Gary Owen Breaks The Stereotype Of What A Top Black Comedian Looks Like

| August 10, 2014 | 0 Comments


If you missed it , comedian Gary Owen bravely traded punch lines at the BET Awards with Mike Tyson , while in punching range. Before the show Gary posted on his instagram, he hope Tyson was in a good mood as he went in on the former boxing champ.


Although comedian Gary Owen is caucasian , Owen has a huge African-American fan base.
Before we saw him in the hit movie ‘think like a man too’ , Owen made a name for being one of the funniest black comedians in America. After a year of doing stand-up, Owen was named “Funniest Serviceman in America”. He continued doing stand-up in San Diego and developed a large African-American fan base. He went on to win the “Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego” contest. That led to his first gig at The Comedy Store in Hollywood. In July 1997, he auditioned for BET’s Comic View. Two appearances on the multicultural comedy showcase won him his own one-hour Grandstand show. At the end of the season, he was selected from the year’s four “Grandstanders” to be the host. Owen was the only white man to have ever host Comic View.

In April, 2011 Ebony dubbed Owen “Black America’s Favorite White Comic”. Owen has produced two stand-up DVDs: Breakin’ Out The Park, which is now available nationwide, and Urban Legend. He was also one of the headliners on Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment Stand-Up on Starz.

Check out Worldstar Hip Hop’s urban comedian spotlight Gary Owen.

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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