I was hanging out with Eddie Francis, a DJ at a local urban radio station here in New Orleans, when he was hosting a fashion show at a restaurant in New Orleans. I think it was The Fashion Cafe. Around the same time, he and Rose Bratcher were setting up a comedy troupe and invited me to join. It was great! One night, we were scheduled to do a show at True Brew, and the comedy show was lacking a few comedians to do stand-up.
The host of the show, Dr. Kin, asked me if I had done stand-up before. I said, No, but I am sure I can do something.
There, in True Brew, the birth of Big Nasty--my first stage name. After a few shows, I started to think about the name. Like what would happen when I finally got the chance to debut on Jay Leno or Letterman.
The announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing Big Nasty!
Not! No matter how funny I might be, that name wasnt going to work. So I began to think back to when I was a bouncer at the Boot and The Metro. There was this underage girl who always tried to sneak in the club. In her effort to sweet-talk me so that I might let her pass, she would call me Red Bean.
Hmmm, I am from New Orleans. That will be my name. I decided to spell as one word, capital R, capital B--RedBean.
Nearly a decade has passed since I first stepped on stage, now I have a lot of credits under my belt: Comic View, The Asshole Monologues, The Galitoires Monologues, Let The Brotha Talk, I Love My Kids...But and numerous plays and stand-up performances.