THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY
CEDRIC "THE ENTERTAINER," voted "most popular" and "most humorous"
by his high school classmates, always loved to perform. When he first started
out in comedy, he also sang and danced, adding "The Entertainer" to
his name in hopes he would be known as more than just a comic. He has certainly
succeeded, recently winning his second consecutive NAACP Image Award for
"Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" for his role on
"The Steve Harvey Show." Cedric began his career in comedy competing
in the "Johnny Walker National Comedy Contest" in Chicago, Illinois.
That outstanding performance led to weekly comedy club gigs in his hometown of
St. Louis. Soon after, he returned to Chicago to nab first place in "The
Miller Genuine Draft Comedy Search" and his career quickly gained momentum
as he toured across the country, headlining in major concert events.
Fate seems to have played a major role in Cedric's life, at least where Steve
Harvey is concerned. Their paths crossed when Cedric went to Harvey's
Dallas-based comedy club and sat in the audience watching the headline act bomb.
Not one to let opportunity pass him by, the resourceful Cedric asked if he could
perform for free. His five-minute routine got a standing ovation and Steve flew
Cedric back not long after to headline his own show. They've been friends ever
Witty observations about everyday life provide much of Cedric's comedy
material which appeals to a wide variety of audiences. His numerous television
performances include "Showtime at the Apollo," HBO "Def Comedy
Jam," and "Uptown Comedy Hour."
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