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April 1st 2016 is widely known as April Fool’s day, but it also marks the release date for the upcoming comedy spoof, Meet the Blacks. The film stars Mike Epps, Lil Duval, King Bach, Mike Tyson, George Lopez and Zulay Henao. And if you’ve seen either of The Purge movies, then this will be right up your alley. With the premise being that all crime – including murder — is deemed legal for 24 hours, a spoof of this type of storyline should provide non-stop comedy throughout.
Florida native and star of the upcoming film, Lil Duval, spoke with us about the project, as well as what it takes to make it as a comic in this day and age, and just what crimes he’d commit if this were a real-life scenario.
WatchLOUD: What was it about this film that made you want to be a part of it?
Lil Duval: It’s funny. It’s got a bunch of funny people in it, so it’s guaranteed to be good. It was only right to get involved.
WL: Tell us a little about your character.
LD: I’m Cronut. I play the cousin of Mike Epps that doesn’t have his life together, but whatever he gets, I get! So I’m like the entourage.
And the concept of getting 24 hours to kill anyone you’d want to is interesting in itself. And with our movie, it’s the same thing, but from the perspective of if it was a family like ours in that scenario.
WL: Gimme the top 3 crimes you’d commit if the purge was a real thing.
LD: Uhh, I dunno. I mean, I don’t got anybody I wanna kill, so… [laughs]. I don’t wanna kill anybody, I’m not that guy. I’m a good guy.
WL: Well it’s more than just murder. In the Purge, all crime is legal for 24 hours, including murder.
LD: Ohhh, I thought it was just murder. I always see them killin’ folks. Oh, well, if I can do anything, I’d probably just go get some drugs and sell it. It ain’t gonna take me that long to get them drugs off. I would’ve already had it planned out a year be’foe. [laughs]
WL: Now before the movies, you were doing a lot of stand-up. Which outlet between movies, television and stand-up, would you say is your favorite comedic outlet?
LD: All of ‘em; they’re all ways to entertain people and get to my fans. Either way it goes, I like them all. I like entertaining people, so whichever allows me to do that, that’s which I’d say. But the only reason stand-up would be my favorite, is because at the end of the day I have the freedom to say what I wanna say. Stand-up and social media allow me to say what I wanna say; what’s on my mind. I don’t have to answer to nobody, so I for that, I guess stand-up would probably be my favorite.
WL: And what was that comedy grind like for you, prior to having your big break?
LD: It’s always been cool to me. I never saw it as a grind, hustle or hard, because I liked it. It was really just a journey. You know the saying goes to enjoy your journey, and that’s all I’ve been doing and all I’m still doing.
And as far as a big break, I don’t really know what that is. To me, I just like to entertain, so that’s what I’ve always done. So I honestly feel like I’ve been gotten my big break, if you ask me. Like I said, I’m in this to entertain and be the best I can be. I’m not in it to say, “Aight, I made it” because what is “made it?” Sh*t, what’s “made it” to you? It’s all very subjective.
WL: What role do you think social media plays in a comedian’s grind now?
LD: You can’t do nothin’ without the internet nowadays. Everything important that you use, is in your phone right now. You don’t know any numbers by heart. Your passwords, information, money, and if you got an iPhone, your credit cards too – all of that is in your phone. So at the end of the day, you need technology. It’s just another form of entertainment. The same things people say about the internet now, is the same thing they used to say about TV. So it’s the same thing, just a different platform.
I mean, I look at somebody like King Bach as good. Because if you ask him, he’ll tell you, “Sh*t, I’m [Duval] the one that showed them how to do this comedy thing.” And I’m kinda the first one to do it on the internet. I kinda brought urban to the internet. Nobody was doing it before me. So for me to be mad about these kids, or young comedians, that’s out here making money off of it, that’d be like me being mad at myself, because they’re nothing but an offspring of me.
WL: What’s some advice you’d give to a young comic that’s trying to rise to the level you’re at?
LD: I dunno. Everybody wants an answer on how to make it – ain’t no blueprint to this sh*t! When people ask what’s the secret or how’d you do this, or what’s the advice…it ain’t no advice, it’s just do it! If you pay enough attention, you’ll be able to see what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong. You’ve just gotta pay attention to your surroundings and what’s going on.
WL: If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing?
LD: Sh*t, I don’t know [laughs]. I’ve been doing it for so long…I don’t know. I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, so I don’t know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t doing this. Ever since I was a kid, I always knew I’d do this. Before it was cool to be a superstar and all that; there’ve always been actors and stuff, but kids all through the inner-city’s and all that that wanna be doing this now. When I came up – back when I was in sports – I was one of the only people doing comedy and things like that. I’ve always been doing it, it’s all I know.
WL: So what’s next for Lil Duval?
LD: “The Inappropriately Funny” tour I’m on right now. And I think “Guy Code” is coming back for its last season. Sh*t, if you follow me on social media I pretty much let you know what I got goin’ on. I’m not the best at posting. I’m much more of a doer than I am a say’er.
Catch Lil Duval in Meet The Blacks is in theaters Friday April 1st!