Bill Bellamy headlines the Improv. Best known as the host of NBC's Last Comic Standing, Bellamy first caught the attention of comedy fans on Def Comedy Jam, where he is credited with coining the phrase "booty call." He got his start on MTV Jams, and has starred in numerous movies and TV shows, including Any Given Sunday, How to Be a Player and opposite Vivica A. Fox in Getting Played. He's also been on The Tonight Show, Late Night With Conan O'Brien and multiple HBO and Showtime specials.
Staying busy is not a problem for Bill Bellamy, whose flourishing career encompasses the worlds of feature film, television, comedy and more. His career is on the rise, yet his feet remain firmly planted on the ground.
Over the last decade Bellamy has been a staple in the world of comedy, performing hundreds of shows to sold-out audiences across the country. For several seasons, Bill has brought his humor and comedic expertise to his role as host of the hit TV One network series, Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes?
In addition, Bellamy hosted NBC’s comedy competition series_ Last Comic Standing _for two seasons and headlined the 2006 season of _Def Comedy Jam _on HBO. In 2005, he released his debut comedy DVD Bill Bellamy: Back To My Roots from UrbanWorks Entertainment’s prestigious Platinum Comedy Series. The DVD showcases Bill’s unique brand of “in your face” comedy with his hilarious perspective on dating, politics and the overall state of America. The DVD aired as a one-hour special on Comedy Central.
In the 2002-2003 television season, Bill starred in the FOX series Fastlane from director McG. The one-hour drama follows two cops, Bellamy as Deaqon Hayes and Peter Facinelli as Van Ray, as they go undercover to take down the highest – and lowest – criminals in Los Angeles. In 2001, he starred in the WB sitcom Men, Women & Dogs as one of four twenty-something male friends whose lives center around their girlfriends, their careers and their dogs, but not necessarily in that order. In 2008, Bellamy starred in the TBS original movie Getting Played opposite Vivica A. Fox, Carmen Electra and Stacey Dash. The romantic comedy revolves around three beautiful women who make a game of trying to seduce a random male target played by Bellamy.
Bellamy made his feature film debut in the spring of 1997, opposite Nia Long and Larenz Tate in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy Love Jones for New Line Cinema. He successfully followed that with his leading man debut in the hit comedy, Def Jam’s How To Be A Player for Gramercy Pictures and starred in the independent feature_ Love Stinks_ opposite French Stewart, Bridgette Wilson and Tyra Banks.
Bellamy’s other film credits include co-starring in Oliver Stone’s highly lauded film Any Given Sunday, a graphic depiction of the behind-the-scenes politics and antics of an NFL team. Bellamy portrayed superstar wide receiver Jimmy Sanderson in an ensemble cast that included Al Pacino, James Woods, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx and Dennis Quaid. In 2001, he co-starred in the Screen Gems comedy hit _The Brothers opposite D.L. Hughley, Shemar Moore and Morris Chestnut. The film followed three black professionals as they faced the imminent marriage of a longtime friend and reformed playboy. He also co-starred in the independent film Neverwas _opposite Jessica Lange, William Hurt, Aaron Eckhart, Ian McKellen and Brittany Murphy.
Bellamy also starred as Skeeter in Nickelodeon’s hit action-comedy series Cousin Skeeter. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his outstanding performance on the show.
For five years Bill had the unique opportunity to host_ MTV Jams _where he was able to cleverly blend an eclectic mix of street culture, locker room observations and a myriad of experiences placing Bill well ahead of the new generation of funny men. It was the combination of Bill’s professionalism, style and charismatic personality which scored him top interviews with some of the hottest talent in town.
Bill’s universal appeal has landed him duties as a national celebrity spokesperson for both AT&T and Pepsi and, in 1998, he appeared opposite Shaquille O’Neal in a national Reebok television commercial campaign. His numerous television appearances include The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Regis & Kelly, Today, Entertainment Tonight, Chelsea Lately, Carson Daly, Wendy Williams and_ Joy Behar._
The eldest of three children, Bill used his real life experiences growing up in Newark, New Jersey as stepping-stones to his comedy, stating “The things I talk about in my comedy are my experiences. I just do what I know.” Bellamy entered comedy as a lark. While at Rutgers University, he entered a male beauty pageant and won after he showcased a hidden talent – comedy. After winning numerous amateur competitions, Bellamy moved on to work his act in some of the top comedy clubs across the country. He made his national television debut as a featured guest on_ Showtime at the Apollo. _
His success with the “toughest audience in the world” caught the attention of comedy producers Bernie Brillstein and Russell Simmons. The two immediately signed him on as a guest star of HBO’s_ Def Comedy Jam_. Soon after, Bellamy starred in his own Showtime comedy special_ Booty Call, _which became one of the network’s top-rated specials. The rest, as they say, is history.
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