Atlantic City Comedy
Festival : Columbus Day Weekend
October 10 & 11, 2015
Atlantic City comedy festival is back for its 6thyearatBoardwalk
The mix of the Atlantic City boardwalk atmosphere, nightlife,
and top notch comedians makes for an unforgettable weekend.
Atlantic City Comedy Festival is known for presenting some of
the funniest African-American comedians in the business. Since
its start in 2009, over 50,000 fans have come to enjoy the
country’s funniest comedy festival.
Epps is exploding on the comedy, TV and film scenes with his
multiple roles. He is currently co-starring in HBO’sBessieand
will star in the TV remakeUncle
ABC this fall. It has also been announced that he will be
be portraying comedy legend Richard Pryor in the icon’s biopic.
Sommore was recently the host of BET’s ComicView relaunch.
Comedian Earthquake currently hosts his own afternoon radio show
on WBLS-FM in New York City, and fan favorite Bruce Bruce
consistently sells out venues across the country.
"This American humor of ours, call it comedy,
call it jokes, call it what you will, gives each and every one
of us a great stress release if only we seize it with both hands
and choke the crap out of it."
--gangster of comedy, Capone.
"This American system of ours, call it Amercianism, call it
capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of
us a great opportunity if we seize it with both hands and make
the most of it."
--gangster Al Capone History
has a funny way of repeating itself. Take the Windy City of
Chicago circa the 1820s when a self-proclaimed Brooklyn street
politician named Al Capone revolutionized the crime world with
his hustling antics. Nearly 70 years later, the Bronx is
introduced to Derrick Lee, another hustler who trades in his
ruggish-thuggish ways to become a successful entrepreneur and
later metamorphosize the world of comedy as Capone, the Gangster
While both Capones lives slightly parallel each other, our
beloved comedian’s life is not tragic, but inspirational. Unlike
Chi-town’s original crime lord, Capone, the comedian didn’t
ignore the warning signs that he needed to cease the hustle. His
first and last sign came in 1991 after receiving a nine-month
sentence. It was then that the soon-to-be notorious funnyman
knew the street lifewasn’t
his calling. “Jail was a blessing for me,”recalls
the 28-year old comedianof
his spiraling street career. “At the rate I was going I’d either
be spending a whole lot of time there or end up dead.” With a
second chance, Capone left the street life and became a home
attendant for the mentally challenged. “It may seem a little far
fetched that I chose a Samaritan job, but I’ve always been
interested in helping people, especially those who can’t do for
themselves.” Although his salary was a far cry from his previous
income, he valued his freedom enough to stay on a legitimate
path and supplemented his wages by moonlighting as a barber on
the weekends. It was at his second job, that he began to hone
his comedic skills by engaging in intense snap sessions with
co-workers. “I was always crackin’ jokes on the customers or my
co-workers so the barber shop served as a sort of comedy haven
It wasn’t until 1992, when a promoter friend of Capone’s
challenged him to take his innate talent off the streets and to
the stage that his comedy career was launched. “My first show
was at Columbia University,” says the eight year comedic veteran
of his meager beginnings and who credits his late mother for his
comedic sense. “I won the amateur contest and I was invited to
perform with the heavy hitters.” Performing with professionals
such as Tracey Morgan (Saturday Night Live), Talent (Wyclef
Carnival), Michael Epps (Next Friday) opened up many
doors for the boisterous budding comedian. He immediately
ditched his day job after he’d saved his earnings to open his
first barber shop six years ago. “It was always one of my dreams
to have my own barber shop and work for myself.”
Today, the notorious funnyman is also the C.E.O. of D.D.L.
Enterprises (his initials) and owns three businesses in the
Bronx -a barber and beauty shop and a computer store. In
addition to his acute business savvy, Capone’s ability to adapt
to any audience has made him a mainstay in the comedy arena.
He’s performed at a slew of comedy clubs including New York’s
Caroline’s Comedy Club, Uptown Comedy Club, Boston Comedy Club
and tons of universities. It is this same universal comedic
flair that helped Capone nab his gig as the host of Harlem’s
legendary Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre. “My jokes are
personal -relationships, children, society, work, ethnicity,”
admits Capone who also hosts the majority ofthe Apollo’s
scheduled concerts. “I transform it into a comedic
vision.” Luckily for the humorous, the gangster of comedy and
his silly comrades had an even bigger vision -to unite The Big
Apple’s top five comedians (Capone, Talent, Gerald Kelly, Drew
Frasier and Rob Stapleton) for a N.Y. Kings of Comedy tour. “We
decided to put this show together about a year ago, but it was
difficult with everyone’s conflicting schedules. But when we
finally came together I went straight to the Apollo and made it
happen.” The Royal Fam’ is such a hot commodity that the show
sold out in less than a week and a second show had to be added.
“We’ve gotten an overwhelming response and I’m hoping the show
will travel soon.”
As if he isn’t already inundated with enough projects, Capone
has also done album skits for one of the Ruff Ryder’s canines
Drag-On’s solo debutOpposite
is currently completing his own debutMy
Life Was No Joke, a clever fusion of comedy, rhythm and
blues and rap due out this July. Capone who is also remembered
for his unique style of dress is also planning to launch his own
clothing line in the near future. With such a hefty plate, it’s
hard to imagine what Capone will most be remembered for -his
contribution to the history of comedy or his flourishing
businesses. “I want to be remembered as the comedian who handled
things his way,” says Capone who also manages to be a doting
father despite his dual career. “And as far as my personal
contribution, I’d like to touch the lives of people who did not
believe in themselves. Everybody has problems that they
sometimes can’t control. But after the dark tunnel there’s
always light, it’s just how long you’re willing to walk that
It’s obvious that the gangster of comedy has traveled his path
and walked toward the light almost stealthily -when the world of
comedy lease anticipated his arrival. But he’s here now, sitting
stoically upon his comedic throne waiting to tickle the next
is one of the most explosive comedians performing around the
world today. His comedic performances on COMEDY CENTRAL, HBO’S
DEF COMEDY JAM, and SHOWTIME all garnered standing ovations by
the audiences, a feat rarely seen accomplished by many
and raised in Brooklyn, Sylvince has honed his act in New York’s
top comedy clubs – the Comedy Cellar, Comic Strip Live,
Caroline’s on Broadway, Stand-Up NY and the Gotham Comedy Club.
His unique perspective on political and social issues, with a
twist of his West Indian Haitian culture makes Sylvince a
comedian in high demand. He has been hand picked by comedian
heavyweights Damon Wayans, D.L. Hughley, Wayans Brothers, Katt
Williams and Gabriel Iglesias to tour the country.
When not touring with other comedians, Sylvince is a wanted
commodity at college campuses everywhere. His versatility to
work clean as well as edgy, make him one of the nation’s top
booked college comedians.
In addition to his on camera work, Sylvince also prides himself
on his exceptional comedy writing skills. His writing has been
used and featured on The Fugees’ album The Score, Wyclef’s The
Carnival. He was also a contributor to sketch shows Chapelle
Show on Comedy Central and Damon Wayan’s The Underground.
definitely speaks for itself, leaving audiences in amazement and
always wanting more. Wil Sylvince is definitely a rising star
worth keeping an eye on.
is there to know about Dominique? Well, if you're interested in
high-powered comedy, there is everything to know. From clubs
across the country to Comedy Central's hit "Chapelle's Show" and
she's the newest member of“The Tom Joyner
Morning Show.”Dominique is showing America
what a comedienne is.
She began honing her
skills unprofessionally as a civil servant on the nightshift as
a postal worker at the now infamous Brentwood Postal facility in
her native Washington D.C. "I knew something like that was gonna
happen. I used to see all kinds of stuff that terrorist could
use, come through that post office. But that was back in the
good ole' Timothy McVeigh days", she quips about the nation's
anthrax scare. Boredom with the job and fear of going postal,
gave way to open mic nights at local clubs, at the behest of
friends and co-workers. Dominique immediately gained a
reputation for telling it like it is; raw and uncut and
unknowingly garnered a loyal following. Washington's uppity
audiences gravitated toward her mixture of politics, street
culture and current events. Her strong presence and a bravado
rarely seen in female comics quickly gained the attention of the
producers of HBO's "Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam", the show
that changed comedy forever. She went from shuffling mail to
working with the likes of Chris Rock in no time, "I didn't do
anything special. I just talked about what I knew and the next
thing you know I'm on T.V. I quit that job and took about 20
books of stamps. I figured they owed me." Needless to say, she
never looked back.
Sensing that she had
outgrown D.C.'s small comedy scene, she moved to the Bronx,
which wasn't a far cry from Southeast, D.C., and became a
fixture at the clubs in New York. Places like the Comic Strip
and Stand Up New York served as testing grounds for her new
material. By chance, on a Wednesday night at a small club on the
lower east side, she met SNL's Tracy Morgan who made Dominique
his opening act for his run at Caroline's on Broadway. The two
formed a friendship and have been working together ever since.
Being Tracy's feature however, wasn't enough to keep the bills
paid; So, Dominique became what she calls a 'hustler',
performing all over the country to make ends meet. From
Caroline's in New York, to The Improv in Chicago, D.C, Florida
and Miami, to LA's Laugh Factory, to the Tom Joyner Foundation
Fantastic Voyage 2008 Cruise and every club in between,
Dominique has wowed audiences with her straight forward wit and
comedic standpoint reminiscent of Mom's Mabley.
Upon her arrival in
Los Angeles, Dominique began making the rounds in Hollywood's
comedy clubs as well as the smaller, lesser known spots in LA.
"I like telling jokes in mainstream clubs as well as underground
spots 'cause it keeps me fresh no matter where I am." And fresh
she is. Since that time she has enjoyed a run on the highly
successful Mike Epps “On the Edge” Tour and numerous television
appearances including the fresh new Byron Allen’s “Comics
Unleashed”, the Tom Joyner “Sky Show”, HBO’s On-Demand
“Ask-A-Sista” and “Big Black Love.” She has also participated in
Urban Internationals Comedy Arts Festival better known as "Laffapalooza”
as well as the Bay Area Comedy Competition in Oakland. Dominique
has become a club staple and continues to tour clubs and
colleges around the country.
With several years
of study under her belt, she added acting to her resume when she
landed a part in the critically acclaimed indie "Thirty Years to
Life" and is represented commercially by Innovative Artist (LA),
who asked her to join their roster after one of their agents
just happened to catch her act one night.
These are the things
to know about Dominique, she's a class act from stage to film,
she's a woman with a strong point of view and a strong way of
telling it and she's ready for whatever those in the know throw
I, Jena Kingsley was
raised in an orphanage and my mother left me half a locket. Oh,
wait. No. That was Annie.
I write so I don’t talk to myself. As much.
I’m Jena. Like Jameson. But only one n. My parents spelled it wrong.
They couldn’t help it. They grew up in Brooklyn.
I was born and raised in New York City where I still reside with my
son. I can play guitar like a rockstar and I am a die hard Knicks
fan. Even when they suck. I go to way more concerts than you do.
It’s almost a disorder. My socks don’t often match. In sixth grade I
won an award for writing excellence, which of course means nothing
now. I graduated with a BA in Journalism from NYU. I learned about
comedy by practicing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and
being raised by an incredibly loving yet dysfunctional family.
I have written for magazines, newspapers, websites, and my own blog
under a pen name “Darcy” for years.
It’s now locked. I have
performed at Caroline’s, Gotham, The Stand and others. I recently
made my television debut doing “Live From Gotham.”
My comedy is dedicated to my father. One of the funniest men I knew.
Who told me I was funny. Really funny.