Speaking uncomfortable truths is commonplace for comedians, Ron Dailey, aka “Blaq Ron” is no exception. When asked why he chose a field that offers little pay, poor growth opportunities and long nights, he replied “I was in it for pretty girls’ phone numbers.” Maybe he was joking, maybe not. But after winning ABFF’s (American Black Film Festival) 2018 Comedy Wings competition Ron is one step closer to bigger paydays and better odds of ‘making it’. Dailey, who hails from Dallas, Texas won the competitions top prize of $5,000 and an informational meeting with HBO talent executives, which hopefully lands a comedy special.
The ABFF Comedy Wings competition is a national search to identify outstanding, undiscovered comics who desire careers in film and television. A goal of the Comedy Wings Competition is to provide winners with access to new industry contacts, as well as an additional live performance opportunity. Five finalists performed live during the 2018 ABF Festival, where one winner is selected to receive a $5,000 prize and the opportunity to meet with an HBO executive.
Facing stiff competition, including mainstay Leighann Lord (not sure how she’s labeled a ‘undiscovered’ comic, with twenty-five years in the game, but hey, its a crazy business), Blaq Ron brought his A-game and blew away his competitors. Honestly, it wasn’t close. Though we’ve seen flashes of greatness from the other finalist, Ron was head and shoulders above the rest. Ron’s post accompanying the judges final announcement, “He came, he saw, he conquered.”
Blaq Ron,” is rapidly burning up the underground comedy scene with Haddish-like speed! Theysofunny.com congratulates the brother and looks forward to more fresh perspective, and brutal honesty that’s pushed Dailey to the top of comedy’s food chain. His observational humor has propelled him to feature and tour with big names like Dick Gregory, Lil Rel Howery, Rob Stapleton, Rodney Perry, Joe Torry and dozens more.
The ABFF Comedy Wings competition was judged by accomplished artists and industry executives, including “Def Comedy Jam” producer Bob Sumner; television executive and producer Rikki Hughes; comedian and actor Affion Crockett; CAA Executive Jelani Johnson; Original Programming Manager at TBS Networks Olivia Morris; Producer Mark Adkins; Television Personality and Contributor at TMZ Loren Lorosa; ABFF Ventures CEO Jeff Friday and Director of U.S. Syndication Sales at Sony Pictures Television, Monique Kelley.