Laugh All Night Volume 1
Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 8:05 A.M.
Laugh America Productions Presents
Laugh All Night Volume 1
Vanessa Fraction and more!
Playing the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday, August 20th at 8pm
Tickets on sale Friday, July 1st at 10am
The SMG managed Peoria Civic Center is pleased to announce that Laugh America Productions is bringing Laugh All Night Volume 1 staring comedy superstar Bill Bellamy to the theater on Saturday, August 20th at 8pm. This event will also feature comedian Vanessa Fraction and more comedians to be announced. Tickets are $28, $33, $43, $48 and $53. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 1st at 10am. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, The Toyota Box Office at the Peoria Civic Center or by phone at 1(800)745-3000.
ABOUT BILL BELLAMY
Using his experiences growing up in Newark, Bill Bellamy started doing stand-up while he was a student at Rutgers University. Bellamy quickly discovered how much he enjoyed making people laugh, and began honing his skills at small comedy clubs around the country and was soon making waves in the New York clubs like The Improv, The Comic Strip, and at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
Two short years later, Bellamy earned a spot on HBO’s DEF COMEDY JAM where he notoriously coined the phrase “Booty Call.” The now famous late-night rendezvous moniker became the name for his first comedy special for Showtime; “Booty Call” and it was instantly one of the network’s top-rated specials. On the heels of the success of that special, and in the years following, Bellamy became a staple on MTV as one of the first “VJs” on the network. He hosted several of their programming blocks, including MTV JAMS and MTV BEACH HOUSE, while interviewing everyone from the late Kurt Cobain to Janet Jackson.
Landing his own series, “The Billy Bellamy Show” in 1996, Bellamy also continued to star on the big screen in addition to garnering coveted guest roles in several prominent television series. In the feature world, Bellamy starred in LOVE JONES, HOW TO BE A PLAYER, LOVE STINKS, THE BROTHERS, and ANY GIVEN SUNDAY. At the same time, showcasing his mutli-hyphenate talents, Bellamy continued to hone his comedy and stand-up prowess. He debuted his second comedy special, CRAZY SEXY DIRTY in May 2012, it was one of the highest rated comedy specials of their respective years on Showtime. Bill has appeared on recurring episodes of Tyler Perry’s MEET THE BROWNS on TBS and has also guest-starred on ABC’s CASTLE, USA’s ROYAL PAINS and USA’s WHITE COLLAR. Previously, Bill hosted four seasons of the TV One comedy competition show WHO’S GOT JOKES? and two seasons of NBC’s Emmy Nominated LAST COMIC STANDING.
In 2015, Bellamy wrapped his sitcom from syndicated television producer Byron Allen, MR. BOX OFFICE. On the show Bellamy starred alongside Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows, and Viveca J. Fox. In between acting in and hosting shows, Bill decided return to his first love - stand-up comedy! Bellamy debuted his third Showtime comedy special, LADIES NIGHT OUT in February 2013. The nation-wide tour with the same name currently continues throughout the US. Both the special and the tour feature additional material by comedians Ali Siddiq, J. Reid and D'Lai. In addition to MR. BOX OFFICE, Bill was a recurring co-host on THE RACHAEL RAY SHOW. Bill has also filled in for host Billy Bush on ACCESS HOLLYWOOD Live and hosted the ESPY AWARDS red carpet for ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT.
In 2014, Bill headlined a nation-wide comedy tour, The Standing Ovation Tour, with Tommy Davidson, Sommore, Marc Curry & Tony Rock. In 2015, Bill hosted the Telepictures/Scripps syndicated hit game show LETS ASK AMERICA. Now, in addition to the LADIES NIGHT OUT tour, Bill also appears as a featured player in SHAQ”S ALL STAR COMEDY JAM which tours across the country.
The past year Bill has guest-starred in an episode of TNT’s hit detective drama, MURDER IN THE FIRST, which aired in August 2015. This past summer, Bill wrapped shooting on KINDERGARTEN COP 2 in Vancouver. Bill also headlined a six city run for our US troops stationed in Japan and over the past year continues the tradition by visiting and performing for our troops on US Army bases in Kileen, TX and Huntsville, AL with more bases to come. In March 2016 Bill can be seen co-starring in the romantic-comedy THE BOUNCE BACK, with Shemar Moore and Nadine Velazquez. Bellamy resides with his wife and two young children in Los Angeles.
About Vanessa Fraction
Despite having a last name that mathematically represents only part of a whole, there is nothing missing from Vanessa Fraction’s comedy. A talented writer and charismatic performer, the elegant and fearlessly funny Fraction has found great success since she emerged on the comedy scene in 2001. Her performances have been featured on such shows as Nick Jr’s, “Nick Mom Night Out”, Mike Epps Live at Club Nokia, Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Standup, Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam and more. Fraction has been featured at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and has been a finalist for NBC’s Standup for Diversity Showcase.
After performing on The Mo’Nique Show; Fraction was brought on as a staff writer for the show’s second season. Following that experience Vanessa became comedy writer for BET’s 106 & Park and freelance comedy writer for the reboot of the Arsenio Hall Show on CBS. As an actress, Vanessa has appeared in movies Barber Shop 2 and Holiday Love, in addition to tv roles on episodes of The Rickey Smiley Show and Second Generation Wayans. Vanessa enjoys a successful comedy career, originating from Chicago, that has taken her all over the world to places such as Africa, Japan, Germany, the UK and more Thoughtful and edgy, Vanessa quickly flips the conflict in her life to comedy while tackling subjects such as co-parenting, politics, relationships, and questionable choices of the past. Vanessa’s hilarious and refreshing brand of “tell it like it is comedy,” endears her to audiences gaining fans in the United States, and abroad. When you “sum it all up” Vanessa Fraction equals One Very Funny Lady!
About the Peoria Civic Center
The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area. For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.
SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management. Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.
The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities. SAVOR’s commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible. SAVOR staff prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market. To learn more, visit www.savorsmg.com
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