Comedian, Lavell Crawford is quickly climbing the comedic ranks and becoming one of the hottest stars in the biz today. He recently filmed a new one-hour special in his home town of St. Louis, scheduled to premiere on Comedy Central on August 12, 2011. “Can A Brother Get Some Love?” will be released on DVD on August 16th, from Entertainment One. In addition, he recently filmed an episode of “Workaholics” for Comedy Central and he’s been cast in a recurring role on the new season of AMC’s Emmy Award-winning “Breaking Bad.” If that’s not enough, he can also be seen as a regular panelist on E! Entertainment’s “Chelsea Lately” and he’s a regular on “Lopez Tonight,” performing in various comedy sketches on the show. From his numerous television appearances and as one of the hottest touring acts in the country, audiences are becoming increasingly familiar with Lavell’s giant-sized talent.
Lavell gained huge national exposure on NBC’s hit reality series “Last Comic Standing.” Not only did NBC take notice, promptly signing Lavell to a holding deal with the network, but also Comedy Central, offering him his own half-hour standup special, “Comedy Central Presents: Lavell Crawford” which aired in early 2009. Lavell’s stand-out work includes appearances on "Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam" which premiered on Showtime in December, “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam” on HBO, “Showtime at the Apollo,” “Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment,” “Comic’s Unleashed with Byron Allen,” “Steve Harvey’s Big Time” “Comedy Central’s Premium Blend,” “Motown Live” and “BET’s Comic View.”
In addition, Lavell has appeared in the films “Baby’s Mama Drama,” “Beverlyhood,” “Ghetto South Problems,” and on the televised series “The Jamie Foxx Show.” On stage, he played Ben in the hit play “Men Cry in the Dark,” based on the Michael Baisden best seller. Lavell also recently appeared on stage with the critically acclaimed production “Friends and Lovers,” a stage production based on the novel by author Eric Jerome Dickey where he played the scene-stealing Bobby. The play also featured notable actors such as Miguel Nunez (“Juwana Man”), Leon (“The Five Heartbeats”), Monica Calhoun (“The Best Man”), Mel Jackson (“Soul Food”) and Maia Campbell (“In the House”).
Endeared by audiences far and wide, Lavell has built a very strong fan base playing theatres, comedy clubs and colleges across the nation in addition to festivals including HBO's US Comedy Arts Festival, The Comedy Festival and LAFFAPALOOZA, America's longest-running annual urban comedy festival.
Staying busy is not a problem for Bill Bellamy, whose flourishing career encompasses the worlds of feature film, television, comedy and more. His career is on the rise, yet his feet remain firmly planted on the ground.
Bill stars in the new sitcom “Mr. Box Office” with Jon Lovitz, Gary Busey and Vivica A. Fox which airs weekends in national syndication. He plays Marcus Jackson, one of the biggest movie stars in the world who, after pushing a paparazzi, finds himself having to put his film career on hold, while relegated to a long-term community service stint teaching underprivileged high school kids in South Central. Bill can also be seen starring in his hilarious new Showtime comedy special “Crazy, Sexy, Dirty” which is now available on DVD. He recently wrapped production on the independent comedy “Sleeping Around” with Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) and can be seen starring in the new BlackBoxTV YouTube Channel show “Execution Style” from “CSI” franchise creator Anthony E. Zuiker.
He also appeared last season on several episodes of Tyler Perry’s TBS series “Meet The Browns” and guest-starred on ABC’s “Castle” and USA’s “Royal Pains.”
Over the last decade Bellamy has been a staple in the world of comedy, performing hundreds of shows to sold-out audiences across the country. He recently launched his groundbreaking new comedy tour, “Ladies Night Out,” bringing together some of today’s hottest comics to show the ladies of America that comedy is sexy! For four seasons, Bill brought his humor and comedic expertise to his role as host and executive producer of the hit TV One network series “Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes?” In addition, Bellamy hosted NBC’s comedy competition series “Last Comic Standing” for two seasons and headlined the 2006 season of “Def Comedy Jam” on HBO.
In 2005, he released his debut comedy DVD “Bill Bellamy: Back To My Roots” from UrbanWorks Entertainment’s prestigious Platinum Comedy Series. The DVD showcases Bill’s unique brand of “in your face” comedy with his hilarious perspective on dating, politics and the overall state of America. The best-selling DVD aired as a one-hour special on Comedy Central.
In the 2002 – 2003 television season, Bill starred in the FOX series “Fastlane” from director McG. The one-hour drama follows two cops, Bellamy as Deaqon Hayes and Peter Facinelli as Van Ray, as they go undercover to take down the highest – and lowest – criminals in Los Angeles. In 2001, he starred in the WB sitcom “Men, Women & Dogs” as one of four twenty-something male friends whose lives center around their girlfriends, their careers and their dogs, but not necessarily in that order. In 2008, Bellamy starred in the TBS original movie “Getting Played” opposite Vivica A. Fox, Carmen Electra and Stacey Dash. The romantic comedy revolves around three beautiful women who make a game of trying to seduce a random male target played by Bellamy.
Bellamy made his feature film debut in the spring of 1997, opposite Nia Long and Larenz Tate in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy “Love Jones” for New Line Cinema. He successfully followed that with his leading man debut in the hit comedy, Def Jam’s “How To Be A Player” for Gramercy Pictures and starred in the independent feature “Love Stinks” opposite French Stewart, Bridgette Wilson and Tyra Banks.
Bellamy’s other film credits include co-starring in Oliver Stone’s highly lauded film “Any Given Sunday,” a graphic depiction of the behind-the-scenes politics and antics of an NFL team. Bellamy portrayed superstar wide receiver Jimmy Sanderson in an ensemble cast that included Al Pacino, James Woods, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx and Dennis Quaid. In 2001, he co-starred in the Screen Gems comedy hit “The Brothers” opposite D.L. Hughley, Shemar Moore and Morris Chestnut. The film followed three black professionals as they faced the imminent marriage of a longtime friend and reformed playboy. He also co-starred in the independent film “Neverwas” opposite Aaron Eckhart and the urban comedy “The Lottery Ticket” with Bow Wow and Ice Cube. Bellamy also starred as Skeeter in Nickelodeon’s hit action-comedy series “Cousin Skeeter.” He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his outstanding performance on the show.
For five years Bill had the unique opportunity to host MTV JAMS where he was able to cleverly blend an eclectic mix of street culture, locker room observations and a myriad of experiences placing Bill well ahead of the new generation of funny men. It was the combination of Bill’s professionalism, style and charismatic personality which scored him top interviews with some of the hottest talent in town.
Bill’s universal appeal has landed him duties as a national celebrity spokesperson for both AT&T and Pepsi and, in 1998, he appeared opposite Shaquille O’Neal in a national Reebok television commercial campaign. His numerous television appearances include “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Regis & Kelly,” “Today,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Carson Daly,” “Lopez Tonight,” and “Wendy Williams.”
The eldest of three children, Bill used his real life experiences growing up in Newark, New Jersey as stepping-stones to his comedy, stating “The things I talk about in my comedy are my experiences. I just do what I know.”
Bellamy entered comedy as a lark. While at Rutgers University, he entered a male beauty pageant and won after he showcased a hidden talent – comedy. After winning numerous amateur competitions, Bellamy moved on to work his act in some of the top comedy clubs across the country. He made his national television debut as a featured guest on “Showtime at the Apollo.” His success with the “toughest audience in the world” caught the attention of comedy producers Bernie Brillstein and Russell Simmons. The two immediately signed him on as a guest star of HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” Soon after, Bellamy starred in his own Showtime comedy special “Booty Call,” which became one of the network’s top-rated specials. The rest, as they say, is history.
More information on Bill can be found on his website www.billbellamy.com