Vince Barnett is a comedian and creator of the animated cartoon “The Africanus Americanus Black-Manus”. He started out writing stand-up comedy with his former brother-in-law Kevin Hart in the late 1990’s and later started performing stand-up in Washington, D.C. where he went on to make a name for himself on the local comedy circuit. He derives his comedy from his life experiences and observations of the things around him.
Barnett’s first gig was at Club Sweet Cheeks in Atlantic City, NJ. He was urged by his then brother-in-law Kevin Hart to take to the mic. His career suffered a disastrous start, as he was booed off stage in under 2 minutes. After his initial unsuccessful show, Barnett vowed to never perform stand-up again and relegated his comedy to writing and traveling with Kevin during the early years of his career.
It took Barnett a few years to develop the heart to perform on stage again but he decided to do so out of necessity after moving to Washington, D.C. after his first divorce which left him broke and on the verge of depression. Barnett used comedy as his therapy. He was an instant hit on the DC comedy scene. He started making a name for himself and honing his craft in front of mainstream and urban audiences. His first real test would come in front of a sold out crowd at the DC Improv where he would open up for Kevin once again. He had the crowd in tears which was a far cry from his previous opening performance for Kevin. Barnett has since gone on to tour and perform at comedy clubs, theaters, colleges and universities all across the United States with some of the most recognizable names in comedy today. He is currently being considered for an appearance on one of the major Late Night Television shows.
Barnett recently wrapped up a successful 2014 U.S. comedy tour which culminated in the recording of his first comedy CD “I’m Just Sayin” which is available both domestically and internationally on AmazonUS, AmazonUK, ITunes and Google Play. Barnett has already begun work on the follow-up sophomore album “I’ve Got More To Say” which he promises will be even funnier.
Barnett is also a firm believer in giving back. When not performing comedy he can be found supporting wounded Troops, Feeding and clothing the homeless and working with at risk youth.
“Vince Barnett has emerged as one of today’s brightest and funniest comedic talents. He possesses a comfortable on stage presence reminiscent of comedians such as Cosby, Rock and Chappelle. His charismatic personality is what landed him multiple guest appearances on NewsOne Radio and TV with Roland Martin, BET’s Bring That Week Back and a role in the indie film The Laundromat. Barnett’s conversational style and story telling only further exhibit his ability to engage and captivate audiences. To get a full appreciation of his talent, we highly recommend seeing his performance live.”
Staff Writer – World Wide Comedy Entertainment
“Barnett may be considered to be flying under-the-radar by most of the mainstream comedy industry; however, If constant laughter and standing ovations are any indicator of an audiences appreciation of talent, we can expect a seismic shift on the comedy landscape. It’s also worth mentioning, Barnett has not only opened for comedy heavyweights Kevin Hart and Bill Cosby, but he held his own while doing so. We look forward to seeing and hearing more from this very talented comedian.”
Staff Writer – Metro Comedy Entertainment