Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, comedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis can most recently be "scene" and heard in the blockbuster mega hit 21 Jump Street, Jumping the Broom and
his wildly successful Showtime 1 hour Comedy Special, DeRay Davis: Power Play. He lends his
voice and writing talent to countless characters on Kanye Wests Albums the BoonDocks and
currently on Adult Swims Black Dynamite!
DeRay, developed and honed a hip, sardonic, streetwise mentality at an early age and parlayed it
smoothly and efficiently into the comedy-club circuit. Davis achieved his career breakthrough at
the Laffapalooza Festival in Atlanta, GA, then scored a triple whammy by winning the Comedy
Central Laugh Riots Competition and landing covetable spots in the Montreal Just for Laughs
Festival and the Cedric the Entertainer Festival. Throughout, the comic wove vulgar and droll, yet
also telling and deeply personal, routines around the subjects of race, poverty, and his challenging
experiences growing up in the Windy City projects with a dysfunctional African-American family.
The transition from behind-the-mike spots to movie roles represented a relatively short jump, for
most of Davis' early film assignments emphasized the same subject matter as his routines; for
example, he played the "Hustle Guy" in Barbershop (2002) and its sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in
Business (2004), rapper Mario "Fa Real" Greene in the Martin Short comedy Jiminy Glick in La
La Wood (2004), and a Jamaican stoner in Johnson Family Vacation (2004). Davis expanded his
genre focus with roles in Rupert Wainwright's supernatural horror outing The Fog (2005), and
Todd Phillips' comedy remake School for Scoundrels (2006). Subsequent feature assignments
include License to Wed (2007), Semi-Pro (2008, as basketball player Bee Bee Ellis), and Imagine
That (2009). Life As We Know it and Old Dogs. Davis also appeared on television series
including Entourage and Reno 911!, and televised comedy revues such as Comedy Central's
Premium Blend. Deray can be seen on VH1’s new show “Hip Hop Squares” the hip-hop adaptation
of the classic “Hollywood Squares” game show, which will be premiering on VH1 on March 13th.