About Eddie Griffin
A popular comedian turned actor who started his career on-stage as a dare,
funnyman Eddie Griffin has built an ever-growing fan base since jumping onto the
comedy scene in 1990.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Eddie was voted class clown three years in a row in
high school. His first love was always dance and by the young age of 16, he opened
his own dance studio and was choreographing the Kansas City Chiefs half-time
shows. But all of that would soon change when one night his cousin dared him to
go on stage at the local comedy club Sanford and Sons where he was told to do 3
minutes. He performed off-the-cuff for 45 minutes successfully. It was then that
Griffin purchased a one-way ticket to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming
a stand-up comedian.
In one short month, he was a regular at the renowned Comedy Store, where he was
compared with esteemed talents such as Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and Lenny
Bruce. After two months, Griffin was chosen to open for Andrew Dice Clay at
Madison Square Garden that kicked off a 22-city tour.
These successful performances led to Eddie Griffin’s appearance on Russell
Simmons' Def Comedy Jam (1992), the Cable Ace Award-nominated HBO special
One Night stand (1992), HBO Comedy Half Hour Special (1995), the HBO special
Voodoo Child (1997) and onstage at the legendary Apollo Theater. He also
recorded the successful comedy albums Message In The Hat (1993) and The
Message (1999) featuring comedic and musical performances by him as well as
Master P, Sikk the Shocker, and Fiend.
Griffin began branching out into acting.
Roles in such films as The Last Boy Scout (1991), Coneheads (1993), and Jason’s
Lyric (1994) soon led to his own hit comedy series Malcolm and Eddie(1996-2000),
for which he was nominated (1996) and won (2000) the NAACP Image Award for
Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In addition to lending his acting experience to this
sitcom, he also wrote and directed four episodes, one of which starred his
Godfather and mentor Richard Pryor.
In 2001, Eddie was offered a lead role in Double Take alongside friend Orlando
Jones. Griffin then starred beside Denzel Washington in John Q (2002), earning him
respect as a dramatic actor. Shortly thereafter, his leading-man status lead to one
of his most notable roles, Anton Jackson in Undercover Brother (2002). Eddie’s
extensive film resume includes films such as Armageddon (1998), and the
worldwide successful comedy franchise Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005); as well as Date Movie (2006), Scary
Movie 3 (2003), My Baby’s Daddy (2004) which he starred, wrote and executive
produced for Miramax.
Eddie starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the hit feature Norbit (2007) and starred,
wrote and Executive Produced his next comedy special Freedom Of
Speech (2007). Later that year he contributed to and performed on T-Pain’s
worldwide successful album Circus (2008) and starred in Disney’s Beethoven’s Big
In 2011 His Comedy Special You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It premiered on Comedy
Central, and he appeared in the feature film American Hero where he played a
wheelchair bound sidekick to Stephen Dorff‘s heroic character (2015).
In June 2012, Eddie took a dramatic turn in David E. Talbert’s play A Fool and His
Money for which he received rave reviews as the hero. Eddie was the voice of
Richard Pryor in the animated series Black Dynamite on Adult Swim and starred
in the R-rated comedy feature Mucho Dinero released in 2016.
Eddie also contributed and performed on Dr. Dre‘s Multi-Platinum selling
albums The Chronic (1992) and Chronic 2001 (2001).
Eddie Griffin is widely known for his award winning Comedy Stand-up
Special Dysfunktional Family (2003) which he starred, wrote, Executive Produced
and performed on the film’s soundtrack with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac.
Eddie’s most recent comedy special Undeniable, premiered on Showtime in 2018.
In 2018 he starred in The Comedy Get Down BET Television Series with fellow
standup performers Cedric the Entertainer, Charlie Murphy, George Lopez, and D.L.
Eddie played The Pastor opposite Dave Chappelle, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
in the Academy Award Winning feature film A Star is Born (2018), and in 2019
Eddie began shooting the feature film The Comeback Trail alongside actors Robert
De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones.
Eddie Griffin is back for his third SHOWTIME comedy special, Eddie Griffin: E-NIGGMA, premiering on Friday, December 6, 2019.
Currently, Eddie can be found performing his weekly Las Vegas Residency, The
Eddie Griffin Experience at the Sahara Hotel and Casino.
Comedy Central has honored Eddie as one of the Top 100 Greatest Stand-Up
Comedians of all time.