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Atlantic City Comedy Festival : Columbus Day Weekend

October 10 & 11, 2015

The Atlantic City comedy festival is back for its 6th year at Boardwalk Hall for two backtoback nights of hystericalcomedy.  Both shows will begin at 8:00p.m. The mix of the Atlantic City boardwalk atmosphere, nightlife, and top notch comedians makes for an unforgettable weekend. 

The scheduled comedians for the festival include Mike Epps, Sommore, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, Don DC Curry, J. Anthony Brown, Tommy Davidson, John Witherspoon, Cocoa Brown and Finesse Mitchell.

The 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.

Mike Epps is exploding on the comedy, TV and film scenes with his multiple roles. He is currently co-starring in HBO’s Bessieand will star in the TV remake Uncle Buck on 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.

For more information on Atlantic City Comedy Festival or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ACComedyFestival.com

"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 of Comedy.

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 life wasn’t his calling. “Jail was a blessing for me,” recalls the 28-year old comedian of 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 for me.”

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 Jean’s 1998 The 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 of
the 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 debut Opposite of H2O and is currently completing his own debut My 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 path.”

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 funny bone.

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Wil Sylvince 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 performers.

Born 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.

His work definitely speaks for itself, leaving audiences in amazement and always wanting more. Wil Sylvince is definitely a rising star worth keeping an eye on.

More about Wil Sylvince & Show Dates

www.wilsylvince.com

Reppin Magazine Comedy Spotlight

 

 Comedian Wil Sylvince

 

www.wilsylvince.com

 

What 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.

Tom Joyner Morning Show



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 her way.

 

SHOWS | VIDEOS | CONTACT

www.shesofunny.com

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.

 

jenakingsley.com 


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