Brad Williams (comedian)
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January 13, 1984 |
Orange, California, United States
|Subject(s)||Everyday life, sex, identity politics, current events, pop culture|
Williams was born with achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism. His condition plays a large part in the bits in both his stand-up comedy and television roles. He was a student at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, California and after graduation, he attended the University of Southern California but dropped out to pursue his acting and comedy career.
Williams got his start by attending a Carlos Mencia live comedy show. While he was in the crowd Mencia made jokes about dwarfs. The people sitting close to Williams were scared to laugh. Mencia noticed this, then noticed Williams and he asked Brad to join him on stage. Brad cracked a few jokes and impressed Mencia. Mencia then asked Williams to try stand-up and be his opening act on the road. Brad has been Mencia's opening act ever since, opening up shows on both the Mind of Mencia tour and the popular Punisher Tour.
Brad's memorable roles on the Mind of Mencia include playing a dwarf whore ("whorf"), the leader of an all dwarf basketball team, joining Mencia at a Renaissance faire, and giving a speech about his hatred of podiums. Brad is frequently confused with Wee Man from Jackass because of their similar appearance. For St. Patrick's Day 2008, Brad, dressed as a leprechaun, made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. For Halloween 2008, Brad dressed up as Child's Play character Chucky for a skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
On July 31, 2010, Brad appeared in an episode of "Pit Boss" on Animal Planet, called "Surprise Surprise". In April 2011 Brad released his first full-length comedy album called "Coming Up Short." It is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and his website.
Williams currently[when?] hosts the "About Last Night" podcast with comedian/actor Adam Ray.
Brad is a frequent guest and "friend of the show" to The Kevin and Bean Show, broadcast weekday mornings on KROQ 106.7FM, Los Angeles, California. Brad appeared on Kevin and Bean's April Foolishness comedy show in 2012, 2013 and 2015 alongside such comedians as Bob Saget, Jay Mohr, Jim Jeffries, Bill Burr, and Eddie Izzard. Brad was the only comic who received a standing ovation on those shows.
Brad had his first one-hour comedy special, "Brad Williams: Fun Size", on May 8, 2015 on Showtime. Brad's second one-hour comedy special, "Brad Williams: Daddy Issues", aired on May 20, 2016 on Showtime.