This weekend, Roy Wood Jr. returns to his roots: the South and the stand-up comedy stage.
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In recent years, Wood has gained national notoriety for his work on “The Daily Show,” where he is a correspondent riffing on race and politics with host Trevor Noah. In February, Comedy Central premiered his first one-hour stand-up special, “Father Figure.”
The Birmingham, Alabama, native spoke with Lois Reitzes on “City Lights” and said that his identity as an African-American man and a Southerner are very important to him.
With his work on “The Daily Show” and the newly announced Comedy Central storytelling series “This Is Not Happening,” Wood said he is “fighting Southern stereotypes as best I can on television.”
Wood performs at The Punchline Comedy Club Friday and Saturday.