A staple on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) for more than a decade now, he is one of the voices that wake up millions of radio listeners in more than 195 markets.
And now he’s a regular on TV One’s new hit sitcom, “The Rickey Smiley Show,” which premiered last week, giving the network its biggest debut in its history. Although Brown may be cracking jokes on TV and the radio, when it comes to breast cancer, it’s no laughing matter.
When he’s not on tv or the radio, Brown owns and operates the J Spot Comedy Club in Los Angeles, providing an incubator for up-and-coming comics as well as seasoned ones, who need to workshop new material. In observance of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Brown’s comedy club will present two special events to bring awareness and raise money for breast cancer.
- “Mic Check: Spitting 4 a Cure” | October 2, 2012 | 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Hosted by Spencer Allen, the J. Spot Comedy Club presents “Mic Check” with an all-male line up of poets, performing for a great cause – that is, breast cancer awareness. Special guest and gifted spoken word artist Rudy Francisco from TV One’s hit tv show, “Verses and Flow” will headline the event. The San Diego native combines activism and poetry to enlighten the minds of those who witness his performance. And when it comes to “spitting,” he’s the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, the 2010 San Diego Grand Slam Champion, and the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion. Tickets are $5.
- “One Night, One Mic, One Cause” | October 7, 2012 | 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Hosted by Clayton Thomas, the J. Spot Comedy Club will partner with fellow comedy club owner and one-year breast cancer survivor Mishelle Leftridge, CEO of Left Right Entertainment to raise money for the Save The Ta Tas® Foundation. Founded in 2008 by Julia Fikse, the private, not-for-profit 501(3) organization is dedicated to battling cancer at every stage through awareness and humor. In fact, its motto is “laughter heals.” Tickets are $10. For more information about the organization, visit www.SavetheTaTas.com.
“I was born with the gift of gab and making other people laugh; so, I wanted to lend my name and resources to the fight against breast cancer,” says Brown. “Not only can you can bring awareness through humor, but laughter is also the best medicine for the soul.”
For more information about special events and offerings at the J. Spot Comedy Club, call 310.337.9057 or visit www.JAnthonyBrown.com to purchase tickets online. The J. Spot Comedy Club is located at 5581 Manchester Ave. in Los Angeles.
About J. Anthony Brown
With a new gig on TV One’s hit tv series, “The Rickey Smiley Show,” Brown is one of the forerunner to today’s popular Black comedy scene. His side-splitting antics and sensibilities on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” (TJMS) have set a precedent that many now follow. Whether he’s “murdering the hits” with his off-key version of the latest song, or donning a pink pimp suit to evoke a laugh, Brown is always getting to someone’s funny bone. And his penchant for alligator shoes and rainbow colored suits convey his “party time” approach for fun. Let’s just say, he gives Steve Harvey a run for his money!
As luck would have it, the South Carolina native began his career in entertainment by accident after relocating to
Atlanta in 1972. He was pursuing a career as a clothing designer, and found himself $316 short of tuition money. To raise some funds, Brown visited a local club and entered a gong show contest. The one-time tailor was asked back to the venue, and later transformed it into a city hot spot as word of his natural wit traveled quickly. And as they say, the rest is history.
Brown later left Atlanta for Hollywood, landing a job as a staff writer for the ground-breaking, Emmy-winning late night talk show, “The Arsenio Hall Show.” Other writing credits include the “Tom Joyner TV Show,” “Steve Harvey’s Big Time,” “Me and the Boys,” and “The Parent ‘Hood.”
On the big screen, his credits include “XXX: State of the Union” with Samuel L. Jackson and Ice Cube; “Mr. 3000” with Bernie Mac; “Drumline” with Nick Cannon; and “How to Be a Player” with Bill Bellamy. On television, Brown’s credits include, hosting two consecutive seasons of BET’s “Comic View,” as well as performances on “Def Jam,” “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” and “Evening at the Improv.” He’s guest-starred on such sit-coms as “House of Payne,” “Like Family,” “The Parkers,” “Livin’ Single,” “Martin,” “Moesha,” and “The Hughleys.
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