white boyz in the hood
About the Show
Madman Entertainment, Lionsgate and Showtime Networks Inc., have teamed up to present an edgy and ground-breaking stand-up comedy series White Boyz In The Hood premiering on SHOWTIME Thursday, October 5, at 11 PM ET/PT.
From Richard Pryor to Chris Rock, many black comics have developed brilliant material from the dynamic relationship between the black and white cultures in America. White Boyz In The Hood turns that concept on its head in a classic fish-out-of-water premise; white comedians playing to an urban audience. Created by Madman Entertainments Founder and President Anthony Maddox, his partner Peter Griffith, and Lionsgate Vice President Malik Ducard, White Boyz In The Hood will feature 30 comedians, most of whom have honed their craft at urban clubs across the country.
"White Boyz In The Hood, as socially vulnerable as the title may seem, is a glimpse into a world of comedy void of barriers and xenophobia," said Maddox. "These performers are the Larry Birds of comedy in that they can go into any space, any room, and perform on a high level. They can transcend race and culture and thats what well see in this series. Funny is funny, doesnt matter where you live."
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, an industry leader and trend setter in the creation and distribution of quality urban programming, will release the DVD of White Boyz In The Hood in early 2007.
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A.G. began his career in Harlem where he performed at the renowned Uptown Comedy Club. He went on to perform at the prestigious Apollo Theater in Harlem, National Amusements Theaters and at the Tribute to Robin Harris. He has also appeared on Showtime at the Apollo, BET's Comic View and HBO's Snaps.
DC Benny began his career working at Harlem's Uptown Comedy club. Since then his comedy performances have been featured on Showtime at the Apollo, The Chris Rock Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and Breuer Unleashed. Most recently, he was featured in a Comedy Central half-hour comedy special and was a finalist in NBC's Last Comic Standing.
Greg Wilson got his start as the youngest member of the Ad-Libs Improv Troupe. From there he went on to perform in a self-developed show entitled The Comedy Madhouse. In December of 2003, the show was picked-up by The Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Greg then launched a new show in New York called THE GREG WILSON'S Stand-Up|SMACKDOWN! Greg has also appeared in famed comedy clubs such as The Laugh Factory, The Village Comedy Club and Stand-Up NY.
Mikee D is one of the most unique and powerful voices in stand up comedy today. He speaks his truth in a way that is sometimes disturbing but always refreshing. His style is fearless as he probes into the heart of issues that most people would rather ignore. He has a way of taking pain and tragedy and spinning them into hilarious laughter. So if you're up for deep belly laughs then Mikee D is your man.
Douglas Saulnier is a popular comic in NYC, appearing frequently in the city's top comedy clubs. Doug has performed in the Toyota/Boston Comedy Festival, hosted many events such as The Guinness Oyster Festival and The Children's Aid Benefit. Doug has also appeared on HOT 98.7 radio. Recently, Doug has opened for Dave Chappelle and is currently on tour with Robert Schimmel.
Jay Black started life as a high school teacher, but Jay always wanted to try standup, and it wasn't long before he took the same high-energy act he used in the classroom into the nightclubs. Jay has performed in several notable clubs and opened for the likes of Bob Nelson and Victoria Jackson. For the last year, Jay has been writing for The Richie Byrne Show, a comedy revue and Jay was recently signed by Rusty Bear Entertainment to write and produce a screenplay.
"Comedy comes naturally to me," says stand-up comedian and actor Joey Gay, who mines his laughs from his infamous surname, his colorful childhood in Brooklyn and his place in the family as the younger brother of five sisters, which gave him a unique perspective on the differences between men and women. He's a regular at New York comedy hotspots like Caroline's on Broadway, Comedy Village, Laugh Factory and Catch a Rising Star. In addition to performing at top clubs across the country, he has also appeared at casinos such as the Borgata and Resorts in Atlantic City and Foxwoods in Connecticut. As an actor, he has appeared on NBC's "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Deadline." Gay is working on a documentary about New York City's historic comedy clubs. The documentary features interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy, including Woody Allen, Brett Butler and Richard Lewis.
Laurie Kilmartin began her career in the early nineties, during San Francisco's comedy boom and then headed for New York. In 2002, she became a staff writer for Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Laurie has also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Premium Blend, the USO tour¸ Shorties' Watchin' Shorties, Tough Crowd and The World Stands Up. She has also written for The Late Late Show and Too Late With Adam Carolla.
Beginning his career at an open mic at the Comedy Act Theater, Honest John has gone on to appear on Comic View, Def Jam and Showtime at the Apollo. He has guest starred on The Jamie Foxx Show, Lyricist's Lounge and Showtime in Harlem. Honest John can also be seen films like The Wash, For Da Love of Money, Foolish and other urban comedies.
Besides regularly performing in many an NYC comedy club, his credits include writing for Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central, writing for some VH1 shows no one saw, performing at the 2004 "Just For Laughs" Montreal Comedy Festival, and writing for Cracked Magazine.
Dustin Chafin regularly performs at premiere venues such as Caroline's on Broadway, Comic Strip Live, and The NY Improv. He has been featured in the New York Underground Comedy Festival and is also the creator of laughdance, a comedy and film festival. He has been a staff writer for the Sci-Fi channel, and contributing writer for The Chris Rock Show, Dennis Miller, Chappelle Show and Blue Collar T.V.
Jen Kober has recently relocated to Los Angeles where she has quickly become a nationally recognized headliner - playing colleges, casinos and comedy clubs all over the country and bringing crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, story telling, and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. Kober's powerful performances weave together a southern-style tale of love lost at the buffet, road trip adventures at The Waffle House and midnight mishaps at Wal Mart.
Nema has been a headliner on the RJE Comedy Cabaret Tour for the last five years. He has appeared on Comic Groove, Comic Remix, Comic View, and The Best of Comic View. Nema has competed in such events as The Best of the west Def Comedy Jam comedy Competition, The Bay Area Black Comedy Competition and Festival and the Comedy Central Brew Ha Ha.
Eric Schwartz is a weekly feature on Premiere Radio's Nationally Syndicated Comedy Radio strips, and Eric also hosts the syndicated show Animal Atlas. He has also appeared on Live in Hollywood, Comic View, Comedy Spotlight, Loco Comedy Jam and Laugh Riots. He has performed at comedy clubs including The Laugh Factory, The Improv, The Ice House and The Comedy Store. Eric can also be heard on Rhythm Countdown, Good Day L.A. and Rick Dees in the Morning.
Rich Francese has appeared at the Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline's, Stand Up NY, and The Comic Strip. He has performed on television on shows such as The ½ Hour Comedy Hour, Evening at the Improv, Caroline's Comedy Hour, Two Drink Minimum, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Rich has worked as a staff writer for Vibe TV and writes Weekend Update for Saturday Night Live. Rich is a regular sketch player on Late Night and has performed sketches on the Chris Rock Show, Colin Quinn Show, and Tough Crowd. Rich was recently honored when he was chosen to perform at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival and was chosen to be a subject in the soon to be released book, The Best Comedy Routines, Period.
Red Bone has appeared on television in P Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy and Comic View. He has also performed at various comedy clubs including Improv Comedy Club, Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, and Celebrity Theater. In addition, he was a guest comedian on the USO/MWR Comedy Tour. He has also appeared in various films including Devils Rejects and Cracker Jacked as well as a video for Lil John "Get Low" Rimix.
Adam Hunter is one of the hottest up and coming comedians working today. He is full of exciting engery that makes the crowd go wild. He puts his heart and soul into every performance with an act that is brash, edgy, deep, and most importantly... funny. Adam is one of the hardest working comics around, perfoming every night of the week, usually 2 or 3 shows a night. His act is universal, he can play any venue -- from churches to nightclubs. Night after night, Adam delivers a powerful message that keeps audiences cracking up on the edge of their seats.
Jessica's unique style and captivating stage presence captures the attention of audiences and club bookers everywhere she performs. Her wide variety of characters bring a diverse energy to her routine. Once you've seen her talent it's easy to understand why she was selected to perform at the Hamptons, Toyota, Marshall's Women in Comedy, and Las Vegas comedy festivals. She has been featured on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend", and "Fresh Faces", Nickelodeon's "Sixth in the Suburbs", Noggin's "LOL", VH1's "Awesomely Bad Love Songs", Oxygen's premier game show "Can You Tell?", Bravo's "The Great Things About Being", The Women's Television Network's "She's So Funny", NBC's Last Comic Standing Seasons 2 and 3, and NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly".
After winning "The Funniest College Student Contest" Jason has been performing comedy at over 2000 venues throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He recently appeared on P Diddy's Bad Boys Of Comedy and Showtime at the Apollo. He has also appeared on Premium Blend, Comic View, Raymann is Laat, Latino Laugh Festival and Que Loco. Also for Comedy Central, Jason wrote, produced and did voices for an animated pilot entitled Urbania.
Buddy Bolton was the creative director at WNEW, 102.7 FM and the lead writer for "Hot Funnies," a national comedy radio service. He recently created a new show for A& E that is currently in production called Bounced! and also just got his pilot My Adventures with Cloe, picked up by Teletoon. He has recently performed on the Conan O'Brien Show and in major motion pictures including Deeds, Master of Disguise, Bad Boys and Manna From Heaven.
Mark DeMayo recently performed at the Laffapalooza Comedy Festival. He was also featured on 98.7 KISS FM's "It's Just Comedy" competition, and has just performed for the new DVD series "Comedy Jump Off".
Rich Vos is probably best known from NBC's hit reality show Last Comic Standing. He is a regular on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and has appeared in his own Comedy Central Half-Hour Special, as well as The View, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Chappelle's Show, and Def Comedy Jam. He can be seen regularly at Caroline's and The Comedy Cellar as well as other clubs all over New York City.
From the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA, stand-up comedian Jay Oakerson has emerged as one of the most sought after attractions in the industry. Only a seven year veteran, a youngling in the world of stand-up, Jay has already performed at two of the most prestigious festivals in the business: the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO. Jay has also made numerous television appearances including Comedy Central's Premium Blend and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, multiple appearances on B.E.T's Comic View, P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy on HBO, and much more.
Paula Bel has made numerous television appearances including The Tonight Show, Full Frontal Comedy, VIBE, The View, Comic View and Friday Night Videos. She has also been in films such as The Breaks, Welcome to Hollywood and Life With Dave. Her appearance at the Apsen Comedy Festival in Colorado led to a development deal with Warner Brothers Network and Paula has also appeared in the Comedy Factory and the Kilkenny Comedy Festivals.
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "The Late Show with David Letterman", "Comedy Central Presents Joey Kola", "Comedy Central's Premium Blend", "The King of Queens" on CBS, and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" are just a few of the TV appearances Joey has made in his 24 year career as a stand up comedian. Born and raised in NY, Joey has worked at countless comedy clubs, colleges, casinos, cruise ships, and corporate shows. As if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, Joey has also been a warm up comedian from 1996 to the present for such shows as "The Rosie O'Donnell Show", "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", "The Late Show With David Letterman", the live "Survivor" Finale Shows and the live "Apprentice" finale shows. Joey also continues to be active in fundraising for 32 different charities that he is currently involved with.
Cory Kahaney is now best known for being one of the "final five" on NBC's Last Comic Standing. But she has long had the respect and admiration of her peers. Voted "Best Comedian in New York" by Backstage magazine Cory has appeared on "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn", "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "The View".
After quickly rising up the ranks in the stand-up circuits he became known as an up and comer. Aaron spent a year in the legendary sketch theatre "The Groundlings" Sunday company, and now performs regularly in Hollywood at his home club, "The Comedy Store." He has been seen on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend", the Television cop drama, "The Shield," and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek magazine, and many other national publications. Most recently Kader filmed a TV pilot for NBC called "Beverly Hills SUV," he was a stand out at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and received stellar reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year.
Ray Lipowski started his comedy career in 2000 and has performed on BET's Comic View, Showtime at the Apollo and P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy. Ray has recently toured in Europe performing for American troops stationed there doing shows in Germany, London, Ireland and Amsterdam.
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