Guy Torry | Dec 17-19

In the tradition of comedians who have made the transition from the stage to the screen, such as Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby, multi-talented Guy Torry has made the leap with great success.

Fresh out of college, Guy landed a job as a production assistant on the Fox comedy Martin. His quick wit captured the attention of the show’s writers, producers and the show’s star Martin Lawrence. Guy became a contributing writer to the series and on the sitcom Moesha.

With notebooks full of original comedy material, Guy set out to perform on BET’s “Comic View,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” “Showtime at the Apollo” and “Russell Simmons: Def Comedy Jam.”

Torry stepped out as an actor to receive critical acclaim for his work starring in the NBC mini-series The 70’s. Guy has made guest star appearances on television series including Blind Justice, The Shield, One On One, X Files and NYPD Blue.

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Guy Torry in American History X

Guy has appeared in such feature films as The Last Stand, starring Anthony Anderson and Kevin Hart and written and directed by Russ Parr. His other film credits include Life starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence and most notably American History X.

J.J. Williamson | Jan 7-8

Hard work and enthusiasm has promoted Jeremiah (J.J.) Williamson into a very successful start in the entertainment industry. J.J. is rapidly becoming nationally known and requested for both his comedy and acting abilities.

J.J. has performed via the television circuit on “The Monique Show”, “Russell Simmons HBO Def Comedy Jam”, “Comedy Central”, “Showtime at the Apollo” and “BET Comicview”. In 2000, J.J. earned his status among the comedy elite by winning the Bay Area Comedy Competition in Oakland, California.

J.J. has proven to show his versatility and stage presence which enabled him the opportunity to debut on the “Big Screen” as Cousin Bowdie in the 2004 Blockbuster Film “Johnson Family Vacation”. Jeremiah co-starred in the film with such actors as Cedric “The Entertainer”, Vanessa Williams, Steve Harvey, Bow-Wow and the list goes on. He also starred in the comedy series “Cedric The Entertainer Presents: The Platinum Comedy Series – Starting Line-Up”, produced by Urban Works Entertainment. His ability to move the crowd with consistent delivery has given him an abundance of positive exposure and support in the field of entertainment.

J. J. launched his career in a spectacular manner and continues to escalate to the next level. His sayings “Az-U-Should” and “I Pre-C-8 Dees Few Giggles Ya’ll Givin A Brotha” have become well known and well received by audiences both young and old!

TK Kirkland | Jan 14-15

Terence ‘TK’ Kirkland is a well-respected comedian, podcast host, writer, businessman, motivator, and actor with 35+ years of experience in the entertainment industry. TK was born in Jersey City, New Jersey but grew up on the streets of Compton, California. His national notoriety began as a stand-out in track & field at Henry Snyder High School. TK’s natural athleticism and drive allowed him to secure a scholarship to California State where he graduated with an MBA.

His introduction to stardom began as the first comedic opening act for a rap concert when he toured with the legendary group NWA. Since then, TK has shared the stage with a multitude of celebrities including: Outcast, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Cash Money Millionaires, Ruff Ryders, DMX, 50 Cent, TuPac, and countless others.

TK is a prolific writer possessing the natural ability to captivate his audience through laughter and real-life experiences. He collaborated with HBO and starred in “Mo’ Funny: Black Comedy in America.” The reviews were astounding – TK was compared to the legendary comedy styles of Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and Moms Mabley.

Possessing talents beyond the stage, TK immersed himself into opportunities that included writing and producing on projects such as BET ComicView, Laffapolooza and MAD Sports. He also started a management company that launched the careers of Jamie Foxx, DL Hughley, and Mike Epps. TK later partnered with Tommy Castro and David Clingman to start the Artistry Management Firm. This collaboration allowed TK to work with critically acclaimed actors such as Sandra Bullock, Anthony Michael Hall, and John Leguizamo.

Some of TK’s cherished memories include: Master of Ceremonies at the Coliseum in Oakland during President Nelson Mandela’s US tour; presenting his lifetime friend and colleague, Martin Lawrence, with a Soul Train Award; and being a recipient of the coveted Redd Foxx Award (2019) for his long-lasting impact to comedy.

It has been often said that TK’s comedy circuit has been the best kept secret for over several decades. In addition to maintaining a robust schedule of sold-out live performances at theatres, concerts and comedy clubs TK is a regular featured guest on television, podcasts, local, and syndicated radio shows across the nation. Some of his notable appearances include: VLAD TV, Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson, The 85 South Show, The Breakfast Club, and Drink Champs.

As a content owner, TK released his first stand-up special “Are There Any Questions” in 2008. In 2017 TK began to share his signature blunt advice and inspiration with a wider audience through the launch of his popular podcast the TK Kirkland Show – rated as a Top 50 podcast nationwide. As a strong follow, his first streaming special “Who Raised You” quickly became the #1 comedy event on Amazon Prime when it released in 2019.

Despite his success, TK maintains a passion for inspiring others to see past their circumstances. He has donated time at Montclair School with their Upward Bound Program and at The Academy for Urban Scholars, servicing at-risk high school students. His dedication to inspire change goes beyond young men and women who want an education. TK has also lent his time to those ensnared in and out of the justice system with the Scared Straight program.

Aligned with his devotion to health and wellness, TK worked with John Gregory as he created the framework for the National African American Male Wellness Walk/Run Initiative. This initiative allows men and their families to obtain free health screenings and raises awareness in living a healthier lifestyle.

As a catalyst in politics, TK’s urban initiatives have included: Campaigning for Congresswoman Maxine Waters, serving as a commissioned volunteer to Johnnie Cochran, speaking at racial equality rallies, using his podcast as a platform to encourage voting, and promoting Covid safety protocols.

TK is a firm believer in what lives on after your death is how your life will be remembered. He is a loving father who is passionate about his children’s overall well-being and leaving a legacy that shows what dedication and drive can accomplish. TK remains one of the most influential comedians working in comedy today and continues to approach each day as if it is his last.

Ginger Billy | Jan 21-22

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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.

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.

Tyler Craig

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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!

Michael Colyar

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From Venice Beach to Venice, Italy…
He is Hard to Ignore and Impossible to Forget!

He is the multi-talented Michael Colyar, actor, comedian, and author. Michael is no stranger to work as he is still packing out shows in major cities night after night. His wit, charm and unique sense of style has been captivating audiences since the 80’s.

Michael consistently performed every weekend, 5 shows a day on Venice Beach and was rightfully dubbed the “King of Venice Beach” while performing 9 years straight.

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His fans can’t get enough of him, “he’s real” “down to earth” “a giver”, they say. Michael’s philanthropic legacy extends beyond his $100K win from Star Search of which he gave 50% to the homeless. Today Michael still finds the time to share laughter with those in need in shelters, rehabilitation centers, schools, and military bases.

Michael Colyar is best known for his starring roles in Blackish, House Party III, Norbit, The Princess & The Frog, and his role as Mr. Whitaker on the hit television series “Martin”.

He is currently performing his one man play called “Michael COLYAR’S Momma’s” and will be launching a 100 plus city tour that has caught the attention of major television, cable, and streaming networks.

Shaun Jones

Shaun Jones 2018Shaun Jones has traveled worldwide entertaining crowds, using many of his personal life experiences to get a good laugh. Like an accomplished chef, Shaun’s comedy combines a cup of truth, a tablespoon of originality, and a double twist of humor.

RATED 4.8 STARS out of 5 by his FANS on TICKETMASTER!

When Shaun takes the stage, he mixes his talents before the audience, bakes his show just right and serves up a unique dish to satisfy everyone’s laughter appetite.

Shaun has appeared on several national television shows, such as B.E.T’s “Comic View”, B.E.T’s “One Mic Stand”, BounceTV’s “Off The Chain” & Showtime’s “1 Amendment”. In 2003 he made his motion picture debut in the movie “Shade” as a crooked poker player, Mr. Ose, which starred Sylverster Stallone & Jamie Foxx.

Recently, he was seen on ID-TV’s “Your Worst Nightmare” as Deputy Sheriff Marv Olsen. This is a show and a funny guy you don’t want to miss.

Desi Banks

Desi_BanksDesi Banks is a comedian, actor, and writer based in Atlanta. With over 2.8 million followers on Instagram he is best know for his characters Lil Johnny, Keisha, Grandma Reese, and Uncle Earl in his hilariously relatable online sketches that have featured other notable online personalities such as B. SIMONE, PRETTY VEE and SHULER KING.

His versatile comedy style was showcased on the YOU’RE MY BOYFRIEND TOUR and is now headlining his own shows across the country at various venues & comedy clubs.

He can be seen in the romantic comedy LOVE BY CHANCE alongside TERRI J VAUGHN and CLIFTON POWELL as well as Will Packer’s LITTLE alongside ISSA RAE and REGINA HALL.