Preacher Moss

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Preacher Moss (born Bryant Reginald Moss; 1967) is an American stand-up comedian and writer. He is best known as one third of comedy trio Allah Made Me Funny.

Early life[edit]

Born Bryant Moss in Washington, D.C., United States to African American parents, Clifford Moss and Mary Moss. He began practicing comedy at the age of seven, when he earned the nickname "Preacher" for his imitations of the pastor at his family's church. He was raised as a Christian in a Maryland suburb and was sent to a local military academy for his schooling.

Moss started out doing sketch comedy when he was 17, and by his early 20s, he began to make his way to comedy clubs.[1]

In 1988, at the age of 20, he converted to Islam. He graduated from Marquette University with a degree in journalism and a took a job teaching emotionally disturbed children in Milwaukee, while continuing to do standup comedy.[2]

Career[edit]

Writing[edit]

In 1994, Moss was the opening act for a comic Darrell Hammond, Hammond hired him as a writer. In order to develop his comedy skills, Moss moved to Los Angeles. There, he continued to teach special education classes and worked as a writer for comics, including Damon Wayans and George Lopez.[2]

Stand-up[edit]

Moss moved on to perform at mainstream comedy venues.[1] Moss wrote his own show, titled "End of Racism." Beginning in 2000, he toured hundreds of national college campuses and high schools performing, teaching, and discussing poverty, racism, multiculturalism, civil rights, and critical race theory. He performed "End of Racism" for four years when he got an idea for another kind of progressive comedy experience which addressed another kind of prejudice, that was spreading rapidly throughout non-Islamic communities in post-9/11 America.[3]

In May 2004, Moss and other Muslim comics Azhar Usman and Azeem Muhammad (later replaced by Mohammed Amer in 2006) launched a comedy tour titled "Allah Made Me Funny," “Allah Made Me Funny" toured 30 United States cities during its first year, and also in Canada, Europe, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.[4][4][5]

Moss has performed at the Global Peace and Unity Event in the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London organised by Islam Channel.[6] He has also performed at the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations banquet in Oklahoma City in 2010.[7] Preacher can be seen in the upcoming documentary, The Muslims Are Coming!, which features a group of Muslim American comedians touring the United States in an effort to counter Islamophobia.

Television[edit]

In March 2013, Moss started the process of securing funds to develop a pilot for a sitcom Here Come the Muhammads.[1][8] In October 2013, production for the sitcom started.[9]

Comedy style[edit]

Moss talks about his conversion from Christianity to Islam.[10] He uses his experiences of being black and Muslim in America as a vantage point for asides on race and religion.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, Moss married Yasmin, an Indian Muslim living in Toronto, Canada. When not on tour, he lives in Long Beach, California, and frequently visits his mother's home in Washington, D.C.[2]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2005 Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award[2] Won
2009 Campus Activities Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Best Diversity Performer[4] Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Coming to Your Television: The Muslim Cosby Show". Illume. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Contemporary Black Biography". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved August 28, 2011. Preacher Moss
  3. ^ "About". End of Racism Comedy & Lecture Tour. September 11, 2011. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Allah Made Me Funny Tour". Bass/Schuler Entertainment. 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "About Allah Made Me Funny". Allah Made Me Funny. 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Performers". Global Peace and Unity Event 2008. 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2011.  Preacher Moss
  7. ^ "CAIR-OK: Celebrates 4th Anniversary with Annual Banquet". Council on American-Islamic Relations – Oklahoma. January 3, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (March 16, 2012). "A New Experiment in Muslim Comedy—And Self-Distribution". ThinkProgress. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (October 3, 2013). "Here Come the Muhammads.., Be part of history by producing the first "Muslim Cosby Showlocation=". Muslim Entertainment. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ Fry, Ted (October 3, 2008). ""Allah Made Me Funny": Stand-ups riff on being Muslim in America". Seattle: The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Brussat, Frederic; Brussat, Mary Ann. "Film Review: Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert". Spiritual Practice. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 

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