Duante Barnett was born and raised in the Seattle area, he graduated high school from Highline High School and has an AAS degree from Highline College with a BAS and Master's degrees from Central Washington University. Click on button below to see the CUT vides Duante1 had been a part of.
Duante`Suitman' Barnett an Seattle, WA native. He produces SuitMan Productions and his first original show idea Deaf Comedy Jam was inspired by his own hearing loss and offers a show that unites both the hearing and non-hearing communities. A staple of the Annual Northwest Black Comedy Festival for 3 years. where he was awarded “Best Podcast” of 2020 and "Best Host" of 2021. Places like Laugh Comedy Club's Laugh Off, Jai Thai's Comedy Clash & a number of pacific northwest artists know his influences and creativity of production. All of this while being HOH and having had surgery on his left ear to restore about 40-50% of his hearing. SuitMan production is more than an entertainment company. It is a platform to give light to artists who need opportunity in a safe forum. His newest projects The Autastic Artists and Dating With Disabilities podcasts highlights entertainers and artists on the spectrum and with physical disabilities.
As a producer, Suitman hosted a different monthly showcase at Columbia City Theater that inspired diversity in the comedy scene as well as an open mic and his Opencase show offered a showcase oj local talent at locations in the Seattle area. Deaf Comedy Jam, Dark Brew, Mixed N Misidentified, Santa’s Naughty List, Cupid’s Rejects, Holiday Momedy and Give Love Laugh were all performed live. Ballard Brother's, Player's Club Bar, Cafe Red and The Palace Theater were all locations that were hosting SuitMan Productions.
Since the Pandemic, SuitMan Productions has expanded their reach with comics from all over the world on their current online shows. RAW Comedy (Ridiculously Amazing Women), Soul Sista Sundays, and The Autastic Artist and Dating With Disabilities podcasts are monthly shows offered highlighting women, women of color and artists on the spectrum. Laughing Through Recovery, Dark Brew, Mixed N Misidentified, Santa’s Naughty List, Cupid’s Rejects and Black & Proud are rotated monthly to ensure you are entertained weekly.
Right now, SuitMan Productions are hosting monthly shows in Seattle at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery and in Boise at the Lounge at the End of the Universe. Every weekend you can be entertained on SuitMan Production's Facebook page.
After making an initial trip to Portland, Duante` gets a chance at one of the best open mics on the west coast and rips a set at Helium Comedy Club
Comedian Ken Hamlett has an awesome Podcast A Drunken Night Out. Luckily for Duante`, Ken needed a guest and he was able to fill in! Check out the winner of Best Podcast from the 4th Annual Northwest Black Comedy Festival.
Duante` started doing comedy on August 7, 2018 at Caballero's in Tacoma. He was homeless during first stretch doing multiple mics a night and just using comedy to keep busy. He was sweatsuit man , not SUITMAN! Below is one of his first decent sets!
Duante` had gotten his wardrobe back and now he is in a 3 piece telling jokes. He got invited to participate in the last local showcase at the Parlor in Bellevue. He had a great set and started his SuitMan trademark.
After producing Dark Brew at Laugh's, Duante` was invited to perform in their 3rd Annual Laugh Off. He may not have won the event, but he did get some valuable stage time and performed 4 shows in two nights.
SuitMan Productions are starting to warm up. Seattle comics drove down and performed at Silver Star Saloon in Vancouver, WA with host Chris Smith. Duante` had a blast and started a trend of bringing the Seattle takeover to Vancouver.
Duante` gets all excited to have been booked at Salem Ale Works in Oregon. He performs a clean act after showing up and having 7 children in the audience! While the topics may have been close, there is no foul language in this set.
Duante talks about Diversity In Comedy , Suitman Productions & Gentrification on General Mutombo Uncut Podcast. He tells about his motivations, passions and morals in this tell all interview.