The Comedy Get Down at the UC
The kings of comedy will be stopping at the United Center on January 23 for The Comedy Get Down! Cedric the Entertainer, Charlie Murphy, George Lopez, D.L. Hughley and Eddie Griffin will take the stage for a night of hilarity that’s not to be missed. The lineup is loaded with talent who have appeared in TV shows, movies, comedy specials & talk shows (both as hosts & guests).
Cedric the Entertainer broke into the acting scene in 1996 when he played Cedric Jackie Robinson on the sitcom The Steve Harvey Show. His career grew & he appeared in several movies including Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Ride, Johnson Family Vacation, Be Cool & the Madagascar series. During his acting career growth he continued his stand-up & went on tour with The Original Kings of Comedy with Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley & Bernie Mac. In 2000, the touring comedy act was made into a popular film by Spike Lee with the same title.
Charlie Murphy got his start as a cast member & writer for Chappelle’s Show in 2003. He’s the older brother of actor/comedian Eddie Murphy but didn’t come into his own until his involvement with Chappelle’s Show. His popularity grew when he performed his original sketch Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories. The sketch featured Charlie telling stories from the past as a member of his brother Eddie’s entourage with celebrities like Rick James & Prince. After host Dave Chappelle left the show after its second season, Charlie took over hosting duties on Chappelle’s Show for “the lost episodes” which featured sketches that were produced before Chappelle departed the show. Since the demise of Chappelle’s Show, Murphy has done voiceovers for cartoons, tv commercials & video games as well as his own comedy special Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize in 2010.
D.L. Hughley began his career as the original host of ComicView, a stand-up comedy show on BET. Then from 1998-2002 he wrote, produced and starred in the sitcom The Hughleys where he gained the most popularity. He is one of the members of The Original Kings of Comedy & has appeared in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, NBC’s Scrubs & hosted Premium Blend & the 2008 BET Awards. Hughley recently appeared on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars.
Eddie Griffin has starred in several movies, notably The Meteor Man, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Double Take, Undercover Brother, Scary Movie 3, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Norbit. He also played one of the 2 lead roles in the TV series Malcolm & Eddie from 1996-2000. Comedy Central ranked Griffin at #62 on their list of 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. In 2011, Comedy Central released You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It on DVD which features 82 minutes of unedited/uncensored content from the performance.
George Lopez had been performing stand-up comedy for several years before being approached by Sandra Bullock to produce & star in a sitcom. Bullock noticed the lack of Hispanic sitcoms on American TV & lobbied to get a sitcom that starred Hispanics instead of being exclusively about the Hispanic community. ABC (American Broadcasting Company) picked up the show after being criticized for their lack of Latinos starring in their programs. Lopez is the co-creator, writer, producer and star of the show George Lopez, which ran from 2002-2007. Lopez hosted his own late night talk show in 2009 titled Lopez Tonight which ran for 2 seasons on TBS & ended in 2011. In 2008, Lopez did the voice acting for Papi in Beverly Hills Chihuahua & has since done voice overs in Marmaduke, The Smurfs, The Smurfs 2, Rio, Rio 2 as well as the sequels to Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
The resumes of these comedians speak for themselves, and to have each of them performing for one show is certain to impress. The Comedy Get Down will be at the United Center on January 23 & tickets can be purchased here.