Diversity

Carolivia Herron

Bio: 

The 20th anniversary of NAPPY HAIR celebrates what started as a book celebrate a childs background and became the #1 banned book.  Today NAPPY HAIR and it's author CAROLIVIA HERRON open up eyes and heart with the unique tie in of poetry, culture and passion to unite all people through the written and spoken word.

 

She is a Black Jew and much of her writing stems from that heritage, she has also been named the “Grandmother of Hip Hop” as she was the first prof in the US to teach a course on hip hop - - - comparing it to ancient Greek epic.

The natural tie in groups would be, Jewish Student Organizations, Social Justice, Black Student Union, early education and english.  If there is a class on Hip Hop or a poetry club they too would be interested.

Here is some recent inf:

On December 15, 2016 she will be talking at the NYPL on “Banned in Brooklyn: The Journey of Nappy Hair from DC to NYC”
For education majors there is a natural tie in with education, diversity and a reading of the book to exemplify call and response and the creation of poetry for students.

Her first book, Thereafter Johnnie, has recently been identified as one of 100 novels that every Jew should read. Here is the link to the article.
http://bookriot.com/2016/07/15/100-must-read-works-of-jewish-fiction

Opera Ebony in NYC is working to produce her opera, “Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson" in February of 2017
(In the mid 20th century opera singer Marian Anderson, was denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall by the DAR because of her color. At the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt, she broke the barrier to perform at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939.)

Her novel “Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair" interconnects a fictionalized version of my life with the life of Asenath, wife of Joseph, son of Jacob in the Bible

Her latest book, “Peacesong DC"
  a) was specifically requested by the Pen/Faulkner Writers in School Program for placement in Washington, DC high schools
  b) is a 95% autobiographical account of growing up black and Jewish in Washington, DC
  c) is being considered for a Jewish Book Council Jewish book award. The Jewish Book Council has already asked her to be in a program  in Washington, DC in February

 

Carolivia Herron is the author of the much publicized children's story, Nappy Hair. A huge controversy occurred when a white teacher in Brooklyn, New York, was verbally accosted by members of the African American community for reading and sharing Ms. Herron's book with her class of African American and Hispanic children.
It was only after the media created a circus that the parents realized that Nappy Hair was a celebration of heritage. Nappy Hair, written in call and response style, enables young people to be active participants in living poetry.

Carolivia Herron is an African American Jewish author, educator and
publisher living in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in
Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of
Pennsylvania, and has held professorial appointments at Harvard
University, Mount Holyoke College, California State University, Chico,
and the College of William and Mary. Most recently she has been the
Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Project Humanities at Arizona State
University.

Carolivia’s publications include the adult novel Thereafter Johnnie
(Random House, 1991), the critical edition, The Selected Works of
Angelina Weld Grimké (Oxford University Press, 1991), and the
children’s books, Nappy Hair (Knopf books for Young Children, 1997),
Little Georgia and the Apples (EpicCenter Stories, 2005), Always An
Olivia (Kar-Ben, 2007), and Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair
(Street to Street Epic Publications, 2014).

She has also written lyrics and librettos for the following  musical
works: Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson (music composed
by Bruce Adolphe; commissioned by the Washington National Opera and
the Washington Performing Arts Society); The Journey of Phillis
Wheatley  (music composed by Nkeiru Okoye, commissioned by Boston
Landmarks Orchestra); We are Free in choral composition, Reach out,
Raise Hope, Change Society (music composed by Bruce Adolphe,
commissioned by the University of Michigan School of Social Work), and
An Ocean Can Dry Into Silence (music composed by Ellen Harrison;
performed by University of Cincinnati Camarata).

Dr. Herron promotes and publishes the writings of Jews of African
descent and directs the educational program, EpicCenter Stories, a
non-profit that encourages the study of traditional epics and the
writing and publishing of contemporary epic. She also directs the
PAUSE writing program (Potomac Anacostia Ultimate Story Exchange), and
teaches courses in classical epic, Star Trek, and hip-hop. In fact,
she was the first professor in the United States to teach a university
course in hip-hop. (Harvard University, 1987).

Carolivia loves epic literature and the city of Washington, DC. Much
of this novel, Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair, derives its
impetus from her discovery of John Milton’s Paradise Lost in the
Carnegie Library of Washington, DC when she was eleven years old. The
second volume of this two volume publication, Asenath and Our Song of
Songs, will be published by 2017.

Carolivia Herron has won writing awards and commendations from from
Be’chol Lashon, Parenting Magazine Reading Magic, Marian Vanett
Ridgway Awards, the Patterson Poetry Center, the Elizabeth Stone
Memorial Award, and has received the Exceptional Women in the Arts
Award from Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Bruce George

Bio: 

Bruce George is the  co-founder of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam As a  Peabody Award Winner he is a visionary, executive producer, writer, poet and activist. He was born and raised in New York City. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 37 years. His work has been published in major magazines, anthologies, and literary publications. He has written testimonials from the likes of Essence Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Class Magazine, Harlem River Press etc…

“Bruce George was a pleasure to meet and spend time with. His presence fostered an environment of intellectual enthusiasm and intrigue for social consciousness. His life story has shaped a character that is both humbled and focused. His accomplishments only make up a fraction of what he has contributed to to the art of word for 30+ years. To have transcended from the inner city boroughs of New York, New York...his heart and soul will always be empathetic to the struggle suffered by the oppressed masses of The American Ghetto. With that said, we appreciated his dynamic presence, authenticity and unwavering support!” - Wesley College, Office of Student Life

 His newest publication:
Street Smarts: An Anthology of Urban Survival Strategies
is a literary first that focuses on how urban working class people enhance their earning power despite often being underemployed. How do lower paid workers make ends meet? How do the unemployed survive once they've used up their unemployment benefits? What happens to them once they disappear from official statistics? What tactics have they developed? Is there another economic system at work that is totally outside of mainstream standards? What does the underclass do to feed the family within a hostile environment? Are the strategies they devise parts of yet another working standard?

To what extent is there an underground economy that is not exactly illegal, yet for which there is no yardstick by which to measure its effectiveness? Given the current economic downturns and consistent losses of jobs, are the strategies and options that have long ago developed among the working poor still viable? What are they? Are they legal, extralegal or illegal? What common threads hold the underclass together? Do they bear their own ethics? How applicable are they?

The answers to these questions serve as the parameters for Street Smarts. The target audience includes the hundreds of thousands who, like never before, are faced with new challenges – unemployment, loss of homes, debts, etc., with homelessness and public shelters their potential options.

Bruce has his own online social network via “Ning”: "The People Power Network" a grassroots platform: http://thepeoplepowernetwork.ning.com/

Bruce has joint-ventured with Harold Whaley who's the COO of Mongram Virtua and Terry Cyrus of OutSpoken Media as Virtual Consultants within "Second Life" www.secondlife.com  which is an entire virtual world.

2007 Bruce is one of the founders of an anti-violence/poverty initiative entitled "The American Experiment Peace Project"
www.myspace.com/theamericanexperiment

2007 - Bruce is the Executive Consultant of Gumbo For The Soul Publications. www.gumboforthesoul.com 

2007- Bruce is the Executive Consultant/VP of Business Development of the "International Hip-Hop Speakers Bureau."

2006- Bruce is on the Host Committee of Kevin Powell’s 6th Annual Holiday Party Clothing Drive to benefit the homeless at “The Safe Horizon Street Work Project.”

2006- Bruce is the Executive Consultant for Audible, Inc. creating/providing "Top Tier" Podcasting-i-Tune & i-Pod content of celebrities (Spoken Word Artists, rappers, authors, comedians, singers etc. 

Bruce has won multiple poetry & talent contests. He has won several awards such as a “Peabody Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry (HBO)”, a “Miky Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry Jam (HBO)”, an “Upscale Showcase Award”, a “Trail Blazer Award” etc… for his outstanding vision, production, writing and performance. 

Bruce is the Founder/Executive Consultant of Ebony Energy Talent Network (Booking Agency) featuring major talent such as Paul Mooney, Rev. Jessie Jackson, Amiri Baraka, The Last Poets, Malik Yoba, Dawn Robinson etc.

Bruce is the Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry Jam.”  He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic, an Anthology of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates.”

Bruce is the Founder/Executive Producer of a spoken word documentary entitled: “Bone Bristle, A Spoken Word Documentary” which is in post-production.  The film features critically acclaimed writers, poets & spoken word artists.

As an activist Bruce has been and currently is associated with major grassroots organizations that fosters and uplifts people in struggle.

Bruce has served on numerous panels (Hampton, Harvard, The New School, Fordham University, Medgar Evers, Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture etc…) and judged hundreds of poetry/spoken word competitions.

Bruce is a graduate of Niagara University in which he earned a B.A. degree in Psychology.

Rich Kiamco

Bio: 

Rich Kiamco is a force of nature that rips across the stage leaving laughter, tears and applause in his wake. Rich’s comedy career began with a sewing machine at the Fashion Institute Of Technology where he performed his first stand-up routine at the dorm talent show. Later that year later he met Judy Tenuta and became her costume designer and eventually began performing with her as her back-up dancer in Las Vegas, on The Howard Stern Show and venues nationwide. He received the Overall Excellence Award in Solo Performance at the NY Fringe Festival + Best Solo Performance at the Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival and has performed on campuses and venues across the USA, Canada, China and the Philippines. Rich was featured on BRAVO’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, co-hosted the WE channel’s 3 Men And A Chick Flick, has had multiple appearances on OutQ Sirius XM Satellite Radio, was  interviewed on FOX’s Good Day NYand recently appeared on The Wendy Williams Show.His one-man show UNACCESSORIZED, an autobiographic romp about a queer Filipino overachiever, received the Overall Excellence Award in Solo Performance at the New York International Fringe Festival and Best Solo Performance at the Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival. He received standing ovations at FACT: Filipino Americans Coming Together, the largest mid-west conference of Filipino American students and at True Colors, the world's largest LGBTIQA youth conference. Rich spoke at MTV Networks for LGBT month, was honored to co-host a private event for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, was a deputy field organizer for the Obama campaign and has appeared on campuses in the US, Canada, China and the Philippines.

Rich was featured on The Howard Stern Show, Good Day NY,  The Wendy Williams Show, BRAVO, WE-tv, SIRIUS XM, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, co-hosted the WE channel's 3 Men And A Chick Flick and is a frequent guest on OutQ SiriusXM Radio. Rich has also performed with Peeling, an Asian-American performance collective based in New York City, and has appeared in Las Vegas, on The Howard Stern Show and venues nationwide as the side-kick to comedian Judy Tenuta. His writing can be found in Take Out: Queer Writing From Asian Pacific America, Temple University Press and Queer Stories For Boys, Thunder's Mouth Press.

Credits: 

SELECTED CAMPUS APPEARANCES:

University Of Illinois @ Urbana - Champaign, University Of Michigan, University Of The Philippines - Davao, Central Academy Of Fine Arts - Beijing, China, Syracuse University, Washington State University–Pullman, SUNY Fredonia, Princeton University, SUNY @ Buffalo, University Of Minnesota –Twin Cities, University Of Florida-Gainesville, University Of Missouri - Columbia, Florida State University, Oregon State University, NJ Institute Of Technology, Macalester College, Cornell University, Ball State University, Ithaca College, New York University, Rutgers University, College Of William & Mary, Austin Peay State University, Xavier University – Cagayan De Oro, Philippines.

Michelle Balan

Bio: 

Michele Balan is a classy woman with attitude. Sometimes the class has to move over for the attitude. She was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and titleholder of "Last Woman Comic Standing." Michele was voted one of the “Top 10 Comics” by Backstage Magazine. The San Francisco Bay Times also placed her on their national Top 10 and Broadway World honored Michele at number two in their Top 10 List of cabaret performers.

Michele headlines around the country at leading comedy clubs, festivals such as Montreal’s “Just for Laughs,” corporate events, JCCs, country clubs, on cruises, and more! She is appropriate for all audiences...well, maybe not children's parties! She has appeared several times on The Joy Behar Show, and has numerous appearances on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed, and recently on NBC’s The Today Show. Along with her stand-up, Michele writes for many well-known comedians and is a contributor to a variety of magazines.

Often told she was naturally funny, this Brooklyn native left a high- paying executive position at a computer company to pursue comedy and has been performing ever since.

What people say...

“Fabulous! You are what a comedian is all about.” – Jason Alexander "Dynamite" -Cindy Adams The NY POST

"As part of the Nantucket Comedy festival, Balan had the full house in stitches." -Nantucket Mirror

"Michele Balan is on a roll, there is no stopping her!" -The Friars Club

"You know what I dislike about stand-up comedy—there’s too much standing.” -Michele Balan

Credits: 

Last Comic Standing,  Montreal’s “Just for Laughs,”  The Joy Behar Show,  HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed, NBC’s The Today Show.

Louis Johnson

Bio: 

Louis Johnson "A family man with serious personal issues" has been seen on Comedy Central, B.E.T., Showtime, A&E, and his own SHOWTIME Comic of the Month Special. He's been featured at the Annual Las Vegas Comedy Festival and the Annual New Orleans Comedy Festival.

He's a regular on U.S.O. World Comedy Break Tours, entertaining the troops overseas since 1995. Italy, Albania, Greece, Iceland, England, Scotland, Hungary, Belgium, Croatia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Macedonia, Bosnia, Panama, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Japan, Korea and Alaska (yeah yeah yeah it's not overseas, but as long as it takes to get there it should be!).

He won Showtime Networks Funniest Person in America contest. Declared the winner after a nationwide phone-in vote! He won cash (long gone) and a cable special (which aired for a month--hence the title Comic of the--well you get it). He's also a regular headliner for cruise ships and corporate events across the world.

The Denver Post states that, "Johnson is a polished performer with dynamic delivery."; The Atlanta Journal calls him "..a keen chronicler of society."; The Indianapolis News says, "His jokes make fun of life's everyday occurrences that break all racial and economic barriers."; The Rocky Mountain News chimes in with, "..he is a comedian with graceful physical skills and has the ability to wander into tough subjects and still get a laugh."; The Honolulu Star Bulletin states that "Johnson is just serious enough to give the audience something to think about."; and The Boulder Daily Camera simply says "There was only one difference between us: He was funny - very funny."

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.

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

ANT

Bio: 

See ANT on CBS's The Doctors where he asks for help with weight and discloses his history of addicitions.  Spin off show to follow!

"We had ANT on campus for his comedy show one night followed by his Bullied, Bashed, and Not Broken lecture the next day. It was an amazing experience to see the effects of both shows on our students and how he tied everything together in the end about loving oneself. If you want a show (or two) that will truly make a difference at your campus, ANT is the perfect choice!" - RHPB and The University of Akron!

Hyper, irreverent, and just downright fabulous, ANT (spelled in caps) has steadily climbed the comedy hill to become one of the most successful comedians of our time. A regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tyra Banks show, ANT is the only comedian to appear on all five seasons of NBC's hit series Last Comic Standing. He is recognized as the host VH1's  Celebrity Fit Club and in the LOGO series, "U.S. of ANT."  ANT ventured out of his comfort zone, appearing in  "Celebri-Cadabra." a competition show featuring magic and celebrities. His hit stand-up DVD, "ANT: America's Ready" and comedy CD "Follow my ass!" have sold tens of thousands of copies and are available in stores nationwide and online at every CD/DVD retailer including amazon.com.  ANT's daily video blog, "The ANT Colony," has taken the web by storm. Consistently rated as one of the top 10 celebrity blogs on MySpace and at mirror site www.nbc.com/ant, www.nbc.com/ant. The ANT Colony garners over a million visitors per month. www.antcomic.com/blog

The lecture- BULLIED BASHED BUT NOT BROKEN

Floundering in life for years, ANT moved to Los Angeles seeing fame and fortune.  He began to run with a fast, party crowd and soon his world started unraveling.  BULLIED at school for being different- gay, of immigrant parents, having funny lunches (everyone can fill in their own blanks) and peer pressure highlighting the need to fit in lead him into a dark dance with the devil.  Years of alcohol, Meth.,and Heroin abuse brings him to the brink of  insanity.  Almost homeless, desperate for a way out, he chooses suicide.  But life had another plan.

ANT's amazing journey will take you through - self-doubt, internalized homophobia, depression  and chemical dependency.  And when he hits rock bottom...The light – inside all of us - began  to shine.

What follows next is an unforgettable journey from hell to happiness.  A visitor from above or the most vivid dream he's ever had, lead him to the path of recovery. His is a story of hope and redemption.   He'll reveal how each of us has an infinite power and infinite potential within us. 

The ability to command into existence anything we desire. Tears, Laughter and Triumph.  Your change starts now.   

Currently ANT lives in Los Angeles and has been  clean and sober for nearly 6 years.

And most powerfully of all, they hear Ant tell the story of his longtime relationship with his partner, and of the mix of funny and sad moments that seasoned his last year, before dying of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

“I’m sharing the pain of my true experiences with you not only to honor him, but also to show that I’m willing to put it all up on the stage, just like I’m asking you to,” says Ant. “If you bring real truth to the stage about who you are, it will be unique and funny and heartfelt and memorable.”

Credits: 

I have never dealt with a nicer celebrity than Ant. He was so humble and grounded which made my job much easier. He barely requested anything and he was more than happy to meet people and sign autographs. He asked as many people as he could to go out to dinner with us after the show. At dinner he was just as funny as he was in his show and he gave us students genuine advice. He bought everyone at dinner drinks and he was even respectful at 5 am when I took him back to the airport. I would love to have him back anytime. I wanted to send him a thank you note. Can you send me his address so I can send him the thank you note, or can you send me your address so you can send him the thank you note? I greatly appreciate your sincerity and professionalism on Ant.

Comedy Coordinator
Western Michigan University

I wanted to let you know that ANT was a hit here at the UCCS campus! I have heard nothing but good things from students you attended the show. ANT is an awesome guy and too much fun to hang out with. He is nothing but generous and sweet. Thank you for all you did to help us have ANT perform on our campus. Have a great weekend!

Council Co-President
Office of Campus Activities
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN with ANT
We had a great event in Chicago this past weekend. Thank you for all your help, and please extend a big thank you to ANT on behalf of everyone here at HRC.We had over 800 event attendees.

ANT was the best. Not only was his comic set stellar, but everyone (from staff to volunteers) loved working with him. He put on a truly great show… What a pro. We look forward to his taking part in future HRC
events.

Deputy Director for Membership Outreach
Human Rights Campaign

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