Comedian Aries Spears is probably best known for his eight-season run on the now-defunct “MADtv,” Fox’s edgy answer to “Saturday Night Live.” During the time, he played seemingly every black person alive, often parodying rappers like Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg.
Since the show ended in 2005, Spears has been busy, doing movies and standup. His DVD “Hollywood, Look I’m Smiling” is out now.
Here’s more info on the talented funnyman.
BORN: Aries Spears in Chicago, Illinois.
CUB OR CLUB?: Spears looks youthful, but he turns 35 next week. Happy Birthday, Aries!
EDUCATION: Spears was kicked out of North Brunswick Township High School at age 17, solidifying his choice of a career in comedy. He started doing comedy on his own and made his first TV appearance on “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam.”
NAME CHECK: Yes, Spears was in fact, born under the sign of Aries.
CAUSE CELEB: Spears is involved in several worthy causes, including charities that benefit abused women.
FUN FACT: He was the voice of Wizard Kelly on the Disney Channel’s animated series “The Proud Family.” Kelly was rumored to be a parodied version of Earvin “Magic” Johnson (Kelly is the maiden name of Johnson’s wife, Cookie Johnson.)
MOST REVEALING QUOTE: “I’ve got to get my LL on, because apparently you can’t make it in Hollywood unless you’re sexy,” Spears told Humormillmag.com last year. “So I gotta lose some weight, and once I get that in pocket, hopefully everything else will fall into place. I’ve been called more fat bastards and thick names on You Tube than you could ever imagine.”
THE REVIEWS ARE IN: “Hollywood, Look I’m Smiling” is Spears’ laugh-out-loud and insightful comedy concert. Filmed in front of a live audience at the Best Buy Theater in New York, “Hollywood, Look I’m Smiling” is in your face, ironical and smart …but most of all its hilariously funny.” – Amazon.com. Click here to buy it.