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Saturday, August 31, 2013 6:00PM

Sunday, September 1, 2013 6:00PM

Two Great Nights of Hot Comedy!

Saturday, August 31
Sunday, September 1

At Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
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Saturday, 8/31 @ 8pm:
Bruce Bruce
Don DC Curry
Mark Curry

Sunday, 9/1 @ 8pm:
DL Hughley
Arnez J.
DeRay Davis
Gary Owen
Tony Rock

ABOUT THE LINE UP: Saturday, 8/31 @ 8pm

Sommore, the original “Queen of Comedy” has emerged as one of America’s top comedic performers consistently delivering sharp sarcasm with an amazing presence. The Trenton, New Jersey native has appeared various shows including Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam”, BET’s “Live From LA”, “Showtime At The Apollo” and featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. Sommore received the prestigious Richard Pryor Award for “Comic Of The Year”. Starring in the ground-breaking Queens of Comedy tour, Sommore was featured on the Showtime special and now has her own successful DVD “The Queen Stands Alone”. Her film appearances include Soul Plane, A Miami Tail, Friday After Next and Something New. Other noteworthy accomplishments include several appearances on the sitcoms “The Hughley’s,” “The Parkers,” and “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher”.

Bruce Bruce is a name synonymous with keeping audiences rolling with laughter thanks to his captivating improv skills and larger than life comedic style. Bruce’s steady style of comedy has been showcased across the country, and he has been entertaining audiences young and old, and of all backgrounds, for years. His wit, spontaneity and dazzling personality set him apart from other standup comedians. Although known for his adult comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh and is no stranger is winning over new audiences with every appearance he makes. From his role as host for two seasons of BET’s “Comic View” to his many appearances on tv and film, Bruce is clearly a comedian that has found his mark in the business. Bruce recently headlined the 2008 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, leaving the audiences north of the border in stitches. On the feature film front, Bruce made a cameo in the HBO Films feature Idlewild, and appeared in the Larry the Cable Guy-starrer Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector. He also recently appeared in the comedy Who’s Your Caddy as “Golf Ball Eddie.”

Earthquake has solidified a significant following from coast to coast via TV appearances and sold-out concert dates. You’ll recognize him as Uncle Mike on “Everybody Hates Chris” and in the cult classic “Clerk’s II”. Earthquake has become a television fixture by way of his countless stand-up appearances including: “HBO’s Def Comedy,” “HBO One Night Stand" and “Comedy Central Presents: EARTHQUAKE.” “His delivery is perfect and what he says, regardless of what he calls it, is hilarious,” exclaims Howard Stern who is now calls Earthquake his "new favorite comedian.”

Don ‘DC’ Curry’s talents are far more than meets the eye at a single glance. At second glance you’ll see him co-starring in major studio pictures. Look again and you’ll see him touring the country as the lead in a hit stage play or serving as the front man of his own R&B and Blues band. With another glimpse (or listen) and you’ll hear him shining as a skilled on-air talent on morning radio or working as a voice-over artist. Bottom line, DC Curry is a very versatile, and extremely funny man. Hosting Comic View on BET garnered the attention of industry execs and earned him a spot as series regular role on ABC’s Grace Under Fire. He’s the outrageous Uncle Elroy in Next Friday, and the hilarious holiday ‘three-quel’ Friday After Next. Curry has also appeared on several of his own stand-up specials plus numerous Gospel musicals. For nearly a decade, DC has been expanding his audience and his range on both sides of the camera. Adding another feather to his entrepreneurial hat, in 2007 he opened “STAR,” his own jazz and blues nightclub in the heart of Atlanta.

Mark Curry is perhaps best known as the star of the ABC sitcom "Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and as one of the hosts of the syndicated series “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.” A class clown since childhood, Mark quickly learned that a wild sense of humor could take him places. While working at a drugstore after quitting college he honed and polished a comedy act that he regularly practiced on customers. These customers, as well as his family and friends, encouraged him to try his stand-up routine at area comedy clubs. With legendary comedian Richard Pryor as his inspiration, Mark made his debut in Oakland and eventually became the city’s most sought-after stand-up comic. That success paved the way for world wide comedy-club bookings and his career as an actor and host.

ABOUT THE LINE UP: Sunday, 9/1 @ 8pm

D.L. Hughley is one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today. He has also made quite an impression in the feature film and TV arenas. His long list of credits include his own one-hour comedy special in 2007 for HBO entitled “Unapologetic.” Other appearances include BET’s hilliarous hit “S.O.B.”; his own late night talk show for Comedy Central “Weekends at the DL” in 2005-2006; being part of the all-star ensemble cast of “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," the Aaron Sorkin NBC drama series, and from 2007-2009, “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News”. D.L. is also widely known for the 4 successful years he spent starring in his own TV sitcom “The Hughleys.” It was the mega-hit ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY that launched D.L. into superstardom. The film, based on the 1999 tour featuring D.L., Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer, garnered close to $40 million at the box office and became one of the highest selling DVDs in 2001. In 1999 four comedians embarked on this national tour, which sold out most of the major concert arenas in over 50 cities across the USA.

With appealing charisma and the physicality of Jim Carrey, Arnez J has been dubbed “the black Jerry Lewis.” While working as a flight attendant, he realized he had an uncanny ability to keep the passengers and crew laughing. Encouraged by friends, he made his first attempt at stand-up comedy. After that first night on stage, he knew what he wanted to do. He left his airline job and made the decision to devote his time to a career in comedy.
The Atlanta native began working the comedy circuit in Georgia and quickly became one of “Hotlanta’s” funniest newcomers. A finalist in the 1992 “Bay Area Black Comedy Competition,” Arnez was noticed by the entertainment industry and was asked to make his first television appearance on Showtime’s “Comedy Club Network.” Numerous TV appearances followed, including appearances on “The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show,” “Louie Anderson’s Comedy Showcase,” Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh,” NBC’s “Friday Night Videos,” Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam,” his own BET “Comic View Grandstand” one-hour special, and others. He was honored to perform as an opening act for The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. This busy comic keeps up a dizzying pace performing for sold out crowds in clubs, colleges and concert halls nationwide.

Comedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis can most recently appeared in the blockbuster 21 Jump Street, Jumping the Broom and his wildly successful Showtime special, DeRay Davis: Power Play. He lends his voice and writing talent to countless characters on the BoonDocks and currently on Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite. Davis achieved his career breakthrough at the Laffapalooza Festival in Atlanta and then went on to win the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition and landing covetable spots in the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and the Cedric the Entertainer Festival. The transition from behind-the-mike spots to movie roles represented a relatively short jump, for most of Davis’ early film assignments emphasized the same subject matter as his routines — he played the “Hustle Guy” in Barbershop (2002) and its sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), rapper Mario “Fa Real” Greene in the Martin Short comedy Jiminy Glick in La La Wood (2004), and a Jamaican stoner in Johnson Family Vacation (2004). Davis expanded his genre focus with roles in Rupert Wainwright’s supernatural horror outing The Fog (2005), and Todd Phillips’ comedy remake School for Scoundrels (2006). Subsequent features include License to Wed and Semi Pro. Davis also appeared on TV series including Entourage and Reno 911!, and comedy revues such as Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and was a Stand-out MVP on Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam Tour. He’s now making the rounds on the tour circuit preparing for his next one-hour comedy special: Home, Street Home: The Hood Hero Returns.

After being named “Funniest Serviceman In America,” Gary Owen‘s big break came in 1997 on BET’s Comic View. Since then, he’s been entertaining America for well over a decade with his side-splitting comedy, performing in all of the major comedy rooms across the country. Acting opportunities followed Owen’s stand up success. He was a cast member of Tyler Perry’s successful HOUSE OF PAYNE. The two met on the Tom Joyner Morning Show (on which Owen is a regular) and Perry wrote him into the show as the new barber, Zach. Additionally, Owen has been seen in such films as LITTLE MAN with the Wayans Brothers, REBOUND, and DADDY DAY CARE with Eddie Murphy. He can also been seen in the scene stealing role of “Bearcat” in the movie, COLLEGE.

Brooklyn-born Tony Rock, Chris Rock’s younger brother has been able to successfully elude the shadows of his older sibling and step into his own limelight. Tony has proven himself as one of the most talented, well-respected entertainers in the business. After more than a decade of experience, Tony has proven himself as a skillful comedian, actor, and executive producer. Early in his career Tony gained a reputation as a young star in the making. The Hollywood Reporter in 2001 picked him as one of the hot young talents to come out of New York and in 2003, People Magazine featured him in their July 7, 2003 Issue. Through the years, Tony has gained a domestic as well as an international presence.

Dominique began honing her skills unprofessionally as a postal work on the nightshift at the now infamous Brentwood Postal facility in her native Washington D.C. 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. 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. On a chance 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. A run on the highly successful Def Comedy Jam Tour and numerous TV appearances including the fresh new Comic Groove (Comedy Central), the legendary Showtime at the Apollo and Comic View (BET) prompted a move to LA. She’s since become a club staple and continues to tour clubs and colleges around the country. She has participated in Urban Internationals Comedy Arts Festival better known as “Laffapalooza” as well as the Bay Area Comedy Competition in Oakland. After 2 years of study, she added acting to her resume by landing a part in the critically acclaimed indie “Thirty Years To Life.” Her voice can also currently be heard on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

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