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Hey , I didn't know this comic guys but they way y'all described her, she seemed like she had a great impact on some of your lives. And as a fellow comic Please accept my condolences.
This day really sucks for me. I first met Lashonda through her own philanthropic efforts towards veterans. BTW, her birthday is 9/11. She had donated free tickets to her Hollywood Weird Tales shows and I always made sure to hit up the shows whenever I could at the Vanguard. She also hooked me up with free tickets to her shows at Cap City Comedy. As a full-time grad student, she kept me happy and entertained on a shoestring budget. This woman was so incredibly kind and generous. I'm beside myself right now. She was one of the few individuals on this planet that I can call "self-actualized" despite her failing body. Shondee, I will always love and miss you.
Every time we met up at a show, she had a smile on her face, a kind word, and a hug ready. I wish I had known her better, I wish we had hung out more, but I'm infinitely lucky I knew her at all.
I met lashonda in a mall in San Antonio. We were doing an all ladies show and when I introduced myself to her as a comic on the show she said "I didn't even know there were any a y'all down here." We've been on countless shows together since. I'm going to miss watching you on stage, talking shop and shit; smoking in the back alleys together easing stress and getting heavy lidded. But mostly, I'll just miss you. I love you. Eternally, inifinitely.
When I first moved to Austin in 2009, I drove here with all my stuff in a silver 2001 BMW I had no business driving. It was my parents' car that they just gave me for the move, I guess. I felt pretty self-conscious about it, since I obviously couldn't afford it myself. A couple years later when I started doing stand-up, I drove to a mic at Institution Theater. I parked my obnoxious silver BMW and walked towards the group of other comics smoking outside. Lashonda was there and I knew who she was but we'd never talked before. She saw me pull up in that BMW so when I got to where everyone was standing, she asked loudly, "The fuck you think you're doing driving that flashy-ass BMW? What're you, The Devil Man?" What're you, The Devil Man? How fucking funny is that? The Devil Man. I've been called a lot of things, but I don't think I'll ever be called something as funny as The Devil Man for the rest of my life. I couldn't stop laughing, along with everyone else. She immediately took something I was obviously self-conscious and anxious about and diffused it while still using it as ammo for a pretty sick burn. It was brilliant. It was hilarious. And it helped me feel a little more accepted in this community, which was important for a noob like me at the time. RIP Lashonda. We'll miss you.
I was really lucky to perform with LaShonda twice this week (Monday and Tuesday) I was actually right before her on both shows. At Shit’s Golden she killed (because she always killed) and I just went up to her and said, “That was great, I want you to know how great I think you are.” Classic awkward Segovia but it was true and I’m glad got to say it. She talked excitedly about getting “Weird True Hollywood Tales” back up and running. Everybody at the table talked about how much we love Luke. You could tell she was excited about the future. She loved performing and comedy. When we did Radio (this Tuesday) as I was walking off stage and she was walking on. She tap me on the shoulder smiled and said, “Us! Two in Row!” that made me feel great. Then all the comics on the bill and a lucky audience watched her and her perfectly constructed jokes. She built the whole room up and by the end everyone at this pop up coffee house show was laughing. I thought, ‘This is how good stand up can be in the hands of a master.” It was a pleasure to talk to you Shondee and to see you do stand up. RIP Queen.
On the night she won FPIA, while waiting for the judges to finish their deliberations, I told her that I was breaking up with my boyfriend. Can you imagine?? (One of the) Biggest night(s) of her life and I'm asking for dating advice. And she gave it, too. She should have said (and I would have taken it) in that Detroit drawl "gtfo here, I ain't got time for this". And our sons were 2 weeks apart in age, so I knew she was a fierce mama, too. She was as real as real could get. We all love you and will miss you dearly Lashonda.
Many shows that we did together I would give her ride. She always tried to over pay me in gas money. I never took any of it because I just loved getting to spend that time with her so much.
Watching Lashonda Lester shove pills in her mouth dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz at the annual Comedy Seance will forever be the funniest thing I've ever seen. The funniest thing I've ever seen. I'll miss you forever, Shondee.
Lashonda seemed to know everything and making her laugh felt like a gold medal every time.
There's a tiny balcony at the top of a narrow staircase above Esther's Follies. Shondee and I went up there before a show while we were waiting. I asked her if she was going up there to smoke, cuz I didn't have any on me. She said, "No, just want to sit somewhere quiet where I won't be hassled by nobody." So we tottered up there, and she seemed a bit out of breath so I let her use the one chair while I leaned against a railing. "Okay," she said, "your job is to prevent people from coming through that door and ruining our good time." RIP, Shondee. I got the door.