Q&A with international comedian Frankie “Trixx” Agyemang

Multi-talented comedian Frankie Agyemang, better known as Trixx, is joining a side splitting all-star comedy line-up during Kuumba Comedy Night: Celebrating our Identity. A regular on Much Music’s Video On Trial, Trixx has built a strong reputation, performing — locally and abroad — alongside acts like Russell Peters and Aries Spears.

Trixx recently took a few minutes to do a quick Q&A with our blog:

How did you originally get into Comedy?

I just fell into it. I was always a guy who enjoyed making people laugh. I was DJ/MC in the clubs. Then I made that transition into radio. But I’ve always wanted to be a comedian. I loved entertaining people. Fear of failure held me back for a while, till one day I just went and did it.

Who were some of your influences?

Back in the day, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence were definite influences. Right now though, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, Russell Peters and Louis CK are my influences.

Where do you draw inspiration from when coming up with your sets/jokes?

I’m an observational comedian so I’d say just every day life.

What was your favourite show ever?

Best show ever was opening for Russell Peters during the New York Comedy Festival in 2011.

What was your worst show ever?

Worst show was a show I did in Boston. Don’t really remember the venue and I don’t think I want to. I almost got booed that night because I didn’t come prepared. That won’t happen again.

What do you do to get ready for a gig?

I don’t have a set ritual. Sometimes, I’ll play Subway Surfer on my phone or just clown around with the people backstage.

What can you tell us about your show here at Harbourfront Centre during Kuumba? Are you excited? 

I’m always excited for the Kuumba festival. There’s always this really dope energy with these shows that I’ve always enjoyed. This comedy show will definitely be a comical journey through our various ethnic cultures. I love when we as a people can just enjoy and laugh at each other for one night while celebrating ourselves all at the same time. It’s gonna be a fun night.

What can you tell us about the other comedians who are performing that night?

Everyone knows and loves Jay Martin. He’s pretty well established in the city and will definitely have people laughing out loud. Marlon Palmer, whom everyone knows from his youtube videos (Things Jamaicans Say) has made his transition to stand up and I think a lot of his fans will be shocked at how funny he is live. Nick Reynoldson is just a monster on stage. Can’t wait for fans who haven’t seen him to get a taste of what this kid brings to the stage.

Any advice for up and coming comedians, or people thinking about getting into the field?

Yup…. Don’t!

Any last words?

Self esteem up yourself!

Kuumba Comedy Night: Celebrating our Identity
February 7, 2014