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What is Jokenword? 

Jokenword is a style of comedy and poetry that McKelle Barksdale better known as his stage name Kellz "Jokenword" Barksdale utilizes. Jokenword stems from Kellz's love for Stand Up Comedy, Battle Rap and Spokenword poetry. Eventually, Kellz fell into stand up comedy, at an open mic in Burlington County College. He would tell people he was a comedian prior to getting on stage as a way to pressure himself into doing comedy. It took until April when the college was hosting their final open mic of the academic year for Kellz to get on stage. At the open mic, Kellz was introduced to Todd Evans the open mic host, and his future mentor. After connecting with Todd, Kellz met many Spokenword Artists at open mics and decided to try poetry for himself; however when Kellz decided to do poetry he introduced comedy to his poetry thus birthing this genre, Jokenword. Kellz is aware that he's not the first person to write humorous comedy or rhyme stories, but he is obsessed with making Jokenword a popular niche genre. From this ability to mix comedy, wordplay, and the emotions of Spokenword Poetry Kellz has been able to accomplish these impressive feats.

  • Rotation on SiriusXM Kevin Hart's LOL Radio Station
  • 2014 Overall Christian Comedian AMTC (Actors, Models and Talent for Christ)
  • 2016 McDonald's Gospelfest
  • Featured set between Roy Ayers and Dougie Fresh at 30th annual Willingboro Jazz Festival
  • Featured Comedy Set on Comedy Time at the Ice House in Pasadena
  • Featured Comedian in various comedy clubs across the nation, opening up for (T.K. Kirkland, Bill Bellamy, Talent, Tony Roberts, TuRae Gordon and more) 
  • Published Author of The Art of Jokenword 
  • Comedy album What Happened to Kellz!?




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