Lil Duval

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Lil Duval
Born
Roland Powell

(1977-06-12) June 12, 1977 (age 41)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • rapper
  • singer
  • writer
Years active2001–present
Comedy career
Medium
Musical career
GenresHip hop
LabelsRich Broke Entertainment, EMPIRE
Associated actsTrae tha Truth

Roland Powell (born June 12, 1977), better known by his stage name Lil Duval, is an American stand-up comedian and recording artist. In 2005, he was a finalist on BET's comedy competition series Coming to the Stage. Powell is a series regular to the MTV2 shows Guy Code and Hip Hop Squares. From 2013 to 2014 he hosted the video show Ain't That America on MTV2.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Roland Powell was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He adopted the stage name "Lil Duval" to pay homage to his birthplace, Duval County, Florida. After graduating from First Coast High School, Powell relocated to Atlanta, Georgia.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

After moving to Atlanta, Powell started working in the comedic circles, performing stand-up at the Atlanta staple, Uptown Comedy Corner, which led him to become a regular performer.[citation needed]

After performing at the Oakland Bay Area Competition in 2001, Powell was approached by Cedric the Entertainer's road manager and was invited to perform on the Budweiser tour featuring Cedric and four additional comedians. Powell was then invited by Cedric to perform on his television special Cedric the Entertainer: Starting Lineup.

In 2003, he released the underground comedy DVD Dat Boy Funny, which also featured several upcoming comedians featuring colorful sketch pieces and parodies mocking events in pop culture. The following year, Powell became a regular featured performer on three seasons of BET's ComicView. Powell released his second DVD Put Your Hands on Me in 2005. That same year he appeared in Three 6 Mafia's independent film, Choices II: The Setup, as well as being featured on various skits of the film's soundtrack.

Duval starred as "Bam-Bam" in the comedy-drama film, School Dance.

Duval uses the catchphrase "Wat Dat Mouf Do".[citation needed] He released his first solo single and music video on April 1, 2014 entitled "Wat Dat Mouf Do?" featuring Trae tha Truth. In 2018 Duval released "Smile (Living My Best Life)" featuring Snoop Dogg and Ball Greezy, and the single peaked at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Music video appearances[edit]

In addition to stand-up comedy, Powell also writes for Ozone magazine. He has also appeared in several music videos including:

"Shoulder lean" by Young Dro

Stand up performances[edit]

  • BET ComicView (2005 and 2013)
  • All Star Comedy Jam - Live from Orlando (2012)
  • Cedric the Entertainer: Starting Lineup (2002)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hiphopcleveland.com/2985542/comedian-lil-duval-lands-mtv-show-talks-influences/
  2. ^ Lerman, Ali (July 26, 2013). "'Ain't That America With Lil Duval' is Straight Up Bussin!", OC Weekly.
  3. ^ Tom Szaroleta, "Jacksonville's own Lil Duval making his mark on MTV2", The Florida Times-Union, August 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "Lil Duval Jokes About Murdering Transgender Women, Leads To 'The Breakfast Club' Boycott". Essence.

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