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 in September, giving the network its biggest debut in its history.
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. As the comedy club prepares for the holidays, Brown is happy to announce its holiday line up of laughs to bring in the New Year.
HEADLINER | Esau McGraw | Monday, December 31, 2012
Headlining the New Year Eve’s festivities is comic/actor ESAU MCGRAW. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, McGraw has been cracking up folks ever since he traded in his barber shears for a microphone. Audiences know him from his appearances on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” BET’s “ComicView,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” as well as “Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment.” He made his film debut in “Idlewild,” portraying the character of Stuttering Sonny. And he appears in the film, “Dance Fu,” directed by actor/comic Cedric the Entertainer, starring Kel Mitchell, Tommy Davidson, Affion Crockett, Rodney Perry and of course, Cedric the Entertainer. He also toured nationally with David E. Talbert’s hit play, “What My Husband Doesn’t Know.”
The evening will be hosted by comic EVAN LIONEL whose credits include “Martin Lawrence 1st Amendment,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” BET’s Kevin Hart’s “One Night Stand,” and BET’s “ComicView” – just to name a few.
Other FAN FAVORITES:
- ANNIE MCKNIGHT – a familiar face on the comedy circuit with film and tv credits, including “Friends With Benefits,” “The Soloist,” “Cornered,” and “Crazy on the Outside.” On the small screen, she’s appeared in “Heroes,” “Brother and Sisters,” and “iCarly.” She’s performed on the “Tonight Show” and “Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment.”
- DERRICK ELLIS– After making a splash on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” a decade ago, he followed up with nine successful appearances on BET’s “ComicView,” and most recently performed on HBO’s “P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy.” Ellis is steadily carving out a national following of loyal fans, touting his own comedic point-of-view and paying homage to many of comedy’s legends. He has the loveably irreverent attitude of Robin Harris, the precise timing of Hinny Youngman, the cool presence of Dick Gregory, and the urban sensibilities of Richard Pryor. A real crack up, Ellis is witty, clever and just knee-jerk funny.
Other comics slated to appear include the crowd-pleasing, up-and-coming comics BRANDON WILEY, MEMPHIS WILL and SKILLZ HUDSON.
The doors open at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012. The show and afterparty begins at 8 p.m. Tickets prices vary from $30 to $55 in advance and $40 to $75 at the door.
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 “ComicView,” 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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