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 is seen in the Sony feature 21 Jump Street.
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.
Karlous has worked with various headlining comedians and artists like Katt Williams, Daniel Tosh, Doug Benson, Case, Guccie Mane, Dem Franchise Boyz, Grandaddy Souf, Big Oomp, Jermaine Dupri, and T.I's Grand Hustle Comedy. -Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out -MTV's "YO MOMMA" -Bill Bellamy's "Who's Got Jokes?" -BET's prank dating show "Hell Date" -He has been featured on V-103's Frank and Wanda morning television/radio show -Atlanta's HOT 107.9 -Guest on The Mo'nique Show
TK Kirkland’s “Are There Any Questions”,an Image entertainment release, was Amazon’s number 1 selling standup comedy DVD for two months running. TK has built a nationwide following from his tour hosting work for the likes of 50 Cent, Eminem and Madonna.
When 50 Cent needed a foil for his video release of his hit record “Window Shopper” it was TK Kirkland who got the call.
Mr. Kirkland has been the Comedy circuits best kept secret for a decade now. Long known as the “Gangsta of Comedy” no less a personage than Jaime Foxx sang his praises on his Showtime Comedy Special going so far as to perform his own impression of TK. Laffapalooza the Showtime DVD Label. TK has worked as a host on BET’s “MAD SPORTS” appeared numerous times on “Comicview
Not since TK was the morning Host on radio HOT 97 in New York has he been this busy. At that time Mr. Kirkland was substituting for Ed Lover. Over the years he has co-starred with Mike Epps and Vin Diesel’s“STRAYS”. Spike Lee’s production of Universal Pictures critically acclaimed "New Jersey Drive".
In addition to maintaining his schedule of regular live appearances at theaters, concerts and nightclubs around the country, TK has made a numerous television guest appearances over the years.
Including presenting his longtime friend and colleague, Martin Lawrence a special award on Don Cornelius's prime time special"The Soul Train Comedy Awards Show." He was also one of the nominees in the Best New Male Comedian category.
T K first came to national attention when he and his comedy were featured on HBO's "MO FUNNY" a History of Black Comedy InAmerica. HBO gave recognition to the fact that Mr. Kirkland is one of the most important and influential comedians working in comedy today.
T K has enjoyed national notoriety before as a track and field star. He was a graduate student at the University ofArizona, when an injury prevented him from participating in the Olympics in 1984. In an effort to console him, many of his college teammates told him his real future was in comedy. It was a chance meeting with Eddie Murphy that finally inspired him to try stand-up as a profession.
He moved to Compton, California and set about working in Los Angeles's comedy clubs, including the Comedy Store, The Improv and Igby's, but it was his performances in the rising black comedy scene where he first made a name for himself. Working at The Comedy Act Theatre in the Crenshaw district of South Los Angeles, he came to the attention of Robin Harris who took him under his wing. With Robin's strong support and guidance TK quickly became a popular regular at the Club.
TK says. "I dealt with the realities of the male/female relationship," and here he pauses, "Graphically."
"All else pales in comparison to the Comedy Store's most outrageous act, T K Kirkland, a Monday night regular. His act centered entirely on oral sex. People were rolling in the aisles," as The Los Angeles Times so willingly attests. "I realized then that I had to expand my range to include cleaner material, I wanted to be able to perform for anyone anywhere. A year later I did a special charity event with MC Hammer to help keep kids stay in school, I got a standing ovation from the kids and the parents and a look of shocked amazement from the entertainers on the show, they were surprised that I could be just as funny working clean."
T K Kirkland now says proudly.
His first big break came when his Compton neighbor,
Eazy-E , put him on a national tour with the rap group NWA. He caused a sensation, never before had a comedian drawn as much publicity and controversy on a music tour.
He continued working as an MC / Comedian for such music act's as Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Tina Marie and The Hammer, taking time off to perform in Robert Townsend's HBO Special, and working with Tommy Chong and Rae Don Chong in Far Out, Man.
After seeing him perform at a concert, Sinbad asked him to appear on NBC's "Showtime At The Apollo."
For TK this was truly a special event,"I grew up in Jersey City and went to the Apollo. Nothing I had ever done before or since gave me more satisfaction than getting a standing ovation on that show."
Since then TK has been working around the country developing an underground following and honing his skills in comedy.
Mr.Kirkland, having worked with people and groups like Ice Cube, Rude Boys, Public Enemy and having appeared in music video's by such recording artists as 2nd To None and AMG he feels particular affection for the Rap and Hip Hop scenes. "It's our music, it tells it the way it is, it's not pretty and it's not watered down it's straight and hardcore, it tells the truth which is what I try to do with my comedy," TK volunteers.
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