When it comes to Bruce Bruce and his numerous television and movie appearances, probably one of his favorite roles is the one where he got to say whatever he wanted to.
Bruce will be performing at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Bell Auditorium during the New Year’s Eve Weekend Comedy Explosion. Other performers scheduled for the evening are Earthquake, Sommore, Marvin Dixon and Arnez J.
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The movie Bruce recalls so fondly is called Think Like a Man, and was released earlier this year. The film, which is based on Steve Harvey’s book Act like a Lady, Think like a Man, stars several personalities including Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall and Kevin Hart.
“Actually Think Like a Man was a very short role, but they let me write my own lines and my own scene and they made it very funny,” Bruce said. “I thought it was really small, but the scene that we did made it very big, so I think that is my favorite movie.”
So, has Bruce ever thought that, after writing his own lines, he might enjoy writing a movie of his own? Well, maybe somewhere down the road.
“I want to do more movies, but before I write one I want to do seven or eight love scenes or something to let everybody know that the big boy still got it, you know what I’m saying?” Bruce joked. “Give me about eight love scenes and then I’ll write my own movie.”
Bruce said when it comes to leading ladies, actress Loretta Devine would be his first choice.
Besides making appearances in movies, television and doing stand-up comedy, Bruce is also an author. In 2005 he released his autobiography, Baby James Brown. To Bruce, writing a book was the easiest thing to do.
“It’s not difficult at all,” Bruce said. “The book is called Baby James Brown and the reason it’s called that is because when I was young, I thought I was James Brown. I’m a James Brown fanatic. It’s about my life story. It’s going to make you laugh, it’s going to make you think, it’s going to make you cry and then it’s going to make you laugh again.”
Bruce said the events in real life are what really inspire his stand-up comedy. Everything he talks about on stage is really how it all went down.
“All of my material is from everyday life,” Bruce said. “I just go to the mall and go places and watch people and remember that everything I do is real and not a lie.”
Also in the Comedy Explosion lineup are:
• Earthquake, who has been a favorite on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and BET’s Comic View. He’s made guest appearances on Comedy Central’s Chelsea Lately and George Lopez’s late night show.
• Sommore, who was a headliner on the Royal Comedy Tour when it stopped in Augusta last March. Considered the “Queen of Comedy,” Sommore uses a combination of class and sass to present audiences with a hilarious, piercing look at today’s issues from a woman’s point of view.
• Marvin Dixon, who has been performing and hosting comedy since 1994. He has appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, BET’s Comic View and most recently The Tom Joyner Skyy Show. Dixon has an upcoming DVD comedy series called The Young Gunz of Comedy.
• Arnez J., who has served as host of BET’s longest-running comedy series, Comic View, for two seasons.