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Highly Anticipated Performances Announced for the 2nd Annual “Why Not?? Comedy Show”
Layups2Standup has released the full comedian lineup and Emmy Award Winning hip-hop artist set to perform at the “Why Not?? Comedy Show” hosted by NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and Comedian Demetrius “Juice’ Deason
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 (Oklahoma City, OK)- The city of Oklahoma is gearing up for the highly anticipated “Why Not??” Comedy Show hosted by NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and comedian Demetrius “Juice” Deason. The two have teamed up to host an evening of laughter and premiere entertainment with your favorite stars of stage.
This years’ event is guaranteed to capture the spotlight with a star -studded red carpet lined with celebrities, VIP’s and the social set of OKC. The talented comedians slated to perform include Ray Grady of Kevin Hart’s “Next Level”, Tacarra Williams; mother, motivational speaker, and hilarious standup comedian who recently performed for Selena Gomez and The Weekend- while on a date, Ron Taylor, who can regularly be seen on BET, and renown comedian and show host, Demetrius “Juice” Deason.
In addition to this impressive lineup, Emmy Award winning hip-hop artist, Jabee Williams will open up the “Why Not??” Comedy Show with a live performance. Jabee, a native to Oklahoma is known as one of the top influences in music and entertainment. His music has gained regional and national attention, and continues to speak positive volumes to his fans.
“Our mission with this event is cultivate an ambiance of laughter, camaraderie, and entertainment for the city. We are offering an all-encompassing experience for everyone including an organization we can give back to” says, Demetrius Deason – CEO of Layups2Standup
Oklahoma’s hottest Deejay, Kendrick Warren aka “YOameriKANdream” will be in the mix keeping the audience moving and entertained throughout the evening.
The “Why Not?? Comedy Show” will be an annual event for the city of Oklahoma, kicking off the Thunder’s NBA season. Each year a charity will be chosen as the beneficiary of event proceeds. This years’ beneficiary, YWCA Oklahoma is an organization that aims to helping and empowering women. Their services range from offering safe places for women who have suffered rape or domestic violence, job training, health and fitness, childcare, and counseling. For more information on YWCA Oklahoma, please visit http://www.ywcaokc.org.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at Ticket Fly or directly through Tower Theatre. For more information log onto http://www.layups2standup.com .
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ABOUT THE COMEDIANS
RAY GRADY is gaining buzz as one of the hottest rising comedic stars to watch. After starting his stand-up career in 2002, he made his first television appearance in 2006 on TV One’s Who’s Got Jokes. Since that appearance he showcased his Alpha Male brand of comedy BET Comic View, and Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment on Starz. Most recently, his half hour comedy special, Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level, aired on Comedy Central. He’s also appeared on Adult Swim’s Black Jesus and landed his first Lead Role in Then There Was Joe, directed by USC Grad, Justin Warren, which is scheduled to debut in 2018.
TACARRA WILLIAMSs a comedian, mother, plus-size model, and Life Skills Coach for inmates in Men’s Central Jail who realized long ago that life is too short to be limited by the pessimism of others. She lives by the mantra, “You don’t have to choose, do it all…just be prepared to work hard”. She’s opened for the likes of Tony Rock, Deray Davis, and Bill Bellamy and has graced every major comedy stage in New York and Hollywood. In 2017 she was selected to be the only female ever to host the 1st Impressions Showcase at Chocolate Sundaes at the World Famous Laugh Factory. Look out for her on TruTV’s upcoming show, Laff Mobb.
RON TAYLOR- Standup comedian Ron Taylor is originally from Detroit MI, now living in Los Angeles. Getting his start in the mid-west Ron has done tons of shows eventually landing him on T.V. shows such as B.E.T’s “Live At The Apollo” and multiple appearances on Fox T.V.’s “Laughs”. Ron is now a regular host at the Hollywood Comedy Store for Crack Em Up Comedy!
DEMETRIUS “JUCIE’ DEASON – founder and CEO of Layups2standup was born and raised in the inner city of Los Angeles, California. Growing up Demetrius spent a lot of his time on the basketball court and was known amongst his teammates as “the kid who could make everyone laugh”. He developed an interest in comedy after his basketball career was cut short due to an injury. With some motivation from peers, Demetrius decided to take his comedic talent to the nect level and did his first stand-up show in 2013. After the success and positive feedback, he received, Demetrius knew that comedy was something he wanted to take serious.
Heavily influenced by some of the most respected comedians in the industry, including Richard Pryor; Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, Demetrius’s comedy is centered around situations and people he encounters in real life. ”The audience enjoys my shows because I talk about things I’ve really been through and they can relate to that.” With his honest and unique style, Demetrius has gained popularity in the Los Angeles comedy scene which led to him founding his company Layups2standup in 2013.
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Advanced Preparatory International has put together an impressive Midnight Madness event with confirmed celebrities, music artist, and professional athletes, set for October 17, 2015
Dallas, TX. – One of the newest editions to the Private School community, Advanced Preparatory International is leading the nation with three of H.S. basketball top players. API will be holding their 1st Annual “API Midnight Madness” event which will showcase more than the hottest high school ballers in the country. Starting with API Boys Basketball Team vs API Staff and celebrity players. Trevon Duval, Terrance Ferguson and Billy Preston will lead the high school squad and allow the Dallas community to see what’s hot in the city.
The API Midnight Madness event also has some of music and sports industry’s biggest names taking part. Starting with global recording artist and TV Star “T.I.”. He and the BankRoll Mafia will entertain the crowd with a full concert and showcasing the music industry’s newest talent. Hometown favorite DORROUGH MUSIC will provide the “Halftime” performance during the Slam Dunk contest; which will be judged by NFL & NBA players. National touring dj “DJ DUFFEY” will wow the crowd by engaging them with her sweet blends of intoxicating mixes and sounds. In addition the evenings game and entertainment, the A.W. Brown Steppers will stomp the hardwood floor to a different rhythmic sound. Gelling all this madness together is none other than 97.9FM The Beat’s own “ROCK T”, who will be the evening’s Master of Ceremony.
Event Sponsor: Isaiah Austin’s “Dream Again Foundation”.
The Isaiah Austin Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support for the awareness and research of Marfan syndrome and those affected by it.
Established in 2014 by Baylor University college basketball star Isaiah Austin, the Foundation will also support related disorders and other charitable causes.
Its mission is to inspire others to DREAM AGAIN
What: API Midnight Madness
Where: Cedar Valley College, 3030 N Dallas Ave, Lancaster, TX.
When: October 17, 2015 | *Doors open at 6pm | Game starts at 7pm
API Vision: www.apiprivateschool.com
To be a world-class educational institution that guides students, both Nationally and Internationally, to their destinies through the areas of academics, athletics, personal character, college and career experiences, while utilizing a sustainable transformation model.
Accreditation and Acceptance:
Advanced Preparatory International is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools. Upon requirement completion, students will receive a diploma and transcript certified and bearing the seal of the National Association of Private Schools. API students join other students who have graduated from NAPS accredited schools to attend colleges and universities including: community, regional, state, and technical schools; military services; church and educational ministries; business ownerships; and the workforce.* API is the process of registering for the ACT/SAT testing programs and NCAA membership. High school graduation requires course completion that is aligned with the Graduation Requirements of the State of Texas.
Advanced Preparatory International is recognized by the State of Texas as an educational institution and as a non-profit organization.
Pop Culture Icon and Lifestyle Specialist Kenny Burns to kick-off “T3” The Travis Thursdays in Dallas
June 11, 2015 – One of Dallas’ affluent nightclubs The Travis will be opening their doors this Thursday June 11th to kick off the innovated series of T3-“The Travis Thursdays”, hosted by renowned lifestyle specialist and Sr. VP of Revolt TV, Kenny Burns.
Kenny Burns known as one of the top influencers in music and entertainment began his road to success by monopolizing the Atlanta party scene. A decade later his drive and his work ethic has allowed him to conquer a multitude of industries including music, fashion, film, and more. Burns authored “The Dream Is Real” and most recently was named Senior VP of Brand Development for Sean Diddy Combs Enterprises. Burns has achieved levels of success one can only dream of.
Alongside Kenny Burns, the new Travis spot will also play host to world renowned DJ Duffey who is currently on tour with rapper Curren$y. The Travis is located at 4515 Travis ST, Dallas, TX 75205.
About REVOLT TV:
REVOLT is the new #1 name in music. Focused on expertly curating the best of the best in music and engaging youth in social conversation, the multi-genre, multi-platform network offers breaking music news, videos, artist interviews, exclusive performances, and original programming. Attracting over 50 million young adults through television, digital properties, social and mobile, REVOLT is accessible 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, any screen. Launched in broadcast on October 2013, REVOLT is available on Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Verizon FiOS, CenturyLink and Suddenlink in 46 of the top 50 U.S. markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, and DC.
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MOOD DFW PRESENTS AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE’S “WELCOME TO DALLAS” STAR STUDDED, RED CARPET EVENT. PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE FOUNDATION
DALLAS, TX March 8, 2015 – After the Mavericks game on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Dallas will join together to welcome professional basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire to the city. The red carpet extravaganza will be lined with celebrities, VIPs and The socialites of Dallas. The event will take place at Sfuzzi’s, located at (2600 Cedar Spring Rd). Doors will open at 9pm.
Acquired by the Mavericks on a contract buyout from the New York Knicks, Amar’e Stoudemire is a 6 time All Star who provides innumerable talents both on and off the court. The power forward once named as Florida’s “Mr. Basketball”, is also known to many as an actor, author, producer, motivational speaker and a philanthropist.
The event will include appearances from the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars and more.
Sponsors and contributors to the Amar’e Stoudemire Foundation include Belvedere Vodka, Villa Shoes, Triple D Clothing and Mood DFW.
About Amar’e Stoudemire Foundation
The Amar’e and Alexis Stoudemire Foundation improves the lives of at-risk youth through education opportunities. NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire is a well-respected professional basketball player who has not only left his mark on the game, but also on the community through his award-winning outreach. He is an honored member of the African country of Mali’s basketball commission and he was named Good Will Ambassador to the country of Sierra Leone. Through his Foundation, Amar’e has been able to provide needed resources for students, high school travel teams, basketball tournaments and projects abroad.
About Mood DFW
Mood DFW was created by two of Dallas’ most ambitious nightlife enthusiasts. Nightlife influencer, socialite and VIP host Michelle Milton also known as Chelley Bee and celebrity DJ and photographer Latosha Duffey also known as Dj Duffey. The premise of Mood DFW is to provide one of a kind pop up parties, and one-off special events crafted to the needs of each individual project. With an extensive list of celebrity clientele and VIP connections throughout the country, the brand hopes to bring and emulate the excitement of popular branded cities such as Miami, Las Vegas, L.A, and New York to Dallas.
For more information or Media Credentials please contact Nina Zavala by email at Nina@NinaZavalaGroup.com or by phone 254-220-8178
Who: Belvedere Vodka, MoodDFW, and Amar’e Stoudemire Foundation
When: Tuesday March 10, 2015 9:00pm (CST)
Where: SFUZZI (2600 Cedar Springs RD) – Gables Villa Rosa
Join James Silvas at his “Find Your Passion” workshop at UNLV on February 28, 2015 as he speaks on how others can learn to reach your unlimited potential and harness the ability to create the life you’ve always wanted. Silvas believes that inspiration is more important than motivation and is necessary to overcome obstacles. James has a proven track record of helping others perform at a higher level with clients all over the Las Vegas Valley that he has worked with.
Guest speaker Amanda Ornelas will be opening the workshop as well! Ornelas is the founder of “New Age Women” a women’s empowerment league that gives women the tools and support to go after what they want in life.
Tickets are going fast, so please go to www.SilvasSpeaks.com to purchase and for more information on James, and the upcoming workshop!