Performance Date: Sunday, September 1, 2013
What is there to know about Dominique? Well, if you're interested in high-powered comedy, there is everything to know. From clubs across the country to Comedy Central's hit "Chapelle's Show" she's showing America what a comedienne is.
She began honing her skills unprofessionally as a civil servant on the nightshift as a postal worker at the now infamous Brentwood Postal facility in her native Washington D.C. "I knew something like that was gonna happen. I used to see all kinds of stuff that terrorist could use come through that post office. But that was back in the good ole' Timothy McVeigh days", she quips about the nation's anthrax scare. Boredom with the job and fear of going postal gave way to open mic nights at local clubs at the behest of friends and co-workers. She immediately gained a reputation for telling it like it is; raw and uncut and unknowingly garnered a loyal following. Washington's uppity audiences gravitated toward her mixture of politics, street culture and current events. Her strong presence and a bravado rarely seen in female comics quickly gained the attention of the producers of HBO's "Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam", the show that changed comedy forever. She went from shuffling mail to working with the likes of Chris Rock in no time, " I didn't do anything special. I just talked about what I knew and the next thing you know I'm on T.V. I quit that job and took about 20 books of stamps. I figured they owed me." She never looked back.
Sensing that she had outgrown D.C.'s small comedy scene, she moved to the Bronx, which wasn't a far cry form Southeast and became a fixture at the clubs in New York. Places like the "Comic Strip" and "Stand Up New York" served as testing grounds for her new material. On a chance Wednesday night at a small club on the lower eastside she met SNL's Tracy Morgan who made Dominique his opening act for his run at Caroline's on Broadway. The two formed a friendship and have been working together ever since. Being Tracy's feature however wasn't enough to keep the bills paid so Dominique became what she calls a 'hustler', performing all over the country to make ends meet. From Caroline's in New York, to The Improv in Miami to LA's Laugh Factory and every club in between, Dominique has wowed audiences with her straight forward wit and comedic standpoint reminiscent of Mom's Mabley.
A run on the highly successful Def Comedy Jam Tour and numerous television apperences including the fresh new "Comic Groove" (Comedy Central), the legendary "Showtime at the Apollo" and the controversial "Comic View" (BET) prompted a move to LA. Upon arrival, Dominique began making the rounds in Hollywood's comedy clubs as well as the smaller lesser known spots in LA. "I like telling jokes in mainstream clubs as well as underground spots 'cause it keep me fresh no matter where I am. " And fresh she is. She has become a club staple and continues to tour clubs and colleges around the country. She has participated in Urban Internationals Comedy Arts Festival better known as "Laffapalooza" as well as the Bay Area Comedy Competition in Oakland. After two years of study, she added acting to her resume when she landed a part in the critically acclaimed indie "Thirty Years To Life" and is represented commercially by Innovative
Artist (LA), who asked her to join their roster after one of their agents just happened to catch her act one night.
These are the things to know about Dominique, she's a class act from stage to film, she's a woman with a strong point of view and a strong way of telling it and she's ready for whatever those in the know throw her way.