Once upon a time in a land far far away called Chicago, there lived 7 young funny-ass fellows. They existed separately for years in the comedy scene. But one day they noticed the city was missing something. A certain flavor of love, social consciousness, and hope. So these young guys decided to join forces. Thus the Martin Luther Kings of Comedy was born.
They started performing "house variety shows" at a legendary apartment called "The Ice Cream Joint". But soon they discovered their movement was bigger than the house could hold. After a few house shows, they moved to start to sell out venues all over the city. From the Revival, to the Laugh Factory, to the Beat Kitchen, these young gentlemen have produced some of the most diverse, unifying variety shows known to Chicago comedy.
MEET THE SQUAD
At just the young age of 21, Jayson Acevedo performed in six English speaking stand up comedy showcases in Paris, France as part of his affectionately dubbed "Latino In Paris" Comedy Tour. That same year in August, Acevedo received the opportunity of a lifetime by being invited to perform at the world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. The same festival at which SNL's Michael Che & The Daily Show's Trevor Noah performed. Now 22, Acevedo has yet to clean his room. Acevedo continues to perform, improvise, act, sing & write throughout the city of Chicago at The Second City, Zanies, The Comedy Bar, & many other comedy showcases.
Jarrell Scott Barnes
Jarrell Scott Barnes is a comic hailing from the Windy City. At the age of 16, Jarrell started comedy opening for comics such as Sean Allen (Comic View), Ester Ku (MTV’s Girl Code, Comedy Central’s @Midnight, Playboy Morning Show) and Kool Bubba Ice (Martin’s 1st Amendment Stand-Up). Currently, he is bringing laughter to Depaul University as the host for the Soul Fu’ Open Mic. He Performs at World Renowned clubs all over the city like Zanies, Laugh Factory and Second City and produces a show called “Black Friday” that has been mentioned in the Chicago tribune and the Red Eye. When he is not performing Jarrell writes many Sketches creating memorable characters such as “Dr. Feel Good” and the short play “White America”. You can find him currently performing for many colleges all over the city opening up for acts such as Karlous Miller (MTV’s Wild N’ Out). One thing is for sure Jarrell is happy to have a chance to share his unique brand of comedy to the world.
A modern-day Renaissance Man, Branch is an actor, comedian, writer, producer and hip-hop artist. Branch made his comedic debut at an open mic night when he was just 16 years old. Six months later, he won the title of Best Comedian in Kansas City at Stanford & Sons Comedy Club. Now 21, Branch has not only performed alongside comedic heavy-hitters like Paul Mooney, TJ Miller, Josh Wolf and Dave Coulier, but has also written and produced his own unique shows and multimedia content. Branch is currently a senior in the Comedic Writing and Performance program at Columbia College Chicago.
Joel Boyd is a 20-something-year-old fool who does stand-up, improv, and all things comedy. Graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Television Writing & Producing, he has been fortunate enough to also complete the Comedy Studies Program in partnership with Second City. He's been lucky enough to talk his nerdy nonsense at Jokes & Notes, The Comedy Bar, Zanies, and Second City stages. Some of his biggest successes have been opening up for Donnell Rawlings, working on set of the film 42 along side Harrison Ford & Chadwick Boseman, and performing at some of Chicago's most prestigious theatres: Steppenwolf, Steep and The Goodman. Currently you can catch him as a founding member of the MLK's of Comedy, the Attic showcase & '99 Problemz: Chicago's Improvised 90's Sitcom. Hug him. He enjoys hugs.
Denny Love is originally from the cheese capital of the world Madison, Wisconsin. Denny started his acting journey at The Theatre School at DePaul University and graduated with a BFA in Acting. While enjoying DePauls rigorous conservatory training Denny continued to do stand-up comedy throughout college. Most notably alongside the standup collective “The Martin Luther Kings Of Comedy”, which has been featured in the Redeye as well as The Sun-times newspapers. Denny co-produces “Black Friday” at The Revival Theater as well as “The Gumbo” last seen at The Laugh Factory in Chicago. He also performs in showcases all around the city of Chicago. Since graduation, Mr. Love hit the ground running booking a recurring role on FOX’s Empire, guest starring on NBC's "Chicago PD", landing a leading role in Victory Gardens "SuckerPunch", directed by Dexter Bullard, while continuing to build his commercial resume at the same time. Denny comes from a small city but has big dreams and plans to take the world by storm alongside the Gray Talent Group family.
Known for his edgy and unorthodox style, Chicago native Ty Riggs has no problem putting you in his shoes and giving you a tour through his hilarious world. From politics to relationships, he has something to say about it all. As a staff writer for the MLK's of Comedy, he always brings his unique "Chicago West Side" point of view to every script and project. He's graced the stages of the Laugh Factory, the Revival and many more. He's pleased to have been a part of the MLK's of Comedy production of "South Side of Oz" to a sold out crowd at the Revival Theater. As one of the original founding members Martin Luther Kings of Comedy, he is proud to be seen all over the city killing the stage with his unmistakable hair and voice.
Michael Njuguna Robinson is a Chicago based stand up comedian, writer, actor and just a real nice guy. He is a founding member of the Chicago comedy troupe, The Martin Luther Kings of Comedy and a major part of the production team to make the MLK's shows possible, like the Redeye Chicago recommended “Black Friday” and “The Gumbo” variety shows. Michael is a pivotal part of the MLK's of Comedy writing staff. Michael also performs all around the city of Chicago & suburbs at bars and comedy clubs such as The Laugh Factory, Comedy Bar, & Zanies. He also produces other independent stand-up showcases around Chicago such as "The Neapolitan" at the Store, and "100 Proof Comedy" at Comedy Sportz Chicago. He also has performed at several Chicago college venues. Michael is genuinely proud to have support in the MLK brotherhood.