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Billy D Washington

Bio: 

“Low-key intensity and dead on humor” is how the Denver Post described Billy D. Washington. His clever but quirky approach combined with his undeniable skill as a pianist has made Billy D. Washington a formidable force in the world of stand-up comedy.

After a 5-year stint as a Houston Police Officer, he followed his heart, took to the stage and has since assembled a pretty impressive body of work for this part-time church musician and full-time national Headliner.

Billy has a college show, performing arts show- Hue-more Comedy in Full color and has just begun touring his gospel play FINDING FIRST LADY

Billy has been featured at the prestigious 'Just for Laughs' Comedy Festival twice, HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and for 3 years traveled with The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin as her opening act. He has also appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Last Comic Standing, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Bob and Tom radio show, and spent time on VH-1 as a host and on-air personality. In 2008 he was identified as one of the most diverse comedians in America by the NBC stand-up for diversity initiative, and is the creator of the critically acclaimed S.E.L.L.O.U.T. Comedy Tour, a group of talented black comedians who challenge America to resolve racial differences one joke at a time.

Billy was recently asked  what inspires him to do comedy...

"I am inspired to move people. I grew up as the adopted child of my favorite preacher, my Dad. My Mom was the quintessential preacher's wife and everything we did encompassed inspiration, motivation and the occasional need to entertain. On countless Sunday mornings I sat at the piano in my Dad's church and watched people in awe as he delivered his sermons. His context was bible based and his presentation was captivating. He would integrate humor into traditional Christian teachings while delivering a message that was succinct, accurate and heartfelt. As a Police Officer, I worked a part-time job as security in a comedy club in Houston Texas. I watched countless comedians from a barstool in the back of the room, moved by guys like Tim Allen, Dana Carvey, Steven Wright and Mark Curry as they practiced the same sort of audience mastery as my Dad had years earlier. They made people not just laugh but think, they crafted obscure references and related them to the relatable, while cheering up the downtrodden and allowing their crowd to consider the humor in abstract perspective. I want to inspire in the way that my Dad did, along with the countless comedians of whom I watched in that comedy club. I don't look for the easy punch line. I aspire as a comedian to find the obscure nuance in simplicity, while still being my audience’s performer for the evening, and a figure of quiet complexity that they will not soon forget."

Credits: 

Billy is currently touring his one-man show entitled, "Hue-more, Comedy in Living Color" which debuted at the historic Thalian Hall, Wilmington, NC. on January 9th 2010.

Montreal Comedy Festival, BET, VH-1, Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Bob and Tom Radio

Vince Morris

Bio: 

Thanks for a GREAT show on Saturday night... I know I had a great time, and the students have been talking about it all weekend!  You were a great sport - and I think that keeping it very real with the students was most appreciated - and damn funny! Dean of Students, Dominican College

 

Two programs- Comedy and/or  R.S.V.P.- Reality of Stereotypes Versus Perception a Diversity Lecture 

Vince Morris is surrounded by ignorance everyday, and is afraid he is the only one who sees it. With his smooth charismatic style, this Columbus, Ohio native delivers passionate views on race, family, relationships and life. Vince brings his audience into a world where the ignorance we accept daily is challenged by his dangerously funny and controversial material. the best way to describe Vince Morris: "If Malcom X did stand-up comedy."

When asked if Black athletes advertising shoes are role models; Vince responds, “I don’t give a damn what kind of shoe an athlete wears…what kind of shoes do Black surgeons or lawyers wear? What shoe is Johnny Cochran advertising? Now that’s the commercial! When you can get a brother off of a double homicide and the whole world knows he’s guilty- that is a bad ass shoe!”

Vince’s voice is strong and spreading quickly, hitting the road headlining at comedy clubs, theatres, and colleges around the country. Now a Los Angeles resident, Vince has flourished into television on such shows as Comedy Central’, The Late Late Show, NBC’s Friday Night, Premium Blend, BET’s Comic View and HBO. Vince has also been featured at  the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival and U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

Credits: 

Vince Morris provides an even bigger departure from the “Def Comedy Jam” norm. Bespectacled and soft-spoken, he neither looks nor sounds like the stereotypical black comic, and that in a way is the point of his very smart act.  New York Times

Your thoughtful, timely presentation was critical to fostering discussion about issues facing or community and to promoting action strategies we can implement as we continue to move forward.  For that we thank you!  Diversity Conference Planning. City of Hopkinsville, KY

It was this "edgy" material that got people laughing. "I thought it was wonderful," said a freshman.

One of his jokes was about how he is disgusted by the fact that white CEOs think that the only way to market to young African-Americans is by having music in the background of the commercial, no matter what they are trying to sell.Westminster College- Utah

 Available for solo date, or with three others in S.E.L.L.O.U.T. , plus lectures.

BT

Bio: 

BT was born and raised in the wonderful settings of Muskogee, Oklahoma. He joking refers to himself as "A black redneck with a rock star attitude."He left the University of Oklahoma with a degree and dreams of show business.  After living in Chicago BT finally settled down I in the city of dreams, Los Angeles.  He has performed din over 43 states, three countries and seen in numerous television shows from the Sci-Fi Channels’ “Black Scorpion” to the critically acclaimed HBO movie “Suckers”. He has been on MTV, BET, VH-1. BT and his Jerry Lewis-style energy is a favorite in the nationally touring comedy show “SELLOUT”. He has carved a niche for himself in comedy as a high-energy act with style, substance and material to match. To see BT is to experience life through the eyes and energy of one of comedy’s brightest stars.

Rondell Sheridan

Bio: 

If You are OVER 40 and You Know It Clap Your Hands!  

When your theater or corporate event is looking for FUNNY and CLEAN and RECOGNIZABLE plus AFFORDABLE don't go any further!!

From the Tonight Show  to several Showtime comedy specials to many, many, many appearances on Comedy Central. Rondell has been called one of the fastest comedy minds, when it comes to audience participation, in the business. Always funny, and never at a lost for words his clever take on everyday situations keeps audiences rolling.

Perhaps best know as the fun loving dad, Victor Baxter, on Disney’s long running series “Thats So Raven”, when you look at him, your lips naturally edge closer to your ears. Maybe it’s his open, inviting eyes; maybe it’s his big, easy smile. Or just maybe, it’s because over the last decade or so - whether Rondell’s acting, hosting, or doing stand-up - you’ve laughed every time you’ve seen him.

As a stand up comedian, Sheridan transforms ordinary occurrences into hilarious and hearty tales. In an age where stand-up is under attack for its bawdy content, Sheridan disarms his audiences with a wholesome ease - a mixture of playful physicality, facial expressions and a gift to continually shift comedic gears and personas.

Born and raised on the South side of Chicago, Sheridan attended Marquette University in Milwaukee as an Interpersonal Communications major with a minor in Advertising. After college, he went with a gut feeling and schmoozed his way into an audition with the prestigious New York acting school Circle in the Square. With raw talent and a little good fortune, the novice actor was accepted to the program. He spent one year at the school honing his acting skills before moving on to perform in repertory work, regional theater and off-Broadway productions. The high point of his early career was creating a character in the original off-Broadway production of Leslie Lee’s “Between Now and Then.”

Sheridan then became a fixture on the stand-up circuit, headlining in clubs, colleges and on international cruise liners. He appeared on “The Tonight Show” with both Jay and Johnny, “The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show,” “The Conan O’Brien Show,” “Politically Incorrect,” starred in cable specials for both Showtime and Comedy Central, co-created the TV series MINOR ADJUSTMENTS , the first and only primetime series to premier on one network – NBC - then be sold and aired on a second - UPN - during the same TV season. Sheridan portrayed a child psychologist, who was the voice of sanity amongst his dysfunctional co-workers, family and friends.

Rondell has also co-hosted the syndicated talk show series MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, and stars on the syndicated series THAT’S FUNNY.

Put it all together, and you have one of the most popular comics of the Millennium.

Thank you for providing us with a top-flight comic to perform at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. Rondell’s performance was funny and entertaining and he had no problem engaging members of the audience as part of his routine and his story-telling.

Reviews for his comedy CD A BANANA AND A GUN:

Customer Reviews

Too funny!!
     


The title alone would suggest that Rondell is a nut, but he's a very clever nut! This CD will keep you laughing throughout, and for days after. I highly recommend it!

What comedy should be
     


Rondell's latest project is wonderful. I'm almost willing to offer a money back guarantee. He has the innate ability to take everyday circumstances and objects, and create comedic brilliance. He says the stuff we all think. He even says the stuff we wish we were creative enough to think. Something is clearly wrong with him, but that's what makes him so hilarious.

The way comedy used to be
     


I remember listening to comedy records as a kid. I would listen over and over again, each time laughing more than the time before. Then I got Sirius/XM radio and started listening to the comedy stations. I laugh once in a while, but a lot of the stuff just isn’t that funny. Rondell’s work is the real thing - this album is smart and clever, but wicked and biting in just the right amount. I keep playing it for friends and laughing all over again and I even had a person at a red light ask me what I was laughing so hard at. I love this album. This is some funny s*&t!

Credits: 

HIghlights include: The Tonight Show, Craig Ferguson, Showtime, HBO, Comedy Central, Disney, ABC, CBS, NBC, Montreal, Chelsea Lately,

Rebecca Corry

Bio: 

Rebecca Corry stars as Leisha in the NBC comedy “One Big Happy”, produced by Ellen DeGeneres.

 

In addition to “One Big Happy,” Corry’s multiple television credits include “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Rules of Engagement” and CBS’s “The King of Queens” which lead her to become the face of a national Gallo wine campaign and more recently, the face of an international Hertz campaign.

 

One of Corry’s most memorable roles was that of Paul Giamatti’s receptionist, Astrid Baker, in the feature film “Big Fat Liar.”

 

Corry hosted the second season of Courtney Cox and David Arquette’s interior design show, “Mix It Up.” She later worked with the duo on the FOX pilot “The MidNightly News,” in which she starred, wrote on and also produced. 

 

A few of Corry’s numerous guest star appearances include, “Yes Dear,” “The Wayne Brady Show,” NBC’s “Late Friday,” “Comics unleashed,” E’s 101 series, Vh1’s “Best Week Ever,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and in 2009, her own half-hour special on Comedy Central.

 

In 2001, Corry showcased as a "new face" in the Montreal Comedy Festival.  Upon her return, she performed her critically-acclaimed one woman show “Rebecca Corry With Balls."  In 2006, Corry beat thousands of contestants to become a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing 4.”

 

Corry was born and raised in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington. She began her career in Chicago studying writing, acting and improvisation at the Second City, Annoyance Theatre and Center Theatre, where she thrived as a performer. After an 11-month run in the Chicago production of “Tony and Tin’s Wedding” as the pregnant maid of honor, Corry moved to Los Angeles.

 

Rebecca is also the Founder and President of the Stand Up For Pits Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to ending the abuse and discrimination of "Pit Bull” type dogs.  On May 3rd 2014, Corry organized the first ever One Million PIBBLE March on Washington DC.  Thousands of people from all over the world attended the history-making event, which helped raise awareness for the cause.  To learn more about the Stand Up For Pits Foundation and their mission, go to standupforpits.us.

 

rebeccacorry.com

James Galea

Bio: 

" I am gobsmacked. He's VERY good...VERY talented" Sir Richard Branson- Virgin Air

Standing ovation! ..we had a great night tonight, James was amazing!- Melalueca -the Wellnes Company

1000 people in the audience, best show- Augustana College

James Galea is Australia's number one magician. Constant television appearances (including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, TV’s 50 Greatest Magic Tricks, TODAY, Morning's with Kerri-Anne, Good Day LA, The Footy Show), his own series Urban Magic and his recent role starring in the Discovery Channel series Breaking Magic have seen James in constant demand in his home country and internationally both in the corporate arena and touring as a headliner world-wide (including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The World Famous Hollywood Magic Castle & The Melbourne International Comedy Festival).

James is an award-winning magician, writer, songwriter, director and producer. He resides in both Los Angeles and Sydney where he chases the sunshine (and rainbows).

What makes James Galea unique?

James Galea is vastly different to the stereotypical 'pull a rabbit out of a hat' magician - he breathes new life into the dying art of magic and trades the traditional rigid tuxedo and stiff top hat for a pair of sneakers, jeans and a tee shirt. Energetic and effortlessly cool, James presents the art of magic with a wicked sense of humour disarming audiences with his youthful charm and astonishing them with his talent.

James started learning magic at age 14 from someone he thought was a magician. He later found out that his mentor moonlighted as a professional con man who cheated in high stakes poker games. While his colleagues were learning how to make hankies disappear from old magic books Galea learnt how to deal aces from the bottom of the deck from a professional card shark.

It was in the field of close up magic that James' unique talent was discovered. His charismatic performances soon attracted notice and at just 19 years of age, James was awarded 'Australia's Best Close-Up Magician'.

In 2009 after sell-out seasons Australia-wide of his live show I HATE RABBITS, James took to the stage as an actor starring in LYING CHEATING BASTARD, a play he co-wrote about Australia's most successful conman. The critics were unanimous in their praise for the play and Galea's performance and the show will toured internationally throughout 2010/2011.

Galea is currently in prduction for the large scale BAND OF MAGICIANS Tour which will launch at The Sydney Festical January 2014 and will be ready to tour internationally for the 14/15 season.

Jen Kober

Bio: 

The Girl Scout Cookie Caper / Jen Kober, "Snap LIVE in NYC!"A new Snap classic!

Watch as the hilarious Jen Kober brings the funny, just in time for the Girl Scout Cookie season. SHARE with everyone who loves Thin Mints . . .

The first story from the amazing Snap Judgment LIVE in NYC!

Original score by Alex Mandel. Performed for WNYC's RadioLoveFest at the beautiful Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Music performed by Alex and the Snap Playaz (Tim Frick and David Brandt).

See her on The Real Husbands of Hollywood with Kevin Hart, The Middle, HBO, Showtime, FX, and movies including Grudge Match, Paranoia, and American Pie Reunion.

Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kober has taken her southern style sassiness 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. Kober commands the stage and dares you not to laugh as she takes you through an hour long ride that is sure to leave you humming the tunes and buying the t-shirts!

Credits: 

“JEN KOBER IS THE CAUSTIC CUPCAKE OF COMEDY - QUICK, BITING AND SWEET ALL AT THE SAME TIME!”
SAUDIKA HARDY
CHICAGO READER

“KOBER’S PENCHANT FOR QUICK-WITTED IMPROVISATION AND CHARACTER WORK HAVE ATTRACTED A STRONG FOLLOWING. THE SHOW I ATTENDED WAS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT.”
STEVEN SCHNEIDER
ORLANDO SENTINEL

“JEN IS SO SMART, SO QUICK AND SO FUNNY! WE WOULD GLADLY INVITE HER BACK TO PERFORM FOR OUR COMPANY. EVERYONE TRULY ENJOYED HER.”
LIZ WALLER
AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION

The BLACKPACK All Laughs Matter

Bio: 

ALL LAUGHS MATTER- SOLD OUT Diana Wortham Theater- ASHEVILLE NC!  In addition a full room for pre show workshop on race and daily life

Comedy, Audience Participation, Issues that face all of us in a comedy setting.   Theaters, Colleges, Clubs.

"It's a year later and the students are still talking about The BLACKPACK's comedy tour.  On our predominately white campus this show brought in a mixed crowd and sent a positive message about diversity. Not only was it entertaining, the show had a big learning aspect to it. Conversations were started that normally never happen and those dialogues are still continuing." The Universtiy of Georgia

The Blackpack presents “#All Laughs Matter”

Vince Morris, BT, Billy D. Washington, Three headliners. One stage.

Celebrating our differences one joke at a time.

At some point in our career…each of us has been accused of not being true to our heritage…our culture…and our profession. Too Black for one venue. Not Black enough for another.

But, funny is funny. Right?

We are here to celebrate our individualism.Our motto: Be Yourself. Because Everybody Else Is Already Taken.

Join us as we chip at the walls of racial and social stereotypes.

Credits: 

Comedians have been featured on: HBO, Comedy Central, CBS, NBC, A&E, Showtime, UPN, MTV, ESPN, VH1, FOX & B.E.T.

The audience was VERY responsive and VERY impressed with what these guys did. It was a mixed audience, more white than black by a long shot, which surprised me a bit.

These guys are as nice and congenial, as flexible and cooperative as anyone ever. A presenter couldn't ask for a more pleasant "work day." Their material is SO spot-on, just to the perfect "edge" in every way - with never going over or too far. They're very, very smart in reading their audience. They know where they can take them, they know where they can create a crack in prejudices or stereotypes, and they do so with a humor and warmth that just brings everyone closer and closer - not only to them but to each other. In that way, their work is truly "medicinal," in the best sense of the word.
Thalian Hall- Wilmington NC

 "This was by far, one of our best shows! We will definitely be spreading the word that SELLOUT is a must see".   CAB Program Advisor Univ. of West Florida. Yes we had an amazing turnout, the guys were great, the students loved them and so did I! I really enjoyed them!

Residence Life Coordinator

University of Indianapolis

"Funny, current, and real. SELLOUT brings to the stage all that and more. The Black man's perspective with a twist."
Director, Performing Arts Center

Earlham College

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