2012 was a big year for comedian Darryl Lenox. Stagetime Magazine named his CD Blind Ambition “one of the Top 5 Comedy Albums of 2012,” joining Louis CK, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, and the late Patrice O’Neal. Along with the album release, his hour-long standup special of the same name debuted on Starz—the network’s first feature comedy special.
Lenox compares his show to a roller-coaster ride – full of ups and downs, tension and release. Living with a visual impairment has refined his perspective, allowing him to cut through audience preconceptions, discard self-pity, and deliver pitch-perfect repartee that leave audiences spellbound and sore from laughter. When Lenox talks about his influences, it is a diverse and somewhat unexpected list. Sure there are the comedy of greats like Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx, but he embraces multiple art forms when preparing his sets and perfecting his craft. He stretches his musical boundaries by studying everything from Jay-Z to opera and watches great episodics like “The Sopranos” to study how directors keep audiences engaged over a full hour.