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!
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.
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.
Desi 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.
Bruce Bruce is a name synonymous with keeping audiences rolling with laughter thanks to his captivating improv skills and larger than life comedic style. Bruce’s steady style of comedy has been showcased across the country, and he has been entertaining audiences young and old, and of all backgrounds, for years. His wit, spontaneity and dazzling personality set him apart from other standup comedians. Although Bruce is known for his adult comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh, and is no stranger in winning over new audiences with every appearance he makes.
From his early role as host for two seasons of BET’s “Comic View” to his many appearances on tv and film, Bruce is clearly a comedian that has found his mark in the business. Bruce headlined the 2008 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, leaving the audiences north of the border in stitches. On the feature film front, Bruce made a cameo in the HBO Films feature “Idlewild,” appeared in the Larry the Cable Guy-starrer “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector,” with Ice Cube in Columbia Pictures’ “XXX: State of the Union” and in the Screen Gems comedy “Think Like a Man,” Paramount’s Chris Rock directed “Top Five,” He most recently appeared in two big screen comedies, “The Trap,” starring Mike Epps, Universal Picture’s, “Undercover Brother 2,” and you can catch Bruce starring with Loretta Devine in the Netflix “Family Reunion” comedy series. Bruce is one of the nation’s favorite standup comedians and can currently be seen on two national tours, “LIT-AF Tour” with Martin Lawrence, The Real Mike Epps Tour, and in selected clubs and theatres.
In addition to standup comedy, film and tv, Bruce Bruce can also add author to his list of credits. Bruce released his first book “Baby James Brown” from Penguin Publishing. Within these pages you will find hilarious stories from his childhood and learn more about what makes Bruce Bruce one of the most popular comedians in the business today. Bruce’s comedy can actually be traced back to when he was working as a chef directly out of high school. He would entertain his customers with his humor while cooking up mean BBQ dishes. Bruce also worked as a FritoLays salesman and did everything from shelf placement to performing his comedy sets during their corporate meetings. Eventually, Bruce brought his comedy routine to the Comedy Act Theater in Atlanta and was an instant hit.
When BET’s Coast to Coast came to town searching for new and talented stand-up comedians, Bruce would pursue the opportunity to appear on the show and would incessantly audition at each club in the area. Ultimately, he appeared on the show three times. In 1993, Bruce made his first appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam; followed quickly by an impressive appearance on the Showtime at the Apollo hosted by Steve Harvey in 1994. Bruce was asked back to the Apollo two more time in 1995.
His career skyrocketed from there. After receiving the highest ratings ever as the Host of “BET’s 10th Anniversary Comic View” for two seasons, Bruce returned to the BET family as the two-time host “Coming to the Stage.” Bruce went on to star in his own “Comedy Central Presents” special which he followed with a release of his one-hour comedy special DVD “Bruce Bruce Live”(2003) and more recently on “Losin’ It” (Showtime 2011).
On the big screen, Bruce has created crazy characters like the “Lime Pimp” in Hair Show starring Mo ‘Nique, and “Dewayne” the lovable security guard in The Wash starring Snoop Dog and Dr Dre. He also appeared as Larry’s buddy, “Big Shug,” in the Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, XXX: State of the Union, hilarious “Maitre D” in the Mike Epps’s The Trap and as the memorable “Golf Ball Eddie” in Who’s Your Caddy. On the small screen, Bruce recently turned a small role as “Brother Davis” into a hilarious foil for Loretta Devine’s character in “Family Reunion.” Bruce’s bigger than life personality has transcended his personality onto the music video scene as well. He has made guest appearances in videos with Ludacris and the Ying Yang Twins (after being named in their hit song “Salt Shaker”). He appeared in the monstrous 1996 summer hit “Come On Ride the Train (Ride It)” by Quad City DJs and can also be seen in Outkast’s music video “So Fresh, So Clean.” Most recently, Bruce appears with Anthony Anderson in the KEM music video, “You’re On My Mind.”
Bruce’s memorable festival appearances include the prestigious, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in both Chicago (2009) and Montreal (2000 /2003/2008), Laffapalooza in Atlanta, GA (1999-2002) and the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen (2002). You can currently find Bruce guest-starrring on the Netflix Original comedy series “Family Reunion,” with Loretta Devine (2020), Syfy’s “Superstition,” “Showtime at the Apollo (2018),” in his DVD release, “Losin’ It: Live from Boston,” “Shaquille O’Neal’s Comedy All Stars” (Showtime 2018) and in constant reruns of “Comic View” on BET. When not performing in comedy clubs across the country, Bruce spends his time at home with his extended family in Atlanta. He is also extremely dedicated to his incredible car collection, which includes two Harley Davidson trucks and four Buick muscle cars, among others.
ChrisTucker is an international award-winning actor and comedian best known for playing the role of Detective James Carter in Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour film series. He became a favorite on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s and came to prominence in his first starring role, the 1995 film cult classic Friday starring along- side Ice Cube which also celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2015. In 1997, Tucker em- barked on his first production as executive producer and co-starred in the hit movie, Money Talks with Charlie Sheen and shortly after appeared in the highly successful Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element. In 2006, Tucker negotiated an unprecedented $25 million salary to appear in Rush Hour 3, which at the time made him the highest paid actor in Hollywood.
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ChrisTucker co-starred in the 2013 Oscar®- nominated film Silver Linings Playbook with Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. In 2015, his first standup film, ChrisTucker Live, was released exclusively on Netflix, and marked the first project that Tucker has starred in and produced through his company, ChrisTucker Entertainment. Tucker’s latest project is Ang Lee’s powerful Iraq war-centric film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk co-starring with Vin Diesel and Steve Martin, which was released in theaters in November 2016. To date, Tucker has starred in films that have collectively grossed over one billion dollars in box office sales world- wide. He is currently on a successful U.S. and international 2017 comedy tour, receiving rave reviews from all over the world.
Outside of comedy, Tucker is a dedicated humanitarian, spending much of his spare time traveling around the world, doing philanthropic work to make a difference through his ChrisTucker Foundation.
Kerwin Claiborne has just begun a new comedy production called “Thees W@#$ Folks Crazy” which has sold out many venues thus far. Some of the venues that have sold out are The Joke Joint Comedy Club (Houston), Heyenas Comedy Club (Dallas), The Comedy Zone (Charlotte), Looney Bin (Little Rock), Uptown Comedy Club (Atlanta) Chuckles House of Comedy (Memphis) and The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, Helium City St. Louis, The Comedy Club of Kansas City, just to name a few. Kerwin’s hard work and eager approach to his craft have successfully launched him to stardom. His internet personalities, such as Ms. Mary, Uncle Leroy and Miss Keisha have made it easy for everyday people to relate. Kerwin Claiborne comedy shows are managed and promoted by Carpe Diem Management, LLC.
Kerwin hails from a small Mississippi town called Pattison. Growing up, his influences were the likes of Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, and Tyler Perry. For years, Kerwin has watched and studied nothing but the best, all the while perfecting his timing and delivery in various comedy clubs around the country. He used his unbelievable work ethic along with his wit to produce his own videos derived from everyday people he knows. Videos that just happened to go viral on a daily basis.To date, Kerwin has over 1 million social media followers.
Comedians DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller, and Chico Bean talk culture and comedy on this weekly podcast. Every Friday the team drops a new hilarious episode.
Meet the Cast [L-R]:
Chico Bean – @chicobean (656K Followers)
One half of the ‘old school fools’ – Chico Bean brings the old school soul to a new school platform.
Credits: MTV’s Wild’N Out, MTV’s Beach House, Steve Harvey
Karlous Miller – @karlousm (537K Followers)
The captain of the ship. There’s no crowd, interview, joke, guest or freestyle that Karlous can’t control. He’s the point guard that keeps the show moving in the right direction.
Credits: MTV’s Wild’N Out, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network Comedy Special, NBC’s Last Comic Standing
D.C. Young Fly – @dcyoungfly (6.1M Followers)
Known for his outspoken comedy, blunt feedback, wild stories & off the cuff singing, DC Young Fly is the spark that sets the show on fire.
Credits: MTV’s TRL & Wild’N Out, Will Packer’s ‘Almost Christmas’, VH1’s Hip Hop Squares
Kym Whitley is a comedian and actress. She is best known for her roles on television sitcoms, such as Animal Practice, The Boondocks, Young & Hungry and The Parkers. Whitley was nominated for a 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her role as Ormandy in the 2003 comedy film Deliver Us From Eva.
In 1989, Whitley got her big break starring in Shelly Garrett’s popular play Beauty Shop, which started in Los Angeles then later traveled across the U.S. Whitley’s major acting roles include the short-lived sitcoms My Brother and Me and Sparks. She made guest appearances on several television sitcoms, including The Parent ‘Hood, Married… with Children, Moesha, That’s So Raven, The Parkers and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also hosted the short-lived BET show Oh Drama (2000). Whitley also had a small role in Next Friday as Craig’s aunt Suga. She was one of the group called “The Adults”, who were adult cast members in the earlier seasons of All That. In the early spring of 2010, Whitley was a co-host with R&B musician Brian McKnight on the short-lived talk show The Brian McKnight Show. From 2012 to 2013, Whitley had a recurring role on the BET comedy Let’s Stay Togetheras Charmaine Wax.
Kym’s docu-series entitled Raising Whitley on the Oprah Winfrey Network premiered on April 20, 2013 with a total of 1.2 million viewers, making it the fifth most-widely viewed premiere in the history of the network. OWN ordered a second season, which premiered on January 4, 2014.
Whitley joined the cast of the television sitcom Young & Hungry which premiered on ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2014, where she plays Josh’s housekeeper Yolanda. The show ran for five seasons, ending in 2018.
In 2017, she guest starred in the web series The Bay where she played Big Candi. She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series.
In 2018, she guest starred in the “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None as Denise’s aunt Joyce, and sister to Angela Bassett’s character. The episode won an Emmy for Best Writing for Master of None’s actors Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe.
Most recently named one of Variety’s 2019 10 Comics to Watch, D.C. Young Fly’s expansive work in the comedy, acting, and digital spheres have made him a standout as an entertainment multi-hyphenate. A comedian, actor, social media influencer, musician, and podcast host, D.C. has proven that innate comedic ability, abundant creativity, and a passion for generating laughter in others can be translated across multiple mediums.
Originally having picked up traction for his hilarious videos & roasts on Vine, D.C. is a fan-favorite amongst today’s generation. Recently concluding an overall holding deal with MTV/VH1, D.C. is the most sought out veteran cast member of Nick Cannon’s WILD’N OUT, which wrapped its 14th season this year, and was also seen bringing the humor to the reboot of MTV’s TOTAL REQUEST LIVE as their main host.
On the acting front, his credits include BET’s THE NEW EDITION STORY, Will Packer’s ALMOST CHRISTMAS, in which he plays ‘Eric’ alongside Mo’Nique, J.B. Smoove, and Gabrielle Union, and can most recently be seen as the lead in the Universal Comedy Feature for MTV, HOW HIGH 2, which has received notable acclaim for being the highest rated Saturday program on the network in six years.
D.C. also played ‘Jaymo’ in Jerrod Carmichael’s multicam comedy series for FOX (REL) and can next be seen in Master P’s upcoming Independent Feature, I GOT THE HOOK UP 2, Nick Cannon’s SHE BALL, Lionsgate’s Feature Film #TWOMINUTESOFFAME, and recurring in Kenya Barris’ GROWNISH for Freeform.
D.C. has also made several unscripted guest appearances on projects including BET’s gameshow, BLACK CARD REVOKED, and continues on his 3rd season of VH1’s HIP HOP SQUARES, where his natural comedic timing plays well with the energy of live audiences.
As a creator, D.C.’s original online comedy videos have garnered him a huge following including over 8 million Instagram followers, 1.4 million Facebook fans and 23 million views on YouTube. Always a fan of live performances, he tours the country both as a headliner for sold out shows in the stand-up comedy space and also as a co-host of the hilarious 85 SOUTH SHOW live podcast alongside Chico Bean and Karlous Miller.
Nephew Tommy is a versatile comedian, actor, producer, and host with original work that has encompassed the radio, television, and film worlds. His role as a co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show puts him in front of a live radio audience of over 8 million daily listeners.
Thomas also has a loyal following as a stand-up comedian and has earned a reputation for wowing crowds. For three years, he served as the exclusive opening act on the Luther Vandross tour. July 2016 will be Thomas’ 7th year as the exclusive Mainstage host for the Essence Festival in New Orleans, which draws over 250,000 fans and features acts such as Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Usher, and Kanye West.
He’s a talented thespian, a Theater Major of Texas A&M University, who’s worked in over a dozen stage plays and studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company of London. A number of independent films are on his resume, including 2011’s “N-Secure” and “The Heart Specialist” with Zoe Saldana; David Talbert’s “Baggage Claim;” “Think Like A Man” from the best selling book by Steve Harvey; and he makes a cameo appearance in Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Halloween.”