JEP Entertainment Promoter Information
The Real Deal Comedy Jam was launched in 2002 as the brain child of three friends from Birmingham, England, Nathan Wilkins, Samuel Nelson and Damian Blackwood who call themselves JEP Entertainment Ltd.
All three friends were huge fans of the hit stand-up comedy show from America ‘Russell Simmon’s Def Comedy Jam’ and because of this were inspired to do something in the UK similar to the Def Comedy Jam. However they wanted to stamp their own mark on the comedy world by making there brand of comedy unique and distinctive.
“We wanted everyone to know that when they’d seen a Real Deal Comedy Jam show, they were seeing something special”. Nathan Wilkins.
As all three friends are of a similar background they wanted to create a style of production that reflected their culture, which was from one of the most diverse cities in the UK. So because of this when you come to a Real Deal Comedy Jam production you can expect to see urban stand-up comedy with comedians with an array of diverse background. ‘Only one thing matters to the JEP squad, it’s just got to be funny’. The Real Deal Comedy Jam likes to combine the very best from America from shows like the ‘Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam’ and the very best from the UK.
In 2004 the JEP team contacted Nzinga Graham Smith to handle all the PR aspects of the business. Since then Nzinga has gone from strength to strength and has become a valued member of the JEP team with a proven track record for achieving success.
The JEP squad like to consider themselves to be ambassadors of urban UK stand-up comedy and culture. It is astonishing that the Real Deal Comedy Jam brand has grown to be recognised worldwide as the urban stand-up comedy show to be done in the UK. “We were amazed to see the reaction that we received when we took a business trip to NYC and LA in January 2008. Every comedian, agent and comedy club all knew about the Real Deal Comedy Jam production and wanted to be involved with our brand”. Nathan Wilkins.
The Real Deal Comedy Jam family grew in 2008 by spreading into other regions of the UK these include Nottingham, Manchester and London. Bristol was added in 2009 and Cardiff was added to the tour in 2010. Franchise agreements have all been placed with the very best promoters in each of these cities. Together they are all looking to expand and take the brand to the very top of the comedy world. The Real Deal Comedy Jam is already recognised as being the biggest urban stand-up comedy show in the UK. "we don't do comedy shows anymore we do comedy tours" Samuel Nelson,
In June 2008, JEP Entertainment Ltd decided it was time to take the brand to the next level. There hasn’t been anything that represented Black comedy or urban comedy on terrestrial UK television since the Real McCoy (TV series) 1991-1996, so JEP Entertainment Ltd decided to turn the Real Deal Comedy Jam into a TV show. Hosted by Tony Roberts who is a star comedian from Def Comedy Jam and Kat who is one of the familiar faces from MTV Base, we filmed two episodes featuring Annette Fagon, Lateef Lovejoy, Damon Williams, Slim, Marlon Randolph and Mr Cee (all these named comedians have featured on our live stand-up comedy show at some point, further information on these comedians can be found in the comedian section of this website). The Real Deal Comedy Jam TV show structure was built around stand-up comedy with elements of comedy sketches and comedian/public interaction. In January 2010 the show was aired on UK sky channel 367 'FLAVA' and has been running continuously ever since.
The Real Deal Comedy Jam has become much more than a show it is now a cultural movement. Show attendee's are known as 'Real Deal Comedy Jammers'. The shows have there own identities which are distinctively different from any other show. Our aim is to continuously improve every aspect of our show. From the experience of the comedians to the audience to the sponsors through to the technical staff at the venues that we work out of.
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