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Episode 009 INFLUENCES - Khalid Rahmaan: "I wanna see a white Tracy Morgan imitator"

Khalid Rahmaan is, in his own words, a terrible driver, a wonderful snuggler, and a Brooklyn-based standup comedian. He’s a rare Brooklyn native, free of moustache wax or unicycles. His hysterically intelligent comedy weaves together elements of politics, race, and family; it’s talking about real things in a funny way that lights his comedic fire. Oh, and he HATES clapter. This episode is dedicated to exploring comedy influences. What were they for us? How do they inform what we do today? How did our influences shape us, particularly at the very beginning?

He’s performed on the Accidental Comedy Festival, the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, and he’s been accepted into the upcoming Cinderblock Comedy Festival. He’s a contributor for WNYC, the New York City NPR station. For them, he’s been a host for their election night special. He also hosted the wrap up event for NPR’s “There Goes The Neighborhood” podcast, a show about gentrification in New York. AND he’s performed on “Dear President – What You Need to Know About Race in a America.”

– Mike Vecchione – My Car Got Stolen (The Tonight Show 5/24/17)
– Khalid Rahmaan – My Brother
– David Cross – “My immigrant mom talks funny” excerpt about Strom Thurmond (It’s Not Funny, 2003)
– Sarah Silverman – Squirrels (Speck of Dust, Netflix 2017)

And a mammoth thanks to to our guest, Khalid Rahmaan. His fantastically funny Electric Laughs comedy show is coming back on Friday, September 1st, at Franklin Electric in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Follow that show @electriclaughs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Also, check out his funny articles on and head over to for well-circulated, funny article about gentrification.

Special thanks to Mike Vecchione, Sarah Silverman, and David Cross. And, as always, here’s a big, wet thanks to Salt N’ Peppa for not suing us or for not yet suing us as we use an ever-so-fairly and ever-so-modified tiny smidgeon of their now basically unrecognizable song.

You can find Khalid at:
and BOOK HIM at

And a very, very special thanks to Dr. Benjamin Cerf, who uses his Doctorate of Economics to convince his best friend which parts of this podcast will reduce consumer demand.


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