Vanessa Fraction 

Over the past few years local stand-up Vanessa Fraction has opened for Cedric the Entertainer, performed in a U.S. military tour, and landed a small role in Barbershop 2. Her look and demeanor communicate a silky soul-sista vibe that's jarringly, sometimes hilariously at odds with her casual, call-it-like-it-is vulgarity. She's comfortable joking about both female self-empowerment and master/slave role-playing with one of her "annual white boys." There's an endearing eagerness and sincerity to her persona as an ambitious young actress-comedian, but equally attractive is the way she savors ribald experiences. As a girl, she says, she imagined losing her virginity in a hotel room on a king-size bed covered with roses. "It was at his mama's house," she recalls, "on a twin-size--wasn't no roses either, but the window was open and leaves were coming in....It was nice, it was real nice." Dam Fool coheadlines. a Through 1/7: Fri-Sat 8 and 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM, Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Drive, 773-373-3390, $20 Fri-Sat, $10 Sun, 21+, 2 dr. minimum.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Christopher Adams.

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