Almost since the beginning of his career, Lil Duval has blended comedy with hip-hop to raise his profile between two audiences. He is set to perform five comedy shows at Helium Comedy Club from Feb. 19-21.
Inspired by Chris Tucker from his notable role in 1995’s “Friday,” Duval began performing comedy in Atlanta and caught the attention of Cedric the Entertainer in 2001. Duval was added to Cedric’s tour group soon afterward and appeared on his television special, “Starting Lineup.”
Duval released several comedy performance DVDs and appeared in hip-hop projects like the “Choices II: The Setup” album by Three 6 Mafia and videos by Ludacris, T.I. and Yung Joc. He was also featured on several MTV2 shows like “Guy Code,” “Hip Hop Squares” and “Ain’t That America.”
“I stay in my own lane,” Duval said in his biography. “I don’t do what anybody else is doing. I like to be the one that’s being followed instead of following somebody else. When you follow somebody else’s blueprint, just because it worked for them, doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.”
Lil Duval performs at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Feb. 19-20 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. Tickets are $22-$35. Visit heliumcomedy.com.