Ginger Billy | Jan 21-22

Ginger Billy’s Backwoods Comedy Tour

Former Respiratory Therapist Breathes New Life Into Rural Comedy

Shirtless and tattoed, the Ginger Billy gives viewers a humorous look into life in rural Upstate South Carolina. And he’s doing it all on his own. 

He lives between Union and Lockhart, South Carolina, with his wife and family. For years, he says, he was a respiratory therapist. But one day, after the retirement of Dale Earnheart, Jr., he thought maybe he’d make a video. 

“Well, when he retired, I thought to myself, ‘man, you know what? This would be something that, uh, all rednecks would love if I talked about,’” he said. “When I saw how many views it got, I thought to myself, you know what, this might be actually pretty cool. This might be something I want to try again.” 

After that, it was the men’s romper craze, so he went to JC Penny’s and bought the biggest girls’ romper he could find and did a video about that. 

“I saw them city boys wearing one and I thought ‘I’m not going to let them beat me to the fashion punch’, so I got me one,” he says in the video. “Before you go judging anybody, you go get you one, cause this thing right here? It’s like the Swiss Army knife of clothing. And really, it fits your giblets down there too, if you’re a man. They’re really feeling R-rated right now.”

The video has almost 840,000 views on YouTube alone. He estimates it got between 40 and 50 million views across all social media channels.  

From there, he said, things just took off. 

ROMPERS, GNATS, AND SWAMPY, HOT SUMMER DAYS – THESE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS THAT GINGER BILLY FEELS STRONGLY ABOUT.

The next thing he knew he was doing stand-up. A manager signed him on and got him a gig at a casino. 

“I’d never done stand-up before in my life,” he says. “So the first time I ever did stand-up, he put me out on the stage and said ‘You’ve got five minutes in front of 4,000 people – have fun.’ It was a real sink or swim situation, you know?”

After that, he started touring with Catfish Cooley and others. It was a whole new world, he said. 

“Every day I wake up and I’m just like, this is absolutely amazing. I mean, I’m a dude, you know, I grew up in a little blue-collar town,” he says.  You’re supposed to grow up. You go to school then you work here. I am making a very good living doing videos and acting the total jackass.”

But the new life has come with some adjustments. People recognize him on the street, he said. And his life is now about making videos and planning on tour dates once Covid-19 passes instead of working to help people breathe. 

For a while, he said, he was keeping his respiratory therapist job and licensing in his back pocket, just in case. But once Covid-19 hit, he had to focus entirely on comedy. 

“With the restrictions and all, they said that if I was going to work, I had to shave my beard,” he says. “I make a lot more money with that beard than I do as a respiratory therapist.” 

And while his new comedy career may be a surprise hit, it’s stressful, he says. Everything is dependent upon him being funny. 

“It sounds cool, but it is the most stressful thing I’ve ever done in my life,” he says. “Because every day I have people walking up to me saying, ‘Man, I love you,’ which is the coolest thing in the world to me. … But the downside is that your income is based on you, that’s the thing. If I put out a video and it doesn’t get 5 million views, I think it’s a failure. Now I’m so picky at what I put out I think I hurt myself because I will work my butt off to make a video and then be like ‘That’s not good enough.’” 

Regardless, the funny ideas keep coming.

“I will be sitting around and something just pops in my head. There is no rhyme or reason to it,” he says. “My brain’s just like, ‘Hey, you know what? Today, let’s do this. And it just happens.” 

The only thing he won’t talk about, he says, is politics. The goal is to give people a place to breathe for a while.

“I want people to be able to come to my show and say, ‘Man, this is a break,’ Right?” he says. “Everybody, you know, I don’t care what you are. A Democrat, Republican. I don’t care. I just want people to be able to come and get a break from all the craziness going on.”

Eddie Griffin | Jan 28-29

A popular comedian turned actor who started his career on-stage as a dare, funnyman Eddie Griffin has built an ever-growing fan base since jumping onto the comedy scene in 1990.

His Stand-Up Comedy Specials have received rave reviews including Def Comedy Jam (1992), the Cable Ace Award-nominated HBO special One Night Stand (1992), the HBO special Voodoo Child (1997), Dysfunktional Family (2003), Comedy Central’s You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It (2011), and the Showtime Special Undeniable (2018).

Comedy Central has honored Eddie as one of the Top 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of all time.

As an actor, Eddie Griffin has appeared in over 50 films such films as The Last Boy Scout (1991), Coneheads (1993), Armageddon (1998), Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), Norbit (2007), American Hero (2015) Mucho Dinero (2016), and A Star is Born (2018).

His most notable film role was Anton Jackson in Undercover Brother (2002). Eddie was nominated (1996) and won (2000) the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in his own hit comedy series Malcolm and Eddie (1996-2000).

In 2019 Eddie began shooting the feature film The Comeback Trail alongside actors Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones.

Eddie’s third SHOWTIME comedy special, Eddie Griffin: E-NIGGMA, premiered on December 6, 2019. Griffin’s unapologetic storytelling canvasses his 30-plus year comedy career and offers an intimate glimpse into the 10th year of his nightly Las Vegas residency, The Eddie Griffin Experience at the Sahara Hotel and Casino.

Chris Powell | Feb 4-6

Comedian CP is a writer/performer currently starring in the second season of the HBOMax anthology series LOVE LIFE. Additionally, he is developing OAKLANDIA, an animated series for Amazon, as well as a feature for DreamWorks Animation called SPACE ARK.

Previously, CP starred in OLE BUD’S ANU FOOTBALL WEEKLY, a special he created for Adult Swim, as well as recurred as “Ned” on the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series DETROITERS. A frequent collaborator with All Def Digital, CP appears in the digital series ROAST ME, BAD NEWS, and DAD JOKES.

Prior to the entertainment business, CP was a rising advertising executive in Detroit. Since arriving in Los Angeles, CP has recurred on EMPIRE, performed stand-up on All Def Comedy (HBO), created and starred in the TBS pilot THE D, and hosted the MTV2 series WORLD STAR TV.

He is based in Los Angeles.

James Davis | Feb 18-20

James Davis is a writer and standup comedian based in Los Angeles. He has written on The Late Late Show with James Corden and appeared as a regular roundtable guest on Chelsea Lately.

Davis also created and starred in the Comedy Central series Hood Adjacent with James Davis, which garnered acclaim in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, GQ, The New Yorker and many others.

Davis has served as the host of the Facebook show Do or Dare, in which he led celebrities through wacky competitions for a chance to win cash prizes for a charity of their choice, and is hosting Netflix’s first game show, Awake. His Comedy Central one-hour special just aired to rave reviews and can be seen on the platform now.

B. Simone | Feb 25-26

B SIMONE is a comedian, actress, and businesswoman originally from Dallas TX and who now resides in Atlanta GA. B Simone is a long standing cast member of MTV’s hit series Wild N Out with six seasons to her name.

Simone’s other acting credits include multiple feature films as well as dozens of appearances on BET, MTV, and VH1. The exposure has brought her a huge fanbase of over 5,000,000 Instagram followers and her own wildly popular make up line BSimoneBeauty.

B Simone is also taking over the world of stand up comedy, headlining her own sold out comedy tour in clubs across the country and appearing as a special guest alongside comedy legends on the Ladies Night Out Comedy Tour and the Lit AF Tour with Martin Lawrence.

Dustin Sims | Mar 11-12

Dustin Sims is a comedian from Oxford, Alabama. Best known for his Snapchat videos and ‘Talking to Myself’ series. His unique style of storytelling has accumulated him over a MILLION followers across social media.

Dustin’s raw comedy is mostly centered around bizarre life experiences that are guaranteed to keep you laughing! Also be sure to check out his podcast ‘Poor Taste with Dustin Sims’ on Youtube.

Zainab Johnson | Mar 4-6

Zainab Johnson, a stand-up comedian, actress, and writer is quickly being propelled as one of the most unique and engaging performers on stage and screen.

Zainab was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch in 2019, she is currently a series regular on the new Amazon Original series titled “Upload” from Greg Daniels, she is one of the host for Netflix’s show “100 Humans”, and she made her first late night stand up appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Zainab breakout appearances on HBO’s All Def Comedy and NBC’s Last Comic Standing, as well as Arsenio, BET’s Comic View, AXSTV’s Gotham Comedy Live! and starred in the very unique digital series titled Avant-Guardians.

Gary Owen | May 6-8

Gary Owen has been entertaining American audiences for more than a decade with his side-splitting comedy.  Having performed to sold-out audiences in clubs and theatres across the country, Owen is one of America’s most beloved comedians.

Gary is currently wrapping production on the feature film DOTTY & SOUL. Upcoming, he can be seen in THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR which is the follow up to MEET THE BLACKS in which he starred with Mike Epps and Mike Tyson. He is one of the stars of the box-office record-breaking Screen Gems’ franchise THINK LIKE A MAN (2012) and its sequel THINK LIKE A MAN TOO (2014).  In additional to their commercial successes, both opening #1 at the box office, the films were warmly received by critics and fans alike.  In 2014, he starred in the Universal comedy RIDE ALONG with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.  Other film credits include LITTLE MAN (2016) opposite The Wayans Brothers and DADDY DAY CARE (2003) opposite Eddie Murphy.  He is also widely known for his stealing role as “Bearcat” in the MGM film COLLEGE (2008).

On the small screen, Owen had his own series on BET “The Gary Owen Show” and co-hosted TruTV’s sketch series “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal” (2013).  After meeting Tyler Perry on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Owen was cast as the recurring role of Zach the barber in the 5th season of the TBS comedy series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”
In addition to his memorable series roles, Owen writes, produces, and performs his groundbreaking standup comedy specials most of which have aired on Showtime: #DOIN’ WHAT I DO, I GOT MY ASSOCIATES, I AGREE WITH MYSELF, TRUE STORY, URBAN LEGEND, and BREAKIN’ OUT THE PARK.

In 2014, he served as the host of the hugely popular comedy special “Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam – Live from Orlando”.  Other standout comedy performances include “Mike Epps Presents: Live from Club Nokia” He also starred in “Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment,” which aired on Starz in 2005.
In addition to his breadth of comedic work in films, television, and standup, Owen works closely with the nonprofit Facing Addiction, an organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis in America.  Having lost his own brother to heroin addiction, Owen regularly speaks and performs to raise awareness and support for the organization’s mission.

Owen grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and has always had a passion for comedy. In fact, he enrolled in the US navy following high school as a way to get out to Hollywood and break into the business. While in the Navy, he was chosen for the prestigious Presidential Honor Guard. .  During this time, he would drive to LA to perfrom standup comedy and he got his first break: two appearances on the multicultural comedy showcase, “BET’s ComicView,” a competition which he won and so began his outstanding career.

Tyler Craig

Tyler Craig

It is with great sadness we tell you that our friend Tyler Craig has passed away. Tyler Craig has dominated comedy specials on BET, HBO and Showtime in the previous decade. He performed two and three times a year at the Comedy House. He truly made thousands laugh in Columbia SC. Rest In Peace, Tyler Craig. Now you know the morale of the story!