OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - A Bay Area comedian who served time in jail is using the tough lessons he learned on the streets to make people laugh.
Hannibal Thompson says he grew up in public housing and got wrapped up in street life.
He says most people would never know the things he went through growing up in San Francisco's Fillmore district. He says his brother was shot and killed in 2005.
Then seven months later he was shot six times by someone he didn't even know, simply for being on the wrong side of town.
After a few stints in jail, Thompson knew he had to make a change after being arrested in front of his mother, younger brother and 4-month-old daughter.
Recently he shot his first ever comedy special called "12 Stories."
The special is based on his life when he lived in public housing in San Francisco. It's housing that has since been knocked down.