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Michael Colyar

Highest Rated: 96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993)

Lowest Rated: 0% House Party 3 (1994)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

Though he straddled standup comedy and acting with equal emphasis, Michael Colyar (pronounced "Koll-yer") initially made his most dramatic strides behind the microphone. In that venue, Colyar broke from the mold set by many African-American comedians by delving into routines neither vulgar, nor profane, nor directed exclusively to a black audience. As performed during weekends on the Boardwalk of Venice Beach, CA (an event that occurred for over a decade, five times a day, every Saturday and Sunday -- which prompted many to tag Colyar "The King of Venice Beach"), Colyar's schtick transcended demographical barriers by appealing to those of all ages, ethnicities, and personal backgrounds. Significantly, Colyar (recalling, for example, Whoopi Goldberg's mid-'80s Broadway stage revue) interwove piercing insights and cultural lessons throughout his routines, thus balancing entertainment with an educational element seldom heard in the comedy arena. Colyar scored his on-camera breakthrough in 1990, when he won the standup competition on Star Search -- reeling in 100,000 dollars in the process. He also made headlines for altruistically taking half of the money he won on that program and donating it to Los Angeles-area charities. By the time this occurred, the performer had also diversified by moving into film roles, frequently though not always in a humorous vein. Early assignments included small supporting roles in the comedies Hollywood Shuffle (1987), Johnny Be Good (1988), and House Party 3 (1994), and the dramas What's Love Got to Do With It? (1993) and Poetic Justice (1993). In 1999, Colyar also signed on as the host and emcee of his own cable talk show, BET Live from L.A. From the outset of the following decade, Colyar placed a renewed emphasis on standup material, particularly in comedy videos and televised specials. He also continued his acting work on the side, with a lead in the low-budget, direct-to-video urban drama The Beat (2003), a small supporting role as Morris the Barber in the hit Eddie Murphy farce Norbit (2007), and another supporting turn in Fred Durst's sports comedy The Longshots, opposite Ice Cube and Keke Palmer.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Patterns of Attraction Actor 2014
No Score Yet A Christmas Wedding Actor 2013
No Score Yet C'mon Man Actor 2011
85% The Princess and the Frog Buford $104.4M 2009
41% The Longshots Ennis $11.4M 2008
9% Norbit Morris the Barber $95.4M 2007
No Score Yet A Get2Gether Dad 2005
No Score Yet Out on Parole Actor 2004
No Score Yet Family Reunion Actor 2003
No Score Yet Family Reunion: The Movie Pimpy 2003
No Score Yet Shaq's All Star Comedy Roast 2: Emmitt Smith Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Beat Actor 2003
No Score Yet Michael Colyar: The Michael Colyar Project Actor 2002
No Score Yet Under Oath Robert Santiago 2000
No Score Yet High Freakquency Actor 1998
0% House Party 3 Showboat 1994
37% Poetic Justice Panhandler 1993
96% What's Love Got To Do With It? Apollo Announcer 1993
57% Hot Shots! Part Deux Williams 1993
No Score Yet The Closer Hustler 1990
0% Zapped Again Sheldon 1990
No Score Yet Downtown Actor 1990
0% Johnny Be Good Recruiter Mike 1988
88% Hollywood Shuffle Body Guard #3 1982


No Score Yet Family Time
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
Voice 2011
95% Everybody Hates Chris
Judge 2007


Panhandler says: You got any spare change brother?

Lucky says: Hell no. you'll end up drinking it up. But I can give you a stamp so you can mail your ass a job application