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She began honing her skills unprofessionally as a civil servant on the night shift as a postal worker at the now infamous Brentwood postal facility in her native Washington, D.C. Boredom with the job and fear of going postal gave way to open-mic nights at local clubs at the behest of friends and co-workers. Dominique immediately gained a reputation for telling it like it is—raw and uncut—and unknowingly garnered a loyal following. Washington's uppity audiences gravitated toward her mixture of politics, street culture and current events. Her strong presence and a bravado rarely seen in female comics quickly gained the attention of the producers of Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam on HBO, the show that changed comedy forever. She went from shuffling mail to working with the likes of Chris Rock in no time.
Sensing that she had outgrown D.C.'s small comedy scene, she moved to the Bronx, which wasn't a far cry from Southeast D.C., and became a fixture at the clubs in New York. Places like the Comic Strip Live and Stand Up NY served as testing grounds for her new material. By chance, on a Wednesday night at a small club on the Lower East Side, she met Saturday Night Live's Tracy Morgan, who made Dominique his opening act for his run at Carolines on Broadway. The two formed a friendship and have been working together ever since. Being Tracy's feature, however, wasn't enough to keep the bills paid. So Dominique became what she calls a hustler, performing all over the country to make ends meet. From Carolines in New York, to the Improv in Chicago, D.C., Florida and Miami, to L.A.'s Laugh Factory, to the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage 2008 cruise and every club in between, Dominique has wowed audiences with her straightforward wit and comedic standpoint reminiscent of Moms Mabley.
Upon her arrival in Los Angeles, Dominique began making the rounds in Hollywood's comedy clubs as well as the smaller, lesser-known spots in L.A. Since that time, she has enjoyed a run on the highly successful Mike Epps On the Edge Tour and numerous television appearances, including Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed, The Tom Joyner Sky Show, and HBO on Demand's Ask a Sista and Big Black Love. She has also participated in America's Urban International Comedy Arts Festival, better known as Laffapalooza!, as well as the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival in Oakland, California. Dominique has become a club staple and continues to tour clubs and colleges around the country.
These are the things to know about Dominique: She's a class act from stage to film, she's a woman with a strong point of view and a strong way of telling it, and she's ready for whatever those in the know throw her way.
What Dominique has learned in 20 years of comedy (VIDEO)
Tom Joyner Morning Show
Chappelle's Show (Comedy Central)
Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed
The Tom Joyner Sky Show
Ask a Sista (HBO)
Big Black Love (HBO)
The Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival