Zainab Johnson Image courtesy event organizers


Zainab Johnson

Daily from Aug. 8-10
7:30 p.m.
Aug. 10
9:45 p.m.
Daily from Aug. 11-12
7 p.m.
Aug. 11
9:30 p.m.

“I had no idea I was funny when I was growing up,” says comedian Zainab Johnson. “One of my first TV tapings was a reboot of Comic View on BET. My mother and a few of my siblings drove to Atlanta to support me at the taping. My younger brother said he was more nervous than he’d ever been in his life right before I got onstage. I asked him why, and he said, ‘Because I don’t remember you being funny when we were growing up.’” As a former teacher, she’s used to being in front of crowds, but her previous occupation didn’t provide a lot of useful experience beyond that. “Being in front of students and teaching them from an already defined curriculum or syllabus is way easier than getting onstage and trying to make strangers laugh,” she says. When not on stage, Johnson is somewhat of a foodie. “Good, healthy, tasty food,” she explains. “Eating and good conversation is always high on my list of things to do. I also like experiencing things I’ve never done before.” 16+.