Special Event

Of the Comics: My African American Experience

with Darius Bennett , Janae Burris , Angel Gaines , Alonzo Bodden and Calvin Evans

Darius Bennett

Darius Bennett, born and raised in Detroit MI now living in beautiful Los Angeles California is a fantastic standup comedian. His take on relatable subjects like family, work, and children, to name a few, will definitely have you wanting to hear more. Darius has performed at colleges and clubs all over this country and is soon to be a household name.

Janae Burris

Janae Burris (JFL/NBC First Look) is a comedian, actor and event host in Denver Colorado. She is a South Los Angeles native and a California Institute of the Arts alumna. Since moving to Colorado Janae has worked with Local Theater Company, Colorado Shakespeare Fest & The Denver Center for Performing Arts.

Angel Gaines

Angel Gaines began her comedy career at a college talent show. She signed up to sing a song, but fear wouldn't let her sing, so in her brilliance, she told the emcee to introduce her as a comedian. That ideas was bound to work because in the early 90's, most comedians were boo'd before they could say a word, and Angel thought that would be her ticket to quit the show! Wrong! The Emcee encouraged the crowd to give her a chance and behold a comic was born!

From that moment, Angel Gaines continues to shine on stages both nationally and internationally! She has performed as a feature comic with Mo'Nique, George Wallace, and many others! Angel is a crowd favorite at Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, and is certainly a home grown comic from The Comedy Union in Los Angeles, CA. Her daring honesty and clean humor combines to create the perfect show! Angel performances are her ministry and she spreads nothing but joy to her audiences!

Her comedy talents reach far beyond performing standup, she uses her talents as an amazing sitcom warm-up! Angel was delighted to be chosen to hype and guide the live studio audience for Disney's Hit Show, Raven's Home! She is a host, emcee and engaging podcast guest! Angel has appeared on shows with Daphnique Springs, Earthquake for Hartbeat Entertainment Sirius radio, and Tavin Smiley Show on NPR.Angel was a featured comic at the prestigious JUST FOR LAUGHS Comedy Festival in Montreal! She performed three nights at this dynamic festival and sharing stages with Comedian Lil Rel and Kevin Hart's LOL Live from Montreal production. Angel has accompanied many all-star comedy lineups and is currently performing at colleges and clubs all across the country.

Alonzo Bodden

A regular panel member on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Alonzo Bodden has been making audiences around the country laugh for more than 20 years.

In August 2019, Alonzo starred in his fourth stand-up special, Alonzo Bodden: Heavy Lightweight, which premiered exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. In the special, he touches upon a range of topics from slavery, cell phones and the #MeToo movement, to millennials, Kanye West and Taco Bell.

Alonzo’s first big comedy break came when he was on the “New Faces of Comedy” showcase at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. However, it was as the season three winner of NBCʼs Last Comic Standing, where Alonzo was first introduced to America. Since then, he has starred in two comedy specials for Showtime: Historically Incorrect and Who’s Paying Attention. His television appearances include ABC’s Dr. Ken and Fresh Off the Boat, Dr. Phil, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and Californication.

A car and motorcycle aficionado, Alonzo hosted Speed Channel’s 101 Cars You Must Drive and America’s Worst Driver on the Travel Channel. He’s also joined Jay Leno for several off-road trips on his CNBC series Jay Leno’s Garage. Alonzo was a field correspondent on Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson, and a contributor on the Science Channel’s How to Build Everything.

Alonzo released his fifth comedy CD titled Man Overboard in 2018. He currently hosts the podcast Who’s Paying Attention? (part of All Things Comedy) where he gives his unique take on what’s going on in the world.

Calvin Evans

Chicago native Calvin Evans' comedy career began during his time at the University Illinois Champaign-Urbana. While obtaining his degree in Sport Management, he fell in love with standup comedy and would put his business aspirations on hold.

He took his talents back to Chicago and was quickly named Chicago’s Next Big Comic. Calvin received a Puma Scholarship to attend the famed Second City Training Center. Upon completing their Improv Conservatory program, Calvin was awarded a Bob Curry Fellowship.

With standup as his focus, he traveled the country performing at colleges and clubs. In 2017 he was recognized as a New Face at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. In 2018 he was one of 8 finalist in the nationwide NBC Standup competition.

02/11/2023 7:00 PM

Door Time: 5:30 PM

Other Showtimes

Step right up folks – it’s time for Of the Comics: My African American Experience! This show is sure to leave you in stitches with its hilarious performances and witty remarks. Featuring Calvin Evans, Alonzo Bodden, Darius Bennett, Angel Gaines, and Janae Burris, this all-star lineup of comedians will have you cracking up all night long.

Don't miss out on this wildly entertaining event. Get your tickets now!

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7 PM Show: Doors open at 5:30 pm
10 PM Show: Doors open at 9:30 pm
so you can enjoy pre-show dinner and drinks!
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  • This is a 21+ only event.
  • 2-item minimum purchase.
  • All sales are final. No refunds.
  • The lineup is subject to change without notice.
  • There is no guaranteed seating for groups of 4 or more who arrive late unless half your party is already seated, or you've reserved a VIP booth or stage seating.

Darius Bennett

Janae Burris

Angel Gaines

Alonzo Bodden

Calvin Evans