*Atlanta, GA — The Royal Comedy Tour will celebrate the comedians of old who set the bar for the industry today and showcase those comedians who are presently the voice of the industry right now. The tour seeks to successfully continue the unforgettable tradition set forth by Def Comedy Jam and Comic View.
If it’s raw, without regrets, full of real in your face emotion, you will get it from The Royal Comedy Tour. No other tour ever assembled mixes mayhem with merriment in such a way that thousands flock to see it year after year. Since its start in 2009, The Royal Comedy Tour has become the longest-running most successful urban comedy tour ever with a quarter of a million people having witnessed its comedians live on stage. During its previous installments, the Royal Comedy Tour saw unparallel success from night to night with sold out shows across the country and has featured everyone from D.L. Hughley, Sommore, Bruce Bruce and Don “D.C.” Curry to Damon Williams, TuRae, Arnez J, Tony Rock, Mark Curry and Earthquake.
Red Foxx, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy aren’t just Award-winning actors and icons of the comedy industry, but they all began their careers doing stand-up. Before their best-selling comedy special or comedy album was completed, before they landed their first appearance in a hit feature film and before they got a role in a long running TV series, they were amazing audiences all around the country doing stand-up one comedy club and one city at a time. Whether in matters of race, religion or relationships, stand-up explored it all. Stand-up gave issues and what mattered most to people a platform and propelled comedians like Foxx, Wilson, Pryor and Murphy into the mainstream.
Continuing the legacy and the rich tradition established by these legendary comics is the Royal Comedy Tour. As the 3rd Annual Royal Comedy Tour preps to head out on its 25-city tour, this year’s tour titled, “All Hail Stand-Up” is taking fans back to a time when “Stand Up was King.” From sold out shows to side-splitting sets to some of the funniest comedians coming together on one stage one night at a time, The Royal Comedy Tour, year after year is the most anticipated, can’t miss comedy tour. On this year’s Royal Comedy Tour, Sommore, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, Tony Rock and Mark Curry have joined forces to become “One Nation Under Comedy” and bring stand-up comedy back to its roots. DJ Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa fame will be in the house mixing and serving up the music. The tour kicks off February 3rd in Shreveport, LA @ Century Tel Center. Tickets are ON SALE NOW. For more information, log onto www.royalcomedytour.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
“The Royal Comedy Tour gives us an opportunity to discuss issues of today from our perspective,” said Sommore. “There is nothing like hearing what “we” as comedians think is funny. When all is said and done, people will always appreciate funny. When all else fails for them in life, they will always appreciate what’s funny. It’s the one constant they can always count on. And on this tour, we will consistently be coming with “the funny.”
Together, Sommore, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, Tony Rock & Mark Curry have been entertaining audiences with their brand of comedy for almost a hundred years, collectively millions of people have seen them “LIVE” and jointly they represent the best group of funny makers on the comedy circuit today.
“Every night on this tour will be ‘Pure Destruction!’” said Earthquake, who is the tour’s headliner this year. “This tour will be nothing like people have ever seen before. For fans that haven’t seen me live yet to the fans that come out every time I’m in town, I’m not leaving the stage until I know they can’t take anymore.”
For fans coming to see this year’s Royal Comedy Tour, the social commentating will crack you up, the comic’s everyday rhetoric will cause a ruckus and the side-splitting situations will stir you up. Overall, The Royal Comedy Tour is simply as the name suggests a top-notch, roll out the red carpet, unforgettable experience fit for kings and queens.
The 2012 Royal Comedy Tour dates are as follows:
Feb.3 Shreveport, Louisiana Century Tel
Feb.4 Dallas, Texas Verizon Center
Feb.10 Cleveland, Ohio State Theater
Feb.11 Chicago, Illinois Arie Crown
Feb.12 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee Theatre
Feb.17 Baltimore, Maryland First Mariner Arena
Feb.18 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Liacouras Center
Feb.19 Tampa, FL Straz Theatre
Feb.24 Rochester, NY Auditorium
Feb.25 Detroit, Michigan Opera House
March3 Charlotte, NC Bojangles Arena
March9 Jacksonville, Florida Memorial Arena
March10 New Orleans, Louisiana Lakefront Arena
March16 Nashville, Tennessee Municipal Auditorium
March17 Atlanta, Georgia Civic Center
March18 Albany, New York Palace Theatre
March23 Savannah, Georgia Civic Center
March24 Jackson, MS Arena
March30 Norfolk, Virginia Convocation Center
March31 Baton Rouge, Louisiana River Front Arena
April 1 Hartford, CT XL Center
April 6 Greenville, SC Bilo Center
April 7 Washington, DC Showplace Arena
May 12 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
May 13 Houston, Texas Reliant Arena
***Comedians scheduled to appear varies by city. Visit www.royalcomedytour.com for details.
ABOUT THE COMEDIANS
Sommore, the original “Queen of Comedy” has emerged as one of America’s top comedic performers who consistently deliver sharp sarcasm with an amazing presence. Effortlessly, she fuses funny with an impeccable sense of fashion and flair on stage. The Trenton, New Jersey native has appeared on various shows including Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, BET’s Live From LA and Showtime At The Apollo. She has also been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Sommore received the prestigious Richard Pryor Award for “Comic Of The Year,” which quickly positioned her as one of the industry’s premier comedians. Starring in the ground-breaking Queens of Comedy tour, Sommore also starred in her own Showtime special and now has her own successful DVD special entitled, “The Queen Stands Alone.” Sommore’s film appearances have included Soul Plane with Snoop Dogg, A Miami Tail, Friday After Next with Ice Cube and Something New with Simon Baker. Other noteworthy accomplishments have included several appearances on the sitcoms The Hughleys, The Parkers, and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. Up next for Sommore is another comedy DVD special.
Without a doubt, he stands as one of the funniest forces in comedy today and is known to fans across the world as Earthquake. Considered to be a fixture on the comedy club circuit, Earthquake has taken his voice as a comic and set in motion a powerfully crafted platform for himself in other entertainment mediums, including television and film. Although he has trod the same path as many comics before him, appearing on HBO’S Def Comedy Jam and BET’s Comic View, to name a few, what has differentiated him above the pack has been his ability to successfully expand his fan base to people of all races and cultures. But, it would also be Earthquake’s uncanny ability to shoot straight from the hip on things ranging from politics to personal relationships and culture and the economy. His outrageous, outspoken and opinionated manner has put him front and center on many shows, including VH1’s The List and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, where he became the first performer in the show’s history to receive a standing ovation. Earthquake also performed a half-hour HBO special as part of the series One Night Stand, a one-hour special on BET and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, which ultimately led to his own special on Comedy Central. However, it would be Earthquake’s TV and movie roles that would help further expose him to broader bases and mainstream masses. He has graced the screen in Kevin Smith’s film Clerks II, Ice Cube’s film, The Longshots and as Root the Rooster in the CGI film, Barnyard. He continued to do the TV series spinoff of the movie Barnyard called Back at the Barnyard and appear in the video game version and also have a recurring role on the Chris Rock’s hit TV show Everybody Hates Chris as Chris’ Uncle Mike. Up next for Earthquake’s fans is a DVD special, slated for release in Spring 2012.
Although Bruce Bruce is known for his unapologetic adult centered comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh or win over audiences. For two seasons, Bruce hosted BET’s Comic View and headlined the 2008 “Just for Laughs Comedy Festival” in Montreal. He made a cameo appearance in the HBO Film, Idlewild and appeared in Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector. In the early 90s, Bruce jumped on the scene and made his first appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. Numerous appearances on the hugely popular show, Showtime at the Apollo, would soon follow. 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 of Coming to the Stage. After huge success in several mediums, Bruce would go on to star in his own “Comedy Central Presents” special which he followed with the release of his one-hour comedy special DVD “Bruce Bruce Live.” On the big screen, Bruce has appeared in Hair Show starring Academy Award winner Mo ‘Nique, and The Wash with Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre. Most recently, he released his latest DVD special, Bruce Bruce: Losin’ It-Live From Boston. Up next for Bruce is the movie, Think Like A Man, from the best–selling novel by Steve Harvey slated for release in early 2012.
Many people have stated that Oakland native Mark Curry is possibly comedy’s best kept secret and undoubtedly one of the funniest comedians in the World. Emerging from the Bay to becoming a very successful modern day comedian to landing his own hugely successful TV show, Mark Curry started making his mark of the entertainment industry in a way most rarely do. Curry’s first role was in the film Talkin’ Dirty After Dark, alongside Martin Lawrence. What would follow would establish Curry as one of the most sought after figures in TV during the 90s. He would eventually land his own television series Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, where he played the lead role of Mark Cooper, an NBA player-turned-substitute teacher/gym coach. Millions around the country tuned into him for years as the tried and true Mr. Cooper. However, Curry’s tango with TV wouldn’t stop there. He appeared in The Jamie Foxx Show as an eccentric driving instructor, as well as Living Single and Martin and in a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show as Drew’s boss at Winfred-Louder. Curry would also appear in the films Switchback and Armageddon and the Disney Channel Original Movie, The Poof Point. In recent years, Curry would get back to his roots—doing stand-up comedy. He would go on to host Comedy Central’s Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and in The Comedy Festival Laffapalooza Special, hosted by Tracy Morgan. Curry can also currently be seen hosting his own room in Vegas doing comedy at the Las Vegas Hilton on weekends and hosting the hugely successful Conga Room in Los Angeles as host of “Foxxhole LIVE,” which airs weekly on Academy & Grammy Award winner Jamie Foxx’s satellite radio network.
He has one of the most recognizable last names in comedy. He is Brooklyn native Tony Rock, the younger brother of comedian/actor Chris Rock. Never to ride the coat tails of his hugely successful brother, Rock has always worked hard to hone in on his craft and establish a solid name for himself. It was inevitable that entertainment would be the path for him, even from an early age. Rock has made many guest appearances on nationally syndicated radio/TV shows, including The Howard Stern Show and The D’Angelo Show and even appeared on the world famous Apollo Theater stage. His film credits have also included everything from Three Can Play That Game with Vivica Fox to Hitch with Will Smith and Life Support with Queen Latifah. But, it was his role as Dirk Black on the UPN/CW sitcom All of Us and as Uncle Ryan on the hit sitcom Everybody Hates Chris that helped further advance his star to fans across the country. Although he has had several opportunities to position himself in film and TV, Rock stays close to his first love and roots as a comedian by doing stand-up. Rock has hosted The Funny Spot on TV One and his own TV series, a sketch comedy show called The Tony Rock Project, which was broadcast on My Network TV and was featured on Season 14 of “Comedy Central Presents”. When in New York, he’s a regular at the famous “Comic Strip”, “Caroline’s” and “Stand-Up New York”. When in Los Angeles, he’s a regular at “The Comedy Store”, “Improv” and “Icehouse” and he headlines at “The Laugh Factory.” But, as Rock’s star continues to rise, the opportunities for him become limitless. In February, Rock will be appearing on the Comedy Central Stand-Up show Russell Simmons Presents: The Ruckus, airing in February. In March, Rock will be seen in a special cameo role in the movie Think Like a Man based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book. Rock is also the new host of Apollo Live which is a re-boot of the popular Showtime at the Apollo variety show. Apollo Live is executive produced by Academy Award winner, Jamie Foxx, scheduled to debut in April 2012. Rock is also is in the process of writing a book titled, The 48 Laws of Comedy.