Sampson McCormick has done it all. An award-winning, openly gay, black stand-up comedian, writer and activist, Sampson has produced three comedy albums. He‚Äôs written two books. He‚Äôs won several awards including most recently the Gillard-Alston Award For Contributions to LGBT Youth Empowerment (2012). He was also named Velocity Magazine‚Äôs Best Comedian in 2009 and has been featured in publications across the District including The Washington Examiner, Metro Weekly, Washington Blade, SWERV, Truth Magazine, and the Washington Post. At this point, we‚Äôve just gotten started on listing his accolades.
This Sunday, April 28, Sampson McCormick will grace the LYGO DC stage at Desperados on U Street (1342 U Street NW) to address the challenges he‚Äôs encountered in his young life. Sampson‚Äôs comedy is highly personal as he discusses a difficult childhood that included growing up black and gay amidst an abusive step-father, homelessness, homophobia in religion, and bullying and domestic violence. Sampson uses humor to put the audience at ease when conversing on these tough topics, allowing the audience to laugh with him and embrace his struggle.
Performing comedy across the nation since 2003, Sampson also makes time to speak out against the issues which have affected him the most. He tirelessly crusades against homophobia, poverty, and youth homelessness. Sampson truly breaks down barriers, having performed for mainstream audiences at such famous venues as Broadway in New York, Arena Stage, DAR Constitution Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The 2012 International AIDS Conference at the Washington Convention Center, and at College campuses including Harvard University and Emerson College, as well as LGBT pride festivals and events. He has worked alongside notable acts such as Patti LaBelle, Kate Clinton, Karen Williams, and RuPaul.
Sunday evening‚Äôs show will also feature Natalie McGill, winner of the 2013 The Commedia Dell Media DC’s Funniest Journalist Contest, as well as C.J. Stottuth, who has performed with such notable comedians as Godfrey, Bobby Slayton and Rob Schneider.