February 22, 2013
LIMA — Take a seat and let the schooling, and the laughs, begin. Bryant Moss, aka Preacher Moss, will lead a class on the “End of Racism” Tuesday at The Ohio State University/Rhodes State College.
“I look at my comedy as a service. Some are gifted to serve as doctors, I’m a comedian. I start off seeing everything through a worst-case scenario view. I’m a worst-case kind of guy. And, that stuff never happens 98 percent of the time, so then we have to look at what actually did happen, and go from there,” Moss said.
A teacher of emotionally disturbed children, Moss is also a well-known comedian, opening for the likes of Darrell Hammond and writing for Damon Wayans and George Lopez.
With no foul-language in his show, Moss likes to take his audience on a trip in his routine to let them draw their own conclusions. “It’s all about words and phrasing and conceptualizing,” he said.
“I think at 46 years old I’m in training to be an old black man. I’ve seen old black men just shake their heads at the things young black men do. An 85-year-old black man has seen a lot more hardships than a young man. It’s like a young guy complaining about his professor at school to an 85-year-old black man who couldn’t get an education. Now I remember the looks on their faces when I’d talk like that,” Moss said.
Claiming to be in a more enlightened spot, Moss said he’s comfortable these days taking questions from the audience about racism.
“Yesterday, a guy asked me if it’s gotten better. I think there are improvements. We know the how and the what of racism, but we don’t ask the why,” Moss said.
But the why is important, and that’s the reason Moss said he will “keep going from hotel to hotel, from Waffle House to Waffle House, discussing this.”