DC Young Fly

DCYoungFlyMost 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.

DC-Young-Fly-on-his-car-4-wheel-SUV.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.

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Nephew Tommyand Steve HarveyNephew 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.

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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.”

B. Simone

B. Simone is a singer, actress and dancer who has appeared in more than a dozen music videos and released her debut EP, Lost Soul, in 2014. Later that year, she was cast to play Aaliyah in a film about the late singer’s life. In 2019, she’d join the cast of VH1’s Girls Cruise.

She grew up in Dallas, Texas and auditioned for BET’s “The Search” contest in 2012. She has an Instagram account and beauty vlog channel on YouTube called BeautyByBSimone. B-Simone is one of the main performers on Nick Cannons Wild N Out (2005).

B. Simone is also known for #DigitalLivesMatter (2016) and from her appearance in Meat: Horror (2018).

 

Rickey Smiley

Comedy legend and entertainment mogul, Rickey Smiley brings uproarious laughter to the world through his magnetic and sharp style of humor. The powerhouse performer brings his impeccable timing to a number of successful media platforms and has the distinct ability to take everyday observations and turn them into comedic gold. As a beloved comedian, television host, actor and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality; Smiley has become one of the entertainment industry’s most celebrated performers. Through his brilliantly crafted career of bringing humor to the masses, Smiley has established himself as a potent pillar of talent with the capacity to reach a multitude of audiences. Smiley is one of the few “clean” comics amongst the top tier of contemporary great comedians and has amassed a deeply loyal fan base of enthusiasts who gravitate to his quick-witted delivery and captivating energy.

Coming from his humble roots of Birmingham Alabama, Rickey rose to superstardom after igniting his 26-year career serving as opening act for Industry titans such as Steve Harvey, George Wallace, and Carl Strong. Throughout his career trajectory, Rickey has been one of the industry’s most towering forces in building an impressive empire that has landed him preeminent roles on radio, television, film and on-stage performances.

On the fast track to stardom, in 2000 Rickey started his climatic rise to stardom as the headlining host of BET’s “ComicView” and became further distinguished as the only comedian who has had the honor of hosting two consecutive successful seasons catapulting the show to it’s highest ratings in history. After achieving this milestone, BET then quickly signed Rickey to host “The Way We Do It” during the 2001-2002 season, which later became one of the networks top five shows. Smiley also delivered unforgettable appearances on “Showtime At The Apollo,” “Uptown Comedy Club”, HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and “Snaps.”

RSMS LogoRickey Smiley continued to take the world by storm with his unique blend of comedy and originality as he sought to further master his craft and conquer the world of radio. In 2007 Smiley became the host of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, one of the funniest and most compelling radio programs in the country. Based in Atlanta, in over 61 markets, and growing, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show is a blend of laughter, social issues and celebrity news. Daily millions of fans faithfully tune in and listen to the hysterical show best known for its rib-tickling prank phone calls, as Rickey delivers witty commentary and unpredictable humor. Using radio as an uplifting message vehicle, Rickey’s insightful yet humorous interviews with A-list celebrities raise social and political awareness. Smiley’s down-home southern charm and philosophy to use insight rather than vulgarity to evoke laughter, is one of the many reasons he forged partnership with Radio One the most respected urban broadcasting conglomerates in the world. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is featured within a wildly popular daily entertainment news television show on Dish Nation. The show is paired with other nationally syndicated radio personalities and airs weeknights on FOX affiliates.

Rickey continued to perform sold out shows where his diverse audiences were drawn to original characters such as “Bernice Jenkins,” “Lil’ Daryl,” “Joe Willie” and “Beauford.” After mastering his signature characters, Rickey headlined The Laugh and Shout Experience tour featuring Rickey as “Minister Joe Willie”. Joined by the Deuteronomaires featuring Gospel artists Earnest Pugh, Zacardi Cortez, and Darlene McCoy is set to resume Fall 2015.

As the wildly popular comedian continued to span his audience and entertain people of all-ages, Rickey then joined forces with Radio One owned television network, TV One as the star, executive producer and namesake of his own top rated sitcom, “The Rickey Smiley Show”. The amusing series features the balancing act of a working comedian with the joys and pains of being a single father of three; a character that parallels his own life. It also profiles Rickey as he masters the riggers of radio with a whimsical spin on office politics, social issues, celebrity appearances, and music – all threaded around rich humor.

Rickey Smiley with Mega Phone leftAsked about being one of the busiest and most successful comics in the world, Smiley shares, “I love what I do and enjoy getting up every day with the expressed purpose of bringing joy into the lives of others through laughter. The greatest satisfaction I can receive is knowing that my talents are a form of escapism that brings happiness into so many deserving lives. To be blessed with sold out tours, a successful radio show and 2 Television platforms is more than I could ever have dreamed and I am committed to working harder than ever to continue to be a positive influence and all around best entertainer I can be.” Rickey Smiley

Growing up in the church filled with colorful characters and content Smiley drew inspiration and developed his signature characters that have visibly become apart of his comedic trademark. From Bernice and her bizarre church announcements to Coach McClainy and his lack of motivational skills, Rickey’s audiences have developed a fierce loyalty and desire to his impersonations. Smiley’s growing character base have found their way to 8 best selling CDs including iTunes #1 Best Selling Comedy Album, “Rickey Smiley- Prank Calls Number 6.” His additional credits include hosting BET’s comedy concert DVD “Open Casket Sharp”.

Having enjoyed meteoric success on-stage, radio, and in film Rickey has catapulted his wondrous talents onto the big-screen. Continuing to grow his fan base Rickey’s arresting natural talent is best demonstrated in his major feature film roles in urban classics including “All About The Benjamin’s” and “Friday After Next,” along with his most recent starring turn in the hit romantic comedy “Baggage Claim.”

Rickey served as host of the prestigious Trumpet Awards in 2012, the 29th and 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, and the 2014 NAACP Image Awards Dinner & Pre-Party, as well as presented at the NAACP Image Awards Ceremony.

Life off-stage, Rickey is dedicated to empowering and enriching the communities in which he serves daily. This performer has a heart of gold reflected in his burning commitment and ongoing desire to champion under-served youth and honor seniors through the support of The Rickey Smiley Foundation and the utilizing of his powerful platforms to be a change agent for the greater good of his community. Rickey Smiley also is an esteemed and honored member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and cherishes parenting as a devoted father.

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HOST APPEARANCES 29th & 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, 2014 NAACP Image Awards Dinner & Pre-Party Ceremony, presenter at 2014 NAACP Image Awards
TELEVISION APPEARANCES The Rickey Smiley Show Dish Nation (Host) Steve Harvey’s “Praise The Lord” Tyler Perry’s “Meet The Browns” Ice Cube’s “Are We There Yet” BET’s “Open Casket Sharp”
The Rev. Al Sharpton Show The Monique Show BET’s Comic View Def Comedy Jam: All Stars Vol. 11 Airline (US TV series)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson BET Comedy Awards Showtime at the Apollo HBO’s Snaps
The Nashville Network Uptown Comedy Club Comic Escape
MOVIE APPEARANCES Friday After Next First Sunday Super Secret Movie Rules: Sports Underdogs All About the Benjamins (unaccredited) Stomp The Yard 2: Homecoming
COMEDY CD’S The Best of Rickey Smiley Vol. 1 Rickey Smiley: Prank Calls Vol. II Rickey Smiley: Prank Calls Vol. III Rickey Smiley: “Off The Hook” Vol. IV Rickey Smiley: Prank Calls Vol. V Rickey Smiley: Prank Calls Vol. VI Bernice Jenkins Church Announcements
2Joe Willie and The Deuteronomaires (gospel)
COMEDY DVD’S “Open Casket Sharp”

Michael Blackson

Michael BlacksonHe has been called one of the most original stand-up comics in the country, and his performances leave audiences laughing in tears. Michael Blackson, aka, ‘The African King of Comedy’, has been entertaining audiences all across the country and around the globe for more than a decade. Inspired by the stand up comedy of Eddie Murphy, Blackson began to develop his comedic talent in 1992 in the unkind comedy clubs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Blackson’s comedic appeal grew from his involvement with BET’s ComicView series, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at Harlem, and Live in Hollywood. However, it was in a Los Angeles comedy club where Blackson got his big break. Blackson was performing at the Comedy Store where actor/director Ice Cube was in attendance to see comedian Mike Epps perform. But after experiencing Blackson’s performance, Ice Cube invited the young comic for a reading…and the rest is smash hit history! Blackson’s outstanding and unforgettable performance in the smash hit comedy, Next Friday, drew praise and a fan following like no other.
After his scene stealing performance in Next Friday, fans wanted more, and in 2005, Blackson would not disappoint. He released his top-selling sketch comedy CD entitled, Modasucka, Welcome to America. With Blackston, the work never stops. Along with special guest appearances on some of the hottest music videos, Blackson stole the stage on P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy on HBO and starred in a commercial for the Chappelle Show on Comedy Central. There’s no mistaking Blackson for any other comedian when he takes the stage.

And what about those Dashikis? When he takes the stage, clad in the finest Dashikis the Motherland has to offer, “The African King of Comedy? is born! Along with his film and television endeavors, Blackson continues to entertain his fans as the headliner for live shows at comedy clubs, universities and special events, bringing his one-of-a kind, must-see stand-up performance to audiences all across the country and around the world.

Donnell Rawlings

donnell rawlings aint worried about2019 has been a big year for Donnell, he is currently on his Funny Moves Tour. He just shot a role in The Jay and Silent Bob Reboot film and can be seen starring in Kevin Smith’s Hollyweed.

Rawlings sat down and blew the audience away on The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. He was all featured on TBS’s The Last OG with Tracy Morgan. Tune in to Comedy Central to see him on The New Negroes. Over on Netflix Donnell lends his talents to Jeff Ross for Historical Roasts. Check him out on Nexflix’s Puggle Trouble.

Donnell exceeded comedy limits on The Shaq Comedy All-Stars which aired on Showtime. His comedic talents were a hit at The NY Comedy Festival, Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and The JFL’s Toronto Comedy Festival.

Previous projects include Project Dad starring Donnell and his son which aired on TLC. This cable show was a family-friendly series that follows 3 men that stay alone to take care of their kids.

In 2017, Rawlings set comedy records performing a record number of shows with Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall in NYC and DC.

In 2016 Donnell was featured on Saturday Night Live in the famous Walking Dead sketch when Chappelle hosted. Donnell hosted his own show as Judge Rawlings on MTV2’s Guy Court. Donnell was also was a cast member on MTV2’s Guy Code.

Rawlings can be seen hosting Staann’ Dup on Starz in Black. He lends his voice in a recurring role as “Another Cat Named Rally” on the hit animation Black Dynamite as well being featured in Adult Swim’s animation.

Donnell is an overnight success a decade in the making. He made a splash in the DC comedy clubs going from a heckler in the audience to HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in a period of six months. You’ve seen him as ‘Ashy Larry’ on Comedy Central’s award winning and critically celebrated Chappelle’s Show, where he joined Dave Chappelle as both as a writer and performer. He was also featured in Queen Latifah’s new movie Percentage. His 1-Hour Stand-Up “Ashy to Classy” premiered on Comedy Central in October of 2010.

He was a co-host on both Power 105’s (NY’s #1 Hip Hop and R&B radio station) morning show “Egypt and Ashy in the Morning” and “The Big Tigger Morning Show” on WPGC in Washington DC, and he enjoyed weekly guest appearances on New York’s Hot 97 Morning Show. He was a regular on E!’s “Chelsea Lately”, starred in Comedy Central’s “Reality Bites Back,” and was the resident “Funny Guy” on the Ricki Lake Show. In 2007, Donnell co-created and starred in Heavy.com’s hit web series “From Ashy to Classy”, which was picked up for a second round of episodes. His movie of the same name screened at the 2011 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival.

As an actor Donnell has also appeared in the Law & Order series, Special Victims Unit (SVU) and Criminal Intent (CI) as well as NBC’s Third Watch, the Emmy-Award winning HBO Mini-Series: The Corner and as Day-Day Price on HBO’s Emmy-Award winning series “The Wire.” On the big screen he could be seen in the blockbuster Spider-Man II.

His rise to stardom may not have been “overnight”, but the journey itself has kept him edgy and relevant. Comedy’s heavy hitters have noticed his talent with Neal Brennan, co- executive producer and co-head writer of Chappelle’s Show exclaiming “whenever we put Donnell in the game he’s going to hit a home run.” Jamie Foxx says, “That guy is a beast!” Wayne Brady commented that Donnell provides “amazing work on the show” and Dave Chappelle feels that “Donnell brings so much to the table…this very funny guy makes it look natural and easy.”

Tony Roberts

Tony-Roberts-at-the-Comedy-HouseOriginally from Detroit, comedian, actor, writer and (sometimes) director Tony T. Roberts has been blessed with the coveted honor of being the, “Comedians-comedian.”  The guy other performers love to watch work.  His hilarious and refreshing energetic comedy style has granted him respect and created a huge demand for him on the comedy circuit, here in the states and abroad.  Legendary comedian and sitcom director, David Steinberg, acclaimed Tony as, “A breakout talent”after witnessing Tony’s stand-up act and casting him as the lead in a series of funny burger king commercials he directed.

Tony has entertained audiences in some of the nations hottest comedy arenas including: Caroline’s, The Boston Comedy Club in New York City; The Peppermint Lounge in New Jersey; All Jokes Aside in both Chicago and Detroit; and The Comedy Act Theater in Los Angeles, just to name a few.  But Tony’s television debut was on HBO’s “DEF COMEDY JAM”, followed by, “IT’S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO” and “BET’S COMICVIEW.”  Early on, Tony received BET’s, ROBIN HARRIS AWARD, for Most Original Comic.

Gary Owen

Gary Owen will be re-scheduling his appearance at the Comedy House due to a production conflict. Gary regrets the inconvenience and looks forward to returning to the Comedy House soon!

Gary Owen has been entertaining American audiences for more than a decade with his side-splitting comedy. Having performed to sold-out audiences in all the major comedy clubs and theatres across the country, Owen is one of America’s most beloved comedians, having been proclaimed by Ebony magazine as Black America’s “Favorite White Comedian”.

Owen most recently seen starring in the BET docuseries “The Gary Owen Show”, which chronicles his dynamic and interracial family life with his wife and children in small-town Ohio. His current comedy special, “I Got My Associates,” is airing on Showtime.

Owen has had massive success as a comic actor on the big screen. Earlier this year, he starred opposite Mike Epps and Mike Tyson in the comedy MEET THE BLACKS. He is one of the stars of the popular Screen Gems’ franchise THINK LIKE A MAN (2012), having appeared in the first installment and its successful follow up THINK LIKE A MAN TOO (2014). In additional 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 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 has starred in multiple televised standup specials, most recently the hit special “I Agree With Myself” and his one-hour comedy special “True Story”, both of which aired on Showtime in 2015. 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” as well as “Breakin’ Out The Park” and “Urban Legend”, that latter two which he also produced. 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. He enrolled in the US navy following high school, where he was chosen for the prestigious Presidential Honor Guard. After leaving his ceremonial position, Owen became a military police officer at the Naval Installations on Coronado Island in San Diego. During this time, he returned to his true calling: standup comedy. After only a year of doing stand-up, he was named “Funniest Serviceman in America.” Two appearances on the multicultural comedy showcase, “BET’s ComicView”, won him his own one-hour “grandstand” show. At the end of the season he was selected from the year’s four “grandstanders” to be the host.  Owen currently resides in Ohio with his wife Kenya and their three children.

Spanky Brown | RIP

Spanky BrownStarting his comedy career in late November 1997 on Open Mic Night at the Comedy House Theatre in Savannah, Georgia, Spanky Brown has been leaving audiences reeling with laughter ever since.

Spanky has toured the world sharing his unique perspective and opinions on everything from his life, politics and religion, race relations and relationships. Versatility and style best describe this veteran performer who provides comedic insights that transcend all barriers, age, gender, urban or mainstream. Crowds are no obstacle for this entertainer.

His personal account of triumphs and tragedies and unbridled opinions are for all those who really try to “keep it real “. His experiences as a “Preacher’s Son” (even God knows he’s funny), as an advertising executive, car salesman, insurance salesman, radio personality, father, step-father, being married, divorced, married and divorced…again ( you do the math ) even served time … in the army that is, and his honesty about it is what makes him such an endearing character as much as his willingness to let you in so you can see that truly “it could be worse”.

Spanky is a 19-year veteran of the comedy stage. He tours nationally on a consistent basis and is one of the most requested return comedians in comedy clubs around the United States.

The small screen loves Spanky. He is seen regularly on B.E.T’s Comic View and Comedy Central. Spanky has been featured on Discovery I.D. and the Speed Network. He is also the former host of “Barbershop Critics” on The Black Family Channel.

Spanky’s real life comedy style shines on radio. He is a former contributing writer and frequent guest on National Syndicated shows like “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” and “The Bob and Tom Radio Show”, respectively. His standup is played frequently on XM / Sirius Satellite radio and NOW, the next phase of his WORLD DOMINATION (or, in other words…SPANK-APOCALYPSE!!!).

 

Eddie Griffin

Eddie-Griffin-2020A 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.