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Description: A Biography
Using his experiences growing up in Newark, Bill Bellamy started doing stand-up while
he was a student at Rutgers University. Bellamy quickly discovered how much he enjoyed
making people laugh, and began honing his skills at small comedy clubs around the country and
soon was making waves in the New York clubs like The Improv, The Comic Strip, and at The
Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
Two short years later, Bellamy had earned a spot on “Def Comedy Jam” where he
notoriously coined the phrase “booty call.” The now famous late-night rendez-vous moniker
became the name for his first comedy special for Showtime; “Booty Call” was instantly one of the
network’s top-rated specials. On the heels of the success of that special, in the years following,
Bellamy became a staple on MTV as one of the first “VJs” on the network. He hosted several of
their programming blocks, including “MTV Jams” and “MTV Beach House.”
Landing his own series, “The Billy Bellamy Show” in 1996, Bellamy continued to star on
the big screen in addition to garnering coveted guest roles in several prominent television series.
In the feature world, Bellamy starred in LOVE JONES, HOW TO BE A PLAYER, LOVE STINKS,
THE BROTHERS, and ANY GIVEN SUNDAY. At the same time, showcasing his mutlihyphenate
talents, Bellamy continued to hone his comedy and stand-up prowess. He debuted
his second comedy special, “Crazy Sexy Dirty,” also for Showtime in May 2012.
Bellamy has recently guest-starred on USA’s “White Collar” and appeared on several
episodes of Tyler Perry’s “Meet The Browns” on TBS. He also guest-starred on ABC’s “Castle”
and USA’s “Royal Pains.” Previously, he hosted four seasons of the TV One comedy competition
show “Who’s Got Jokes?” and two seasons of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,”
Returning this year to his first love of stand-up comedy, Bellamy debuted his third
Showtime comedy special, “Ladies Night Out,” in February 2013. The nation-wide tour with the same name continued throughout the US in 2013. Both the special and the tour feature
additional material by comedians Ali Siddiq, J. Reid and D'Lai.
Bill is currently starring in the syndicated television comedy from producer Byron
Allen, “Mr. Box Office,” alongside Jon Lovitz, Gary Busey, Tim Meadows, and Viveca J. Fox.
In addition to Mr. Box Office, Bill is a recurring co-host on The Rachael Ray Show for the 2013 – 2014 season. Bill is also starring in a new nation wide comedy tour for 2014, The Standing Ovation Tour with Tommy Davidson, Sommore, Marc Curry & Tony Rock.
Bellamy resides with his wife and two young children in Los Angeles.