Performance Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Rapidly becoming one of the most talked about comedians, Arnez J’s charisma and physical agility are unforgettable. With the physicality uniquely his own, his brand of comedy has been known to evoke standing ovations from crowds at the comedy clubs and concert halls he performs in across the country. Arnez can currently be seen in his own One-Hour comedy special for BET, and due to the success of the special, has recently landed the plum role as host of BET’s signature tandup comedy series “Comicview.” Arnez will tape new shows this summer in Miami, Houston and Raleigh, NC with new shows kicking off the new season the week of September 16th.
Arnez spent his younger years working hard and dreaming of being a professional baseball player. He took a job working as a flight attendant between dreams and it was then he realized he had the ability to keep the passengers and crew howling in their seats with his dead-on impressions. With some encouragement from friends, he made his first attempt at stand-up comedy. After that first night on stage, he knew what he wanted to do. He left his job with the airlines and made the decision to devote all of his time to a career in comedy.
The Harlem Globetrotters took notice of Arnez’s very physical comedy routine at a local celebrity basketball game, and recruited the young comic. However, Arnez suffered a minor knee injury and it was then that he began seriously focusing on comedy, working the circuit in his hometown of Atlanta, GA. He quickly became one of “Hotlanta’s” funniest newcomers. A finalist in the 1992 “Bay Area Black Comedy Competition,” Arnez was immediately noticed by the entertainment industry and was asked to make his first television appearance on Showtime’s “Comedy Club Network.” Numerous television appearances soon followed, including appearances on “The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show,” “Louie Anderson’s Comedy Showcase,” Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh,” NBC’s “Friday Night Videos,” Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam,” his own BET “Comic View Grandstand ½ Hour Special” and many others. He hasn’t stopped since then.
In keeping with his plan, Arnez keeps up a dizzying pace performing for sold out crowds in clubs, colleges and concert halls across the country. He recently headlined two shows at the Best of the Uptown Comics program this July at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where to no one’s surprise, he earned standing ovations each time. As one Houston Chronicle writer said after seeing him on stage: “Remember the name Arnez J.”
Arnez resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and son who, ironically, is a little league baseball phenom himself.