Fresh off of the 2013 Shaq All-Star Comedy Jam tour, Finesse Mitchell shined as a featured performer on the SHAQ All-Star one-hour comedy special taped in Atlanta, GA which recently aired on SHOWTIME. His frequent appearances on Bethenny or The Arsenio Hall Show keeps Finesse's humor on TV day and night. A Saturday Night Live alum, Finesse Mitchell, a versatile actor and comedian, also plays China's Dad, "Darryl" on the hit Disney show, “A.N.T Farm”, now in its third season. And Mitchell's TV work ramps up even more in 2014 as he is slated to host the Game Show Network's "Who's The Imposter" and B.E.T. Centric's new show, "According To HIM and HER".
Mitchell has had numerous appearances on NBC's Today show and has been seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, TBS "Who Gets The Last Laugh", Fox dating show "The Choice", VH-1 hit show “Single Ladies” as “Jobari”, B.E.T “Comic View”, “Tyra”, Ricki Lake, Jeff Probst, “Comedy Central Presents” and Tyler Perry’s “Meet The Browns”. His feature film work includes “Who’s your Caddy”, “The Comebacks”, “Mad Money” and the upcoming "Barely Lethal" which also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Alba which is set for a 2014 release.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Finesse graduated from the University of Miami and is a distinguished member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He is also a former student-athlete who was a walk-on for the National Champion Hurricanes football team and played with such UM alumni as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Super bowl champion, Warren Sapp. His book, “Your Girlfriends Only Know So Much: A Brother’s Take on Dating and Mating for Sistas" (2007) is an advice book for women. It was born out of his hip, hilarious and widely popular monthly advice column for ESSENCE Magazine.
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 is winning over new audiences with every appearance he makes. From his 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 recently 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, and appeared in the Larry the Cable Guy-starrer Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector. He also recently appeared in the comedy Who’s Your Caddy as “Golf Ball Eddie.”
Bruce is one of the nation’s favorite standup comedians, and will hit the road again this fall with a national comedy tour. In addition to standup comedy, film and tv, Bruce Bruce can also add author to his list of credits. Bruce recently 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 Frito-Lays 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 an Urban Works Entertainment release of his one-hour comedy special DVD “Bruce Bruce Live”. 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 in Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, and recently appeared with Ice Cube in XXX: State of the Union.
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.”
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 on TBS’s “Comedy You Can Believe In” hosted by David Alan Grier June 2009 and in rerun’s of both Comedy Central Presents and BET’s ubersuccessful “Comic View”.
When not performing in comedy clubs across the country, Bruce divides his time between his homes in Atlanta and Los Angeles. He is also extremely dedicated to his incredible car collection, which includes two Harley Davidson trucks and four Buick muscle cars, among others.
This diverse cultural youth event self funded by Damon “Pisces” McDowell a native of Baltimore who’s also a legendary Baltimore Free Style Dancer, formally known as “Sleeptite” of the group “3rd Eye Rawness”. He has performed on stages across the globe. He is now giving back the opportunity for the youth to showcase their various styles of dance while promoting fair competition, good spirit, and genuine love of dance. This is a great opportunity for Baltimoreans young and old to come out and help support this electrifying event with your families while uplifting the spirit of Baltimore.
Ever since Chicago native Aries Spears was 14 years old, he has been a force to be reckoned with in the comedy scene throughout America. His quick wit, charisma and ferociously aggressive style of comedy have earned him critical acclaim, high accolades, and above all, a busy schedule. From being a regular on Fox's Mad TV, starring in feature films, appearing on a number of national talk shows, and continually touring the country with his stand-up, Aries' talents are becoming recognized and appreciated throughout the entertainment industry.
As a principal cast member on Fox's hit sketch comedy show MAD tv, Aries brought a fresh, hip style to the already-edgy program from the third through the tenth season. The producers made full use of many of Aries' talents by calling on him frequently to create new hilarious characters and write sketches. Some of the many recurring characters that Aries is famous for on the show include: Belma Buttons, Bill Cosby, Jesse Jackson, Mike Tyson, Walter (Crackheads), Reggie (Erascist), Dollar Bill Montgomery, Shaquille O'Neal, The Klumps, Michael Jackson, Sisqo, Evander Holyfield, El Diablo Negro and more. Aries also boasts a number of uproarious impersonations on the show that include James Brown, Al Pacino, and his childhood idol Eddie Murphy. The Aries-branded sketch "Talkin' American" was Mad TV's most popular bit, keeping fans tuned in and boosting Mad's ratings impressively on Saturday night.
Aries has also found great success in the world of feature films. At the age of 17, after being spotted in a comedy club, Aries landed a part in the movie Home of Angels, which also starred Abe Vigoda and Sherman Helmsley, but never saw a theatrical release. He then appeared in Out-of-Sync, and portrayed Red Foxx in Warner Bros's "Why Do Fools Fall In Love". In addition, Aries starred alongside John Leguizamo in TriStar's The Pest and delivered his most notable performance to date as Cuba Gooding, Jr's brother in Columbia's blockbuster hit Jerry Maguire.
Aries was born on April 3, 1975 in Chicago but grew up in New Jersey. He remembers at the young age of six being the funnyman of the household and impersonating family members at the dinner table during holidays. By age 14, Aries was belting out his fresh stylings in front of paying audiences at local clubs around his hometown. Shortly thereafter, he appeared on Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam on HBO and Showtime at the Apollo.
The word was out about the prodigal superstar from then on, and in 1992, Aries moved to Los Angeles. He quickly landed a recurring role on NBC's A Different World, and was signed to a huge development deal at one of the major television studios. The following year, Aries found himself starring in the short-lived CBS series South of Sunset with former Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey. Although the series didn't last long, it did not discourage other networks from tapping Aries' talents for their projects, as he soon appeared in Crosstown Traffic and Brisco County, Jr. for Fox. Ultimately, Aries' fierce momentum landed him on Mad TV as a series regular, where he thrived for eight seasons.
Aries continues to spread his comedic wings with the development of feature film projects, which he is currently involved in writing. He is presently developing a feature project based on an original character that he created on Mad TV, as well as a thriller about a young black man immersed in hip-hop culture. Additionally, Aries has made appearances on many talk shows including: Loveline, Vibe, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Soul Train, and Late Friday. He has also lent his voice to an animated character on C-Bear and Jamal and had a recurring stint on Fox's The Best Damn Sports Show Period, where he created some of the show's funniest characters during his short time there.
Aries maintains a strong connection to his African roots and is involved in many charitable events, including a number of organizations that help abused women. He feels blessed to have been able to achieve everything that he has, but he in no way intends on stopping there. Given the extreme growing success rate of action comedies coming out of Hollywood, it's safe to say that Aries Spears will be in demand for quite some time.
Ed Lover is synonymous with entertainment. Having done it all from TV (the groundbreaking MTV series “Yo! MTV Raps,” “According to Jim,” “The Cosby Show,” “The Jaime Foxx Show”) to movies ( “Who’s the Ma?”, “Juice,” “Ride,” “Undisputed”) to books (“Naked Under My Clothes,” written by Ed and Doctor Dre) to stand-up comedy ( his monthly shows here at Carolines ) to radio, it seems he has done it all. Ed says “ Just being me and my belief in God is what has gotten me this far.” It’s not easy being or staying relevant in this business, you have to learn to reinvent yourself.
Ed has interviewed everyone from President Obama to Oprah Winfrey on the radio. Ed currently has permeated pop culture and the world with his hilarious web series C’mon Son which pokes fun at celebrities, pop culture, politics and the world. C’mon Son has over 5 million Youtube views, a Facebook fan page with over 150,00 subscribers and a huge following on Twitter. It can currently be seen on TV with a spot on BET 106 & Park exposing Ed to a whole new demographic.
• BLACK-ISH on ABC• CONAN on TBS• SHAQ’S ALL STAR COMEDY JAM on Showtime
Deon plays the hilarious co-worker Charlie, on ABC's hit comedy BLACK-ISH, and will soon be seen as one of the lead roles in TBS's ANGIE TRIBECA created by Nancy and Steve Carell. He continues to be a featured guest correspondent on CONAN where he was also a two time Emmy Nominated writer. As a comedian for over 20 years, Deon has done standup on SHAQ's ALL STAR COMEDY JAM on SHOWTIME and has been featured on Kevin Hart's HART-BEAT TOUR, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Laffapalooza, Def Comedy Jam and his own standup special on Comedy Central.
He 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. 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 Blackson, 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.
Since his first appearance on stage in 1987, George Willborn has brought laughter to the masses with his no-holds-barred approach to telling the truth about what's funny. Dubbed comedy's "Stress Reliever," Willborn has entertained crowds with his comedy around the world, on stage, on television and of course on radio. He is currently the co-host of the nationally syndicated Michael Baisden Show and Michael Baisden after Dark.
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