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Presented by AEG
October 15, 2022 | Doors 7:00 pm Show 8:00 pm
Tickets start at $51.50
November 18 • 7:30pm
Sumter Opera House
21 N Main St | Sumter, SC 29150
Box Office: (803) 436-2616
At a time when we occasionally cross paths with insolent “Karens,” it’s nice to know that some real good Karens exist. National headlining comedians Karen Mills and Karen Morgan join together to bring you an evening of comedy filled with lots of laughter and zero toxic behavior. They both bring a different hilarious point of view to this clever and clean comedy show.
Starring for seven seasons on NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning “30 Rock,” Tracy Morgan appeared opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin as “Tracy Jordan,” the unpredictable star of Lemon’s (Fey) hit variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” In 2009 Morgan received his first Emmy Nomination for this role, in the Supporting Actor category; he has in six past years also been nominated for a Supporting Actor NAACP Image Award. The “30 Rock” cast has also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.” The beloved series came to an end in January 2013.
While on a standup comedy tour in 2014, Morgan was critically injured in a serious car accident that prevented the comedian from continuing to work and tour. After months of rehabilitation, Tracy returned in an exclusive interview with TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer where he expressed his grief for the incident as well as his goals to come back to the entertainment world. The FXX Studios untitled comedy series created by RCG productions, toplined by Morgan, remains on hold. In June 2015, Tracy was selected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the 2016 class. Starting September the same year, Morgan began filming his next role in the upcoming comedy, FIST FIGHT, staring Ice Cube and Charlie Day.
In April 2014, Tracy released a standup special for Comedy Central, titled Tracy Morgan: Bona Fide, which brought Comedy Central one of its largest viewership for a standup special in 2014. Even adding host to his line of credits, Morgan served as the 2013 Billboard Music Awards host, where he kept the laughs going on ABC’s LIVE broadcast in May.
With comedy always as his foundation, Morgan has begun tackling dramas and independent films. In 2010, he starred alongside Al Pacino and Channing Tatum in the crime-thriller THE SON OF NO ONE which received Sundance Film Festival honors. In August 2012, WHY STOP NOW bowed, which was also an official selection at Sundance. The film is centered on a piano prodigy (Jesse Eisenberg) who on the day of a big audition winds up on a drug-fueled odyssey with his addled mother (Melissa Leo) and her drug dealer, Sprinkles, played by Morgan.
Morgan has also had the opportunity to be a part of some of the most successful animated films in recent years. In 2009, he made his animation debut lending his voice for Jerry Bruckheimer’s G-FORCE, a combination live-action/CG film. The film opened number one in US box offices and was celebrated by audiences worldwide. In 2013, he starred as the bulldog, Luiz, in the colorful and lively film RIO and again in April 2014 when he reprised his role in RIO 2. Morgan’s voice can also be heard in the Oscar-nominated film, BOXTROLLS, as one of the film’s antagonist, Mr. Gristle.
Another milestone for Morgan was reached in 2009 with the release of his first book, a compilation of studied anecdotes and some of the more serious moments that shaped him and his career entitled I Am The New Black. He also headlined the famed “New York Comedy Festival” which featured acclaimed comedians including Bill Maher, Andy Samberg, and Patton Oswalt, among others. Lastly, Morgan rounded out his list of great comedic achievements with his first HBO Special, “Black & Blue.”
Continuously touring the country doing what he loves the most, stand-up comedy, Morgan has headlined across the country and abroad on various tours and festivals. He was first introduced to television audiences in his role as “Hustleman” on the hit comedy series “Martin.” He went on to join “Saturday Night Live” in 1996 where he appeared for seven seasons and created such memorable characters as “Astronaut Jones” and “Brian Fellows.” After leaving SNL, Morgan went on to star in his own comedy series “The Tracy Morgan Show” and voiced “Spoonie Luv” on Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers.” Additional film credits include: COP OUT, the remake of the British film DEATH AT A FUNERAL, Dimension Films’ SUPERHERO MOVIE, FIRST SUNDAY opposite Ice Cube and Katt Williams, THE LONGEST YARD opposite Adam Sandler, the Wayan’s brothers LITTLE MAN, JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK AND HEAD OF STATE.
Morgan currently resides in New Jersey with his wife their daughter.
Emmy & Grammy nominated Kevin Hart was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he launched his career as a comedian during an amateur night at a local comedy club. Over the years Hart has become Hollywood’s box office powerhouse, opening ten films at number one at the box office with $4.23 billion revenue at the global box office. Hart is the Founder of three companies where he is actively building an eco-system and incubator for extraordinary growth and creativity.
Hart continues to develop, star, and produce feature films and television via HartBeat and Laugh Out Loud. Hart can currently be seen starring in the HartBeat produced dramatic limited series True Story for Netflix which has been watched by over 60 million users worldwide.
In 2021 Hart starred and produced via HartBeat the feature film Fatherhood. The movie has been watched by more than 91 million accounts globally making it one of the most successful original dramatic movies on Netflix. On the small screen, Hart starred in and produced Motor Trend’s “Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew”, and “Celebrity Game Face” for E! Additionally, Hart can be seen on two original programs on Peacock: his first ever talk show “Hart to Heart” and the ‘Olympic Highlight” show which he stars opposite Snoop Dog. Both shows have received critical acclaim and praise for both Hart and LOL.
Hart recently wrapped production on two films, Lionsgate’s science-fiction-action-comedy, Borderlands, which he stars opposite Cate Blanchett. Along with Netflix’s Me Time which pairs Kevin and Mark Wahlberg for the first time. Later in 2022 Hart can be seen in Sony’s action-comedy, The Man from Toronto, starring alongside Woody Harrelson and Kaley Cuoco.
In 2020 Hart released his seventh hour long stand-up special, “Zero Fu**ks Given,” which quickly became Netflix’s biggest stand-up special of 2020 and earned him a Grammy nomination for “Best Comedy Album”. Hart also starred in and produced “Die Hart,” the first production of its kind, created through his digital network, Laugh Out Loud, and Executive Produced through HartBeat Productions. In 2021 Kevin was nominated for an Emmy award for “Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.”
In December 2019, Hart’s Emmy nominated Docu-series, “Don’t F**k This Up,” was released on Netflix. The intimate six-part series follows Hart’s life over the previous year, giving viewers an inside look to the events that shaped his life. Hart’s other recent box-office credits include Jumanji: The Next Level, The Secret Life of Pets 2, and The Upside. In 2018, Hart co-wrote, produced, and starred in Universal’s Night School, all under Hartbeat Productions. In 2017, Hart starred in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, his highest grossing movie to date. Hart’s previous credits include Central Intelligence, The Secret Life of Pets, and the Ride Along films.
Hart’s last global live standup comedy tour was “The Irresponsible Tour,” which was also released as an original Netflix standup special in April 2019. Additionally, his 2017 standup tour, “What Now,” grossed over $100 million worldwide and culminated in a performance to a sold-out crowd at Philadelphia’s NFL stadium.
Kevin is a New York Times Best Selling author twice over. His new book, Markus Makes a Movie debuted at number six on the coveted list and remained on the list for three weeks. Hart’s memoir, I Can’t Make This Up, debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Sellers List and remained on the Top 10 Nonfiction Hardcover Bestsellers List for ten weeks straight. Hart’s first Audible original, “The Decision,” was nominated for an Audie award for “Best Original Audiobook in 2021.”
In the audio space, Hart can be heard bi-weekly on his radio talk show, “Straight from the Hart,” which airs on Sirius XM’s Laugh Out Loud Radio (channel 96). In 2019, “Straight from The Hart” became available on Pandora and now ranks as the #1 podcast across all genres. Hart can also be heard on his weekly Sirius podcast, “Comedy Gold Minds.”
Kevin’s brand partnerships include Fabletics Men, Chase J.P Morgan, Hydrow, Brüush, Tommy John and Therabody.
MIKE EPPS is generating an extraordinary amount of buzz among his peers for being not only
one of the funniest comic actors in town, but also for his burgeoning dramatic talent.
Mike recently starred in and produced the Netflix comedy “The UpShaws.” The show is based
on his life of growing up in Indiana and taken from his 2018 Harper Collins autobiography Unsuccessful
Thug. The book is written by Mike about his life and childhood; growing up in poverty and how comedy
saved his life.
He was recently seen in the Amazon feature “Troup Zero” starring opposite Viola Davis,
Allison Janney, and Jim Gaffigan; and in the A24 film “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” which
both premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2019, his fifth stand up special “Just One Mike” premiered on Netflix. Last fall, he was seen opposite Eddie Murphy in the comedy “Dolemite is my Name” which was nominated for Golden Globe, Broadcast Film Critic Awards and a NAACP Image Award.
Mike was seen in the HBO-Emmy Winning biopic “Bessie ” based on Bessie Smith, played by
Queen Latifah. The film chronicles how Smith overcame her tempestuous personal life to become one of
the most acclaimed performing and recording artists of the 1920s and ’30s, earning the nickname Empress
of the Blues. Mike plays Richard Morgan, a bootlegger and romantic interest to Bessie Smith. The film
also won a Critics Choice Award for “best mini- series/ movie” as well as a Primetime Emmy for
“ Television Movie or Limited Series.”
Mike was seen in three seasons of the Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse” produced LeBron James and Mike O’Malley which he won a 2016 NAACP Image award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for his portrayal as Uncle Julius. In 2011, he was awarded an NAACP Image Award for “Best Supporting Actor” for his role in the
Sony Pictures film, “Jumping the Broom.” He continued to receive critical praise for his dramatic turn in
2012 with “Sparkle,” opposite Whitney Houston and Jordan Sparks.
In 2016 he further pursued his dramatic side with two important roles: starring opposite Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie in the Lionsgate thriller, “Repentance,” being released through Lionsgate/Codeblack Entertainment., followed
by the independent Nina Simone biopic, “Nina,” starring Zoe Saldana. In “Nina,” he plays the legendary Richard Pryor, who opened for the singer in the early 60’s.
He has recently entered the tech space with the first interactive game ‘button’ made by Amazon
for the Alexa called “Sounds Fun with Mike Epps” The amazon button features Mike making hilarious
sound effects with his voice. The sound effects included in “Sounds Fun” will range from the obvious to
the absurd, such as a “lawn mower” or “helicopter” to “Donald Trump getting a haircut.” Every day a
new and different sound will be released, making each game a unique experience for the players. Epps
will also serve as the game’s judge, providing a comedic mix of friendly encouragement and snarky
He is also currently on a national stand up tour and in 2015 his “Mike Epps; Don’t Take it
Personal” was seen on Netflixs. In 2009, Mike headlined his hugely successful stand-up special, “Mike
Epps: Underrated and Never Faded,” and in 2011 introduced the world to new comedic talent with, “Mike
Epps Presents…,” both which aired on Showtime. He also released his first comedy rap album called
“Funny Bidness: Da Album.” The album featured Snoop Dogg, Kid Rock, and Slim Thug to name a
few. That year also marked the release of his comedy DVD “Funny Bidness.” With his undying love for
hip-hop, Mike hosted the BET Hip-Hop Awards from 2009-2012.
Since 2000, Epps steadily climbed his way up the stand-up comedy ranks when he was
recognized by a national audience for appearing on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam (which, years later,
he would go on to host).
During a performance at LA’s Comedy Store, Epps caught the attention of Ice Cube. This led to the first of three feature films they would do together: the cult hits “Next Friday,” “Friday after Next,” and “All About the Benjamins.” Other features include the Hangover franchise, “Girls Trip” “Faster,” “Hancock,” “Lottery Ticket,” “Next Day Air,” “Roll Bounce,” “The Fighting Temptations”, the Resident Evil franchise, “Bait”, “How High,” “Dr.Dolittle 2”, “Talk to Me”, and “Guess Who?”
Epps has been seen in over 40 cities and 3 continents live doing standup.
In Memoriam Marcus Combs.
Click Here for a performance at the Comedy House, September 29, 2011. Live in Columbia SC.
You can also catch Marcus on the DVD Series P.Diddy presents “The Bad Boys of Comedy” (2005), Russell Simmons “Def Comedy Jam” (1992), and BET’s Comicview (1992).
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.
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.
George Willborn is a Chicago native who got his big break as the house MC at All Jokes Aside in1992. All Jokes Aside was Chicago’s first primarily African American comedy club. He shared the stage and befriended comedy greats like Jamie Foxx, Bernie Mac and Steve Harvey, just to name a few.
During his seven-year stint at All Jokes Aside, George became widely known as The Stress Reliever! George went on to perform on many comedy tours, national stage plays and currently, a plethora of comedy clubs across the country.
In 2015, George landed a supporting role in Spike Lee’s “Chi-raq”
George’s radio career was birthed in 1996 in Chicago and took him to DC where he began working with Michael Baisden (2006 – 2012) and then Doug Banks. Currently, George has teamed back up with Michael Baisden and is the co-host of the syndicated “Michael Baisden Show”.
Darren Knight, aka Southern Momma from Munford, Alabama, is the fastest rising comedian in American history. In just a few short months, he has cultivated a massive online presence, accumulating over a half a billion views across multiple social media platforms. Darren takes his persona to the stage, selling out theatres and casinos nationwide. He’s been compared to Jeff Foxworthy, as the next star of redneck comedy.
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 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.