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‘Festival of Laughs’ Tour Headed to Raleigh

Festival of Laughs

Enjoy not one, not two but four talented comedians at the “Festival of Laughs” at the PNC Arena. You’ll get a chance to see the hilarious comedy of Mike Epps, Bruce Bruce, Rickey Smiley and Tony Rock  as they bring the funny for one fantastic night of entertainment. It all goes down Friday, March 24 for one show only at 8:00 p.m. Here’s a quick look at who you’ll be able to catch at the “Festival of Laughs” tour at the PNC Arena.

Mike Epps

Mike Epps is probably best known for his portrayal of Day-Day Jones in “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next.” The comedian also appeared in films like “The Hangover” and the “Resident Evil” films as L.J. Epps began his career in comedy with the Def Comedy Jam tour and he was the star of two HBO Def Comedy Jam specials. Most recently, it was announced that he’d be taking on the coveted role of Richard Pryor in his upcoming biopic film along with Oprah Winfrey.

Bruce Bruce

Bruce Bruce may not be quite as well known as the other comedians on the program, but he’s certainly just as funny and is sure to be one of your new favorite comics. He was the host of BET’s “ComicView,” and he’s had several specials and television appearances, including a recent appearance on the new “Maron” show. The comedian was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where he grew up in The Bluff, which is known as one of the roughest ghettos in Atlanta, and his background plays a strong role in his topical comedy.

Rickey Smiley

Comedy legend and entertainment mogul, Rickey Smiley brings his impeccable timing to several successful media platforms and has the distinct ability to take everyday observations and turn them into comedic gold. As a beloved comedian, television host, actor and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality; Smiley has become one of the entertainment industry’s most celebrated performers. Through his brilliantly crafted career of bringing humor to the masses, Smiley is one of the few “clean” comics amongst the top tier of contemporary great comedians and has amassed a deeply loyal fan base of enthusiasts who gravitate to his quick-witted delivery and captivating energy. Life off-stage, Rickey is dedicated to empowering and enriching the communities in which he serves daily. This performer also is an esteemed and honored member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and cherishes parenting as a devoted father.

Tony Rock

Comedian-writer-actor-producer Tony Rock is back on Primetime as the host of TVOne’s new outrageous game show “The Game of Dating,” that premiered January 2017. Coming off an extraordinarily busy year hosting shows like “All Def Movie Awards” on Fusion, “All Def Comedy” on HBO, weekly series shows like “The Warm Up” on NBATV and “Mann and Wife” on Bounce, this favorite comics, favorite comic has been busy gearing up for another eventful year. Starring in films such as “Couples Night” slated for a release later this year, and back to back tour dates, Tony Rock continues to exceed all expectations, causing laughter everywhere he goes.

Tickets for the “Festival of Laughs” tour range from $52 to $125 each and are available online now. Grab them early and plan ahead for a great night of comedy featuring four truly talented performers.


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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