Scottsdale Comedy Spot presents ANTHONY GRIFFITH
January 14, 2015
“Kids in my neighborhood loved playing cops and robbers, which I hated, because I was always forced to be the prostitute,” says Anthony Griffith.
Making people laugh as hard as humanly possible is Griffith’s mission as a stand up comedian. Funny tales of his childhood, eccentric relatives, and friends help lay the foundation for Griffith’s hilarious insights about marriage, family life, and the pursuit of sanity. At home with secular, religious, and combined audiences, Griffith’s appeal stems from his Southern charm, positive outlook on life, and his ability to bring his characters to life. It is this style that has made Griffith an audience favorite at churches, corporate events, concerts, and comedy clubs. It has catapulted him to over 25 national comedy television appearances, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, HBO, Comedy Central, funny videos on YouTube, as well as others.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Griffith’s desire was to become a world renowned escape artist. “While other boys were playing sports in high school, I was getting out of handcuffs, chains, and straitjackets. I still played basketball since escape artistry wasn’t in vogue yet with the women, but by this time, I had become a fan of the legendary escape artist Harry Houdini. I was building a fan base in the community, until unexpectedly someone stole my straitjacket, one of the drawbacks growing up in the inner city. My attempt to get another one through my parents was met with resistance. ‘You need another straitjacket? Boy, you act like straitjackets grow on trees.'”
While in college, he took up stand up comedy where he performed at comedy clubs, colleges, restaurants, hotels, and strip clubs. “I performed anywhere and everywhere, in the hopes of learning and mastering the craft.” Griffith’s hard work was rewarded in the ’90s by appearing on Ed McMahon’s Star Search, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, HBO, and Showtime, just to name a few. While he was turning heads as a stand up, he was quietly landing acting roles in films such as the cult classic, Tales from the Hood, Mario Van Peebles’ Panther, Dead Man’s Curve, and the television drama Our Father, where he was awarded an Emmy Award.
This decade continues to keep him busy with performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Watch for him this year as he joins his friends, comedians Jeff Allen, Brad Stine, and Ron Pearson as part of the Apostles of Comedy Tour in churches throughout the country, and in comedy shorts that he’s written and produced.