JB Smoove

Active - 1998 - Present  |   Born - Dec 16, 1964 in Plymouth, North Carolina, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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A native of Mount Vernon, NY (born Jerry Brooks -- hence the initials), standup comic, comedy writer, and actor J.B. Smoove began his career as a dancer in an hip-hop ensemble, performing as J. Smoove. The performer transitioned to schtick early on and cut his chops in Manhattan-area clubs, then landed a few small roles in Hollywood features (including the 2001 Pootie Tang and the 2002 Mr. Deeds), before striking gold on Saturday Night Live as both a sketch writer and a sketch participant. Smoove culled greatest attention, however, for his recurring role during season six of Curb Your Enthusiasm; he played the ├╝ber-confident, street-smart Leon Black, a member of an African-American family adopted by Larry David and his wife after their residence is decimated by a hurricane. Smoove later acknowledged that the popularity of the role "set fire" to his career and led to roles on the sitcoms Everybody Hates Chris and 'Til Death.

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  • Grew up admiring Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Peter Sellers.
  • Performed as hip-hop dancer J. Smoove early in his career.
  • Was known as the "king of the pitch meeting" during his time as a Saturday Night Live writer, conceiving outrageous sketches that rarely made it on the air.
  • Shared Saturday Night Live's 2007 Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety Series.
  • Supports the Boys and Girls Club in his hometown of Mount Vernon, NY.