Beth Payne

Posted: June 12th, 2009 By: | No Comments »

Beth Payne

Beth Payne, a small town Midwestern native, is rapidly becoming known as the talent with many voices. Beth studied at University Of Denver where she was a speech and debate champion. She also went to the University of Saga in Saga Japan.

Beth Payne is no stranger to charity events she has worked with the Smokey Robinson Foundation. Devoted to the betterment of youth, Beth has also worked in the public school system implementing programs for children that focus on building their self-esteem (Washington Middle School, KIPP& LEAD). Additionally, she has been a mentor for children in foster care programs (HERSHE FOUNDATION+ Los Angeles County Foster Care Program). Beth has been the keynote speaker for churches, seminars, battered women shelters, health symposiums, schools and college campuses across the country.

One of the main drives of Beth is to utilize her gifts to bless others. As a child, Beth spent her holidays , and many weekends hanging out with one of her best friends in the world–her “Granny”–where, she says “all of the comedy began.” Beth would watch, listen, and learn how to make a joke out of the most traumatic and stressful situations from her “Grandmother Beth,” whom she was named after.

In 1997 Granny was diagnosed with colon cancer. Beth moved in with her Grandparents and turned their home into a healing center. She gave her mother, aunts, uncle, and the nurses instructions on what they needed to do for her Granny (regardless if they wanted to hear it or not). Granny had to have surgery and they removed a 1/4 of her colon. The doctors were concerned that she would not be able to keep food in her system, because if she couldn’t she’d have to go into a nursing home. Beth was not having it. She turned her family into a healing community and made drinks, meals, and an exercise program for her Granny. They called her Nurse Rachett, but within 6 months of her treatments, Granny’s doctors were amazed at the miraculous healing. Over 10 years later, Granny is still cracking jokes, talking about everybody, and living independently. At the of ripe tender age 88, she is cancer free!

So, it is Beth’s goal to share those blessings with others who may not have her, but can benefit from the education of her life experience. Beth Payne is an actress, comic, and your Healthy Life Style Guru. Beth is here to help you Discover ways to Get Your Life Right to Live Healthy from the Inside Out! She is a writer for the Health Section of www.thepowerplayermag.com as well.

Beth was one of the new faces you grew to love during the first season of BET’s new gospel reality competition of Sunday Best. The backstage correspondent, she provided one-on-one interviews with contestants, capturing their many emotions before and after they hit the stage. Tapped to be “The Behind-The-Scenes Queen,” Beth gave viewers the action report of what takes place before the curtains rise—all while providing encouragement to the Sunday best hopefuls.

Beth Payne is a multilingual [Spanish, French and Japanese], multi-talented actress/comedienne who is no stranger to the world of entertainment. She provides the voices for 6 different characters on the popular PBS #1 animated series, Maya and Miguel; 5 different voices to the highly anticipated Youngins series, and 3 different voices for the The Friday After Next animation series as well. Beth was a cast member of S.O.B., a reality series on BET.

Beth Payne has:

  • Toured with Charlie Murphy in Improv Comedy Clubs Acoss the Country as well as a Scandinavian Comedy Tour, hitting Finland, Denmark,& Sweden.
  • Performed as the headlining comic for the Praise Party the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles.
  • Opened for Michael Bolton in the Turks and Caicos.
  • Worked with the Fly Jock Tom Joyner as on Air Radio Personality, as well as opened for Baby Face on the Fantastic Voyage Cruise.
  • Performed in major comedy houses across the country and has the privilege to grace the stages with Mark Curry, Tommy Davidson, Damon Wayans, David Allen Grier, Rodney Dangerfield, Maz Jabroni, Dane Cook, Kat Williams, Loni Love, Chris Spencer, Chelsea Handler, Jonathan Slocumb, Tiffany Haddish, The View’s Sherry Shepard and the list goes on.
  • Also appeared on episodes of My Wife and Kids, Jamie Foxx Show and Comic View.

A trailblazer, Beth Payne, transcends generations, social, and ethnic barriers. “I am a visionary who projects positive energy to change the way people examine themselves and each other. My dream is to give a sense of hope and create a spirit of strength that will encourage those who need encouragement. I want to show people you can mess up, but you don’t have to repeat the same mistakes. I want to refresh minds, heal wounds, and inspire people to dream…….And follow those Dreams…. Through a Simple Smile.” “Good Character is worth more than any material gain! Think First Then Do the Right Thing!” Beth Payne If youd like to see her work check out www.bethpayne.com.

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Ty Barnett

Posted: March 1st, 2007 By: | No Comments »

Ty Barnett

Ty realized for the first time that being black was going to be an issue when the doctor slapped him…twice… and made him cut his own umbilical cord!

With his ability to put a funny and unique spin on topics such as race: ” We should switch stereotypes…every 30 days”, religion: “my grandma is the only person I know with a tattoo of the Last Supper” and politics: ” I’m glad gas prices are high… drive-by shootings have decreased!!” Ty demonstrates that comedy can be funny and yet thought provoking.

He has been performing since his high school days on Chicago’s south side. His ability to make people of all cultures laugh was necessary in a school full of diversity.

He began touring California, Oregon, and Canada, gaining respect and a reputation as “someone to watch”; “a tremendous performer”; “refreshing”. He was voted Up-and-Coming Comedian of the Year in 2002 at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and named “outstanding performer” at Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” festival, where he first got the attention of the Hollywood Industry.

Today, after numerous appearances on TV commercials and live shows such as ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, he is a regular on CBS Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Ty has been performing with some of the best talents in the entertainment industry such as Al Green, Chris Rock, Robert Schimmel.

The media particularly acclaimed his performance at the Universal Amphitheater where Ty opened up the show for Donna Summer in front an audience of 6000 people.

Ty’s comedy has been very well received also by college audiences and he is now one of the most requested comedians in colleges across the country. Phil Iaezetta defines him “Fucking hilarious” and he is now one of the most requested comedians on Sirius Radio. He has been featured in the Hollywood Reporter as well as Maxim Magazine to name a few.

Ty’s comedy is hysterically funny, smart, and edgy. With his unique charm and hypnotic presence Ty delivers in every show laughs with a message. And this is what makes him a rarity among today’s comedians: he makes audiences think. Beside his undeniable likeability audiences love Ty because he has something to say.

He is the voice of this generation yet he reminds audiences of the classic art of performing. He is a true comedian much like his predecessors: Pryor, Cosby, Carlin, Bruce, Ajaye, Hicks.

Watch and listen to him and you will find out why laughter is universal.

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Tony Rock

Posted: February 1st, 2007 By: | No Comments »

Tony Rock

Born in the same Brooklyn New York Hospital where most of his seven brothers and one sister found their way into the world, Tony Rock was born laughing. Being the fourth child, of Rose and Julius Rock, Tony had a natural knack for entertaining. He had to stay alive. Decatur Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, where he grew up, was one of the toughest that New York had to offer. It also provided a host rich characters on which to draw.

“On a daily basis I’d see a dozen characters (and I emphasize the word characters). One moment, I’d be fighting for my life. The next minute I’d be laughing hysterically. There’s a lot of drama in the city and I took it all in.”

Tony has been performing for the last five years. After just six months in the business, his first booking on the road lead him to Amsterdam . “Of course,” Tony says, “they didn’t speak a lot of English. But I find people laugh the same all around the world.”

Upon returning to New York , Tony gained a reputation as a young star in the making. The Hollywood Reporter in 2001 picked him as one of the hot young talents to come out of New York . People Magazine featured Tony in their July 7, 2003 Issue. Since February 2000, he’s become bi-coastal. When in New York , he’s a regular at the famous Comic Strip, Caroline’s, and when in Los Angeles , he’s a regular at the Comedy Store, Improv and Ice House and he headlines at the Laugh Factory.

In April 2001, he co-starred in an ABC/Disney Pilot, “Me and my Needs.” In July 2001, he hosted an MTV pilot, “It’s Your Show.” In 2002, Tony hosted Comedy Central’s successful “Battle Botts”, in 2003, Tony hosted Oxygen’s “Can You Tell.” In April 2003, Tony landed the role of Dirk Black on UPN’s “All Of Us.” The series, which was picked up in the Fall of 2003, is one of UPN’s hottest new shows.

Besides touring the country, a highlight for Tony was when he came home to New York to headline with Mark Curry and John Henton at Harlem ’s world famous Apollo Theater. “My appearance at the Apollo meant so much to me. To think that I was on the stage where so many of the finest entertainers in America have gone before was a thrill. I was proud to be a part of this great tradition.

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