Lonnie Davis is seen by many as one of the funniest comics to come out of Baltimore. His comedy comes from every day life; whether it be about his job, being poor or about his marriage, Lonnie makes you feel like he enjoys all of it.
Lonnie was a winner of the “Funniest person in Baltimore” contest at the Baltimore Comedy Factory and has performed at Sully’s Comedy Cellar and many other hot spots for comedy in the DelMarVa and DC area.
Beadle’s stand-up career began at an open mike night in 1992 at the Safe House in Milwaukee. He’s been hooked since. “What got me started is that I used to go around telling people I was a comedian all the time and a partner, a friend, called me out and challenged me to go to an open mike,” Beadle said. “I was so excited I told everyone to come, including my mother. I probably brought 35 people myself. “Mom liked it, too. She even suggested I change some words, some slang, like “dookie” (dog poop) — she said white people wouldn’t get it.”
Pretty soon, Beadle began writing material and driving his 1972 metallic blue Ford Pinto hatchback 90 minutes to Chicago on weekends to watch acts such as Bernie Mac, D.L. Hughley and A.J. Jamal. “Making people laugh professionally has never been easy and Beadle had his share of rough spots, particularly early on.” The worst moment was getting booed off the stage in New York City at Caroline’s,” he said. “It was an open mike in 1994. I was young and full of myself. Thought I was ready and I wasn’t. I wasn’t even a year into the game and I got humbled real quick.” He said it still sometimes can be frightening to get on stage, especially following a comedian who sucks the air out of a room. “It’s like, whoa, the impulse for the crowd to laugh is gone and you’ve got to start over and build that impulse up again,” Beadle said. “Following a comedian who killed before you is better. The crowd is looking to laugh more. You shouldn’t be able to screw that up. Tell your best three to four jokes and they’ll carry along with you.” From about 1996 to 2001, Beadle did the weekend Chicago shuttle and worked Milwaukee’s Comedy Cafe, the former Circus Lounge and the Have a Nice Day Cafe, among others, on weekdays.”I did a bar one time named L.J.’s that only sat 20 people,” Beadle said. “Got paid two drinks an hour.”
Eventually, Milwaukee-based actor/comedian named “D-Rock” took him under his wing. “He showed me the ropes, helping get my material down, getting me to do paid shows, get DVDs and a press pack together,” Beadle said. “I was doing everything I could to get stage time to get better. I even did shows at a place in Chicago where they make you pay to perform.” He gathers material from every day life — gas prices, bills, sports, race, culture, politics, relationships — it’s all fair game. The roots of his comedy, he said, however, go back to his elementary school days in suburban Milwaukee where he was the only black kid in an overwhelmingly white-majority school. “I was always picked on and that’s why I made jokes and developed a sense of humor — to deal with that,” he said. Laughing again, Beadle added, “It’s not like the difference between me and the white kids was little, either. I mean, I’m dark. I stood out. I’m not a negative comedian,” he said. “I’m positive. I think we can heal people with laughter.”