(PRESS RELEASE)_(Delray Beach, FL – December 7, 2021) Marjorie Waldo, President & CEO of Arts Garage, today announced an hysterical new comedy series, The Art of Laughter, launching on January 6 with TV, Film and Comedy Club superstar Jimmy “JJ” Walker. The new series will run quarterly on First Thursdays and will feature some of the best touring comedians from South Florida and beyond.
The inaugural The Art of Laughter event will be hosted by and feature comedian Mariza Brussolo, along with guest comedian Mark Christopher.
"We are so excited to add this series to our successful monthly First Tuesday Comedy Open Mics,” says Waldo. “I can't imagine needing more laughter more than we do after the last year and a half. I grew up watching JJ Walker, so having him headline the first event in this series is fantastic!”
Tickets to these general admission comedy shows are only $30 and are available for purchase by calling the Arts Garage Box Office at 561.450.6357 or going online to www.ArtsGarage.org.
Jimmy “JJ” Walker
Rising from the streets of New York’s ghettos to television superstardom, Jimmy Walker personifies the great American success story. His catch phrase "Dyn-o-mite!" is part of the modern vernacular, and he became such a major celebrity in the 1970s that Time Magazine named him "Comedian of the Decade.”
Along with working as the main attraction in all of the top comedy clubs at the time, Walaker landed the role of the broadly strutting, wisecracking J.J. Evans in the hit television series, Good Times. Enjoying a six year run, Walker's fame grew exponentially. He was the first winner of the NAACP Image Award, and won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He appeared on The Mac Davis Show, Donny and Marie, The John Davidson Show, The Merv Griffin Show, Dinah, The Mike Douglas Show, The Hollywood Squares, and the Match Game. Clothing, tee-shirts and even a talking doll that blurted out his signature catch phrase were soon on store shelves everywhere.
Even with his demanding schedule, Jimmie continued to appear as the headliner at top comedy clubs, including the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His joke writing team included a young David Letterman, Jay Leno and Byron Allen.
Walker's television work would lead to movie roles, like boxer Bootney Farnsworth in Let's Do It Again, co-starring with entertainment luminaries Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. Jimmie also released a smash comedy album, Dyn-o-mite! that went gold. When Good Times ended in 1979, Aaron Spelling offered Walker a starring role in the short-lived B.A.D. Cats, and returned to cast him again in 1983 in At Ease, an ABC series about a bunch of United States Army misfits. He also landed choice roles in films like Airplane! and Airport '79, and was a regular on television shows like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. In recent years he's made scene-stealing appearances on The George Lopez Show, Everybody Hates Chris with Chris Rock, and Scrubs. In his spare time, Walker writes scripts for TV and movies, and continues to enjoy a comedy career now approaching five decades.
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