We had the good fortune of connecting with Malika E. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Malika, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m a 80s Baby born in New York and 90s Kid raised in Atlanta. So even though I flew here, I grew here! I’m from Atlanta. I was an only child raised by my mom, grandmother, and two aunts. I learned to entertain not only myself but an audience that may laugh with you one day then laugh at you the next. In my few New York years, the top things I learned that impacted me still to this day was how to look confident and tough even when I’m shaking like a stripper inside, how to make the meanest looking people laugh, and to smile only when smiled at. Atlanta taught me that it’s okay to smile and laugh especially at someone. Here is where I learned to roast or what we used to call “Jone”. When I moved here in ’92, I was in 6th grade and my 1st time going to a public school. I used to watch kids roast the mess out of each other to where my feelings were hurt. Shoot, I taught myself to laugh on the inside because I didn’t want to get roasted next. They were so ruthless and quick on their toes like miniature Def Jam Comedians. I used to go home and practice roasting the loudest obnoxious kids just in case. Especially since New Yorkers were hated because Atlanta folks said New Yorkers thought they were all that, they were right. What helped me was my accent, the boys loved it and the fact that I didn’t talk about how New York was so much better than Atlanta because it really wasn’t. That’s why I call myself The Georgia Nectarine. A nectarine is an apple and peach hybrid. I was born in New York and raised in Georgia.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Standup Comedian. I speak about my experiences as a school bus driver, mother of 3 boys, newly divorcee, and my experiences in everyday life. I embrace my goofy and awkwardness with a smile. I am proud that after not doing comedy for 2 years, I started back in 2018 and told myself I would not stop and every year my career in comedy will elevate and I have continued to stay true to that. I won a spot in the 1st Peachtree Comedy Festival in 2019. In 2020, I used quarantine as a time to build up my followers on social media and started creating content. In Spring 2021, an opportunity fell in my lap, where I got a chance to setup my 1st paid comedy show. With no experience, I negotiated the payments for us comedians, booked the talent, organized and promoted a sold out comedy show. Since then, I have setup 3 other shows and been in another comedy festival this summer, Juneteenth Comedy Festival in Atlanta. In October, I will be in Memphis as an inductee of The Memphis Urban Laughs Comedy Festival. I have also Co-hosted on a radio show on B100. I also started my own productions company, Sneaker Chick Productions. It isn’t and hasn’t been easy by no means but it sure has been fun. Between juggling still having a regular job, a family I’m still raising, preparing my material to perform or create content, and still make sure I take care of self, it can be overwhelming. I used the belief of my loved ones to carry me at times when doubt creeps in. I have learned to continue to be Me because that’s what makes me unique and no one else can be Me but Me. Also, a winner is not a person who has never failed, a winner is a person who doesn’t quit. I am an Everyday Person that speaks for Everyday People!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
1st spot we are hitting up is Agavero Cantina in Lilburn. Their Texas margarita is a One Hitter quitter. Definitely have to take them to Slutty Vegan to get sluttified. A comedy show, of course. There’s so many comedy rooms to choose from that I would probably pick that night depending on where one of my people were hosting. My Buddy Chantry’s house because that’s where we kick it since we don’t fool with the club scene like that. Vickery Creek Falls has a beautiful waterfall you can get in, or sit close to and chill. There are so many other parks in the A, you can visit and enjoy nature. That’s my kind of thing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Mom, Nana, Tia, Auntie, Grandpa, and so many other family members who love, support and pray over me. My sons Khalil, Malik, and Omari for giving me encouragement and understanding when I am gone doing shows or working on my next project. My friends Fern, Tamica, and Tasha who went in together and paid half of a comedy class at Laughing Skull Lounge for my birthday in 2013. The Billionaire Brand for recently taking me on as a client and helping me build and market my brand. My friends that have been in my corner, giving me honest critique, coming out to my shows or buying tickets when you couldn’t even attend. To the few comedians who know who they are, that have given me advice, encouragement, and have been genuine with me, Thank You. Honorable mention my Mentor/ Play Brother, Jason Hunt, who was that Dad and Big Brother when I needed one. He taught me so much from being smart was an excellent thing, sports, self defense, confidence, humor, and class, Thank You & RIP.
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