Comedian Bill Bellamy promised Pittsburgh ladies the best night of their lives when his Ladies Night Out Tour hit the Pittsburgh Improv stage last weekend after a 4 to 5 year absence.
“It is a night of laughter, relationships and honesty. We are saving relationships one joke at a time,” said Bellamy who resides in Los Angeles with his wife of 11 years and their two children. “If you’re single or married or living with your girlfriend, there’s something for everyone.”
Add three more funnymen to the mix—up-and-coming comics Ali Siddiq, Jay Reid and D’Lai and what you have is something unique in the world of comedy that hasn’t been seen before.
“This is an Oh My God show! You are going to be saying ‘Oh my God,” Bellamy says with a laugh.
That’s exactly what Bellamy was going after when he came up with the idea for the show more than two years ago.
“I had never been a part of a large comedy group like the Kings of Comedy or anything and I wanted to create my own thing. I knew I had a lot of female fans and I wanted to do something for the ladies and so far audiences have been great. Guys trust me. They know that I won’t throw them under the bus and ladies think I’m sexy,” he said.
In addition, the Ladies Night Out Tour is also a vehicle for new comedians to showcase their talents.
“The other comics are fresh faces and they just got charisma and talent. We create and write jokes together. We’re like brothers,” said Bellamy who met each of his other partners in crime at various stages in his life—one he met while hosting the now-defunct “Last Comic Standing.” Another sparked his interest after winning “Who’s Got Jokes” and the other he met in Washington, DC.
The first “Ladies Night Out” show was performed in Houston and Bellamy and company knew they had a hit on their hands.
Since then, the show has turned into a Showtime special that aired in February and the current tour. Bellamy said other aspects of the brand are currently under development.
After making his national debut on “Showtime at the Apollo,” Bellamy went on to guest starred on “Def Comedy Jam” and soon released his first Showtime comedy special, “Booty Call.”
Since then the Rutgers University graduate has not slowed down.
He has starred in numerous television shows and movies including “Def Jam’s How to Be a Player,” “Brothers,” “Two Can Play This Game” and “Love Jones.”
Bellamy can currently be seen on the Byron Allen penned syndicated comedy, “Mr. Box Office.”
In the show, which also stars Vivica A. Fox, Jon Lovitz and Tim Meadows, Bellamy portrays Marcus Jackson a superstar who runs into trouble with TMZ and gets sued. As a result, the actor puts his career on hold and begins teaching at an inner city school.
“There’s not much difference between me and the character. It’s just me at a different time in my life,” Bellamy said. “I didn’t get in trouble with the paparazzi but I did get in trouble. Marcus is a cool character. The school is making him a different person and he is growing.
“I love the character and I like to bring a lot of honesty of who I am to my characters,” Bellamy said. “I like the duality of him being a box office star and still going back to the hood.”
Bellamy said he shoots “Mr. Box Office” three days a week in between going on the road for “Ladies Night Out” tour. He still finds time to spend quality time with his wife and children.
“I don’t work every weekend and my kids play sports and I have to have as much energy on stage as I do at home. You just make it work,” he said.
(Visit Bellamy at twitter@billbellamy or at facebook.com billbellamyvip.)