EXPERIENCE THE EXPERIENCE
Glossolalia: "ranney" is Speaking in Tongues.
A side-splitting shaman known as The Illuminatus and Mr. FunnyBlackMan,"ranney" has headlined at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Comedy Cellar in Dublin, and London’s The Comedy Store. He was the premiere comedian for "Laff Tuesdays," which was the world famous Apollo Theatre’s professional comedy club in Harlem. He has shared billing with Paul Mooney, Bill Bellamy, and Martin Lawrence. "ranney" has opened for Eddie Griffin, Katleen Madigan, REO Speedwagon, and the Sugar Hill Gang.
ONE MAN SHOWS
Mr. FunnyBlackMan has mounted nine one man shows including Pardon Me: I Promise to do My Best (the David Staz Jr Center for Performing Arts and Performance Space Orlando), And the Horse You Rode In On (The Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Ireland), Whatever (the People’s Improv Theater in New York), and Cufflinks and Jolly Ranchers for Dummies (the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland). His latest, A Laugh Supreme, is coming soon.
POET & ACTOR
The Illuminatus is also a room-shaking spoken word artist with insightful, thought provoking poetry. Once nominated for "Best International Poet" by The Farrago Poetry Group in London, "ranney" is working on releasing his first book of poetry in 2016.
"ranney" delivers shape-shifting performances with no two roles alike. He is an award-winning actor (2002 Stage Award for Best Ensembe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the quintet of The Bomb-itty of Errors that ran on London’s West End; 2003 Critic's Choice - Best of the Bay - Creative Loafing, Tampa for Boy Willie in the Center Theatre Company production of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson; 2014 Theatre Tampa Bay Award for Oustanding Featured Actor in a Play for Hambone in the American Stage production of August Wilson's Two Trains Running; 2015 Theatre Tampa Bay Award for Oustanding Featured Actor in a Play for Sterling in the American Stage production of August Wilson's Radio Golf: and the 2016 Theatre Tampa Bay Award for Lead Actor in a Play for Doub in the American Stage production of August Wilson's Jitney).
"ranney" is also an insightful teaching artist with more than two decades of teaching experience. He has taught acting and comedy workshops all over the globe and has been with Patel Conservatory since its inception. ( http://www.patelconservatory.org/ ) http://video.wedu.org/video/2365060845/
The "r" is a the proud founder of The Prometheus Project: Incendiary Theatre of Transformation, a performance technique program focused on the incarcerated. The Prometheus Project ignites pivotal change by giving the participants tools for empowering catharsis.
An exceptional stage director with regional theatre credits, "ranney" is an alumnus associate artist with Jobsite Theater ( www.jobsitetheater.org ). As a producer, he has brought central Florida audiences the LOL series, The Unusual Suspects of Comedy, and Stand-up HERE: A Night of Comedy at the Straz. "ranney" was an insightful and entertaining judge in Disney Hollywood Studios' American Idol Experience (2009 - 2014), a show that sent numerable finalists on the television program. A prolific writer of poetry, plays, screenplays, and songs, "ranney" is also an adequate singer and pianist.
"I love making audiences laugh. That’s the whole point of this walk. It just seems that so many clubs have become joke-a-thons with no thought-provoking residue, no lingering characteristics - just a relentless race to become America's latest problem child. I can’t go that way. I have to give people a piece of me with the word and share my teaspoon of wisdom for this to make sense. The laughter is a given." - "ranney"
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