J. Anthony Brown
One of those markets is Atlanta, where Brown jump-started his career after relocating there from his home in South Carolina almost thirty years ago. A tailor by trade, Brown aspired to be a clothing designer before stitching together a comedy routine after entering a local ‘gong show' contest in a local nightclub, Mr. V's Figure Eight. Invited back to host on a regular basis, Brown became a fixture at the hot spot, performing there for the next two years.
He left Atlanta for Los Angeles in 1989 to pursue work in television, quickly landing a prime gig as a staff writer for The Arsenio Hall Show, the popular, nationally-syndicated late-night talk show. After that five-year stint ended , Brown racked up other impressive writing assignments for such sitcoms as Parenthood and Me and the Boys.
He has performed on Vibe, Def Jam, It's Showtime at the Apollo, Evening at the Improv and Oprah, and landed recurring roles on Moesha, Living Single and Parenthood, as well as guest spots on The Parkers and Sparks. His motion picture work includes roles in How to Be A Player (opposite Ice Cube) and Pay the Price. He also won gigs warming up audiences at the tapings of Martin, Sister, Sister, Roc and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. Brown's talent has been honored with the prestigious Peabody Award and the NAACP Image Award.
When not before the cameras or live audiences, Brown dabbles in such businesses as Vested Interest, a line of personally-designed vests; Simply Unique, a beauty salon he co-owns with his daughter; The Chittlin Mart, a mail-order enterprise; and Watch Out Deh Now Productions, a line of caps and T-shirts promoting the Tom Joyner Morning Show's host of comedy characters.
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|Birthplace||Columbia, South Carolina, USA|