Comedian, Actor, and writer Jermaine Fowler is primed and aligned to have a break-out year in 2016 and it all starts tonight with the premiere of his Showtime special Give ‘Em Hell Kid. Fowler, who’s credits already boast The Eric Andre Show, MTV’s Guy Code, the Netflix hit BoJack Horseman, and truTV’s ensemble comedy Friends of the People, delivers his first ever stand-up special that dissects his life in hilarious detail from his childhood to dealing with Internet trolls and his “special” brother. A must watch tonight 9pm.
Fowler was selected as one of The Backstage 30: Actors On The Verge Of Becoming Household Names and there is good reason why. There is “likeable” and then there is “Jermaine”. His energy is as high and infectious as can be. Upon first listen, he becomes an instant favorite. In a recent late night appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, he gives us the inside track on what it’s like being a twin and what happens when your family steps up to your defense on social media. He welcomes you in to his world with open arms exposing both the good and bad while finding the perfect balance of funny from both.
Jermaine Fowler’s back story is quite interesting having young teenagers as parents while growing up a twin. According to Fowler, his twin brother “preferred jail to home” which lead to Fowler having to deal with some unsuspecting consequences through mistaken identity. He grew up just outside the D.C. area which had a robust comedy scene at the time with local names such as Aparna Nancherla (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Hampton Yount (Mystery Science Theater 3000 Reboot, Ridiculousness), and Seaton Smith (Inside Amy Schumer, Mulaney). Fowler found this attractive and quickly gravitated to stand-up honing his craft before making the decision to ultimately move to New York City. With his comedy now a well oiled machine, he made an impact almost immediately working with and starring in CollegeHumor Originals starting in 2010. This led to the role of “Principal” on The Eric Andre Show in 2012. That same year he was enlisted for MTV’s smash hit Guy Code.
Things were now moving quickly for Fowler. Up next, a role on FOX’s animated series Lucas Bros Moving Co alongside Jerrod Carmichael, Hannibal Buress, LilRel Howery, and his previous employer Eric André. After the show’s first season, it was moved to FXX where it lived on for two more seasons. Despite the ending of the series, Fowler was already on to the next big thing. truTV’s Friends of the People, which was comprised of much of the same cast as Lucas Bros Moving Co in addition to writers and stars of the failed In Living Color reboot. Friends of the People was at the forefront of the networks comedic identity change and first sketch-comedy series. It combined scripted elements with man-on-the-street features. The show, its writers, stars, and crew have all become individually successful and their schedules just too much to overcome to keep the show going. This, in end, would free up Fowler to ride his own wave filled with credits all while taking his stand-up to the next level.
Here in-turn we find ourselves at tonight’s premiere of Jermaine Fowler: Give ‘Em Hell Kid. The much anticipated special has already induced the Give ‘Em Hell 29 date tour in support. And to cap it off, just this past September, Fowler also inked a development deal with CBS that he is set to star in and write. The show appears to be semi-autobiographical, however, the twist is Fowler will be playing the role of his dad. We can’t wait. Until then, we’ve got a date with Showtime this evening as should you. And be sure to mark your calendars when he comes to your town this winter and the spring of 2016. You’ll be thankful you did after seeing this star on the rise.
You can check out Fowler’s episode of the The Laugh Button Podcast here. And inn case you missed it, the trailer for Jermaine Fowler: Give ‘Em Hell Kid which airs tonight 9p on Showtime: