The Mic Chick
Booming dance music announces the arrival of the Mic Chick, a big-haired, black leather-clad entertainer with a microphone in her right hand.
The Mic Chick — Tiffany Dickerson — dances onto the stage, hyping up the crowd of 250-plus, shaking her bottom toward the left, right and center of the ballroom.
As the music winds down, she takes a breath.
“And I got my good hair on,” she says, drawing the first laughs of the night.
Performing as the Mic Chick, Dickerson is spending nights and weekends on stage telling jokes and hosting events. She spends her days as a wife, a mother of two and a civil servant — a communications and policy representative for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
“I’m average,” she says. “I’m always serious during the day.”
But the Mic Chick is anything but average and serious, wearing tight, provocative faux leather pants and jacket and big hair. “When I go out there and I have that,” she says, “I feel like I’m the woman. I’m dominant. I’m in control.”
To start the show at the Holiday Inn South in Baton Rouge, Dickerson sits in a thronelike gold chair.
“I have my chair. I’m not like most stand-up comedians,” she tells the crowd. “I like to sit down.”
Her routine hits on her 21 years of married life and her wig habit — she has 27 in rotation, she says, which keeps her husband on his toes.
“He never knows what he’s gonna come home and get,” she says.
“Ladies, you need to get a wig in your life,” she tells the crowd. “If you’re not married yet, you will be.”
Then, a question. She loves crowd participation.
“How many out there have wigs? Raise your hand,” she says. “I won’t tell anybody.”
Dickerson created her hour-long show, called “I’m About 2 Pop,” at the Holiday Inn in March to secure an extended block of solo stage time and to video her performance. She sold tickets for $15 each, which included the show and a buffet. She donated the proceeds to the Cinderella Project, a charity that collects prom dresses for high school students who may not be able to afford the pricey garments.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Dickerson studied communications at Southern University and worked as a dancer for musicians’ stage shows. Comfortable in front of crowds, Dickerson settled into a public relations career, working at a few different state agencies.
About 15 years ago she began hosting events around Baton Rouge. She would sprinkle in jokes while performing as a mistress of ceremonies. In 2010, she hosted a comedy show with three comedians, and Dickerson knew she could tell jokes just as well as they did.
“I knew right then and there, I’ve been hosting for a long time. I’m just as strong as they are,” she says.
WAFB Channel 9 news anchor and friend Matt Williams says he is amazed at Dickerson’s work ethic.
He introduced her before the big solo show, saying, “I’m impressed by all this, to see her pursue the passion, the dream, with family and work, the balancing act.”
Since 2010 she has honed her act and worked often, hosting events and providing entertainment for galas and fundraisers.
She tries to keep her act nice.
“My comedy, I don’t talk about anyone,” she says. “I give more compliments. … I talk about all topics, but some things I just don’t think need to be discussed.”
At her show, Dickerson tells a crowd-pleasing story about the time she thought she won $623 million in the lottery. She had to ask her husband for help calculating the taxes and divvying up the money.
“He didn’t even know I was conspiring — $623 million,” she says. “This is a community property state. Because he’s so smart with numbers and everything, I needed to know exactly what my take-home portion after taxes was going to be. I said, ‘Well I guess I can share half.’”
She discusses the everyday topics affecting a south Louisiana woman, like the high price of crawfish.
“Crawfish costs more per pound than gasoline does per gallon. I said, ‘I’m going to suck them heads and drive on fumes tonight,’” she jokes.
In the future, Dickerson would love to take her act across the country.
“Everybody wants to laugh at the end of the day,” she says. “That’s how I see it.”