Rising Comedian Adrienne Brandyburg is Funny, Multi-talented and Naturally Glam!

Adrienne Brandyburg
By Onicia Muller

Hollywood superstars like Viola Davis, Issa Rae, and Tracee Ellis Ross all rock natural styles on the red carpet. It seems that even more black women in entertainment are empowered to showcase natural hair in the media and their artistic performances. Chicago actress and comedienne, Adrienne Brandyburg is part of the new generation of entertainers who embrace their natural curls while making boss moves. Adrienne co-hosts B.A.P.S Comedy, a monthly variety show celebrating and empowering women of color that will turn 2 years old this September. Adrienne also co-hosts the Dude That's Not What I Meant podcasts which attempts to clarify misconstrued events in pop culture, politics, sports, and just about anything that comes across their timeline. With so many poppin’ projects, Adrienne Brandyburg is a rising star in Chicago’s comedy scene, and our Naturally Glam pick!

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Photo courtesy of Adrienne
Tell us about yourself and your background.
I always get flack for this question because I like to include the short time – ages 0 to 9 -- that  I lived on the south side of Chicago. Mostly I claim the north side, Rogers Park neighborhood as my stomping ground. I currently stay in the bougie River North neighborhood of Chicago. I identify as an empowered Black Woman.

How long have you been natural? What inspired your current look?
I've been natural for 10 years. My last perm was my sophomore year in college when the stylist informed me in order for her to color my hair I needed to perm my hair. Absolutely asinine move; my hair couldn't handle all the chemicals. Went through the transition process of going natural. What inspired my current look is deciding to venture back to longer tresses. I cut my hair a year ago wanting to change it up. I'm in love with my curl patterns. I try to do as little manipulation mostly due to laziness.

What hair products or accessories do you use?
Majority of the products I use are the ones that are on sale. Being natural AIN'T CHEAP. I love Cantu leave in conditioner with argan oil, Miss Jesse's Curly Pudding, Aunt Jackie’s products, Shea Moisture shampoos and deep conditioners, As I Am, TGIN -- I'm not loyal.

Photo via Adrienne's IG
How has having natural hair influenced your career as a black woman in entertainment? 
Having natural hair has introduced me to new people who can relate to, or are inquisitive about, this lifestyle. It's influenced me to have more teachable moments as an actress and performer. I'm learning how to take control of my hair in situations where I usually might not have. When I'm acting, I find myself having to inquire what their intentions are for whatever hairstyle they decide for me and products they are using.

How has being natural influenced your self-image? How did your family, friends, or romantic partners react? 
My self-esteem has boosted immensely because of my decision to take full control of my hair and follicles, but it's exhausting. Reading ingredients, going on YouTube for hairstyles, looking at reviews -- it's a nonstop merry-go-round. I wouldn't have it any other way. My family fully supports my choice and I've influenced others to go natural. 

What's been the best part of your natural hair journey?
The best part of my natural hair journey is realizing everyone’s hair journey is their own to experience and embrace. I love being able to run into a stranger and talk about our journeys. I can go from sharing online to in real life and it doesn't feel unnatural. 

To learn more about Adrienne’s upcoming standup shows, recent acting clips, and daily blogs visit AdrienneBrandyburg.com or follow her on Instagram (@adriennedennise) or Twitter (@adriennedennise)

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