Kid Fury gained an internet following by publicizing his stream of consciousness. Before taking Furious Thoughts on the road, Fury filmed himself on his couch for YouTube. Generally under the influence, he’d deliver hilarious profanity-laden rants, speaking candidly on topics such as zodiac signs and his disdain for the Kardashians.
His social media following only grew larger when he teamed up with fellow internet personality and comedian Crissle West to create The Read podcast in 2013. Once a week, the hosts celebrate black excellence, humorously attempt to help readers navigate troublesome life experiences and “read” anyone (or anything) who is problematic. Oh, and they talk about their love for Beyonce. A lot.
Both Furious Thoughts and The Read have provided an opportunity for Fury to bring his brand of comedy to live audiences across the country. With his newfound success came a need for new skills such as writing and constructing jokes, and paying attention to comedic timing in a way that he didn’t have to when he was delivering zingers to the camera in his living room.
Fury said comedy has always been his way of combating his struggles with anxiety and depression. Having a job where he gets to laugh with real-life friends such as West has certainly helped him to cope with the demands of life. And, in speaking out regarding his own mental health struggles, he’s likely helped fans struggling with similar things.
Fury wasn’t shy about sharing his thoughts on what many people on social media believe to be insensitive remarks from rapper Drake regarding Kid Cudi’s mental health struggles when we spoke with him earlier this week.
In a new song, “Two Birds, One Stone,” Drake seems to comment on Cudi’s ongoing battle with depression (“You were the ‘Man on the Moon,’ now you just go through your phases.”).
Fury said he’s not calling for people to “burn [Drake’s] Jordans” over the lyric, but said he found it “a little disappointing.”
“I don’t think people who may be on the other side of [mental health] know how disrespectful [certain comments] can be,” he said.
Still, Fury said he recognizes that jabs are par for the course in rap.
“It is what it is,” he said. “Rihanna will break his heart in a couple of weeks and he’ll be back to square one.”
These are the types of hot takes that you might hear at one of Fury’s live comedy shows, but this weekend he’ll be in Atlanta to provide a different form of entertainment.
Trilloween ATL will bring Fury, his podcast co-host West and their dedicated fan base to Atlanta for the comedian’s first Halloween party in the city.
Fury said he started hosting Trilloween parties in New York four years ago.
“I’m just super ghetto and I love dancing, drinking and having a good time,” he said.
Fury said he was raised in a Christian household and didn’t grow up celebrating Halloween. His mother stopped taking him trick or treating when he was four.
“She felt like past 4 is where you could get over not having candy like the other kids,” he said.
Fury wouldn’t reveal what his costume will be, but gave a few hints.
“It’s going to be furry,” he said. “It will have wings.”
While many people opt for costumes that are deemed offensive, Fury said the people who have attended his Trilloween parties in New York and D.C. tend to stay away from controversial characters.
“I haven’t seen anything offensive but I have seen people be really, really naked,” he said,
Partygoers don't have have to wear a costume to attend Trilloween, but Fury did offer three tips for anyone wondering if their Halloween costume is offensive.
- “Stay away from Rachel Dolezal [costumes].”
- “If you aren’t black and you want to be a character that is black just leave the paint at home. Just be white and find a way to make that translate.”
- “Kim Kardashian being robbed costumes are really tacky. Lord knows I don’t like her, but come on.”
As he plans to transition to TV following the success of West on shows such as Comedy Central's Emmy-nominated “Drunk History,” Fury said he’s not worried about how his celebrity rants will affect his industry relationships in the future.
“I don’t really care about burning bridges,” he said. “I’ll swim if I have to. I learned how to when I was very young.”
10 p.m. Oct. 28. $55 (includes entry and open bar), $75 (includes express entry and open bar). Event Space 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta. eventbrite.com.