Keepin’ it Smoove
By Keegan Prosser
His claim to fame may be that he wrote the funniest skits to never make it on to “Saturday Night Live,” but actor/writer/comedian JB Smoove (real name Jerry Brooks) seems to be doing just fine.
Born in Plymouth, North Carolina and raised in upstate New York, Smoove began his TV career on Russell Simmons’s “Def Comedy Jam” in the early 1990s.
He’s since acted in a number of movies – including Mr. Deeds, Date Night, Hall Pass, The Sitter, We Bought a Zoo. and The Dictator.
Most recently, the funnyman lent his voice talents to “Ice Age 4,” and “Smurfs 2.”
However, his big break may have been his recurring role as Larry David’s eccentric buddy Leon Black on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
In addition to acting, Smoove runs comedy website TheRuckus.com, and continues to make waves on the stand-up circuit for his crass, yet relatable, jokes.
An avid fan of cars, pool and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Smoove currently resides in the City of Angels with his wife and teenage daughter, yet he remains loyal to his East Coast roots – using his experiences in New York as the crux of his wildly inappropriate – and hilarious – act.
The Smoove-talker brings his Ruckus Tour to the Parlor Live Comedy Club Nov. 29- Dec.1.