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SoundBits: Multi-Media Comic Rodney Perry

Rodney Perry is one well-connected brother. In recent months, on Rodney Perry Live, the Chicago native who now lives in L.A. has chatted with Martin star Thomas Mikal Ford, Steve Harvey Show star Wendy Raquel Robinson and Good Times stars Ralph Carter and BernNadette Stanis. But that’s just the beginning of Rodney’s celeb cred. As a veteran standup, he has toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, George Lopez and Mo’Nique, among other greats. And if you haven’t caught him live, you may well have seen him on Def Comedy Jam, BET’s Comicview and/or Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza. Finally, there’s the silver screen. This fall, watch for our host in director Steven Soderberg’s The Informant, starring Matt Damon. One word: Dee-am! Now six more words: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Rodney Perry…

CAPTION: Rodney: Hangin' with the A-list.

Rodney: Hangin' with the A-list.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

Rodney Perry Live is fun, funny and inspirational. We ask the questions that you’d ask of the people you want to know about.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

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‘Martin’ Star Tommy Ford: ‘The Biggest Insult I Could Imagine Was a Man Who Had No Job’

CAPTION: "But it worked," Tommy (above) tells us of his character's undefined vocation. "Out of honest dialogue burst this whole new gag that ran for years."

"But it worked," Tommy (above) tells us of his character's undefined vocation. "Out of honest dialogue burst this whole new gag that ran for years."

Thomas Mikal Ford may have appeared to be perpetually unemployed on Martin, but in real life, that image was the source of endless anguish.

Interviewed on Rodney Perry Live, the actor who played Martin Lawrence‘s BFF Tommy Strawn on the hit ’90s sitcom recounts how his trademark schtick came about.

“We got back for our second season, and we hadn’t been back for several months, and we’re sittin’ around doin’ a table read [of the script] and the idea comes up: Maybe Martin meets Tommy after work,” Tommy tells host Rodney Perry.

“And then Martin stops reading and goes, ‘Wait a minute. Tommy, what the hell do you do?’

“He wasn’t in character; he was being Martin. He says, ‘You have a job?’

CAPTION: The "Martin" cast: Wasssup on the job front?

Martin & company: Wasssup on the job front?

“I said, ‘Of course I have a job!’ And I’m startin’ to explain but everybody’s like ‘No no no no no!  Don’t explain. We love it!’

“But I’m like, ‘No, we don’t love that. I got to have a job,'” Tommy continues.

“My dad was an MP in the Navy. His motto was ‘Nothin’ comes to a sleeper but a dream. Get off your butt and do somethin’!’

“For me, the biggest insult I could imagine was a man who had no job.”

To hear Tommy’s full interview, click here.

Shondrella Avery: I’ve Been Cast in a Forest Whitaker Flick!

It’s a project that The Secret Life of Bees castmember Shondrella Avery has been itching to land for as long as she can recall – starring on the silver screen opposite one of the most celebrated actors of our time.

CAPTION: "I go to set every day feeling incredibly blessed to see him in the raw, doing his work," Shondrella (above) tells us of Forest.

"I go to set every day feeling incredibly blessed to see him," Shondrella (above) tells us of Forest.

And now the funnylandy’s gone and done it, as she reveals this week on Rodney Perry Live.

“I’m in a position to be workin’ on a film with a star that I have loved ever since I was a child – my role model,” she tells host Rodney Perry. “It’s Forest Whitaker,” she says of the man who won an Oscar for 2006’s The Last King of Scotland.

“It’s the ‘Untitled Family Wedding Project.’ It’s a Fox Searchlight movie, starring Forest and America Ferrera, from Ugly Betty. Lance Gross is in it, from Tyler Perry‘s TV show [House of Payne].

“It’s a love story between America and Lance. Forest plays the father to Lance. I play Forrest’s sister-in-law and my husband is Warren Sapp,” continues the six-foot Shondrella, who had a feature role in the 2004 sleeper hit Napoleon Dynamite, and starred in the UPN series One On One.

CAPTION: Forest (above): Father of the groom.

Forest (above): Father of the groom.

“That worked out, because he’s like six-foot-three,” she says of Warren – a former defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.

“He showed up and was like, ‘Bam! You tall.’

“And I was like, ‘Bam! You big. Let’s do it, boo.'”

To hear Shondrella’s full interview, click here.