Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin

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About Eddie Griffin

A popular comedian turned actor who started his career on-stage as a dare, funnyman
Eddie Griffin has built an ever-growing fan base since jumping onto the comedy scene
in 1990.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Eddie was voted class clown three years in a row in high
school. His first love was always dance and by the young age of 16, he opened his own
dance studio and was choreographing the Kansas City Chiefs half-time shows. But all of
that would soon change when one night his cousin dared him to go on stage at the
local comedy club Sanford and Sons where he was told to do 3 minutes. He performed
off-the-cuff for 45 minutes successfully. It was then that Griffin purchased a one-way
ticket 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 he
was compared with esteemed talents such as Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and Lenny
Bruce. After only 2 short months, Griffin was chosen to open for Andrew Dice Clay at
Madison Square Garden that kicked off a 22-city tour.
These many successful performances led to Eddie Griffin’s appearance on Russell
Simmons' Def Comedy Jam“1992”, the Cable Ace Award-nominated HBO
special One Night Stand “1992”, HBO Comedy Half Hour Special “1995”, the HBO
special Voodoo Child “1997” and onstage at the legendary Apollo Theater. He also
recorded the successful comedy albums Message In The Hat “1993” and The
Message “1999” featuring comedic and musical performances by him as well as Master
P, 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's
Lyric “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 Image
Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In addition to lending his acting
experience to this sitcom, he also wrote and directed four episodes, one of which
starred 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 him
respect as a dramatic actor. Shortly thereafter, his leading-man status lead to his role
as Anton Jackson in Undercover Brother "2002". Mr. Griffin’s extensive film resume
includes films such as and Armageddon “1998”, and the worldwide successful comedy
franchise Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo “1999” and Deuce Bigalow: European
Gigolo “2005”, as well as Date Movie “2006“, Scary Movie 3“2003“, My Baby’s
Daddy “ 2004” “which he starred, wrote and Executive Produced for Miramax.
Eddie also contributed and performed on Dr. Dre’s Multi-Platinum selling albums The
Chronic “1992” and Chronic 2001 “2001”.
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Eddie Griffin is widely known for his award winning Comedy Stand-up
Special Dysfunktional Family “2003” which he starred, wrote, Executive Produced
and 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 Of
Speech “2007”. Later that year he contributed to and performed on T-Pain’s worldwide
successful album Circus “2008” and starred in Disney’s Beethoven’s Big
Break “2008”.
Eddie’s most recent comedy special YOU CAN TELL ‘EM I SAID IT premiered on
Comedy 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, Choreographer
and Singer.
Eddie Griffin is a highly accomplished individual who has contributed significantly to the
arts and the entertainment industry and is a star and gifted entertainer in the
entertainment world.