Monday, February 22, 2010

Mike Epps To Tape Another Comedy Stand-Up Performance!

We just discovered that comedian Mike Epps is about to hit the stage again, except this time in Los Angeles and it's to tape another comedy special!

It seems that Epps is following up his Under Rated and Never Faded stand up performance for cable with a new special, as he partnered with AEG Live, Shaq Entertainment & Bud Light with the show to be produced and promoted by Codeblack Entertainment.

So far, this special is shaping up to be a "Mike Epps and Friends" type of comedic performance, as Epps will be presenting several comedians on stage before he hits the stage.

Stay tuned for more info on this, but if you are interested in purchasing tickets for this event and you are in the Los Angels area please visit for more information.

Next up for Mike Epps is the film Lottery Ticket with Ice Cube, Brandon T. Jackson and Bow Wow coming to theaters soon.

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JB Smoove To Host New Simmons/Lathan Comedy Special!

As we originally hinted at a couple of weeks ago, it seems that Comedy Central has ordered a six-episode half-hour, urban and hip hop stand-up series from Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan, it was announced today by Elizabeth Porter, senior vice president, specials and talent, of Comedy Central. The multicultural series hosted by JB Smoove, ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") will shoot in Los Angeles on February 24 and 25 at the El Rey Theater and is set to premiere this summer.

"We've been trying to get into business with Russell and Stan for a while now and this new stand-up series is an exciting first venture for us to partner with them," said Porter. "As someone who was a huge fan of 'Def Comedy Jam,' working alongside these two incredible visionaries on this series has been nothing short of amazing. With JB Smoove as our front man and all the fresh faces that Russell and Stan have discovered for the show, we'll be giving our viewers something really awesome each week."

"'Def Comedy Jam' made a significant contribution to American pop culture by introducing so many superstars," said Simmons. "Now, with Comedy Central as our new partner, we're poised to present the next generation of star talent."

Executive produced by Simmons and Lathan, the unique stand-up show with a hip hop vibe, hosted by JB Smoove will reflect the urban culture of today's youth through stand-up comedy. Each episode will consist of three up-and-coming comics and will feature music created by DJ Cassidy.

Simmons and Lathan originally partnered in 1989 to create one of the most successful franchises in entertainment, the HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" series, which started the careers of some of today's biggest talents including, Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, Mo'Nique and more. Together, they co-own The Simmons Lathan Media Group, a film and television production and acquisitions company that develops and distributes urban content across a variety of media platforms.

They currently executive produce the MTV hit reality shows, "Run's House," "Daddy's Girls," as well as "Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices" for HBO. Their film credits include co-executive producing "Waist Deep," "Gridlock'd" and "The Show." In 2002, the partnership was honored with their first Peabody® Award for their "Def Poetry Jam" series. The duo also produced, and Lathan directed, "Def Poetry Jam on Broadway," which won a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.

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Richard Pryor Biopic Set To Finally Start Filming!

We just discovered that the much talked about Richard Pryor biopic is set to start filming this fall. As we reported several months ago, the lead role of Pryor will be played by comedic actor Marlon Wayans.

As many of you probably know by now, comedian Mike Epps was originally cast in the title role while Pryor was still alive, but the role eventually went to Eddie Murphy when Director Bill Condon discovered that Murphy was interested in the part.

After creative difference between Murphy and the film’s producer’s, Murphy bowed out of the film and then cast Marlon Wayans in the title role after what is believed to be one of the hottest auditions Hollywood has seen in awhile. As a matter of fact, according to many published reports, Wayans did so well during that audition, that currently the talk in Hollywood is he will “make Richard Pryor proud of his performance.”

The film titled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? will start shooting in the fall with a projected released date of early next spring. As of this writing, no other parts have been cast in this film.

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