Houston Music

Ken 2 The Fool, Comedian With A Rapper's Game

Maybe two or three months ago, we were at a music showcase at Midtown Lounge. And it was bad. The performers weren't necessarily subpar, but the evening just seemed to lack any sort of oomph. There were no real surprises. Musician, break, musician, break, blah, blah, blah. It was weird. Something was missing. Or, rather, someone: Ken 2.

That's him in that picture up there. He's a comedian, but also serves as a show host and whatnot. We'd seen him here and there and pretty much everywhere before we'd even really noticed all that he was doing. But now, after watching him deliver more than a handful of keen observations and fearless quips at various shows, he's become nearly as vital to underground showcases as good musicians.

So, with his first potential headliner gig looming, we opened up the Artist of the Week criteria a bit and welcomed him in. Keep it moving to read about his favorite joke, Tyler Perry vs. a box of hair and the one thing he said that he immediately regretted.

Rocks Off: First, tell everyone everything they need to know about Ken 2 the Fool in exactly six words.

Ken 2 the Fool: Patient, procrastinator, narcissistic, hilarious, fearless, and my all-time favorite, fool.

RO: The name, can you explain that some? Is it, like, Ken to the Fool, like one to the two? Or is it a surname, and you're Ken two, the Fool, like there was an original Ken the Fool - your father, perhaps? - and you're paying homage to him or whatevs?

K2: Well, you're halfway right. I'm a junior and my dad's name is also Ken so my mother saw fit to give me the nic name "Ken 2," which is how I've been addressed my entire life, even in school.

I was always the class clown and I'd be called "fool" a lot; as a term of endearment, of course. So when Twitter came along I simply combined the two together. Naturally, people automatically address you by your Twitter name so whoever you were before is no more and you become that particular handle to everyone. Initially, I was reluctant to refer to myself as a "fool" on the Internet but I knew I was intelligent enough to dismiss any thoughts of a lack of intellect.

RO: How does one set out to write a joke? It seems like such a strange thing to do.

K2: Comedy is all around us at any given time. A comedian simply takes it from reality and presents it on stage. That's why the absolute funniest jokes you'll ever hear are also the truest. So after observing women on Facebook for a while, it's not hard to come onstage and say, "Hey, shout-out all my women on Facebook that turned your bathroom into a photo shoot." It practically writes itself.

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Shea Serrano