JB Smoove Chats About Comedy Tours and Upcoming Movies

Everyone talks about the SNL experience as being a competitive boot camp. What did you learn from it?

It helped to develop my taste and patience. I had no idea about that stuff until now. Being in a room with 16 different writers and with cast members who write for themselves, you really have to have thick skin; it really prepares you for this industry. Even nowadays I sit here with more patience when things go wrong. Live TV has an amazing pace to it. You’ve got to be able to think quick, make changes last minute and be funny and fast. SNL is a great process and the best thing you could ever have on your resume.


What other upcoming movies do you have coming down the pipeline?

You can look out for me in We Bought A Zoo with Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. I also just finished the The Sitter with Jonah Hill, which is my first villain role and playing a bad guy was lots of fun. Sam Rockwell and I are chasing down Jonah Hill. Sam’s the mean bad guy and I’m the funny bad guy. I’m the bad guy that makes him laugh and who takes a bad situation and makes it funny. We are two of the craziest bad guys you’re ever going to see.


And you’re presently on a comedy tour, right?

 I just left Boston with Richard Lewis, I’ll be in Baltimore first week in March and then I head to Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York City, my old stomping ground. Standup has been great, I’m back on the road and I’m working towards probably doing a TV special at the end of the year.


Do you think you’ll be more like Eddie Murphy and give up standup all together, or be like Chris Rock and continue to do movies and standup?

For me, standup will always be some part of my life and other things will move around and find their place. I live in phases because I like to entertain myself. I don’t know where I’ll be in the next ten years. I may even show up behind the camera. I love to put things together; I love to give direction I have a great eye for pace. Standup comedians pace helps because we’re used to a certain amount of laughs per minute, we’re used to entertaining an audience because standup gives you that immediate response from the audience, unlike movies and TV where you have to wait.


So it seems that with your latest projects you’ve hit a very successful mainstream stride.

I’ve been blessed with opportunities to do films where I’m allowed to do me and that’s a blessing. They’re allowing me to come in and cater the characters to myself. It allows me to come in and be loose and free as actor and that’s what any actor would love the opportunity to do. I’m in more control of my destiny.


From the Web

More on Vibe

Kevin Winter

Donnie McClurkin Sent To Hospital Following Car Accident

Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin couldn't be more grateful after surviving a car accident this past Wednesday (Dec. 12).

The "We Fall Down" singer was driving on the road in the earlier part of the day when he passed out and began weaving into traffic. He reportedly struck the middle concrete island.

Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

He also mentioned that two "angels" pulled him out the car to safety and medical attention. "I owe them...I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord...thank you!" he added.

On Friday (Dec. 14), McClurkin posted to his Facebook page again, sharing several photos of his destroyed car. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God," he wrote. "I overrode doctors and sisters advice and flew to KENYA today for ministry Saturday @ TWO RIVERS. and home on this Sunday to celebrate life."

In happier news, McClurkin also took time to plug in his new Christmas single titled "My Favorite Things." Check out McClurkin's posts on social media and stream his new song below.

READ MORE: Big K.R.I.T. Drops Surprise Gospel-Influenced 'Thrice X' EP

Continue Reading
Douglas Grundy

Nicki Minaj's Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Received 18 Violations During Prison Stint

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty has a very troubled past.

On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

In 2009, prison faculty placed him in solitary confinement for four months as part of being reprimanded for nine different violations. Petty lost privileges that included the usage of the inmate telephone service, recreational activity, and the prison canteen.

In addition to his prison violations, Petty is a convicted sex offender. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult served a four-year sentence for attempted rape of a minor.

Petty, who hails from the same borough as Nicki, Queens, knew the platinum-selling rap star since she was a teenager. They dated for a short period years prior to reuniting.

Minaj posted various photos of her and Petty going on a vacation getaway earlier this month. Sources close to Minaj told the celebrity gossip website that the 36-year-old hip-hop artist is  "happier than she's been in years" with Petty.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Dec 10, 2018 at 12:43pm PST

READ MORE: Nicki Minaj Plans To Sue 'Daily Mail' TV Host Jesse Palmer

Continue Reading
John Moore

Sandy Hook Elementary Evacuates After Bomb Threat On 6th Anniversary Of Mass Shooting

Sandy Hook Elementary School was reportedly forced to evacuate its students and administration on Friday (Dec. 14), after receiving a bomb threat, CNN reports. The incident occurred on the sixth anniversary of the school's tragic mass shooting.

Newtown, Connecticut Police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde stated that the threat didn't appear to be substantial, but they decided to  evacuate the facility as an extra precaution.

Bomb squads reportedly swept the school and surrounding area for explosive devices but did not discover anything on the property. They later concluded that there was no immediate threat. The school administration dismissed students and faculty for the rest of the day however, considering the previous incident.

As previously noted, Sandy Hook endured a horrific mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult, staff members.

Earlier this month, thousands of documents were released about Lanza that revealed his mental state and social status in the years leading up to the shooting.

The shooting is not believed to be in connection to the recent string of bomb scares around the nation that targeted major politicians including the former first families Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Continue Reading

Top Stories