Chicago comedian Lil' Rel premieres comedy special on Comedy Central June 7, 2013
"I knew at probably about
nine or 10 years-old when I watched ‘In Living Color'...it was so funny," said Chicago native Lil' Rel (pronounced Rail) Howery about his venture
into comedy. "People forget ‘In Living Color' was the first sketch comedy with a black cast. Families watched
it just glad to see sketch comedy on a Black show. I was introduced into comedy (because of ‘In Living Color')."
Lil' Rel's journey and style of comedy has landed him his own half-hour comedy special on Comedy
Central as part of their "The Half Hour" stand-up series. Howery's special airs Friday June 7, 2013 at midnight
ET/PT. The Comedy Central series premiered May 3rd highlighting a long list of comedians of which Lil Rel is one.
Lil' Rel's comedy is so fresh, clean and real it left me in tears from laughing so hard as I watch one of his performances
on "BET's Comicview."
"When I first saw ‘Eddie Murphy Raw' I was at
a church reunion," Lil' Rel laughed at the irony when explaining why his comedy is ‘clean.' "He was
the first person to do characters, that's why a lot of what I do is characters. I had been praying about it...I had
a break-through one day that I don't have to do what everybody else is doing, that's not me. My comedy grows as I
grow as a person."
The second season of the Comedy Central Stand-Up "The Half Hour"
series is produced by Triage Entertainment. John Bravakis, Stephen Kroopnick and Stu Schreiberg served as executive
producers and Joe DeMaio is director. JoAnn Grigioni served as executive in charge of production for Comedy Central.
Lil' Rel's comedy landed him on such shows as "BET Comicview," "Baisden After
Dark" and "Chelsea Lately." He was also part of "Russell Simmons presents Stand-up at the El Rey,"
"Cut ‘n It Up: Chicago," "The Big Black Comedy Show Vol. 3," with Michael Colyar and "P.
Diddy presents the Bad Boys of Comedy" (television documentary). Lil' Rel hosted "Unleashed Comedians Off
the Chain" and last year was part of "In Living Color Reboot."
honored...performing on Comedy Central is #1 on my goal list," Howery pointed out to me about the show. "I'm
a student of Comedy Central. It launched careers; Wanda Sykes and even Kevin Hart. The first time I was introduced
to him he was on Comedy Central. It puts you on the map...Hollywood knows now. It's honestly kind of surreal."
You can follow Lil' Rel Howery on twitter at @LilRel4 and Comedy Central at @CCStandUp. (Photo
Credit: Kayana Szymczak)
Grammy winning Hip-Hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari and The Tony Rich Project perform
at ‘On The Vine' reception in Beverly Hills
An exclusive reception to announce "On The Vine," a four-day music, comedy, art and fashion experience
to benefit break-through kidney disease research among African-Americans, with Natalie Cole, was recently held in
Beverly Hills where Grammy Award winning Hip-Hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari and The Tony Rich Project performed."
"On The Vine" will be held on Martha's Vineyard's island August 22 - 25, 2013.
Natalie Cole performs opening day and other stellar performances throughout the event include Kenny "Babyface"
Edmonds, Jazz greats Kahil El Zabar, Roy Hargrove and James Carter; music legend Smokey Robinson, comedian Richard
Lewis (a kidney disease survivor); Miri Ben-Ari, and Angie Stone. The annual event will benefit the Rambam Health
Care Campus located in Haifa, Israel where break-through research is conducted by Professor Karl Skorecki.
Statistics note that 40 million Americans have kidney disease of which 12 million are Black. African-Americans
account for 14% of the U.S. population and make up 30% of all patients being treated for kidney failure. Dr. Karl
Skorecki and his team at Rambam Hospital in Israel have isolated the genetic markers that are linked to contracting
kidney disease, the first step to prevention and a cure.
"My mom had kidney disease,"
said Howard Hewitt ("Say Yes"), one of many celebrities that came out in support of the "On The Vine"
reception. "She eventually past away...she went through kidney failure and the last two or three years she
was on dialysis...that's why when I was told about this event I wanted to diffidently support."
"My father's brother just recently past away from kidney disease," said actress Malinda Williams (The Undershepherd,
Soul Food) about why she came out in support of the benefit announcement reception. "It has affected my family,
that's part of it...I think proportionately it affects African-American, which is why I am here."
More about "On The Vine" can be found at www.OnTheVineEvents.com. (Photo: Howard Hewitt on the red carpet arrivals. Credit: Eunice Moseley).
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