J. B. Smoove
J. B. Smoove
Jerry Angelo Brooks
December 16, 1965
Plymouth, North Carolina, U.S.
Jerry Angelo Brooks (born December 16, 1965), known as J. B. Smoove, is an American actor, comedian and writer. After beginning his career in 1995 on Def Comedy Jam, he was a writer and performer on NBC's Saturday Night Live (2003–05), and is best known for his recurring roles on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm (2007–present) and the CBS sitcom The Millers (2013–15). He also portrayed a fictionalized version of himself on the BET improv-comedy reality television parody Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013–16).
Smoove was born in Plymouth, North Carolina, to parents Floyd and Elizabeth Brooks. From the time he was three years old, he grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He spent a significant amount of time with his extended maternal family in the Plymouth area, which he has said inspired much of his comedy. In Mount Vernon, he grew up in the Levister Towers housing projects with his two younger brothers. Smoove's father died from diabetes when Smoove was 15 years old.
Smoove worked as a perfume formulator and sold fire extinguishers door-to-door.
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 was on Saturday Night Live for three years.
Smoove has been a regular cast member on the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm since its sixth season in 2007, playing Leon Black. Smoove got the role of Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm after his stint on SNL. Although he was at that time based on the East Coast, he was in Los Angeles for his friend, music producer Oji Pierce's funeral, so was able to audition for Curb Your Enthusiasm. Smoove wrote a book as his Curb Your Enthusiasm character, Leon, which was released on October 10, 2017.
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. He 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".
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 plays one of the "Replacers" for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. He was in the show Real Husbands of Hollywood, where he played a fictionalized version of himself.
Smoove hosts a talk show on the MSG Network called Four Courses With JB Smoove. He provides the voice of Dr. Ray De 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, he became a regular cast member of the CBS comedy The Millers, playing the character Ray.
In 2019, Smoove attended the final dinner service of Hell’s Kitchen's eighteenth season Hell's Kitchen: Rookies vs. Veterans as a chef’s table guest in the blue kitchen that was run by runner-up Mia Castro. He appeared as a guest judge on the first season of the FOX reality singing competition The Masked Singer. He also voiced Frank in Harley Quinn beginning in 2019, as well as playing Julius Dell in the Marvel Studios film Spider-Man: Far From Home and its 2021 sequel Spider-Man: No Way Home.
In 2020, Smoove starred in Mapleworth Murders opposite Paula Pell and John Lutz for Quibi. Smoove won the 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for his role.
Smoove serves on the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. On November 7, 2017, he emceed the Boys and Girls Clubs Future Leaders Gala at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.
In 2007, Smoove married singer Shahidah Omar. They live together in Los Angeles. He has an adult daughter from a previous relationship. He shortened his name, Jerry Brooks, to "J. B." and added "Smoove" as his last name when he began performing stand-up comedy. He is a fan of the New York Knicks, New York Yankees and the New York Jets.
In 2019, Smoove played for the "Home" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The roster was made up of celebrities with Carolina roots.
|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|
|2015||Hell and Back||Sal the Demon||Voice|
|2016||Barbershop: The Next Cut||One-Stop|
|2017||The Polka King||Ron Edwards|
|2019||Spider-Man: Far From Home||Julius Dell|
|2019||The Jesus Rolls||The Mechanic|
|2021||On the Count of Three||Lyndell|
|2021||Spider-Man: No Way Home||Julius Dell||Post-production|
|1995||Def Comedy Jam||Himself||Also writer|
|1998||Law & Order||Levon||Episode: "Bait"|
|2002–2003||Cedric the Entertainer Presents||Various||Main role|
|2003||Ed||Alvin||Episode: "Second Chances"|
|2003–2005||Saturday Night Live||Various||Also writer|
|2004–2013||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Himself||Recurring role|
|2005||Ego Trip's Race-O-Rama||Documentary|
|2007–2008||Everybody Hates Chris||Manny||Recurring role|
|2007–2011||Comics Unleashed||Himself||3 episodes|
|2007–present||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Leon Black||Recurring role (seasons 6–8)|
Main (since season 9)
|2008||Carpoolers||Parking Attendant||Episode: "Wheel of Fortune"|
|2008||The Gong Show with Dave Attell||Himself||4 episodes|
|2008||Talkshow with Spike Feresten||Episode: "J. B. Smoove"|
|2008–2010||'Til Death||Kenny Westchester||Main role|
|2008–2013||The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Himself||Recurring role|
|2009||The Wanda Sykes Show||1 episode|
|2009||Castle||Norman Jessup||Episode: "Love Me Dead"|
|2009–2021||American Dad!||Airport Security Guard, Radio Station Security Guard, Guy #1, Tracey Bryant (voices)||6 episodes|
|2010||America's Next Top Model||Himself||Episode: "America's Next Top Vampire"|
|2010||Glenn Martin DDS||Curtis, Uncle Dexter (voices)||Episode: "Step Brother"|
|2010||The Bonnie Hunt Show||Himself||1 episode|
|2010||Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||1 episode|
|2010||Lopez Tonight||1 episode|
|2011||The Marriage Ref||Episode: "Rachael Ray, Larry Miller, J. B. Smoove"|
|2011||The Simpsons||DJ Kwanzaa (voice)||Episode: "Angry Dad: The Movie"|
|2011||In the Flow with Affion Crockett||iDaddy||Episode: "Put the Kids to Bed"|
|2011–2013||Funny as Hell||N/A||Writer|
|2012||JB Smoove: That's How I Dooz It||Documentary|
|2012–2014||Last Call with Carson Daly||2 episodes|
|2012||Watch What Happens: Live||Episode: "J. B. Smoove and Shannon Elizabeth"|
|2012||Black Dynamite||That Frog Kurtis, That Bastard Kurtis (voices)||2 episodes|
|2012||Louie||Gravedigger #2||Episode: "Barney/Never"|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Bosco "B.A." Baracus, Satan (voices)||Episode: "Crushed by a Steamroller on My 53rd Birthday"|
|2012||The League||DeRon||Episode: "The Vapora Sport"|
|2012–2013||The Burn with Jeff Ross||Himself||2 episodes|
|2012–2015||The Wendy Williams Show||4 episodes|
|2013||Four Courses with JB Smoove||Himself (host)|
|2013||Kroll Show||Basketball Player||Episode: "Dine & Dash"|
|2013||Chicago Fire||Sergeant Pruit||Episode: "Let Her Go"|
|2013||The Arsenio Hall Show||Himself||2 episodes|
|2013||The Talk||Episode: "The Cast of "The Millers"/Sunny Anderson"|
|2013||Katie||Episode: "Exclusives with Real Husbands of Hollywood/Nelly Performs"|
|2013–2015||The Millers||Ray||Main role|
|2013–2016||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Himself||Main role|
|2014||Chicago P.D.||Sergeant Pruit||Episode: "Stepping Stone"|
|2014||Last Comic Standing||Himself (host)||Main role|
|2014–2016||Talking Dead||Himself||2 episodes|
|2014–2017||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Anton Zeck / Bebop (voice)||Main role|
|2015||The Soul Man||Terrell||Episode: "Oh Snow You Didn't"|
|2015–2016||Fresh Off the Boat||Barry||2 episodes|
|2016||Epic Rap Battles of History||Frederick Douglass||Episode: "Frederick Douglass vs Thomas Jefferson"|
|2016||Match Game||Himself||2 episodes|
|2016–2017||Life in Pieces||Darryl||2 episodes|
|2016||Chopped Junior||Himself||Episode: "Dinner Is Served"|
|2018||Desus & Mero||1 episode|
|2018||New Girl||Van Bishop||Episode: "Godparents"|
|2018–2019||3Below: Tales of Arcadia||Phil (voice)||10 episodes|
|2019||Hell's Kitchen||Himself||Episode: "The Grand Finale"|
|2019||The Masked Singer||Episode: "All Together Now"|
|2019–present||Harley Quinn||Frank the Plant (voice)|
|2020||The Last O.G.||Carl||4 episodes|
|2020||Mapleworth Murders||Chief Billy Bills||12 episodes |
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
|2021||Crank Yankers||Philip Johnson (voice)||Episode: "Chelsea Peretti, Heidi Gardner & J.B. Smoove"|
|2013||Grand Theft Auto V||Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris|
|2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Portal Power||Bebop|
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- Leon Black; JB Smoove; Iris Bahr (10 October 2017). The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1-5011-8072-9.
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