The Build-Up To A Laugh: Following Haitian Comedian Wil Sylvince

Wil Sylvince may just be the most interesting comedian in the world.

While sporting a beard for a movie he’s co-writing (with Bryan Kennedy) and starring in called Maurice, Wil Sylvince tours the United States doing comedy shows with Shawn Wayans (The Wayans Brothers, White Chicks) and Keenan Ivory Wayans (In Living Color). Next Wednesday, Sylvince continues to host his founding-project, the annual NBC Shortcuts Film Festival which is approaching its 8th year. The festival is geared towards bringing more cultural diversity in the film industry.

Moreover, Sylvince, a longtime roommate of the late Patrice O’neal and friend of rockstar comedians like Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock, still finds time to make it for multiple sets throughout the week at iconic Greenwich Village comedy club, The Comedy Cellar. Almost a second home, Sylvince has meetings and works on his movie there.

In the morning , Sylvince trains with Steven Frank. He’s been boxing since 2007 with Frank, the man who Sylvince said changed his life and made him drop 68 pounds through training and changing his lifestyle. In Maurice, Sylvince plays a Haitian man who comes to America with dreams of becoming a great boxer (and will do anything to achieve it) but soon finds it’s not as easy as it seems. Frank can be seen playing Sylvince’s trainer in the movie as well. So far, the trailer has reached over two million views on YouTube. The movie however is still in pre-production and will be releasing a Kickstarter soon.

**Photos were not taken all in the same day but are organized to depict a week of Wil Sylvince from September 25th to October 2nd. Specific dates the photos were taken appear next to the caption.**

Wil Sylvince leaving from watching a boxing match and heading to do his set at The Comedy Cellar

9/25: Wil Sylvince leaves from watching a boxing match to his set at The Comedy Cellar.

The Comedy Cellar located at 117 Macdougal Street

10/2: The Comedy Cellar located at 117 Macdougal Street. The club is known to have impromptu performances by famous comedians like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K., and Aziz Ansari.

Wil Sylvince edits a new ending for his trailer of Maurice

10/1: Wil Sylvince edits a new ending for his trailer of Maurice.

Wil Sylvince meets with a possible financial investor and co-writer of Maurice, Bryan Kennedy (far right)

10/2: Wil Sylvince meets with a possible financial investor (middle) and co-writer of Maurice, Bryan Kennedy (far right).

Jamie Foxx walked in and Sylvince was able play the trailer for him

10/2: Jamie Foxx (Ray, Django Unchained) walked into The Comedy Cellar and Sylvince was able play the trailer for him. This is the third time Foxx and Sylvince have met but their inside jokes still remained intact.

Wil Sylvince meets with old friends and comedic legends Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock at The Comedy Cellar

10/2: Wil Sylvince is joined by old friends and comedic legends, Chris Rock and Jamie Foxx at The Comedy Cellar. This was Chris Rock’s third impromptu performance that week.

Wil Sylvince performing his set at The Comedy Cellar

9/25: Wil Sylvince smiles on stage while performing his set at The Comedy Cellar

Wil Sylvince leaves The Comedy Cellar after a long day

10/1: Wil Sylvince leaves The Comedy Cellar, ready to go home after a long day

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