Graced the stage with performers such as...Mike Epps, Carlos Mencia, Bernie Mac, Adele Givens, Chris Tucker, Monique, Martin Lawrence, Larry the Cable Guy, Kevin Hart, Dave Chappell, Ced The Entertainer, Steve Harvey, Jamie Foxx, Lisa Lapanelli. Bruce Bruce, Lavell Crawford, Ricky Smiley, Kat Williams, Tracy Morgan, Jay Anthony Brown, Many more....
Appeared on Def Comedy Jam, BET Comic View Showtime at the Apollo, Comedy Central, warm up for the Queens of Comedy Tour, Comedy Stand Up Movie...CUTTIN'UP, Movie Get-Together and much more.
Opened concerts for Artists such as... Kanya West,
Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson, Jon 'B', Anita Baker, The O'Jays, Jill Scott, Monica, R-Kelly, Mary J Blidge, Uncle Kracker.. many, many more.
"I don't like calling Women the B-Word!
But "THIS BI@#H"...
made ALL OF US work tonight!
She will NEVER open for me...again!!!
Funny as F@%k!!!
Comedian/Actor Jay Anthony Brown
Father's Day Comedy Jam
St. Louis, MO-2014
Interviews, Speaking Events,
Special Event Host, Media/Press
~~It all started with a $50 Bet. April 1993. Funny Lady Sonya ‘D’ was driving her 18 Wheeler, Post Office Truck (yes..She has a CDL License) when her best friend called and told her there was a comedy competition at the Cotton Club, once located on Wabash Ave,
in Downtown Chicago. Sonya said.."So... and?. Her friend replied...
"I think you should get in it. Sonya said.."Girl, if you don't shut-up'. 'I'm not getting in no stupid comedy competition". "I don't even like most of the Comedians on TV. Half of 'em are not even funny.
Her best friend said... "I will give you $50.00 if you do it".
Now, keep in mind, about a week before this conversation, Sonya 'D' called her friend and asked her, if she was kidnapped and needed a $5.00 ransom, would she pay it?. Her friend told her..'Well you better get to know the kidnappers because you gon' be there awhile if you wait on me to give them that $5.00'. This is the cheapest woman in the world.
To offer $50 WHOLE dollars, Sonya knew it was a sign from THE HIGHER POWER!
April 11th 1993, Sonya and her friend went down to the competition. Sonya ‘D’ signed the list and was number 111 to perform. (1.1.1 is a POWERFUL Universal Number)
Her friend actually gave her the money after she signed the list. Sonya's turn came and all she was thinkingabout was, "this cheap heifer really gave me $50.00'. Not knowing what she was going to say on stage, "Sonya D’ did 7-min of Impromptu material and received a standing ovation.
Not knowing that a standing ovation meant the people enjoyed her performance,
Sonya yelled... 'What the hell ya'll standing up for?' Everybody laughed! The event coordinator at the time, Mr. Tom Finch, told Sonya she had to be an "amateur" to get in the competition. Sonya explained to him, that was her 1st time ever on stage telling some damn jokes.
Nobody really believed her. Long story short, Sonya ‘D’ actually made it to the finals.
Sonya starting going to the HOT SPOT where all of today's big name Chicago Comedians (And many other Celebrities today) got their start...ALL Jokes Aside Comedy Club.
Sonya 'D' starting going to Wed Night open mic nights@ All Jokes Aside, to work on some written material. On September 4th 1994, Sonya's life was about to take a turn she was not prepared for. She signed the open mic list. Her name was called. She was told to do 10-min.
After only 4-min, the host, George Wilbourn, ran to the stage and took the mic from Sonya. Sonya confused said, 'What? I didn't go over my time'. George said, "Sit down. You don't need to tell anymore jokes'.
After Sonya left the stage, the man that made many comedians famous, stood up from the back of the club, MR. RUSSELL SIMMONS himself. Russell Simmons had been sitting in the audience and no one knew he was there but the owner (Mary Lindsey) and the host. He was in Chicago scouting for the next line-up to film the New Season of Def Comedy Jam. He stood up and said...
'I've seen all that I needed to see tonight. I came to Chicago to take a few of you to New York to tape for Def Comedy Jam. I have 2 people I want to talk with and I also want that young lady that just left the stage with the blue jean Shirt. I REALLY NEED you to tape'.
And of course that young lady was…"FUNNY LADY SONYA 'D'.
2 1/2 months later Sonya was in NEW YORK CITY. The Big Apple. Filming, Russell Simmons', HBO's Def Comedy Jam. The 1st of many TV Shows to come. It's been all up hill from there.
A few rocky moments, but all to make her stronger.