If you're a fan of Comedy shows such Martin Lawrence's 1st Amendment Stand Up or BET's Comic View, than more than likely you have heard of funny man, Gary Owen. The comedian has not only been a force on the stand-up scene, but he has also starred in hit films Think Like A Man and Rebound. These days, his own Stand-Up, True Story is available on DVD and he is touring the country alongside some of the best in the business on the Shaquille O’neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam Tour. The tour which is in its third successful season is hosted by Gary Owen, another sign that he’s becoming one of the elite comedians in the business.
When I was informed that I’d be writing my piece on Capone the comedian, I must admit, I was extremely excited. I actually lived with this man for two weeks, years ago with one of his children. It’s amazing to see how far he has come along compared to where the journey began. Born, Derrick Lee, his name, Capone represents the fact that he gets down to business. Over the years he has done just that going from a drug dealer to comedian. Now as one of the New York Kings of Comedy and the undisputed Gangster of Comedy, he has proved to the world many times over that he is to be taken seriously, and that is no funny business.
The job of a comedian is never ending, from the moment they sit down to work out their material until they hit the stage and perform in front of a crowd, whether it be in front of a sold out crowd or just a few drunks, every moment on and off stage goes to perfecting this every evolving craft. Comedians who’ve been performing for a while know the importance of keeping fresh material. Comedian Kareem Green is no stranger to the game. You may recognize his name most recently from Russell Simmon’s Presents The Ruckus, which aired on Comedy Central. But Kareem has also been featured on Comic View on BET, Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes and in 2009, he won first place for the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition which included over 70 comedians. I was not only fortunate enough to sit down with Kareem to discuss his career, but I was also able to see him perform.
Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Dave Chapelle have not only paved the way for young African American comedians, but also inspire one of East Coast’s top funny man, Mike Yard.
As a child his dream was to play for the N.Y. Mets, but for some reason that dream didn’t last long, “I was young and I don’t wanna say I was lazy, but it started feeling like work and I’m not a fan of that. Baseball was fun but I was too young to take it seriously.”
There is more to this man than his humor. Actor, comedian Anthony Anderson who was once the face of his own television series All About The Andersons is now an advocate and spokesperson for the F.A.C.E. Campaign, for African-Americans facing the quiet but deadly illness of Diabetes. Anthony, who now stars in the popular Law and Order series, has had Diabetes type 2 for over 8 years now.