Bill Bellamy heads to Atlanta this weekend but not without a few friends. The veteran comic is hosting the “Stand Up For Family” special in the city on July 21st, at the Center Stage Theater. Tony Rock, Gary Owen, Felipe Esparza and Dean Edwards are the show’s featured comics. It’s all part of the “Stand Up For Family” weekend which includes the comedy show on Saturday night and a pre-show reception on Friday night featuring a performance by Raheem DeVaughn.
Check out excerpts from the 2011 show here: http://www.amfam.com/standupforfamily/full.asp Bellamy’s hosting duties aside, he’s also releasing the DVD of his standup special “Crazy Sexy Dirty” this week. It aired on Showtime earlier in the summer. He talked about how he made some changes this time around.
“I’m just really excited about my new comedy special. Every couple of years I come up with a good one and this one is my best effort yet,” Bellamy told the Maddhouse on Power 98 in xx in May. “An hour of funny, it’s all about being crazy, talking about sexy issues, getting a little risqué on the other side. Most of my comedy has been pretty much clean. I wanted to get my grown man on and talk about some stuff I’ve never talked about before.”
The performers at the “Stand Up For Family” event will keep it clean, as the show focuses on comedy inspired by family. The married father of two may have shared his funnier single experiences in movies like “How To Be a Player” but these days experiences like “making it rain,” one of the sketches in his DVD, are behind him. Bellamy has two upcoming projects in the wings – “Mr. Box Office” a syndicated TV show with Vivica Fox and Rick Fox. In it, Bellamy plays a megastar forced to do community service in South Central after an altercation with the paparazzi. His second Showtime special, “Ladies Night Out” is set to air later this year. As for a much-rumored sequel to the cult favorite “Love Jones” Bellamy says he’s on board. But despite its challenges, standup comedy remains Bellamy’s first love.
"Comedy is hot again and people want to laugh," Bellamy told CNN.com. "Comedy has changed a great deal in some areas of what people are allowed to say, though it's gone backwards in terms of people's sensitivities. I've noticed that a lot of comics are having to apologize for being honest about a subject matter. Now everyone is so hypersensitive it's kind of scary."