Cracked Clown: David A. Moss's Solo Journey from Comedian to Drug Addict
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Creator of Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history, the multi-talented Brian Copeland mounts his third one-man production, The Scion, an incisively funny look at class inequality. With his razor-sharp wit, Copeland examines the events surrounding the infamous Santos Linguisa Factory triple homicide, in which the sausage dynasty's scion gunned down three meat inspectors as they attempted to enter the facility. Walking the line between comedy and tragedy, Copeland turns the microscope on the privileged few that believe themselves to be above the law. An author, comedian, radio and TV host, Copeland also recently starred alongside Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in the film The Bucket List and is the creator of the critically acclaimed solo show The Waiting Period. Learn More
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David Moss is a brilliant actor, and this powerful show takes the audience beyond comedy. This solo piece is designed so that the central character is demon Crack who speaks egocentrically, only concerned about "me." "You want to feel better? Pay attention to ME, have some of ME." Moss also characterizes the people who shaped him, those who made his being bi-racial an issue, teachers who couldn't understand his childhood vibrant mind, parents who ignored him because their own concerns and demons haunted them. Plenty of reason to undermine your happiness and success. Yet, the message of the piece is powerful: everyone had a bad childhood; take responsibility for yourself now and be the talented, fully formed, loving adult you can be anyway. David Moss's particular addiction may not be mine, but this piece made me think hard about my own responsibility for my own happiness and success.
Three years ago, Moss was standing onstage at a comedy club, watching people laugh while he sipped his 13th Long Island Iced Tea, fortifying himself for the trip into the jungle later, where he would buy crack. This was enough, complete strangers telling him through their laughter that he was okay. Cocaine kept the laughter going. After a few years that wasn’t enough, so he started smoking it. He had a first class ticket on a Lear Jet to hell. Laughter is misleading.
After attending The School of Performing Arts in San Diego on a scholarship, Moss worked as a stand-up comic for several years, appearing on Showtime, HBO and opening for such luminaries as Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson. The San Francisco Chronicle said of him: ”He has that marvelous ability to instantaneously assume a complete character that makes Richard Pryor and Lily Tomlin so electric in performance.” Moss received a Critics Choice award for his role in the independent film “Street Music,” is the recipient of a grant for ‘Outstanding Solo Performance’ from the Marin Arts Council and has appeared in a short film, “Shadows,” which he wrote and directed.