It all started with a $50 Bet. April 1993. Comedian Sonya ‘D’ was driving her Post Office Truck (yes..CDL License) when her best friend called and told her there was a comedy competition at the Cotton Club that was once located on Wabash Ave in Downtown Chicago.
Sonya said.."so and?. Her friend said.." I think you should get in it. Sonya said.."Girl if you don't shut-up'. 'I'm not getting in no damn comedy competition. I hate Comedians. Half of them are not even funny. Her best friend said...” I will give you $50 if you do'.
Now, keep in mind, about a week before this conversation, Sonya 'D' called her friend and said she was kidnapped and needed $5.00 Ransom. Her friend told her..'Well you better get to know the kidnappers because you gon' be there awhile if you wait on me to give you that $5.00'. This is the cheapest woman in the world. To offer $50 WHOLE dollars, Sonya knew it was a sign from GOD!
April 11th 1993 Sonya and her friend went down to the competition. Sonya ‘D’ signed the list and was number 112 to perform. Her friend actually gave her the money after she signed the list.
Sonya's Turn came and all she was thinking about was, "this cheap Heifer really gave me $50.00'. Not knowing what she was going to say on stage. Sonya “D’ did 7min of Impromptu Material and received a standing ovation. Not knowing that, the standing ovation meant they enjoyed her performance. Sonya yelled at the people, 'What the hell ya'll standing up for?' Everybody laughed!
The Event Coordinator at the time, Mr. Tom Finch told Sonya you had to be an amateur to get in the competition. Sonya explained to him that, that was her 1st time ever on stage. Nobody believed her. Sonya ‘D’ actually made it to the Finals.
Sonya starting going to the HOT SPOT where all of today's Big name Chicago Comedians got their start. ALL Jokes Aside.
Comedians Sonya D starting going to the open mic night to work on some written material.
On September 4th 1993 Sonya's life was about to take a turn she was not prepared for. She signed the open mic list. Her name was called. She was told to do 10min. After 4min, the host George Wilbourn ran to the stage and took the mic from Sonya. Sonya confused said, 'What? I didn't go over my time'. George said, "Sit down. You don't need to tell anymore jokes'. After, Sonya left the stage. The man that made many comedians Famous stood up from the back of the club, MR. RUSSELL SIMMONS himself.
Russell Simmons had been sitting in the audience and no one knew he was there but the owner and the host. He was in town scouting for the next line-up to film Def Comedy Jam.
He stood up and said. 'I've seen all that I needed to see tonight. I came to Chicago to take a few of you to New York to tape for Def Comedy Jam. I have 2 people I want to talk with and I also want that young lady that just left the stage with the blue jean Shirt. I REALLY NEED you to tape'. And of course that young lady was…COMEDIAN SONYA 'D'
4 1/2 months later Sonya was in NEW YORK CITY. The Big Apple. Filming, Russell Simmons HBO's Def Comedy Jam. The 1st of many TV Shows to come. It's been all up hill from there. A few rocky moments, but all to make her stronger.
She's has graced the stage with performers such as...Mike Epps, Carlos Mencia, Bernie Mac, Adele Givens, Chris Tucker, Monique, Martin Lawrence, Larry the Cable Guy, Kevin Hart, Arnez Jay, Dave Chappell, Ced The Entertainer, Steve Harvey, Jamie Foxx,
Lisa Lapanelli. Bruce Bruce, Lavell Crawford, Ricky Smiley, Kat Williams, Jay Anthony Brown, Rosie O’Donnell, Many more....
Sonya has appeared on Def Jam for 4 seasons, BET Comic View 5 seasons, Showtime at the Apollo 2 Seasons, Comedy Central, warm up for the Queens of Comedy Tour, Comedy Stand Up Movie...CUTTIN'UP, Movie Get-Together and much more.
She's opened concerts for Artists such as... Kanya West, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson, Jon 'B', Anita Baker,
The O'Jays, Jill Scott, Monica, R-Kelly, Mary J Blidge... many, many more.
Sonya 'D' & Nephew Tommy from Steve Harvey Morning Show
In Birmingham, AL