Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Nayrok Udab
Nayrok Udab’s initial influence in comedy was her mother’s record collection, and today she is known for her head-banging, crowd-moving stage performances that combine rock and hip-hop with a funk twist. This month, she headlines the Oral Fixation season four opener, “Go With the Flow.”
Born in Dallas, Koryan Wright is the middle child of Kolleen Queenie Wright. Koryan spelled backward is Nayrok. Udab is the flip side of her Grammy Award-winning sister’s, Erykah Badu’s, last name. Nayrok’s comedic style has been said to be “what comedy has been missing.”
What would you name the autobiography of your life? Middle Child Syndrome.
What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? When all else fails, tell the truth. I am 40 years old, and if I can’t live and speak my truth, then I have nothing to stand on.
What is your favorite smell? Cotton candy.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Malcolm X, because I have the biggest crush on him. I admire his courage, his mind, and his body.
What is the weirdest compliment you’ve ever received? A guy said to me, “You are what Eve should have looked like.”
What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade and why would you recommend it? Say You’re One of Them, by Umen Akpan. It’s an amazing collection of true stories that pay tribute to resilient children. You will laugh. You will cry. But most of all, you will feel the words jumping right off the page.
What do you miss most about being a kid? Road trips with my grandmother to Temple, Texas.
Sneak peek: “I wasn’t expecting any sparks or anything — because, hey, I’m not gay. I’ve had an encounter with a woman. Hell, I went to college — never anything serious, just the typical Girls Gone Wild shit. But there was something different about this one. We talked until the lights came on. We sat outside in the parking lot until the sun came up. From that day on, she was my first call every morning and my last call before I went to bed.”