When Christopher Reid was growing up, his Jamaican-born dad asked him one of those big questions that fathers ask.
“He asked me what I wanted to be,” he said.
Reid’s answer did not foretell what he would become, an entertainer known to a generation or two as Kid, a star of stage, wax and video, as the line goes from the jam that served as the intro music for the animated series he starred in with Christopher “Play” Martin.
Reid instead thought of the Saturdays spent watching Johnny Rodgers on the college football game of the week in a living room in the Bronx, and answered, “I want to be a Cornhusker.”
“He didn’t get it,” Reid, 48, said.
So yes, Reid, the once flat-topped half of pioneering rap duo Kid 'n Play, is looking forward to his long weekend in Nebraska. On Thursday, he’ll be doing stand-up comedy at Duffy’s Tavern. On Friday, he's playing The Sydney in Omaha.
On Saturday, you can take a guess where he’ll be -- at the Nebraska-Idaho State football game.
“Hell yes, are you kidding?” Reid said during a phone interview from Ft. Worth, Texas, where he was performing last weekend. “I wouldn’t miss it. I’m gonna have my red poppin’!”
But before his trip to Memorial Stadium, he’s looking to give a memorable performance for the people who head to Duffy’s Thursday.
Reid has performed in quite a few college towns, so he’s ready for the vibe that comes with it.
When the children of the 1980s and 1990s know you in part from a series of movies about one raging party after another (“House Party” and its two follow-ups), they want in on the festivities.
“They want to do shots and take pics with me while they’re doing the Kid 'n Play dance,” said Reid, who is happy to oblige.
Reid’s been doing stand-up since 2000, when he was convinced by comedians Tommy Davidson and Bill Maher to take the stage after a TV hosting gig fell apart.
Maher’s been championing him for nearly 15 years, inviting him to appear on “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” At one point, he even introduced Reid as America’s next great political talk show host.
“I know what you’re thinking,” Maher said at the beginning of Reid’s faux inauguration. “What the hell am I thinking?”
Reid showed he could take the joke in his acceptance speech: “I started out as a rapper. And I feel proud I was a member of the one rap group that white people didn’t have to fear if they saw us at an ATM.”
Reid said transitioning from rap to comedy hasn’t led to a fish-out-of-water feeling, since both performances require you to command a stage. And because many of his audience members are familiar with him, “I have the ability to mess around with the crowd.”
After his set wraps, Reid said showgoers can expect him to hang out, take pictures and sign autographs.