Lil G is straight out of Compton, which the comedian mentions mostly as a segue to his role in the N.W.A. biopic, but also to explain how comedy changed his life.
“It was an opportunity. It was an outlet. It was something to grab on to,” says G, who is in town on Saturday, Feb. 14, to headline the Love, Comedy & Poetry show at Tower Theatre.
Lil G has been a professional comic for 10 years and featured on shows like Bill Bellamy’s “Who Got Jokes” and BET’s “Comic View.” He’s also become a go-to guy for hip-hop music videos and even starred in Snoop Dogg’s film “Boss N’ Up.”
“Snoop was my first manager,” he says.
Lil G will be joined by a mix of local and touring comics, plus dancers, DJs and spoken-word poets King Dave and Keith Caldwell.
The show is different from the typical comedy offerings, says Rodney Johnson, the CEO of Cleancut Entertainment, the group hosting the event.
Also in town for Valentine’s Day is comedian Don Friesen, who returns to Bullard High School, on what is being billed as the GED reunion tour.
Friesen almost graduated from Bullard in 1982. He got his GED instead. The comedian has opened for the Counting Crows and the Goo Goo Dolls and is the only two-time winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition — past finalists include Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres, Sinbad, Dane Cook and the late Robin Williams.
Friesen’s comedy special “Ask Your Mom” aired on Showtime and is streaming on Netflix. The homecoming show will feature bits from the special, along with new material from his next yet-untitled hourlong special.