The New Year’s Eve Black Comedy Explosion at the Paramount Theater Dec. 31 will feature the sounds of DJ Flash of the world famous Rick and Russ Show between some of the funniest entertainers in the world, including Tommy Davidson, Deon Cole, Speedy and George Wallace.
During a recent phone interview with George Wallace on location in Anchorage, Alaska, you could hear the smile in his voice as talked about his secret to longevity in the business.
“I’ve been blessed to be happy and live an honest life following the Golden Rule,” he said.
For Wallace, there’s no shortage of comedic material. “There’s new material every day especially with the elections,” he said. “Also, having a great Black man running the White House and his beautiful first lady is rapping to keep youth engaged, so I’m never at a loss for material,” he said.
In 2014, Wallace wrapped up a 10-year run in Las Vegas. “It was the longest running African American-owned show in the history of Vegas,” he said. “I owned the show, employed 26 people, and my stint ran longer than Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross and others.”
Wallace credits his success as a comedian to his experience in the advertising industry. “I learned the art of strategic marketing and promoting,” he said. Born in Ohio, he knew he wanted to be a comedian since the age of six, but chose a collegiate path, earning degrees in transportation and advertising from the University of Akron.
When one of Wallace’s adverting clients opened up a comedy club, he performed and was recognized for his natural comedic ability. He also worked behind the scenes as a writer for the Redd Foxx Show and became a regular performer at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, which also featured Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield and Robin Williams.
Based in Los Angeles, Wallace attends Bishop Charles Blake’s, West Angeles Church of God in Christ and wrote his first book last year. Encouraged by his friend Evangelist Joel Osteen, Wallace wrote “Laff It Off.” “Joel always encouraged me to share my many stories, and Seinfeld read my book ,and now he reads the Bible,” he said.
Highlights of Wallace’s life include writing for Redd Foxx, appearing on all major talk shows and travelling the world. “Being employed by the Pentagon and performing for our troops globally has been great,” he said.
Wallace currently appears on the Disney TV series “K.C. Undercover,” with Zendaya and Kadeem Hardison. “I’ve enjoyed many facets of entertainment, but my gift is adding humor to the world – laughter is healing and the best medicine in the world. Get an overdose of laughter, and share it with your children. If you laugh more than four hours, call your doctor.”
For tickets to the Black Comedy Explosion visit the Paramount Theater box office or any Ticketmaster outlet.