Delo Brown | Comedienne | Hair Icon
Native Detroiters are known for their sense of style, fashion, and comedic prowess. What places do you pull from as a comedienne?
As a comedienne born and raised in Detroit, I get my content from my environment. The simple day to day s— that happens to me is so worth sharing. From an encounter at the gas station or just a conversation with one of my eight boyfriends, I pull from the things that are around me and I share my stories with the world. Detroit translates through my material so well. That's what creates a bomb a— story. People like it when you're honest and talk about yourself, so it just makes sense to talk about the s— that happens on a day to day basis.
At what moment did you internalize your point of arrival within the comedy world?
After my first sold out show. Selling out a show in 48 hours without ever stepping foot on a stage let me know that I had just kicked down the door. I didn't need any more proof after that. Delo Brown arrived and she's here to stay.
You are a stickler for manifestation and positive energy. Tell me how these traits guide your career.
Manifestation and positive energy play such an important role in my career. Both of those things have gotten me to where I am today. I manifested my comedy dream by speaking it into existence. I envisioned it, I dreamt it, I wrote it down, I prayed over it and I did it. I remained positive about it even when times got rough. I faced a lot of adversity being 24 and a young black woman trying to plant her feet in a male dominated field.
You’ve done sold-out comedy shows in Detroit (How Funny Can You Get, LiveAt25, What A Time To Be A Bad B—, The Blackout) and around the nation. You also were recently a guest performer on the Amanda Seales, Smart, Funny & Black tour stop. How do you cater your approach toward each audience you perform for?
Yessss! Anytime people mention Amanda Seales to me I squeal. I love her so much. Any who, when it comes to catering to an audience, I learned that if it ain't broke don't fix it. I remain true to myself. Why switch up? The people came to see Delo Brown so I'm going to be just that. Code switching doesn't necessarily transcend into the comedy world, so they get what they get!
How does being in an affluent area of talent such as Detroit aid in your future as a comedian?
Being in a talented community such as the Motor City, the birthplace of Motown and techno, inspires me so much. We are entertainment. It's rooted in my blood, especially knowing that Stevie Wonder and the Temptations had houses on my block. As a Detroiter, I come from a legacy of elegance. With that on my shoulders, I make sure I hustle hard like the people before me and put on for my city in the best way possible.