With an extraordinarily keen wit and a completely unrestricted approach when it comes to telling the truth about “what-is-funny”, George Vernon Willborn II (January 8) is a Chicago native who began his comedy routine at a Memphis comedy club, Sir Laughs A Lot in 1987. He got his first comedic break as the house MC at All Jokes Aside in 1992. All Jokes Aside is Chicago’s first primarily African American comedy club. He shared the stage and befriended comedy greats like Jamie Fox, Bernie Mac and Steve Harvey, just to name a few. During his seven year stint of All Jokes Aside, George became widely known as...The Stress Reliever!!
He often quotes, “I’m here to relieve whose stress, your stress!” The history of All Jokes Aside is depicted in the documentary DVD, Phunny Business: A Black Comedy (2011). Because of his vast popularity, George went on to perform on many comedy tours, national stage plays and currently various comedy clubs, including Improvs and Funny Bones, across the country. He’s secured television work on MTV’s The Real World, Cast (1991); HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Performer (1992); BET’s ComicView, Performer (1992); Showtime at the Apollo, Performer (1993) and more….
George’s radio career started back in 1996 on Clear Channel’s WVAZ V103 – The Mond Squad – John, Bonnie and George (1996-2006)! In the upcoming years, during 2006 – 2008, George commuted from Chicago to DC as co-hosts on both Michael Baisden Show (2006-2013) in the afternoon and in the morning on The Real DC Morning Show, WHUR (2006-2008). George has recently come back to his roots and he is co-hosting on the nationally syndicated, Doug Banks Show, WVAZ V103 from 2pm – 6pm CST. In addition to joining “The Doug Banks Show,” George continues to host his solo radio program, “Willborn’s World” on WHUR’s SiriusXM Channel 141, H.U.R. Voices.
George often states that his biggest accomplishments are his daughter and his son!!!
This battle of the sexes pits a pair of Hollywood's hottest stand-ups -- Kym Whitley and David Arnold -- against each other in a comedy clash for gender supremacy. Kym Whitley is the star of OWN's hit show Raising Whitley, and she's also been cast in tons of top shows and movies, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Baby Daddy, Next Friday, Let's Stay Together and more. Arnold, meanwhile, is a writer-performer-comic, who hosted TV One's Black Man Revealed, released his own stand-up DVD, and has appeared on Comics Unleashed, Def Comedy Jam, BET's Comic View, among many others.
Wayne Colley is a Superstar Comedian on the rise! However, if you asked him to describe himself, he would say he is just a humble guy from the small town of Millen, Georgia wishing to make sure he provides not only a stable life for his seven children, but also a lasting faith-based legacy.
Not a flashy guy at all, King Kountry Wayne, as he is known online, resides and runs two successful businesses in South Georgia. He currently has a following on social media of over 2.5 MILLION raving fans who fully support his comedic ventures. However, this was not his intention from the start.
Early on King Kountry Wayne had visions of being a huge success in the music industry. Following that dream he placed his life savings behind a music venture. However, that did not yield him the success he had hoped for. During a time of soul searching he realized he was blessed with the gift to make people laugh and it blossomed from there.
You have probably heard the stories of “starting from the bottom – now we here” before, but Wayne’s story is a little different! Yes, there have been a few mistakes along the way, yet those same mistakes that could have defeated him have instead created a man who is resilient and even more focused on making sure the people he is graced enough to impact find laughter through the pain.
One of Wallace's first jobs in the entertainment field was working as a writer for comedian Redd Foxx. On the big screen, he made the most out of small roles in such films as Things Are Tough All Over (1982), starring Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin, and Punchline (1988), starring Tom Hanks and Sally Field.
Wallace's career flourished in the 1990s with parts in films like A Rage in Harlem (1991), withGregory Hines and Forest Whitaker, and appearances on such TV shows as Seinfeld and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In 1995, he won the American Comedy Award for best male stand-up performer, the same year he appeared as the mayor of Gotham City in Batman Forever.
A close friend of Jerry Seinfeld, Wallace served as Seinfeld's best man at his 1999 wedding. Wallace also continued to work with other popular comedians, appearing in Adam Sandler's comedy Little Nicky (2000). Four years later, Wallace had a supporting role as the sheriff in The Ladykillers, a Coen brothers film starring Hanks.
Wallace continued his TV show appearances into the new millennium, guest starring on The Parkers, Scrubs, House of Payne and K.C. Undercover, and in 2013 released the humor book Laff it Off! And starting in 2004 he headlined at the Flamingo hotel and casino for more than a decade, being dubbed “The New Mr. Vegas” and ending his run in spring 2014. He’s known to have served as his own promoter to draw crowds to his shows. "I like joking and I like marketing, so I have the best job in the world," he told the Los Angeles Times.
2014 also saw Wallace appearing in the movie Think Like a Man Too and Seinfeld’s innovative online series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Wallace is a co-star in the Civil Rights-era filmJericho, slated for a 2016 release.
Born as Derrick Lee and straight out of the Bronx, NY, he has one of the most exciting careers in comedy. A hustler who trades in his ruggish-thuggish ways to become a successful entrepreneur and later metamorphosis the world of comedy as Capone.
Capone didn’t ignore the warning signs that he needed to cease the hustle. His first and last signs 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. At the rate I was going I’d either be spending a whole lot of time there or end up dead”, recalls the comedian of his spiraling street career. 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 are unable 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 supplement 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 cracking 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’schallenged 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 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 Mike Epps, Tracey Morgan and Talent,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 barbershop. “It was always one of my dreams to have my own barber shop and work for myself.” Today, the funnyman is the C.E.O. of D.D.L. Enterprises (his initials). He teaches the business of comedy one day per week, at no charge, to up and coming comedians. 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 has performed at a variety of venues such as New York’s Caroline’s Comedy Club, Uptown Comedy Club, Boston Comedy Club (noting just a few) and many college Universities. He has toured with N.Y. Kings of Comedy, Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam in England and Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy Jam in 2011 and 2012.
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 as well as the majority of the theaters scheduled concerts, “transforming it into a comedic vision”, says the comedian. With his witty style of comedy, the content of his material derives from personal experiences, relationships, children, society, work and ethnicity, admits Capone.
Capone notably talented in acting as well, was the main actor for New York Times bestselling author Zane’s HBO film production of her book “Sex Chronicles“. It’s obvious that he has traveled his path and walked toward the light almost stealthily – when the world of comedy least anticipated his arrival. But he’s here now! Sitting stoically upon his comedic throne, capitalizing on his continued success as he embraces every opportunity to tickle the next funny bone.
The Hodgetwins are taking the show on the road! For years, you have watched them on their various YouTube channels and laughed until your stomachs were in knots. Just imagine that same reaction...doubled! If you thought they were funny online, just wait until you see them in the flesh. And don’t worry, everything that you have come to love about them - their edgy, unfiltered comedy is exactly what they are bringing to this show. So if you are ready for a night of unforgettable laughs, be sure to cop your ticket today!
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