Daunte Burks


‘We Got Next’ Comedy Tour stops at Dimitri’s

By From page B1 | April 18, 2014

SUISUN CITY — Four comics, each with their own take on life, are set to fill Suisun City with laughter Thursday.

The “We Got Next” Comedy Tour will reunite the quartet after member Ricco “Da Great” Alston’s surgery for a brain aneurysm the day after Christmas. He only played one show with the group before the aneurysm took him out of commission for a while.

The other three did some shows without him. The Dimitri’s gig will be the first with all four since October 2013.

Expect the unexpected from his fellow comics, Daunte Burks said.

“I have no idea what Ricco is going to do,” he said. “He’s like a wild card.

“Ricco doesn’t write a lot of material. He has the ability to create material on stage that’s absolutely, insanely hilarious. We are jealous because he has that natural gift,” Burks said.

Each of the comics will do about 15 to 20 minutes on stage.

Tristan Johnson and Mike Sinclair are the other two comics in the show. Johnson packs a punch with his punch lines, Sinclair handles slapstick. Burks said he likes to take a look at society for his material.

The show works because the audience isn’t hearing the same material, Burks said. All four comics are on stage at the end of the show for some improvisation comedy with the audience, he said.

The four comics met working the same venues and admired each other’s routines.

“We saw each other four times a week for the last four or five years,” Burks said. “We decided to go out and get on the road.”

Burks and the others began calling comedy clubs and were able to book a headlining weekend show for their first gig. They have done about 10 shows since.

An open mic at a comedy club, and a friend who gave him five minutes of her time, launched Burks into the comedy world.

“I got on stage,” he said. “I had just separated from my ex-wife. I talked about that. It was funny to people in the audience. I felt like I was giving myself therapy on stage.”

In the beginning, Burks said his goal was to be funny and make everyone laugh. Today, he’s transitioned into being comfortable with who he is on stage, he said.

His favorite comics are Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Bill Burr, George Carlin and Corey Holcomb.

Burks also works the business side of comedy, organizing open mic nights and managing comedians. The open mic nights also give him the chance to try out his new material.

He encourages people to give the show a try.

“None of us have been on television,” Burks said. “We just want to get out there and perform. We want to develop a fan base.”

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

‘We Got Next’ Comedy Tour
  • 8 p.m. Thursday
  • Dimitri’s Lounge, 700 Main St., Suite 106, Suisun City
  • www.dimitrislounge.com
  • www.facebook.com/wegotnextcomedytour
Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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