J. B. Smoove
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|J. B. Smoove|
Smoove at the NBCUniversal Summer press day in April 2014
December 16, 1966
Plymouth, North Carolina, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Shahidah Omar (2007–present)|
Jerry Brooks (born December 16, 1966), better known by his stage name J. B. Smoove, is an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian who began his TV career on Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam in the early 1990s. He is best known for his recurring role as Leon on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. J. B. joined the Season 2 cast of the Fox sitcom 'Til Death in 2008, and was promoted to main cast for Season 3. He currently portrays a fictionalized version of himself on the BET comedy-improv reality television parody Real Husbands of Hollywood, and also stars on the CBS sitcom The Millers.
Smoove was born in Plymouth, North Carolina, and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He attended Norfolk State University in Virginia. He shortened his name, Jerry Brooks, to "J.B." and added "Smoove" as his last name when he began performing stand-up comedy.
Smoove has had recurring roles on Everybody Hates Chris and Saturday Night Live. On SNL, he worked as a writer (and had bit roles in sketches, including playing Jimmy "JJ" Walker in a parody of the 1970s sitcom Good Times) and was a recipient of the 2007 Writers Guild of America award for Best Comedy/Variety Series (Including Talk).
He had a major role for seasons two and three on the Fox network sitcom 'Til Death with Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher. In June 2008, he taped several episodes of The Gong Show with Dave Attell as one of the celebrity judges. Smoove was also a cast member on the short-lived sketch comedy program Cedric the Entertainer Presents. Smoove hosted the standup comedy series Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at The El Rey on Comedy Central in July 2010 and also appeared on an episode of The Simpsons titled Angry Dad: The Movie in February 2011. Also in 2011, he starred in the American Dad episode "The Worst Stan" and appeared in an episode of Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil called "Dude, Where's My Wade." Smoove has been a regular cast member on the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm since its sixth season in 2007, playing Leon Black.
In 2012, his first televised comedy special, JB Smoove: That's How I Dooz It, premiered on Comedy Central. The DVD of the special was released April 3, 2012. In 2013, Smoove voiced Hackus in The Smurfs 2. Smoove appeared in Movie 43 in the segment "The Proposition" alongside Anna Faris and Chris Pratt. He was the substitute co-host of the New York City morning talk show Good Day New York with Rosanna Scotto on April 9, 2012. He had a cameo as a grave digger in the episode of Louie entitled "Barney/Never". He also played a supporting role in Season 4, Episode 7 "The Vapora Sport" in the American sitcom The League on FX. He plays "Wheelchair Guy", with whom the main characters have recurring comedic run-ins. He also plays one of the "Replacers" for Call Of Duty: Black Ops II. He's also in the show Real Husbands of Hollywood. He hosts a talk show on the MSG Network called "JB Smoove: Four Courses". He provides the voice of Dr. Ray D'Angelo Harris, host of the Chakra Attack radio show in the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Smoove appeared in the 2013 film Dealin' with Idiots as "Coach Ted." In 2013, Smoove became a regular cast member of the CBS comedy The Millers, playing the character "Ray".
Smoove has been married to singer Shahidah Omar since 2007.
|1998||Tomorrow Night||Mel the Mailman|
|2003||With or Without You||Darnell|
|2003||The Watermelon Heist||Numbers|
|2010||Hurricane Season||Team Bus Driver|
|2011||We Bought a Zoo||Mr. Stevens|
|2012||Think Like a Man||Bartender|
|2012||The Dictator||Funeral Usher|
|2013||Movie 43||Larry||Segment "The Proposition"|
|2013||A Haunted House||Kisha's Dad|
|2013||Dealin' with Idiots||Coach Ted|
|2013||The Smurfs 2||Hackus||Voice only|
|2014||Hell & Back||Sal the Demon||Voice only|
|1993–2003||Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Various|
|1995||Def Comedy Jam||Himself||Writer|
|1998||Law & Order||Levon||Episode: "Bait"|
|2002–2003||Cedric the Entertainer Presents||Various||17 episodes|
|2003||Ed||Alvin||Episode: "Second Chances"|
|2003–2005||Saturday Night Live||Various||Writer|
|2004–2013||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Himself|
|2005||Ego Trip's Race-O-Rama||Himself|
|2007–present||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Leon Black||16 episodes|
|2007–2008||Everybody Hates Chris||Manny||9 episodes|
|2007–2011||Comics Unleashed||Himself||4 episodes|
|2008–2010||'Til Death||Kenny Westchester||26 episodes|
|2008–2013||The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Himself|
|2008||Carpoolers||Parking Attendant||Episode: "Wheel of Fortune"|
|2008||The Gong Show with Dave Attell||Himself||4 episodes|
|2008||Talkshow with Spike Feresten||Himself|
|2009||The Wanda Sykes Show||Himself|
|2009||Castle||Norman Jessup||Episode: "Love Me Dead"|
|2009–2011||American Dad!||Airport Security Guard / Tracy Bryant||4 episodes|
|2010||America's Next Top Model||Himself||Episode: "America's Next Top Vampire"|
|2010||Glenn Martin DDS||Curtis / Uncle Dexter||Episode: "Step Brother"|
|2010||The Bonnie Hunt Show||Himself|
|2010||Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||Himself|
|2011||The Marriage Ref||Himself|
|2011||The Simpsons||DJ Kwanzaa||Episode: "Angry Dad: The Movie"|
|2011||In the Flow with Affion Crockett||iDaddy||Episode: "Put the Kids to Bed"|
|2011–2013||Funny as Hell||Writer, 2 episodes|
|2012||J.B. Smoove: That's How I Dooz It||Himself|
|2012||Last Call with Carson Daly||Himself|
|2012||Watch What Happens: Live||Himself|
|2012–2013||The Burn with Jeff Ross||Himself|
|2012||Black Dynamite||That Frog Kurtis||Episode: "Just Beat It or Jackson Five Across Yo' Eyes"|
|2012||Louie||Gravedigger #2||Episode: "Barney/Never"|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Bosco 'B.A.' Baracus / Satan||Episode: "Crushed by a Steamroller on My 53rd Birthday"|
|2012||The League||DeRon||Episode: "The Vapora Sport"|
|2012–2014||The Wendy Williams Show||Himself|
|2013–present||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Himself||18 episodes|
|2013||Four Courses with J.B. Smoove||Himself|
|2013||Kroll Show||Basketball Player||Episode: "Dine & Dash"|
|2013||Chicago Fire||Sergeant Pruit||Episode: "Let Her Go"|
|2013||The Arsenio Hall Show||Himself|
|2013–present||The Millers||Ray||20 episodes|
|2014||Chicago P.D.||Sergeant Pruit||Episode: "Stepping Stone"|
|2014||Talking Dead||Himself||Episode: "Still"|
- Itzkoff, Dave (2008-01-27). "He Tells It Like It Is, Even to Larry David". New York Times.
- Howard Stern Show : J. B. Smoove Interview 01/09/13 - YouTube
- The League | Only On FX
- Bibel, Sara (March 20, 2014). "'Last Comic Standing' Season 8 to Premiere Thursday, May 22 on NBC With Judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans & Russell Peters". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved March 20, 2014.