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Cedric the Entertainer: ‘Our Marriage is Hall of Fame Status’ Spills Exclusive Tea on ‘The Neighborhood’ + Drops Christmas Album | WATCH

*Few luminaries shine as brightly as Cedric the Entertainer, a multifaceted artist whose charisma, humor, and talent have left an indelible mark on the world of comedy and beyond.

Now the comedic maestro is adding music artist and producer to his resume with the release of “Soul of Christmas.”

Ced says the album is described as a harmonious fusion of soul, R&B, and jazz.

Cedric The Entertainer
Cedric The Entertainer (EURweb screenshot)

Born Cedric Antonio Kyles in Jefferson City, Missouri, Cedric’s journey to stardom was firmly planted in stand-up comedy. He originally called himself “Cheerio” before being asked by the cereal company not to use the name and Cedric the Entertainer was born.  He made waves on the stand-up circuit, earning respect and admiration for his sharp wit, relatable humor, and infectious energy.  His magnetic stage presence catapulted him into the mainstream, eventually leading to his breakthrough role on the groundbreaking comedy series “The Steve Harvey Show.” Whether tickling funny bones on stage or eliciting belly laughs in blockbuster comedies, Cedric the Entertainer continues to be a formidable presence in the entertainment industry, leaving an enduring legacy as a true icon of laughter and joy.

He sits down with radio/TV personality Jazmyn Summers for BET.com to talk about being a family man, his career, and his new role as a music artist/producer.

Jazmyn Summers and Cedric the Entertainer (instagram)
Jazmyn Summers and Cedric the Entertainer (Instagram)

You just released an album, “Soul of Christmas” that you and your children sing on.  Should we call you DJ Cedric or MC Cheerio?  

Cedric the Entertainer:  My name is Ced, and it starts with a C, and I started thinking about what goes with that. And I’m thinking of course “Cheers” goes with laughter and so….Cheerio! I decided to go with that, and then … true story: General Mills sent a cease and desist letter basically telling me that wasn’t going to fly. So now it’s just Cedric but this album is something fun we did. We Love this time of year, and it’s full of great collaborations. Not only me, I’m singing on it and I got my kids on there. But then so many wonderful artists like DJ Romeo, Major, and Dave Koz.

 How was it working with your children?  

Cedric the Entertainer: You know, they bad.  My son did one little ooh woo woo in the background and now he talkin’ about ain’t nobody coming to see you, the coming for me. He thinks he’s the lead singer now.  He can’t be junior up there.  It was just great. My Daughter got a really sweet voice. My son was having a good time singing on it and did some background, and he got that funny bone. He’s silly like me. So, he instantly started to hit up Silas, the producer, talking about what he needed to get paid and how many points he would get on the record.

Cedric the Entertainer and his family arrive at the premiere of Disney Channel's "Phineas And Ferb: Across The 2nd Dimension" on August 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 03: Cedric the Entertainer and his family arrive at the premiere of Disney Channel’s “Phineas And Ferb: Across The 2nd Dimension” on August 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

You’ve been married almost 25 years and are a proud daddy of three and now a pop pop,a  grandfather. What are your thoughts on Cedric the family man.

Cedric The Entertainer:  The greatest legacy that we leave is our families. You can have riches. You can do all these things but what you leave that is most important are the human beings you bring into the world. That’s the greatest accomplishment.  And of course, having a wonderful wife to be able to be so dynamic in creating our household as well as in the development of my children has just been wonderful. I work hard to honor all that and try to teach them to do the same thing. Everybody got to put something in the basket.

You’ve been married to a beautiful sister, Lorna Wells since the 90’s.  That’s got to be hard, especially in Hollywood where you live your lives in public.  

Cedric The Entertainer: We’re coming up on the 25th. It’s some kind of milestone when you do 25 years. In Hollywood that’s hall of fame status. My wife is not a social media kind of personality. She is a real OG from LA. So you know, her love is sincere and direct and purposeful and she makes sure that I return that. I’ve learned to love that about us. The rest of Hollywood has nothing to do with us being a famous couple. It’s about us being a couple to each other. That’s what we wake up and do. That’s been a blessing, the way that we approach it and stay off the grid. So a lot of respect, a lot of love, a lot of laughter, a lot of taking the time to be the object of each other’s affection.

What are your plans for the holidays?  

Cedric The Entertainer:  The holidays are always great.  We got some family friends in town right now and my sister’s birthday was just yesterday. We celebrate that and that kicks things off. So, we’ll have a little celebration around the house. Then we do the Christmas morning breakfast at the house where everybody comes around, the kids, all my kids’ friends. Then we do a little gift-giving and then go to my wife’s best friend’s house for Christmas dinner.  That’s our tradition.  And then I’ll go on tour right before the New Year. So I get out and go sling, some jokes at the end of the year. If you’re in Atlanta, DC, Chicago, or Houston, I’m in those cities from the 28th to the 31st, popping off.

 Actress Beth Behrs, actor Cedric the Entertainer, actress Tichina Arnold and executive producer Jim Reynolds of the television show "The Neighborhood" speak during the CBS segment of the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 30, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 30: (L-R) Actress Beth Behrs, actor Cedric the Entertainer, actress Tichina Arnold and executive producer Jim Reynolds of the television show “The Neighborhood” speak during the CBS segment of the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 30, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The strike is over and you’re back on the hit TV series “The Neighborhood”. How does it feel and what can we expect on the show?

Cedric the Entertainer: The strike was tough on so many people up and down the totem pole of what it takes to do a show. A lot of people really needed these jobs to come back. We have an exciting season. The Family is growing. You might see some additions coming to the “Neighborhood” family. Last season I sold my business and then by the time we got to the end of the season, my youngest son had started a new business.  We want to show that people can grow and that life changes, especially as your kids get older and more in charge of their lives. You want to be able to support their dreams and then lead them into the life they see. And so that’s what we’re doing in this. And you heard it first here, it may be a really great opportunity for us to develop a spin-off with my sons from this show. That’s what I want to do.

When you reflect on your over 25-year career, what would you say was the most incredible moment that just took your breath away?  

Cedric the Entertainer:  I’ve had some really wonderful moments in my career.  The original “Kings of Comedy”  was one of those unique times.  Starting out as a stand-up on small stages, performing, traveling in the car to go make people laugh and do jokes, riding all night 14 hours to go get a few bucks. And then to make it to where you’re doing arenas with your best friends, where y’all touring around the world and you shoot a movie that becomes one of the highest box office movies and you’re in control of it and in control of your narrative was one of those unique moments in time that I think is really special. Even to this day to be recognized as one of the “Kings of Comedy” is unique and special.

Steve Harvey (L) and Cedric "The Entertainer"
Steve Harvey (L) and Cedric “The Entertainer” are interviewed at the premiere of Spike Lee’s new film “The Original Kings of Comedy”, which is about their comedy concert tour, in Hollywood, CA, on 10 August 2000. (Photo credit: LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP via Getty Images)

 And the most embarrassing moment?

Cedric the Entertainer On the “Kings of Comedy”, I fell for real.  I was doing a joke and I had on all black. And the stage was kind of dusty. When I stood up my whole outfit was dusty. I just made a joke out of it. But it’s one of those things that’s just permanently in your head.

Cedric the Entertainer
Cedric the Entertainer attends the premiere of “Ghosts” and “The Neighborhood” –  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

You can catch the full conversation in the video immediately above.

Jazmyn Summers - Instagram
Jazmyn Summers – Instagram

Article and interview by Jazmyn Summers. Please don’t forget to subscribe to her YouTube. Follow her @jaztalk1 on Instagram and Facebook. 

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