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Mateen was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He majored in theater at Florida A& M University and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He has worked with Ben Stiller and The State’s and even played the token “Black Guy” in a national McDonald’s commercial. Mateen is a founding member of the Wellspoken Comedy Tour and has participated in SF Sketchfest, SLC Comedy Carivale, Women in Comedy Festival and the San Diego Comedy Festival.
We chatted with Mateen about his comedy journey, working with OFTV and dealing with hecklers in our exclusive interview.
How did you get your start in comedy?
I’m an actor by trade and I was creatively depressed after deciding to close my theatre company. I had a goal for the year to do three minutes at an open mic. My mom suggested I take a standup class. I didn’t know those were a thing. I Googled and they were like a thousand of them. I picked one and she bought it for my birthday.
How long have you been performing?
I’ve been performing standup comedy since 2012. I’m in year 11.
How would you describe your comedic style?
I’d describe my comedy as a TED Talk Cupcake with dick joke sprinkles. It’s observational educational humor.
What is your joke writing process like?
I used to write everything down but now it’s more like life happens and I make notes and then work it out on stage. A really good joke could take years to finally develop.
Do you have a funny bombing story?
I performed six minutes of silence at the Comedy Store on February 1, 2013. I’ll never forget that day. I was doing a bringer show and I had only brought two people, so I had to go at the end. I was the 23rd comic of the night and I tried ALL new jokes and they didn’t work at all. I remember leaving the stage and thinking. “Oh, this is why comics kill themselves.”
How do you deal with hecklers?
It really depends on the heckle and the situation. Most hecklers feel like they are helping – and they are not. I think this new wave of “Crowd Work” comedy videos is giving audiences more motivation to heckle. I hate it but it is what it is. Being a large black man, I have to be aware of who the heckler is and what I say. I have to say in my experience there is no worse heckler than a drunk white woman in a bachelorette party. I was in Ohio and a women yelled “Is that your real voice, ‘cause you sound whiter than me!” I replied “Yes, this is my real voice. Is that your real fat, ‘cause you look like a hippo!” Of course, she got upset and felt attacked and her whole group left because I was “being mean”.
How did you get affiliated with OFTV?
I was approached by the fine folks at OFTV to do their comedy show and I jumped at the opportunity and it was a really great experience because I got to enjoy it with my friends Martin Morrow and Brandi Denise.
What do you hope to achieve with your comedy?
Independent generational wealth.
What’s next for you?
I have a new podcast coming out in the fall that I’m super excited for and I would love to do more work with OFTV.
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Who are your influences?
My comedic influences are Patrice O’Neal, Mike Birbiglia, Bill Cosby (I know 🙁 ). I’m also a fan of one liner comics like Wendy Liebman and Anthony Jeseilnik.
Who would you love to work with?
I’d love to work with Jaime Foxx.
What are three things you can’t live without?
Spending time with my family. My cell phone. Sports.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who are fakers.
If you could wake up tomorrow with a talent you don’t already possess or a superpower, what would you want?
I’d want to be able to turn people into the things they hate the most. I hate racists and bigots so I’d go turn Mitch McConnel into a gay black trans man that needs an abortion.
What overused word or phrase would you love to eliminate forever?
“It’s giving.” It gives me a headache whenever I hear it.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t expect for people to do for you what you’d do for them.