Dynamic duo alfred and seymour, aka the blackstreet boyz, are back by popular demand! We catch up with Alfred himself in the leadup to their shows at this year’s buskers festival.
> When did you first start performing together, and how did it eventuate?
We started performing together about 12 years ago. We started doing street shows at first, but we stopped doing that about 8 years ago. We still do street festivals in other countries just for the experience because it’s so much fun, but most of what we do now is TV stints.
At the moment we’re working on a movie we wrote with Ice Cube. It’s called ‘The Job’, and it’s really funny. We are also doing some work on cruise ships, and right now we are in Malta doing the Disney Magic Cruise Ship.
We’ve been working with that big mouse who is everyone’s favourite, and we’re really having a great time. We have been to so many places and we do a show every night in a 900 seat theatre, which is always full.
There was a TV show on Nickelodeon called ‘Roundhouse’, and we did 56 episodes for that. Then we started doing a lot of small TV spots on other American TV shows like Kenan and Kel, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and I did a small part in the movie Fair Game. We also did a 30 city tour, where we opened for Dave Chappelle.
We also do a lot of corporate gigs and perform at events for colleges and universities.
> Describe your style of performance.
Well, if you take Saturday Night Live, In Living Color, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor then throw in some Broadway musical stuff and Vaudeville along with a lot of improv, put it all in a blender, mix it up and pour it in a glass … you get us.
The electrifying, thrilling, exhilarating, action packed, rousing, stimulating, intoxicating, electrifying, invigorating, gripping, compelling, powerful and dramatic show of Alfred and Seymour, the ‘Blackstreetboyz’
> What have been the stand out moments as you’ve performed around the world?
We did a show with our good friend Jamie Foxx at an event in Atlanta, which was great! A couple of other stand outs were shows in Los Angeles at the Comedy Store and the Ice House in Pasadena.
> You’ve featured on TV shows such as Jay Leno and commercials for Sprite and Pepsi. What was that like?
So much fun! We really enjoy that sort of thing. We also did an American Express commercial and a Bud Light commercial.
They were a blast, because we got to meet new people and do heaps of fun things for them. There’s a lot of waiting around for shoots, but it’s all worth it in the long run.
> This year you’re back by popular demand at the Coffs Harbour International Buskers Festival. What are you looking forward to the most about this year’s event?
We are looking forward to just making the Coffs Harbour folk laugh at life and not take it so seriously. It is easy to get depressed and mad at life, but in the end it’s just not worth it.
> What can people expect from your shows this year?
The people can expect to see more outrageousness and lots of funny stuff with just everyday life situations. All I can say is bring the mum, dad, brothers and sisters, uncle, grandma, dog, fish, kangaroo, alligator and what else you have living in the family. You’re all guaranteed to have a fun.
> What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is meeting new people and travelling around the world. People and places are the best thing; that is what life is about. Live, love and laugh!
> Any last advice?
I’ll end with some of my philosophy:
Remember the past, plan for the future, live for today, because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.
Life is an argument you can’t win.
If you want to receive the best from the life you live, you will first have to give it your best. Never give it anything less. Because effort only releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. Do your part and give your best.
Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the ones who treat you right and even the ones who don’t treat you right. Remember that everything happens for a reason.
If you get a chance, take it; if it changes your life, then let it. No one said it would be easy; they just promised it would be worth it.
> Thank you Alfred.