The fast rising comedian you should get hip to
The best comedians have always shared the cerebral ability to take a heart wrenching, very serious situation and somehow transform it into a laughing matter. From Richard Pryor’s tales of growing up in a brothel to Dave Chapelle’s social commentary, comedy has always been one of the most efficient ways to find a silver lining in the struggle. Queens comedian Malcolm Young understands this dynamic, and how black culture has always used comedy to cope. “Growing up in a household that was drenched in Black culture, I got a real perspective of the joys and the struggles that our people face,” He says. “I feel like no matter what we’re going through, our people are always smiling and always finding the humor in life.” The man who prefers to go by “Yiggity Young” has studied the greats and forged his own comedic style that has made him a name to look out for in the stand up and sketch comedy world.
“I would literally walk and talk like Eddie, memorizing the words, performing it for my siblings.”
Young, who has just began to venture into stand up, is already a veteran in using various social media platforms to showcase his craft. His videos have ranged from depicting tales of alcoholic friends, to showcasing what a Samsung Galaxy commercial should look like (Spoiler alert: Everything explodes), to a myriad of other themes. While his content has proven to be resourceful and versatile, he does draw inspiration from one comedic legend in particular. “All through Middle School I had Eddie Murphy’s Delirious and Raw on this $20 mp3 player that my mom bought for me,” He says. “I would literally walk and talk like Eddie, memorizing the words, performing it for my siblings. Those two stand ups were God level comedic performances to me.”
“I’m always using props in the house or doing something silly in the middle of the street with strangers looking on to create the perfect video.”
Young lives for the feeling of bringing others joy, whether it be from comments and likes on his social media accounts, or laughs at his stand up routines. The process of producing quality content though, is not always an easy task. “During creation things can really get messy,” He says. “I’m always using props in the house or doing something silly in the middle of the street with strangers looking on to create the perfect video.” Young hopes his bold and unapologetic style of humor will eventually lead him to collaborating with other like-minded creatives as he continues to rise up to new heights. “There’s so much young, brilliant talent that always leaves me blown away and a little jealous that I didn’t think of the idea first,” He says. Young has been first on his share of ideas though, and with his own catalogue of quality material growing by the day, he has the potential to one day be the source of inspiration for those who wish to do the same for years to come.