We had the good fortune of connecting with Del Harrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Del, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
Omg! I’m so glad you asked this question. I can’t answer this without telling you about the day I found this book. As a Christian and Jesus-led woman who talks to the Father all the time, specifically about money and opportunities, I was super stressed awaiting checks that I felt were delayed and decided to take the dogs out without my phone. This day, I needed to spend time asking the Father what the delay was about it. I had been waiting for 3 weeks for two checks that clear all the balances of things I owed. I decreed and asked and declared and then praised and prayed hard as I walked the dogs to the park. As I crossed the street to enter the park, I felt a little bit of piece after speaking aloud (probably looking crazy to passers-by). The minute, I stepped into the parking lot in front of the park– right on the ground– I saw a book titled “The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self” by Michael Easter. The book was brand new. As a woman who walks with the Lord, I was flabbergasted as I stood in the parking looking at the title knowing the Lord had it waiting there just for me. Moments like this put the twilight zone music in my head. I exhaled. I picked it up immediately because I knew it was for me.
I walked straight to the bench and began reading. Before I left the park, I was healed of anxiety, stress, worry and every bit of discomfort I was self-imposing in my daily life. One of the things the book mentioned is how we have so much comfort around us and because of this (phones, TV, internet, food delivery, liquor delivery, people delivery – I added that last one in lol ) less and less is able to make us feel uncomfortable. Specifically, we choose discomfort when everything is actually fine. It was like a weight the size of boulder at Runyon Canyon had been lifted off me. I’m actually exhaling as I type this. The book also talks about boredom… how it is needed and how all the stimulation is ridding the necessary time we need to ourselves to just think and be. It was a real gift from God. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Father.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a comedian, singer, actress, writer, songwriter, producer, host, on-air personality, director — let me think to see if I left anything out. Whenever I list all the things I can do, sometimes I’m tempted to leave something out because I don’t want to feel I’m bragging but nah, I’m not. I am extremely talented and I thank the Lord, I have been given a lot of gifts and I use them all. And I forgot to add Improviser to the list. I love using my gifts. I think what sets me apart is how much fun I have on stage. On stage or on set or on air, I am a kid on a playground, with an extended recess. I want the world to know that I love the Lord. Thank you Father. Thank you Jesus.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s say it was long day (you have to say long day with a NY accent). I would take her to Runyon Canyon in the morning for sunrise, then we gotta hit up Ralphs – I wouldn’t be a woman in her 40s if I didn’t need to go to the grocery store for something.
Hermosa Beach at 3pm and stay to watch the sunset, this Sushi spot in Glendale that I forgot the name of for dinner – Leimert Park around 8pm for the live band. Speaking of live bands, I would definitely take her to Soulful of Noise First Sundays at Comfort LA. That is lit!!!! Then we would hit up Malibu to find some rich men with a boat to party with.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Ben & Noreen Berkowitz – of WeLoveDogsLA Ben & Noreen have a doggie daycare sitting company that creates job opportunities for any and everyone that loves dogs. They love people. They love dogs. I worked there. There is never a time they are not giving, doing, contributing, inviting, thanking, hugging, high-fiving and saying yes to someone in need. They sacrifice for people. They connect people. They are two of the kindest people ever.
He is a super funny comedian that is always trying to help me and other comedians get on whatever stages for which he has access. A “tough” NY exterior with a heart of gold! He deserves the fame that is coming.
Another hilarious comedian with a heart of gold. When Samson is not on stage, he is producing, editing, writing, creating and helping other comedians film specials and produce conten. He created the original backyard show for comedians to get more stage time – pre-Covid19. He and his wife Liz are people of God and are always arms wide open.
My mom, my dad, my Aunts – Gwen, Darlene, Laine, Jackie, Kaprena, Samantha, Donna My uncles Joe, Kevin, Shelt, Ran, Tman. My grandma. My cousins. My entire family is the best. My best friend Shawnie who is family. They are the most loving people ever. They love me in different ways and because of their love and I am full of love.
Last but not least, Joncea Dixon
Joncea needs her own show. The most loving comedian that makes us in the comedy community be a family whether we’re acting like a family or not. I think it’s her delicious food that makes everyone put whatever differences to the side to go get a plate at her parties. Again, Joncea needs her and I would watch it as often as I watch her IG. It’s hilarious.
Psych! One more, lol – This list could go on forever.
Sha is a talented actress, on-air personality, my co-host at Up Late with Sha & Del and such a good friend. She is the most loving, sweetest person ever. Her ears are always there to listen to whatever I need to get off my chest (me and everyone of her friends). She is always thinking, nurturing, gifting, loving and parenting us. Every bit of abundance that is surrounding her and on its way to her is deserved.