J Anthony Brown
For those in the know, “WatchOutDehNow” is more than a heed to action, it’s the trademark catcall for funnyman J. Anthony Brown.
As a forerunner to today’s hot Black comedy scene, and one of the foremost kings of that comedy, J. Anthony Brown is finally receiving the accolades he so justly deserves. A staple on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show for over nine years now, he is one of the voices that wake up millions of radio listeners in over 195 markets.
J. Anthony Brown is a titanic comedic force! His sidesplitting antics and sensibilities have set a precedent that many now follow. Whether he is murdering the hits with his off key version of the latest song, or donning a pink pimp suit to evoke a laugh, Brown will get to your funny bone. His penchant for alligator shoes and rainbow colored suits convey his “party time” approach for fun.
BET recognized the power of his comedic drive and therefore had him host two consecutive seasons of their top rated network show, “Comic View”, Revamped as “Club Comic View.” As testimony to the comedian’s draw power, his season had some of the comedy world’s biggest names grace the stage.
But it was Brown’s role as Pop on the WB Network’s Like Family, starring Holly Robinson Pete, which initially garnered the funny man his widest mainstream audience … he was catapulted to the forefront of America’s viewing plate.
The South Carolina native began his career by chance in 1972 after relocating to Atlanta. He was originally pursuing a career as a clothing designer when $316 short of tuition money, he visited a local club and entered a gong show contest. The one time tailor was asked back to the venue, and later transformed it into a city hot spot as word of his natural wit traveled quickly.
Brown later left Atlanta for Hollywood, landing a job as head staff writer for the Arsenio Hall Show. An industry staple since, his impressive list of credits include hosting two consecutive seasons of Comic View, performances on Def Jam, It’s Showtime at the Apollo and Evening at the Improv. Writing credits include Tom Joyner TV Show, Steve Harvey’s Big Time, Me and The Boys, The Parent ‘Hood and the Arsenio Hall Show. Movie credits include Tripple X -State of the Union, Mr. 3000, Drumline & How to Be a Player. Television credits include Tom Joyner TV Show on ABC, Tom Joyner Sky Show on TV-One, Dlife-Diabetes Talk Show on CNBC, EVE, Steve Harvey’s Big Time, Like Family, The Parkers, Livin’ Single, The Parent ‘Hood, Martin, Moesha, The Hugley’s, Sparks, and even Oprah.
An innovative businessman as well as comedian, Brown has his own line of products that carry his name, including his own clothing line, “The J. Anthony Brown Collection,” gourmet and multimedia products. A creative artist and talented visionary, the comedian’s artwork has been featured along side Annie Lee in an art exhibit in Washington, DC in November 2005.
It's hard to keep a straight face when talking to Chris Spencer. Extremely talented and hilarious, this quick-witted funnyman began his stint in the entertainment industry at the age of six, as a star in a national television commercial for Mattel's Tuff Stuff Toys. Today, his resume ranges across several sectors of the industry, with more than 30 television commercials, nine feature films, several television show appearances, a published book, and numerous nationwide comedy tours. If Spencer looks familiar, it's probably because you may have seen his work.
He has two comedy specials on Showtime. One, he executive produced and hosted entitled, “Chris Spencer's Minority Report,” and the other is his one-man show entitled, “Chris Spencer...the Other Chris.” He has also performed on Lopez Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Def Comedy Jam to name a few. Additionally, Spencer is currently one of the hottest comedic writers and producers in Hollywood. VH1, Comedy Central, and HBO have all used his talents to springboard many of their latest projects. Comic talents such as Will Smith, P. Diddy, Damon Wayans, and Cedric the Entertainer all call on his comedic talents when it's time to rewrite their act, special, or television/film script.
Spencer currently serves as creator and executive producer of the hit BET show “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” starring Kevin Hart. Notable writer/producer projects also include MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, Jamie Foxx’s The After Party, The ESPY Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, Soul Train Awards, and all comedy specials for Jamie Foxx. He also published the best seller, 150 Ways to Tell If You're Ghetto.
He also hosts the hottest night in comedy entitled “Russell Simmons Presents…All Def Digital Comedy,” every Friday Night at Inside Jokes Comedy Club, of which his is co-founder. On any given night, expect to see Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, or Chris Tucker on this incredible stage. Hollywood's elite come here to not only look for new talent, but to enjoy a fun-filled night. Regulars include Spike Lee, Eddie Murphy and Russell Simmons.
If you took a dab of Richard Pryor’s honesty, a teaspoon of Clair Huxtable’s educated fervor and a cup of Pearl Bailey’s girl next door sassiness, you’d get a dynamic dish known as CoCoa Brown. Not only a comedian but educated and well-rounded women with a Masters in Education that will make you laugh as you are getting 'schooled" on a variety of topics!
With animated facial expressions, body gestures and the material to back it up, audiences are taken on a hilarious voyage through the eyes and mind of Brown. Whether she’s talking about herself, relationships or the world we live in, Brown offers a variety that appeal to all. One-dimensional she is not and you will never see the same set twice. “Once I get rolling, I feed off of my crowd, I love bringing them into my world,” explains Brown. “I believe in being able to give the crowd what they want and I’m able to take my set in any direction at the drop of a dime.” Versatile Brown can deliver on command a squeaky clean ‘there’s-deacons-in-the audience’ type of show and then make a 360-degree turn and give a show that would make even Don Rickles blush.
Delivering an honest and humorous show, Brown has generated a large and loyal following all over the world. Audiences are treated to Cocoa’s thought-provoking humor, in which she declares “I don’t tell jokes, I tell the truth!” Not only do they get a great show, but they feel as though they have gained a friend. She has a style that relates to both women and men and an energy and warmness on and off the stage that has earned her the respect and love of crowds and colleagues alike.
Brown has performed in front of a variety of audiences including Kennedy Center Honors Richard Pryor, Def Comedy Jam Tour and on Bill Bellamy’s “Who’s Got Jokes” competition on TV1. She has appeared on nine consecutive seasons on BET’s Comic View, twice being voted “Funniest Female” on the popular show and was reigning champion in the Comedy TKO on Showtime at the Apollo, and she has appeared on the Starz in Black comedy series “The 1st Amendment”, produced by Martin Lawrence. She has also been featured on Comedy Central’s “Comic Groove” with Tracy Morgan and was a featured comedian on BET’s stand up show, “One Mic Stand”.
Her film credits include “Lakeview Terrace” with Samuel L. Jackson, “American Carol” with Kelsey Grammar, “Hittin’ the Bricks” with Dr. Dre, “Blue Moon”, “Friendship” with Seann William Scott (Stifler from American Pie), “Robbin’ in da Hood” and “Mahogany Blues”. She also appeared in the cutting edge comedy “Biting Personalities” at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Cocoa completed filming this past spring the new film, “Quiet”, with Emmy winning director Lauren Fash. In the winter of 2012, Cocoa landed one of the coveted leading roles in the new Tyler Perry film, Single Mom’s Club, which is doe in theaters May 2014.
Cocoa has worked on many TV projects in which she always brings her unique personality through in all her characters. Her television credits show the wide range Cocoa is capable of playing. From concerned parent on “The Young and The Restless,”, to the sassy receptionist on NBC’s “Las Vegas” to the baker with allergies to chocolate on “ER”, to the cheeky mail lady on AMC’s “Breaking Bad” . But Cocoa will always stay true to her love for “funny” and sketch comedy. She’s been Star Jones on Nick Cannon’s “Short Circuitz”, a “spooky” beautician on Ashton Kutcher’s “Room 401" and a Judge from hell on “Next”, all on MTV, to Morgan Freeman’s Mom and Barack Obama’s BIGGEST fan on Frank Caliendo’s sketch show, “Frank TV”, to the queen of ghetto beat downs on the news sketch show “Chocolate News”, created by David Allen Grier, on Comedy Central. Cocoa has also appeared on the hit CBS show “2BrokeGirls”, created by “Sex in the City” creator, Michael Patrick King, and as the loveable nail technician Chardonnay, on the ABC show, Good Christian Belles. And not one to forget the kiddies, you can catch Cocoa as Nurse Vickers on the hit Nickelodeon show, "Victorious", and as Security guard Janice on the new Disney show, Austin & Ally.
She currently stars as the “too funny and too real” character “Jennifer” on the hit Tyler Perry sitcom, “For Better or Worse” on TBS and has recurring roles on the new Byron Allen produced sitcom, “The First Family”.
Commercially she has appeared in a wide range of national and regional advertisements. Cocoa was the 2006 spokesperson for SBC-AT&T Wireless internet she made you choose Foster Farms chickens after choking an imposter in the Foster Farm campaign and as the cell phone obsessed Mom for Albertson’s supermarkets. Currently you can catch Cocoa massaging Super Bowl Champion, Troy Aikman's head in the very funny NFL on Fox promos.
Cocoa has also a sharpened her columnist chops, writing for publications like Honey and In the Mix magazines on a monthly basis, and has written numerous half hour comedy scripts, including the smash hit webisode series “The Raynecat Show”, in which Cocoa played the crazy character “ LaTanya”. Her episode, “Church in a Box” can be seen on the popular outlet, YouTube, which is getting major hits each day.
Cocoa is a somewhat of a renaissance artist, producing, writing and directing 2 stage plays, “Judgment Day” and “Dear Hollywood”, both featured and receiving rave reviews at the 2009 NAACP Theatre Festival (excerpts of both plays can be seen on www.youtube.com). She’s also developing a sitcom and sketch comedy show for TBS, with major producers already attached. She is also currently writing her book and preparing her one-woman show, “Confessions of a Suicidal Diva ®” and “Comedy Cookin’ with Cocoa®”. Also, Cocoa hosts and executive produces with her husband, actor Bubba Ganter, her own weekly Blog, Bitter2Bride©, on YouTube and Face book, where she gives the world a weekly dose of TRUTH about today's issues.
Whether you need a stand-up comedian for your next corporate event or your Grandmother's birthday party, or a motivational speaker to get your message across, Cocoa Brown is just that versatile to connect to your crowd and bring you funny all the same time.
For Appearances/bookings, please call:
S. Riley, Thomas & Associates
I'MERGE PR, Houston