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Highly Anticipated Performances Announced for the 2nd Annual “Why Not?? Comedy Show”

Layups2Standup has released the full comedian lineup and Emmy Award Winning hip-hop artist set to perform at the “Why Not?? Comedy Show” hosted by NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and Comedian Demetrius “Juice’ Deason

 

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 (Oklahoma City, OK)- The city of Oklahoma is gearing up for the highly anticipated “Why Not??” Comedy Show hosted by NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and comedian Demetrius “Juice” Deason. The two have teamed up to host an evening of laughter and premiere entertainment with your favorite stars of stage.
This years’ event is guaranteed to capture the spotlight with a star -studded red carpet lined with celebrities, VIP’s and the social set of OKC. The talented comedians slated to perform include Ray Grady of Kevin Hart’s “Next Level”, Tacarra Williams; mother, motivational speaker, and hilarious standup comedian who recently performed for Selena Gomez and The Weekend- while on a date, Ron Taylor, who can regularly be seen on BET, and renown comedian and show host, Demetrius “Juice” Deason.

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In addition to this impressive lineup, Emmy Award winning hip-hop artist, Jabee Williams will open up the “Why Not??” Comedy Show with a live performance. Jabee, a native to Oklahoma is known as one of the top influences in music and entertainment. His music has gained regional and national attention, and continues to speak positive volumes to his fans.
“Our mission with this event is cultivate an ambiance of laughter, camaraderie, and entertainment for the city. We are offering an all-encompassing experience for everyone including an organization we can give back to” says, Demetrius Deason – CEO of Layups2Standup

Oklahoma’s hottest Deejay, Kendrick Warren aka “YOameriKANdream” will be in the mix keeping the audience moving and entertained throughout the evening.

The “Why Not?? Comedy Show” will be an annual event for the city of Oklahoma, kicking off the Thunder’s NBA season. Each year a charity will be chosen as the beneficiary of event proceeds. This years’ beneficiary, YWCA Oklahoma is an organization that aims to helping and empowering women. Their services range from offering safe places for women who have suffered rape or domestic violence, job training, health and fitness, childcare, and counseling. For more information on YWCA Oklahoma, please visit http://www.ywcaokc.org.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at Ticket Fly or directly through Tower Theatre. For more information log onto http://www.layups2standup.com .

 

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ABOUT THE COMEDIANS
RAY GRADY is gaining buzz as one of the hottest rising comedic stars to watch. After starting his stand-up career in 2002, he made his first television appearance in 2006 on TV One’s Who’s Got Jokes. Since that appearance he showcased his Alpha Male brand of comedy BET Comic View, and Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment on Starz. Most recently, his half hour comedy special, Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level, aired on Comedy Central. He’s also appeared on Adult Swim’s Black Jesus and landed his first Lead Role in Then There Was Joe, directed by USC Grad, Justin Warren, which is scheduled to debut in 2018.

 

TACARRA WILLIAMSs a comedian, mother, plus-size model, and Life Skills Coach for inmates in Men’s Central Jail who realized long ago that life is too short to be limited by the pessimism of others. She lives by the mantra, “You don’t have to choose, do it all…just be prepared to work hard”. She’s opened for the likes of Tony Rock, Deray Davis, and Bill Bellamy and has graced every major comedy stage in New York and Hollywood. In 2017 she was selected to be the only female ever to host the 1st Impressions Showcase at Chocolate Sundaes at the World Famous Laugh Factory. Look out for her on TruTV’s upcoming show, Laff Mobb.

RON TAYLOR- Standup comedian Ron Taylor is originally from Detroit MI, now living in Los Angeles. Getting his start in the mid-west Ron has done tons of shows eventually landing him on T.V. shows such as B.E.T’s “Live At The Apollo” and multiple appearances on Fox T.V.’s “Laughs”. Ron is now a regular host at the Hollywood Comedy Store for Crack Em Up Comedy!

DEMETRIUS “JUCIE’ DEASON – founder and CEO of Layups2standup was born and raised in the inner city of Los Angeles, California. Growing up Demetrius spent a lot of his time on the basketball court and was known amongst his teammates as “the kid who could make everyone laugh”. He developed an interest in comedy after his basketball career was cut short due to an injury. With some motivation from peers, Demetrius decided to take his comedic talent to the nect level and did his first stand-up show in 2013. After the success and positive feedback, he received, Demetrius knew that comedy was something he wanted to take serious.
Heavily influenced by some of the most respected comedians in the industry, including Richard Pryor; Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, Demetrius’s comedy is centered around situations and people he encounters in real life. ”The audience enjoys my shows because I talk about things I’ve really been through and they can relate to that.” With his honest and unique style, Demetrius has gained popularity in the Los Angeles comedy scene which led to him founding his company Layups2standup in 2013.

 

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API Basketball Season kicks off with Live Concert from Bankroll Mafia featuring T.I. and More

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Advanced Preparatory International has put together an impressive Midnight Madness event with confirmed celebrities, music artist, and professional athletes, set for October 17, 2015

Dallas, TX. – One of the newest editions to the Private School community, Advanced Preparatory International is leading the nation with three of H.S. basketball top players. API will be holding their 1st Annual “API Midnight Madness” event which will showcase more than the hottest high school ballers in the country. Starting with API Boys Basketball Team vs API Staff and celebrity players. Trevon Duval, Terrance Ferguson and Billy Preston will lead the high school squad and allow the Dallas community to see what’s hot in the city.

IMG_2745The API Midnight Madness event also has some of music and sports industry’s biggest names taking part. Starting with global recording artist and TV Star “T.I.”. He and the BankRoll Mafia will entertain the crowd with a full concert and showcasing the music industry’s newest talent. Hometown favorite DORROUGH MUSIC will provide the “Halftime” performance during the Slam Dunk contest; which will be judged by NFL & NBA players. National touring dj “DJ DUFFEY” will wow the crowd by engaging them with her sweet blends of intoxicating mixes and sounds. In addition the evenings game and entertainment, the A.W. Brown Steppers will stomp the hardwood floor to a different rhythmic sound. Gelling all this madness together is none other than 97.9FM The Beat’s own “ROCK T”, who will be the evening’s Master of Ceremony.

Event Sponsor: Isaiah Austin’s “Dream Again Foundation”.
The Isaiah Austin Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support for the awareness and research of Marfan syndrome and those affected by it.
Established in 2014 by Baylor University college basketball star Isaiah Austin, the Foundation will also support related disorders and other charitable causes.
Its mission is to inspire others to DREAM AGAIN

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What: API Midnight Madness
Where: Cedar Valley College, 3030 N Dallas Ave, Lancaster, TX.
When: October 17, 2015 | *Doors open at 6pm | Game starts at 7pm

API Vision: www.apiprivateschool.com
To be a world-class educational institution that guides students, both Nationally and Internationally, to their destinies through the areas of academics, athletics, personal character, college and career experiences, while utilizing a sustainable transformation model.
Accreditation and Acceptance:
Advanced Preparatory International is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools. Upon requirement completion, students will receive a diploma and transcript certified and bearing the seal of the National Association of Private Schools. API students join other students who have graduated from NAPS accredited schools to attend colleges and universities including: community, regional, state, and technical schools; military services; church and educational ministries; business ownerships; and the workforce.* API is the process of registering for the ACT/SAT testing programs and NCAA membership. High school graduation requires course completion that is aligned with the Graduation Requirements of the State of Texas.
Institutional Certification:
Advanced Preparatory International is recognized by the State of Texas as an educational institution and as a non-profit organization.

Keith Langford Presents “The Metro Classic”

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FORT WORTH, TexasFormer Kansas Jayhawk Keith Langford is bringing his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas the first annual Metro Classic! The Metro Classic will be a charity basketball game and event that will include some of football and basketball’s top professionals around the area! It will also include an autograph session prior to the game.

Keith and crew (David Kyles, Phil Pressey, Cameron Clark, James White, Jason Maxiel, Cowboys Tyler Patmon, James White, Comedian Sydney Castillo, Gin Blanton and Trent Shelton) to name a few, promise to bring out some surprise celebrity guests that’ll be in attendance including the hottest names in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area! Sounds will be provided by DJ Duffey; who is currently on tour with rapper Curren$y.

The Metro Classic will take place June 20th, 2015 at North Crowley High School in Fort Worth. Autograph signing starts at 2 PM followed by the game. There will also be a scholarship giveaway for two attendees to the game.

IMG_6766*Event party will take place that evening at Monroe Lounge with Keith hosting along with some special appearances.

Tickets for The Metro Classic are on sale now and available at https://eventbrite.com/event/17188788128

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James Silvas of Silvas Speaks conducting “Find Your Passion” workshop at UNLV later this month!

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Join James Silvas at his “Find Your Passion” workshop at UNLV on February 28, 2015 as he speaks on how others can learn to reach your unlimited potential and harness the ability to create the life you’ve always wanted. Silvas believes that inspiration is more important than motivation and is necessary to overcome obstacles. James has a proven track record of helping others perform at a higher level with clients all over the Las Vegas Valley that he has worked with.

Guest speaker Amanda Ornelas will be opening the workshop as well! Ornelas is the founder of “New Age Women” a women’s empowerment league that gives women the tools and support to go after what they want in life.

Tickets are going fast, so please go to www.SilvasSpeaks.com to purchase and for more information on James, and the upcoming workshop!

Photo Recap From “The Fame” Live Taping At The Rustic

Another successful week at The Rustic for their live taping of The Fame with Tony Banks, Brian Cuban, Dwayne Harris and George Selvie.
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The Rustic Stage

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Brian Cuban, Dwayne Harris, George Selvie and Tony Banks

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