Jerry Angelo Brooks (born December 16, 1965), widely known as JB Smoove, is an American actor, writer, comedian, and voice actor. He began his career on Def Comedy Jam in 1995, and is known for his recurring role as Leon on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Smoove joined the Season 2 cast of the Fox sitcom ‘Til Death in 2008, and was promoted to the main cast for Season 3. He also starred on the CBS sitcom The Millers from 2013–2015. He currently portrays a fictionalized version of himself on the BET improv-comedy reality television parody Real Husbands of Hollywood.
Smoove was born in Plymouth, North Carolina, to parents Floyd Brooks and Elizabeth Brooks. From the time he was three years old he grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He spent a lot of his time with extended family from his mother’s side in the Plymouth area, from where he said he got a lot of his comedy. In Mount Vernon, he grew up in the Levister Towers housing projects with his two younger brothers. Smoove’s father died from diabetes when he was 15 years old.