Who the fu(ck)nny are the Have-Nots? According to their co-founder, Jay Mays, “we are, without a doubt, the funniest comics you’ve never heard of before.” The comedy group was founded in May 2010, when Mays and fellow local comedian Dominic Perenzin met during a gig at Sweat Record’s monthly stand-up night Casa De Ha-Ha. This small society of 305 stooges, which includes Scot Lenter, Raul Salazar, and well-known local comedienne Jessica Gross, will kick off the South Beach Comedy Festival this Thursday with an event at Buck15.
Mays explains, “There’s so much talent down here but the venues are so scattered. With the Have-Nots we’re creating a family where all these comics can come, do their comedy, and grow on their way up. We’re grooming and creating quality shows and giving all the less known talents a way to get on stage and say that Miami, along with New York, San Francisco, Denver, and L.A., is a great city for comedy. We’re not on TV yet, we’re not household names, and we’re not going to sell out shows based on our names alone. We’re less than famous.” But they’re hilarious.
Don’t believe us? Check out The Have-Nots picks of the litter at 7 p.m., February 24h at Buck 15 for their The South Beach Comedy Festival Local All-Stars kick-off event. The lineup will include Lisa Corrao, Wendi Starling, Johnny Trabs, Gene Harding, Dave Williamson, and host Jessica Gross.
The Have-Nots also have a show at National Lampoons Underground in Fort Lauderdale every Thursday, a monthly stint at Champions Sports Bar, and beginning March 11th, they will perform at Buck 15 every Friday night.