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Originally from Detroit, comedian, actor, writer and (sometimes) director, Tony T. Roberts has been blessed with the coveted honor of being the “Comedians-comedian.” The guy other performers love to watch work. His hilarious and refreshing energetic comedy style has granted him respect and created a huge demand for him on the comedy circuit, here in the states and abroad. Legendary comedian and sitcom director, David Steinberg, acclaimed Tony as, “A breakout talent” aftGary Owen has been entertaining American audiences for more than a decade with his side-splitting comedy. Having performed to sold-out audiences in all the major comedy clubs and theatres across the country, Owen is one of America’s most beloved comedians and was proclaimed by Ebony magazine as Black America’s “Favorite White Comedian.”
Audiences can now see Owen in his fourth Showtime comedy special, “GARY OWEN: DOINWHATIDO” which premiered on Saturday, September 7th. This is the follow-up to his three previous Showtime specials titled “I Got My Associates,” which came out in Fall 2018, and “I Agree with Myself” and “True Story,” both of which aired on Showtime in 2015.
Owen has had massive success as a comic actor on the big screen. Up next, he will appear in Universal 1440 Entertainment’s SUDDEN DEATH. In 2016, he starred opposite Mike Epps and Mike Tyson in the comedy MEET THE BLACKS and in 2014, he starred in the Universal comedy RIDE ALONG with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.
He is also one of the stars of the popular Screen Gems’ franchise THINK LIKE A MAN (2012), having appeared in the first installment and its successful follow up THINK LIKE A MAN TOO (2014). In additional to their commercial successes, both opening #1 at the box office, the films were warmly received by critics and fans alike. Other film credits include LITTLE MAN (2016) opposite The Wayans Brothers and DADDY DAY CARE (2003) opposite Eddie Murphy. He is also widely known for his stealing role as “Bearcat” in the MGM film COLLEGE (2008).
In 2016, Owen starred in the BET docuseries “The Gary Owen Show,” which chronicled his dynamic and interracial family life with his wife and children in small-town Ohio. The series marked the first time a Caucasian actor had starred in his own series on the network.
On the small screen, Owen co-hosted TruTV’s sketch series “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal” (2013). After meeting Tyler Perry on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Owen was cast as the recurring role of Zach the barber in the 5th season of the TBS comedy series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”
In 2014, he served as the host of the hugely popular comedy special “Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam - Live from Orlando”. Other standout comedy performances include “Mike Epps Presents: Live from Club Nokia” as well as “Breakin’ out the Park” and “Urban Legend,” the latter two which he also produced. He also starred in “Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment,” which aired on Starz in 2005.
In addition to his breadth of comedic work in films, television, and standup, Owen works closely with the nonprofit Facing Addiction, an organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis in America. Having lost his own brother to heroin addiction, Owen regularly speaks and performs to raise awareness and support for the organization’s mission.
Owen grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and has always had a passion for comedy. He enrolled in the US navy following high school, where he was chosen for the prestigious Presidential Honor Guard. After leaving his ceremonial position, Owen became a military police officer at the Naval Installations on Coronado Island in San Diego. During this time, he returned to his true calling: standup comedy. After only a year of doing stand-up, he was named “Funniest Serviceman in America.” Two appearances on the multicultural comedy showcase, “BET's ComicView,” won him his own one-hour “grandstand” show. At the end of the season he was selected from the year’s four "grandstanders" to be the host.
er witnessing Tony’s stand-up act and casting him as the lead in a series of funny Burger King commercials he directed.
Tony has entertained audiences in some of the nation’s hottest comedy arenas including: Caroline’s, The Boston Comedy Club in New York City, The Peppermint Lounge in New Jersey, All Jokes Aside in both Chicago and Detroit. You can find Tony headlining in comedy clubs all across the United States. He also tours the country playing theatres and areas as part of The Shaquille O’Neal All Star Comedy Jam Tour and the Nephew Tommy “I Got People Inside My Head” Tour ; just to name a few. Tony’s television debut was on HBO’s “DEF COMEDY JAM”, followed by, “IT’S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO'' , “BET’S COMICVIEW” and THE SHAQUILLE O’NEAL ALLSTAR COMEDY JAM.
Early on, Tony received BET’s, ROBIN HARRIS AWARD, for Most Original Comic. Soon after, HBO noticed the rising star and sent him to feature at the 11th Annual U.S. Comedy Festival in Aspen Colorado. Tony was then asked to return to the stage for HBO, this time due to popular demand from his initial performance on HBO’s “DEF COMEDY JAM.” Roberts would later appear in the season premiere of Russell Simmons Presents, Comedy at the El Rey for Comedy Central. Shortly after, Showtime Network and Salient Media placed their stamp of approval on Tony and agreed to tape and air his one-hour comedy special, WIRED!, which aired in January 2010 to the highest sales in the comedy special genre of the year for Salient Media. The DVD is currently featured in Walmart’s across the nation. No Stranger to TV and Film, as an actor Tony has toured with a major theatre play, been cast in a sketch-comedy pilot for CBS entitled, JUST ADD WATER and has appeared in half a dozen movies. Tony recently hosted the VH1 pilot “Dance Slam Cam,” and landed Guest Lead in “Nite Tales” for BET as well as sat on the couch as a featured guest on The Monique Show. Tony was also featured and three seasons of the hit sitcom “Mr. Box Office. Keep an eye out for Tony Roberts… America’s next great talent!
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