*One of the more prevalent myths in Hollywood is that celebrities “blow up” overnight. This idea remains prevalent, because people rarely do their research on popular artists, instead assume that the first time they saw them, was the first time they worked.
Rodney Perry, a comedian who has spent many years in the entertainment industry working alongside of artist such as Kim Whitley, George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey is one such performer.
Currently he is being featured on Bounce TV’s stand-up comedy series ‘Off the Chain,’ premiered Tuesday, January 13 at 9/8c.
‘Off the Chain’ features veteran comic s that has been proven funny, such as Michael Colyar, Kim Coles, Cocoa Brown and Rudy Rush. In this one-hour special, Perry promises a “clean for network television” set of jokes with “no profanity.”
“It wasn’t outside my box,” explained Perry, “but it did make me be creative than I have been, because I had to really keep it clean and find other words to use instead of the easy cuss words. We cover everything from [me being] a father of six children, I talk about raising my children, I cover my wife, to some relationship stuff. I’m really fond of this set.”
Perry first gained popularity for appearing on Monique’s late night talk show. It was Academy Award winner, Mo’Nique that introduced him to the world of late night talk shows as her partner in crime on BET’s ‘Mo’Nique Show.’ However, Perry got his start, on screen way back in 1971, singing and dancing on the Sesame Street spin off, ‘The Electric Company.’
That charismatic and funny kid went on to become the co-host for TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes,” and play as Harold in ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family.’ Perry is preparing for 2015 with a new made-for-TV comedy special ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy,’ and hosting his popular online radio show, ‘Rodney Perry Live.’
“I’m a stand-up comic first,” said Perry, “but what I realized early on in my career, is that all my favorite comedians were actors as well. If I ever wanted to really have a huge audience, then I had to get my acting on, so people would come see me do my stand up.”
Perry’s past shaped his future, and even as a youth his talent shined bright enough for those around him to see.
“I always wanted to do [stand-up comedy]. I had a teacher in the second grade that let me tell jokes at the end of the day, if I would shut up throughout the course of the day. My parents used to have people come by the house and anytime they would have a get together, they would listen to these records. You know Richard Prior, Moms Mabley, so I had a working knowledge of what comedy was very early on. So, I knew that I wanted to do it. It took me a while to find it as a profession though.”
Being a Navy Yeoman, stationed in New Orleans, Perry found his first paid gig as a comedian in the early 90s.
“[Getting paid gigs] legitimizes everything,” said Perry describing the feeling that he felt after getting paid to create and present his stand-up comedy. “When you get some money for doing what you love to do, it just makes everything real.”
Fast-forwarding several hard working years, Perry found himself out of the Navy and working as a professional comedian looking to capitalize off of some of his past hard work.
“I already had a relationship with Bounce TV. I had a weekly show over there called ‘Off the Chain.’ What they wanted to do at the network was expand on the ’Off the Chain’ brand into one hour specials. So when they started talking about doing the one hour specials, you gotta, at the very least, go to the guy you have been working with [over the past] few years. So, they called me. They were like, “Rodney, you want a special?” I was like, “Hell, yeah!””
Rodney Perry is not done with acting, having two films coming out plans on doing other comedy specials in the future, including a trip in early January 2015 to entertain the American troops stationed in Japan.
“For me personally, it’s been an incredible journey, in terms of working with Mo’Nique, working with people like Bill Bellamy on ‘Who’s Got Jokes.’ Those shows gave me a platform where people know my name. Now this comedy special is gonna show you what I really do. Rodney Perry is a stand-up comic and you’re gonna see it in full color on January 13 on Bounce TV.”
For more information on Rodney Perry or the comedy special ‘Off the Chain: Rodney Perry,’ go to http://www.bouncetv.com/shows/off-the-chain/.
ARRAY DRIVE-IN: ‘GET OUT the Vote with SELMA’
*Ava DuVernay’s non-profit ARRAY ALLIANCE is launching its second ARRAY Drive-in screening event on Friday, Oct. 30 and Sat. Oct. 31.
This latest cinema experience is a community empowerment activation featuring two Oscar-winning films: SELMA amplifies the importance of voting to activate change as we approach the upcoming presidential election. GET OUT is the perfect psychological horror thriller to screen on Halloween.
In addition to the films, the open to the public screenings in ARRAY’s Historic Filipinotown/Westlake neighborhood will include on-site voting booths provided by LA Vote mobile voting center, on Friday, Oct. 30. Attendees can vote in person or drop-off their ballots.
Friday, Oct. 30 – SELMA, directed by Ava DuVernay and on-site voting via LAVote.net’s mobile voting center
Saturday, Oct. 31 – GET OUT, directed by Jordan Peele
Ticket Information: First come, first serve entry with advance ticket registration at http://www.arraynow.com/drivein#elevent
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Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: the film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, the content company ARRAY Filmworks, the programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and the non-profit group ARRAY Alliance. www.arraynow.com
The Pulse of Entertainment: Brian Courtney Wilson Says Be ‘Still’ on New Album
*“Move past fear,” said Grammy nominated Brian Courtney Wilson about the meaning of the title to his new album “Still” (EMI/Motown Gospel). “You got to stay focused on your assignment. It’s in the Bible. Be still and keep moving without doubting and move mountains.”
“Still” is the Chicago native’s fifth album and in that time since 2009 he has garnered multi-Grammy nominations, a Billboard Music Award nomination, and has won multiple Stellar Awards, a Dove Award and an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award. Featured artists on “Still” include Maranda Curtis and Jeff Pardo. Grammy nominated Eric Roberson (United Tenors) co-wrote the track “Waiting” which encourages one to recognize when God has answered your prayers.
“The best feeling I had was when Eric Roberson sent it to me,” Brian said about the single “Waiting.” “I was almost in tears. It’s why I was feeling this peace.”
Other tracks on the album include “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler);” “Ain’t No Need to Worry,” featuring Maranda; “Forever;” “Sure As;” the title track “Still;” “Merciful and Mighty,” and “Fear is Not Welcome,” featuring Jeff.
Wilson launched his first solo tour, “Just (B) Tour,” just before the pandemic hit and grounded everyone home.
“It went well,” he said when I asked about the tour. “I’m looking forward to doing it again. We’re figuring out a way to do it virtually.” www.BrianCourtneyWilson.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]ent.com.
‘Selena: The Series’ – Official Trailer Debut from Netflix! / WATCH
*Today, Netflix debuted the trailer for “Selena: The Series” – A coming-of-age story following Selena as she chases her dreams, and the heart-wrenching and life-changing sacrifices she and her family make as they navigate the highs and lows of success, loss, love, and music. Part one of the two-part series premieres on Netflix on December 4, 2020.
MORE ABOUT SELENA: THE SERIES
Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice. Selena: The Series explores her journey from singing small gigs to becoming the most successful female Latin artist of all time — and the years of hard work and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together.
From executive producers Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, Hiromi Kamata, Suzette Quintanilla, Simran A. Singh and Moises Zamora, Selena: The Series was created by Zamora, with Don Todd (“This is Us”) consulting, and stars Christian Serratos, Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemí Gonzalez, and Seidy López.
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