A popular comedian turned actor who started his
career on-stage as a dare, funnyman Eddie Griffin has built an
ever-growing fan base since jumping onto the comedy scene in 1990.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Eddie was voted class clown three
years in a row in high school. His first love was always dance and by
the young age of 16, he opened his own dance studio and was
choreographing the Kansas City Chiefs half-time shows. But all of that
would soon change when one night his cousin dared him to go on stage at
the local comedy club Sanford and Sons where he was told to do 3
minutes. He performed off-the-cuff for 45 minutes successfully. It was
then that Griffin purchased a one-way ticket to Los Angeles to pursue
his dream of becoming a stand up.
In only one short month, he
was a regular at the renowned Comedy Store, where he was compared with
esteemed talents such as Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and Lenny Bruce.
After only 2 short months, Griffin was chosen to open for Andrew Dice
Clay at Madison Square Garden that kicked off a 22-city tour.
These many successful performances led to Eddie Griffin's appearance on
Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam"1992", the Cable Ace Award-nominated
HBO special One Night Stand "1992", HBO Comedy Half Hour Special "1995",
the HBO special Voodoo Child "1997" and onstage at the legendary Apollo
Theater. He also recorded the successful comedy albums Message In The
Hat "1993" and The Message "1999" featuring comedic and musical
performances by him as well as Master P, Sikk the Shocker, and Fiend.
Griffin began branching out into acting.
Roles in such films as The Last Boy Scout "1991", Coneheads "1993",
and Jason's Lyric "1994" soon led to his own hit comedy series Malcolm
and Eddie "1996-2000", for which role he was nominated (1996) and won
(2000) the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In
addition to lending his acting experience to this sitcom, he also wrote
and directed four episodes, one of which starred his mentor and Richard
After, he was offered a lead role in Double Take
"2001" alongside Orlando Jones. Griffin then starred alongside Denzel
Washington in John Q "2002", earning him respect as a dramatic actor.
Shortly thereafter, his leading-man status lead to his role as Anton
Jackson in Undercover Brother "2002". Mr. Griffin's extensive film
resume includes films such as and Armageddon "1998", and the worldwide
successful comedy franchise Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo "1999" and Deuce
Bigalow: European Gigolo "2005", as well as Date Movie "2006", Scary
Movie 3"2003", My Baby's Daddy " 2004" "which he starred, wrote and
Executive Produced for Miramax.
Eddie also contributed and performed on Dr. Dre's Multi-Platinum selling albums The Chronic "1992" and Chronic 2001 "2001".
Eddie Griffin is widely known for his award winning Comedy Stand-up
Special Dysfunktional Family "2003" which he starred, wrote, Executive
Produced and performed on the film's soundtrack with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre
Eddie most recently starred alongside Eddie
Murphy in the hit feature Norbit "2007" and starred, wrote and Executive
Produced his next comedy special Freedom Of Speech "2007". Later that
year he contributed to and performed on T-Pain's worldwide successful
album Circus "2008" and starred in Disney's Beethoven's Big Break
Eddie's most recent comedy special YOU CAN TELL 'EM I SAID IT premiered on Comedy Central on February 19, 2011.
Eddie currently performs in Las Vegas weekly at The Rio Suites Hotel & Casino.
Comedy Central honored him as the Top 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time.
Eddie Griffin has conquered not only the stage, but the silver screen as well.
Eddie has appeared in 47 films and numerous television shows.
In addition to his Comedic talent, Griffin is also a gifted Actor, Dancer, Choreographer and Singer.
Eddie Griffin is a highly accomplished individual who has contributed
significantly to the arts and the entertainment industry and is a star
and gifted entertainer in the entertainment world