paradise Lounge and of course, the Funny Bone.

When you see yourself in Urban Views Weekly, can we expect you to get a giant ego?
Nah. Honestly, I probably pray more about controlling my ego than I do anything else when it comes to my career. I personally think that entertainers lose themselves in their careers a lot, and forget who they really are. If I couldn’t do comedy anymore, I would still have a great life!

Where can I get your DVD “Keepin’ It Real”?
Right now you can get them after my shows and at the Richmond Funny Bone. Plan 9 and BK Music might have a few copies left.

I will be taping a new DVD in September at the Landmark Theater titled “Who Am I,” so that’s pretty much been my focus right now.

What’s your favorite beverage?
Starbuck’s special…Venti coffee Frappuccino - Coffee to the first line, strawberries to the second, and six pumps of classic syrup. Good stuff! You should try it.

Mariah or Mary J?
Both! For different reasons.

Landmark or Mosque?

When you break up with a woman, do you text her or tell her?
Neither. I piss her off and let her break up with me!

What’s next for you in your career? In life?
Career: There is a very good chance that I will be taping the next season of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam.
Life: Getting custody of my 7 year old daughter, who I love to death!
- Jessica with the Richmond Times Dispatch


DVD titled "Keeping It Real", filmed on 9-19-05 at The Richmond Funny Bone. 1hr 20mins

DVD titled "Live in FLA", filmed 3/7-10/08 at The Tampa Improv and Off The Hook Comedy Club in Marco Island Florida

DVD titled "Who Am I", filmed 9-26-08 at the Byrd Theater in Richmond, Va



About me:
March 24th, 1996, 9:00pm (est.), Ree’s Lounge, Fairfield, Alabama is when and where it all began. This would be the day that Micah White would step out and try his hand in the entertainment world. Unbeknown to him at the time, this would be the day that would change the rest of his life. Using his childhood nickname Bam-Bamm, Micah was allowed 10 minutes to make the crowed laugh. As he left the stage when his 10 minutes had expired, he noticed laughs, applause, smiles, and the host Rickey Smiley shaking his hand telling him in his ear, man you should keep coming. From that moment he’s never looked back. Micah “Bam-Bamm” Whites career has taken many turns since then. Shortly after his start he accepted his first tour with the Black Chippendales (male exotic dancers). He was their comedian and host. It wasn’t exactly the idea he had in mind for a tour, but it was work and he was making steps in his new found career. Since then he has toured and performed with comedians D.L. Hugely, Rickey Smiley, Bob Saget, Bernie Mac, Eddie Griffin, Paublo Francisco, Robert Schimmel and many others. Bam-Bamm has also traveled and performed with many, famed musical artist. Jill Scott, Beanie Man, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and The OJays, just to name a few. Micah was one the top ten regional finalists in the HBO Lucky 21 Comedy Competition, out of 220 comedians in the mid west and east coast. Micah is also one of few comedians that have a 100% return demand at every comedy club he has performed at in the nation! Since 1998 Micah has also extend his profession to kids and corporations. Starting with the DARE program in Greenville, Mississippi. Micah performed for 2 high schools and 2 middle schools with the message of staying in school and saying no to drugs. He also was the keynote speaker for the American Heart Association in Vancouver, Canada. Micah “Bam-Bamm” Whites comedy is definitely unique to his own personality and views. He gives every crowd, very high energy, and a show they will never forget! A lot of comics are funny, but only a few are flat out hilarious. This guy is definitely one of the few!!!!! Venues performed at; • Stardome Comedy Club-Birmingham, AL • Funny Bone Comedy Club(s)-Richmond, VA, Cincinnati, OH, Va. Beach, VA, Columbus, OH • Improv Comedy Club-Orlando FL, Pittsburgh, PA, Tampa, Fl, Miami, FL • Caroline’s Comedy Club-Manhattan, NY, • Café Echelon-Atlanta, GA, • Brass Key-Kansas City, KS, • Avalon-Boston, MA, • Theater of Living Arts-Philadelphia, PA, • San Souci Resort -Ocho Rios, Jamaica, • RIU Resort-Punta Cana, Dominican Republic And the list goes on…………..