DeRay Davis’ Funny and Famous Chi Town Comedy Countdown
Featuring DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson, Jess Hilarious, Nate Jackson, Kelly KDubb and Lil Jon*.
DeRay Davis is back with his 8th Annual New Year's Eve Comedy Countdown. This year's lineup stars DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson, Nate Jackson, along with Jess Hilarious, Kelly KDubb and special surprise guests.
*Lil Jon is only performing on December 30.
Support acts subject to change without notice. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges.
About DeRay Davis
DeRay has transformed his rough upbringing, streetwise mentality and status as a working actor into a live tour that stays fresh and ever-changing according to whatever is happening in his daily life. DeRay’s hilarious hour special HOW TO ACT BLACK was released on Netflix in November 2017. He hosted for the second season of VH1’s HIP HOP SQUARES, executive-produced by Ice Cube. He had a recurring role in the FX Hit Snowfall and is currently featured on this season of The Chi!
About Michael Blackson
He has been called one of the most original stand-up comics in the country and his performances leave audiences laughing in tears. Michael Blackson aka ‘The African King of Comedy' has been entertaining audiences all across the country and around the globe for more than a decade.
Blackson’s comedic appeal grew from his involvement with BET’s ComicView series HBO’s Def Comedy Jam , Showtime at Harlem and Live in Hollywood. However it was in a Los Angeles comedy club where Blackson got his big break. Blackson was performing at the Comedy Store where actor/director Ice Cube was in attendance to see comedian Mike Epps perform. But after experiencing Blackson’s performance Ice Cube invited the young comic for a reading…and the rest is smash hit history! Blackson’s outstanding and unforgettable performance in the smash hit comedy Next Friday drew praise and a fan following like no other.
Along with his film and television endeavors, Blackson continues to entertain his fans as the headliner for live shows at comedy clubs, universities and special events bringing his one-of-a-kind must-see stand-up performance to audiences all across the country and around the world.
There’s no mistaking Blackson for any other comedian when he takes the stage.
About Jess Hilarious
Prepare for laughter galore with Jess Hilarious, the comedian with a gift for hilarious one-liners and an irresistible sense of humor. You've seen her on hit shows like "Rel," "Wild 'N Out," BET, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, and HBO's All Def Comedy, where she left a lasting impression with her unique comedic style. Jess's versatility as a comedian and actress is evident in her various projects listed on IMDb. Beyond her TV appearances, she also delights her fans with a multitude of original series produced on her YouTube channel. Jess keeps it real, infusing her comedy with relatable stories from her Baltimore upbringing. With over 5.5 million followers on Instagram, Jess invites her fans to join her on a hilarious journey. Catch her in action at sold-out shows across the country, where her fascinating stage presence and captivating storytelling leave audiences in stitches.
About Nate Jackson
Nate is currently recurring on the upcoming NBC series THE YOUNG ROCK. He has appeared on Nick Cannon Presents Wild'N Out (MTV), All Def Comedy (HBO), Kevin Hart’s Hart of the City (Comedy Central), Off The Chain (Bounce TV), Comic View (BET), and Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks (TruTV). In 2019 Nate was named to the Time Out LA Top 10 Comedians to Watch List. In 2018 Nate recorded a set for Kevin Hart’s LOL Live in Montreal at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Nate performs all over the country and can also be heard on his podcast “The Nate Jackson radio show” In 2021, Nate opened up his very own comedy club “Super Funny Comedy Club” in Tacoma, WA. It’s only one of four Black-owned comedy clubs in the nation and the biggest in the Pacific Northwest.
About Lil Jon
Jonathan H. Smith, known professionally as Lil Jon, is an American rapper and the former frontman of the rap group Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz. He was instrumental in the emergence of the hip hop subgenre crunk, and is credited with bringing the genre into mainstream success.
Directions & Parking
McCormick Place Parking Lot C provides the most convenient on-site parking access for Arie Crown Theater events.
A limited number of prepaid guaranteed parking spaces are available at the rate of $28 per day by advance order. Parking spaces are guaranteed even if lots fill to capacity.
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