Cedric the Entertainer, co-star of the "Man Of The House" Movie!
A man with a gift for wringing laughter from commonplace situations, Cedric the Entertainer has parlayed a career as one of the top standup comics in America into a steadily growing resumé as an actor in film and television. Born Cedric Kyles in 1965, Cedric the Entertainer adopted his stage name early on in his career; having also worked as a singer and dancer, Cedric wanted audiences to know he was more than just another comedian, though after being named "most humorous" in his high school graduating class, he seemed destined early on to be best known for his wit. Cedric's career as a standup comic got its first major boost when he won the "Johnny Walker National Comedy Contest" in Chicago. This led to regular gigs at nightclubs in his native St. Louis, and a victory in another Chicago comedy competition. With plenty of experience in the Midwest under his belt, Cedric began touring comedy clubs around the United States, and in 1993, he scored his first regular spot on television, as the host of the BET series Comicview. While touring the Southwest, Cedric dropped by a club in Dallas, TX, where the headlining act was not going over with the audience. Cedric persuaded the management to let him do a set, and his five-minute routine brought down the house. Cedric soon discovered fellow comic Steve Harvey was in the audience. The two rising stars struck up a friendship, and when Harvey scored his own sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show, in 1996, he brought Cedric along to play his friend, Cedric Jackie Robinson. Cedric was a hit on the show, and his work on the series earned him the NAACP Image Award as Best Supporting Actor on a Comedy Series three years in a row.
In 1997, Cedric and Harvey joined forces with funnymen Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley for a concert tour. Billed as The Kings of Comedy, the tour was a major success, selling out large venues across the country and grossing 37 million dollars over a two-year run. After his success on The Steve Harvey Show and with the Kings of Comedy tour, it was inevitable that Hollywood would come calling, and Cedric scored his first screen role in 1998 in the comedy Ride. The Original Kings of Comedy, a concert film shot by Spike Lee during a tour stop in North Carolina, hit theaters in 2000, and Cedric was also seen that year in the Martin Lawrence vehicle Big Momma's House. In 2001, Cedric scored a supporting role in the comedy-drama Kingdom Come, and did voice work for Dr. Dolittle 2 as well as the animated television series The Proud Family.
As one of the stars of 2002's Barbershop, Cedric showed Hollywood that he could deliver a major box-office hit, and larger film roles soon followed. After a scene-stealing turn in the Coen Brothers' 2003 Intolerable Cruelty, Cedric geared up for what looked to be his biggest year to date. 2004 saw the comedian with starring roles in the sequel to Barbershop, Johnson Family Vacation, and the big-screen adaptation of the classic sitcom The Honeymooners, as well as prominent supporting parts in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, with Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep, and Be Cool, the long-awaited sequel to Get Shorty.
When not making people laugh in person or onscreen, Cedric has an interest in charitable work, and in St. Louis he's established the Cedric the Entertainer Charitable Foundation, which helps to fund youth scholarships and family outreach programs in his hometown. If that were not enough, Cedric stars in his own variety show on Fox and has added author to his title with the release of his first book, "Grown-A$$ Man" (Ballantine Books).
Cedric’s national comedy tour, The Bud Light Cedric "The Entertainer" Comedy Revue kicked-off in May 2001 and ended August 4th in New York to a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden. As host of that tour, Cedric put the spotlight on new talent giving young comics the national exposure they needed to build their careers.
More Fun Stuff About Cedric the Entertainer
His height is 5' 6" (1.68 m)
His spouse is Lorna Wells (3 September 1999 - present)
His trade mark are stylish hats
Has one son, Croix with Lorna and has a daughter, Tiara from a previous relationship.
Worked at State Farm Insurance before making it big in comedy.
Majored in Mass Communications at Southeast Missouri State University.
Is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Daughter Lucky Rose was born to him and wife, Lorna, in November, 2003.
Is one of the Original Kings of Comedy
Ceddy Bear is Back in Business at Barbershop
Cedric the Entertainer is late.
This isn't unusual per se for film junkets, but the minutes seem to stretch on eternally for the reporters trapped in a padded room in the dungeons of a chic Los Angeles hotel.
"I'm sure you have been sitting here for awhile," he said as he breezed into the room, the faint smell of musk cologne trailing after.
No. Of course not! The reporters effuse. We can wait for the new star of the Barbershop franchise.
A year ago, the mention of Cedric's name might have still elicited quizzical looks. Sure. He continually one-upped Steve Harvey for six years in his reoccurring role as Cedric Jackie Robinson on "The Steve Harvey Show," and his record number of NAACP image awards didn't really register a blip on the media frenzy horizon. Then, there was this little Spike Lee movie, called The Original Kings of Comedy, which Cedric headlined.
But for Barbershop 2: Back in Business, the much-anticipated sequel to last year's surprise hit, there's no doubt that his garrulous character is the real catalyst for the influx of movie goers to theater houses all across America. In the movie, his bouffant Frederick Douglass wig and matching witticism, is the glue that holds the narrative together.
In fact, it's only Cedric's character in Back in Business that enjoys any sort of character evolution, and a back story to boot. In the new movie, he eludes arrest, survives the South Side Chicago riots and loses his lifelong love.
"I guess that explains why he's such a cantankerous kind of fella," he said. "Then we kind of get this back story that he had a love that he's really holding on to—I just kind of become an angry, grumpy old man."
Cedric steps out and into his Eddie character like a pair of silk pajamas. He demonstrates the ease by answering a few questions in the famous sing-song intonations.
"It was a fun aspect of it, I guess, to know that I would be able to extend upon my character. I really enjoyed doing Eddie the first time—the older guy—when they pitched the idea of going back and showing me as a young man, I thought that was interesting. It was going to be fun to in a way, to play two characters," he said.
At the junket last year for the first Barbershop film, the 40-year-old actor was decisively low-key in a blue-pin striped suit, poised like a crouching dragon for the uproar over his character's inflammatory political statements about prominent African American figures.
This year, he's decked out in a salmon color ensemble complete with a fedora and firmly affixed sunglasses. For awhile, it seems as though the eyewear is there to shield the actor's grogginess on an early Sunday morning, but as the interview goes on, it becomes obvious that Cedric is merely sitting back and drinking the world in. Another reporter unceremoniously yanks the gold chain hanging heavily around his neck and asks if it was made in his image.
"Yeah that's me. That's Ceddy Bear," he said with a wry smile.
Cedric, born Cedric Kyles, was born in Jefferson City, Missouri. Before being discovered by Spike Lee on the comedy circuit, he worked at a decidedly unfunny State Farm Insurance branch. Don't let the veneer fool you, however, he majored in mass communication at Southeast Missouri State University.
In the wake of release of the first Barbershop, Jesse Jackson and Rosa Parks both spoke out against the movie alleged disrespectful dialogue about their respectively contributions to the civil rights movement. All these off-color remarks were made by Cedric's character, who now in the sequel, takes aim at "safer" personalities like R. Kelly and Michael Jackson.
Studio execs were not shaken in any way, but according to the film's writer, encouraged all the filmmakers to up the controversial ante.
"I am allowed to play a lot with my character, but [Director Kevin Sullivan] was quite involved in really developing the script—then we would do takes where we would just take off."
According to the director, in one scene involving a yuppie and some real graphic descriptions of his bowel movements, Cedric nearly spun production out of control with laughter. Even talking about the incident at the junket, leaves Sullivan near tears.
Perhaps it's this sheer magnetism that makes Eddie clock in more screen time than that of the ensemble cast combined. Did Ice Cube react coldly to being upstaged?
"You know, Calvin [Ice Cube's character] is the boss of the shop. I try to really allow the respect that it's his shop and not mine, but in that space, you also see me have this certain kind of thing where this is my shop too."
"That's really kind of my relationship with Ice Cube. He is a really interesting person. He's really got a lot of dichotomies. Sometimes he's Ice Cube the rapper. But as you get to know him, he's a dad and a husband. So we really connected on those grounds and started to really develop a cool bond with each other."
In April, Cedric pops his producing cherry in Johnson's Family Vacation, a funny family film that he also stars in opposite Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow and Solange Knowles. He also scored a role on the feature-length version of the Honeymooners, depicting one of Hollywood's most legendary duos with Mike Epps.
When asked who he admired, the Ceddy Bear answered in true Eddie fashion by saying, "Mike Tyson. Just cause nobody use Mike as a role model. Because sometimes you want to just choke a valet parker, you know what I'm saying?"
Rod Stewart and Cedric the Entertainer Mark Official Grand Opening of the New San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino
Multi-platinum recording artist and performer Rod Stewart, and "Kings of Comedy" funnyman Cedric the Entertainer, will kick off a weekend of festivities surrounding the grand opening of the new San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. The star-studded performances, held at a private party last night, mark the dramatic change to the face of tribal government gaming as the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians officially opens the doors to their new state-of-the-art casino and entertainment complex on January 28, 2005.
"The grand opening officially marks a new beginning of entertainment options, reflecting our excitement and commitment to our guests," said Chairman Deron Marquez of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. "Our guests and employees asked for a new and improved facility to meet all their needs, and we're proud to offer this new facility for them to enjoy."
The grand opening weekend begins on January 27 with a special gala for tribal members and VIP guests featuring both Rod Stewart and Cedric the Entertainer, and will extend through January 30 with additional entertainment and special casino promotions. Patrons will have a chance to win $1,000 every hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. January 28 through Sunday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m. Patrons will have the opportunity to win by registering for a Club Serrano player's card and swiping it each day to be entered in the drawing. Additionally, grand opening bingo specials will happen throughout the weekend, where players will have a chance to win up to $10,000.
Additionally the new casino will play host to a variety of entertainment acts seven nights a week. The Tukut Lounge features karaoke, comedians, country western bands with local bands performing Friday through Sunday. Confirmed headlining performances include: Freddy Fender and Little Joe y La Familia on February 3, the legendary Chippendales on February 17, and Cedric the Entertainer returns for an encore performance on March 5.
The new complex boasts several new gaming and customer amenities for guests, including nearly 99 poker and blackjack tables, 2,000 of the latest coin-free slot machines, as well as a 2,500-seat state-of-the-art bingo hall that doubles as an entertainment venue for concerts and events.
Other new gaming features include Bullet Bingo -- a fast paced version of Bingo where players win playing chips based on call numbers, a beautifully appointed poker room with a special air filtration system for a smoke-free entertainment experience, and the Tukut Lounge, which will feature nightly entertainment. Patrons can also enjoy several new dining options to fit any mood with restaurants such as the Serrano Buffet, the SportsWatch Grill and Tutu's Food Court.
"We believe this new facility encompasses all the amenities our patrons have been asking for in an entertainment destination," said Steve Lengel, executive director of casino operations. "We look forward to welcoming our existing and new guests to this beautiful facility."