J. B. Smoove
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|J. B. Smoove|
Smoove in 2012
December 16, 1966
Plymouth, North Carolina, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Writer|
Jerry Brooks (born December 16, 1966), better known by his stage name J. B. Smoove, is an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian who began his TV career on Russell Simmons's "Def Comedy Jam" in the early 1990s. He is best known for his recurring role as Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Smoove was born in Plymouth, North Carolina, and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He attended Norfolk State University in Virginia. He shortened his name, Jerry Brooks, to "J.B." and added "Smoove" as his last name when he began performing stand-up comedy.
Smoove has had recurring roles on Everybody Hates Chris and Saturday Night Live. On SNL, he worked as a writer (and had bit roles in sketches, including playing Jimmy "JJ" Walker in a parody of the 1970s sitcom Good Times) and was a recipient of the 2007 Writers Guild of America award for Best Comedy/Variety Series (Including Talk).
He had a major role for seasons two and three on the Fox network sitcom 'Til Death with Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher. In June 2008, he taped several episodes of The Gong Show with Dave Attell as one of the celebrity judges. Smoove was also a cast member on the short-lived sketch comedy program Cedric the Entertainer Presents.
Smoove hosted the standup comedy series Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at The El Rey on Comedy Central in July 2010 and also appeared on an episode of The Simpsons titled Angry Dad: The Movie in February 2011. Also in 2011, he starred in the American Dad episode "The Worst Stan" and appeared in an episode of Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil called "Dude, Where's My Wade."
Smoove has been a regular cast member on the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm since its sixth season in 2007, playing Leon Black.
In 2012, his first televised comedy special, JB Smoove: That's How I Dooz It, premiered on Comedy Central. The DVD of the special was released April 3, 2012.
Smoove will also lend his voice to Harold the nerdy monster in Monsters University.
He had a cameo as a grave digger in the episode of Louie entitled "Barney/Never".
He also played a supporting role in Season 4, Episode 7 "The Vapora Sport" in the American sitcom "The League" on FX. He plays "Wheelchair Guy", whom the main characters have recurring comedic run-ins with.
He also plays one of the "Replacers" for Call Of Duty: Black Ops II
Smoove has been married to singer Shahidah Omar since 2007.