Special Event: DeRay Davis
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, comedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis can most recently be "scene" and heard in the blockbuster mega hit 21 Jump Street, Jumping the Broom and his wildly successful Showtime 1 hour Comedy Special, DeRay Davis: Power Play. He lends his voice and writing talent to countless characters on Kanye Wests Albums the BoonDocks and currently on Adult Swims Black Dynamite!
DeRay, developed and honed a hip, sardonic, streetwise mentality at an early age and parlayed it smoothly and efficiently into the comedy-club circuit. Davis achieved his career breakthrough at the Laffapalooza Festival in Atlanta, GA, then scored a triple whammy by winning the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition and landing covetable spots in the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and the Cedric the Entertainer Festival. Throughout, the comic wove vulgar and droll, yet also telling and deeply personal, routines around the subjects of race, poverty, and his challenging experiences growing up in the Windy City projects with a dysfunctional African-American family.
The transition from behind-the-mike spots to movie roles represented a relatively short jump, for most of Davis' early film assignments emphasized the same subject matter as his routines. He played the "Hustle Guy" in Barbershop (2002) and its sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004), rapper Mario "Fa Real" Greene in the Martin Short comedy Jiminy Glick in La La Wood (2004), and a Jamaican stoner in Johnson Family Vacation (2004). Davis expanded his genre focus with roles in Rupert Wainwright's supernatural horror outing The Fog (2005), and Todd Phillips' comedy remake School for Scoundrels (2006). Subsequent feature assignments include License to Wed (2007), Semi-Pro (2008, as basketball player Bee Bee Ellis), Imagine That (2009), Life As We Know it and Old Dogs. Davis also appeared on television series including Entourage, Reno 911!, and televised comedy revues such as Comedy Central's Premium Blend and was a Standout MVP on Shaq's All Star Comedy Jam Tour. He is now making the rounds on the tour circuit preparing for his next 1 hour comedy special, Home, Street Home: The Hood Hero Returns, Premium Blend and was a Standout MVP on Shaq's All Star Comedy Jam Tour and is now making the rounds on the tour circuit preparing for his next 1 hour comedy special, Home, Street Home: The Hood Hero Returns.
DeRay's film credits also include the Hustle Guy in Barbershop and Barbershop 2, the Will Smith-produced The Seat Filler, Fox's Johnson Family Vacation, Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, and Disney's Frank McKlusky. DeRay is best known for his role as Spooner in Revolution Studios John Carpenter's remake of The Fog. You can also catch DeRay on MTV’s "Wild N Out", from the first to last season and Aaron Magruder's Boondocks on the Adult Swim channel; doing several different character voices per episodes.
On the small screen Davis appeared in HBO's "Entourage", Comedy Central's "Reno 911", ABC's "My Wife and Kids", Fox's "Cedric Presents...", VH1's "Love Lounge", NBC's "Late Friday", VH-1's "Play'd", Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and BET’s "ComicView". On the recording side, DeRay wrote and performed the comedy skits on Kanye West’s LPs “Late Registration” and “The College Dropout” and he is the only Comedian to date to perform at the Grammy Awards (2006) with Kanye and Jamie Foxx.
Furthermore, Davis is currently re-writing the feature Sons of the Hammer with Patrick T. Gorman and Jason Major for Strike Entertainment. A born hustler from Chicago's South Side, DeRay began his career in the comedy clubs and was first noticed by Hollywood at Atlanta's Laffapalooza Festival. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, DeRay won the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition and was a standout on the Cedric the Entertainer Tour and at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. He continues to tour the country coming to a stage near you so check his calendars and updates at www.myspace.com/deraydavis and twitter him at www.twitter.com/DeRayDavis