Gary Owen (comedian)

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Gary Owen
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BornCincinnati, Ohio
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1997 – present
Website
garyowen.com
 
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Gary Owen
Gary Owen image for Wikipedia.jpg
BornCincinnati, Ohio
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1997 – present
Website
garyowen.com

Gary Owen (born in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. After being named “Funniest Serviceman In America,” his big break came in 1997 on Black Entertainment Television's stand-up showcase Comic View. Owen’s followed this debut with featured roles in the films Daddy Day Care, Little Man, and College. He has cultivated an African-American following after headlining on cable channel BET and performing at targeted events, such as Shaquille O'Neal's All-Star Comedy Jam Tour.[1]

Career[edit]

After a year of doing stand-up, Owen was named "Funniest Serviceman in America". He continued doing stand-up in San Diego and developed a large African-American fan base. He went on to win the "Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego" contest. That led to his first gig at The Comedy Store in Hollywood. In July 1997, he auditioned for BET's Comic View. Two appearances on the multicultural comedy showcase won him his own one-hour Grandstand show. At the end of the season, he was selected from the year’s four "Grandstanders" to be the host. Owen was the only white man to have ever host Comic View.

In April, 2011 Ebony dubbed Owen "Black America's Favorite White Comic".[2] Owen has produced two stand-up DVDs: Breakin' Out The Park, which is now available nationwide, and Urban Legend. He was also one of the headliners on Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment Stand-Up on Starz.

Owen has completed filming the Screen Gems comedy Think Like a Man, based on Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. He co-stars with Kevin Hart and Gabrielle Union.[3] Owen had a recurring role on Tyler Perry’s TBS show House of Payne as Zack . Additionally, Owen has been in such films as Rebound and Hillbilly Highway.

Personal life[edit]

Gary has two kids, Kennedy and Austin, with his wife Kenya Duke. He and Kenya were married in the summer of 2003

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gary Strauss (May 1, 2012). "Laugh Factory: Making humor pay when times are tough". USA Today. 
  2. ^ Martin, Roland (April 2011). "Why Is This Man Smiling?". Ebony (Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.) lxvi (6): 95. 
  3. ^ Justin Kroll (May 27, 2011). "Players". Variety. 

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