JERMAINE FOWLER is an actor, producer, and writer who is making his mark as one of Hollywood’s fastest rising young talents. Fowler will next be in COMING 2 AMERICA starring as “Lavelle” opposite Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, and Leslie Jones. The film, which is set to release Christmas 2020, is a sequel to the 1988 hit comedy COMING TO AMERICA. In the sequel, “Akeem,” played by Eddie Murphy, learns he has a son in America and must return to meet the unlikely heir to the Zamundathrone. COMING 2 AMERICA is directed by Craig Brewer and written by Kenya Barrisand Barry W. Blaustein.
On TV, Fowler starred in and executive produced CBS’s comedy series SUPERIOR DONUTS, where he was the first Black lead of a CBS sitcom in a generation. Created by Bob Daily, Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman, SUPERIOR DONUTS is about an old-school doughnut shop owner, his spunky young employee and aspiring artist, and their friends and patrons who keep the shop going in a changing inner cityChicago neighborhood. Fowler starred in the series alongside Emmy Award-winner Judd Hirsch, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani and Katey Segal.
On the big screen, Fowler starred opposite Lakeith Stanfield in 2018’s SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, which was also directed and written by Stanfield. Fowler portrayed “Salvado” in the comedy-drama film alongside Terry Crews, Omari Hardwick, Tessa Thompson, Danny Glover, and Armiehammer. Produced by Forest Whitaker, the film made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018.
In 2014 Fowler co-created and starred in the truTV sketch-comedy series FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE. The following year, he starred in his own Showtime special GIVE ‘EM HELL KID. His additional television credits include CRASHING, produced by Judd Apatow, ROBOT CHICKEN, BOJACKHORSEMAN, the ALL THAT revival, which he also executive produced, and the 69th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS, for which Fowler was the on-camera announcer.Fowler recently appeared on RU PAUL’S DRAG RACE and helped VH1 score their highest-rated Friday night in over 10 years.
Raised in Hyattsville, Md., Fowler began performing stand-up in 2006 while still in high school. On his 20th birthday, he boarded a Megabus and moved to New York City with three pieces of luggage and a dream. As a stand-up comic, he has toured nationally with College Humor and Comedy Central on Campus. Also, he was one half of the sketch group BodegaCatSanchez, alongside Kevin Barnett. In 2012 Fowler was selected as one of Variety’s “New Faces” at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.
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