Comedy heavy hitters, 85 South, are bringing their new tour to the James Brown Arena in Augusta on Thursday, July 7th. With over two million subscribers on YouTube, over half a billion independent views, and 150,000+ live show tickets sold, the 85 South Show has completely changed the comedy industry.
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 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 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 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
For decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best.
The trademark caricature is the essence of humorist James Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.
To those in the know Arnez J. one of the hottest, most talked about comedic artists in the game. His raw energy, talent and comedic skill quickly landed Arnez the coveted hosting slot on BET’s longest running comedy series “Comic View” for two seasons joining the ranks of hosts such as D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. His hilarious new comedy special “Racially Motivated” is now available on Netflix.
Arnez J.’s charisma and physical agility are unforgettable. “J is a whirling dervish on stage–he runs, jumps, spins, slides, slips, and mugs through a performance, acting out many of his bits while describing them,” wrote Doug Kaufman in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Arnez admits of himself “I’ve always expressed my things through mannerisms and facial expressions rather than speaking.”
On his own at age 14, Arnez lied about his age to get a job at a gas station to work his way through school. With dreams to become a professional baseball player, Arnez began working as a flight attendant when those baseball plans fell through. It was while working as a flight attendant that Arnez discovered his comedic talent. He realized that he had the ability to keep the passengers and crew laughing and, upon encouragement from friends, he made his first attempt at stand-up comedy. After that first night on stage, he knew what he wanted to do. He left his job with the airlines and made the decision to devote all of his time to a career in comedy.
Arnez got a chance to combine his ambitions as both an athlete and performer when he was recruited by scouts for the famed Harlem Globetrotters basketball team who saw his very physical comedy routine at a local basketball game. However, after several months, a knee injury ended his Globetrotters career, finally clearing the way for him to devote himself full time to standup comedy.
An Atlanta native, Arnez began working the comedy circuit in Georgia and quickly became one of “Hotlanta’s” funniest newcomers. A finalist in the “Bay Area Black Comedy Competition,” he was immediately noticed by the entertainment industry and was asked to make his first television appearance on Showtime’s “Comedy Club Network.” Numerous television appearances soon followed including appearances on “The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show,” “Louie Anderson’s Comedy Showcase,” Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh,” NBC’s “Friday Night Videos,” “The Mo’Nique Show”, Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam,” his own BET “Comic View Grandstand Hour Special,” and “Comedy Central Presents: Arnez J.” He was most recently seen headlining Showtime’s “Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam.”
Today, Arnez is widely considered one of the best working artists, with a polished and highly entertaining standup routine that keeps his audiences entertained without having to use profanity. In keeping with his plan, Arnez keeps up a dizzying pace performing for sold out crowds at arenas and other venues across the country.
Originally from Mumford, Alabama, Darren Knight is the fastest-rising comedian in American History. His character, Southern Momma, is a household name in the South. He has a massive nationwide following on multiple social media platforms and was named one of “10 Comics To Watch” by Variety Magazine.
The Legendary Tour with EARTHQUAKE featuring Donnell Rawlings Friday, July 29, 2022 | 8:00 p.m at the Koger Center for the Arts
Comedian, actor and voice-artist Earthquake made his way into the housholds and hearts of his loyal fanbase in the 90’s at the height of television programming for the urban comedian. Shows like BET’s Comic View, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, glimpses of Laffapalooza and Shaq’s Comedy Allstars became fan favorites. Earthquake’s DVD collection of comedy specials made him the stand-out comedic talent of that era. Those specials include, About Got Damm Time, Walter Latham Presents, From the Outhouse to the Whitehouse and These Ain’t Jokes for Showtime. As a result, his presence on the comedy circuit added a relatable and celebrated point of view that resonated with thousands of fans, and he found his sweet spot-on numerous tours and club dates. Never leaving a fan disappointed, ‘Quake’ (as he is affectionately known), quickly became a closer or multi-headliner fixture on some of the biggest tours in the country.
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.
DC is known by fans across the country for his numerous national television appearances, his yearly theatre tours and for headlining the nation’s hottest comedy clubs, Don “DC” Curry is probably most widely recognized for his comedic acting role as the zany “Uncle Elroy” on the urban classics, “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next.”