Lavell Crawford is at the Hartford Funny Bone! We chatted in studio!
Funnyman, Lavell Crawford is quickly climbing the comedic ranks and becoming one of the hottest stars in the biz today. He recently filmed a new one-hour special for Comedy Central in his home town of St. Louis, scheduled to air later this year. In addition,, he has been casted in a recurring role on the dramatic series, “Breaking Bad”. And, if that’s not enough, he can also be seen as a regular panelist on E! Entertainment’s “Chelsea Lately” and he is a regular on “Lopez Tonight,” performing in various comedy sketches on the show. From his numerous television appearances and as one of the hottest touring acts in the country, audiences are becoming increasingly familiar with Lavell’s giant-sized talent.
Lavell gained huge national exposure on NBC’s hit reality series “Last Comic Standing.” Not only did NBC take notice, promptly signing Lavell to a holding deal with the network, but also Comedy Central, offering him his own half-hour standup special, “Comedy Central Presents: Lavell Crawford” which aired in early 2009. Lavell’s stand-out work includes appearances on "Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam" which premiered on Showtime in December, “Russell Simmons, Def Comedy Jam” on HBO, “Showtime at the Apollo”. Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment, “Comic’s Unleashed with Byron Allen, “Steve Harvey’s, “Big Time” “Comedy Central’s Premium Blend,” “Motown Live” and “BET’s Comic View.”
In addition, Lavell has appeared in the films “Baby’s Mama Drama,” “Beverlyhood,” “Ghetto South Problems,” and on the televised series “The Jamie Foxx Show.” On stage, he played Ben in the hit play “Men Cry in the Dark,” based on the Michael Baisden best seller. Lavell also recently appeared on stage with the critically acclaimed production “Friends and Lovers,” a stage production based on the novel by author Eric Jerome Dickey where he played the scene-stealing Bobby. The play also featured notable actors such as Miguel Nunez (“Juwana Man”), Leon (“The Five Heartbeats”), Monica Calhoun (“The Best Man”), Mel Jackson (“Soul Food”) and Maia Campbell (“In the House”).
Endeared by audiences far and wide, Lavell has built a very strong fan base playing theatres, comedy clubs and colleges across the nation in addition to festivals including HBO's US Comedy Arts Festival, The Comedy Festival and LAFFAPALOOZA, America's longest-running annual urban comedy festival.