Teddy Carpenter is a force to be reckoned with in the ever-changing world of the entertainment business. He has developed a style and a disposition that makes one take notice of his abilities and his longevity. Most of all, you will take notice of his will to survive and prosper.
Teddy Carpenter first hit the stage at a very young age hosting local shows not knowing this would be his destiny, building on his skills and making people laugh. He did not take the stage serious until 1988 when he decided to aspire to stand up comedy for one year to see the results. After the one year, he never looked back
In the early years, Teddy won the Arseno Hall competition, Local Funniest Man in DC competition, and many other awards. He then appeared on Show Time at the Apollo in 1990 as a professional stand-up comic. It was then he knew he had the gift to command a standing ovation when the Apollo was considered to be the hardest place to perform in the country.
After the Apollo, Teddy did a series of shows with the late, great Robin Harris. This helped him identify that the substance of comedy required more than just being funny. Robin Harris helped him learn to become truly professional. As he honed in on his skills for the next few years, he opened for a number of artists such as Freddy Jackson, The Whispers, The Isley Brothers, Phyllis Hyman, Bell Bev Devoe, R. Kelly and many more.
In 1991 the world saw Teddy Carpenter when he appeared on the first Def Comedy Jam aired and received one of the highest rated performances to this date. He currently headlines the Best of Def Jam with comedians such as Eddie Griffin, Bernie Mac, Adelle Givens and others. He appeared on Def Comedy Jam a total of three times receiving standing ovations for all three shows. Teddy is recognized as one of the best up and coming professional comedians in the business.
For the next several years after Def Jam, Teddy Carpenter did various projects including: six pilots; hosting Video LP’ on B.E. T., and commercials for HBO. In 1995, Teddy Carpenter created and helped produce a late night talk show with Tribune Entertainment called "In The Dark with Teddy Carpenter." This show is still being shopped to major networks. In the mean time, he is a recurring guest host for the late night show "Later" on NBC and continues to go to network and read for shows like, "Boys Meet World" and "The Hughleys."
Recently Teddy Carpenter has gone back to his roots, stand up comedy and writing projects. In 1998, he was invited to the Aspen Comedy fest where he head lined 8 out of 8 shows. He is now in the process of drafting a Daytime Talk Show, Two Sitcoms and a Movie titled, "First Born." There are even discussions about a Book titled, "The Fall and Rise of a Black Comedian.
Nick Cannon, 35 years old, is a successful, multi-faceted entertainer: comedian, TV executive producer and host, film star/director, consumer electronics entrepreneur, philanthropist and children’s book author. Cited by People Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Most Successful Young People in Hollywood,” Cannon proves focus and hard work pays off.
A San Diego native, Cannon began performing at the age of 8 after his grandfather left him several instruments as a gift. Shortly after, Cannon took the stage to perform his music along with stand-up comedy. Eventually, Cannon headed for Hollywood at the age of 15 and landed gigs at world-renowned comedy venues including The Improv, The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. Cannon went on to share the stage with the likes of Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock before landing his first television gig as a series regular and writer on Nickelodeon’s long-running hit series All That, making him the youngest staff writer in television history. This path culminated in the creation of The Nick Cannon Show, which he starred in, directed and executive produced.
Cannon later enjoyed much success on MTV as the creator, producer and host of one of MTV’s highest rated shows, Wild ‘N Out. Originally debuting in 2005, the improv comedy show aired for four consecutive seasons before being revived in July 2013 on MTV2. The show, which just entered into its 7th season, had the highest season premiere debut in the network’s history. Presently he is also host of NBC’s #1 rated show America’s Got Talent which just wrapped their 10th season. Through his highly successful multi-media company NCredible Entertainment, Cannon produces TV and film projects, including Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop (currently in production on its 2nd season), The Nickelodeon HALO Awards (entering it’s 7th annual production), TeenNick Top 10, as well as Oxygen’s Like A Boss (debuting January 2016).
On the film side, Cannon made his first appearance on the big screen alongside Will Smith in Men in Black II. Other credits include the classic feature film Drumline and the Emilio Estevez written and directed film Bobby, for which Cannon was awarded the “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the Cannes Film Festival. Cannon recently wrote, directed and produced his first studio film School Dance, and Executive Produced the sequel to Drumline entitled Drumline: A New Beat for VH-1. Cannon recently completed filming the male lead character role in Spike Lee’s new controversial movie Chi’Raq which will be released in theaters December 2015. He also inked 2 multi-year first look television production deals: one with NBC Universal to develop scripted and unscripted fare, and the other with Viacom that focuses on content for kids.
Noted by the New York Times as “one of the most recognizable personalities in teen media,” Cannon also actively serves as the CEO of the teen magazine Celebrity High, as well as Chairman of TeenNick, Nickelodeon’s television network aimed at the teen audience.
While his professional body of work keeps him extremely busy, Cannon has always made the time to use his resources and his voice as a philanthropist to give back to the community and those in need - working with nationally recognized organizations such as Feeding America, Boys and Girls Club, Do Something, Toys for Tots, Stomp Out Bullying, Lupus Foundation of America and The National Kidney Foundation to name a few - in addition to being an active member on the Board of Directors of New York’s St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital and running his own Nicholas Scott Cannon Foundation.
You probably remember John Witherspoon as Ice Cube's (Craig's) outrageously funny, dog-catching dad in New Line Cinema's smash urban trilogy Friday, Next Friday & Friday After Next, or as "Pops" on the long-running syndicated sitcom "The Wayans Brothers" or as Spoon on NBC's The Tracy Morgan Show. One thing's for sure, once you've seen Witherspoon you completely understand why he has earned the reputation as one of America's funniest dads.
His scene-stealing roles in Boomerang, Little Nicky, House Party, Vampire in Brooklyn, and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, made him one of the most memorable funny men in America. Not only does Witherspoon's work span over four decades to include blockbuster movies, hit-television shows, commercials, and top-rated music videos, but he's coined his own catch phrases as in "Bang!Bang!Bang!Bang!" and "You Gotta Co-ordinate!"
The Orange County Register describes the comedian/actor as being in a class of his own. "Witherspoon is one of those performers who doesn't need a funny line to be funny. Just standing there in a truculent posture with a suspicious look, he is funny and enlivens every scene he's in." The Detroit-bred comic has proven that he is a Hollywood mainstay and continues to land coveted spots in some of America's favorite movies and television shows. Witherspoon continues to tour around the country with his wildly popular stand-up show and recently launched The John Witherspoon Collection---a complete line of humorous greeting cards called Spoon Cards.
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