DeRay Davis is quickly killing Hollywood with his hilarious humor and persona. His film credits include Jumping the Broom, Semi-Pro, Old Dogs, Life as We Know It, Imagine That, License to Wed, School for Scoundrels, Scary Movie 4, Barbershop 1&2 and Johnson Family Vacation.
On the small screen, DeRay has appeared in HBO's "Entourage", Comedy Central's "Reno 911", Comedy Central Presents DeRay Davis, Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and BET's "ComicView" along with numerous voices on The Boondocks.
DeRay can next be seen in the Sony feature 21 Jump Street in 2012. And his 1 hour Comedy Special POWER PLAY debuts on Showtime Friday July 1, 2011 and is available OnDemand July 2nd thru July 29th.
On the recording side, DeRay wrote and performed the comedy skits on Kanye West’s LPs “Late Registration” and “The College Dropout”, and he performed at the 2006 Grammy Awards with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx.
A born hustler from Chicago’s South Side, DeRay began his career in the comedy clubs and was first noticed by Hollywood at Atlanta’s Laffapalooza Festival. Shortly after moving to LA, DeRay won the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition and was a standout on the Cedric the Entertainer Tour and at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.
Actor/Comedian Alex Thomas was born in Los Angeles, California. He grew up with a musical background. His mother a classical pianist and his father, Alexander Sr., was a member of one of the greatest band in R&B history, Earth, Wind, and Fire. Because of Alex’s height and size, sports did not work out in his favor. So, growing up in the ‘hood, the only other alternative was telling jokes. He was the Class Clown from Kindergarten until he graduated the 12th grade.
Right after high school, he landed his first job in the entertainment business on the hit comedy show, In Living Color. I guess you can say, Alex went from high school straight to the pros. Believe it or not, he wasn’t hired as a comedian or an actor; but as a dance choreographer for the infamous Fly Girls. It was on the set of In Living Color, where he met Keenan Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans, that he was persuaded by the family to pursue a career as a stand up comedian, and the rest is history. Two years later, Will Smith found Alex Thomas performing at the world famous Laugh Factory Comedy Club in Hollywood, California. Smith hired Alex immediately as a writer on his hit sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where he wrote for the show for three seasons. As a stand-up comedian, Alex has starred in two 1- hour comedy specials “Straight Clownin’” (SHOWTIME) and “Alex Thomas Live” (BET). Alex has opened up for such stars as: Sinbad, Jamie Foxx, Mark Curry, Damon Wayans, and Bill Cosby. Stand-up comedy has lead Alex to many television and film roles. Alex played a sidekick role to Jamie Foxx on the hit sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show for three seasons. He has also guest starred on other hit sitcoms, such as: Martin (Fox), Girlfriends (UPN), The Wayans Brothers (WB), Moesha (UPN), The Parkers (UPN), and All of US (UPN). Alex has also done several re-occurring character roles on hit animated series such as: Batman Beyond, King of the Hill, and Family Guy. Alex has also appeared on several talk shows, including: The Best Damn Sports Show Period (FOX), Jay Leno (NBC), and Premium Blend (Comedy Central). In addition, he has appeared in hit films, such as: The Players Club, Two Can Play That Game, Just Married, BAPS, and The Wash, to name a few. Alex is also well known in the hip-hop world from performing in several hit music videos and also several skits on Platinum-selling albums by artists such as: Kanye West, P.Diddy, Snoop Dogg, 50 cent, and Bow Wow.
Complementing his entertainment background, Alex is also an avid 13-handicap golfer. He has played on some of the greatest courses in the world from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews. Golf has opened many doors for Alex as he has hosted and played in several celebrity golf tournaments, including: Hall of Famers like: Magic Johnson, Eric Dickerson, and Tony Dorsett. Also, he has played in other celebrity tournaments with George Lopez, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Smith, Nick Van Exel, Antoine Walker, and Alonzo Mourning.
What is there to know about Dominique? Currently featured on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, Dominique reaches more than 8 million listeners each week in more than 115 markets with her high-powered comedy segment. From clubs across the country to Comedy Central's hit "Chapelle's Show", she's 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 eastside, 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.
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.
For over a decade, SPIKE-DID-IT-EVENTS has proudly presented MO BETTER MONDAYS ALL-STAR COMEDY JAM, featuring the hottest urban comedians from all over the country. Comics regularly featured on Def Comedy Jam, BET, HBO, Showtime, feature films and Comedy Central round out an always awesome line-up. Such acts as Dave Chappelle, Corey Holcomb, Kevin Hart, Mike Epps and Lunelle have all come out to perform.