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Nick Carthan Talks About Stand Up Comedy | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian Nick Carthan on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of his current projects.

Nick Carthan began ripping stages across the East Coast in 2011. His South Side Jamaica Queens, New York roots may have created his hardcore New York comedy style, but his new Hollywood lifestyle is paving the way for a new breed of Carthan funny!

In New York, Nick spent the majority of his time focusing on fitness and health. It wasn’t untIl two years ago that he finally took his strengths to the stage at a Harlem lounge. After exploding years of jokes through a microphone and into the the seats of dozens of strangers for the first time, Carthan knew he had finally found his niche.

Nick carthan now resides in Los Angeles , Living in LaLaland for five years has not only challenged Nick’s craft to higher levels of accomplishments, but it has also fueled his stand-up with fusions of his trials and hilarious tribulations in caring for his first baby. Nick’s weekly comedy crawl includes venues such as The World Famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood, The Comedy Store on Sunset, and The Comedy Union. He has also graced the screen with appearances on Russell Simmon’s All Def Digital network and several comedic shorts and parodies featured online. He has also won the Flappers comedy competition by taking the judges and peoples votes as well. With this achievement he moved and co-headlined Caroline’s comedy club in NYC!

Nick not only credits his comedic influences to his family and New York roots, but his respect for Tracey Morgan, Rodney Danger Field, Eddie Murphy, and wrestling, allows his comedy to be embraced by audiences of all walks of life. With evidence of his talent shown through the smiles and laughter he evokes through comedy on a daily basis, Nick not only continues to grow his fan base, but he continues to gain the the respect and love of comedic greats and industry leaders known worldwide! Don’t be the last to laugh with Nick Carthan, hop onboard now, and join him on what he calls the “#Road2Funny!”

BT Kingsley Talks About Stand Up Comedy | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian BT Kingsley on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of his current projects.

With a burgeoning career that already credits 12 years of professional stand up comedy to his resume, comedian / actor / writer / producer BT Kingsley, is making his creative presence and versatile talents known both on big and small screens and on comedy stages from Hollywood to NYC and around the world.

Kingsley’s live stand up performances span the globe. In addition to his domestic appearances, he headlines shows internationally: from Europe to the Far East to the Middle East. He also tours top “A” rooms across the US as feature act for legendary urban stand up Don “DC” Curry.

In the world of film and television, the Northern California native has been equally busy. In 2014 he’s starred in the feature film “Muslimah” and starred in, wrote and produced the feature “She Wins.” Kingsley kicked it all off by starring in the dramatic short film “Joke Thief,” which he also executive produced. On the small screen he starred in national TV commercials for Ford Motor Company and Skittles. In his spare time he wrote produced and starred in his first stand up comedy special.

Kingsley currently resides in Hollywood where he’s developing new starring vehicles for himself, his showbiz friends and some of the top talents in the industry.

Kanye’s Back, First Presidential Debate Results & More – BHL’s Headlines With Headliners

In today’s episode of Headlines With Headliners, our hosts Tehran Von Ghasri, Kanisha Buss, and Nate Jackson joke about the top news of the week for September 27th, 2016!

We’re talking Texas Nazis, Kanye, Meek Mill vs. The Game, Lil Wayne vs. Baby, Packer Football, Odell Beckham, Snapchat glasses, Zack Galafanakis and Presidential Debates and more on todays Headlines with Headliners

Brad & Angelina Are Splitting? Ukelele Girl Wins & More – BHL’s Headlines With Headliners

In today’s episode of Headlines With Headliners, our hosts Tehran Von Ghasri, Kanisha Buss, and Nate Jackson joke about the top news of the week for September 20th, 2016!

Were talking Terrence Crutcher and Tulsa, Ti and Trevor Noah, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Mary J Blige and Superhead, Coolio and Guns, Grace Vanderwaal and Americas Got Talent, Yeezy Cleats, Manhattan Explosions and Emmys and more on todays Headlines with Headliners

New Evidence For Chris Brown, Hillary’s Health Scare & More! | BHL’s Headlines With Headliners

In today’s episode of Headlines With Headliners, our hosts Tehran Von Ghasri, Kanisha Buss, and Nate Jackson joke about the top news of the week including Chris Brown, Zika, Hillary Clinton, Miss America, Ryan Lochte, Bel Biv Devoe, Iggy Azalea and more.

All this and more on Black Hollywood Live’s Headlines with Headliners for September 13th, 2016!

BHL’s Headlines With Headliners for September 6th, 2016

In today’s episode of Headlines With Headliners, our hosts Tehran Von Ghasri, Kanisha Buss, and Nate Jackson joke about the top news of the week.

All this and more on Black Hollywood Live’s Headlines with Headliners for September 6th, 2016!

BHL’s Headlines With Headliners for August 30th, 2016

In today’s episode of Headlines With Headliners, our hosts Tehran Von Ghasri, Kanisha Buss, and Nate Jackson joke about the top news of the week.

All this and more on Black Hollywood Live’s Headlines with Headliners for August 22nd, 2016!

Bow Wow Speaks, The Zika Virus Hits, & Don’t Vote! – BHL’s Headlines With Headliners

In today’s episode of Headlines With Headliners, our hosts Tehran Von Ghasri, Kanisha Buss, and Nate Jackson joke about the top news of the week. Today we’re talking about The Zika Virus, Lil Bow Wow’s thoughts on history, The Don’t Vote initiative, Satan School Clubs, Miss USA, Draymond Green’s Penis and more.

All this and more on Black Hollywood Live’s Headlines with Headliners for August 1st, 2016!

Pokemon GO Sensation, Melania Trump Wants To be Michelle Obama – BHL’s Headlines With Headliners

In today’s episode of Headlines With Headliners, our hosts Tehran Von Ghasri, Nick Perdue, Kanisha Buss, and Nate Jackson joke about the top news of the week. Today we’re talking about Melania Trump Plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s Speech, the sensation that is Pokemon Go, and Drake’s Joe Budden. Also, Why the hell are we talking about Lindsay Lohan again?

All this and more on Black Hollywood Live’s Headlines with Headliners for July 25th, 2016!

Quincy Jones Talks About Stand Up Comedy | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian Quincy Jones on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of his current projects.

Quincy Jones is a comedian originally from Seattle, now living in Los Angeles, CA.

Quincy not only loves comedy, but the hard work that goes into being a comedian. He once challenged himself to do 1000 shows in one year. Through that hard work and determination, Quincy has honed his voice, weaving together stories and everyday observations that cover everything from Subway cookies to police brutality. That along with his crowd interaction and witty off-the-cuff responses make him a highly sought after performer.

Quincy has worked with many comics including Rory Scovel, Ian Edwards, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, and more.

Keenan Baker Talks Standup and More | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian Keenan Baker on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of his current projects.

Keenan Baker grew up a Military Brat. Born in San Diego Ca. Living all around the country but landed back in Los Angeles at a young age. Raised by a single father, Keenan struggle growing up. Losing fights and not being let back into the house until he won the fights because that was his fathers rule. Keenan got his start in comedy back in 2009. In 2011 Keenan Placed 2nd in The LA Funniest Comedy competition. Keenan performs at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, The Improv Comedy Club, Flappers Comedy Club and multiple venues in and around California. Keenan’s energetic styles brings life to the stage and laughter to the crowd.

Mitchell March and Talks Standup and More | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian Mitch Marchand on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of his current projects.

Mitch Marchand is a writer, actor, comedian, producer, whom audiences remember from his appearance in the cult classic film, JUICE featuring Tupac Shakur, where he uttered the memorable “You got the Juice now, man.” line. The New York City transplant relocated to Los Angeles at 21 yrs of age and hasn’t looked back. Marchand has developed a successful career as an accomplished writer/producer credited with a myriad of popular shows, including, The Wayans Bros, BET Network’s “Comic View”, “Coming to the Stage”, “Hell Date” and Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique’s late night talk show.

 

Marchand’s career has seen him move across the television landscape, producing such projects as the 4 part music series special, “Legends: OWN At The Apollo” (OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network), the celebrity competition “I Can Do That” (NBC), and the 2015 Emmy Awards (FOX). After years of writing for comedians, in 2009 while in Atlanta with the Monique Show, Mitch also began a career as a stand up comedian and can currently be seen as the feature act on Marlon Wayans’ “Scandal -Less Comedy Tour”.

 

A sought-after comedic scribe with a flair for award shows and sketch comedy, Marchand’s work is a staple on “kudos-casts” such as the BET Awards, Hip Hop Awards, UNCF Evening of Stars, MTV VMA’s, and in 2016 joins the writing staff of the NAACP Image Awards. He has penned jokes for such A-list talent as Jamie Foxx, Anthony Anderson, Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, and Chris Rock, and created presentations for Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Quincy Jones, Kerry Washington and many more.

Mitchell Marchand Talks Standup and More | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian Mitch Marchand on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of his current projects.

Mitch Marchand is a writer, actor, comedian, producer, whom audiences remember from his appearance in the cult classic film, JUICE featuring Tupac Shakur, where he uttered the memorable “You got the Juice now, man.” line. The New York City transplant relocated to Los Angeles at 21 yrs of age and hasn’t looked back. Marchand has developed a successful career as an accomplished writer/producer credited with a myriad of popular shows, including, The Wayans Bros, BET Network’s “Comic View”, “Coming to the Stage”, “Hell Date” and Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique’s late night talk show.

 

Marchand’s career has seen him move across the television landscape, producing such projects as the 4 part music series special, “Legends: OWN At The Apollo” (OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network), the celebrity competition “I Can Do That” (NBC), and the 2015 Emmy Awards (FOX). After years of writing for comedians, in 2009 while in Atlanta with the Monique Show, Mitch also began a career as a stand up comedian and can currently be seen as the feature act on Marlon Wayans’ “Scandal -Less Comedy Tour”.

 

A sought-after comedic scribe with a flair for award shows and sketch comedy, Marchand’s work is a staple on “kudos-casts” such as the BET Awards, Hip Hop Awards, UNCF Evening of Stars, MTV VMA’s, and in 2016 joins the writing staff of the NAACP Image Awards. He has penned jokes for such A-list talent as Jamie Foxx, Anthony Anderson, Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, and Chris Rock, and created presentations for Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Quincy Jones, Kerry Washington and many more.

Nate Jackson Talks His Stand-Up Career | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian Nate Jackson.

In the not so distant future, when the first urban comedy dictionary
is finally published, there will be a short list of definitions and
references under the word “electrifying.”  At the top of that list,
taking up the majority of the page will be a smiling, action photo of
a young standup comedian and future comedy Hall of Famer, 2010 Bay
Area Black Comedy Competition winner “Funny Boy” Nate Jackson.

From the moment he takes the stage and grabs the microphone, until he
puts it to rest, back in its stand, you can actually feel the electric
comedy energy surging through your body, in the form of constant
laughter.  And on your way out of the club or theater and even into
the next day, you’re still feeling the comical and in some cases,
medicinal effects of experiencing a Nate Jackson comedy show.

A born entertainer and showman, Nate doesn’t need the first few
minutes of his act to “warm up” or for the crowd to warm-up to him
before he starts getting funny.  What makes Nate so unique is that
he’s instantaneously hilarious.  Once you start laughing at a Nate
Jackson show, it’s going to be hard to stop.it radio station 93.1 FM and soon found himself as a guest host at 105.9 FM. Brandon’s drive took him to Hollywood where, in 2001, he was cast as an extra in major movies such as Ali (2001), Bowling for Columbine (2002) and 8 Mile (2002). He began to get calls to open up and work with comedians, such as Chris Tucker and Wayne Brady.

Talking With Brandon T Johnson & Denise Xavier | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian Fuquan Johnson.
Jackson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Beverly Yvonne (Bozeman) and Wayne Timothy Jackson. His parents are both pastors, and his maternal grandfather was a Pentecostal child preacher. He credits his sense of humor to both his father and his life straddling the fence between suburbia and the inner city.

Brandon held the title of “class clown” and grew his passion for comedy and acting by doing talent shows and performing at youth nights at his father’s church. By age 14, Brandon’s career as a stand-up comic evolved from local school shows and community projects, such as the “Motor City Youth Festival”, to an appearance in Marc Cayce’s film, Nikita Blues (2001).

Brandon took an internship at local Detroit radio station 93.1 FM and soon found himself as a guest host at 105.9 FM. Brandon’s drive took him to Hollywood where, in 2001, he was cast as an extra in major movies such as Ali (2001), Bowling for Columbine (2002) and 8 Mile (2002). He began to get calls to open up and work with comedians, such as Chris Tucker and Wayne Brady.

Talking With Fuquan Johnson | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian Fuquan Johnson.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Fuquan Johnson focussed in on his career goals while in High School. As a teenager, Fuquan became notorious amongst his peers for cracking jokes in class. In High School, he realized he wanted to do comedy after watching Eddie Murphy’s “RAW”. “The moment I saw Eddie Murphy doing stand up, a light bulb went off in my head and I knew that I was destined to be a Comedian”. Connecting with his middle school friend, Damien Dante’ Wayans (nephew to the infamous Wayans Brothers), Fuquan expressed his desire to pursue comedy as a career. Damien introduced young Fuquan to his uncle, Damon Wayans.

Upon graduating from High School, Fuquan attended HB Studios for Acting located in Greenwhich Village in New York City where actors such as Oscar Winning Actor Sidney Poitier, Debbie Allen, Al Pacino, and Scott Wolf also got their start. Getting his feet wet within the entertainment industry, he completed work as an Extra for notable TNT movies such as “Passing Glory” and “Freedom Song”.

In 2004, Fuquan moved to LA where he was hired as an Extra for several episodes of the television ABC sitcom, “My Wife & Kids”. Not waiting for the next opportunity to fall into his lap, Fuquan earned his first comedic dollar at the Family Room Bar in Compton, Los Angeles. “I made about twenty-five bucks but I was ecstatic”, recalls Fuquan. When asked to describe himself, Fuquan states, “I am witty with a hard edge. I think outside the box. When I’m on stage, I talk about my crazy life experiences”.

From 2009-2011, a huge break came when Fuquan toured all of North America as the opening act for Shawn and Marlon Wayans. “I traveled to every state in America and Canada. It was an experience to be remembered”, states Fuquan. Gracing the stage to notorious venues such as Caroline’s in New York, all of the Improvs, Tommy T’s, Pepper Bellies in California, Standup New York, and many more, Fuquan was able to establish himself in the world of Comedy.

Stating his influences as Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, the Wayans Family, Lenny Bruce, and George Collins, Fuquan aspires to be a Staff Writer and Actor on shows such as Saturday Night LIVE, gain a few short films in the bucket, act in blockbuster hits, and headline in sold out venues. In his spare time, Fuquan loves to write, shoot sketches, and play basketball.

Tony Baker Talks About Stand Up Comedy | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian Tony Baker on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of their current projects.

Tony Baker is a Los Angeles based comedian, television/film writer and actor making waves on the national comedy scene. He’s a unique talent, possessing the rare combination of being edgy, yet clean enough for the entire family.

Tony is featured on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, the second season of Comedy Central’s “Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-up Revolution”, and has won several stand up comedy competitions. He is a paid regular at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy and Magic Club, and the Comedy Union. He has also featured at Flappers, Pepper Belly’s, The Punch Line, The Ha Ha Cafe, The Ice House & The Improv Comedy clubs and is a crowd favorite on the college circuit nationwide.

Tony has also co-written and featured in numerous comedy sketches and short films.

Twitter – @tonybakercomedy

Nick Carthan Talks About the “#Road2Funny and More | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, our Black Hollywood Live host interviews comedian Nick Carthan on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of their current projects.

Nick Carthan began ripping stages across the East Coast in 2011. His South Side Jamaica Queens, New York roots may have created his hardcore New York comedy style, but his new Hollywood lifestyle is paving the way for a new breed of Carthan funny!

In New York, Nick spent the majority of his time focusing on fitness and health. It wasn’t untIl two years ago that he finally took his strengths to the stage at a Harlem lounge. After exploding years of jokes through a microphone and into the the seats of dozens of strangers for the first time, Carthan knew he had finally found his niche. Shortly after embarking his new journey in comedy, Nick crossed paths with a softer side of comedy. That softer side came in the form of a stand up comedienne bombshell who is now known as Tacarra Carthan. The comedic couple are now joined in a union stronger than any comedy duo ever created.

The Carthan family now resides in Los Angeles, California, where they have created a strong foundation of love for their children and limitless opportunities for their careers!  Living in LaLaland for two years has not only challenged Nick’s craft to higher levels of accomplishments, but it has also fueled his stand-up with fusions of his trials and hilarious tribulations in caring for his first baby, and juggling a comedian wife with a career of her own.  Nick’s weekly comedy crawl includes venues such as The World Famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood, The Comedy Store on Sunset, and The Comedy Union. He has also graced the screen with appearances on Russell Simmon’s All Def Digital network and several comedic shorts and parodies featured online.  He has also won the Flappers comedy competition by taking the judges and peoples votes as well. With this achievement he moved and co-headlined Caroline’s comedy club in NYC!

Keon Polee Talks About Atilla and More | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, our Black Hollywood Live host interviews comedian Keon Polee on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of their current projects.
Keon Polee is one of the funniest and bright young comedians coming out of the bay area. He was the 2011 Battle of the bay winner, 2012 Rooster T Feathers annual comedy competition winner and 2012 Flappers Uncle Clyde’s comedy competition winner. He has performed internationally including South Korea for the troops and Canada. You can see him on Aspire TV’s “We got next” season 2 and in the movie “Atilla” now on Netflix. He is also featured on internet radio such as Pandora, Spotify and SiriusXM. Expect big things from this rising star.

Tiffany Haddish Talks The Carmichael Show and More | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian Tiffany Hadish on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of er current projects.

Justin Hires is a multi-talented actor, comedian and writer.

Upcoming, he will star as Detective Carter in the highly anticipated CBS action/comedy “RUSH HOUR.”  Hires’ past credits include the box office success “21 JUMP STREET,” alongside Jonah Hill & Channing Haddish is the oldest of five children. She is of Ethiopian Jewish, Eritrean and African American descent. She cared for her younger siblings while her mother worked overnight at the post office. In 1988 her mother was in a car accident and went through the windshield of her car; this caused or triggered her schizophrenia. When Haddish was 13 her family was split up and the children put into foster care before her grandmother was awarded custody. Still damaged, Haddish constantly was in trouble at school. Finally her social worker gave her an ultimatum: go to psychiatric therapy or Laugh Factory Comedy Camp. The camp was the outlet for her pain and her passion for comedy was sparked.

Haddish has made guest appearances on such shows as, Chelsea Lately, That’s So Raven, My Name Is Earl, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes?, The Underground, Nick Cannon’s Short Circuitz, Just Jordan, In the Motherhood, Def Comedy Jam, Reality Bites Back and New Girl. She has also starred in movies such as Meet the Spartans and Janky Promoters. In 2013 she had the recurring role on Real Husbands of Hollywood.

In 2014, Haddish was cast in the Oprah Winfrey Network series If Loving You Is Wrong. In 2015 Haddish currently stars in the hit NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show” along with David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, and Jerrod Carmichael.

Justin Hires Talks Rush Hour and More | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Nick Perdue interviews comedian Justin Hires on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of his current projects.

Justin Hires is a multi-talented actor, comedian and writer.

Upcoming, he will star as Detective Carter in the highly anticipated CBS action/comedy “RUSH HOUR.”  Hires’ past credits include the box office success “21 JUMP STREET,” alongside Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum. He also recurred on Comedy Central’s popular sketch comedy show “KEY & PEELE,” and can often be seen touring the nation performing stand-up comedy.

Born in St. Petersburg, FL, and raised by two very supportive parents, Hires always had an extremely notable gift to make others laugh.  While attending college at Clark Atlanta University,  Justin was cast in two feature films- “STOMP THE YARD” and “THE GOSPEL.”  MTV then discovered Hires as an on-air personality at his campus radio station and hired him immediately to be a video-jockey for their college network, mtvU. 

Lil Rel Talks About Stand Up Comedy | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Ashford Thomas interviews comedian Lil Rel on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of their current projects.
Lil Rel is perhaps best known as a semi-finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” his episode of “The Half Hour” on Comedy Central and his show-stopping performances on “Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey,” “Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Standup” on Starz and HBO’s ” P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy.”He also recently appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam” and E!’s “Chelsea Lately.” He has also performed at some of the most prestigious comedy festivals in the world including the Just For Laughs Festivals in both Montreal and Chicago and the South Africa Comedy Festival.
You can catch Lil Rel on the new season of BET’s “Comic View,” Fox’s animated series “Lucas Bros. Moving Co.,” Comedy Central’s “Comedy Underground with Dave Attell” and the new TruTV Sketch show “Friends of the People,” which he also writes and executive produces. His new CD — “I Know You Hear Me, But Are You Listening? — is available on iTunes.

Ron G Talks About His Career & Stand Up Comedy | BHL’s Stand-Up, Sit-Down

BHL: Stand-up, Sit-down — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Ashford Thomas interviews comedian Ron G on the business of Stand Up Comedy and all of their current projects.
Ron G is blazing a trail as one of the hottest upcoming comedians in LA. This former class clown decided it was time to graduate from the classroom and take his act to the world’s stage.  Ron G, who describes his comedy as “high energy and clever with an urban flare,” graduated with a dual degree in finance and management from the University of South Carolina. But he quickly decided he didn’t fit into the corporate world, and at his cousin’s urging got up on stage for the first time in Atlanta, GA and got booed severely. He calls that “the best and worst day of my life – the day I fell in love with comedy.” He has been performing ever since at clubs, colleges, churches and corporate events across the country, entertaining people while staying true to his commitment to clean humor. His performance presents down to earth humor and funny characters.

Nate Jackson Interview – Black Hollywood Live’s Stand-up, Sit-down

In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host and comedian Nick Perdue interviews Nate Jackson.

In the not so distant future, when the first urban comedy dictionary is finally published, there will be a short list of definitions and references under the word “electrifying.” At the top of that list, taking up the majority of the page will be a smiling, action photo of a young stand-up comedian and future comedy Hall of Famer, 2010 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition winner “Funny Boy” Nate Jackson.

From the moment he takes the stage and grabs the microphone, until he puts it to rest, back in its stand, you can actually feel the electric comedy energy surging through your body, in the form of constant laughter. And on your way out of the club or theater and even into the next day, you’re still feeling the comical and in some cases, medicinal effects of experiencing a Nate Jackson comedy show.

A born entertainer and showman, Nate doesn’t need the first few minutes of his act to “warm up” or for the crowd to warm-up to him before he starts getting funny. What makes Nate so unique is that he’s instantaneously hilarious. Once you start laughing at a Nate Jackson show, it’s going to be hard to stop.

Cracking up crowds of all sizes with his razor-sharp wit, engaging stage presence and his high-energy style, Nate is loved by audiences ranging in ages from 18 to 83… and counting. With more than a thousand performances under his belt, Nate is one of the most versatile and experienced stand-ups under age 30, on the circuit today.

This interview was recorded April 18th, 2014.

 

Nate Jackson Interview – Black Hollywood Live’s Success Is The New Black

BHL: Success Is The New Black — In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Rome Moore and English Cleveland interview Nate Jackson.

In the not so distant future, when the first urban comedy dictionary is finally published, there will be a short list of definitions and references under the word “electrifying.” At the top of that list, taking up the majority of the page will be a smiling, action photo of a young stand-up comedian and future comedy Hall of Famer, 2010 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition winner “Funny Boy” Nate Jackson.

This interview was recorded April 18th, 2014.

 

Shang Interview – Black Hollywood Live’s Stand up, Sit down

In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts and comedians Nick Perdue interviews Shang Forbes.

SHANG, a transplanted New Yorker whose carefully nurtured evolution from stand-up comedy to socio-political satire gives heavy flight to the spoken and outspoken word. The Famecast Comedy Winner, SHANG has been seen on CBS’S THE LATE LATE SHOW, 2 BET’S COMIC VIEW SPECIALS, STARZ 1ST AMENDMENT, ABC’S COMIC’S UNLEASHED, NBC’S “HEROES”, CBS’S “CSI” ” “NCIS” QUE’ LOCOS, COMEDY CENTRAL & GOTHAM LIVE-AXS TV.

Also this fall you can see him on the new show “Kamkazee Comedy” On FUEL TV.
With 1.8 million sign ups thru his website Shang will continue to rise to the top of the comedy ranks with high-profile acting & televised stand up & personal appearances
“This guy kills, leaving the audience rolling!”-DVD VERDICT The LA TIMES says “Provocative, Edgy, Political and Extremely Funny”.

 

Prentice Penny Interview – Black Hollywood Live’s Next

In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Nick Perdue and Megan Thomas interview special guest Prentice Penny.

A native Los Angelean, Prentice grew up spending a lot of time in front of the television. Even though he was a huge UCLA Bruin fan, Prentice attended USC’s School of Cinema/Television. He majored in Filmic Writing and upon graduation he was not given a three-picture deal.

Met with the sober reality that he had to now become a “professional writer”, Prentice wrote/directed an independent feature film, “You Say Tomato.” While he continued to write numerous spec TV scripts at night, Prentice worked several day jobs. He worked as a substitute teacher and tutor at a foster home for two years. In 2004, Prentice got his first break as a Writer’s Guild Trainee on the UPN show “Girlfriends.” He continued to work his way up to Executive Story
Editor over the show’s final four seasons.

In 2008, Prentice was hired on Fox’s “Do Not Disturb” starring Jerry O’Connell, and in 2009 was a producer on the hit ABC show “Scrubs.” In 2010, Prentice started working on the critically acclaimed sit-com “Happy Endings” where he has been for the last three seasons. He currently is a Supervising Producer on the show.

Prentice has been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series” for ABC sitcom “Happy Endings.”

Prentice has not only staffed consistently since 2004, but he’s also been developing. In 2011 Prentice sold his pilot, “How To Con Your Kid” to ABC and Fox – eventually settling on ABC.

In between a stint on his three seasons of “Happy Endings”, Prentice was a producer on Fox’s 2011 TV show, “Breaking In” starring Christian Slater. During the summer of 2012, Prentice Created and Executive Produced his first series, the NAACP award winning series, “The Hustle”. Billed as the first scripted hip-hop dramedy, “The Hustle” is the Fuse network’s landmark show featuring such guest stars as Jadakiss, Freddie Gibbs, and DJ Skee.

Prentice is currently a Co-Executive Producer on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and recently won a Golden Globe for best comedy in 2014.

This interview was recorded on April 4th, 2014.

Rodney Perry Interview – Black Hollywood Live’s Stand-up, Sit-down

In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts and comedians Nick Perdue interviews Rodney Perry.

The term “gotta laugh to keep from crying” could easily be any comedian’s mantra but for one Louisiana transplant, Comedian Rodney Perry, the tracks of his tears have been a passionate journey to the top of his game which has led him to laugh out loud at all his naysayers. Born in Chicago, Perry would find the infancies of his comedy career. He was a rambunctious seven year old. His teacher noticed Rodney’s funny nature and made a deal with him. If he would “shut up throughout the course of the day” he would be given an opportunity to perform for his classmates at the end of the day. Rodney took his teacher up on that deal. This was the beginning. Although the city of Chicago has shaped the man that is Rodney Perry. Rodney found his early comedy stride while living in Monroe Louisiana. In the halls of Carroll High School he often found himself acting as the host of talent shows and even emceeing basketball games. Rodney Perry arrived in Louisiana as a boy but he would leave a man. As he graduated from high school Rodney was also given the news that his first daughter was on the way. Perry then made a decision that would affect him for years to come, he joined the U. S. Navy. He says “How could I ask my mom to take care of me and my child? I had to grow up, I had to become a man in a hurry”.
That was the beginning of eight years of service. During which time Rodney was honing his skills as a comedian. As his second tour began to wind down, Perry felt it was time to take what he calls a “Leap of Faith”. He exited the Navy with his then small family and moved to Hollywood. Well, actually Inglewood. Immediately, the harsh realisms of life outside of the military were staring Rodney in the face. He did tons of odd jobs to make the ends meet. He looked up and it was two years later and he still wasn’t living the dream that he had in mind when he relocated to Los Angeles. All that changed during a temporary assignment at the Veterans Administration. During his week at the VA Rodney befriended an amputee. One day he asked Perry; “What are you doing here?” and “Why aren’t you doing what you were set on this earth to do?” That was the wake-up call he needed. Rodney began doing any and everything in the world of comedy. He was an audience warm-up, a radio personality, a writer, and mostly a full-fledged Professional Stand-Up Comedian.
Rodney Perry has had the opportunity to learn the business of Comedy from some of the best. His first job in Hollywood was serving as writer/warm-up guy for Kym Whitley’s show “Oh Drama” on BET. Doors continued to open for Rodney as he got opportunities to serve as the opening act for the likes of George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey. It was Oscar Winner Mo’Nique that would introduce Rodney to the world on her late night talk show.
Perry calls Atlanta home when he’s not traveling the country to sold-out audiences or hosting his highly popular online radio show, Rodney Perry Live. His career has opened up many doors for him, from his work as co-host of “Who’s Got Jokes” or BET’s “Mo’Nique Show”, to his starring role as Harold in “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family”. Even though Perry is a sought out Actor/Host, he still remains a comedian at heart. He is currently preparing for his ‘made for TV’ comedy special entitled “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and can also be seen every Tuesday night as the current Host of Bounce TV’s “Off the Chain”!

This interview was recorded April 4th, 2014.

DC Ervin Interview – Black Hollywood Live’s Stand-up, Sit-down

In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts and comedian Nick Perdue interviews DC Ervin.

DC Ervin is a “Bay Area” bred comedian who is making major waves on the Los
Angeles comedy scene. His father who was also a comedian introduced him to
the art at an early age and since then he has acquired both a passion and
respect for the art. Over the years DC has developed a unique style which has
helped separate him from other comedians as well as provide him with a
platform to construct and deliver jokes allowing his name to be memorable.
Beyond having the ability to make diverse audiences laugh; DC Ervin is a
pleasure to watch. His mesmeric personality and interesting topics lures one in
like an unexpected hypnosis.

DC made his national television debut on ABC’s The Evidence, and hasn’t
slowed down since. He has won the Ontario Comedy Competition, was crowned
LA’s funniest comedian and was a finalist in the Bay Area Comedy Competition.
DC has made several TV appearances including TV One’s Bill Bellamy’s Who’s
Got Jokes, NUVO TV’s Stand Up and Deliver, ASPIRE TV’s We Got Next, Bounce
TV’s Off The Chain, and has been in two national commercials for Colgate and
Carls Jr. Not only has DC taken over your television, but he also made his silver
screen debut in Marlon Wayans hit movie A Haunted House, and appears in the
sequel A Haunted House 2. You can catch DC every week hosting Crack em Up
Thursdays at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, CA.

In addition to DC’s achievements and recognitions he also writes, produces,
and stars in his own short films and sketches; however, DC understands what’s
most important in life. Therefore, when he is not working he spends all his
extra time with the loves of his life; his two loving daughters. Family and
friends are the forefront of his life because at the tail end of the day everything
he does is for their betterment.

This interview was recorded April 4th, 2014.

BT Kingsley Interview – Black Hollywood Live’s Stand-up, Sit-down

In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts and comedians Nick Perdue interviews BT Kingsley.

Attacking the mic with original material and quick-witted style, BT Kingsley is one of the funniest young comedians. A favorite at all the comedy clubs, he tackles all audiences head-on with no fear on stage. Unlike anything else on the market his stage presence is unforgettable. With subject matter ranging from this to that and everything in between you can guarantee you’ll get a BT Kingsley view on all subject matter. His clean cut style makes him a comedian you will take home to mom. “I’m Cereus about these jokes.”

2 time Bay Area Black Comedy Competition Finalist 2011/2010
Tour the Country with Don DC Curry
Producer of the Fresh Fly & Funny Comedy Series in LA
Producer of RED CARPET COMEDY SHOW
CO-Host & PRODUCER of TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE COMEDY SHOW IN LA
Winner of Shades of Laughs Comedy Competition 2010
New Jack Cities Tour (20 cities) 2008
Winner of Sac Hub Choice Awards Best Comedian 2008
Cereus About These Jokes Tour (17 cities) 2007
Jamie Foxx invitational comedy festival Laffapoloza 2005
Open for Katt Williams for a crowd of 3500
Quoted as ‘coup de grace’ of the comedy show in the East Bay Express
Bay Area Black Comedy Festival 2007/Semi-Finialist 2008
Laugh Factory Chocolate Sunday graduate
Featured in the Sacramento Bee
Finalist in Rooster T’s competition
3rd place finalist Sacramento Black Expo 2006 / 2nd place 2007
Attending Academy of Art S.F./motion picture-TV major/acting – producing focus
Special Guest Houston Comedy Festival
Scouted for annual acting and modeling invitational in Dallas
Acting training from Theater Under The Stars
Finalist in Houston’s funniest person competition
Starred in Houston Media Source Special on Houston comedians
Hosted (2) Sacramento Black Expos and Juneteenth Celebration
Performed for Robert Townsend — Dallas
Co-hosted radio show The Outlaw Comedy Hour

This interview was recorded March 28th, 2014.

Tony Klein Interview – Black Hollywood Live’s Stand-up, Sit-down

In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts and comedians Nick Perdue and Lourdes LouLou Gonzalez interview Tony Klein.

The legend goes a little something like this:

The year was 1982, the Milwaukee Brewers just lost the world series and it was a trying time for the people of Milwaukee Wisconsin. Once again the town’s people were disappointed with their lives and crappy sports team, they needed a new hope, an answered prayer if you will. That November they got their answer from a solitary lighting storm in a nearby city called Waukesha. The clouds rolled in and a single lighting bolt produced the loudest thunder ever recorded in the history of all time. That’s a fact! A local housewife hanging her laundry to dry saw the amazing electric storm and as if a voice called to her she felt compelled to check the scene. Much to her amazement she found a huge crater in the middle of the field and at the bottom of said crater was a child. The woman took one look and the child and knew she had found her next son. This woman made a habit of collecting children in fields and invited him to live with her and she raised him as her own. She named him Toe-Knee because that was all that was injured from his crash landing into the field. They later abbreviated it to Tony.

That’s the story of how Tony Klein came to be…. I think?

This interview was recorded March 21st, 2014.

Eddie Goines Guests on March 21st, 2014 – Black Hollywood Live’s Let’s Talk About Sex

BHL: Let’s Talk About Sex – In this episode Black Hollywood Live hosts Kevin John, Megan Thomas and Drea Renee discuss relationships for the week of March 21st, 2014. Also joining the conversation is special guest Eddie Goines. They discuss Eddie’s upcoming live comedy/music show ‘The Time Is Now’, couples in entertainment, working with Beyonce and working in music videos. They round things off with a Naked Truth with Eddie Goines.

Cocoa Brown Interview – Black Hollywood Live’s Next

In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Nick Perdue and Megan Thomas interview special guest Cocoa Brown.

Actress and comedian Cocoa Brown will next be seen as a lead in Tyler Perry’s latest film, Single Moms Club, in theaters March 14th.

The fiery performer, whose credits include another Tyler Perry project – his critically acclaimed comedy series “For Better or Worse” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network and a national commercial spot for Progressive Insurance Company, has assembled an extensive body of work. A career that began as an advertising associate for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus and a writer for various sketch comedy shows proved confining for the dynamic performer. She honed her writing and creativity to pursue her dream of being a stand-up comic. A decade later Brown had nearly mastered the art of comedy. She harnessed its essence and purpose, performing on top rated comedy shows including BET’s “Comic View” and “One Mic Stand”, and “Showtime at the Apollo”.

Today, she exemplifies mind-blowing humor, daring drama and contemporary reality wrapped in a boundlessly energetic package. Whether she is performing in honor of the incomparable Richard Pryor or acting in films such as “Lakeview Terrace” with Samuel L. Jackson, Brown exudes skill and discipline. With a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild award under her belt, Brown has her sights set on an Oscar, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize. She is writing a revealing autobiography and producing her highly anticipated one-woman show, “Confessions of a Suicidal Diva”.

The lovable, down-to-earth celebrity and proud new mom keeps television audiences tuning in every week for an intoxicating dose of Cocoa infused humor. She also captivates audiences worldwide at renowned comedy venues. Her creative writing and meticulously produced sets coupled with the ever-changing hairstyles and gutsy sense of fashion ignites rousing, protracted standing ovations. Yet, amid such explosive success, Brown admits she desires very little. “I want audiences to connect with my story and in the course of that journey find their own. That is my inspiration, my peace. I am in a good place now. I am finally learning how to love myself and I am comfortable in my own skin. Most importantly, I am not afraid to use my voice.”

This interview was recorded on March 14th, 2014.