Seats were filled and smiles were abundant at the Denton Black Film Festival’s Night of Comedy. Dez O’Neal and Derrick Keener, two Texas comedians, packed the Patterson Appleton Arts Center with plenty of laughter Friday.
Dallas Native, Dez O’Neal, opened the night with giggles and spot on impressions. If you’ve ever wanted to hear UNT Alumni, Dr. Phil, in person, O’Neal is your guy as he hilariously reenacted a scene that took place on the popular daytime talk show, seamlessly switching from one person to another. His act continued with caricatures of childhood friends and coworkers as he jumped from accent to accent. O’Neal’s personal anecdotes were an added bonus to his hysterically relevant act.
The fun didn’t stop at O’Neal with Derrick Keener taking the stage next. His relatable jokes about religion and politics had the crowd roaring with laughter. Keener finds a way to turn tragedy into hilarity as he recalled a story between him and his grandfather just after Keener had surgery for Testicular Cancer; people were literally slapping their knees and wiping tears from their eyes. If that wasn’t enough to leave a stitch in your side his spot on impressions of Barack Obama and TV preacher, Joel Osteen, definitely was. Keener showed off his array of talents as he perfectly recited a monologue from the popular movie, Fences, all while keeping the audience laughing. Crowd participation was a must with the comic asking individuals about their lives, creating jokes right on the spot and building a solid relationship with those in attendance.
Friday’s Night of Comedy was certainly one you wouldn’t have wanted to miss as the two comics had every audience member bursting with laughter. Each act brought something new and refreshing to the stage all while keeping the crowd on their toes. Both Dez O’Neal and Derrick Kenner were a hilarious and entertaining addition to this year’s Denton Black Film Festival.
The Denton Black Film Festival continues through Sunday, January 29. Visit www.dentonbff.com to discover a schedule full of options which range from film to spoken word, a poetry slam and a music concert.