"Why Not??" Comedy Show

Russell Westbrook & Layups2Standup Present

"Why Not??" Comedy Show

Demetrius "Juice" Deason, Ron Taylor, Velly Vel, Alexis Miranda, Lance Woods, Yasamin Bayatfar

Thu Jul 11

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Cain's Ballroom

Tulsa, OK

$40.00 - $125.00

This event is all ages

Renowned comedian and founder of Layups2Standup, Demetrius “Juice” Deason, and OKC Thunder's very own Russell Westbrook bring you an evening of laughter and entertainment by bringing the “Why Not??” Comedy Show to Tulsa.  This event is guaranteed to capture the spotlight with a star-studded line-up.  Proceeds will benefit “The Light It Up Foundation,” (in conjunction with the National Christian Foundation), a non-profit org founded by Tyler Lockett.

GA Seat $40

VIP Seat $65
VIP Table $1,000

**The content of the show may be for mature audiences**

No re-entry! No smoking! No refunds!

Click here for a seating chart.

"Why Not??" Comedy Show
"Why Not??" Comedy Show
The “Why Not”??” Comedy Show debuted in Oklahoma City in 2015 and since then
it has hosted mega talented power house Comedians such as Gary Owen, Ron
Taylor, Steven Briggs, Alex Powers and BT Kingsley just to name a few, entertaining sold out audiences every year since its debut. This will be the fourth year of the annual event in Oklahoma City and by popular demand the show’s creator comedian Demetrius “Juice” Deason decided to expand the show to an early summer (pop-up) event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

For four years this event has continued to collect record-breaking numbers, adding
big name headlining comedians and top named television and social media
sensations, with their unique comedy styles and genres. The audiences have
overwhelmingly loved the shows each year getting bigger, more star studded and

"We are looking to leave a positive impact in the Tulsa community and economy,” said Demetrius Deason (Comedian and CEO of Layups2Standup). Every year a non-profit organization is selected as a recipient of proceeds from the comedy show.
Demetrius "Juice" Deason
Demetrius "Juice" Deason
Comedian. Hero. Legend.

It has been said that legends are made, not born.

It’s also been said that heroes come from unlikely places.

What has not been said – until now - is how a lay up and never giving up can lead to stand up.

The fastest rising star and hardest working man in comedy, Demetrius “Juice” Deason, grew up in a South Central LA motel room with his mother, sister and brother and had learning difficulties so severe that sometimes he was embarrassed to speak.

In Junior High, Juice found his confidence on the basketball court. As his game improved, so did his sense of humor, which earned him a reputation among his teammates as the kid who could make everyone laugh. Long before Russell Westbrook became the Most Valuable Player in the NBA, Demetrius Deason was right beside him, dribbling a basketball and cracking his best friend up while unknowingly establishing his own future legacy.

After the death of his beloved stepfather, Deason’s mother nearly died of kidney failure, then Deason suffered a back injury in college that killed his dream of being a pro player, and was called home before graduating to help care for his siblings and his mother while she recuperated. He worked at an El Pollo Loco for 3 years and slept on the floor of the family’s tiny apartment, which is where he decided to transform his punches into punchlines and channel his broken basketball aspirations and impoverishment into a thriving career in comedy.

Juice’s legacy is to use creative humor to motivate people to turn their failures into success and empower them to face hardships and fight adversity with laughter and courageous action, just like he has.

With his honest and relatable style, Deason’s been compared to, and inspired by some of the most respected comedians in the industry, including Richard Pryor; Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Like them, he finds “the funny” in situations and people he encounters in real life. “I believe my shows are more than just another Comedy show because we bring the roaring thunder of a basketball game, the thrill and excitement of a party and the hilarity and laughter of comedy to the stage.”

Russell Westbrook has called his best friend Deason, “The hardest working comedian in the industry.” Deason calls Westbrook, “The reason he believes nothing is impossible.”

Demetrius “Juice” Deason has quickly gained popularity on the national comedy scene since founding his company Layups2standup in 2013. He’s taken his Layups2Standups show across the country to raise money for community and charity events and shared the stage with some of today’s leading artists. Deason’s a creative tour de force and a consummate businessman who’s very deliberate about the quality of each show; from concept to creation and production, he has his hand in every aspect of his business.

In 2016 and 2017, Juice partnered with his old friend Russell Westbrook in a highly acclaimed comedy event based on Westbrook’s well-known motto of Why Not?? Their goal to raise funds for the YMCA was a smashing success: They sold 400 tickets in 2016 and all 1000 seats at the 2017 event.

In January of 2018, Juice embarks on the national Why Not?? All Star Comedy Tour, which, like all of his other shows, is sure to sell out.

Juice believes that we all have a legacy and he inspires and encourages everyone he meets to: “Never give up and know that anything you dream is possible.”

With numerous projects, products, shows and events in the works for 2018 and beyond, Juice Deason is bringing his own legend to life and establishing his legacy as one of America's top comedians by inspiring audiences everywhere to find the unstoppable force within them to bring their own legend to life.
Ron Taylor
Ron Taylor
Comedian, Actor, Writer.
Velly Vel
Velly Vel
Phillip LaVell Harris (a.k.a"VellyVel–"Big Belly-n-All) was born April 1, 1972. Originally a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, his family would eventually relocate to Bristow. It was there, in this small town of approx. 6500 (pop.), that the aspiring entertainer would spend his formal years inspired by the likes of Richard Pryor, Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer.

Early on it was apparent that LaVell was born to entertain. As a kid he was full of pranks and often utilized the school cafeteria as a stage to challenge his friends to rap battles and playing the "dozens." At age 13, he and several friends would take 1st place at a school talent show for their rendition of a popular Fat Boys’ song. It was during this time that young LaVell’s comedic genius and ability to make light of sensitive subjects, like racism, begin to flourish. He formed a hip hop group-the "OREO". In time, his humor and husky figure earned him his nickname.

By 1989 the 17 year-old Velly Vel "Big Belly-n-All" was ready to up the ante. He took a chance and entered a statewide jingle contest for the ‘Don’t Lay That Trash on Oklahoma" campaign. Vel’s song was a hit! In a landslide victory, "Clean Up the Streets" won the contest. Over the course of the next year he began to emerge as a young entertainer. He took to acting like a fish to water and earned a position in yet another statewide competition. Undoubtedly, Velly Vel was on his way to becoming a professional entertainer. Yet, there were detours.

In 1993 Velly Vel found himself succumbing to the lure of the drug game. This would eventually land him a 2 ½ year prison sentence. It was then, while incarcerated, that he told himself that the street life was not for him. Upon release, Velly Vel began mentoring at-risk youth in an effort to deter them from making the same mistake. He took up coaching little league football to further these efforts. To date, he has coached over 600 kids.

Throughout it all, the one thing that has been clear to Velly Vel is his passion for comedy.

In 2012, after all the turmoil and indecisiveness, he started focusing his energy into fully developing his talent as a comedian. He began to perform and host standup comedy events. Success would soon find him as he and a partner began hosting a monthly comedy event in Tulsa, Oklahoma called ‘Chocolate City."

Thereafter, he found himself sharing the stage with A-list entertainers such as Katt Williams, Mike Epps, Craig Gass, Bruce Bruce, Tyler Craig, Hope Flood and many other big names. In just this relatively short period of time, the gigs have been nonstop. He’s shown his support for American troops by assisting to coordinate and perform at military bases around the nation.

In addition, he has been involved in numerous organizations that aim to reduce gang violence, drug abuse and teen pregnancy. He currently holds the position as the Director of Fundraising Projects for the United Black Family Scholarship Foundation-a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the social and economic life of urban communities.

In 2015 he founded the organization, Save Our Youth Foundation (SOY) –a nonprofit organization aimed at preventing and educating about the signs and effects of child sexual abuse. Needless to say, working with the organization has allowed him to not only support a good cause, but also progress as an entertainer, given the sure likeliness of an awkward moment in working with the Youth.

Velly Vel, unquestionably, is outgoing, fun and full of energy. His charisma is unique, and his characteristics bring a certain type of energy to the stage that leaves audiences gripping at their stomach in an attempt to control their laughter.
Alexis Miranda
Alexis Miranda
Artist. Actor. Writer. Comedian. Child of GOD. Lover of People. Spirit of the universe. Unicorn. Alien from the #214.
Lance Woods
Lance Woods
Yasamin Bayatfar
Yasamin Bayatfar
I am a Persian/American comedian from Ada, Oklahoma. My comedy reflects the bleaker side of being in your twenties. I have performed all around Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Venue Information:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St.
Tulsa, OK, 74103