Last year, T.I. celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut album, I’m Serious, and as he begins his third decade in entertainment, he’s looking to diversify.
TIP, who also has enjoyed a successful acting career with roles in such films as ATL, American Gangster, Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Dolemite Is My Name, is now expanding into a new area — comedy.
The “Live Your Life” rapper has been doing standup routines for the past two weeks, and he says he’s serious about making people laugh.
“I’ve learned from & earned the respect & approval of some of the funniest people I know in this s***,” he comments in an Instagram post that’s accompanied by a photo of him with comedian Chris Spencer. “I can honestly say I’ve had nights where I tore they a** up & I had nights I was figuring the s*** out but I appreciate having the opportunity to adjust & improve.”
The 41-year-old entertainer knows that many people are skeptical about his skills as a comedian, but he says he’s encouraged by the reception he’s received from the pros.
“I’m also truly appreciative and humbled by the warm welcome I’ve been receiving from real comedic vets in this s***. Allowing me the opportunity to learn, grow & accept harsh critical ridicule from the best!!!” he notes. “I’ve developed a true admiration & respect for the skill set required to stand up in front of people with no hit records or catchy hooks to carry you through the performance.”
TIP has had his ups and downs in the comedy clubs, and he says he’s having fun, declaring, “I think I LIKE IT HERE!!”
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