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Bruce Bruce

Bruce Bruce is a name synonymous with keeping audiences rolling with laughter thanks to his captivating improv skills and larger than life comedic style. Bruce’s steady style of comedy has been showcased across the country, and he has been entertaining audiences young and old, and of all backgrounds, for years. His wit, spontaneity and dazzling personality set him apart from other standup comedians. Although Bruce is known for his adult comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh, and is no stranger in winning over new audiences with every appearance he makes.

Bruce-Bruce

From his early role as host for two seasons of BET’s “Comic View” to his many appearances on tv and film, Bruce is clearly a comedian that has found his mark in the business. Bruce headlined the 2008 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, leaving the audiences north of the border in stitches. On the feature film front, Bruce made a cameo in the HBO Films feature “Idlewild,” appeared in the Larry the Cable Guy-starrer “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector,” with Ice Cube in Columbia Pictures’ “XXX: State of the Union” and in the Screen Gems comedy “Think Like a Man,” Paramount’s Chris Rock directed “Top Five,” He most recently appeared in two big screen comedies, “The Trap,” starring Mike Epps, Universal Picture’s, “Undercover Brother 2,” and you can catch Bruce starring with Loretta Devine in the Netflix “Family Reunion” comedy series. Bruce is one of the nation’s favorite standup comedians and can currently be seen on two national tours, “LIT-AF Tour” with Martin Lawrence, The Real Mike Epps Tour, and in selected clubs and theatres.

In addition to standup comedy, film and tv, Bruce Bruce can also add author to his list of credits. Bruce released his first book “Baby James Brown” from Penguin Publishing. Within these pages you will find hilarious stories from his childhood and learn more about what makes Bruce Bruce one of the most popular comedians in the business today. Bruce’s comedy can actually be traced back to when he was working as a chef directly out of high school. He would entertain his customers with his humor while cooking up mean BBQ dishes. Bruce also worked as a FritoLays salesman and did everything from shelf placement to performing his comedy sets during their corporate meetings. Eventually, Bruce brought his comedy routine to the Comedy Act Theater in Atlanta and was an instant hit.

When BET’s Coast to Coast came to town searching for new and talented stand-up comedians, Bruce would pursue the opportunity to appear on the show and would incessantly audition at each club in the area. Ultimately, he appeared on the show three times. In 1993, Bruce made his first appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam; followed quickly by an impressive appearance on the Showtime at the Apollo hosted by Steve Harvey in 1994. Bruce was asked back to the Apollo two more time in 1995.

His career skyrocketed from there. After receiving the highest ratings ever as the Host of “BET’s 10th Anniversary Comic View” for two seasons, Bruce returned to the BET family as the two-time host “Coming to the Stage.” Bruce went on to star in his own “Comedy Central Presents” special which he followed with a release of his one-hour comedy special DVD “Bruce Bruce Live”(2003) and more recently on “Losin’ It” (Showtime 2011).

On the big screen, Bruce has created crazy characters like the “Lime Pimp” in Hair Show starring Mo ‘Nique, and “Dewayne” the lovable security guard in The Wash starring Snoop Dog and Dr Dre. He also appeared as Larry’s buddy, “Big Shug,” in the Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, XXX: State of the Union, hilarious “Maitre D” in the Mike Epps’s The Trap and as the memorable “Golf Ball Eddie” in Who’s Your Caddy. On the small screen, Bruce recently turned a small role as “Brother Davis” into a hilarious foil for Loretta Devine’s character in “Family Reunion.” Bruce’s bigger than life personality has transcended his personality onto the music video scene as well. He has made guest appearances in videos with Ludacris and the Ying Yang Twins (after being named in their hit song “Salt Shaker”). He appeared in the monstrous 1996 summer hit “Come On Ride the Train (Ride It)” by Quad City DJs and can also be seen in Outkast’s music video “So Fresh, So Clean.” Most recently, Bruce appears with Anthony Anderson in the KEM music video, “You’re On My Mind.”

Bruce’s memorable festival appearances include the prestigious, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in both Chicago (2009) and Montreal (2000 /2003/2008), Laffapalooza in Atlanta, GA (1999-2002) and the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen (2002). You can currently find Bruce guest-starrring on the Netflix Original comedy series “Family Reunion,” with Loretta Devine (2020), Syfy’s “Superstition,” “Showtime at the Apollo (2018),” in his DVD release, “Losin’ It: Live from Boston,” “Shaquille O’Neal’s Comedy All Stars” (Showtime 2018) and in constant reruns of “Comic View” on BET. When not performing in comedy clubs across the country, Bruce spends his time at home with his extended family in Atlanta. He is also extremely dedicated to his incredible car collection, which includes two Harley Davidson trucks and four Buick muscle cars, among others.

DC Young Fly

Born and raised in Atlanta, DC Young Fly had the distinction of being named one of Variety’s coveted 10 Comics to Watch for 2019. His expansive work in the comedy, acting, and digital spheres have made him a standout as an entertainment multi-hyphenate. As a comedian, actor, influencer, musician, and podcast host, DC has proven that innate comedic ability, abundant creativity, and a passion for generating laughter can be translated across multiple mediums.

DC’s career originated by creating hilarious videos and roasts on Vine which he’s translated into the successful brand that he is today. Currently he is the most sought after veteran cast member on Nick Cannon’s Wild’N Out and has also been an anchor in the growth of the popular podcast, 85 South, which has a global fan base of over 2.1 million subscribers on YouTube, garnering 550 million+ views and 100,000+ live tickets sold.

He guest starred on season one of 50 Cent’s BMF and can also recently be seen playing the historic musician/songwriter ‘Sly Stone’ displaying his musical talent on season two of BET’s American Soul. In the feature film space, he played the lead in Universal’s comedy feature for MTV, How High 2 and can next be seen in the remake of New Line Cinema and SpringHill’s feature film, House Party, premiering this summer. Other past acting credits include Will Packer’s feature film Almost Christmas, FOX’s comedy series REL, and Kenya Barris’ Grownish on Freeform. On the unscripted side, he was the host of MTV’s reboot of TRL and has been a regular on VH1’s new version of Hip Hop Squares. He’s also hosted back to back years in 2020 & 2021 for BET’s annual Hip Hop Awards alongside his podcast co-hosts Karlous Miller and Chico Bean.

“Move strategically and look like what you wanna attract.”

DC YOUNG FLY

Capone

The notorious funnyman, Capone owns three businesses in the Bronx -a barber and beauty shop and a computer store. In addition to his acute business savvy, Capone’s ability to adapt to any audience has made him a mainstay in the comedy arena.

Capone

“This American humor of ours, call it comedy, call it jokes, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great stress release if only we seize it with both hands and choke the crap out of it.”
–gangster of comedy, Capone.

“This American system of ours, call it Amercianism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we seize it with both hands and make the most of it.”
–gangster Al Capone

History has a funny way of repeating itself. Take the Windy City of Chicago circa the 1820s when a self-proclaimed Brooklyn street politician named Al Capone revolutionized the crime world with his hustling antics. Nearly 70 years later, the Bronx is introduced to Derrick Lee, another hustler who trades in his ruggish-thuggish ways to become a successful entrepreneur and later metamorphosize the world of comedy as Capone, the Gangster of Comedy.

While both Capones lives slightly parallel each other, our beloved comedian’s life is not tragic, but inspirational. Unlike Chi-town’s original crime lord, Capone, the comedian didn’t ignore the warning signs that he needed to cease the hustle. His first and last sign came in 1991 after receiving a nine-month sentence. It was then that the soon-to-be notorious funnyman knew the street life wasn’t his calling. “Jail was a blessing for me,” recalls the 28-year old comedian of his spiraling street career. “At the rate I was going I’d either be spending a whole lot of time there or end up dead.” With a second chance, Capone left the street life and became a home attendant for the mentally challenged. “It may seem a little far fetched that I chose a Samaritan job, but I’ve always been interested in helping people, especially those who can’t do for themselves.” Although his salary was a far cry from his previous income, he valued his freedom enough to stay on a legitimate path and supplemented his wages by moonlighting as a barber on the weekends. It was at his second job, that he began to hone his comedic skills by engaging in intense snap sessions with co-workers. “I was always crackin’ jokes on the customers or my co-workers so the barber shop served as a sort of comedy haven for me.”

Capone aka Derrick Lee

It wasn’t until 1992, when a promoter friend of Capone’s challenged him to take his innate talent off the streets and to the stage that his comedy career was launched. “My first show was at Columbia University,” says the eight year comedic veteran of his meager beginnings and who credits his late mother for his comedic sense. “I won the amateur contest and I was invited to perform with the heavy hitters.” Performing with professionals such as Tracey Morgan (Saturday Night Live), Talent (Wyclef Jean’s 1998 The Carnival), Michael Epps (Next Friday) opened up many doors for the boisterous budding comedian. He immediately ditched his day job after he’d saved his earnings to open his first barber shop six years ago. “It was always one of my dreams to have my own barber shop and work for myself.”

He’s performed at a slew of comedy clubs including New York’s Caroline’s Comedy Club, Uptown Comedy Club, Boston Comedy Club and tons of universities. It is this same universal comedic flair that helped Capone nab his gig as the host of Harlem’s legendary Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre. “My jokes are personal -relationships, children, society, work, ethnicity,” admits Capone who also hosts the majority of the Apollo’s scheduled concerts. “I transform it into a comedic vision.” Luckily for the humorous, the gangster of comedy and his silly comrades had an even bigger vision -to unite The Big Apple’s top five comedians (Capone, Talent, Gerald Kelly, Drew Frasier and Rob Stapleton) for a N.Y. Kings of Comedy tour. “We decided to put this show together about a year ago, but it was difficult with everyone’s conflicting schedules. But when we finally came together I went straight to the Apollo and made it happen.” The Royal Fam’ is such a hot commodity that the show sold out in less than a week and a second show had to be added. “We’ve gotten an overwhelming response and I’m hoping the show will travel soon.”

As if he isn’t already inundated with enough projects, Capone has also done album skits for one of the Ruff Ryder’s canines Drag-On’s solo debut Opposite of H2O and is currently completing his own debut My Life Was No Joke, a clever fusion of comedy, rhythm and blues and rap due out this July. Capone who is also remembered for his unique style of dress is also planning to launch his own clothing line in the near future. With such a hefty plate, it’s hard to imagine what Capone will most be remembered for -his contribution to the history of comedy or his flourishing businesses. “I want to be remembered as the comedian who handled things his way,” says Capone who also manages to be a doting father despite his dual career. “And as far as my personal contribution, I’d like to touch the lives of people who did not believe in themselves. Everybody has problems that they sometimes can’t control. But after the dark tunnel there’s always light, it’s just how long you’re willing to walk that path.”

Luenell

Luenell at the Comedy House

Luenell is a force of nature. This talented comedienne, actress and singer, was born in Tollette, Arkansas, a town whose population barely registers with the U.S. census. At the tender age of 10, she caught the acting bug after seeing the plays South Pacific and Ain’t S’posed to Die a Natural Death. She enrolled in theatre classes at the grade school level and continued to study through college and cut her teeth at the Oakland Ensemble Theatre.

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