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Damon Wayans, Jr. Headlines Shaq’s Comedy Jam At San Manuel

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San Manuel Indian Nation – Thursday, April 5, 2012, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes the return of Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam featuring Damon Wayans, Jr., DeRay Davis, Lavell Crawford, Lil Duval, Gary Owens and Finesse Mitchell. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $25, $35 and $45.

With comedy in his genes, Damon Wayans, Jr. pursued his passion for fine arts and animation by attending the Otis School for Art and Design. This would prove much of his success when becoming the youngest staff writer on television for the comedy series “My Wife and Kids.” Following in his father’s footsteps, Damon, Jr., braved the world of stand up, and in 2006 began appearing and writing for the sketch comedy Showtime series, “The Underground.” In 2008, Damon Jr. was featured on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” DeRay Davis has a long list of comedy film credits including “Life As We Know It”, “Semi-Pro”, “Old Dogs”, “Imagine That”, “License to Wed”, “Scary Movie 4”, “Barbershop 1 &2”, and “Johnson Family Vacation”. Born in Chicago, he was first noticed by Hollywood at Atlanta’s Laffapalooza Festival, and shortly after began touring on the Cedric the Entertainer Tour. His recording side came out when he wrote and performed the comedy skits on Kanye West’s LPs “Late Registration” and “The College Dropout”. He performed at the 2006 Grammy Awards with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx.

Lavell Crawford credits his first big break with his appearance on “DEF Comedy Jam” and BET’s “Comicview”. From that point on Crawford can be seen both in comedy clubs across the nation and as a regular on “Chelsea Lately.” More recently, his stand-up comedy special, “Can A Brother Get Some Love?” was released on DVD in August 2011. Roland Powell gets his stage name, Lil Duval, from the Florida county from which he hails, in which he uses his home turf in his stand-up routine. Duval hit the scene with his performance at Atlanta’s legendary Uptown Comedy Corner, but it wasn’t until a stand-up contest in Oakland, when he was noticed by Cedric the Entertainer, and appeared on “Cedric the Entertainer: Starting Lineup.” With his signature routine, “Stalker Anthem”, he gained more recognition.

Gary Owen has performed in comedy rooms across America including The Laugh Factory Hollywood, The Comedy Store, all of the Improvs, and many more. Owen has received much success from his recurring character Zach the barber in Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne.” He has also appeared in such films as “Little Man”, “Rebound” and “Daddy Day Care”. His road to comedy was not all laughs, after serving in the Navy and holding a military police officer position, Owen realized his passion and talent for comedy, and became known as the “Funniest Serviceman in America.”

Now starring on the Disney Channel's #1 hit show “A.N.T. Farm” as Chyna's Dad a.k.a Officer Darryl Parks... Finesse has not slowed down one bit. From BET’s “Comic View” to “The Tyra Banks Show” from “Comedy Central Presents...” to the “Today Show”, Finesse Mitchell got his first big break when he was asked to be a feature player on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and was promoted to cast member in 2005. Long before becoming a regular on SNL, this author, actor and former insurance salesman made an impact in the world of stand-up comedy, with sold-out live performances all over the country and abroad.

Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present. NOTE: Doors open at 6:30pm. Must be 21 to enter Casino. Please gamble responsibly.

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