Getting to know JAY REID
Since age 19, comedian Jay Reid has been entertaining audiences in Las Vegas and beyond. The Vegas native began his comedy career performing stand-up in small clubs throughout his hometown, and has ventured out and began touring nationally and internationally. Reid’s first big break came when he was chosen to be a contestant on BET’s (Black Entertainment Television Network) comedy competition, "Coming to the Stage," where he went head-to-head in a weekly comedic battle against other rising comedians. As a result of the appearance and his overwhelming talent, Reid quickly began garnering attention and booking performances at notable comedy clubs such as The Laugh Factory, The Improv’s, The Funnybone’s, and The Comedy Store.
Never forgetting home, Reid continually performed for audiences on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip at renowned hotels and casinos including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, The Riviera, and the “Brad Garrett Comedy Club" at the MGM Grand; where Reid happens to be one of Brad Garrett’s favorite comedians. Additionally, he hosted his own monthly comedy showcase, the “Grown and Sexy Comedy Show,” that featured well-known comedians and musicians.
In July 2009, Reid’s newfound popularity resulted in him being chosen to tour Iraq to entertain our U.S Army troops. Reid was approached to be a contestant on the stand-up comedy competition, “Who’s Got Jokes?” This one-hour televised program, hosted by Bill Bellamy, aired on cable television network TV One. Reid competed against 24 other comedians from across the country for the “Jokes” title. Episode after episode Reid’s talents were put to the test, they would regularly introduce various props to be used during performances. Reid kept at it until tragedy struck during the season premier episode, Reid’s father passed away, but he knew he had to go on. In front of over 400 comedy fans, Reid triumphed over other up-and-coming comedians in the finals to take the crown of this competition. Reid out joked the competition and was voted by America as the winner of “Who’s Got Jokes?”
After “Jokes” Reid quickly gained national attention and new fans. His animated and relatable style of comedy landed him a feature performance at the 2010 Essence Music Festival. Additionally, he filmed his own 30-minute comedy special “L.M.A.O” that premiered on TV One. Reid has since expanded his comedic talent into film, television and music. The popular funny man was featured in the blockbuster movie“21” starring Kevin Spacey. Additional credits includes the recent release of the second of two comedy albums, titled “J.Reid: Comedy Mixtape Volume 2,” featuring parodies, skits, and stand-up. Reid co-hosted “Straight Talk” with Las Vegas Commissioner Lawrence Weekly on 88.1 KCEP.
Reid is still continuing to perform his first love, stand-up, at comedy venues throughout the country. His triumph on “Who’s Got Jokes?” landed him a position alongside comedian, Bill Bellamy on “The Ladies Night Out Tour”. He stars in his own hit show "Comedy & Cocktails" every Thursday in Las Vegas. In addition to performing for the troops in Iraq, Reid has taken his talents internationally performing for a Saudi Arabian Prince in Seychelles, performing for cruisers on Royal Caribbean, as well has on his solo“REIDiculous Tour”. Reid can also be seen on the Showtime Network on the highly anticipated comedy special “Ladies Night Out Comedy Special”.