Damon Wayans and Dave Chappelle during 2006 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Aspen - USCAF Freedom of Speech Award: Def Comedy Jam at St. Regis Ballroom in Aspen, Colorado, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

Recently Damon Wayans was on radio in Houston, TX and when he was asked if he had been keeping up with the verzuz battles he stated he didn’t know what it was but he said if he had to do a verzuz he would want to do one against Dave chappelle.  It has since caused quite a stir, going viral online with a lot of people growing interested in wanting to see a comedy verzuz.


Here’s why a comedy verzuz would NOT work, stand up comedy wouldn’t work because stand up and music are completely different, you can listen to a song a million times and sing it word for word without getting tired of it BUT if you hear the same joke over and over you will tired of it because it doesn’t have the same effect.  What makes a joke even funnier is the shock value, when you don’t see the punchline coming that makes the joke even more hilarious because it shows the intelligence behind the work that you put in to get the joke where it needs to be.

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I also think if they tried to make comedians do something other than stand up to see who is funnier that wouldn’t work either because then it would almost become goofy.  I feel like they should leave the verzuz battles to artists and musicians because it is the nostalgia of seeing some of your older artists perform their classics again that makes verzuz a beautiful thing.