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Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
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May 29, 2007

Downtown lit up with laughter

Author: Robert Rogers, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO - Scott Fig owns the stage with a booming voice and an outrageous take on male-female relations. Plucking a would-be heckler out of the boisterous crowd, the scrappy High Desert comedian observes that the man's "head is so big, (he) be like doing a flip when he bends down to tie a shoe," a hilarious prelude to performing a clunky somersault on stage.

The crowd throatily approves.

And Fig isn't alone. Ms. Jones, a straight-laced schoolteacher by day and sassy comedienne by night, roasts the men in her life for a slew of personal-hygiene peculiarities before closing her set with a crowd-whipping rap about foot care.

Then there's the headliner, A.J. Johnson, armed with a razor-sharp wit to complement a catalogue of major movie credits. Race, sex, wardrobe, your mother, it's all fair game to Johnson, who works so hard he totes a white towel to swab waves of perspiration from his face.

Six comics in total fired on all cylinders on Thursday's grand opening of what organizers hope becomes a fixture in the city's downtown: The Street Hustle Comedy Jam on Thursday nights. Organized and promoted by Street Hustle Records, a Hospitality Lane-based entertainment business specializing in rappers and comedians, the event is held at Ray's Downtown Nightclub. By day the venue is better known as Ray's Downtown Deli.

In its debut, the comedy show drew about 100 thirsty patrons to the full bar for entertainment at the intimate club, which is tucked in a small shopping center in the 100 block of South E Street.

Avant-garde it is not, but the sprouting of live, evening entertainment is exactly what city leaders and economists have long said is essential for the city's dim downtown.

If an event like this can thrive, the time for downtown San Bernardino's revitalization may have finally arrived.

"The goal is always to get more people downtown, but the second part of that question is what do they do when they get there," said City Councilman Neil Derry.

"We have some housing projects emerging, and we need the entertainment and arts to come simultaneously."

Derry said he's glad to see such a club crop up, and said the location of a nightclub near the the 66ers stadium could help push the venture over the hump.

"Their success could be that of the city," Derry said. "We need businesses big and small to succeed to rebuild our downtown economy."

Aside from a few microphone malfunctions and some hilarious misconnections between comedians and the DJ, all went smoothly.

But the real story was the talent - streetwise comics with a locally-inflected flavor that delighted the crowd. The troupe was fast-mouthed, gritty and armed with a nothing-is-sacred fearlessness that bruised feelings and stretched smiles.

Bobo Lamb, a veteran performer on P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy label, took the audience on a gut-busting jaunt through his poor childhood of snatching bologna out of friends' refrigerators, premature potty training and Q-tips as a luxury item. Lamb tailored his material to the city's demographic like a politician with a team of poll analysts.

"Y'all broke, who all is broke?" Lamb offered to hooting affirmation. "Well, y'all got to understand two broke people can't get together. It's like algebra, broke plus broke equals broke to the second power!"

The six comedians took the 8 p.m. show to well past 11 p.m., but few patrons were lost during the weeknight comedy marathon.

Thomas Mosley, a Street Hustle Records promoter, said the company will test the downtown market for live comedic entertainment at least through the summer before deciding the next move.

"We think San Bernardino's downtown area might be ready for this kind of live club entertainment," Mosley said. Showtime

What: The Street Hustle Comedy Jam, live comedy show

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays

Where: Ray's Downtown Nightclub, 168 S. E St.

For information and tickets: (909) 386-0303

(c) 2007 The Sun. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of Media NewsGroup, Inc. by NewsBank, Inc.
Record Number: 6009791 - San Bernardino Sun (San Bernardino, CA)


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"Kids Multiplication Motivation" by Ms. Jones & The U.E. Family... featured on CNN Headline News

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Ms. Jones is a stand-up comedienne, performing on stages around the world. You’ve seen her on BET’s comedy reality show, COMING TO THE STAGE, hosted by Bruce Bruce and judged by “Queen Diva Judge” Kim Coles. She also recently competed at the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Spotlight Comedy Competition in which she came in 2nd place! Ms. Jones has shared the stage with Damon Wayans, Capone, Dolemite, Thor, Kym Whitley and more. She jokes mainly about teaching in the ‘hood, relationships, her family, and wearing weave- she is an advocate! She also combines magic with her comedy, which is quite unique.

Ms. Jones is also a recording artist. She just completed her first Hip-Hop Educational Children’s CD and DVD entitled, “Kids Multiplication Motivation.” It contains multiplication/ skip counting songs with a hip-hop flavor that children are sure to enjoy. It includes her and her former students, The U.E. Family. The album also features 6th grade singing sensation Teira Church, the comedian TJ McGee, and the rapper Prophet X. Buy it today at www.msjonesproductions.com! Coming soon… Kids Multiplication Motivation Workbook. Ms. Jones also gives Kids Multiplication Motivation Workshops.

Ms. Jones hosts and produces her own urban inspirational radio program entitled “The Me & Ms. Jones Show” which airs every Tuesday morning at 12:30 am on 1460 AM KTYM in Los Angeles. Ms. Jones was “Radio Announcer of the Week” twice in 2003 and nominated for the 2004 “Radio Announcer of the Year Award” by The Southern California Gospel Announcers Guild. She also trains new announcers on broadcasting at American Radio Network.

Ms. Jones is also taking the television world by storm! She is the Hip-Hop News Reporter for a Hip-Hop TV show called “Skee Loves House of Hip-Hop. In addition, she is the host and producer of her own television variety show entitled “The Me & Ms. Jones Show.”

Ms. Jones has interviewed many of the greats including Rick James, Kool Mo Dee, LL Cool J, The Ying Yang Twins, Brandy, Jaheim, Ruben Studdard, India Arie, Steve Harvey, Kiki Shepherd, Free & AJ, Gabrielle Union, Traci Ellis Ross, Mekhi Phifer, Nicole Ari Parker, Mary Mary and many more!

Ms. Jones is an International Host, emceeing various events in the community and abroad ranging from fashion shows, award shows, brunches, plays, concerts, comedy events, and more.

Ms. Jones was born and raised in Newburgh, New York where she won the first Miss Teen Newburgh Pageant. She also participated in the Miss Atlanta Georgia Pageant. She has modeled in hair and fashion shows. In addition, she has acted in gospel plays, films, and has done voice-overs in commercials.