Eddie Griffin

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Fri, Aug 16, 2019
Sat, Aug 17, 2019

Eddie Griffin

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A popular comedian turned actor who started his

career on-stage as a dare, funnyman Eddie Griffin has built an

ever-growing fan base since jumping onto the comedy scene in 1990.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Eddie was voted class clown three

years in a row in high school. His first love was always dance and by

the young age of 16, he opened his own dance studio and was

choreographing the Kansas City Chiefs half-time shows. But all of that

would soon change when one night his cousin dared him to go on stage at

the local comedy club Sanford and Sons where he was told to do 3

minutes. He performed off-the-cuff for 45 minutes successfully. It was

then that Griffin purchased a one-way ticket to Los Angeles to pursue

his dream of becoming a stand up.

In only one short month, he

was a regular at the renowned Comedy Store, where he was compared with

esteemed talents such as Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and Lenny Bruce.

After only 2 short months, Griffin was chosen to open for Andrew Dice

Clay at Madison Square Garden that kicked off a 22-city tour.

These many successful performances led to Eddie Griffin's appearance on

Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam"1992", the Cable Ace Award-nominated

HBO special One Night Stand "1992", HBO Comedy Half Hour Special "1995",

the HBO special Voodoo Child "1997" and onstage at the legendary Apollo

Theater. He also recorded the successful comedy albums Message In The

Hat "1993" and The Message "1999" featuring comedic and musical

performances by him as well as Master P, Sikk the Shocker, and Fiend.

Griffin began branching out into acting.

Roles in such films as The Last Boy Scout "1991", Coneheads "1993",

and Jason's Lyric "1994" soon led to his own hit comedy series Malcolm

and Eddie "1996-2000", for which role he was nominated (1996) and won

(2000) the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In

addition to lending his acting experience to this sitcom, he also wrote

and directed four episodes, one of which starred his mentor and Richard

Pryor.

After, he was offered a lead role in Double Take

"2001" alongside Orlando Jones. Griffin then starred alongside Denzel

Washington in John Q "2002", earning him respect as a dramatic actor.

Shortly thereafter, his leading-man status lead to his role as Anton

Jackson in Undercover Brother "2002". Mr. Griffin's extensive film

resume includes films such as and Armageddon "1998", and the worldwide

successful comedy franchise Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo "1999" and Deuce

Bigalow: European Gigolo "2005", as well as Date Movie "2006", Scary

Movie 3"2003", My Baby's Daddy " 2004" "which he starred, wrote and

Executive Produced for Miramax.

Eddie also contributed and performed on Dr. Dre's Multi-Platinum selling albums The Chronic "1992" and Chronic 2001 "2001".

Eddie Griffin is widely known for his award winning Comedy Stand-up

Special Dysfunktional Family "2003" which he starred, wrote, Executive

Produced and performed on the film's soundtrack with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre

and Tupac.

Eddie most recently starred alongside Eddie

Murphy in the hit feature Norbit "2007" and starred, wrote and Executive

Produced his next comedy special Freedom Of Speech "2007". Later that

year he contributed to and performed on T-Pain's worldwide successful

album Circus "2008" and starred in Disney's Beethoven's Big Break

"2008".

Eddie's most recent comedy special YOU CAN TELL 'EM I SAID IT premiered on Comedy Central on February 19, 2011.

Eddie currently performs in Las Vegas weekly at The Rio Suites Hotel & Casino.

Comedy Central honored him as the Top 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time.

Eddie Griffin has conquered not only the stage, but the silver screen as well.

Eddie has appeared in 47 films and numerous television shows.

In addition to his Comedic talent, Griffin is also a gifted Actor, Dancer, Choreographer and Singer.

Eddie Griffin is a highly accomplished individual who has contributed

significantly to the arts and the entertainment industry and is a star

and gifted entertainer in the entertainment world