James Anthony Brown (born in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American comedian, actor and radio personality. He received the Peabody Award and the NAACP Image Award.
Brown started his career in Atlanta, Georgia, after relocating there from his home in South Carolina almost thirty years ago. A tailor by trade, Brown aspired to be a clothing designer before putting together a comedy routine after entering a local ‘gong show’ contest in a local nightclub, Mr. V’s Figure Eight. Invited back to host on a regular basis, Brown became a fixture, performing there for the next two years.
He left Atlanta for Los Angeles, California, in 1989 to pursue work in television, quickly finding a job as a staff writer for the nationally syndicated, late-night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show. After five years, Brown found other writing assignments for such sitcoms as The Parenthood and Me and the Boys.
He has performed on Vibe, Def Comedy Jam, It’s Showtime at the Apollo, An Evening at the Improv and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and had recurring roles on Moesha, Living Single and The Parenthood, as well as guest spots on The Parkers and Sparks. His motion picture work includes roles in Def Jam’s How to Be a Player, Pay the Price, Drumline and Mr. 3000. He has also warmed up audiences at the tapings of Martin, Sister, Sister, Roc and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.