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Billy Sorrells

Billy Sorrells is a stand-up comedian, actor, and host. Starting his career in the digital space, Billy produced and starred in a collection of sketches with his character “Peaches” which grew to over 17 million views, including the viral hit “Sh*t Black Girls Say.” After moving from Houston to Los Angeles, Billy created and starred in the digital series OFFICE CODE for BET.com as well as hosted Red Carpet coverage for various BET award shows.

This past year, Billy appeared in BLACK JESUS, LAFF MOBB’s LAFF TRACKS (TruTV), BLACK CARD REVOKED (BET) and he wrote and produced two digital series and appeared in his own half hour stand-up special for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network. Previously, Billy was a cast member on MTV’s WILD’N OUT and appeared on DIRTY 30’s, a pilot for VH1 from the producers of GUY CODE, and he had a cameo in the Yo Gotti music video “Down in the DM” that to date has over 80 million views. Previously he was a series regular on FUNNIEST WINS for TBS, hosted a pilot for Oxygen called SWIPE FOR LOVE, and played “Chester Rich” in the feature LUCKY GIRL for eOne/BET. He can currently be seen as one of the correspondent’s on BET’s MAN CAVE.

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Comedy Stand-Up

Capone

History has a funny way of repeating itself. Take the Windy City of Chicago circa the 1820s when a self-proclaimed Brooklyn street politician named Al Capone revolutionized the crime world with his hustling antics. Nearly 70 years later, the Bronx is introduced to Derrick Lee, another hustler who trades in his ruggish-thuggish ways to become a successful entrepreneur and later metamorphosize the world of comedy as Capone, the Gangster of Comedy.

While both Capones lives slightly parallel each other, our beloved comedian’s life is not tragic, but inspirational. Unlike Chi-town’s original crime lord, Capone, the comedian didn’t ignore the warning signs that he needed to cease the hustle. His first and last sign came in 1991 after receiving a nine-month sentence. It was then that the soon-to-be notorious funnyman knew the street life wasn’t his calling. “Jail was a blessing for me,” recalls the 28-year old comedian of his spiraling street career. “At the rate I was going I’d either be spending a whole lot of time there or end up dead.” With a second chance, Capone left the street life and became a home attendant for the mentally challenged. “It may seem a little far fetched that I chose a Samaritan job, but I’ve always been interested in helping people, especially those who can’t do for themselves.” Although his salary was a far cry from his previous income, he valued his freedom enough to stay on a legitimate path and supplemented his wages by moonlighting as a barber on the weekends. It was at his second job, that he began to hone his comedic skills by engaging in intense snap sessions with co-workers. “I was always crackin’ jokes on the customers or my co-workers so the barber shop served as a sort of comedy haven for me.”

It wasn’t until 1992, when a promoter friend of Capone’s challenged him to take his innate talent off the streets and to the stage that his comedy career was launched. “My first show was at Columbia University,” says the eight year comedic veteran of his meager beginnings and who credits his late mother for his comedic sense. “I won the amateur contest and I was invited to perform with the heavy hitters.” Performing with professionals such as Tracey Morgan (Saturday Night Live), Talent (Wyclef Jean’s 1998 The Carnival), Michael Epps (Next Friday) opened up many doors for the boisterous budding comedian. He immediately ditched his day job after he’d saved his earnings to open his first barber shop six years ago. “It was always one of my dreams to have my own barber shop and work for myself.”

Today, the notorious funnyman is also the C.E.O. of D.D.L. Enterprises (his initials) and owns three businesses in the Bronx -a barber and beauty shop and a computer store. In addition to his acute business savvy, Capone’s ability to adapt to any audience has made him a mainstay in the comedy arena. He’s performed at a slew of comedy clubs including New York’s Caroline’s Comedy Club, Uptown Comedy Club, Boston Comedy Club and tons of universities. It is this same universal comedic flair that helped Capone nab his gig as the host of Harlem’s legendary Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre. “My jokes are personal -relationships, children, society, work, ethnicity,” admits Capone who also hosts the majority of the Apollo’s scheduled concerts. “I transform it into a comedic vision.” Luckily for the humorous, the gangster of comedy and his silly comrades had an even bigger vision -to unite The Big Apple’s top five comedians (Capone, Talent, Gerald Kelly, Drew Frasier and Rob Stapleton) for a N.Y. Kings of Comedy tour. “We decided to put this show together about a year ago, but it was difficult with everyone’s conflicting schedules. But when we finally came together I went straight to the Apollo and made it happen.” The Royal Fam’ is such a hot commodity that the show sold out in less than a week and a second show had to be added. “We’ve gotten an overwhelming response and I’m hoping the show will travel soon.”

As if he isn’t already inundated with enough projects, Capone has also done album skits for one of the Ruff Ryder’s canines Drag-On’s solo debut Opposite of H2O and is currently completing his own debut My Life Was No Joke, a clever fusion of comedy, rhythm and blues and rap due out this July. Capone who is also remembered for his unique style of dress is also planning to launch his own clothing line in the near future. With such a hefty plate, it’s hard to imagine what Capone will most be remembered for -his contribution to the history of comedy or his flourishing businesses. “I want to be remembered as the comedian who handled things his way,” says Capone who also manages to be a doting father despite his dual career. “And as far as my personal contribution, I’d like to touch the lives of people who did not believe in themselves. Everybody has problems that they sometimes can’t control. But after the dark tunnel there’s always light, it’s just how long you’re willing to walk that path.”

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College Comedy Hosting Stand-Up

Chase Anthony

Chase Anthony was born in Atlanta, GA, raised in Minneapolis, MN and moved to Los Angeles after college. Chase’s style of comedy interjects a unique perspective on life, relationships, and family dynamics growing up with four sisters. But he also deals with some tough topics, such as alcoholism and his absentee father. Sharing his experiences through humor affords him the opportunity to spread a positive message and make a difference. For the last two years, Chase has traveled the country as opening act for the legendary comedian Sinbad. Having a day job as an actor, you’ve seen him on hit television shows like Lethal Weapon and Grey’s Anatomy. Look for him in the new web series A Whole New Irving. Chase lives by the saying: “Let’s Talk About It.” The ability to communicate what’s in your heart is where freedom lies.

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Comedy Stand-Up

April Macie

April Macie is currently starring in the Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready Comedy Special on Netflix. She was a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2006, has appeared on E! Entertainment, Sirius and XM Radio, Access Hollywood, Talk Soup, and HLN. April has appeared on the Howard Stern show where in 2008 she was voted the “Funniest and Hottest” comedian in America. She is also a regular guest on the Bob and Tom radio show and has toured with the Bob & Tom All-Stars. April has appeared on Showtime’s I Am Comic, Vegas Is My Oyster, Snoop Dogg’s: Bad Girls of Comedy, and was the host of the AVN Awards. April has also appeared on Comedy Underground with Dave Attell on Comedy Central and Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Sexy Funny on A&E. She also gave a TEDx talk on turning pain into humor.

April travels internationally as a headlining stand-up comedian and most recently wrote an Op Ed piece for the LA Times about how the travel ban has forced she and her husband to live apart.

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Adam Ferrara

Adam Ferrara the Actor/Comedian who Entertainment Week-ly dubbed “Hilarious,” is currently starring on CBS’s All Access show, Why Women Kill with Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu and an all star cast. Also currently streaming on Amazon, in the Indie movie Little Italy, along side Emma Roberts and Hayden Christenson. His new podcast The Adam Ferrara Podcast is a breakout hit, considered a “must listen” by Hidden Remote. His new comedy album Unconditional was Interrobang’s Peo-ple’s Choice of Album of the Year.

For six seasons Adam co-hosted the critically acclaimed BBC sensation, Top Gear US. He proudly played Chief Needles Nel-son on the Emmye nominated FX drama Rescue Me. Adam co-starred with Emmy@ Award winner Edie Falco on Showtime’s hit series Nurse Jackie. He has also co-starred alongside Kev-in James in the hit movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Definitely Maybe with Ryan Reynolds.

Some of Ferrara’s other TV credits include CBS’s The Good Fight, Criminal Minds, Kevin Can Wait, The King Of Queens, NBC’s Law & Order, ABC’s Ugly Betty.