Capone

“This American humor of ours, call it comedy, call it jokes, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great stress release if only we seize it with both hands and choke the crap out of it.”
–gangster of comedy, Capone.

“This American system of ours, call it Amercianism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we seize it with both hands and make the most of it.”
–gangster Al Capone

Capone

History has a funny way of repeating itself. Take the Windy City of Chicago circa the 1820s when a self-proclaimed Brooklyn street politician named Al Capone revolutionized the crime world with his hustling antics. Nearly 70 years later, the Bronx is introduced to Derrick Lee, another hustler who trades in his ruggish-thuggish ways to become a successful entrepreneur and later metamorphosize the world of comedy as Capone, the Gangster of Comedy.

While both Capones lives slightly parallel each other, our beloved comedian’s life is not tragic, but inspirational. Unlike Chi-town’s original crime lord, Capone, the comedian didn’t ignore the warning signs that he needed to cease the hustle. His first and last sign came in 1991 after receiving a nine-month sentence. It was then that the soon-to-be notorious funnyman knew the street life wasn’t his calling. “Jail was a blessing for me,” recalls the 28-year old comedian of his spiraling street career. “At the rate I was going I’d either be spending a whole lot of time there or end up dead.” With a second chance, Capone left the street life and became a home attendant for the mentally challenged. “It may seem a little far fetched that I chose a Samaritan job, but I’ve always been interested in helping people, especially those who can’t do for themselves.” Although his salary was a far cry from his previous income, he valued his freedom enough to stay on a legitimate path and supplemented his wages by moonlighting as a barber on the weekends. It was at his second job, that he began to hone his comedic skills by engaging in intense snap sessions with co-workers. “I was always crackin’ jokes on the customers or my co-workers so the barber shop served as a sort of comedy haven for me.”

It wasn’t until 1992, when a promoter friend of Capone’s challenged him to take his innate talent off the streets and to the stage that his comedy career was launched. “My first show was at Columbia University,” says the eight year comedic veteran of his meager beginnings and who credits his late mother for his comedic sense. “I won the amateur contest and I was invited to perform with the heavy hitters.” Performing with professionals such as Tracey Morgan (Saturday Night Live), Talent (Wyclef Jean’s 1998 The Carnival), Michael Epps (Next Friday) opened up many doors for the boisterous budding comedian. He immediately ditched his day job after he’d saved his earnings to open his first barber shop six years ago. “It was always one of my dreams to have my own barber shop and work for myself.”

Today, the notorious funnyman is also the C.E.O. of D.D.L. Enterprises (his initials) and owns three businesses in the Bronx -a barber and beauty shop and a computer store. In addition to his acute business savvy, Capone’s ability to adapt to any audience has made him a mainstay in the comedy arena. He’s performed at a slew of comedy clubs including New York’s Caroline’s Comedy Club, Uptown Comedy Club, Boston Comedy Club and tons of universities. It is this same universal comedic flair that helped Capone nab his gig as the host of Harlem’s legendary Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre. “My jokes are personal -relationships, children, society, work, ethnicity,” admits Capone who also hosts the majority of the Apollo’s scheduled concerts. “I transform it into a comedic vision.” Luckily for the humorous, the gangster of comedy and his silly comrades had an even bigger vision -to unite The Big Apple’s top five comedians (Capone, Talent, Gerald Kelly, Drew Frasier and Rob Stapleton) for a N.Y. Kings of Comedy tour. “We decided to put this show together about a year ago, but it was difficult with everyone’s conflicting schedules. But when we finally came together I went straight to the Apollo and made it happen.” The Royal Fam’ is such a hot commodity that the show sold out in less than a week and a second show had to be added. “We’ve gotten an overwhelming response and I’m hoping the show will travel soon.”

As if he isn’t already inundated with enough projects, Capone has also done album skits for one of the Ruff Ryder’s canines Drag-On’s solo debut Opposite of H2O and is currently completing his own debut My Life Was No Joke, a clever fusion of comedy, rhythm and blues and rap due out this July. Capone who is also remembered for his unique style of dress is also planning to launch his own clothing line in the near future. With such a hefty plate, it’s hard to imagine what Capone will most be remembered for -his contribution to the history of comedy or his flourishing businesses. “I want to be remembered as the comedian who handled things his way,” says Capone who also manages to be a doting father despite his dual career. “And as far as my personal contribution, I’d like to touch the lives of people who did not believe in themselves. Everybody has problems that they sometimes can’t control. But after the dark tunnel there’s always light, it’s just how long you’re willing to walk that path.”

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DC Young Fly

Born and raised in Atlanta, DC Young Fly had the distinction of being named one of Variety’s coveted 10 Comics to Watch for 2019. His expansive work in the comedy, acting, and digital spheres have made him a standout as an entertainment multi-hyphenate. As a comedian, actor, influencer, musician, and podcast host, DC has proven that innate comedic ability, abundant creativity, and a passion for generating laughter can be translated across multiple mediums.

DC’s career originated by creating hilarious videos and roasts on Vine which he’s translated into the successful brand that he is today. Currently he is the most sought after veteran cast member on Nick Cannon’s Wild’N Out and has also been an anchor in the growth of the popular podcast, 85 South, which has a global fan base of over 2.1 million subscribers on YouTube, garnering 550 million+ views and 100,000+ live tickets sold.

He guest starred on season one of 50 Cent’s BMF and can also recently be seen playing the historic musician/songwriter ‘Sly Stone’ displaying his musical talent on season two of BET’s American Soul. In the feature film space, he played the lead in Universal’s comedy feature for MTV, How High 2 and can next be seen in the remake of New Line Cinema and SpringHill’s feature film, House Party, premiering this summer. Other past acting credits include Will Packer’s feature film Almost Christmas, FOX’s comedy series REL, and Kenya Barris’ Grownish on Freeform. On the unscripted side, he was the host of MTV’s reboot of TRL and has been a regular on VH1’s new version of Hip Hop Squares. He’s also hosted back to back years in 2020 & 2021 for BET’s annual Hip Hop Awards alongside his podcast co-hosts Karlous Miller and Chico Bean.

“Move strategically and look like what you wanna attract.”

DC YOUNG FLY

Doo Doo Brown

Doo Doo Brown is the “King of Underground Komedy.”

He hails from Jacksonville, Florida and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia bringing 26+ years of comedic brilliance. He brings “in your face” comedy that reminds you of the “thug-life” and the “thug-passion” of the hood. But don’t get it twisted, this brother is exceptional and the “King of the Underground” for a reason. Simply stated, see it live and you won’t regret it.

You may have seen Doo Doo on ABC TV in Detroit 1-8-7 (TV series) Pilot and on BET’s Somebodies (TV series) in 2008 and 2006.

Most remembered though as one of P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy in 2007 and on BET Comic View.

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Doo Doo is excellent in SCARED STRAIGHT, Street Edition. Same energy is in his stage show.

Doo Doo Brown is starring in an independent film soon to be released this year. SLEEPWALKERS!

Stand-up comedian, actor, producer and rapper!

T-Ray Sanders

T-Ray Sanders

Comic T-Ray Sanders performs a unique pep rally style of comedy here at the Comedy House. It is a hit with audiences at comedy clubs across the country, generating plenty of laughs, but also sending out a message of motivation.

His television appearances include BET Comic View, Late Nite Laugh Off and Eddie Murphy’s, “Murphy’s Law 07”

When you here the name Thomas Ray Sanders, you probably assume he is just another average guy, but when you hear him called by his popular stage name “Comedian T-Ray” you know he is anything but average! T-Ray Sanders, grew up with his grandmother in High Point, N.C.. She knew he was anything, but average. Childhood memories include singing in the church choir & giving the graduation speech for his 5th grade class.

He was chose for both due to his extremely loud voice, which caused him to stand out in any crowd. This over whelming presence is what led him into his current career of acting and comedy.

T-Ray Jumpin Around

T-Ray performed his first comedy act his senior year of high school. This was the beginning of his love for the stage, known again, for his LOUD voice. Has performed in several stage plays during his lifetime. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, INC. and a Greek Step Show Performer.

T-Ray has been on a road to Hollywood that has allowed him to do stand-up comedy with Chris Tucker, Eddie Griffin, Cheryl Underwood, A.J. Johnson, J.B. Smoove, Katt Williams, Arnez J, Gary Owens, Tyler Craig, Zooman Miller and many more.

Comedian T-Ray is excited about the future opportunities in store and accepts his calling to “entertain the masses LOUDLY!

Barbara Carlyle

Barbara has been doing comedy for 40 years! Her comedic skills are so carefully honed that she leaves audiences in stitches wherever she goes. But comedy hasn’t always been her only contribution to society.

Barbara has appeared on Apollo Comedy Hour, Def Jam, Comic View, Comic Xscape, just to name a few.

Carlyle did a short stint in the Marine Corps (cause she was looking for a few good men) and tried her hand at teaching for a short while.

A stickler for detail, she can speed read an audience and know exactly where to take her jokes. Hecklers think twice about testing her skills cause this young lady takes no prisoners and die hard wannabes fall prey to her vicious tongue.

Carlyle has performed in Germany, The Netherlands, England, the Virgin Islands (trying to be a born-again virgin) and other exotic places. Carlyle has one daughter and several baby daddies. You do the math. Her aim in life is to leave an indelible mark in the world of comedy.

Barbara Carlyle

Don DC Curry

Don DC Curry

Widely known as the star of numerous stand-up comedy tours in arenas worldwide and headlining at the nation’s hottest comedy clubs, Don “D.C.” Curry’s talents are far more than meets the eye at a single glance. At second glance you’ll see him co-starring in major studio pictures or taking on the duties of leading man in indie feature films. Look again and you’ll see him touring the country as the lead in a hit stage play or serving as the front man of his own R&B and Blues band. Take yet another glimpse (or listen) and you’ll hear him shining as a skilled voice-over artist on hit TV shows like Boondocks. Bottom line, DC Curry is a very versatile, and extremely funny man.

The milestones of his colorful career read like a Hollywood highlight reel: In 1995, after prevailing against the top up and coming urban comedians in the country, DC won the coveted title of “Comedian Of The Year” by winning the BAY AREA BLACK COMEDY COMPETITION (of which he is now the perennial host), joining the ranks of famous alumni Jamie Foxx, D.L. Hughley, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps, Nick Cannon and Mark Curry. He went on that same year to be named “Comedian Of The Year” by the BET network (his classic bits from the early years can be seen regularly on The Best of BET’s Comicview.

Next, he taped his first television special. By the next season he was hosting COMIC VIEW. After garnering the attention of industry executives, he earned a series regular role on ABC’s Grace Under Fire. DC performed on such popular talk shows as HBO’s critically acclaimed, THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW and THE ROSEANNE SHOW. Demonstrating his versatility, DC hosted Wesley Snipes’/TNT network’s martial arts special, BLADE SALUTES THE MASTERS OF MARTIAL ARTS.

In radio he spouted his comedic wisdom on one of Dallas’ top radio stations for five years and he’s been an on-air spokesman for California Energy Conservation. As a film actor and TV personality, he has both “chops” and notable range. He appeared as Pastor Jones on the NBC sitcom, THE TRACY MORGAN SHOW. He stars as the sadistic gangster in the crime drama, TWO DEGREES. He’s the outrageous Uncle Elroy in NEXT FRIDAY, and the hilarious holiday ‘three-quel’ FRIDAY AFTER NEXT.

He was the grumpy boss as a series regular on the aforementioned ABC’S GRACE UNDER FIRE and was an actor/singer, along with Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers on THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW. He taped, DON “DC” CURRY-NERVOUS BREAKDOWN LIVE! his own DVD/cable TV special and CD that he also co-produced. His cable special, COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS DC CURRY, continues to air on that network. He’s appeared twice at both the “U.S. Comedy Arts Festival,” in Aspen and the “Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival” in Montreal.

During the winter of 2006 D.C. guest starred on Chris Rock’s hit sitcom EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS and starred in the national touring stage play CASINO along with Kelly Price and his good friend the late, great Gerald Levert. Later in 2006 he also starred in the Gospel musical IF YOU WON’T TELL, I WON’T TELL. That same season D.C. performed to a rousing standing ovation on the return of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ DEF COMEDY JAM. D.C.’s installment was touted by executive producer Russell Simmons, as one of the strongest shows in Def Comedy Jam history. Capping off a very busy fall 2006, he made two appearances on Byron Allen’s new syndicated hit COMICS UNLEASHED.

Don DC Cury, I Won't Tell, A Gospel Play

During the winter and spring of 2007, DC was the lead in the hit stage play, YOU GOT ME BENT AND TWISTED, co-starring Jackee, Debbie Morgan and Chrystale. In the spring of 2008, by special request, he graced Washington D.C.’s Lincoln Theatre stage as a special guest on Martin Lawrence’s First Amendment, Stand-Up series on the Starz network. He also made another appearance on Byron Allen’s Comic’s Unleashed. During he summer of 2008 he appeared on BET’s new stand-up comedy strip, One Mic Stand. In the spring of 2009 and summer 2010 he made his first appearances on the hit comedy animation series BOONDOCKS. In February 2011 he appeared on TV One’s Way Black When, their highly popular, annual Black History Month late night variety show.

For nearly a decade, DC has been expanding his audience and his range on both sides of the camera. He and his manager, writer/director Tony Spires, produced their own feature film, the gritty, crime drama, TWO DEGREES, in which Curry both stars and executive produces. DC’s latest starring role has been touted as his greatest acting work to date-the dramatic comedy TEARS OF A CLOWN, a feature film which chronicles the rise, fall and redemption of an African American stand-up comic, starring Curry, William L. Johnson, Tami Roman and Spires.

T. P. Hearn

TP Hearn is known for his many appearances on BET’s Comic View. In the past decade he has appeared on many stages including Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo, Evening at the Improv.

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Lavell Crawford

Lavell Crawford is a SAG Award Winning actor, writer, and producer who is best known for playing Saul Goodman’s bodyguard, “Huell Babineaux” on AMC’s BREAKING BAD.

Lavell Crawford

Lavell recently hit the big screen alongside Tyler Perry in BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN for Tyler Perry Studios,  MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES for Twentieth Century Fox, AMERICAN ULTRA for Lionsgate, MEET THE BLACKS for Freestyle/Lionsgate and THE RIDICULOUS 6 on Netflix.

Cable TV projects include a series regular role on Adult Swim’s new series, SPERM WHALE as well as his on-going recurring roles on THE CRAZY ONES, SUPER FUN NIGHT, and IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA. Lavell has repeatedly guest hosted the STEVE HARVEY RADIO SHOW and has had regular appearances on CHELSEA LATELY, TOSH.0 and WORKAHOLICS. He also lends his voice as recurring characters on Adult Swim’s SQUIDBILLIES.

Lavell began his career on the comedy circuit. He appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, headlined at LAFFAPALOOZA, America’s longest-running annual urban comedy festival. He was the runner up to Jon Reep in Last Comic Standing on NBC.