Damon Williams is a former Subway sandwich shop owner from Chicago began his career at All Jokes Aside Comedy club. Damon can be heard weekly on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show doing the hilariously funny SERIOUSLY IGNORANT NEWS. Damon's numerous television appearances include BET's Comicview annually since '94 including his own one hour special. He's been featured on BET LIVE,Comedy Central's Premium Blend, The Joyner Skyshow on TV ONE and HBO's P Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy. Williams even hosted several episodes of the legendary Showtime at the Apollo formerly hosted by TV star Steve Harvey. In 1999 Damon performed for over 300,000 fans as the opening act for the highly successful Kings of Comedy Tour, establishing him as one of the elite comics in the nation. Damon is a veteran of The Us Comedy Arts festival in Aspen. Damon headlined the Cedric the Entertainer Comedy Revue. Damon is a crowd favorite on the college, club and concert circuit. Damon also performs internationally with regular appearances in Canada with stops in Vancouver, Montreal and every long weekend in Edmonton. Damon was recently featured on The Real Deal Comedy Jam, which airs in the UK. Williams can be seen on the current season of HBO's Def Comedy Jam. Look out for a ground breaking set on the new season of Martin Lawrence's 1st Amendment Stand Up as well as Comics Unleashed. His material is universal and there's something for all ages. His popularity has provided him the opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars in the business and also as host for a campaign brunch for then US Senator Obama. Some of these stars include Aretha Franklin, Pattie Labelle, Luther Vandross, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Chris Rock, James Brown, Jamie Foxx ,Little Richard and even President Barack Obama. The monthly comedy shows he produced for the House of Blues came about after one appearance on the Jenny Jones Show. He was contracted to write, perform, and produce over 50 episodes. His starring role in the hit musical comedy tour "Laughin' on the Outside, Cryin' on the Inside" generated standing ovations every performance. And finally, Damon maintains his monthly comedy showcases in Chicago (FunnyFirstSaturdays.Com) A star on the rise, his motto is "Don't stop and Don't quit"!!!
In 1998, D.L. Hughley gained his widest exposure yet with the debut of his sitcom The Hughleys. The show was based around a black family that had recently moved to a primarily white suburb, a situation in which Hughley had found himself in his own life. While the show was more tame and family-friendly than Hughley's adult-oriented stand-up routines, he adapted his talents to the format. The NAACP Image Awards nominated Hughley in the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series category five times. During the run of his sitcom, D.L. Hughley also participated in the Kings of Comedy tour with Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer. The tour was documented in Spike Lee's 2000 film The Original Kings of Comedy. When Bernie Mac died in 2008, Hughley and the other Original Kings spoke at his funeral.
Hughley took a job with Comedy Central, hosting a late-night talk show called Weekends at the D.L. It ran from 2005 to early 2006. Later that year, Hughley signed on for the new TV show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, written by West Wing powerhouse Aaron Sorkin. Hughley's character was a sketch comedian on the fictional late-night show depicted in the series. Although Studio 60 started out with big expectations, the show never gained a strong following and was cancelled after one season. Hughley was realistic about the problems on the show, saying that, although disappointed, he wasn't surprised that it had been cancelled.
Hughley went on to make his next HBO special, Unapologetic. From there, he moved even further away from acting, taking a job with CNN as host of D.L. Hughley Breaks the News. The humorous program was a departure for the network, which was hoping to capitalize on the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election. The show went off the air after a few months, when Hughley decided he wanted to be based in Los Angles in order to spend more time with his family. Next up was radio. Armed with his own morning show on New York's KISS FM, Hughley tried to cultivate a following as a radio personality. Due to issues with the syndication company, however, the show went off the air after a little over a year.
Throughout all of his work, D.L. Hughley has retained his belief that comedians should stay true to their own points of view. He offered the following advice in an interview, when asked what younger comedians should know: "If you lack the courage of your convictions, sell shoes." At the same time, Hughley doesn't want to simply turn his performances into a tool for his own ends. "My gig is to observe all that stuff and take it in without ever forgetting that I'm here to make people laugh, not to preach."
I am a Comic View, Def Jam favorite, and I'm rapidly becoming one of the most talked about comics around. I have a great knack for revealing the humor of everyday life. I've always been a physical person. I've always expressed my things through mannerisms and facial expressions rather than speaking. While working as a flight attendant in Atlanta, I joked with passengers who encouraged me to take up comedy. I debuted at The Comedy Act in Atlanta in 1990. After being a finalist at the 1992 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition, I made my television debut on Showtime's Comedy Club Network in 1993. Theatergoers already know me as Simon, a nightclub owner, opposite Billy Dee Williams and Darius McCrary, in the touring play, The Maintenance Man or in Friends and Lovers a play based on the novel written by Eric Jerome Dickey. I have performed with Leon ("The Five Heartbeats" and "The Temptations), Monica Calhoun ("The Players Club" and "The Best Man"), and Mel Jackson ("Soul Food" and "Deliver Us From Eva"). Television viewers know me for my appearances on Showtime's Comedy Club Network, The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, Comedy Central's Make Me Laugh, Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam and as the 2002 host for BET's Comic View. And for those of you who love the straight to video urban flicks, he was the funny hotel manager in Miguel Nunez' forthcoming film, Up Against the 8-Ball. To those in the know, Arnez J is quickly emerging as 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.
Comedian, actor, writer, and producer Lil Rel Howery is a star on the rise. With a role in the cast of an NBC Primetime series, a cult hit comedy sketch show airing its second season, and his first hour standup special about to premiere, Rel is poised to have a huge year.
This Summer, Lil Rel can be seen on the much-buzzed about weekly primetime comedy series The Carmichael Show, which premiered on NBC on Wednesday, August 26th at 9:00PM ET/PT. Rel will appear alongside fellow cast members Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier as star Jerrod Carmichael’s brother “Bobby.” Also this Summer, Rel can be seen in Season 2 of the “gleefully absurd” (Chicago Sun Times) weekly sketch comedy show Friends of the People airing on TruTV on Thursdays at 10:30PM PT/ET. Rel stars in, writes, and Executive Produces the series.
On Saturday, September 5th, 2015, Rel’s first hour standup special RELevant, Executive Produced by superstar comedian and actor Kevin Hart, will premiere on Comedy Central. The special showcases Rel’s captivating story-telling style and his uncanny ability to transport audiences into his hilarious world of loveable, outrageous characters. Rel’s first standup special, an installment of Comedy Central’s “The Half Hours,” premiered on the network on June 7, 2013.
In addition to his comedy series and specials, Rel was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing followed by show-stopping performances on Comedy Central’s Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, BET's Comic View, HBO's Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy, Showtime’s Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam, Comedy Central's Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at The El Rey, and The Arsenio Hall Show. He has appeared on Nickelodeon’s NickMom Night Out and E!’s Chelsea Lately, and he has lent his voice to the popular FXX animated series The Lucas Bros Moving Co. Rel was listed as one of Variety’s 10 Comics To Watch at the 2012 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. He performs standup to sold out crowds across the country.
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