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Aries Spears
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Spears performs at the Shoreline Comedy Jam in 2012
Birth name Nairobi Aries Spears
Born (1975-04-03) April 3, 1975 (age 48)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Years active 1989–present
Genres Sketch comedy
Children 3

Aries Spears (born April 3, 1975) is an American stand-up comedian, impressionist, and actor from New Jersey. Spears was a regular on Fox's sketch comedy series MADtv, appearing in 198 episodes, making him the second longest-serving cast member on the show behind Michael McDonald. In 2011, he released a special called Aries Spears: Hollywood, Look I'm Smiling. He co-hosted for the AVN Awards in 2018.

Early life

Spears was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to New York when he was two years old. His mother, Doris Spears, is a jazz singer. Spears moved to New Jersey at age 11 and attended Arthur M. Judd Elementary School. He became a comedian at 14, performing stand-up comedy in various comedy clubs in New York City. He was expelled for fighting during his sophomore year in North Brunswick Township High School in North Brunswick Township, at age 17. Spears started doing his own comedy routine around his hometown.

Spears said that his first stand-up comedy was doing impressions at the Uptown Comedy Club in Harlem, and Spears said that he recalls himself doing impressions of James Brown and Jack Nicholson during his first stand-up comedy.

Career

Early film and TV roles

Spears's first television appearance was on Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam, followed by It's Showtime at the Apollo. He moved to Los Angeles in 1992, landed a recurring role on A Different World (1993) and became a regular at The Comedy Store, The Improv and The Laugh Factory. Other television credits include Crosstown Traffic, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993) and Soul Train.

At 16, Spears landed a part in the film Malcolm X. Shortly thereafter, he was cast in a starring role opposite Glenn Frey in South of Sunset (1993). Spears's other film appearances include Home of Angels (1994), The Pest (1997), Jerry Maguire in which he played Teepee, brother of Rod Tidwell (1996), Out-of-Sync (1995), and The Proud Family (2003).

MADtv

He joined the cast of MADtv during its third season in 1997, and he left at the end of its 10th season in 2005. During his tenure, he created characters such as comedian Belma Buttons (co-host of fictional BET show "Reality Check"), Dollar Bill Montgomery (a host of an urban parody of Politically Incorrect called "Real **********ing Talk with Dollar Bill Montgomery"), James Brown Jr. (co-host of Cabana Chat), and controversial rapper Emcee Esher. He is well known for his impressions of celebrities, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, LL Cool J, DMX, Snoop Dogg, Mike Tyson, R Kelly, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy and Paul Mooney.

After MADtv

Spears appeared in a second-season episode of Mind of Mencia, which parodied Jamie Foxx's role in Kanye West's music video for "Gold Digger." He appeared in the 2006 film Hood of Horror. Spears performed in the TV series The Underground and voiced the character Wizard Kelly in the animated television series The Proud Family.

Spears appeared in two episodes of Frank Caliendo's sketch comedy show Frank TV as Shaquille O'Neal.

He appeared alongside Cedric the Entertainer and other comedians in the All Star Comedy Jam in 2009.

His 2011 stand-up comedy special Aries Spears: Hollywood, Look I'm Smiling was shown on Showtime. According to Deadline Hollywood, Spears was expected to appear in the dark comedy feature film directed by Vladislav Kozlov The Immortalist in 2020, along with Franco Nero, Sherilyn Fenn, Paul Rodriguez, and Jeff DuJardin.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Home of Angels Gang Leader
1995 Out-of-Sync Frank
1996 Jerry Maguire Tee Pee
1997 The Pest Chubby
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love Redd Foxx
2001 Josie and the Pussycats The Other Carson Daly
Higher Ed Lil' Bud
2003 Love Chronicles Playa
The Night B4 Christmas Elvin (voice) TV movie
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Gunnar "MC GUN" Jorge
2005 The Proud Family Movie Wizard Kelly/Board Member (voice) TV movie
2006 Hood of Horror Quon
The Boo Crew Money/Jay-Z/Africans (voice) TV movie
2015 Promoted Homothug
2017 Kings Keith
2019 Chase Miles
2020 The 420 Movie: Mary & Jane Patrolman Watkins
2021 Immortalist Doctor Olivier Johnson

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Def Comedy Jam Himself Episode: "Episode #2.9"
1993 A Different World Ty Episode: "Mind Your Own Business" & "Dancing Machines"
South of Sunset Ziggy Duane Main Cast
Soul Train Himself/Guest Host Episode: "Episode #22.13" & "#23.3"
1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Bobby Swan Episode: "Stagecoach"
1996 C Bear and Jamal Big Chill (voice) Main Cast
1997 Def Comedy Jam Himself Episode: "Episode #7.6"
1997–2005 MADtv Himself/Cast Member Main Cast: Season 3-10
2001 The Test Himself/Panelist Episode: "The Roommate Test"
2001–03 The Proud Family Wizard Kelly (voice) Recurring Cast
2002 Late Friday Himself Episode: "Episode #2.8"
The Rerun Show Louise Jefferson Episode: "Saved by the Bell: Jessie's Song/The Jeffersons: Florence in Love"
2003 Laffapalooza Himself Episode: "Laffapalooza Volume 3"
2004 ComicView Himself Episode: "Episode #13.2"
2005 Lilo & Stitch Wizard Kelly (voice) Episode: "Spats: Experiment 397"
Comedy Central Presents Himself Episode: "Aries Spears"
2006–14 Comics Unleashed Himself Recurring Guest
2006 The Underground Himself/Cast Member Main Cast
Mind of Mencia Himself/Guest Host Episode: "Episode #2.1"
2007 CSI: Miami Oscar Monahan Episode: "Inside Out" & "Chain Reaction"
2009 Black to the Future Himself Episode: "Hour 1: The 70s"
Just for Laughs Himself Episode: "Gerry Dee"
2009–19 Laugh Factory Himself Recurring Guest
2010 The Boondocks Lord Rufus Crabmiser (voice) Episode: "Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy"
Supreme Court of Comedy Himself Episode: "Aries Spears vs. Paul Mooney"
2012 ComicView Himself Episode: "Kevin Hart/Aries Spears/Omar"
Black Dynamite Mr. T/O. J. Simpson (voice) Supporting Cast: Season 1
2013 Funny as Hell Himself Episode: "Episode #3.8"
Who Gets the Last Laugh? Himself Episode: "Aries Spears/Natasha Leggero/Andy Dick"
2015 Turbo FAST Mr. Tinfoil (voice) Episode: Tough as Snails/C.O.N.S.P.I.R.A.C.Y.
Gotham Comedy Live Himself/Host Episode: "Aries Spears"
2016 MADtv Himself Episode: "Episode #15.3"
American Dad! Shaquille O'Neal (voice) Episode: Criss-Cross Applesauce: The Ballad of Billy Jesusworth
TripTank Various Voices (voice) Supporting Cast: Season 2
The 5th Quarter Young Shaq Episode: "I'm So Mean"
2018 Family Guy Shaquille O'Neal/Eddie Murphy (voice) Episode: "Pal Stewie" & "Regarding Carter"
2018 & 20 AVN Awards Himself/Host Main Host
2020 Gentefied Chef Michael Episode: "Unemployed AF"
2022 Phat Tuesdays: The Era Of Hip Hop Comedy Himself Main Guest
Dark Side of Comedy Himself Episode: "Roseanne Barr"
2022–23 The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Wizard Kelly (voice) Recurring Cast
2023 See It Loud: The History of Black Television Himself Recurring Guest

Comedy releases

Year Title
2010 Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show: Live on Sunset Strip!
2011 Aries Spears: Hollywood, Look I'm Smiling
2016 Aries Spears: Comedy Blueprint

Discography

Year Title
2005 I Ain't Scared!

Documentary

Year Title
2011 Ladies and Gentlemen, Jordan Rock
Phunny Business: A Black Comedy

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