Born Jerry Brooks, J.B. Smoove got his start doing stand-up on Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam
in the early '90s and now he's hosting shows and starring in hit movies. You might recognize him from sitcoms such as Everybody Hates Chris
and 'Til Death
, but he's best known for his reoccurring role as Leon Black on Curb Your Enthusiasm
. An award-winning writer — he's contributed to the script of Saturday Night Live
as well as acted in a few episodes — the New York native had his own special on Comedy Central in 2012. He's played in movies like Date Night
, Hall Pass
, The Dictator
and Pootie Tang
and lent his distinctive voice to projects such as The Simpsons
and Ice Age 4.
Smoove currently stars as a celebrity player on MTV2's game show Hip Hop Squares
and is set to shine in the upcoming BET series Real Husbands of Hollywood.