A renaissance woman of many talents and gifts: Comedienne, Actress, Producer, Radio Personality and Humanitarian. She is best known for her frank, high energy and hilarious style of comedy: “She says what many are thinking but dare not say”. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Queen Aishah!
Comedienne Queen Aishah is known nationally, and internationally! Hailing from Newark, New Jersey, she has made the DMV her home turf for about 23 years! She is known for her Momma, Auntie, Sister, Friend personality, as she shares personal stories and life events with her unique style and twist.
Queen Aisha has been spreading laughter for many years, starting her professional comedy career in the DC metropolitan area 19 years ago. She has hosted and headlined countless comedy shows in the United States and abroad including several trips to entertain our troops in Japan, S. Korea, Europe, as well as Haiti (for a fundraiser after the 2010 earthquake). Always expanding her talents, Queen Aishah has been featured in Verizon Communications commercials, as well as print and radio ads. She has been seen on television programs such as, VH-1 series Awesomely Bad, BET ComicView, and ShowTime @ The Apollo; she has also been a celebrity guest and mentor on several episodes of Ricki Lake and Judge Hattchet, as well as doing an impromptu performance at The OPRAH Winfrey Show!
Queen Aishah is currently also the Executive Producer of the hit, All Female, Diverse Comedy Tour, “Comedienne Queen Aishah presents Funny-n-Stilettos”. The tour showcases female comedians of all cultures and backgrounds, and was most recently featured at the Howard Theater. The show is an awesome experience, receiving rave reviews from the U.S. to England, with audience members in their 80’s enjoying the show!
She has worked with noted comedians, such as Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps and Rickey Smiley to name a few. She has also shared the stage with vocal artists, such as the late Chuck Brown, Yolanda Adams, Heather Headley, Howard Hewitt, Tyrese, Jaheim, K-CI and Jo Jo. Her comedic flair gained the attention of several stage producers, such as YYP’s tours where she was lead actress of “The Vagina Monologues” and “Pocketbook Monologues”. These tours offered the opportunity to work with extraordinary actresses and entertainers as Sherri Sheppard, LisaRaye McCoy, Star Jones, Ella Royce, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Vanessa L. Williams, and a host of other remarkable personalities. Queen Aishah was also casted in the stage play, “Love Under New Management”. She’s received numerous accolades from her peers but is most proud of remarks made by Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory who said of her performance in the “Vagina Monologues”, “Outstanding”!
Let’s see what this renaissance woman has to say about her journey into her gifts/talents:
Q: What part of the DMV are you reppin’?
A: Well, when I first came to the DMV from my hometown of Newark, NJ area 23 years ago I lived in NW with family. Near Takoma Park. Red line ;-). It was the only metro line I knew for a very long time. I lived in Lewisdale/Adelphi, MD, and now I reside in Bowie. I came back to DC when I got my first apartment in DC off of Georgia Avenue. My rent was $245.00. They wanted $250.00, but I told the leasing company that extra $5.00 wasn’t in the budget.
Q: What influenced you to engage in your talents/gifts?
A: Wow, I was working in retail and co-workers and customers commented on the things I would say. Saying they were funny and asked if I did comedy or thought about doing it. I brushed it off and a few years later new people in my life asked if I thought of doing comedy. I’m a true believer of messages coming to us through people and life experiences. So, I prepared myself for the stage and started studying my craft: reading books, watching stand-up comedy shows and attending comedy shows. I spoke with my mom about being afraid of going on stage. Yes, I was shy and some more stuff. She encouraged me to do some volunteer work with a local radio station to build up my confidence. Not only did I gain confidence. I met some of my greatest friends and was hired on the Russ Parr Morning where I learned a lot about comedy through radio and much more.
Q: How has your community influenced you, and vice versa?
A: I love what I do. If I’m having a not some great day and can put a smile on one persons face it lifts my spirits. I believe we are all here to assist one another in reaching and experiencing our greatest joy, whether its in front of a huge crowd or one on one.
Q: If there’s anything that you would want your peers & supporters to know about you (assuming that they don’t already), what would it be?
A: I am inspired by both my peers and supporters. Watching fellow comedians do their thing gets me hyped. The best show for me is a great line-up and an audience that came to laugh because in the end we all achieved funny together.
Q: What’s next?!
A: I’m working on getting my all female diverse comedy tour Comedienne Queen Aishah presents Funny-n-Stilettos on television and a major world tour.
Queen Aishah currently manages her own company, QA Enterprises, LLC, as well as engages in philanthropic ventures. She is the founder of THE M.A.R.R.K.(Massive Action to Reach and Rescue Our Kids) FOUNDATION, based out of her hometown of Newark. The foundation was established to support and promote leadership in the inner city, where stewardship can be aspired. Queen Aishah also makes it a priority to lend her support to youth around the country through various speaking engagements at schools and youth outreach programs. She currently works with the Michael Walton Foundation: Speak out to Reach Out tour based in Washington, DC.
Most recently, she was a featured comedian with the Radio One: Family Comedy Tour in Detroit, appearing with other artists such as Joe Clair (from WHUR‘s The Frank Ski Show) & and Marcus D. Wiley (from Praise‘s Yolanda Adams Morning Show). Coming up next, you can catch her back in the DM[V], headlining a show in Richmond this coming Thursday, April 17th! To continue following Queen Aishah and figuring out your next opportunity to see her live, follow her at these social media avenues: Facebook (Queen Aishah), Instagram & Twitter (@QueenAishah & @funnynstilettos).