Please explain what just happened.

Right before I opened this document, a rerun of Cold Case started on TNT HD and my chihuahua climbed up on my shoulders and wrapped herself around my neck to nap.

 

What is your earliest memory?

I was about three years old. We were in my parents bedroom they were both still under the covers. I was sitting on my dad’s tummy and rubbing my mom’s pregnant belly. I  declared without hesitation:  “It’s gonna be a boy! And his name is going to be Jeff.” (Who knew I was so psychic at such a young age?!)

 

If you weren’t a comedian/TV & radio personality, what other profession would you choose?

If I wasn’t a comedian/ TV & radio personality, I would be an energy healer. I have this overwhelming desire to make people feel better. Maybe that’s why I try to make them laugh now. That’s a form of healing, right?

 

Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

Right now there’s a huge tub of salad from Costco, several bottles of red & purple Vitamin Water, a large Britta water container-mostly full. I think there are a few Babybel cheeses, an almost full packet of 7-grain Ezekiel English muffins, condiments, and amazing coffee that I brought back from Bali.

 

What verb best describes you?

Optimistic.  [Editor’s note: that’s an adjective, but it’s so lovely, we’ll let it slide…]

 

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

If I could go back and talk to 13 yr. old Karith. I’d tell her to hang in there- she won’t feel “stuck” much longer. All of the crap that seems like it’s never going to dissipate—the illness and asthma; the feeling like boys will never like her—that’s going to change so drastically one day she won’t believe how amazing her life is going to be. All the things she dreams about—traveling, having an incredible career and even the things that were to big at the time to dream about will come. So just get ready for the time of your life.

 

What are the steps you take to regain your composure?

When I’m about to lose it I take as many deep breaths as I need and remind myself that with all I’ve been through I can get through/handle/deal with this too.

 

Define “success.”

Success to me means being happy with who you are where you are.

 

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

My inspiration comes from anyone who is living their truth. I know that sounds so esoteric, but from spiritual leaders like Wayne Dyer—to strangers I meet on the street who are doing what they love and making the world a better place by leaving a positive mark. That’s who inspires me.

 

What change do you want to be in the world?

My hope is to convey the message that attitude is everything. If we believe it, we can see it—so the point is to have the best attitude you can in turn bringing about the best life you can have. Being negative is such a waste of time and energy and only gives you the outcome you least desire.

 

Are you pro- or anti-emoticon? Please explain.

I’m pro-emoticon, but only with light use- this is because I sometimes have a very dry and sarcastic sense of humour since not everyone does. It’s also wise because text without a voice can be interpreted so many ways.

 

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

If we’re basing this on encounters then I’m only one degree from Kevin Bacon. He and his son were at Stand-up NY Comedy Club one night that I was performing. After my set they approached me and told me how much they enjoyed my set. It was really sweet.

 

What makes you feel most guilty?

Throwing out food makes me feel incredibly guilty.

 

Please list three things you never leave home without.

Three things I never leave home without are my Blackberry, my driver’s license, and—yes this is cliché— my American Express.

 

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Seriously, Karith, you should try the ‘Master Cleanse.’  It’s amazing, and you’ll feel incredible!”

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Dream big!

 

What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

When a parent or adult lets a child or animal be abused.

 

Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

I always wanted to be on Press Your Luck so I could scream “No Whammy, No Whammy!” without people thinking I was completely insane. You do that in the wrong place like church and you’re forever labeled “special.”

 

 

What do you want to know?

I’ve always wanted to know who really killed JFK.

 

What would you like your last words to be?

I’d like my last words to be, “Laugh as much as you can, because it’s hardly as serious as you think.”

 

Please explain what will happen.

I will get out of my bed, walk my puppy, have great productive meetings, a killer webshow tonight and will be one step closer to world domination.

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Karith Foster is a comedian, TV & radio personality, actress and inspirational speaker. She stepped onto the comedy scene in New York City in 1998 where she has since risen to the top of her game as a national headliner. She is best known for being Don Imus’ sidekick on his nationally syndicated “Imus in the Morning” radio show on WABC Radio.

Karith has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, NBC’s Today Show and Last Comic Standing, VH-1’s Best Week Ever, Awesomely Bad… and Black to the Future series. You may have also seen her on BET, BRAVO, and The Fine Living Channel. Two of her greatest triumphs include performing on Showtime at the Apollo (getting applause, not boos) and Skyping with Oprah.

And to think her mother was worried she’d never talk. She’s more than made up for her late start. Karith credits her entrée into the entertainment world to her upbringing in the affluent suburb of Plano, Texas, where irony of all ironies she starred in her high school’s ALL WHITE production of A Raisin in the Sun. Two guesses who the raisin was!

Since coming to NYC, she’s been nicknamed ‘Princess’ by several friends who are convinced she’s actually a Jewish girl from Long Island trapped in that body—which would technically make her a JA-AP (Jewish African-American Princess). So in her case it’s not “talk to the hand,” but “talk to the manicure.” And although she may never have cooked a full meal in her life, she has the Zagats Restaurant Guide practically memorized.

Karith performs weekly at a variety of NYC comedy clubs including Comix, The Comic Strip, Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club, Stand-up New York Comedy Club Broadway Comedy Club & Café, New York Comedy Club, and …well, just check her schedule to see when and where she’s going up or to see if she’ll be in a city near you.

Karith has also turned her comedy career into a speaking career and is the founder of “Laughter Bootcamp” a workshop which she leads for social organizations and corporations.

You can also check out “Karith Foster: America's Girlfriend" on www.shovio.com.

Karith lives by the comic’s law: All’s fair in love and comedy.

3 responses to “21 Questions with Karith Foster”

  1. Kimberly says:

    Karith! Great to have you here!

    You know, my game show is Press Your Luck too… and for EXACTLY the same reason!! No Whammies! No Whammies! No Whammies!

    Welcome to TNB!

  2. Carl D'Agostino says:

    What kind of champagne do penguins drink on New Years? Why, Cold Duck of course!

  3. Zara says:

    I spent a great deal of time to locate something like this

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