LADCF Presents: The Black Version
Give us a movie title and we’ll give you The Black Version. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast a "Comedic A-Team," LA Weekly says the show is "Red Hot" and "Scores more than its share of belly laughs," while the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"! Returning to the festival for the second year in a row, The Black Version is an all-African-American cast that includes show creator Jordan Black along with comedy veterans Phil LaMarr, Nyima Funk, Gary Anthony Williams, Daniele Gaither, and Cedric Yarbrough, cast is subject to change, all under the direction of Karen Maruyama.
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Cedric Yarbrough’s television credits include Comedy Central hit series “Reno 911!”, Adult Swim’s Peabody Award winning series “The Boondocks”, & guest appearances on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Key & Peele”, & “Comedy Bang Bang”. Some of his film credits include, “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, “Get Smart”, “Four Christmases” & “Black Dynamite”. Cedric is currently recurring on 3 television shows, “The Goldbergs”, “Rake”, & “The Soul Man”.
Nyima Funk grew up in lovely Ann Arbor, MI. After college, she joined The Second City Main Stage in Chicago and won a Joseph Jefferson award for Best Actress. Her television credits include Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Key & Peele, Barely Famous, Son of Zom, The Soul Man, Wild ‘N Out, The George Lopez Show, Why? With Hannibal Burress, Chasing Life, Basketball Wives LA, According to Jim, Girlfriends, Thank God You’re Here, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Nyima sings the theme song for TV Land’s hit show Teachers. She regularly performs improv in Los Angeles with The Black Version, Mama’s Boy and The 313. When she’s not working, Nyima is a PTA mom who spends time with her super-hot husband, Joshua Funk, and her beautiful children, Ziza and Moze.
Jordan Black is a multi-hyphenate born and raised in Kankakee, IL. He is a former writer for Saturday Night Live and the creator of the hit all black improv show The Black Version that ran for 5 sold out years at the world famous Groundlings Theater and now at the world famous Largo Theater both in Los Angeles. He is also the producer and writer of The Black Version viral shorts on YouTube as well as the director of the viral hits Ask A Slave and Go Go Boy Interrupted. He is a writer for the new hit sitcom Uncle Buck starring Mike Epps and Nia Long as well as being the multi-hyphenate creator-producer-director of SHADED for Fusion’s new digital platform F-Comedy.
His acting credits include “How I Met Your Mother", "2 Broke Girls", and "Key and Peele" among many others including a recurring role on “Community” as “Dean Spreck" the dean of City Community College and the Christopher Guest film “For Your Consideration”. You may now stop reading this. Jordan Black is a former writer for “Saturday Night Live,” and as a voice actor he’s worked on many shows including “South Park” and “The Cleveland Show”. Black is an alum of The Groundlings, the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe and theater and is also the creator of the hit improv show The Black Version.
Jordan Black (2017 projects) This fall you can catch Kankakee, Illinois native Jordan Black in upcoming episodes of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Ballers”, the new Disney Channel show “Raven’s Home” as well as a recurring role on the YouTube Red show “Foursome”. He’s currently a series regular on Pop TV’s Return of the Mac starring Joey Macintyre of NKOTB. Jordan has been a series regular on MTV’s “Punk’d” and “The Lyricist Lounge”, Comedy Central’s “Halfway Home”, Fox’s “Riot” , and the WB’s “On the Spot” as well as host of E’s “Star Dates”. He’s also had recurring roles on the Fox show “Freeride”, Nickelodeon shows “True Jackson, VP” and “Marvin Marvin”, TV Land’s “Nobodies”, Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele” and on NBC’s “Community” he recurred as Dean Spreck the dean of rival City College. He’s been featured several times in sketches on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Jimmy Kimmel Show”. Jordan has also guest starred on several shows including “Arrested Development”, “The Mindy Project”, “2 Broke Girls”, “Childrens Hospital”, “How I Met Your Mother” and many, many more. In animation Jordan has recurred on “South Park” and “The Cleveland Show” among others and guest stars in the upcoming season of “American Dad”.
A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University and The Groundlings Theater. He is best known as one of the original cast members of “Mad TV” and as "Marvin" in PULP FICTION.
In addition to numerous appearances in films like Jason Reitman's MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, STEP BROTHERS, FREE ENTERPRISE and REAL STEEL, and TV shows such as "NYPD Blue," “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Raising Hope” and “Castle;” Phil has been profiled for his extensive voice-over work, which includes regular roles on the animated series "Futurama," "Samurai Jack," and "Justice League," recurring roles on "Ultimate Spider-Man," "Young Justice" and "STAR WARS: REBELS" and video games including SHADOW OF MORDOR, METAL GEAR SOLID 2 & 4, MERCENARIES, DARKSIDERS, INFAMOUS, DEAD ISLAND, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US and MORTAL KOMBAT X. Currently, Phil is appearing on HBO’s “Veep”, Epix's "Get Shorty"and appearing in episodes of "Family Guy," Disney’s “The Lion Guard”, Nickelodeon’s “Bunsen Is A Beast,” the comedy web series "Inside The Legend" (http://www.youtube.com/user/InsideTheLegend) and Tyler The Creator's upcoming animated series, "The Jellies."
Gary Anthony Williams recently appeared in the Sundance grand jury winner, I don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, currently airing on Netflix. Last Summer he starred as Bebop in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 and soon you’ll be able to see him in the film 5th of July. Other film work includes The Internship, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother, Soul Plane and The Factory. On TV, catch Gary in a fun new episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and multiple episodes of I’m Sorry on TruTV and Whose Line is it Anyway on The CW. Gary was a series regular on Boston Legal as well as Blue Collar Comedy. He recurred regularly on The Soul Man, Raising Hope, Malcolm in the Middle, and Weeds. He’s also the voice of the award winning music show “Unsung.”
Gary Anthony Williams and his writing partner recently sold a feature script to Lionsgate. In addition, the two just completed production of a pilot for YouTube Red based on their award winning DreamworksTV show, Life Hacks for Kids. Life Hacks has well over a quarter of a billionviews. You can watch their live-action shorts, Snackdown, on Disney Jr. Gary also wrote and directed the animated short, Baby Stache, for Nickelodeon. In animation, Gary appears in several Disney animated shows including series regular characters on Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard and Sheriff Callie’s Wild West. He played Uncle Ruckus in The Boondocks, Riff Tamson in George Lucas’ Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and both Mongul and Mongal in Batman: The Brave and Bold. Catch him in episodes of Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, American Dad, Super Mansion, Scooby Doo, China Illinois and Black Dynamite. Gary is very pretty. Oh yeah, he’s also a proud member of the all-black, booty-kicking improv show, The Black Version.
Gaither officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2003, seven years after her initial appearance on the series, as a feature performer for the ninth season. She became the second African American female cast member in the show's history, when she replaced Debra Wilson. Gaither was later promoted to a repertory performer status the following season.
While she studied at the Groundlings school, Gaither was trained by Michael McDonald, before his tenure on MADtv. She completed the school and became a member of The Groundlings on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. After several years as a member, she left the group in 2006.
In her comedy, Gaither tries to "represent people that you see in the streets and know in everyday life," and sometimes uses her family experiences as material. She does impressions of people that she grew up admiring, such as Patti Labelle, Marla Gibbs and Isabel Sanford, but also does impressions of current celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Star Jones and Lil' Kim.
Director, Karen Maruyama, in addition to the Black Version, Karen directs the Sunday Show at the Groundlings. She is a member of the directing faculty at the American Film Institute. Film credits include The Bucket List, The Campaign, and the upcoming Life Of The Party. Her television credits include Shameless, 2 Broke Girls, Baskets, Who's Line Is It Anyway?, Baskets and the upcoming Heathers. She has also lent her voice to The Simpsons, American Dad, Futurama, and Family Guy.