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Conversations with August O’neal

Today we’d like to introduce you to August O’neal. 

Hi August, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Where do I begin, picture this, Columbus 1975… I’ve always wanted to be a superstar. I saw the Blues Brothers movie and knew I was supposed to be an entertainer. My friends and family will tell you,” August always said she was going to be famous” and I haven’t stopped trying yet. I’m a single mom, my son is 10, and is very much an introvert. I wonder what side of the family he gets that from because it is not mine! 

I’m 46, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio via a suburb called Westerville. I now currently reside in Phoenix and I travel all over the world trying to make people forget their problems for 15 to 20 minutes. I am an Adidas fanatic. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road to stardom and success is never smooth. It is bumpier than the bad guy’s face in the movie Grease. 

The type of rejection I have ran into is merely because I don’t have a large social media following-that doesn’t mean I’m not funny or talented. Bookers look at numbers and who’s going to put people in the seats, whether they’re funny or not. 

Also, some female headliners do not want another female to be their opener. GO FIGURE! I’m a great opener… 

I suffer from stage fright. Which is why I rarely headline shows. The anticipation, the pressure, it’s all a recipe for bubble guts. However, I’ve called it a new name NERVICITED. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am not just funny, I am entertaining. I have dancers, costumes, and I’m very animated. When I hit the stage, folks’ eyes get big and I immediately have their attention- without saying a word. Which is probably where my NERVICITEDNESS comes from. That’s the feeling I’m sure Elvis and Michael felt. 

I’m looking forward to the day I’m on tour, with Katt Williams or Bridget Everett 

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
My creativity and the fact that I think outside the box are my best characteristic(s). I have never performed stand-up in a T-shirt and jeans. I would absolutely be bored. How would you feel if Beyoncé performed in sweatpants and no razzle-dazzle, no dancers? Wait a minute, she’s Queen Bee, ugh. I wouldn’t feel right, I need something that stands out. That’s ALWAYS been me, before comedy. I’M DIFFERENT.. oh wait –  I’ve also been told that I have kind eyes and a very nice smile. Which makes me  approachable(Damn) and  people always want to tell me their business(Damn,Damn) Too bad some of their business ends up part of my routine.

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