Press Release: Lester Bibbs Taping Live at the Howard Theatre


October 12, 2015


WHO:  Comedian/Actor/Writer Lester Memphis Redd Bibbs

WHAT:  Memphis Redd to perform one shows at Howard Theatre

WHEN: Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Howard Theatre, Washington D.C.

“That’s Hilarious Production” & “A Retsel Craig Production” in association with A.S.F.T.A. INC & Back In The Game Entertainment announce today comedian, actor and writer Lester Bibbs A.K.A. Memphis Redd presents “I Don’t Feel Safe” live comedy concert at The Howard Theatre, Friday October 16, 2015.

Lester Bibbs aka Memphis Redd: Live Comedy Concert taping of I DON’T FEEL SAFE” is hosted by D.C. native comedian Joe Clair with special comedian guest T.Hosley and Eddie Bryant.

Are you looking for that special and different way to spend a Friday night with your favorite friends? For a night full of laughter, excitement and surprises make sure you come out and see the “I Don’t Feel Safe” Live Comedy Show. Friday, October 16, 2015 Showtime @ 7:00 PM Doors open @ 6:00 PM Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

About Lester Bibbs:

Lester Bibbs aka Memphis Redd, is one of the greatest comedians and actors in the industry. The gifted writer, comedian and actor has performed at prestigious comedy clubs such as: The Improv, Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, Funny Bones, The Punchline and StarDome.

Memphis Redd was discovered by Steve Harvey at a comedy club in Memphis, Tennessee. Bibbs aka Memphis Redd has worked side-by-side with some of the greatest comedians in the industry such as legendary Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Steve Harvey, John Witherspoon, Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Bernie Mac, Monique, CoCo Brown, Bruce Bruce, D.L Hughley, J.B. Smoove, Tim Allen, Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White and Jeff Foxworth.

Lester Bibbs has been featured in numerous TV and comedy special including HBOs Bad Boys of Comedy, BETs Comic View, Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand-Up, HBOs Def Comedy Jam, and Bryon Allen’s Comics Unleashed.

About Joe Clair:

Joe Clair is a multifaceted entertainer with a career spanning two decades. Joe Clair, also known by the nickname “Joe Cleezy”, is a nationally-renowned American stand-up comedian, radio DJ, and VJ. A DMV native Joe Clair is best known as a former host of BET’s Rap City from 1994 to 1999. He currently hosts his own morning drive show on WPGC-FM in D.C. from 5:50am-10am.

About Eddie Bryant:

Eddie Bryant is an all-around entertainer and gifted comedian who has been featured on BET, Magic Johnson’s Aspire, TVOne, and Starz television networks. He has shared stages internationally with other comedy favorites, including: the legendary Dick Gregory, Corey Holcomb, Bill Bellamy, Charlie Murphy, Anthony Anderson, Rodney Perry, DeRay Davis, and Arie Spears¦.to name a few.

About T.Hosley:

Terry Hosley is an upcoming stand-up comic and writer. Terry Hosley is a Baltimore native who was discovered using social media as a platform to share his talents.

About Howard Theatre:

For decades, the Howard was more than a theater; it was an institution, a place where black performers could get a foothold in the profession, where Washington’s black community could listen to the sounds of their generations and where white audiences could learn the passion and power of the black musician. –George Washington University.

Before the Apollo, before the Regal, there was The Howard Theatre.  At its opening in 1910 it was the largest colored theatre in the world. Sadly shuttered and neglected since the early 1980s, the once majestic building with its trunk of soul has survived death in order to be reborn in 2012. For most of the 20th century, The Howard Theatre captivated audiences with music, dance, drama and comedy. In its early days, speakers like Booker T. Washington shared the stage with musicals, road shows, vaudeville acts, theater productions and community programs. Later, Washington’s favorite son Duke Ellington inaugurated a new era of jazz big bands on Howard’s stage. When the nation was deeply divided by segregation, The Howard Theatre provided a place where color barriers blurred and music unified. Dubbed the Theatre for The People by The Washington Bee, it was the place where dignitaries like President Franklin D. Roosevelt gathered with everyday folks to see both superstars and rising stars many of whom debuted at The Howard Theatre. Along with Duke Ellington, greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Cab Calloway and Nat King Cole graced the Howard stage and made way for talents like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gilespie, The Supremes, Otis Redding, Lena Horne and James Brown.

The Howard Theatre inspired change, yet felt the impact of a nation in flux following the 1968 riots. Eventually, the degradation of the neighborhood forced the theater to close.  After several false starts in the late ’70s and early ’80s to reinvigorate The Howard, the curtains fell and the theatre remained shuttered until 2012.

Today, The Howard Theatre is enjoying a rebirth and is entering a new era in its long and prestigious history.