List of Black Comedians http://www.listofblackcomedians.com The #1 African American Online Comedy Community Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:59:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Rod Man http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/rod-man/ http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/rod-man/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:59:11 +0000 http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/?p=867 rodmanComedian Rod Man is truly a gem in the World of Standup Comedy today. His unique delivery and voice capture the attention of audiences. Throw in his laid back style, southern charm, wit, and ability to find the funny in everyday life, and you have the ingredients for a future Comedy Star in the making.

Rod Man got hooked on comedy at a young age. He signed up for “open mic” nights at Atlanta’s Uptown Comedy Club, hosted by the hilarious Earthquake. “Uptown was the place to be on Tuesday nights. The place was packed. You never knew who would stop in and do a guest spot. And you never really knew when you were going to hit the stage, because the list meant absolutely nothing to Earthquake.”

Since those open mic nights, Rod has become an award-winning, quintessential entertainer. He has graced the stage at Caesar’s Palace, The Gibson Amphitheater, and The Apollo Theater. He is currently the host of his own YouTube shows — Time Out with Rod Man and That Good Funny. Rod Man is competing on the upcoming season of “Last Comic Standing” and has made many other television appearances, including “The Bad Boys of Comedy” for HBO, Martin Lawrence’s “First Amendment” for Starz, Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” for MTV, “One Mic Stand” for BET, “The Funny Spot” for TV One, and “The World Stands Up” for BBC America. He even co-hosted a morning drive-time show in Los Angeles on Stevie Wonder-owned KJLH Radio 102.3 FM.

Rod Man is also an actor and writer, known for his roles in Funny People(2009) with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, The Big Black Comedy Show, Vol. 2(2005), and The Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show (2013).

The world is catching on to what true Rod Man fans already know — he’s down-to-earth, crazy-funny, and truly a special talent.

Rod currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

 

Source: http://rodmancomedy.com/#about

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Donald Glover http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/donald-glover/ Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:55:22 +0000 http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/?p=725 Donald Glover is an actor, comedian and writer. He was born in California on Edwards Air Force Base and moved to Atlanta when he was four. There he studied drama and the process of writing short plays, which he continued to study in New York University’s dramatic writing program at Tisch School of the Arts. Glover also studied improvisation and comedy writing with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in New York, where he had the pleasure of performing with the likes of Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz. He’s performed on “ Late Night with Conan O’Brien” multiple times and was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch.”

Glover was hired as a staff writer on the show “30 Rock” while he was still a Resident Assistant at NYU. During his time at “30 Rock,” the show won two Emmy Awards and a Writer’s Guild Award for best comedy. Glover then moved on-camera, starring in the NBC series “Community” with Chevy Chase and Joel McHale. “Mystery Team,” a feature film that Glover co-wrote, produced, scored and starred in, premiered at Sundance in 2009. Donald Glover continues to do stand-up, sketch and improv in Los Angeles and New York.

Source: http://www.comedycentral.com/comedians/donald-glover

 

Donald has also found success performing hip hop music under the pseudonym “Childish Gambino.”

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Lamorne Morris http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/lamorne-morris/ http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/lamorne-morris/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:46:52 +0000 http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/?p=722 Morris was born in 1980 in Chicago, IL, where he spent his early years on the city’s tough South Side. His mother moved the family to Chicago’s western suburbs in his early teens in order to place him in a better school district. He excelled at basketball at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, IL, meanwhile honing a rapier wit with would-be comedy bits, becoming known as something of a class clown and drawing frequent trips to detention for it. Math teacher Robert Dobosz at one point began giving Morris a minute per class to tell jokes to get it out of his system, as well as encouraging him to pursue studies at Chicago’s famed cauldron of improvisational theater, The Second City. Upon graduation, Morris enrolled at The College of DuPage, studying theater while also taking classes at The Second City Training Center. That proved an entrée to Second City’s Outreach and Diversity Ensemble, in addition to doing stand-up in the city’s clubs. While still in Chicago, he lent his talents to the underground college comedy “Urban Ground Squirrels” (2002), doing the voice of the protagonist’s pseudo-spirit guide, an empathic rodent. Morris moved to New York City in 2006, where he garnered work for Black Entertainment Television.

Morris lent his slick wit and amiable charisma to a variety of programs, hosting a series about new tech and video games, the entertainment news show “BET Now” (2003- ), specials on fashion and sundry other BET special event shows. He also made appearances on consecutive broadcasts of the annual BET Awards and its signature music countdown show “106 & Park” (2000- ). As early as 2006, Morris began picking up advertising work, appearing in ads for Edge skincare products, and playing sweet Everyman parts in commercials for McDonald’s and Ford. In 2007, he landed a role in the movie, “April Fools,” playing a high school loser set up by the cool kids for an April Fool’s prank that goes horribly wrong. He put his acting talents on display in some short films, including two by writer-director Shalako Gordon – “One Word” (2008) and “The Truth About Lies” (2010). Transplanting to Los Angeles, he landed a hosting job on the short-lived Cartoon Network reality/game show “Brain Rush,” as well as a few minor film parts and a guest-shot on the sitcom “The Middle” (ABC, 2009- ). But it was a struggle for a time, to the point of having his car repossessed and the actor mulling a return to Chicago.

Morris found a groove in commercial work, adding spots for Taco Bell, Twix, Miller Lite, 7 Up and Hornitos tequila to his growing CV. During pilot season 2011, he found himself with dual positive prospects, landing a role as a put-upon staffer for a fading celebrity in a project for CBS, “Assistants,” and on a propitious short-list for a Fox project, “New Girl,” a young-wacky-roommates affair centered around a clueless teacher (Zooey Deschanel) who moves into an apartment with three guys. CBS did not greenlight the former, and Damon Wayans, Jr. landed the third roommate role on “New Girl,” but when his other show “Happy Endings” (2011- ) was picked up for another season on ABC, he left the show after the pilot was shot. Producers wrote him out and tapped Morris to play Winston, a former roomie in the apartment now returning from a stint in a Latvian basketball league and coming to grips with the realization he will likely not make it in the NBA. The show, evolving through its first season from Deschanel-centric to an ensemble focusing on the loopy cast’s chemistry, became Fox’s best-rated new show in a decade.

Source: http://www.starpulse.com/Actors/Morris,_Lamorne/Biography/

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Craig Robinson http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/craig-robinson/ http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/craig-robinson/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:36:22 +0000 http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/?p=719 Born Craig Philip Robinson on Oct. 25, 1971, in Chicago, IL, he developed a flair for comedy early in life, entertaining his family with his imitations of Richard Nixon. His father recognized his talents and encouraged a curious reversal of roles wherein Craig would read him and other family members stories such as “The Three Little Pigs” and insert his own offbeat real-world embellishments. He also studied music as a youth, becoming particularly proficient on keyboard instruments. After high school, he attended Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where friends urged him to try stand-up comedy. In 1994, he returned to Chicago to earn a master’s degree in education at Saint Xavier University, going on to teach music at the city’s Horace Mann Elementary and to take improv classes at The Second City. Initially bombing, he added the twist of sitting on stage behind his Roland keyboard and telling tales of personal heartache while accompanying himself. In 1999, he moved to Los Angeles, where he hooked up with fellow Second City – and comedy bellwether “Mr. Show” (HBO, 1995-98) – alum Jerry Minor, to create the stage act, L. Witherspoon & Chucky.

A faux R&B act with Minor as L. Witherspoon, a smooth-as-silk singer à la R. Kelly, and Robinson as Chucky, his keyboardist and backup singer, they played live and made it on to national TV on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” (2003- ), often performing their “hit” song “Somebody’s F*cking My Lady” (it turns out it is Chucky). Robinson began picking up TV work, initially guest shots on such comedies as “Lucky” (FX, 2003), “The Bernie Mac Show” (FOX, 2001-06) and “Arrested Development” (FOX, 2003-06). In 2005, the producers of the American version of “The Office” (NBC, 2005- ), cast him as Darryl Philbin, the stoic, blue-collar warehouse manager occasionally made to suffer through and abide the machinations of the show’s loopy white-collar denizens. Though initially just comprising the occasional appearance, Darryl was written more and more into the show and eventually made a regular castmember. Robinson found himself more in demand, picking up a curious job in the Korean CGI-heavy monster film “D-War” (2007); as big a hit in Korea as it was a flop in the U.S., and brief parts in Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” (2007) and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (2007).

Also in 2007, director Judd Apatow – just off the success of his ribald, largely improvised comedy “The 40 Year Old Virgin” (2005) starring Steve Carell and Seth Rogen – cast Robinson in his next untoward outing, “Knocked Up,” the tale of a mismatched couple (Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl) whose drunken coupling inadvertently results in a pregnancy. Robinson, in only a few minutes of screen time, shone as the doorman at a hipster club. The next year would see him twice reteamed with Rogen; initially as the complex drug capo in the messy stoner/action film hybrid, “Pineapple Express” (2008). And when director Kevin Smith tapped Rogen for his own bawdy outing, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” (2008), Rogen pushed for Robinson for the role of his best friend. For the Apatovian comedy about two down-on-their-luck friends (Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) who decide to make an adult film, Robinson played a wife-beset coffee-shop worker recruited by Rogen’s character to be the film’s “producer,” to great comic effect; particularly in a memorably, mostly improvised scene between him and Tisha Campbell-Martin. The New York Times made particular note that Robinson “is fast becoming the most dependable comic counterpuncher in the business and who needs some bigger roles or a sitcom of his own right away.”

But some lows accompanied his career highs. In August 2008, police officers pulled Robinson over in L.A. on a traffic violation and determined him to be intoxicated; a subsequent search of his car turned up illegal drugs. Subsequent investigation found him to be under the influence of cocaine, amphetamines and marijuana. The next week Robinson pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance, but he agreed to attend drug education classes, with the charges to be dismissed upon his completion of the program. The bust did little to disrupt his upward trajectory. Robinson had a flurry of cameos in the likes of “Fanboys” (2008), “Prop 8: The Musical” (2008), “Miss March” (2009), “Post Grad” (2009), “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard” (2009), “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009), and “Shrek Forever After” (2010), as well as turning up in select comic one-offs such as the Gunn brothers’ web series “PG Porn” and Comedy Central’s “Reno 911” (2003-09). He snared his biggest billing to date in the John Cusack-produced feature “Hot Tub Time Machine” (2010), with Robinson starring alongside Cusack and Rob Corddry as guys in the throes of mid-life crises who pass out in a resort hot tub and wake up to find themselves transported back to the 1980s with a chance to change their lives for the better. Robinson received excellent reviews for his work in the goofy comedy.

While continuing his work on both “The Office” and “Eastbound and Down,” Robinson added another recurring role to his arsenal, appearing regularly on “The Cleveland Show” (Fox 2009-2013) as LeVar “Freight Train” Brown, the domineering father of Cleveland Brown (Mike Henry). Robinson’s first leading role in a film came in Tina Gordon Chism’s “Peeples” (2013), a romantic comedy in which he played Wade Walker, a well-meaning but hapless man attempting to ingratiate himself to the upper-middle-class family of his new fiancée (Kerry Washington). He also rejoined his “Pineapple Express” cohorts for “This Is The End” (2013), a film written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in which Robinson, Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco and Danny McBride play fictionalized versions of themselves stranded in the Hollywood Hills in the aftermath of the apocalypse.

Source: http://www.starpulse.com/Actors/Robinson,_Craig/Biography/

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Key and Peele http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/key-and-peele/ http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/key-and-peele/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 02:10:13 +0000 http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/?p=702 Key & Peele: One of the funniest sketch comedy shows to hit the airwaves since Chappelle’s Show.  Hilarious skits and biting satires have won these two huge audiences across the globe.  Keep it up guys!

KEY:

Keegan-Michael Key got his start in comedy at Second City Detroit, and later moved on to their Chicago company where he received awards for his writing and performance. While still in Chicago, Key made the jump to TV, starring in Fox’s MADtv for six seasons, and scoring reoccurring roles on shows like RENO 911! and Gary Unmarried. Key can also be seen on the big screen in movies including Role Models, Due Date, and Just Go With It.

Source: http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/key-and-peele/bios/keegan

 

 

PEELE:

Originally hailing from new York, Jordan Peele moved to Chicago, where he performed at both Second City Chicago and ImprovOlympic. Peele then crossed the pond to Amsterdam to work with Boom Chicago Theater, but was lured back to the States by a starring (and Emmy-nominated) role on five seasons of MADtv. Currently, he plays Dr. Brian on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, and has also appeared on TVs RENO 911! and Love Bites. Peele has appeared in such movies as Little Fockers and the upcoming Wanderlust.

Source: http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/key-and-peele/bios/jordan

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Keenen Ivory Wayans http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/keenen-ivory-wayans/ Sun, 23 Feb 2014 01:55:44 +0000 http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/?p=697 Birth Name: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Born: 06/08/1958
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Born on June 8, 1958 in New York, NY, Wayans was raised in a Harlem tenement as one of 10 children by his father, Howell, a supermarket manager, and his mother, Elvira, a homemaker – both of whom were devout Jehovah’s Witnesses. In order to gain the attention of his parents, Wayans developed a talent for performing. Unfortunately for him, most of his siblings did as well. While attending Seward Park High School, he worked as a manager of a McDonald’s before graduating in 1975. Wayans moved on to college at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where he earned a scholarship and studied engineering. During his first summer off from school, Wayans performed stand-up comedy at the Improv in New York City, which led to the young performer quitting school his sophomore year to pursue a risky comedy career. He relocated to NYC, where he honed his skills on the local circuit. After moving to Los Angeles in 1980, Wayans worked the Improv and Comedy Store. In short order, Wayans established himself as a bright, rising comic with an acerbic wit that challenged established conventions.Wayans’ talent behind the microphone was recognized early on by NBC, which signed the comic to a development deal. After making his television debut on the long-forgotten pilot for “Irene” (NBC, 1981), he had a small guest appearance on the first season of “Cheers” (NBC, 1982-1993). Wayans soon made his feature debut as an anonymous comic in “Star 80” (1983), director Bob Fosse’s look at the murder-suicide surrounding Playboy centerfold, Dorothy Stratten (Mariel Hemingway). He ventured into the drama side of television with his first regular series role, playing one of several army recruits in a crack military unit on “For Love and Honor” (NBC, 1983-84). After the short-lived series came and went, Wayans’ career entered into a lull. But he emerged with a vengeance when he collaborated with fellow comic Robert Townsend to write, produce and appear in “Hollywood Shuffle” (1987), a biting satire made on a shoestring budget about the compromises made by an aspiring African-American actor (Townsend) trying to make it in Hollywood. Though the project was Townsend’s baby, it nonetheless gave Wayans an opportunity to finally expand his horizons.

Wayans again collaborated with Townsend, serving as producer on “Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime” (HBO, 1987), an hour-long variety show that featured stand-up comedy, music and sketches. Also that year, the two partnered for “Eddie Murphy Raw” (1987), the famed comedian’s concert film that was written by Wayans and directed by Townsend. Looking to strike out on his own, Wayans wrote, directed and starred in “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” (1988), a hilarious satire of 1970s blaxploitation films that followed a mild-mannered man (Wayans) who seeks revenge for the death of his brother – who died from wearing too many gold chains – with the help of his old neighborhood friends (Isaac Hayes and Jim Brown). While also introducing brother Damon Wayans and sister Kim Wayans with small roles, the cult success of “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” helped propel Wayans into the limelight. In 1990, he executive-produced a pilot “Hammer, Slammer & Slade” for ABC, which was derived from the film. Though the episode aired, the series was never picked up.

Wayans quickly parlayed the success of “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” into a groundbreaking and often controversial sketch show, “In Living Color” (Fox, 1990-94), which irreverently skewered racial, political and cultural issues – particularly black stereotypes, which exploded on air through hilarious exaggeration. “In Living Color” introduced numerous characters and sketches, including “Homey D. Clown,” an ex-convict-turned-clown for children’s parties, which spawned the catchphrase “Homey don’t play that;” “Men on Film,” which starred two flamboyantly gay film critics; “Fire Marshall Bill,” in which Jim Carrey was an accident-prone safety instructor; and “Handi Man,” where Damon Wayans played a handicapped superhero who battled crime while drooling over himself. The latter sketch created the most controversy, with advocacy groups claiming insensitivity toward people with disabilities. But it also proved to be one of the best remembered of the bunch. Meanwhile, “In Living Color” forged the Wayans comedy empire, which included brothers Damon, Shawn and Marlon, and sister Kim. The show also was a proving ground for such non-Wayans as Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx, former Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez and choreographer-turned-actress Rosie Perez.

Despite the show’s success during the first few seasons, Wayans grew increasingly upset with the network’s constant censorship – the most infamous being a sketch where he played Billy Dee Williams in a mock Colt 45 commercial, which ended with Wayans moving in on a woman passed out on his piano, implying that he was about to date rape her. The skit aired only once and was never seen again, even when the episode was released on DVD years later. Adding fuel to the fire was Wayans’ increasing dissatisfaction with FOX rerunning previous episodes without his consultation, which he felt would decrease the syndication value later on. So after the third season, Wayans departed the show, while the rest of his family trickled out by the end of the fourth. A year later, “In Living Color” was off the air for good. After a brief spell out of the limelight, Wayans returned to the feature world by writing, directing and starring in “A Low Down Dirty Shame” (1994), a parody of “Shaft,” in which he played an ex-cop with a troubled past who is tracking down the criminal responsible for him being kicked off the force. Instead of using typical exaggeration prevalent in his previous work, Wayans instead employed standard genre conventions and narrative structure.

Wayans returned to his hard-punching satirical roots to take on the popular ‘hood films of the 1990s – namely “Boyz N the Hood” (1991) and “Menace II Society” (1993) – with “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” (1996). Despite an interesting premise ripe for Wayans’ satirical treatment, the film fell flat with audiences and critics. After starring alongside a bloated and pacified Steven Seagal as the comic sidekick in the action thriller “The Glimmer Man” (1996), Wayans returned to television as the host and star of a late-night talk show, “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show” (syndicated, 1997-98), which blended the standard talk format with sketches and comedy while featuring the all-female band, Ladies of the Night. The show was unfortunately short-lived, though Wayans rebounded by writing and starring in the action-thriller “Most Wanted” (1997), playing a soldier on death row recruited for a top secret mission. He struck box office gold when he directed “Scary Movie” (2000), which deftly spoofed the new wave of teen slasher flicks like “Scream” (1996) and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (1997). Also written by and starring younger brothers Marlon and Shawn, “Scary Movie” took in over $150 million at the box office, making it, at the time, the biggest hit of his career.

Since “Scary Movie” made an unexpectedly large sum of money, Wayans went back to the well to direct the inevitable sequel, “Scary Movie 2” (2001), which offered more of the same and took in less than half of its predecessor’s box office receipts. Though two more installments were made, Wayans had, by this point, divorced himself from the franchise. Meanwhile, he collaborated with Marlon and Shawn once again, directing the pair in “White Chicks” (2004), in which they played two FBI agents forced to go undercover as a pair of white, blonde heiresses. Though the idea of two black guys masquerading as two white women may have seemed funny on paper, the result on film was nothing short of abominable. Both Marlon and Shawn looked more like circus freaks than high-class socialites, making one wonder how anyone could have been fooled by their get-ups, while the gags often descended into cheap stereotypes without any greater purpose. Nonetheless, “White Chicks” proved a success at the box office despite near universal derision from critics.

Wayans returned to the director’s chair with “Little Man” (2006), an even more repulsive and obnoxious comedy about a littler person (Marlon Wayans) who poses as baby in order to steal a diamond from a couple (Shawn Wayans and Kerry Washington) desperate for a child. A direct rip-off of the old Bugs Bunny cartoon, “Baby Buggy Bunny,” where “Babyface” Finster pretends to be a baby to recover money from Bugs’ rabbit hole, “Little Man” ran afoul of most critics, who seemed to enjoy calling the comedy “abysmal,” “forgettable” and “unfunny.” But once again, the film defied the odds and took in over $100 million in both domestic and international box office. “Little Man” did have the dubious honor of receiving six Golden Raspberry Awards and winning three, including one for Worst Remake or Rip-Off. Wayans returned to his more satirical roots with “Dance Flick” (2009), starring a new generation of Wayans – Damon Wayans, Jr. and Craig Wayans, son of sister Deirdre. Though a little late to the party, “Dance Flick” poked fun at the once-popular trend of dance films like “Save the Last Dance” (2001).

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George Wallace http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/george-wallace/ http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/george-wallace/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 01:44:24 +0000 http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/?p=692

By the age of six George Wallace wanted to be a comedian, but knew he first needed an education. He attended college at the University of Akron, Ohio. Upon graduating with degrees in transportation and marketing, George entered the advertising work force. Still, George’s dream of being a comedian had a strong hold on him. Within a week of leaving the advertising field, he began to perform stand up comedy and was offered a job writing for The Red Foxx Show.

George won an American Comedy Award for “Best Stand Up Comedian” after being continually nominated four years in a row. George’s television credits include HBO One Night Stand, Hallmark’s movie Santa Jr. (2002), Seinfeld, The Parkers, Moesha, The Tonight Show, Oprah, Hollywood Squares, Late Show with David Letterman, Rosie O’Donnell, Live with Regis, Politically Incorrect, Entertainment Tonight, E! Entertainment, Extra and a guest-host on Later on NBC. As well as In the Heat of Night, Tall Hopes, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Arliss. George also appeared in numerous films including Comedian, The Wash, Three Strikes, Little Nicky, A Rage in Harlem, Punchline, Postcards from the Edge, Batmam Forever, and Ladykillers.

Las Vegas loves their resident comedic headliner, but even more so, George loves Las Vegas in return. In 2004, George appeared as the headlining star of his own show at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas for a 30 day run. “Sin City” showed its admiration by extending George’s contract indefinitely.

George’s most recognized material is his “Yo Mama” and “I Be Thinkin” jokes, which encourage audience participation. Every show George selects a few people out of the crowd to go one on one in comical banter. George shows his gratitude to his audience by signing autographs and taking photos after every show.

Unlike any other comedy show in Las Vegas, George gives away a number of prizes every night including CD’s, DVD’s, diamond necklaces, dinners at prestigious restaurants, tropical cruises and even a new car. One of Wallace ongoing jokes is he plans on calling past audience members in the middle of the night…To let them know they haven’t won the car. You never know what will happen at the George Wallace Show. You could end upon George’s radio show Bits on the Strip if you’re caught by the George Wallace Street Team. Wallace is an evolving comedian, which is why your will never see the same show twice – he’s always thinkin.

Source: http://www.georgewallace.net/biography/

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Desiree Burch http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/desiree-burch/ Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:22:32 +0000 http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/?p=663 Desiree Burch is an NYC-based comedian, emcee, writer, and performer, known for work with the New York Neo-Futurists in “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” and for her acclaimed solo show “52 Man Pickup” (four stars from Time Out NY, and The List, UK) which has been featured at Ars Nova, The Ohio Theater, Galapagos Artspace and in the New York (spotlighted by Backstage) and Edinburgh International Fringe Festivals.

One of New York Magazine’s “10 People that Funny People Find Funny,” Desiree has supplied laughter for MTV, VH1, NBC News, The New York Post, Comedy Central, Huffington Post, Caroline’s, Gotham, Comix and comedy clubs around the country, and in the upcoming feature-length documentary “I Heart New York.”

She previously hosted/curated the reading and variety Smut (“Art that should carry a Parental Advisory Label” – NY Times) and in 2008, founded The Hysterical Festival for women in comedy.

 

Source: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Desiree-Burch-Fan-Page/253414424158?id=253414424158&sk=info

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Sherri Shepherd http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/sherri-shepherd/ Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:46:28 +0000 http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/?p=651 Whether on stage or screen, Daytime Emmy Award-winner Sherri Shepherd’s magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor never fails to delight audiences.

In August 2009, Sherri was a part of groundbreaking history when the hosts of The View won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. That same year, Sherri and the co-hosts were chosen as part of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine while Forbes ranked The View hosts #11 among the top “30 of the Most Influential Women in Media.”

In addition to daytime television, Sherri competed in the fourteenth season of ABC’s wildly popular, “Dancing with the Stars.” She continues to be a memorable player in prime time and frequently guest-starred on the Emmy award-winning series 30 Rock as Tracy Morgan’s wife, Angie Jordan. Sherri executive produced and starred in her own sitcom SHERRI on Lifetime and has made laugh out loud appearances in Less than Perfect, Everybody Loves Raymond, Joan of Arcadia, Suddenly Susan and The Jamie Foxx Show. She got rave reviews in the lead dramatic role of Joy White in the Lifetime movie “Abducted: the Carlina White Story” and most recently co-starred w Katherine Heigl in “One for the Money”. Additionally, she has appeared in such feature films as the award-winning Precious based on the novel Push by Sapphire, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Guess Who, Who’s Your Caddy, Beauty Shop and Cellular.  Sherri also had a successful run in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway hit  “Love, Loss and What I Wore.

Going back to her roots in stand up, Sherri taped her first one hour comedy special “Sherri Shepherd: It’s My Time to Talk”, which premiered on the EPIX network June 21.

Sharing her passion for staying healthy, Sherri authored PLAN D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes Even If You Don’t Have It (Harper Collins) which debuted April 30 and hit #13 on the New York Times Best Seller List. She is also the author of a humorous autobiography, Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Yourself a Break (Grand Central Publishing).

Knowing the heartache and joy of raising a child with special needs, Sherri has partnered with the YAI National Institute to raise awareness for children and adults with disabilities.

Taking her not so secret passion for wearing wigs, Sherri recently created a high fashion wig collection, “Luxhair Now by Sherri Shepherd™” which consists of 12 wigs in various lengths, from short pixies to long and luscious waves, and come in 18 colors.

Sherri has an eight-year-old son, Jeffrey, and recently married Lamar Sally. Their wedding was captured by The Style Network and “Wedding Fabulous: Sherri Shepherd Gets Married” garnered the highest ratings for a wedding special on the network.

They reside in New Jersey.

 

Source: http://www.sherrishepherd.com/about.html

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Tim Meadows http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/tim-meadows/ http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/comedian/tim-meadows/#comments Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:25:58 +0000 http://www.listofblackcomedians.com/?p=641

Early life

Tim Meadows was born in Highland Park, Michigan, the son of Mardell, a nurse’s assistant, and Lathon Meadows, a janitor. He studied television and radio broadcasting at Wayne State University.

Career

Meadows began performing improvisational comedy at the Soup Kitchen Saloon. Meadows’ start in show business was as a member of The Second City comedy troupe alongside future star Chris Farley. In 1991, Meadows landed a spot on Saturday Night Live and would go on to become a longtime cast member, appearing on the program until 2000. (This was the record for the longest tenure on the show until it was surpassed by Darrell Hammond in 2005.) Meadows’ lengthy tenure on the show was used as a gag in three monologues when former cast members Phil Hartman and Mike Myers returned to the show to host, and when Alec Baldwin hosted for his twelfth time.

Meadows often spoofed famous personalities including O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey and Erykah Badu on SNL, and one time remarked that he had no character that was identified to him, such as Wayne and Garth being identified to Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. Eventually he did get an original character with Leon Phelps, “The Ladies’ Man”, a perpetually horny talk show host who believed himself to be the living definition of what females search for in a man. The sketch/character was adapted into a 2000 film, The Ladies Man, which followed the character’s attempts to find love and a suitable outlet for his beloved radio program.

Meadows soon moved on to other projects, including a regular role on the short-lived NBC sitcom The Michael Richards Show and a supporting role in the 2004 film The Cookout. He also guest starred as a client on the hit NBC comedy The Office in the second-season episode “The Client”. He played a high school principal in Mean Girls, a film written by (and co-starring) fellow SNL cast member Tina Fey. He also had a part in Handsome Boy Modeling School’s album White People. In 2007, he appeared in a large supporting role in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

Meadows has appeared in other feature films, including ConeheadsIt’s Pat, and Wayne’s World 2, all of which were based on popular SNL characters and had varying rates of success. Most recently he was in the 2006 film The Benchwarmers alongside his former SNL co-stars Rob Schneider and David Spade. He was also featured in CBS’sGameshow Marathon (summer 2006), has appeared on The Colbert Report in the recurring role of P.K. Winsome (who made an appearance at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear), and starred in The Bill Engvall Show. He is also a frequent guest on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as a comic field reporter. On May 31, 2008, Meadows threw out a ceremonial first pitch and conducted the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game against the Colorado Rockies.

Meadows can frequently be seen performing live at the iO WEST with Heather Campbell and Miles Stroth in their improvised show Heather, Miles, and Tim. Recently, Meadows has been back performing in the Chicago improv scene at the ImprovOlympic and other venues.

 

Source: http://tim-meadows.com/biography/

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