Wheel Life: Episode Two

Episode Two highlights my life from October 21st - 27th. Paratransportation, Wildcard round of the Ultimate Comic's Challenge, Zoo Trip, Family Life. Special guest Zina Shivers. Music by Bradley Davis. I hope you enjoy. It will be 14 years that my mom left this Earth come tomorrow. I miss her. Her time here was so short, too short.. If I could go back and spend every minute with her outside of school, I would..I was selfish..I was 17 and in my heart I thought she had it beat.. I  imagine in many ways she would be the same woman today she was the last time we spoke. Happy, full of hope, corny, concerned and loving. I'm still trying mom. I'm really thankful she shared Jesus with me. When I was four years old I remember her asking me if I had ever asked Jesus into my heart. I told her yes, that my teachers said a prayer with me..We did it again, just to make sure. He is my Rock. And my Foundation..

I would have loved sharing my jokes with her. Speaking of jokes..

Ultimate Comic's Challenge 
(Idiot Box Comedy Club)

I've competed in it every year for eight years! Heck, I've competed in over 15+ competitions, winning two and losing many..well, losing most. I've made it to the finals in the UCC twice but I've never won. This year I have made it to the Semifinal round…again.

I would really appreciate your support. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll get you the deetz. It will be Friday, November 16th. Much love and special shout outs to Brent, Zina and Dr. Ahmad for coming out to support me. And of course my family.

Wheel Life

I wear many hats

I am a quadriplegic
A husband
A father
A substitute teacher
A paratransit reservationist 
A comedian 
A Christian 
A person who is trying

This is a new series I'm putting out into the world. 


Wheel Life with

Leo Hodson

On August 30th i performed at a show in Raleigh. The show's title was called the Everyday. I focused my set on what I experience everyday. You know, work, kids, marriage, my disability, ect.. I don't know who this is for or if anyone will read this. My aim is to publish a piece every week or so, sharing myself with the world. I hope this series is comical, heartfelt and meaningful. Above all I hope it's truthful……then entertaining. Sometimes, I close myself off….I restrict what I say…..I edit myself in fear of what others may think or that I may bring shame to God…..but to fear God is to hate evil, which I do..and I love people….and I also love making others laugh…In this series I’m going to ride the bus (a lot), write jokes, tell jokes, make fun with people, make fun of people, dance, parent and love. I hope you enjoy….Much love. This episode covers my performance of round one of the Ultimate Comics Challenge at the Idiot Box Comedy Club. I was voted by my colleagues, my fellow competitors to move on to the Wild Card round where I will get the opportunity to compete to get into the Quarterfinals. I will be performing Friday, October 26th at 10pm. If you can make it out, I would love your support! These videos are apt to change as I try to get my flow..

Five Shows, Three Days, Wilmington

Thursday - April 27th - The Wilson Center - 7:30pm



Opening Act: Leo Hodson (20-30 minutes)

Laugh your tail off with Arvin Mitchell. Mitchell’s creative & and explosively silly comedy has kept him in demand and will have you laughing in your seat. With an array of impressions, stories, gestures and faces, Arvin’s memorable performance is sure to please. As the former cohost of BET’s Club Comic View, Arvin has been featured on Kevin Heart’s “One Mic Stand”, Tony Rocks “The Funny Spot” as well as entertaining our troops abroad. Nominated as one of NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity top comics Arvin continues to tour colleges, clubs, cruise ships & churches.


No one under 17 admitted for this event. No exceptions. Refunds will not be provided for tickets purchased for people under 17.

Approx. run time: under 2 hours including intermission

Friday - April 28th - Dead Crow Comedy Club - 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Saturday - April 29th - Dead Crow Comedy Club - 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Drew Michael (Writer/SNL)



Drew Michael is a Chicago comedian who looks at life from a dark, cerebral point of view. His rumination on relationships, ex-girlfriends, bestiality, pedophilia, God, religion, Hitler, government, life and death has prompted TimeOut Chicago to call him, “Smart, funny and unabashedly crass.”

Drew is a founding member of the comedy collective, Comedians You Should Know. The OnionAV Club says, “The genuine quality of talent on display is unrivaled in Chicago.” The group released a self-titled album that debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Drew released his first album Lovely in 2013. The album debuted #1 on the iTunes comedy charts, which is surprising considering it's this really pretentious love-concept album that nobody understands. He followed that release with Funny To Death, on Comedy Central Records and recently released his first special for Comedy Central (The Half Hour), in the fall of 2016. Drew is also a writer for Saturday Night Live. - Dead Crow Comedy Room


7pm and 9:30 show

opening Leo Hodson


It's Funny How Things Turn Out.

On Wednesday I attended an orientation to become a substitute teacher for Guilford county schools. I decided to take the public transportation service for people with disabilities (SCAT). It's an amazing, life changing service! It's one of the main reasons we want to stay here in Greensboro. Upon arriving it became apparent that the orientation meeting room was inaccessible. It saddened me....then.....it infuriated me. A half hour went by as I sat in the lobby.. You have to keep calm I told myself. Be positive. So after a little longer a kind lady came and got me. I was given an one on one orientation presentation explaining the process. It couldn't have gone any better. The interviewer was part of the staff for recruiting and staffing for Guilford county schools. After the interview she introduced me to her fellow coworker and superior. It's funny how things turn out.

In December I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from UNCG. (and a minor in Sociology but who's counting).

I've been training to become a teacher as far back as I can remember. As a kid my mom would have me divide her students assignments into separate stacks. These stacks would eventually become piles and these piles would eventually take over our living room. Those were the days. As a student I've been blessed to have been taught by some pretty amazing educators. 

Here are a few that I have learned from that I hope rub off on my teaching style:

  • Ms. Stephens (North Asheboro Middle School) Chorus Teacher
  • Mr. Rachlin (North Asheboro Middle School) Social Studies and Language Arts
  • Mr. Luck (Asheboro High School) American History
  • Senora Salas (Asheboro High School) Spanish
  • Ms. Farlow (Asheboro High School) Yearbook
  • Ms. Shinn (Asheboro High School) Librarian 
  • Ms. Lemons (AHS) Student Council
  • Mr. Colby Cochran (NCASC) Student Council
  • Dr. Furquean (Cape Fear Community College) Theology
  • Ms. Brooklin Green (CFCC) Comedy
  • Mr. McGee (Cape Fear Community College) Activity Director 
  • Mr. Kruetzer (Cape Fear Community College) Film
  • Mr. Vandenberg (CFCC) Television Studio
  • Professor Pucket (CFCC) Sociology
  • Professor Anderson (University of North Carolina of Greensboro) Chinese History
  • Professor Levenstein (University of North Carolina of Greensboro) Voting Rights History
  • Professor Elliot (UNCG) Civil War
  • Professor Thomas (UNCG) American Imperialism 
  • Professor Levine (University of North Carolina of Greensboro) Western Civilization 
  • Professor Ruzicka (University of North Carolina of Greensboro) Research Writing
  • Professor Bregman (UNCG) Theology
  • My mom (miss you)

so many more too. (you too dad)

My plan is to be fair, informative, passionate, funny, creative, quick, animated, relaxed, wise, respectful, truthful, eager, fun, strict and positive.

I don't plan on throwing in the comedy towel anytime soon (ever). Some really exciting things are on the horizon. Eventually I hope to get a full time teaching job.....I imagine teaching will cut into my comedy but don't you worry!

I'll keepa writing, I'll keep getting on stage! Please, come check me out at a show and be on the look out for some upcoming projects. 

Your support has helped me get this far so if you're reading this, thank you for being you and much love. Please keep positive even if things seem dismal, email me, let me know if I can help. 

Goodnight Goodnight's Funniest

It was the semi finals of NC's Funniest comedy competition. I did my absolute best. I prepared and followed the advice I had received from some very talented, experienced comedians. And it paid off. From the moment the host handed me the mic to the moment when two men carried me off stage, the crowd was with me. Every joke landed. It was electrifying. I truly believe it was my best short set to date. Unfortunately though, I didn't move on.....nor did I record it. The competition was judged by six judges. After the host revealed the winners I felt confused and disheartened. And I wasn't the only one. After the show about a dozen people came up to me and shared with me their thoughts. This is what I remember being told:

"you made me cry"  "you were our number one"  "please don't give up, you are really talented"
"I thought you were the funniest and so did my two girlfriends"  "really thought you were moving on"

I was in shock. I didn't understand and truthfully, I still don't. And that's alright. I know I can grow from this experience. 

What to take away:

  • That seven minute set order was really good despite not advancing and I will make some tweaking to update it for my 10 minute set to come this August for Asheville.

  • I need to reach out to the people who approach me after shows. I should leave them with a way to follow me online. At the very least tell them I have a website. 

  • That it's okay that I lost and that it's also okay that I want feedback from the judges. I'm not sure if I'm gonna get it. 

Comedy competitions are either decided by audience vote or judges. They both have their pros and cons. I have won and lost with both. All one can do is accept the outcome and try to grow from it. It can't be easy judging an art competition. I want to publicly thank them and the two men who carried me on and off of the stage.

Entering competitions are good ways for comics to reach big crowds, get recognition and show their craft to their peers so they can possibly get booked on to other shows. I don't foresee myself calling it quits anytime soon as painful as this was.

This post was for me.....to get over losing after doing so well. In the process I came up with this thought.....learn and let learn....meaning

Learn and let that learning positively put you in a better position than where you were before.

Lydia told me she was proud of me after my set. Which was cool. And I really needed to hear it in that moment. Performing in this contest, on that exact stage, is after all where we first met two years ago. And now....well, we're in love and we have a beautiful daughter. Goodnight Goodnight's Funniest.