Gary Owen, Lil Duval, Michael Blackson, Morris Performing Arts Center
Gary headlined "Mike Epps Presents: Live from the Club Nokia" on "Showtime." In July of 1997 he auditioned for BET's "ComicView" and after two appearances on the multi-cultural comedy showcase won him his own one-hour "Grandstand" show. Owen joined the cast of Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" as the new barber, Zach. He is a regular on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" and has appeared in the films "Little Man" with the Wayans Brothers, "Rebound," and "Daddy Day Care" with Eddie Murphy. Gary is recognized for his scene stealing role as "Bearcat" in the film "College." Owen stars in and produced DVDs: "Breakin' Out the Park" and "Urban Legend."
Comedian Lil Duval (Roland Powell) took his stage name from Duval County where he was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He made his debut on BET's "ComicView" in 2004 and has appeared on the TV special "Cedric the Entertainer: Starting Lineup," "Shining Stars: The BET Awards Nomination Special," HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," Shaq O'Neal's "All Star Comedy Tour," and "Scary Movie 5." He appeared in music videos T.I.'s "Rubberband Man" and 24's "Whatever You Like" and can be seen on MTV "Guy Code" and "Hip Hop Squares."
MICHAEL BLACKSON, "The African King of Comedy" has been entertaining audiences across the country and around the globe for more than a decade. Michael has appeared on BET's "ComicView," HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," "Showtime at Harlem," and "Live in Hollywood" and the smash hit comedy, "Next Friday." He has made guest appearances on music videos, stole the stage on P. Diddy's "Bad Boys of Comedy" on HBO and starred in a commercial for the "Chappelle Show" on Comedy Central. He released a top-selling CD "Modasucka, Welcome to America."
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