“From day one, ever since I can remember, this has always been what I’ve been. I couldn’t imagine doing nothing else, but entertaining,” says the hilarious stand up comedian Lil Duval.

Like the greats Duval looks up to — Chris Tucker, Eddie Murphy, Bernie Mac — this talented man can rock a crowd to tears with his stand up comedy and bring viewers to laughter through the television screen with his outrageous wordplay. With his shows airing all year round, viewers can get a dosage of needed laughter from the comfort of their own homes any time.

The Florida native co-starred in the record breaking MTV 2 series “Guy Code”, a reality comedy TV series that breaks down the special code of conduct that exists between men. It was so popular that the second season was rated the most watched original series in MTV 2 history.

“On the set of Guy Code, it’s more of a college feel, we all are guys so we all just hung out and talked,” Duval explains.

It’s a different on-set experience for Duval than when he co-stars on “Ain’t That America”, a series that gives a witty and amusing analysis of absurd clips that display features of the American lifestyle. This show draws in an outstanding 1.1 million consistent viewers. Duval describes that set as, “more of a family feel… it’s loving fun and you talk amongst family.”

The successful show will be returning for a second season, which premieres mid January of the New Year. “It’s bigger and better. We have a new set, a brighter and bigger set. We shot last season in LA and this season is in New York. So it’s more of a realer feel from the audience and more engaging. A lot more funnier skits. But we still have the same elements that y’all love from the first season.”

But even though the comedian-turned-TV star has been taking control of the screen, the stage will always be his first home. “On stage, I can be more me. On stage, I can say what I want. I don’t have to be restrained. On television, I have to go by the rules. That’s the good thing about stand up, there is no rules.”

With over 10 years of experience in stand up and selling out venues around the globe, Lil Duval has learned how to perfect the art of evoking laughter. When it comes to humour, he says he doesn’t believe there is such a thing as crossing the line.

“I don’t think there’s a line. People do nowadays, because everybody’s so sensitive. I don’t think there is a line; I don’t think there should be a line. That’s the whole great art about being a stand up comedian; there are no rules to us. We should be able to say what we want because we’re speaking from a voice that can’t say that. So when you do that it takes away the art of stand up.”

Words By. Faduma Mohamed

At a young age, Faduma Mohamed began her journey with writing through poetry and storytelling, but decided to make the transition to journalistic writing in university, where she is now studying English and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. Mohamed is also one of the organizers of local Toronto community arts organization, R.I.S.E. Edutainment.

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