(HawaiiNewsNow) - Get ready to laugh. Eddie Griffin has been in a ton of hilarious movies like "Deuce Bigalow" and "Undercover Brother." He joins us in studio this morning.
Eddie Griffin - Courtesy of X-1 World Events
Hawaii's premier entertainment company, X-1 World Events, is bringing world-renowned comedian and actor Eddie Griffin to the Islands on February 12th, February 13th, and February 14th, as the standup comic will be appearing in Kona, Honolulu, and Maui, respectively. Known for their world class fight and entertainment events, X-1 is proud to present a comic of Griffin's stature to Island comedy fans. Also featured at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott in Kona, the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, and Baldwin High School Auditorium in Maui will be local comedic favorites Blane "Champ" Kaneshiro and Kaleo Pilanca. The doors for all shows will open at 6:00 PM, and all shows will start at 7:00 PM. Tickets for the Kona show are priced at $27 (presale), $35 (at the door), and $50 (VIP), and are available at the Alligator Funk House, Big Island Surf, and CD Wizard. Fans can also call the Marriot at (808) 886-6789 for special room packages. Tickets for the Honolulu show are priced at $10 (lawn), $25 (terrace), and $35 (VIP), and are available at the Neal Blaisdell Arena Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets, including Macy's (Ala Moana/Pearlridge), Kailua Sports Gear, Ticketmaster.com, and (800) 745-3000. Tickets for the Maui show are priced at $30 (presale), $35 (presale - first five rows), $40 (at the door), and $45 (at the door - first five rows), and are available at Solid Clothing Co. (Kaahumanu Shopping Center), West Side Vibes (Lahaina), Hawaiian Holy Smokes (Kihei), and the Peak Performance Gym (Kahului). For more information, please visit http://www.x1events.com/ - 18 years old and up only, please.
Perhaps best-known for his roles in the Rob Schneider "Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo" comedy films, Eddie was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and was voted class clown three years in a row in high school. By the age of 16, he was choreographing the Kansas City Chiefs halftime shows. One night, a couple of friends dared him to perform at the local comedy club. He was originally supposed to be on stage for three minutes, but instead performed off-the-cuff for 45 minutes successfully. Soon developing a personal style reminiscent of such classic comedians as Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx, Griffin gained further exposure in a series of impromptu performances at Los Angeles' popular Comedy Store. After only two short months in Los Angeles, Griffin was chosen to open for Andrew Dice Clay at Madison Square Garden, which kicked off a 22-city tour.
Quickly following with performances on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam and a Cable Ace Award-nominated special, Griffin began branching out into acting. Roles in such films as The Last Boy Scout (1991), Coneheads (1993), and Jason's Lyric (1994) soon led to his own sitcom, "Malcom and Eddie" (1996-2000), and Griffin's film appearances became more frequent. After headlining Double Take (2001) alongside Orlando Jones, Griffin starred with Denzel Washington in John Q (2002), earning him respect as a dramatic actor. Shortly thereafter, his leading-man status lead to his role as Anton Jackson in Undercover Brother (2002). Eddie most recently starred alongside Eddie Murphy in Norbit (2007). Eddie has conquered not only the stage, listed on Comedy Central's top 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time, but the silver screen as well. Eddie has appeared in nearly fifty films as well as numerous television shows. In addition to his comedic skills, Griffin is also a gifted dancer, choreographer, and singer.
"X-1 is excited to bring a talent like Eddie Griffin to Hawaiian fans, while also promoting exciting local talent like 'Champ' and Kaleo," stated Mike Miller, Owner/Promoter of X-1 World Events. "It shows the diversity of what we have to offer, and, plain and simple, Eddie, 'Champ,' and Kaleo are hilarious!"
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