Born Gary Johnson, G-Thang (his nickname) began his career as a stand-up comic, primarily dealing with urban-oriented and racially themed material. He distinguished himself, however, by avoiding much of the raunchiness that characterized his colleagues on the stand-up circuit and by delving into current affairs to a somewhat unusual degree. He projected a slightly hyper and reckless (though not manic) attitude on-stage and in interviews, which became a personal trademark. G-Thang transitioned to motion pictures with a role as Calvin in the no-holds-barred genre spoof Disaster Movie (2008) opposite Kim Kardashian and Carmen Electra.
Born and raised in St. Paul, MN, this talented, driven, and most importantly funny stand-up comedian Vanessa Graddick has been taking comedy by storm. In record time, Vanessa has performed all over the country, including major comedy clubs in California, New York, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Florida and more. Based in California she is a regular at venues such as The Comedy Union, The Laugh Factory, Improv and the Ice House Comedy Club. In 2007, Vanessa won the Uncle Clyde's Comedy Competition at the Ice House. As the winner of this competition she competed in the 2007 Boston Comedy Festival. Additionally she has participated in the New York Underground Comedy Festival and the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition. Most recently Vanessa has expanded her experience to performing for American Soldiers in South Korea and taping Byron Allen's "Comics Unleashed."
With her introspective and thought-provoking comedy, Vanessa Graddick is quickly proving to be a name to watch out for as she is surely on her way to the top.
Jamal Doman has been called "a comedian's comedian" by his peers! The Philadelphia native started doing stand-up in his hometown in 1993. In 1998 Jamal moved to Hollywood and quckly became an industry favorite. Soon Jamal landed spots on such shows as "Showtime At The Apollo," "BET Comicview," "Martin Lawrence Presents The 1st Amendment," "Comics Unleashed," & "Who Wants To Date A Comedian." For the love of his country, Jamal has also performed around the world for US troops in such places as Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Kuwait, South Korea, Iceland, & Guam! Acting was the next barrier for Jamal as he starred in such films as "REPOS," "The Greatest Song," & "STREETS"! Jamal is also an "internet sensation" with his videos getting thousands of views. His "JUICY T.-Certified Pimp" webisodes are considered classics. And with almost 20 years in the game, for Jamal Doman the best is yet to come....
Actor and standup comedian T’Shaun Barrett is the go-to-guy for bringing down the house at local comedy clubs. He is also an established actor with over twenty indie films to his credit and a co-starring role in the successful Barbershop 2. His episodic work includes the current season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, Numbers, Without a Trace, Medium, ER and So Notorious. He is also a familiar face to television audiences as “the dude with the jackhammer” in the current popular dollar value menu campaign commercial from McDonalds. T’Shaun is also a favorite guest on Sirius/XM Radio’s The Jamie Foxx Show where, when time allows, he has an open invitation to drop in.
Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, T’Shaun was greatly influenced by his father, the long-standing pastor of the Life Center Church. His father packed the house weekly with his entertaining, comedic and energetic sermons. His patient mother presided as the First Lady of the Church and looked after her brood of seven children.
In school, T’Shaun was the self-admitted class clown and was often suspended for his antics. Finally his parents transferred him to Curie High School for the Performing Arts because “I was a nut and this school had a place for nuts.” T’Shaun appeared in a number of plays at school and several local community productions including “Choices” at the Regal Theatre. After graduation he attended Chicago’s Columbia College where he studied film and theatre and began to land parts in many of the indie films shooting in Chicago. He also starred in the Victory Gardens Theatre production of Steve Carter’s “Root Causes.”
He was absolutely hooked on acting and the idea of moving to Hollywood. To raise funds, he started an event/party company. He produced, promoted, booked talent and served as MC for these festive events. After saving enough money to pay cash for a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix, T’Shaun drove to Los Angeles where he crashed on the couch of his one friend who had moved to Hollywood. He began classes at The Actor’s Center and started the process of auditioning. Ironically, his big break came when he returned to Chicago to audition for Barbershop 2: he landed the part.
Encouraged by one of his L.A. friends, Jamie Foxx, T’Shaun decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy. “If Jamie thinks I’m funny, maybe I am.” Making an impressive debut at the famed L.A. Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip, T’Shaun has since become a regular both there and at L.A’s Laugh Factory. T’Shaun, a true charmer, is recognized daily for his value-conscious role in the McDonald’s commercial and for last year’s Miller Lite spot. Between his standup commitments and acting, he is a very busy guy.
In 2007 tragedy changed his family forever. His sister Kleo, a Cook County Deputy Sheriff, was shot and killed by an ex-boyfriend who also took his own life. The family honors her memory with the Kleo Barrett Angel Foundation. The Foundation provides assistance to families affected by domestic violence. Every year near Kleo’s birthday in October, the family produces a major fundraising event and T’Shaun serves as host.
“As a family, we want to shine a light on this terrible national epidemic and do what we can to help other families.” -Tshaun Barrett
T’Shaun truly loves to make people laugh and admires the work of the great comedians that came before him: Richard Pryor, Bernie Mac, Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx.
Comedian Gary Johnson, aka G-Thang, has been delivering his comic styling and stand-up to top comedy clubs across the country. During an eight-year career, he has also toured with the likes of Destiny's Child, Keyshia Cole, Nelly, Cedric the Entertainer and was a featured opening act on The Kings of Comedy tour in 2000.
He had a recurring role on the sitcom In Case of Emergency, opposite David Arquette, and after receiving a personal invite from Ashton Kutcher, joined the cast of MTV's hit show Punk'd for one season. He has had recurring and guest starring roles on several shows, including Half & Half, All That, Girlfriends, The Game, Love Inc. and All Of Us. On BET, he appeared on the network's original series Comic View and Comin to the Stage (seasons 1 & 2) as well as had his very own one-hour network special in 2006. Other television credits include a dramatic turn on The Shield.
Recently, he made his mark in radio as a regular on the 100.3 The Beat's Tom Joyner radio show in the mornings in Los Angeles. This show is syndicated nationally to over eight million listeners. He also released I Got Problems, a comedy album distributed by Universal.
G-Thang is consistently booked for charity events by a host of celebrity fans including: Shaquille O'Neil, Will Smith, Nelly, Marshall Faulk, Tom Joyner and Javon Kearse to name a few. Most recently he lent his involvement to a Hurricane Katrina fundraiser in New Orleans.