During a recent appearance at
HBO’s Culture Con event, comedy partners Chris Redd and Sam Jay sit down for a moderated conversation in which they speak to their creative journeys – finding and sharing their voice within the entertainment industry and maintaining authentic storytelling through a comedic lens.
Culture Con: CultureCon is the fastest-growing conference for creatives & changemakers of color who plan to elevate their social network and make a real mark on culture. Chris Redd: Redd is a comedian and rapper and was a performer at Chicago’s Second City. In 2018, he received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the “SNL” song “Come Back, Barack.” He most notably appeared in the 2016 film “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” and opposite Kathy Bates in the Netflix original comedy series “Disjointed.” In 2017, he had his own half-hour episode of “Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents.” Sam Jay: After years of working in an office and as a music manager, Jay performed her first stand-up comedy routine in 2012, at the age of 29. In 2017, she joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live, becoming the first black lesbian writer in the show’s history and the second black lesbian to be involved with the show overall (after performer Danitra Vance joined the cast 32 years prior). She co-wrote the “Black Jeopardy” sketch. In 2018, she performed stand-up on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup and starred in a half-hour stand-up special for Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents. Jay’s first stand-up comedy release was Donna’s Daughter (2018), which was made available as audio-only. Her other work includes appearances on Take My Wife (2016–2018) and stand-up performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and at 2017 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.