The Velvet Duke, Entertainer

“Velvet brings such great energy and such a great vibe to each performance!”

Kelly Zemnickis

Velvet Wells (he/they) is The Velvet Duke. Internationally beloved, Velvet is the co-founder of three active groups: “The Dandies”, “OverDude”, and “All Request Radio”, and a member of the Black Improv Alliance. He is enthralled with musical and fandom improv and can teach you to feel the same way

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Queen West Arts Crawl (QWAC)

September 15 – 19, 2021 (Virtual)

Velvet Duke’s Family Friendly Comedy Concert

Parents who grew up in the 80s will still remember learning about comedy when their parents shared with them a set by Robin Williams or Whoopi Goldberg, who always had a family friendly set that could make anyone from 9 to 90 laugh. In the same sentiment QWAC is proud to share the art of comedy for your whole family with Velvet Duke and his friends; stand up comic Surer Qaly, and improvisers Coko and Daphney.

Bonus track while you wait for the festival to start:

Tune in, starting September 16!

Pearl Essence: Virtual Set With Velvet

Tune in and join in throughout September

Celebrating three decades as an improvisor, Velvet invites you to perform a quick 10-15 minute set. We’ll take a moment before streaming to connect, and after the set, you can share “what you’re up to next” (improv or otherwise) with everyone.

Book your set today!

Virtual musical improv shows
created and produced by The Velvet Duke

All Request Radio – WBIA 99.5 FM

Beaming #BlackExcellence around the world

The Velvet Duke and his guest DJs play (sing) your favourite made up songs, and share breaking Black news, weather and local traffic. Listen for us on the 3rd Friday each month through Highwire Improv (YouTube)

Next show: Friday, September 17 – 8PM ET

By Donation | Past Episodes

Part of Black Improv Alliance #BlackJoy Fridays with Maryland Improv Collective & Highwire Improv

On demand two person improv shows
produced by Velvet Duke


The Velvet Duke improvises in a duo set with performers from the Global Majority, the marginalized-by-colonialism, the previously Other’d — regardless of where they live around the world, and then they have a conversation

( Playlist | Book your set today )


The Velvet Duke improvises with you in a duo set, based on a word-based improv game (that you pick) and then they have a conversation.

( Playlist | Book your set today )

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