I've kind of always been into evil stuff, dark stuff, and occasionally felt like an outcast or a black sheep in social contexts. The Devil appealed to me as a character As a scapegoat, a clown, a deal-maker, a troll, a contrarian, an Demiurge, evil or misunderstood. The Devil always seems to encourage a moral compass based on material things, and on individual subjectivity. If you're into Manga there's a comic called Saint Young Men that follows Jesus and the Buddha throughout mundane, contemporary lives. It's like Master of None, or Insecure, for Jesus and the Buddha. The idea that they didn't need to perform their more divine roles on a day to day basis was really compelling.
When I first started reading as the Devil I was in grad school and wanted to channel some of the thoughts and ideas that seemed otherwise disconnected from my work – mostly assemblage, print and installation, with easily accessible and disposable materials at the time. I write about the media, performance anxiety and political action, overlaps between politics, sex and fetishes, mostly all from a first person, perspective, but sometimes as plays and prose. My first readings were from my graduate thesis, selections of 1984, Venus in Furs and the introduction to the Story of O. I was thinking about master/slave relationships, fetishes, BDSM, and evil. What does evil look like today? The Devil seemed like the perfect vehicle to address difficult ironies. I paint my face red, glue horns to my face and use a voice transformer to change the pitch of my voice and add other effects.
Recently I've been writing material for stand-up and also quoting comedians like Paul Mooney and Bill Cosby, playing with how much I can get away with in front of an audience. As a comedian, my Devil is apologetic but relentlessly awkward, I think about how bored or uncomfortable an audience can get before I bring them back to me, and what messages I can deliver with such highs and lows. Recent performances include Slummer Nights 2 at Canada, New York and Comfort Station, Chicago.