September 14

MeMe Simpson

MeMe Simpson

WRITER, ACTRESS AND STAND-UP COMEDIENNE MELISSA “MEME” SIMPSON BRINGS A CANDID STAGE PRESENCE AND OBSERVATIONS ABOUT EVERYDAY LIFE TO EVERY COMEDY CLUB OR COMEDY TOUR SHE JOINS. GIVEN THE NAME “THE RED ASSASSIN” BY A CLOSE FRIEND, MEME KEEPS AUDIENCES IN STITCHES WITH HER SIGNATURE, MATTER-OF-FACT DELIVERY MATCHED BY PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS, FAMILY, RELATIONSHIPS, WOMANHOOD, RACE AND IDENTITY.

BORN AND RAISED THE YOUNGEST OF SEVEN SIBLINGS (SIX GIRLS, ONE BOY) ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO, MEME’S SENSE OF HUMOR ALWAYS KEPT HER FROM BEING PUNISHED BY HER PARENTS. HER MOTHER CONSTANTLY ENCOURAGED HER TO CONSIDER MAKING PEOPLE LAUGH FOR A LIVING, BUT IT WOULD TAKE AWHILE BEFORE THE FUNNYWOMAN COULD RECOGNIZE HER GIFT WAS IN MAKING PEOPLE FEEL GOOD THROUGH TELLING JOKES. IN THE MEANTIME, SHE STUDIED HER INFLUENCES - MARTIN LAWRENCE, BERNIE MAC, DAVE CHAPPELLE, WANDA SYKES, D.L. HUGHLEY, CHRIS ROCK AND DAMON WAYANS - CLOSELY.

IN HER LATE TEENS, MEME JOINED THE NATIONAL GUARD: SPENDING SIX YEARS ON ACTIVE DUTY AND ANOTHER TWO YEARS ON-CALL. WHEN SHE RELOCATED FROM CHICAGO TO THE METRO ATLANTA AREA, SHE ENROLLED IN GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE AND EARNED AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN BUSINESS.

ABOUT MEME SIMPSON

MEME LANDED CORPORATE SALES JOBS: EARNING A SIX-FIGURE SALARY AND PEAKING IN THE TOP 5% OF HER SALES TEAMS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE JOB WASN’T TRULY FULFILLING. ONE DAY, MEME WATCHED A NEWS REPORT ON SOLDIERS FROM HER UNIT BEING KILLED IN BAGHDAD. THAT EYE-OPENING MOMENT FUELED HER TO CONCENTRATE ON CREATING SOMETHING THAT HUMANIZES PEOPLE, THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, AND THEIR EXPERIENCES THAT MAY BE FOREIGN TO VARIOUS AUDIENCES.

STEPPING OUT ON FAITH LANDED MEME IN NEW YORK CITY FOR A YEAR-LONG STINT AT THE NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY. HER FIRST JOB OUT OF HER PROGRAM WAS AS AN ASSISTANT WRITER ON TYLER PERRY’S MEET THE BROWNS. MEME ALSO DID LIGHT PRODUCTION WORK ON HIP-HOP VIDEOS BEFORE BRIEFLY RETURNING TO NEW YORK.

ALONG THE WAY, MEME RECEIVED A FEW MORE SIGNS THAT MAKING PEOPLE LAUGH WAS HER CALLING. MEET THE BROWNS’ HEAD WRITER ANTHONY HILL TOLD MEME OVER LUNCH TO CONSIDER STAND-UP COMEDY. ANOTHER HEART-TO-HEART TALK WITH HER MOM FOLLOWING THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF A CLOSE RELATIVE PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE FOR MEME; HER MOTHER OVERCAME GRIEF BY THINKING ABOUT HOW FUNNY MEME IS. MEME ENROLLED IN AN 8-WEEK COMEDY COURSE, COMIC STRIP LIVE, IN MANHATTAN, N.Y. AFTER PERFORMING STAND-UP ROUTINES FOR NINE MONTHS, MEME QUIT HER CORPORATE GIG PERMANENTLY AND NEVER LOOKED BACK

BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER 2012, MEME BEGAN TEARING UP THE COMEDY CLUB CIRCUIT: EARNING RAVE REVIEWS AT SPOTS LIKE THE LAUGH FACTORY, THE COMEDY STORE, THE COMIC STRIP AND THE WORLD FAMOUS APOLLO THEATER. MEME ALSO OPENED FOR OR SHARED STAGES WITH MICHAEL BLACKSON, MAJAH HYPE, MIKE EPPS, D.L. HUGHLEY, GEORGE WALLACE, ROYALE WATKINS, LIL REL HOWERY, AFTER 7 AND DAMON WAYANS. SHE’S TOURED AND WOWED AUDIENCES IN THE UNITED STATES, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, THE BAHAMAS, JAMAICA, BERMUDA, ST. THOMAS AND GRAND TURKS.


09/14/2019 9:45 PM

Door Time: 9:15 PM

Other Showtimes

Tickets For 7:15 Show are $15 in advance, $20 at the door!

Tickets For 9:45 Show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door!

Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

We are 21 and up club.

Fort Wayne Comedy Club is located @2104Fort Wayne.

Entry and Parking in rear of building and along Butler and Calhoun Streets.

Video recording of events and flash photography not allowed. Cell phone use not allowed in showroom. Card subject to change.

Patron, be advised that by entering Fort Wayne Comedy Club/2104, you consent to your voice, and likeness being used, without compensation, in video and photography for exploitation in any and all media. Whether now known or hereafter devised. You release Fort Wayne Comedy Club/2104 it's vendors, successors, and licensees from any liabilities whatsoever of any nature

WRITER, ACTRESS AND STAND-UP COMEDIENNE MELISSA “MEME” SIMPSON BRINGS A CANDID STAGE PRESENCE AND OBSERVATIONS ABOUT EVERYDAY LIFE TO EVERY COMEDY CLUB OR COMEDY TOUR SHE JOINS. GIVEN THE NAME “THE RED ASSASSIN” BY A CLOSE FRIEND, MEME KEEPS AUDIENCES IN STITCHES WITH HER SIGNATURE, MATTER-OF-FACT DELIVERY MATCHED BY PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS, FAMILY, RELATIONSHIPS, WOMANHOOD, RACE AND IDENTITY.

BORN AND RAISED THE YOUNGEST OF SEVEN SIBLINGS (SIX GIRLS, ONE BOY) ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO, MEME’S SENSE OF HUMOR ALWAYS KEPT HER FROM BEING PUNISHED BY HER PARENTS. HER MOTHER CONSTANTLY ENCOURAGED HER TO CONSIDER MAKING PEOPLE LAUGH FOR A LIVING, BUT IT WOULD TAKE AWHILE BEFORE THE FUNNYWOMAN COULD RECOGNIZE HER GIFT WAS IN MAKING PEOPLE FEEL GOOD THROUGH TELLING JOKES. IN THE MEANTIME, SHE STUDIED HER INFLUENCES - MARTIN LAWRENCE, BERNIE MAC, DAVE CHAPPELLE, WANDA SYKES, D.L. HUGHLEY, CHRIS ROCK AND DAMON WAYANS - CLOSELY.

IN HER LATE TEENS, MEME JOINED THE NATIONAL GUARD: SPENDING SIX YEARS ON ACTIVE DUTY AND ANOTHER TWO YEARS ON-CALL. WHEN SHE RELOCATED FROM CHICAGO TO THE METRO ATLANTA AREA, SHE ENROLLED IN GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE AND EARNED AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN BUSINESS.

ABOUT MEME SIMPSON

MEME LANDED CORPORATE SALES JOBS: EARNING A SIX-FIGURE SALARY AND PEAKING IN THE TOP 5% OF HER SALES TEAMS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE JOB WASN’T TRULY FULFILLING. ONE DAY, MEME WATCHED A NEWS REPORT ON SOLDIERS FROM HER UNIT BEING KILLED IN BAGHDAD. THAT EYE-OPENING MOMENT FUELED HER TO CONCENTRATE ON CREATING SOMETHING THAT HUMANIZES PEOPLE, THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, AND THEIR EXPERIENCES THAT MAY BE FOREIGN TO VARIOUS AUDIENCES.

STEPPING OUT ON FAITH LANDED MEME IN NEW YORK CITY FOR A YEAR-LONG STINT AT THE NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY. HER FIRST JOB OUT OF HER PROGRAM WAS AS AN ASSISTANT WRITER ON TYLER PERRY’S MEET THE BROWNS. MEME ALSO DID LIGHT PRODUCTION WORK ON HIP-HOP VIDEOS BEFORE BRIEFLY RETURNING TO NEW YORK.

ALONG THE WAY, MEME RECEIVED A FEW MORE SIGNS THAT MAKING PEOPLE LAUGH WAS HER CALLING. MEET THE BROWNS’ HEAD WRITER ANTHONY HILL TOLD MEME OVER LUNCH TO CONSIDER STAND-UP COMEDY. ANOTHER HEART-TO-HEART TALK WITH HER MOM FOLLOWING THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF A CLOSE RELATIVE PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE FOR MEME; HER MOTHER OVERCAME GRIEF BY THINKING ABOUT HOW FUNNY MEME IS. MEME ENROLLED IN AN 8-WEEK COMEDY COURSE, COMIC STRIP LIVE, IN MANHATTAN, N.Y. AFTER PERFORMING STAND-UP ROUTINES FOR NINE MONTHS, MEME QUIT HER CORPORATE GIG PERMANENTLY AND NEVER LOOKED BACK

BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER 2012, MEME BEGAN TEARING UP THE COMEDY CLUB CIRCUIT: EARNING RAVE REVIEWS AT SPOTS LIKE THE LAUGH FACTORY, THE COMEDY STORE, THE COMIC STRIP AND THE WORLD FAMOUS APOLLO THEATER. MEME ALSO OPENED FOR OR SHARED STAGES WITH MICHAEL BLACKSON, MAJAH HYPE, MIKE EPPS, D.L. HUGHLEY, GEORGE WALLACE, ROYALE WATKINS, LIL REL HOWERY, AFTER 7 AND DAMON WAYANS. SHE’S TOURED AND WOWED AUDIENCES IN THE UNITED STATES, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, THE BAHAMAS, JAMAICA, BERMUDA, ST. THOMAS AND GRAND TURKS.