Arsenio Hall

Special Event
Fri, May 17, 2019
Sat, May 18, 2019

Arsenio Hall

Special Event

If you ask different people where they first saw

Arsenio Hall, you’d probably get a number of different answers. But, it

was the success of his Emmy Award-winning late night talk show “The

Arsenio Hall Show” that made Arsenio a household name. The versatile

actor, comedian and producer first became involved in the arts at “The

Cleveland Playhouse” and continued to hone his craft through his Kent

State University years.

In 1979, Hall moved from Ohio to

Chicago, Illinois where he tried his hand at stand-up comedy and was

discovered by Jazz singer Nancy Wilson. In the following few years

Arsenio toured, opening for twenty major headliners including Patti

LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder. A short time

later, Arsenio attempted to diversify his career by making numerous

appearances on television shows such as “Solid Gold” and “The Tonight

Show Starring Johnny Carson”...and doing his first film cameo in “Amazon

Women on the Moon,” directed by John Landis.

In 1987,

Arsenio was asked to replace Joan Rivers on the Fox Network series “The

Late Show.” On the strength of his work as interim host, he was signed

to a film and television deal with Paramount Pictures, which

subsequently led to the opportunity to co-write and co-star in the hit

(Paramount) comedy “Comingto Ameri ca.”

On January 3, 1989,

“The Arsenio Hall Show” made its debut. Virtually overnight, Arsenio

changed the face of late night television by captivating young viewers

across the country. During his successful five-year run as Executive

Producer, Arsenio provided a forum for cutting edge comedy, politics and

the television debut of such pop superstars as Mariah Carey, Snoop

Doggy Dogg, Boyz II Men, and countless others. In 1994, Arsenio was

again ready to grow and diversify. He resigned from the late night

gabfest to pursue other personal and professional interests.

In 1998, Arsenio joined the cast of the CBS dramedy “Martial Law,”

playing “Terrell Parker,” a streetwise L.A.P.D. detective, for two

years. He followed this up with a two season stint as Host of the new

“Star Search” (CBS). And then, taking on his most challenging task to

date, he returned to stand-up comedy and toured for the first time in

over a decade.

Arsenio was featured as

the comical “Carl Cristall” in Exodus Films’ animated feature “Igor,”

starring John Cusack, which was released in theaters nationwide in

September, 2008, and on DVD in January, 2009.


appeared in a memorable cameo starring as “Tasty Freeze” in the highly

touted feature comedy “Black Dynamite,” an homage to classic

blaxploitation films, which opened in theaters nationwide October 16,

2009 (Sony/Apparition), was released on DVD in February, 2010, and

debuted as a new animated series on Adult Swim in July, 2012.

In addition, Arsenio was featured in the HBO Sports Documentary “Magic

& Bird: A Courtship of Rivals” which premiered in March, 2010, as

well as the A&E two-hour documentary special “The Battle For Late

Night,” which premiered in April, 2010.

He was also featured

in the NBA Entertainment documentary “The Announcement,” which

premiered in March, 2012 on ESPN, where he shares his insight and

experience surrounding the day of Thursday, November 7, 1991, when

Earvin “Magic” Johnson made people stop and watch at the Forum in

Inglewood, California, announcing he was HIV-positive and would be

retiring from basketball immediately. The documentary gets to the core

of Magic’s incredible personal journey and explores how he continues to

prosper and thrive two decades later.

Arsenio was featured

as a “Guest Mentor” on the OWN Network’s “Your OWN Show,” as well as

appearing as guest host on the daily talk show “Access Hollywood LIVE!,”

CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” and “The View.”

On May 20,

2012, Arsenio was crowned the “Celebrity Apprentice” for Season 5 of

Donald Trump’s hit reality show on NBC, where he competed for his

charity, The Magic Johnson Foundation.

Most recently, he

returned to late-night television as executive producer and host of the

CBS Television Distribution/Tribune Broadcasting nationally syndicated

"The Arsenio Hall Show," which aired on stations around the country

during the 2013 - 2014 season.