Jaboukie Young-White has been on our radar for some time now. The 23-year-old queer comedian amassed tens of thousands of followers on social media with his wit, humor and meme-crafting skills.
Well, Young-White just made his TV stand-up debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and he delivered. He began:
I’ve been traveling a lot recently which is fun but It’s weird. Like, I’ve noticed that my race changes city to city? Like when I’m in Chicago people just think that I’m half black, half white. When I’m in New York people think that I’m Puerto Rican? But when I’m in CVS everyone just thinks I’m stealing. Which you know is really frustrating because I am and I don’t want them to catch me.
He also brought up Trump. “I kind of feel like ever since Trump won everything I do is radical just because I’m a minority. Like I wake up in the morning: revolutionary. I ask the cashier for a cup of water but I low-key get some Sprite: anti-capitalist.”
The best part of his set was when he brought up issues he faces as a queer person, like the label of “masc” and hooking up with hot Uber drivers.
“I can be kind of an awkward flirt sometimes,” Jaboukie Young-White explains. He continues:
I could have a hard time flirting just because people don’t always read me as queer when they first meet me because I’ve been told that I can come across as “masc” and if you don’t know what that means it’s basically just gay for “I’m not like other girls. It’s like a little weird but I actually really like whiskey. I’m kinda quirky.”
I’m just fully trying to hook up with Uber drivers and like the other day y’all like I got so close. I get in the car. The guy’s cute. He’s like, “Oh, where you coming from?” And I was like, “I was at a show. I do stand-up or whatever,” and I say, “Or whatever” so he knows that I’m humble. And then he goes, “Oh my god. I love stand-up.”