About Eddie Griffin
A popular comedian turned actor who started his career on-stage as a dare, funnymanEddie Griffin has built an ever-growing fan base since jumping onto the comedy scenein 1990.Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Eddie was voted class clown three years in a row in highschool. His first love was always dance and by the young age of 16, he opened his owndance studio and was choreographing the Kansas City Chiefs half-time shows. But all ofthat would soon change when one night his cousin dared him to go on stage at thelocal comedy club Sanford and Sons where he was told to do 3 minutes. He performedoff-the-cuff for 45 minutes successfully. It was then that Griffin purchased a one-wayticket to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a stand up.In only one short month, he was a regular at the renowned Comedy Store, where hewas compared with esteemed talents such as Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and LennyBruce. After only 2 short months, Griffin was chosen to open for Andrew Dice Clay atMadison Square Garden that kicked off a 22-city tour.These many successful performances led to Eddie Griffin’s appearance on RussellSimmons' Def Comedy Jam“1992”, the Cable Ace Award-nominated HBOspecial One Night Stand “1992”, HBO Comedy Half Hour Special “1995”, the HBOspecial Voodoo Child “1997” and onstage at the legendary Apollo Theater. He alsorecorded the successful comedy albums Message In The Hat “1993” and TheMessage “1999” featuring comedic and musical performances by him as well as MasterP, Sikk the Shocker, and Fiend.Griffin began branching out into acting.Roles in such films as The Last Boy Scout “1991”, Coneheads “1993”, and Jason'sLyric “1994” soon led to his own hit comedy series Malcolm and Eddie “1996-2000”,for which role he was nominated (1996) and won (2000) the NAACP ImageAward for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In addition to lending his actingexperience to this sitcom, he also wrote and directed four episodes, one of whichstarred his mentor and Richard Pryor.After, he was offered a lead role in Double Take “2001” alongside Orlando Jones.Griffin then starred alongside Denzel Washington in John Q “2002”, earning himrespect as a dramatic actor. Shortly thereafter, his leading-man status lead to his roleas Anton Jackson in Undercover Brother "2002". Mr. Griffin’s extensive film resumeincludes films such as and Armageddon “1998”, and the worldwide successful comedyfranchise Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo “1999” and Deuce Bigalow: EuropeanGigolo “2005”, as well as Date Movie “2006“, Scary Movie 3“2003“, My Baby’sDaddy “ 2004” “which he starred, wrote and Executive Produced for Miramax.Eddie also contributed and performed on Dr. Dre’s Multi-Platinum selling albums TheChronic “1992” and Chronic 2001 “2001”.6 of 6Eddie Griffin is widely known for his award winning Comedy Stand-upSpecial Dysfunktional Family “2003” which he starred, wrote, Executive Producedand performed on the film’s soundtrack with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac.Eddie most recently starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the hit feature Norbit “2007”and starred, wrote and Executive Produced his next comedy special Freedom OfSpeech “2007”. Later that year he contributed to and performed on T-Pain’s worldwidesuccessful album Circus “2008” and starred in Disney’s Beethoven’s BigBreak “2008”.Eddie’s most recent comedy special YOU CAN TELL ‘EM I SAID IT premiered onComedy Central on February 19, 2011.Eddie currently performs in Las Vegas weekly at The Rio Suites Hotel & Casino.Comedy Central honored him as the Top 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time.Eddie Griffin has conquered not only the stage, but the silver screen as well.Eddie has appeared in 47 films and numerous television shows.In addition to his Comedic talent, Griffin is also a gifted Actor, Dancer, Choreographerand Singer.Eddie Griffin is a highly accomplished individual who has contributed significantly to thearts and the entertainment industry and is a star and gifted entertainer in theentertainment world.