J. B. Smoove

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J. B. Smoove
JB Smoove 2014 NBC Universal Summer Press Day (cropped).jpg
Smoove at the NBCUniversal Summer press day in April 2014
BornJerry Brooks
(1964-12-16) December 16, 1964 (age 49)
Plymouth, North Carolina, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Spouse(s)Shahidah Omar (2007–present)
ChildrenDaughter Jerrica Brooks
 
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J. B. Smoove
JB Smoove 2014 NBC Universal Summer Press Day (cropped).jpg
Smoove at the NBCUniversal Summer press day in April 2014
BornJerry Brooks
(1964-12-16) December 16, 1964 (age 49)
Plymouth, North Carolina, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Spouse(s)Shahidah Omar (2007–present)
ChildrenDaughter Jerrica Brooks

Jerry Brooks,[1] (born December 16, 1964) better known as JB Smoove, is an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian who began his TV career on Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam in the early 1990s. He is best known for his recurring role as Leon on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. J. B. joined the Season 2 cast of the Fox sitcom 'Til Death in 2008, and was promoted to main cast for Season 3. He currently portrays a fictionalized version of himself on the BET comedy-improv reality television parody Real Husbands of Hollywood, and also stars on the CBS sitcom The Millers.

Early life[edit]

Smoove was born December 16, 1964 in Plymouth, North Carolina,[2] and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York.[1] He attended Norfolk State University in Virginia. He shortened his name, Jerry Brooks, to "J.B." and added "Smoove" as his last name when he began performing stand-up comedy.

Career[edit]

Smoove has had recurring roles on Everybody Hates Chris and Saturday Night Live. On SNL, he worked as a writer (and had bit roles in sketches, including playing Jimmy "JJ" Walker in a parody of the 1970s sitcom Good Times) and was a recipient of the 2007 Writers Guild of America award for Best Comedy/Variety Series (Including Talk).

Smoove's film credits include With or Without You, Pootie Tang, Mr. Deeds, Date Night, Hall Pass, The Sitter, We Bought a Zoo, The Dictator, A Haunted House, and Clear History.

He had a major role for seasons two and three on the Fox network sitcom 'Til Death with Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher. In June 2008, he taped several episodes of The Gong Show with Dave Attell as one of the celebrity judges. Smoove was also a cast member on the short-lived sketch comedy program Cedric the Entertainer Presents. Smoove hosted the standup comedy series Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at The El Rey on Comedy Central in July 2010 and also appeared on an episode of The Simpsons titled Angry Dad: The Movie in February 2011. Also in 2011, he starred in the American Dad episode "The Worst Stan" and appeared in an episode of Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil called "Dude, Where's My Wade." Smoove has been a regular cast member on the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm since its sixth season in 2007, playing Leon Black.

In 2012, his first televised comedy special, JB Smoove: That's How I Dooz It, premiered on Comedy Central. The DVD of the special was released April 3, 2012. In 2013, Smoove voiced Hackus in The Smurfs 2. Smoove appeared in Movie 43 in the segment "The Proposition" alongside Anna Faris and Chris Pratt. He was the substitute co-host of the New York City morning talk show Good Day New York with Rosanna Scotto on April 9, 2012. He had a cameo as a grave digger in the episode of Louie entitled "Barney/Never". He also played a supporting role in Season 4, Episode 7 "The Vapora Sport" in the American sitcom The League on FX. He plays "Wheelchair Guy", with whom the main characters have recurring comedic run-ins.[3] He also plays one of the "Replacers" for Call Of Duty: Black Ops II. He's also in the show Real Husbands of Hollywood. He hosts a talk show on the MSG Network called "JB Smoove: Four Courses". He provides the voice of Dr. Ray D'Angelo Harris, host of the Chakra Attack radio show in the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Smoove appeared in the 2013 film Dealin' with Idiots as "Coach Ted." In 2013, Smoove became a regular cast member of the CBS comedy The Millers, playing the character "Ray".

J. B. was the host of the reality series Last Comic Standing, which was revived by NBC for its eighth season in the summer of 2014.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Lesser ProphetsChucky
1998Tomorrow NightMel the Mailman
2001Pootie TangTrucky
2002Mr. DeedsReuben
2003With or Without YouDarnell
2003The Watermelon HeistNumbers
2004GasIgnatius
2009FrankenhoodLeon
2010Hurricane SeasonTeam Bus Driver
2010Date NightCabbie
2011Hall PassFlats
2011We Bought a ZooMr. Stevens
2011The SitterJulio
2012Think Like a ManBartender
2012The DictatorFuneral Usher
2013Movie 43LarrySegment "The Proposition"
2013A Haunted HouseKisha's Dad
2013Dealin' with IdiotsCoach Ted
2013The Smurfs 2HackusVoice only
2013Clear HistoryJaspar
2014Search PartyBerk
2014Hell & BackSal the DemonVoice only
2014Top Five

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993–2003Late Night with Conan O'BrienVarious
1995Def Comedy JamHimselfWriter
1998Law & OrderLevonEpisode: "Bait"
2002–2003Cedric the Entertainer PresentsVarious17 episodes
2003EdAlvinEpisode: "Second Chances"
2003–2005Saturday Night LiveVariousWriter
2004–2013Jimmy Kimmel Live!Himself
2005Ego Trip's Race-O-RamaHimself
2007–presentCurb Your EnthusiasmLeon Black16 episodes
2007–2008Everybody Hates ChrisManny9 episodes
2007–2011Comics UnleashedHimself4 episodes
2008–2010'Til DeathKenny Westchester26 episodes
2008–2013The Tonight Show with Jay LenoHimself
2008CarpoolersParking AttendantEpisode: "Wheel of Fortune"
2008The Gong Show with Dave AttellHimself4 episodes
2008Talkshow with Spike FerestenHimself
2009The Wanda Sykes ShowHimself
2009CastleNorman JessupEpisode: "Love Me Dead"
2009–2011American Dad!Airport Security Guard / Tracy Bryant4 episodes
2010America's Next Top ModelHimselfEpisode: "America's Next Top Vampire"
2010Glenn Martin DDSCurtis / Uncle DexterEpisode: "Step Brother"
2010The Bonnie Hunt ShowHimself
2010Late Night with Jimmy FallonHimself
2010Lopez TonightHimself
2011The Marriage RefHimself
2011The SimpsonsDJ KwanzaaEpisode: "Angry Dad: The Movie"
2011In the Flow with Affion CrockettiDaddyEpisode: "Put the Kids to Bed"
2011–2013ConanHimself
2011–2013Funny as HellWriter, 2 episodes
2012J.B. Smoove: That's How I Dooz ItHimself
2012Last Call with Carson DalyHimself
2012Watch What Happens: LiveHimself
2012–2013The Burn with Jeff RossHimself
2012Black DynamiteThat Frog KurtisEpisode: "Just Beat It or Jackson Five Across Yo' Eyes"
2012BentClem6 episodes
2012LouieGravedigger #2Episode: "Barney/Never"
2012Robot ChickenBosco 'B.A.' Baracus / SatanEpisode: "Crushed by a Steamroller on My 53rd Birthday"
2012The LeagueDeRonEpisode: "The Vapora Sport"
2012–2014The Wendy Williams ShowHimself
2013–presentReal Husbands of HollywoodHimself18 episodes
2013Four Courses with J.B. SmooveHimself
2013Kroll ShowBasketball PlayerEpisode: "Dine & Dash"
2013Chicago FireSergeant PruitEpisode: "Let Her Go"
2013The Arsenio Hall ShowHimself
2013The TalkHimself
2013KatieHimself
2013–presentThe MillersRayMain cast
2014Chicago P.D.Sergeant PruitEpisode: "Stepping Stone"
2014Talking DeadHimselfEpisode: "Still"
2014Last Comic StandingHimselfHost
2014–presentTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesAnton Zeck/Bebop

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Itzkoff, Dave (2008-01-27). "He Tells It Like It Is, Even to Larry David". New York Times. 
  2. ^ The New York Times, "J B Smoove". Accessed July 7, 2014.
  3. ^ The League | Only On FX
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 20, 2014). "'Last Comic Standing' Season 8 to Premiere Thursday, May 22 on NBC With Judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans & Russell Peters". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved March 20, 2014. 

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