We had the good fortune of connecting with Steven Zakari and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steven, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process was pretty simple — I don’t like working under anyone. I keep my bedroom and work life separate.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a NY-born and raised comedian, host and creatór living in West Hollywood, CA. I’m here to make the world a frootier place, every chance I get! I proudly produce and host a monthly inclusive queer comedy experience called FROOT BASKET in Los Angeles.
In our society’s current state, both queer representation and comedy are needed more than ever. You get both with FROOT BASKET. A portion of the proceeds made in ticket sales and drinks go to ReachLA, an incredible organization helping to engage and empower young LGBTQ people of color and their communities.
You know that feeling when you finally get to the center of your Cinnabon cinnamon bun and you pop the whole thing in your mouth and experience ultimate pleasure? That isn’t what FROOT BASKET is, nothing can compare to that, but it’s up there!! You’ll have to experience it for yourself
When people come to a Steven Zakari event, you’re gonna be swept into my visual world; we’re not just talking about the stories you’ll hear from me on stage — from the bold lighting to the vibrant stage design, and even all the way down to the seating playlist, the room vibrates with such joyful energy. You’re not just getting a show with me, you’re stepping into another dimension. A bright and colorful one at that!
My number one priority is bringing my audiences together through laughter and leaving hyped up feeling good about themselves. I know what it feels like to be at a low point — life is tough. If I can use my talents to help raise people’s spirits, that’s better than any paycheck.
I still have a lot to learn, but I’m really proud of how far I’ve come. The entertainment industry is very dog eat dog — it was just a few years ago I was homeless sleeping on a park bench for several months — or as I like to refer to it my time on holiday.
The biggest things I took away from that moment in my life were: stay in the present, perceiver, and for the love of all that is holy, see the humor in everything.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting me in good ol’ Los Angeles, absolutely 100% the first spot on the list would be a dispensary. And after that, we’d definitely be getting a drink at Mama Shelter’s rooftop in Hollywood. I friggen love that spot! Cute drinks and a gorgina view of Hollywood. And on a clear day when the smog isn’t it’s usual thicc-ness, you can see Downtown LA’s skyline!
And speaking of DTLA, we’d definitely be going to the Grand Central Market – they have all of the most delicious foods in one fabulous spot! After that, on the same block, we’d grab drinks at some of my favorite bars Precinct and 10DTLA! At some point, we’d have to go to Little Tokyo and the Arts District — two my favorite neighborhoods in Los Angeles!
Of course we’d have to go on a hike — my favorite one is The Grotto in Malibu. It’s so much fun climbing down, but I won’t lie, it’s truly the worst climbing back up, ha!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Man oh man, there are SO many gems I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to, it’s hard to choose just one!! — I definitely have to thank my best friend, Jesse for always making me feel like a rockstar and believing in my shenanigans; my mom for constantly giving me all the inspiration I need; and of course my fellow comedian, Irving Green for recommending me for this interview! This is awesome!