Chicago, IL -- Comedy legend J. Antony Brown and his friends are launching a national J Spot Comedy Tour featured in the latest Web reality series from TVOne.tv, “The J Spot,” right here in the Chicago area. The tour will visit multiple cities with stops including The Majestic Star Casino, in Gary, Indiana, and Houston, Texas on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 8:00 pm, and 10:00 pm. simultaneously, with more cities to be announced. Special friends in comedy are set to join Brown with surprises at each stop. Select cities will also be filmed for “The J Spot.”
J. Anthony Brown is a titanic comedic force. As a staple on the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show” for over nine years now, he is one of the voices that wakes up millions of radio listeners in over 195 markets. Long-time Tom Joyner listener Lawana Woods; mother of the local rap artist, and promoter, Nicholas Diverse Woods, shares that “the J” is not only a comedic genius, but he comes across over the air as being extremely kind and generous. Recognizing the power of his comedic drive, BET invited him to host two consecutive seasons of their top-rated network show, “Comic View,” later revamped as “Club Comic View.” You can now catch J. Anthony Brown live every morning on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” at OldSchool94.5.com, and every Friday on Tone’s "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” at http://rickeysmileymorningshow.com/.
On Sunday, October 20, 2013, the J will fly into Chicago to chat with legendary radio personality Herb Kent of v103, who is celebrating his 85th birthday throughout the month of October. Kent’s 60-plus years in broadcasting and his recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records, Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and DJ Hall of Fame create the perfect backdrop for the J to share his vision of opening up the comedic world. The J is extending a hand to the young comedians, emcees, and comedy wanna-be’s who are interested in following in his footsteps.
During his conversation with the Examiner.com, J. Anthony Brown shared, “I can remember that day when by happenstance I ended up at a club called Mr. V’s figure 8, in Atlanta, Georgia, and was encouraged by the owner to be the emcee of their ongoing Gong Show.” The comedy bug bit him during that experience of delivering punch lines and one-liners, and he has never looked back from there. What he remembers most is how he was not that great to start with, but he was confident and determined to hone this comedic craft. His blessings continued as he grew from his original humble beginning and became a staple at the Punch Line Comedy Club, also in Atlanta.
He is now excited about his vision to pay it forward, as he is often approached by aspiring comedians seeking guidance as to how they too can break into this industry. The idea struck him that “of those to whom much is given, much is expected.” His ultimate goal is to start a not-for-profit group called “Class Clown” with the mission of reaching out to youth within the community and introducing to them the real world of comedy as a career. With its many opportunities and arenas for growth such as writing, stand-up, producing, directing, and acting, this art form offers much more than young minds are ever introduced to.
An up and coming local stand-up comic and funny girl, De’Lyssa Laird, says that she will be excited to tune into the Herb Kent show on next Sunday to enjoy the J’s take on the musical battle of old-school artists, with Kent, as the J shares further details of his scheduled visit to launch the J Spot Comedy Club at the Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana, on Friday, October 25, 2013; first show is at 8:00 pm.
As a fan of J. Anthony Brown, Laird excitedly refers to him as a “titanic comedic force.” She reflects on how his sidesplitting antics and sensibilities have set a precedent that many would love to follow. Brown has mastered the art of getting to the listener’s funny bone, be it by murdering the hits with his off-key version of the latest song, donning that pink pimp suit, or showcasing his penchant for alligator shoes and rainbow-colored suits. Laird wonders out loud, “dare I dream of ‘Me’, as an opening act at one of The J Spot’s Comedy Club, wow, right here in my own back yard! I cannot wait; this just may be the break that I have been waiting for. I can see ‘me’ now, on stage at the J Spot Comedy Club.”