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During the original run of the television series Def Comedy Jam which spanned from July 1, 1992, to May 2, 1997, the careers of many African-American comedians were launched.
Though trailed by criticisms that point to the fact that excessive foul language was used on the show, not to mention the negative vibe it placed on black Americans, the show went on the produce stars among which is JB Smoove.
At first, the American comedian worked outside of the entertainment sphere but when he found his way in, he grew his craft beyond comedy to explore the horizon as a writer, actor, and voice actor.
There is no doubt that he is good at all his ventures and has also worked as a director and producer. One of the notable roles he has portrayed is as Leon in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Smoove now enjoys a glittering career as an entertainer but his early days in the industry were not rosy at all. Another interesting detail about him is his admirable love story with his wife. Read everything you need to know about the comedian below.
JB Smoove’s Early Days Had Nothing To Do With Entertainment
He is popularly known as JB Smoove but was born Jerry Angelo Brooks in the year 1963 on December 16th. His birth took place in Plymouth, North Carolina, where his father Floyd Brooks, and mother Elizabeth Brooks welcomed him as the first of their three children.
Most parts of his early years were spent in Mount Vernon, New York, after which he spent time with his maternal relatives in Plymouth. Sadly, his father died when he was about 15 years old.
JB schooled at Mount Vernon High School and graduated in 1983. He then furthered his education at Norfolk State University in Virginia where he studied Engineering and Graphics Designing.
Though he developed his penchant for the entertainment industry on time, JB Smoove didn’t wait around for that part of his life to manifest. He started working as a perfume formulator in a perfume factory to earn a living.
His hustling didn’t stop there as he also sold fire extinguishers and had a job at a T-shirt branding company known as Mrs. G’s T’s. At the company, he branded and sold printed T-shirts that were designed to suit customers’ specifications.
At this time, you would be pardoned to think that JB would probably make a living as an entrepreneur but no, he had more affinity for entertainment.
His entertainment side only manifested when he cheerfully interacts with customers and when he did start his entertainment career, he started small and build a robust career over time.
Journey To Fame
JB began started his journey in the entertainment world as a dancer. He first pitched his tent with a hip-hop group dubbed J. Smoove prior to launching his acting career.
He hit the jackpot when he landed a recurring role on The Lyricist Lounge Show on MTV. In addition to The Lyricist Lounge Show, he has also made appearances in Premium Blend, Pootie Tang.
The first big feature film he appeared in is Mr. Deeds, wherein he depicted the role of Adam Sandler. Some of the major appearances he has made on TV include Saturday Night Live (2003–2005), and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2004–2013), Comics Unleashed (2007–2011), Curb Your Enthusiasm (2007–to date), Transformers: Cyberverse (2018, Jazz – voice role), among many others.
His most recent appearances came in the final dinner service of Hell’s Kitchen’s eighteenth season dubbed Hell’s Kitchen: Rookies vs. Veterans. He contributed as a chef’s table guest in the blue kitchen.
The same year, he also appeared as a guest judge on the inaugural season of the reality singing competition The Masked Singer which airs on FOX.
Who is JB Smoove’s Wife – Shahidah Omar?
Through their marital life, JB Smoove and his wife Shahidah Omar have inspired many, including the single adults. The amazing duo is a good example of how married celebrities can maintain a stable relationship while still giving their careers the needed attention.
Smoove has been married to his heartthrob since 2007 and their homefront has remained as strong as ever.
Shahidah Omar, born on December 16th in 1965, shares the same birthplace with her husband. Her birth took place in Plymouth, North Carolina, and in her own right, she is doing well as an American actress.
She is known for her roles in Graduation Night, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and The Arsenio Hall Show. With her spectacular voice, she has also made good music as a singer, credited with songs like “Stop The War,” “What About The Living” and “People Of The World”.
In addition to singing, Shahidah is also a music producer and has a studio called Hot Pink Studios. Apparently, her talents don’t have a limit, she equally dances and also does modeling jobs occasionally. Her monikers as a singer are Shah XO and Shah Eclectic.
At a glance, one would agree that Omar is a pretty and well-endowed woman, little wonder why Smoove has remained smitten after so many years.
The union between JB Smoove and Shahidah Omar has not shaken since they exchanged vows in 2007. They have remained an inspiration to many who still believe in love and people often wonder how they manage to keep the love alive.
What You Need To Know About Jerrica Brooks
Smoove and Shahidah are parents to one child, a girl whose name we obtained to be Jerrica Brooks. Their daughter was born on October 21, 1993, but some sources have suggested that her mother might be a former flame of Smoove’s.
Notwithstanding, Shahidah Omar remains the mother of Jerrica until she says otherwise.
Unlike her parents who enjoy a lot of attention under the spotlight, Brooks has not been making her affairs public.
Nothing can be confirmed about her at this time, especially the career path she has chosen for herself. Let’s just say Jerrica likes to keep her personal life private.