I am Seth Thomas. I am an American Negro and I don't talk about myself in the third person.

The Nutshell

I was raised by a single, black, militant, lesbian, Buddhist, stand-up comedian from the Bronx, in Berkeley during the 1980's. The rest is just random information.

The Nut

I was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and spent the first few years of my life in Stratford, Connecticut home of my father and grandmother. After the divorce of my parents, Mother and I moved to Santa Monica, California where we lived with my grandfather and became Buddhists.

The Buddhist organization of which we were a part had a brass band for the young men and it was in that band that my love for music was cultivated. With the brass band I traveled to New York, Seattle and Hawaii all before the age of 13. I was also in Southern California so naturally, I began acting as well.

In 1980, Mother and I moved to the Bay Area. We lived all over Oakland until finally settling in Berkeley where I attended high school. I continued to do theater and marching band and at Berkeley High School, I discovered my affection for storytelling.

After high school - and four years of exploration that included discovering Christianity, Islam and guns - I moved to Georgia to attend college.

I studied Speech Communication at a private university called Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. I marched with the band; pledged the band fraternity; pledged a National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity;  served as student government undergraduate president; wrote for the school paper (once - an interview with Jay-Z though so yeah, I'm claiming that); and acted with the school's theater group. It was also during this time that I began making hip hop music and became Seth Thomas.

(At my core I am an MC and Seth Thomas is my stage name. I was born Yusef. Because of humans' affection for monosyllabic monikers, I have always been called Sef and when I started rapping, I used the name Sef when I referred to myself. S-E-F never looked good on paper to me and shortly after I decided I needed a stage name, I was in the studio and the engineer said, "man, you have great timing. You're like a clock." I looked up and the clock in the studio was a Seth Thomas. I have been Seth Thomas ever since.)

After college, I moved to Compton, California to be with my newly found older brother and after a year there I took a bus to Chicago, Illinois to visit my best friend. I have been here ever since.

I discovered The Second City and my life changed forever. I graduated from the conservatory at The Second City, Chicago and met Paul Thomas and formed the comedy duo The Defiant Thomas Brothers. We broke up and then got back together and we are better than ever.

As of this post, I am still in Chicago, Illinois. I still make rap music, I still perform and travel with The Defiant Thomas Brothers and I have the honor to teach at The Second City, Chicago. I have also begun to write. I write the stories I am so used to telling and other random stuff that I don't know how to categorize except as writings. (Visit the writing post if you want to read some "writings".)

I think that's it for now. I mean, there are like plays and albums and stories and children and all that good stuff and you'll have to meet me or read the book to get that stuff.

Love More.



All the pictures were taken by my favorite photographer Elizabeth McQuern.


Social media wise I do the big three.

My Twitter - Here

My Instagram - Here

My Facebook - Here

Check out my award winning sketch comedy duo The Defiant Thomas Brothers - Here

For my music - Patna Music - Click Here

I also recorded a couple albums with Andy Metz as the hip hop group 8090. To check out that music - Click Here

A few years ago, I had a few opinion articles published in the RedEye - a commuter paper based in Chicago. Those articles were:

MLK was more than the dream

Now here's a black struggle 

Can't we just shake hands?,

Pump up the holiday jams

Must be this dancy to enter

Groomzillas better tread carefully

My answers to the Marcel Proust questionnaire

I have never heard of Marcel Proust and I had no idea some consider him to be the one of the greatest authors of all times.

I was looking for questions to answer and stumbled upon this article concerning Marcel Proust's questionnaire.

So without any knowledge of Marcel Proust or even the authenticity of this list of questions, here goes it:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Surrounded by people whom I love that love me.

What is your greatest fear?

Failure. Letting down the people that rely on me.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Lack of discipline when it comes to projects like writing, organizing, etc.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Misrepresenting oneself to be a part of something or as we say, lying to kick it

Which living person do you most admire?

My grandfather.

What is your greatest extravagance?


What is your current state of mind?

Very thankful. Life has been good to me.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Multitasking. I don't get why the ability to give many things a small percentage of attention at once over prioritizing and focusing on the tasks in order is such a great attribute.

On what occasion do you lie?

When in danger of getting hurt.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

The lack of hair. I would love a flattop right about now.

Which living person do you most despise?

Jennifer Hudson. Not sure why but she drives me crazy.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Security in their manhood.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

The ability to cultivate friendship on an honest nonsexual level with men.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Nice. I respond to everything with "nice" which can be weird when the previous statement is something that is not nice at all.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

What: Acting on stage. Who: Me.

When and where were you happiest?

Downtown Chicago. Columbus day parade. 2015. I watched both of my daughters march in the parade. 

Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to sing beautifully.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would be taller. Like 6'2

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Graduating from college. It was a long, hard road.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I would come back as someone who could sing beautifully.

Where would you most like to live?

The Bay Area. Nothing like it.

What is your most treasured possession?

My dictionary.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Being unable to love yourself.

What is your favorite occupation?

Actor followed by loader/unloader at UPS

What is your most marked characteristic?

It has to be the green eyes.

What do you most value in your friends?

Brutal honesty.

Who are your favorite writers?

Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen

Who is your hero of fiction?

Lord Henry Wooten

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Paul Robeson.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My grandfather, my father, my uncle, my brother and my best friend.

What are your favorite names?

Seth and Leroy

What is it that you most dislike?

Violent crimes toward humanity

What is your greatest regret?

Not attending the graduation of the T-42's

How would you like to die?

In my sleep.

What is your motto?

Love More.


What are your answers? Post them on the interweb and let me know on Twitter and I will check em out.