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Tanisha Long Interview: From Fashion to Comedy, A Style All Her Own!

Tanisha Long: Two words. Tanisha Long. Remember her name!

This comedian is making a name for herself in the comedy world. The West Philadelphia native discusses how she gained her love for comedy, transition from fashion to comedy, and her upcoming projects. Tanisha met with 215mag.com displaying her fashion background. Wearing black vans, black, skinny ripped jeans, black tank with matching hat, chic glasses with a lime green sling bag, she gives the public a look into her life.


Interview by Alysia Lester | Two.One.Five Magazine


215mag.com: Did you always know you wanted to be a comedian?

Tanisha Long: No, I actually went to school for Fashion Merchandising. I went to many schools in Phila, PA: Drexel University, Philadelphia University, and Penn State University. Drexel’s still trying to get money from me. I think they sued me twice, now it’s not on my credit report, so I’m like whatever [laughs]. I just randomly moved here with a friend eight years ago and took some improv classes. I’ve always loved comedy, always watched it, but never thought I would be good enough to be a comedian. Every time I look back, I am so lucky to be in this position but have worked extremely hard. Before I even started onstage, making money off of performances, I was training in improv. I am happy to be doing it.

215mag: Why comedy?

TL: I love comedy. I’ve always loved comedy. I love fashion too, but realized I didn’t love fashion as a job. I love shopping, but I really didn’t want to be a buyer when it came down to it. I want to be a stylist too, but I would rather dress myself. I have friends who are stylists, and it is an extreme grind. I don’t love that the way I love comedy. I will go broke doing [comedy]. And I sometimes do. The sacrifices I am willing to make for comedy versus fashion are so different.


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215mag: Sacrifices? Some people think comedians are well off.

TL: It’s a constant struggle. Yes, I am on television, but a lot of that stuff cannot sustain a lifestyle in NY, especially. I am moving to LA in October because I cannot afford to live in the city. And I don’t even live in the city, I live outside of it. I just want to live more comfortably and be in LA for acting. It’s really hard to come to NY and make it. And I love Philly (Philadelphia), I’m from Philly. I can’t do what I do here in Philly. I wish I could, because I love that city and living there is fantastic. Having a one bedroom apartment in Rittenhouse Square (in Philadelphia), and bartend somewhere and do standup, that would be great. But you just can’t do it on the level you do it here.

215mag: How was the transition moving from West Philly to NYC?

TL: I hated it when I first moved here. I learned to tolerate it. I’ve never really loved it. It’s like being in a relationship with someone you don’t like because they’re attractive and have a lot of money. It’s really what it is. Apparently, I can have a relationship like that because I’ve lived here for eight years. I don’t like it here but everything amazing in my life is here-friends, career opportunities, where I live. NY in itself is so hard. This past winter was just: move out of NY, move! Don’t be here next winter. I told myself I will not be here next winter. It is terrible.

215mag: What do you tell yourself when times get rough?

TL: I cry a lot [laughs]. I’ll give myself a couple days and cry and I’ll be ok. I will try and write through it and write jokes about why I’m sad because dating here is hard too, and I’ve gone through a bunch of terrible breakups while living here.

215mag: Don’t you think it would be the opposite? A variety of men in a big city?

TL: Oh, it’s the worst! There’s too many options for guys and none want to be in a serious relationship. They think they do, then they’re like, “Tanisha’s cool, she’s funny, she’s pretty, I’m going to date her”, then it’s like “oh! You want to be in a serious, serious relationship. I want to be in a serious relationship where I pretend like you’re my girlfriend, but then date other people, is that not what you want?” So, I’ll go through breakups and cry, while writing jokes.

215mag: Does it help?

TL: It’s the best thing. I’m trying not to tell jokes about my ex-boyfriends anymore, because I know for a fact that one of them enjoys me telling jokes about him because he’s a narcissist. So, now every joke about him is gone from my set. I will not talk about him on stage. I have another ex that I’m friends with, and he is a sweet guy so the jokes about him are funny. They’re just about how big his penis is, because he has a big penis.


Tanisha Long Profile, New York Observer
Photo Credit: HypeHair.com

215mag: Who is your favorite comedian?

TL: I’ve always looked up to Dave Chappelle. I loved Chappelle Show. Watching his work is amazing. I grew up watching sketch improve more than standup, so I have my favorite sketches. I loved In Living Color, SNL, and Kids in the Hall. Those shows affected my sense of humor growing up.

215mag: How did you get involved in Girl Code and Guy Code?

TL: It’s a dream job. Damien Lemon, who is also one of my favorite comedians, I worked with him on a pilot for MTV years ago, before Guy Code was even thought of. We stayed in touch, and he is one of the sweetest guys ever. The thing with comedy guys is a lot of them make friends with females in comedy because they’re creeps and trying to live with you, but all of the guys on Guy Code are nice guys. They have never been creepy. So, the creator of Guy Code was talking about creating a Girl Code and Damien brought my name up. I auditioned and here I am [laughs], three seasons later.

215mag: How was the audition process?

TL: You walk in and are given topics to talk about. It was like an episode of Girl Code. It was pretty fun and I remember after the first audition, I was like if someone is going to pay me to do this, I need this job! I was freaking out about whether or not I was going to get a callback. When I found out I got it, I cried. It’s been great.

215mag: How was the atmosphere on set?

TL: It’s so easy. The crew is great. They are really nice. The writers and producers are fantastic.

(Interview is interrupted by a Pomeranian dog showing off her new haircut)

Owner: She just got a haircut.

TL: So she’s emotional?

Owner: She’s just excited about it.

TL: I saw a video of a Pomeranian and it was walking on its hind legs!

Owner: Yes, they do that!

TL: That’s hilarious.


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(Interviews continues)

TL: So, I don’t get to be in the same room as the other girls on the show. I’ll see them in passing, in the makeup room. It’s really interesting because when you watch the show, you think we’re all sitting in a room together. We all work well together.

215mag: Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

TL: I’ve met Dave Chappelle once when I was a server at a hotel and he told me “you don’t need anybody else to have your career.” I was talking to him about how I wanted to be on a team at an improv theater and use that to help build my career. He told me you don’t need that, you don’t need SNL. I auditioned for Saturday Night Live, and I didn’t get on. It was interesting to hear that from someone on that level. While I was doing improv and sketch, I didn’t really find a home that other people did. It turned out fine even though I wasn’t lifted upon improv theater’s shoulders. I found my way anyway. That was the best advice.

215mag: How was auditioning for shows like SNL?

TL: You do it, and then afterwards, you have to forget what you did. Because you have no control over anything. Have a clear mind, go in, and make everybody laugh. Do a good show and walk away and never think about it again. To even be thought of is so incredibly flattering.

215mag: What advice would you give to up-and-coming comedians?

TL: Keep doing it and stay focused. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything. Especially now that I’m doing standup, I encounter other performers who are insecure about their position in their career. Some have told me, “You don’t want to be really attractive performing”. That is insulting to me and the audience. You think the audience is that stupid? And the material is that bad that all they’re going to see is that I’m remotely attractive? Or they’ll say “You shouldn’t talk about this, or that.” Talk about what you want to talk about. Chris Distefano, of Guy Code, told me “do what you want to do. Not what your manager, agent or other comics want.” Find your voice. I’m still finding mine. Keep going and failing. Donnell Rawlings, also of Guy Code, told me “be ready to fail and embrace it.”

215mag: Do you read the comments about you social media?

TL: When I first started on social media, my feelings used to get hurt, and most of the comments were from girls under the age of 14. It made me sad, because girls are mean to each other when they’re young. They must think I am their age, because the comments would be things said to another girl in grade school. I’ve been picked on, so I know what is going on. Now, I laugh because you took time out of your day to say something mean to me.

215mag: I viewed your YouTube video of your opinion of men verbally harassing women in the street. How do you feel about the disrespect women receive from men?

TL: Guys on the street feel entitled to talk to us. If we don’t, then they call us a name, or they yell. One day I had on pajamas, a hat, no makeup and some guy said something sexual and disgusting. It is not a compliment. I feel we start raising our sons to show respect. This is something that guys have learned. That is scary to have guys yelling at me. I’ve had guys follow me home since I was 13, and I wish it would stop.


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215mag: Earlier, you mentioned moving to Los Angeles, CA. Explain why

TL: All of the television and film studios are out there. I worry about going there and not being able to do standup as much. I’m scared it will hurt that but I’m going to try to be bi-costal. The next step in my career is doing television and film, and I will continue to do Girl Code. But it would be nice to actually earn some money, have a salary, and pay bills on time [laughs].

215mag: What is the craziest thing a fan has done?

TL: I haven’t had any crazy fans. I hope this doesn’t encourage anyone to do some crazy fan shit, because I’m not for it.

215mag: People recognize you in the street?

TL: If I look the way I do on television, then everyone comes up to me. Then people that don’t even care or know who I am, they see someone taking a picture with me, then it’s like “oh, I’m going to take a picture too, she must be somebody.” I am not important. I am on an MTV show. I will say I get free coffee at every Starbucks. I think Starbucks only hires Girl Code fans, because they know who I am!

215mag: Where do you see yourself in five years?

TL: Own a house in the hills in Hollywood, have a condo in the Upper West Side, be in every movie ever! [laughs] I hope to be doing standup in theaters. I would like my standup to get that good. I’d love to be on a sitcom and have done a comedy movie or two. Maybe have a boyfriend and dog by then. I doubt it. I probably will have a dog before I have a boyfriend. I feel like guys get intimidated by my schedule. I cannot date comedians, it’s not good. They would talk about you in their set. I have never had that happen, even though I’ve dated a comedian. Comedians tend to be unstable and it is hard to have two unstable crazy people together, and one of them needs to be sane. My career is always going to be number one is my life and I am not in a rush for any of that.

215mag: What do you want to be remembered for?

TL: Geez! That’s tough [laughs]

215mag: On Girl Code and Guy Code?

TL: Oh, I hope I won’t just be remembered for being on Girl Code and Guy code! That I’m funny, and I work hard! It’s a loaded question. I respect people. I feel like I’m going to get on the train and say “I should have said this!”

215mag: Do you have any upcoming projects?

TL: Girl Code is coming back. I just wrapped up the third season. I am going to be doing a college tour doing standup, and will be doing shows throughout.

215mag: Thank you so much!

TL: Thank you!


30th Annual Ball on the Square 2014 Recap

Last Thursday the Friends of Rittenhouse gathered once again to host their 30th annual “Ball on the Square” in Rittenhouse Square.

Bringing to a close Philadelphia’s spring social scene, the Ball is without question the most elegant outdoor event in town. With proceeds going to maintaining the health and beauty of the square, more than 300 people dropped $550 per ticket to show their support.

While the main event was happening under the tented square, younger ‘friends of the square’ enjoyed cocktails, dancing and hors d’oeuvres across the way at the Rittenhouse Hotel. For a more moderately priced $150 a ticket, the “Young Friends Ball on The Square” attracted roughly 200 of Philadelphia’s up and coming socialites.

All photos courtesy of Amy King (Follow her on Instagram @theminielephant)

Home Video Review: The Past

Dir. Asghar Farhadi
Score: 8.6

When we first meet the estranged couple Marie (Bérénice Bejo) and Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) they are in a Paris airport, on opposite sides of thick glass partition separating new arrivals from the people there to meet them. Ahmad is returning to the city after mysteriously cutting out on Marie and her two children four years ago to return to Tehran, so the overt symbolism of the two of them trying to communicate silently through a thick wall of impenetrable, sound-proof glass is more than telling. In fact, there are many such loaded moments in Asghar Farhadi’s scintillating follow-up to the brilliant A Separation. In that film, a couple was forced to decide between trying to appease one another or splitting up and following their own necessary paths. This film considers the aftermath of such a split, which in this case has left an enormous amount of complication in its wake.

Ahmad has finally returned on behest of Marie, who wants him to sign their divorce papers in person, and, at the same time speak with his former stepdaughter, Lucie (Pauline Burlet), a fiery teenager seemingly headed out of her mother’s fragile control. Part of Lucie’s anger, it turns out, is directed at Marie’s boyfriend, Samir (Tahar Rahim), who has moved into their house with his young son (Elyes Aguis), even as his wife lies in a coma in a Paris hospital. Lucie, it turns out, is convinced Samir’s wife attempted to commit suicide because of her mother’s affair with her husband.

Into this den of drama, Ahmad is left just trying to do right by everyone. Put into an incredibly awkward situation by Marie, who never bothered to tell him she was now living with someone else, he struggles to stay out of everyone’s way. Speaking soothingly, cooking authentic Iranian food, he wants to close out his time with Marie and her children in as civilized and caring a manner as possible under the circumstances, but the twisted family dynamics keep threatening to embroil him even as he does his best to clear the air for everyone else.

Much as he did in his previous film, Farhadi remains the most skilled sort of narrative artist, one who refuses to take sides with his characters: Everyone is eventually given the same even-handed treatment, even with someone such as Samir, who we are bound to loathe at first, if for no other reason that we pull so much for the soft-spoken Ahmad. However, Farhadi is far too skilled to leave us with such an obvious villain: What first appears to be cold bluster and unsympathetic harshness with his son melts into something else altogether in a single moment outside a subway train in Paris, and with it, our sympathies begin to collide in complicated ways. Everyone can partake in some of the guilt, but they also can make a strong case for their point of view on the matter.

As noted earlier, Farhadi also enjoys working in lengthy, satisfying metaphor. The house the family shares is a shabby mess when Ahmad first arrives, in constant disrepair, desperately needing the new coat of paint the couple are haphazardly slapping up on the walls, even as the fumes cause Samir’s sensitive eyes to swell up and tear. The sinks get clogged, the yard is unfinished and loaded with junk, and the space is too small by half, but over the course of things, it begins to look more and more homey. During the course of things, Samir and Marie begin to remake it into something they can comfortably share together.

Farhadi’s plots, which he describes as tiny mysteries, are also clever, intricate things, built in small moments and telling gestures, but able to withstand a thousand pressures, like an erector set dipped in titanium, as sound and well-built as a Roman aqueduct. One detail leads to a character’s understanding of something, which, in turn, leads to further questions until, at last, the whole apparatus is revealed by the end.

His frame is filled with the stuff of life, sustaining a threadbare lived-in quality — from the car windshield that remains fogged over even after a character wipes it with his hand, to the claustrophobic, chemical confines of Samir’s dry-cleaning shop — that permeates through his characters and works in subtle ways to render everything imminently believable and as natural as a documentary-style home movie — just, in Mahmoud Kalari, with a much better cinematographer.

Not a shot is wasted, not a dramatic moment unearned, the film is a triumph of art, even as what it points to is nothing less than the insurmountable human condition, our collective method of calibrating our pain and longing and guilt to survive another day.
The title is also more than a simple lamentation for things gone by: The film deals with the very complex way in which we, by concise act or circumstance, are forced to live with our tragically selective memories, shutting out those things that would topple us over if their full weight were placed on our shoulders. In Farhadi’s work, answers are always there in front of us, waiting for those moments we are finally able to see them clearly enough as to be recognizable.

Heineken Green Room: Jump N Funk Recap

Tuesday February 25, 2014 at Silk City

Heineken Green Room Philadelphia shined bright as the stage for an incredible night of international musical performances starring the tremendous DJing talents of Rich Medina alongside Sahr Ngaujah & Friends, plus the video wizardry of Mark Hines. Dubbed Jump N Funk, this world renowned dance party, now in its 2nd decade and stronger than ever, paid homage at nightclub Silk City to the powerful afrobeat music of the late Nigerian revolutionary of song, Fela Kuti. Receiving critical acclaim while playing Mr. Fela Kuti on Broadway, Sahr Ngaujah brought his passionate showmanship and energy to the stage before a soul satiated audience.

Stay warm and stay tuned because HGR has more entertainment coming your way!

Photo Credits: Daniel Wooden & Ajon Brodie

Kings Rule Together Presents: K.R.T x Alex Elle

“Queens Inspire…”

Kings rule Together is excited to release the first installment of their’Queens Inspire Queens’ collection. We collaborated with author Alex Elle  and created an exclusive limited-edition sweatshirt. Letting her writing take us on a journey of life, Alex Elle is a Queen displaying inspiration to women around the world by spreading the message, “You are a queen, so even when they push you don’t take your crown off.” This quote and many others has boosted the confidence of Queens and Kings alike.

You can now pre-order the limited-edition Alex Elle x Kings Rule Together  sweatshirt for $40 or deluxe package that includes her latest book ‘Words from a Wanderer’ for $50. Shop HERE– K.R.T 

Hair O’ The Dog 2014 Recap

Two.One.Five Magazine was on site this past Saturday night to cover one of Philadelphia’s premier black-tie events of the year: Hair O’ The Dog. Benefiting the Claddagh Fund, this year’s gala was held at the Sheraton Downtown and hosted nearly 2,000 of Philadelphia’s swankiest party goers. Although the party ended around 1am, the crowd lasted long into the night at G-Lounge for the official after-party. We are definitely counting down the days until next year!

Photographs by Ananias Jean-Louis

20th Annual Hair O’ The Dog Ball

With the new year upon us, 2014 in Philadelphia is about to get a kick-start on Saturday night as the Hair O’ The Dog ball returns once again to the city of brotherly love. An anticipated 2,000 guests will descend upon the Sheraton Downtown Hotel for the 2oth installment of “Philadelphia’s swankiest black-tie affair.”

With a start time of 9pm, all those in attendance will spend the evening rubbing shoulders with Philadelphia’s fashion elite as they enjoy cocktails and gourmet hors d’oeuvres provided by the cadre of high-end sponsors. Not to mention the A-level entertainment made possible by  DJ and performer, Havana Brown.

Although the VIP bottle service packages have already sold out, there are still a few individual tickets and group packages remaining. However, with only 72 hours left until the big day, you would be wise to act fast — this is without question one of the few not-to-be-missed events of the year!

Date: Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Time: 9:00pm-1:30am bottle service and sponsor preview begins at 8pm
The Charity: A portion of the proceeds from The 20th Annual Hair O’ The Dog will benefit the Claddagh Fund

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Must Have: The NaVeY Snapback

Get fresh for the new year with one of our favorite new releases of the season: the NaVey snapback. Designed by LA-based musician and Music Director Brook D’Leau, these snapbacks feature the Anchor Plane Logo stitched on the front along with the motto “Fiducia Est Non Satis”  (trust is not enough) embroidered on the back.

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You can choose between the featured black, light grey and royal color palettes, however, we can assure you they’re all equally dope. During the holiday season the hats moved pretty quickly, so there are only a few pieces left. Grab ’em up fast at The NaVey Rag. Follow D’Leau and The NaVey Rag on Twitter & Instagram for more updates.

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Check out artists Miguel, Jack Davey and more rockin’ the NaVey snapbacks below:

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Style Watch: DAHSAR Presents DEVIL’S PULL Lookbook

On Friday, October 4th Philly’s own Rashad Rastam dropped his rad new brand DAHSAR at Corsa on South Street. Today, we’d like to introduce you to the brand via DAHSAR’s stunning new lookbook which has just recently been released to the public. Before you take a peek at the lookbook (above and below), here are a few words on the collection from Rastam:

“The Wissahickon Creek and what lies in the woods of Philadelphia, the Devil’s Pool, a swimming hole we discovered when we were young, is based on this collection. Combining the swimming holes we swam in Eugene, OR and the Devil’s Pool, we would attempt ridiculous stunts either jumping off the highest cliff or flipping off the bridge. We wouldn’t have done it if it was for daredevils but it always worked out with persuasion from our homeys or strangers (making friends with strangers). With the hopes of making it regardless of landing right, we also hope to take a chance of crossing lines outside the waters.”

The ‘Devil’s Pull’ Collection is now available online at dahsar.com/shop

Check out the full lookbook below:

Keep up with the stellar new brand by following DAHSAR on Twitter! Got questions? You can contact DAHSAR here.