About Billy D. Washington
Low-key intensity and dead on humor” is how the Denver Post described Billy D. Washington. His clever but quirky approach combined with his undeniable skill as a pianist has made Billy D. Washington a formidable force in the world of stand-up comedy. After a 5-year stint as a Houston Police Officer, he followed his heart, took to the stage and has since assembled a pretty impressive body of work for this part-time church musician and full-time national Headliner. Billy has been featured at the prestigious ''Just for Laughs'' Comedy Festival twice, HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and for 3 years traveled with The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin as her opening act. He has also appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Last Comic Standing, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Bob and Tom radio show, and spent time on VH-1 as a host and on-air personality. In 2008 he was identified as one of the most diverse comedians in America by the NBC stand-up for diversity initiative, and is the creator of the critically acclaimed S.E.L.L.O.U.T. Comedy Tour, a group of talented black comedians who challenge America to resolve racial differences one joke at a time. Billy was recently asked what inspires him to do comedy... "I am inspired to move people. I grew up as the adopted child of my favorite preacher, my Dad. My Mom was the quintessential preacher''s wife and everything we did encompassed inspiration, motivation and the occasional need to entertain. On countless Sunday mornings I sat at the piano in my Dad''s church and watched people in awe as he delivered his sermons. His context was bible based and his presentation was captivating. He would integrate humor into traditional Christian teachings while delivering a message that was succinct, accurate and heartfelt. As a Police Officer, I worked a part-time job as security in a comedy club in Houston Texas. I watched countless comedians from a barstool in the back of the room, moved by guys like Tim Allen, Dana Carvey, Steven Wright and Mark Curry as they practiced the same sort of audience mastery as my Dad had years earlier. They made people not just laugh but think, they crafted obscure references and related them to the relatable, while cheering up the downtrodden and allowing their crowd to consider the humor in abstract perspective. I want to inspire in the way that my Dad did, along with the countless comedians of whom I watched in that comedy club. I don''t look for the easy punch line. I aspire as a comedian to find the obscure nuance in simplicity, while still being my audience’s performer for the evening, and a figure of quiet complexity that they will not soon forget.