by Jerele Lindsey
I had the pleasure of speaking with the charismatic, down-to-earth comedian gone actress, Kimrie Lewis-Davis. Kimrie chatted with Kontrol Magazine for an exclusive interview covering everything from her inspirations to her current projects. She discussed how Whoopi Goldberg has influenced her career in comedy and how she would love to work with old and new school comedians. Kimrie also gives advice to rising actors, comedians and anyone in the entertainment business. Click Here to listen to Kontrol Magazine’s exclusive interview with Kimrie Lewis-Davis!
Kontrol: Discuss your character “Meg” in the upcoming Tyler Perry Film, “Peeples”.
Kimrie: Meg is a very quirky, fun loving, passionate camera woman for CNN. She’s quite the romantic and I really enjoyed her character.
Kontrol: Coming from a comedic background, how does it feel working with some leading actors and actresses such as Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, and David Alan Grier?
Kimrie: Am I lucky or what? It was amazing because we all got to hang out with one another and the atmosphere was just unbelievable because we all clicked and meshed so well.
Kontrol: Who do you admire or look up to in comedy and film?
Kimrie: Whoopi Goldberg and Chris Rock definetely. I also admire David and Craig’s comedy from an old school perspective as well.
Kontrol: Why did you want to take a career in comedy?
Kimrie: Well it was my mother’s doing. I went to school at NYU for theatre, even though comedy was always circling at that time. My mom signed me up for a stand up class and I was honestly terrified. I stopped the class immediately and even though I was terrified, I couldn’t run from it.
Kontrol: Who would you love to work with that you have not?
Kimrie: I would love to work with Chris Rock, Spike Lee, and Lee Daniels. In fact, I would love Spike Lee to direct it, Lee to produce it and for it to star Chris and I!
Kontrol: When did you realize you wanted to have a career in comedy as well as move into television and film?
Kimrie: They honestly happened simultaneously. I love stand up for different reasons. TV and film are often shot out of order so it’s often not as genuine. However, with stand up the performance as well as the audience are right there which makes the connection with the audience amazing.
Kontrol: Could you give a works of advice to anyone striving to make it in any form of the entertainment business?
Kimrie: Be careful what you put out on social networks. Read as much material as you can on your craft or career choice. Go see plays, study films if you choose to direct or write films. Jay Z said, “I learn more from what I do wrong than from what I do right.” …Be able to ask yourself “what did I do right?”
For more on Kimrie-Lewis Davis as well as her show dates please visit her website http://kimrie.com as well as her twitter account (@IamKimrie). Keep the conversation going by commenting here and on social networks using #jcaurelius and #kontrolMag!
Jerele Lindsey is a freelance writer and multimedia journalist based in Charlotte, NC. For more on him follow on Twitter and Instagram at @NlabelsNlove and Facebook.com/jerele.lindsey