Laughin’ Lenny’s mainstream clean and funny approach to comedy has allowed him to stand out as one of the elite performers of today. He has appeared not only locally but, overseas for the military and around the country at different comedy venues. Lenny’s motto is “YOU AIN’T READY FOR ME YET” and once you have see him you will understand why he is one of the funniest comedians in the market today.
BET’s Comic View
Black Achievement Awards
Torry was born and raised along with his brother, actor and comedian Guy Torry, in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he earned a B.A. in mass communications/broadcast journalism. While attending school, Torry pledged Omega Psi Phi fraternity. In 2001, Lincoln honored him with both The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2002 an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters. He was also inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001 where many other famous African-American college alumni have been inducted as well.
Torry began his acting career around the age of 23. He brought his own style of humor to such roles in films such as, Strictly Business and House Party . He also made guest appearances on television shows including E.R., NYPD Blue, Girlfriends, NCIS, The Conan O’Brian Show, Jon Stewart, The Bryon Allen Show and became a crowd favorite on Def Comedy Jam. Appearing on earlier shows such as Roc and Amen jump started his television roles. It wasn’t until 1992 when Torry would receive his big break, he was given the job of hosting Def Comedy Jam after Martin Lawrence left the show. Which tripled his exposure in the entertainment industry. This also brought Torry larger roles in newer movies. He starred in Motives 1 & 2, Lock Down, Hair Show, Mansfield 12, Poetic Justice, Sprung, and Tales from the Hood among others. He has also been in various commercials for large corporations such as Anheuser Busch, Pepsi, and Nike.
J. Reid, Winner of Bill Bellamy’s “Who’s Got Jokes!”
Since age 19, comedian J. Reid has been entertaining audiences in Las Vegas and beyond. The Vegas native began his comedy career performing stand-up in small clubs throughout the city, and has since appeared in comedy venues from Los Angeles to Iraq.
Reid’s first break came when he was selected as a contestant on BET’s (Black Entertainment Television Network) “Coming To The Stage,” where he went head-to-head in a weekly comedic battle against other rising comedians. As a result of the appearance and his overwhelming talent, Reid quickly began garnering attention and booking performances at notable comedy clubs such as The Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv, and The Comedy Store.
Never forgetting home, Reid also performed for audiences on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip at hotels and casinos including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, The Tropicana, and The Rivera. Additionally, he hosted his own monthly comedy showcase, the “Grown and Sexy Comedy Show,” that featured well-known and amateur comedians and musicians.
Reid has also discovered other outlets to bring his style of comedy to the masses, including television, film, music, and radio. The popular funnyman has appeared in commercials and was featured in the blockbuster movie “21” starring Kevin Spacey. Recently he released the second of two comedy albums, titled “J.Reid: Comedy Mixtape Volume 2,” featuring parodies, skits, and stand-up. Fans can also listen to him live at 10 am, every Saturday as he co- hosts “Straight Talk” with Las Vegas Commissioner Lawrence Weekly on 88.1 KCEP.
Reid continues to perform in Las Vegas and tour nationally and internationally, performing his first love — stand-up. In July 2009, he was handpicked to travel to Iraq on a 10-day tour to entertain U. S. Army troops. Additionally, during the summer Reid hit the road and joined fellow comedian, Bill Bellamy on a national tour called The Ladies Night Out Tour.
Most recently, he appeared as a contestant on the fourth season Bill Bellamy’s “Who’s Got Jokes?” where he competed against 24 other comedians from across the country for the “Jokes” title. During the season premier episode, Reid experienced joy and pain, when he advanced to the semi-finals and his father, Sammy, passed away on the same day. Reid fought through and beat out three other comedians to enter the finals of the show where he competed against his best friend and fellow comedian D”Lai. On December 12, viewers voted Reid the winner of “Who’s Got Jokes?”
This past July Reid was featured at the 2010 Essence Music Festival. Additionally Reid’s first 30 minute comedy special “L.M.A.O.” premiered on the national cable network TVONE.
Howard G is a playwright, actor and director. He has appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and The Wire, BET’s ComicView and on Showtime at the Apollo. He currently has a musical comedy stage play entitled Never Could Have Made It that is touring the east coast.
How many people do you know have made a career change in life and have had much success after doing so? Well, introducing, Keedar Whittle. Not only is he on BET’s #1 hit show Hell Date, he is also the creator and host of the Funny as Hell Comedy Tour that is making its way across the country starring comedians of BET’s #1 hit show Hell Date. He was also in a movie that came out last fall titled The Comebacks and has landed 3 national television commercials. He has also been featured in several newspapers and magazines. But the roots of his career go deeper than that. Keedar is a native of Atlanta, Ga. After graduating from Norfolk State University in 2001, he began working as a science coordinator for 3 independent middle schools in Boston. It was during this time that he broke into the entertainment industry. He made his stage debut in a production G.R. Point. After winning several awards including best supporting actor for the entire New England area, Keedar decided to pack his bags and move to New York to pursue acting full-time.
Keedar realized that a successful acting career would have to be built on a solid foundation. This led him to Broadway where he studied at the famed Circle in the Square Theater, which has graduated familiar names such as Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives and Philip Seymour Hoffman who won a Golden Globe Award for his role in Capote and many, many more. During his tenure in New York, Keedar performed in Off Broadway and regional plays, and began doing standup comedy, which led to a touring commitment opening for comedian Finesse Mitchell all over the east coast. After 2 years, Keedar was ready for the next step, a move to Los Angeles to snap his career into overdrive. Since being in LA, he has shot three short films that hit the short film circuits, an improv sketch on Nick Cannon’s series Short Circuitz, and his first webisode titled The Untold Adventures of Lewis and Clarke, which was pitched to the Fox Network for their new online division.
Keedar has starred as Nino in 4 episodes of the CW’s One Tree Hill and has been continuing to tour with Finesse Mitchell throughout the midwest which is creating a strong buzz. He also has been hosting events across the country.
Rising from the streets of New York’s ghettos to television super stardom on Good Times, Jimmie Walker personifies the great American success story. His catch phrase “Dy-no-mite!” is part of the modern vernacular, and he became such a major celebrity in the 1970’s that Time Magazine named him “Comedian of the Decade.
Jimmie has had success on the big and small screen as well as comedy stage. At one point in his career David Letterman and Jay Leno wrote jokes for Jimmie’s Stand up act. He still tours 35-45 weeks out of the year, after 5 decades in the comedy business. Come see this legend perform in the South’s premiere comedy club, the Comedy House.
Stand-up Comedy in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.