At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18th, celebrated 46-year-old African-American comedian and actor Cedric “The Entertainer” — born Cedric Antonio Kyles in the Missouri state capital of Jefferson City — will make his inaugural appearance at the Durham Performing Arts Center, in its brand-new, 2,800-seat, state-of-the-art theater, in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC.
According to Durham Performing Arts Center:
“One of the funniest comedians in America, Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ to make his debut at DPAC … on Dec. 18th ….
“Actor/comedian Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ is probably best known for his crowd-pleasing roles in the recent hit films Barbershop, Be Cool, Madagascar, Intolerable Cruelty, and The Original Kings of Comedy, MTV’s documentary feature directed by Spike Lee. Additionally, in April 2004, Cedric was star and producer of the box office hit Johnson Family Vacation (ranked the #1 comedy in America for two consecutive weeks).
“Cedric has celebrated many career successes spanning television, live performances, and film. Some notable accolades include nabbing the AFTRA [American Federation of Television and Radio Artists] Award of Excellence in Television Programming for his Fox Television series ‘Cedric “The Entertainer” Presents’; a record-breaking four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of the lovable Coach Cedric Robinson on the WB’s #1-rated ‘The Steve Harvey Show.’
“His first comedy book, Grown-Ass Man, was released in January of 2002 and sold out across the country. And, in 1994, Cedric received the Richard Prior Comic of the Year [Award] from Black Entertainment Television for his ground-breaking work as host of ‘Def Comedy Jam’ and BET’s ‘Comic View’ (1994-95 season).”
The comedian’s website adds:
“[Cedric ‘The Entertainer’] will next star in The Cleaner opposite Lucy Liu, Mr. Lucky co-starring Bruce Willis, Johnson Family Vacation 2, Flash co-starring Nelly, Preachin’ Ain’t Easy, and the animated feature Charlotte’s Web.
“Now helming his own production company, A Bird and a Bear Entertainment, Cedric will develop and produce feature films. Johnson Family Vacation was the first feature under the new company.
“As a philanthropist, Cedric founded the Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ Charitable Foundation [http://www.cedricfoundation.org/], which provides scholarships and outreach programs to enhance the lives of inner-city youth and their families in his hometown of St. Louis, MO. He plans to extend the foundation nationally.”
Durham Performing Arts Center presents CEDRIC “THE ENTERTAINER” at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.
BOX OFFICE: DPAC Box Office: 919/680-ARTS (2787), firstname.lastname@example.org, or http://www.dpacnc.com/default.asp?dpac=54. Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115558/803612.
GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919/281-0587, email@example.com, or http://www.dpacnc.com/default.asp?dpac=22.
Cedric “The Entertainer”: http://www.ceddybear.com/ (official website), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedric_the_Entertainer (Wikipedia), and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0147825/ (Internet Movie Database).
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