Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles

ACTOR

“I was always considered funny. I went to college and studied, sang.
I really thought I was going to be a singer.
That’s where the ‘Entertainer’ comes from.”
—Cedric, during an interview with Blackfilm.com

(Excerpt from Missouri Legends)

You may not know the name Cedric Kyles, but the odds are you know the stage name of Cedric “The Entertainer.” Cedric has always been a funny guy and was able to turn that great sense of humor into an incredible career. From the stage to the screen, the St. Louis native has certainly put his mark on pop culture.

Location of Saint Louis in MissouriTHE EARLY YEARS

Cedric Kyles was born on April 24, 1964, in Jefferson City. He moved to St. Louis when he was young and spent the rest of his childhood and teenage years there. Even as a child, friends and family say he was funny in practically every situation.  He continued his comedic ways in school and was named the Most Popular and Most Humorous student in his class at Berkeley High School.

Kyles put his comedy career on hold after graduation from college at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau as he began a job as an insurance adjuster for State Farm Insurance.  He pursued his passion to be on stage on the weekends, performing at comedy clubs throughout the St. Louis area.

RISE TO FAME

Kyles always dreamed of being a performer, not only as a comedian but also as a singer. When he was twenty-six, friends urged him to take the stage at a comedy club where the Johnny Walker National Comedy Contest tryouts were taking place. He won the contest, which earned him a chance to perform in Chicago.  There, he won the competition, a little money, and the chance to travel the country doing his act.

His next big break came after being in the right place at the right time, when the right person was there to see his act. Cedric, now known as “The Entertainer,” stopped by a comedy club in Dallas. The headlining act wasn’t very entertaining, so Cedric took the stage on a whim. He was an instant hit with the crowd, which just happened to include comedian Steve Harvey. The two hit it off immediately.  When Harvey landed his own TV show, “The Entertainer” was invited along for the ride.

SHOW ME SUCCESS

His pairings with great comedians paved the way for success in the late 1990s.  The Steve Harvey Show debuted in 1997, with Cedric Kyles playing Cedric Jackie Robinson. He was a hit on the show and won numerous awards. The next year, Cedric teamed up with big-name comedians Bernie Mac and D. L. Hughley for a comedy tour called The Kings of Comedy. The tour sold out almost every night and took in nearly $40 million over two years.(Left to right) Cedric the Entertainer as Ralph Kramden and Mike Epps as Ed Norton in “The Honeymooners.” Photo by: Jonathan Hession

The exposure of his TV show and the comedy act made him a bankable star in Hollywood. He landed a part in Ride in 1998 and in Big Momma’s House
in 2000. That same year, the movie version of The Kings of Comedy hit theaters, which gave the Missouri native even greater exposure. He followed the success
of these performances with starring roles of his own in Barbershop and Johnson Family Vacation.

Cedric turned his love for entertaining people into a multimillion-dollar entertainment empire. He continues to be one of the highest paid and most in-demand actors in Hollywood. He even set up a foundation to fund scholarships for underprivileged kids in his hometown. His sense of humor and hard work ethic
have allowed him to achieve worldwide fame, but his humble roots and contribution to society prove that “The Entertainer” still knows where he came from.

EXTRA, EXTRA!

*Many people first saw Cedric as the “Smooth Dancing Lover” in commercials for Budweiser.

*Cedric won the Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from BET in 1994.

*He won four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on The Steve Harvey Show.

*The premiere for the movie Barbershop was held at the Esquire Theater in Richmond Heights, Missouri.

*His voice can be heard in animated movies Madagascar, Ice Age, Charlotte’s Web, and in TV cartoons The Proud Family and The Boondocks.

 

 

 

Acting Appearances (courtesy Imdb)

2012
The Soul Man (TV series) – Boyce

Grassroots – Richard McIver

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – Maurice (voice)

2011
Hot in Cleveland (TV series) – Reverend Boyce

Larry Crowne – Lamar

Dance Fu  – Detective

2010
Caribbean Comedy Classic (TV movie) – Host

2009
Merry Madagascar – Maurice (voice)

All’s Faire in Love – Professor Shockworthy

The Law (TV movie) – Cedric Battiste

2008
Cadillac Records – Willie Dixon

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – Maurice (voice)

Street Kings – Scribble (as Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ Kyles)

Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins – Clyde (as Cedric ‘The Entertainer’)

Untitled Cedric the Entertainer Project (TV movie) – Preston Stokes

2007
The Boondocks (TV series) – Cousin Jericho

Invasion of the Katrinians  – Cousin Jericho (voice)

Talk to Me – ‘Nighthawk’ Bob Terry

Code Name: The Cleaner – Jake Rodgers (as Cedric The Entertainer)

2006
Charlotte’s Web – Golly the Goose (voice)

All of Us (TV series) – Food Critic

Pass the Peas  – Food Critic

2001-2005
The Proud Family (TV series) – Bobby Proud

2005
The Honeymooners – Ralph Kramden

Madagascar – Maurice (voice)

Be Cool – Sin LaSalle

I Man of the House – Percy Stevens

2004
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – Constable

MADtv (TV series) – Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde

Johnson Family Vacation – Nate Johnson/Uncle Earl

Barbershop 2: Back in Business – Eddie

2003
Intolerable Cruelty  – Gus Petch

2002
Serving Sara – Ray Harris

Barbershop – Eddie

Ice Age – Carl (voice)

1996-2002
The Steve Harvey Show (TV series) – Cedric Jackie Robinson / Grandma Puddin’ / Cedric Robinson

2001
Dr. Dolittle 2 – Zoo Bear #1 (voice) (as Cedric ‘The Entertainer’)

Kingdom Come – Rev. Beverly H. Hooker

Cedric the Coach (TV movie) – Cedric Hubbard

2000
Big Momma’s House – Reverend

1998
Ride – Bo

 

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