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Aug. 16: Shut Up and Laugh with Bruce Bruce, Hannibal Buress, and Deray Davis

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Bruce Bruce, one of the nation’s favorite standup comics, started working right out of high school as a barbecue chef serving up laughs. Graduating to sales at Frito-Lay, Bruce did everything from shelf placement to performing his comedy sets during corporate meetings, He was discovered at Comedy Act Theater in Atlanta and appeared in BET’s Coast to Coast show three times,. His career took off after his first appearance on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Showtime at the Apollo.

Bruce has appeapred in music videos with Ludacris and the Ying Yang Twins. He can be seen in reruns in both Comedy Central Presents and BET’s Comic View.

DeRay Davis, described as a born hustler from Chicago’s South Side, began his career in comedy clubs and was discovered at Atlanta’s Laffapalooza Festival. After moving to Los Angeles, Davis won Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots competition and was a standout on the Cedric the Entertainer Tour and at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.

His film credits include: Jumping the Broom, Semi-Pro, Old Dogs, Life as We Know It, License to Wed, School of Scoundrels, Scary Movie 4, Barbershop 1 & 3 and Johnson Family Vacation. 

Hannibal Buress, standup comic, actor and television writer, is listed on Variety’s “Ten Comics to Watch in 2010” and has been featured on Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show special and co-stars onThe Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim. His first album, My Name is Hannibal, was released in 2010; his second, Animal Furnace, was aired as a Comedy Central special.

Buress had a one-year stint as a writer on Saturday Night Live and began writing in 2010 for the fifth season of NBC’s 30 Rock.

Tickets are: $29.50, $42.50, $49.50 and $65. Order now from the Mahaffey Theater.

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