Comedian “George Wallace”!
Wallace’s break came when one of his clients opened a comedy club. The club owner was amused by Wallace’s natural humor and friendly demeanor and offered him the chance to perform stand-up comedy. In 1977, Wallace walked on stage for the first time, wearing a preacher’s robe and calling himself The Right Reverend Dr. George Wallace. His routine was completely improvised.
He stayed in New York City for several years, perfecting his craft and living with friend and fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld.In 1978, Wallace moved to the West Coast, where he quickly became recognized as a talented young comedian. After one of his performances, producers from The Redd Foxx Show asked him to write for the popular series. However, after only one year of writing,
Wallace returned to the stage. He became a regular at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, California, which also featured artists including Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, Roseanne Barr, Jay Leno and Robin Williams. Wallace also took his comedy show on the road, opening for George Benson, Diana Ross, Donna Summer and Smokey Robinson, among others.
Wallace, who was named the Best Male Standup Comedian during the 1995 American Comedy Awards, says that his routines are inspired by everyday moments of life. His unique brand of social commentary proved popular with radio audiences as well.
Wallace was a regular on the Tom Joyner Morning Show before joining Isaac Hayes on a popular radio program on the former WRKS radio station in New York City. He also starred in his own HBO special and has appeared on many television shows, including The Tonight Show,The Oprah Winfrey Show and Late Night with David Letterman.
On May 3, 2006, Wallace performed his most famous stand-up bit, which was a diatribe against the young generation’s obsession with allowances. While Wallace often jokes about the flippancy of modern youth culture (often citing the “dumb dumbs on their smart phones”) this one joke in particular resonated with his audience, and he repeats it at every show.
In December 2007, Wallace suffered an on-stage injury when he fell during a private-party performance at the Bellagio resort hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Wallace sued the Bellagio, claiming negligence after tripping over loose wires on stage.
In April 2014, a Las Vegas jury found in favor of Wallace and awarded him US $1.3 million. After winning his case against the Bellagio, Wallace announced that he would end his 10-year run as a Las Vegas headliner to pursue other projects. “There are so many things to do. It’s time to get into something new.” Unlinked.
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