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After headlining comedy clubs and colleges for over 15 years, appearing on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central – a cool break came. NBC’s The Tonight Show. Don has opened for national icon Jay Leno, performing standup as the Tonight Show audience warmup comedian for over 1,000 episodes. By adapting to the audience demo that is coming to see a certain star on a particular day – be it Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Jay Z, Kristen Stewart, Robert Patterson, Rod Stewart, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Hart, Vince Vaughn, Cee-Lo Green, Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Crystal, President Obama, President Bush --- Don has placed laser-like versatility in his holster -- coupled with the ability to be ultra clean or intelligently racy. He can read a room and deliver. He truly is unique – as Jamie Foxx stated, “Nobody does what Don Reed does.” His style is simply so universal it captures a broad range from Justin Bieberettes to Betty White fans. Snoop Dog to the guys from Duck Dynasty -- including people who don’t even speak English. All the while retaining his signature voice and positively funny outlook to “be yourself.” Take a look at some of the overall television/film appearances he has made and venues he has perfomed…
  • Television and Film Appearances
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • Comedy.TV
  • The Cosby Show
  • HBO Partners in Crime 1, 3 & 4
  • Comic Strip Live - FOX
  • Comedy Central
  • Showtime Aspen Comedy Festival
  • The Rerun Show - NBC
  • Evening at the Improv
  • Hollywood Shuffle
  • Fear of a Black Hat
  • A Different World
  • The Funny Spot
  • Lucky: The Irish Pimp (writer/director/star)
  • KGO Brian Copeland Show –“Headliners on the Headlines”
  • Theatres - Venues
  • Rosemount Horizon -seats 17,500
  • Paramount Theatre - Oakland
  • Fox Oakland - Grand Reopening
  • Yoshi's - San Francisco
  • Yoshi's – Oakland
  • The Hudson Mainstage
  • New World Stages - Off Broadway NYC
  • Marsh - San Francisco
  • Marsh – Berkeley
  • Stella Adler – Los Angeles
  • Coach House - San Juan Capistrano
  • Universities and Colleges (over 300)
  • Princeton - McCarter Theatre
  • Syracuse University
  • Colorado State
  • UCLA
  • UC-Berkeley
  • UC -Santa Cruz
  • UC -San Diego
  • San Francisco State
  • Winthrop University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Alabama
  • Clemson
  • Georgia Tech
  • Georgia College
  • Embry Riddle University
  • Roland University
  • Occidental College
  • University of West Florida
  • Texas Tech
  • Tennesee State
  • East Tennesse State University
  • University of Kentucky
  • Kansas State
  • Holy Cross University
  • Catabwa College
  • Many, many, many more…
  • Comedy Clubs
  • Improv - Los Angeles
  • Improv – Tempe
  • Improv – Chicago
  • Improv – San Jose
  • Laugh Factory - Los Angeles
  • Laugh Factory – Chicago
  • The Comedy Union – Los Angeles
  • Catch a Rising Star - NY
  • Catch a Rising Star - St Louis
  • Stand Up New York
  • Comedy Store - Los Angeles
  • Comedy Store - Westwood
  • Ice House – Pasadena
  • The HaHa – North Hollywood
  • The Treehouse – CT
  • The Comedy Works – Denver
  • Comedy Circuit - Salt Lake
  • Rascals – New Jersey
  • Casinos
  • Caesar's Palace
  • Golden Nugget
  • Tropicana
  • Bally's - Atlantic City
  • Frontier Hotel
  • Riverboat
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Comedian/Opening Act for THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno, Multi-Award Winning Public Speaker/ Motivational
Topics: Comedian, Entertainment, Motivational
Fee: upon request
Travels from: Los Angeles, United States

 

About Don

Absolutely insure your corporate event is a comedic breakthrough – simply hire the comedian who opens for THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno every day. That’s right EVERY DAY. As the opening warm-up act for the late night institution, Don has entertained thousands and thousands of guest executives, employees and/or their families – adapting to every possible type of audience every day for years on top of his over 25 years of experience in the business of being funny. This adaptability assures his capability to adapt to YOUR EVENT. Don has appeared as a stand-up on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, CBS, ABC, A&E – AND over 700 performances of his award winning one man shows across the country.

Born and raised in the inner city of Oakland, California – Don’s life experience is naturally intertwined with the goal, the mission of helping others reach higher ground. Don withstood many extreme challenges including physical/psychological abuse, a window of being homeless while attending UCLA and other hurdles - only to later rise to #1 National Collegiate Humorous Speaker in the nation through Forensic Speech & Debate tournaments. He went on to capture the attention of Bill Cosby which led to numerous opportunities. Cosby gave Don some invaluable advice that spurred him to dive into the NACA COLLEGE CIRCUIT, appearing at over 300 colleges and universities – where he additionally shared MOTIVATIONAL SPEECHES with the students based on his life stories (Don has adapted these very stories/speeches to the corporate level). Don lives up to being one of the smartest and most adaptable guys for your event. He has the singular distinction of currently working in the corporate world creating advertising promotion concepts and copy for Fortune 500 entertainment companies (everyone from ABC TO BET, NBC to A&E, NBA to MLB through his company Reediculous Media) - while simultaneously performing standup comedy on the highest levels.

THE CORPORATE SHOW

The show Don shares with you is a clean, appropriate hybrid of his stand-up and excerpts from his critically acclaimed one man shows, fused with motivational powerbeats. The dynamic is to catch the execs and employees attention with high grade laughter and music – and organically weave in and close with powerful messages that will inspire the company on every level. The messages that took Don from sleeping in restrooms – to being the first African American opening act comedian for the #1 late night show on television in its entire 60 year history – are the ones he’ll share with your company.

Entertaining messages that expose your team to 2 main concepts:
• Going for 3 Feet Past the Finish Line
• Nothing is Too Wonderful to Be True
• Contact Don for more details..

MOST REQUESTED PROGRAMS:

AFTER DINNER COMEDY SHOW -- MOTIVATIONAL COMEDY SHOW -- MC HOST

CORPORATE/BENEFIT WORK:
LMSARCOMA DIRECT RESEARCH, X-BOX, 51Oakland, AIDS FOUNDATION SAN DIEGO SUMMER, OLYMPICS, COCA-COLA, UCLA MEDICAL, CENTERNBC, PACIFIC BELL, ATT, FOX THEATRE GRAND RE-OPENING

“He’s great. Just great!” - JAY LENO
“Just put him on stage and let him go. He’ll show you he’s one of the best.” - BILL COSBY