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Over the last decade, DAVID MANN (Mr. Brown) has become one of urban America's premier funny men and emcees. As the Bible-thumping, zany Mr. Brown in Tyler Perry's hugely successful "Madea” stage plays, Mann has become one of the most beloved personalities in theater today. Now, he's poised to conquer the worlds of radio, television and film. His debut CD "Mr. Brown's Good Ole Time Church,” a mix of comedy sketches and traditional gospel songs, debuted in the Billboard Top 40 gospel album sales chart. 

It's all an interesting turn of events for Mann who grew up in Dallas with a total immersion in church activities. He sang in the youth choir and lent his smooth tenor to high school productions. It was in these early shows that his razor-sharp comedic skills were honed. After graduating from high school, Mann's former classmate Kirk Franklin called him up to join the new gospel group he was forming called, the Family. Their first single "The Reason Why We Sing” became a massive R&B and gospel radio hit and sent the group on sold-out tours across the country from 1994-1995. Then, the following year, Mann discovered plays. 

He appeared in David E. Talbert's "He Say…She Say…But What Does God Say?” Mann's portrayal of the high-strung gangster "Forty Ounce” had audiences rolling in the aisles. That part led to his role as Mr. Brown in Tyler Perry's first play, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” The outrageous Mr. Brown quickly found a place in America's heart, leading to sold-out theater houses in Perry's various plays in the decade since that first role.


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