Diversity and Mutual Understanding Replacing Segmentation of Comedy Audiences Says JB Smoove

JB Smoove

The racial and cultural segmentation of audiences that’s been a fact of life for comics on the road is disappearing, according to funny man JB Smoove, whose latest TV gig is hosting “Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at The El Rey” on Comedy Central, debuting July 11.  He points out, “I go back to the first season of Def Comedy Jam (in 1992).  When I started, it was like the turn of black comedy.  We had our audience, the white comics had their audience.  Now, everybody’s pulling closer together.  Shows are more diverse, audiences have changed.  You see that everywhere — everything is merging, everyone gets each other now.  It’s an amazing place to be as far as music and standup.”

Smoove has several different fan bases – from his turn as potty-mouthed houseguest Leon Black on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to his “’Til Death” role alongside Brad Garrett, to his ridiculous standup.  He loved taping the first set of installments of “Stand-Up at the El Rey” partly because “It’s a great mix.  I love these young comics.  I have a young energy, an enthusiastic energy, and with these young folks on the show, we just feed off each other with this positive outlook that’s contagious.”  He adds, “I think there will be more shows, and I think there will be a tour.”  Meanwhile, Smoove has a nonstop string of dates this summer, and he’ll be seen on TBS tonight (6/24) as part of Cedric the Entertainer’s “Urban Circus”

“I’m on linen,” he declares.  “I mean, the iron is hot — and linen is the hottest setting you can get.”

INDUSTRY BITS:  Casting for subsidiary roles on Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” continues, with actors vying hard for even the smallest bit parts.  Not only is the revered director a lure, so is the uncanny cast of superstars lined up for the thriller, which is now targeted for a production start in mid-December.  Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard and Gwyneth Paltrow are all set for the scary epic that has intertwining stories from four continents about a killer virus rampaging over the earth.

Director Savage Steve Holland is prepping a movie that sounds like an allegory, about a grown man living like a 10-year-old, because if he becomes an adult, he’ll lose his fairy godparents who give him everything he wants.  Casting is under way.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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