BY AMY REYES
College lectures can be tedious: It’s a safe bet most open laptops are used for pirating wi-fi to peruse Facebook and not for note-taking. But in a class with Freddy Stebbins, adjunct professor of sociology at Miami-Dade College, lectures can be a hilarious — and hopefully informative — exercise in comedy. The 46-year-old Miami native is part of Miami’s small but thriving local comedy scene, and one of Miami’s few openly gay comics; he uses the lectern as a fun way to tap into his comedic mojo. This Saturday, he performs at the Fillmore Miami Beach in his new show “Miami ... Don’t Feed the Natives!” — a blend of his Miami-fied impersonations with stand-up and video clips, creating multimedia comedy experience that both lampoons and exalts Miami archetypes and, possibly, throws a little sociology in the mix. Don't worry, there will not be a test after the show.
Are there a lot of gay comedians in the South Florida comedy scene?
Not really. I wish there were more. I’m one of the few openly gay comedians on the scene in South Florida. I get some flack for that, but it allows my characters to be more flamboyant.
What is your show like?
I do a unique kind of comedy, a blend of stand-up and impersonations of local personalities that you’d find in Miami — overbearing Cuban moms, the old Jewish condo commando whose lived on South Beach for 53 years, a Jamaican kid who does pirate radio, a very flaming gentleman who just happens to be a diehard Miami Hurricanes fan. I am the Walter Mercado impersonator — I do the most androgynous, Liberace-like mystical man of all time. I do all of these types of characters. What I’m trying to do is capture the new Miami natives. Natives used to be people who were born here, but most people in Miami now weren’t born here. They’ve been here for years, they’re the natives now. They’re all very funny and colorful. And I do it all in full costume.
IF YOU GO
Freddy Stebbins “Miami ... Don’t Feed the Natives!”
8:30 p.m. Saturday
Backstage@The Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach