Aasif Mandvi's All Star Deportation Jamboree feat. Lewis Black, Wanda Sykes, Connie Britton, Hasan Minhaj & more!
A fundraiser to raise money for the International Rescue Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Featuring: Aasif Mandvi, Lewis Black, Wanda Sykes, Connie Britton, Hasan Minhaj, Roy Wood Jr, Sasheer Zamata, DJ Rekha, Maysoon Zayed, Aparna Nancherla, Seth Herzog, Rajiv Satyal and more!
Lewis Black began his career as a playwright after graduating with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. He was the assistant artistic director and resident playwright at the West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre bar in New York City for years. After leaving the theater, Lewis Black pursued a career in stand-up, performing tour dates around NYC at clubs like Carolines on Broadway. Black toiled mainly in obscurity for years until 1996, when he earned his own segment on The Daily Show called Back in Black. In 1998, he received his own stand-up special on Comedy Central Presents, and would appear on the program two more times in the coming years.
In 2004, he was given his first televised stand-up special on HBO, titled Black on Broadway. HBO gave him another special called Red, White, and Screwed in 2006; the same year he appeared as the outspoken dean in Accepted. In 2007, Lewis Black received his first Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for The Carnegie Hall Performance. In 2008, Black was given his own show on Comedy Central titled Root of All Evil, where Lewis ruled over debates held by other stand-up comedians. In 2009, Lewis Black performed his latest stand-up special, Stark Raving Black, the audio version of which recently won him his second Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
Lewis Black is currently performing as a voice actor on a number of children's shows and has just finished roles in two upcoming movies. He also has upcoming tour dates in 2011, beginning on July 28 at the Nantucket Comedy Festival. From November 6-13, Lewis Black is hosting a Caribbean cruise comedy tour of all things, called the Lewis Black Comedy Cruise, at which he will perform. Lewis Black's scheduled tour dates for 2011actually end on January 7, 2012; while there are plenty of concert dates left, Black won't be visiting the entire country, so buy your tickets soon.
Wanda Sykes: Also Credited As: Wanda Sykes Hall, Wanda Y. Sykes Born: on 03/07/1964 in Portsmouth, Virginia Job Titles: Actor, Comedian, Writer
Born: on 03/07/1964 in Portsmouth, Virginia
Job Titles: Actor, Comedian, Writer
Education Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, marketing, BS
Milestones 1987 Began her stand-up comedy career 1997 After meeting Chris Rock on the comedy circuit, joined the writing staff and cast of his popular HBO series "The Chris Rock Show"; stayed with series until 2000 1998 Made film debut in the Sundance-screened independent "Tomorrow Night", directed by "The Chris Rock Show" co-writer Louis CK 1999 Had a recurring role on Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO) 2000 Acted in "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" 2001 Reteamed with Rock in "Pootie Tang" (based on a sketch from Rock's show) and the "Heaven Can Wait" retread "Down to Earth" 2001 Was a regular on the NBC midseason replacement series "The Downer Channel"; also a member of the series' writing staff 2003 Starred in her own sitcom for FOX, in "Wanda at Large" 2005 Cast as Jane Fonda's long-suffering personal assistant in the comedy "Monster-in-Law" 2006 Voiced a sassy skunk named Stella in the animated comedy "Over the Hedge" based on the comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis Cast as Luke Wilson's boss in the Ivan Reitman superhero comedy "Super Ex" (lensed 2005) Raised in the Washington, DC/Maryland area A scene-stealing comedic actress and celebrated stand-up star, Wanda Sykes took her fed-up ranting style of telling-it-like-it-is comedy to a new level.
Sykes had her best big screen role to date when she appeared as Ruby, the straight-talking assistant to Jane Fonda's high-strung TV journalist in the comedy "Monster-In-Law" (2005): responsible for many of the film's funniest lines, Sykes adroitly snatched scenes from Fonda and Jennifer Lopez throughout the film.