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Comic Davon Magwood, on the eve of a by-the-bootstraps national tour. 

"Just being a black dude at a Renaissance fair is awkward."

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  • Davon Magwood

Name, Age: Davon Magwood, 25

Occupation: Stand-up comic, waffle-shop manager

Attire: Pirates cap, "God Save Pittsburgh" Sex Pistols parody tee

Distinction at Schenley High School: "I'm the 59th Youth Governor of Pennsylvania" under the YMCA's Youth & Government program: "It's like the Model U.N. on crack."

Oddest job: "I toured with a Renaissance fair for an entire year. I played the baby dragon. … Just being a black dude at a Renaissance fair is awkward."

Verbal exchange with Ren fair patron: Patron: "Black guys aren't at a Renaissance fair." Magwood: "Yeah, neither are dragons, so we're just going to have to deal with it."

How someone's Comedy Central special encouraged his stand-up career: "I can't suck as bad as this guy."

Some venues where he performs: Shadow Lounge (where he hosts the third-Mondays comedy night), Brillobox, Howlers Coyote Cafe

Why he loves Pittsburgh: "In New York, I'll perform for 200 people and I'll never see or hear from them. … As a marketer, Pittsburgh is a gold mine, because people will just do what you tell them to do."

What he dislikes about Pittsburgh's comedy scene: "There's no togetherness. There's cliques, but Pittsburgh's too small for cliques."

On why comics needn't compete: "Not everybody finds the same stuff funny."

Hip-hop marketing role models: "If Wiz [Khalifa] and Mac Miller have showed us anything, it's how to get a grassroots movement going with your own fanbase."

Key to marketing: "If you want to do a good show, put in the work. … You have to go out there and hit the pavement."

Long-term project: Starting "a real comedy festival in Pittsburgh."

Inspiration for upcoming tour with Cleveland-based comic Howard Lester: "I really like what the Comedians of Comedy [Patton Oswalt and friends] did: just [play] dive bars, taking it out of the comedy clubs' hands."

Three stops on the two-week tour: Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Denver

Prospects for the tour: "Who cares if I end up eating a bunch of money? I'm broke anyway. … The worst that could happen is I get stranded in Chicago."

 

CRAWL 'TIL IT HURTS TOUR kick-off. Davon Magwood with Howard Lester, Matt Light and more. 9 p.m. Wed., June 22, Howlers Coyote Cafe, 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Suggested donation: $5-20. 412-682-0320

 

 

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