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The Black Version is a completely improvised show that started at the Groundings Theatre in Los Angeles in 2010 to sold out crowds and great reviews. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show “Hot” and the cast a “Comedic A-Team”. LA Weekly says the show is “Red Hot” and “Scores more than its share of belly laughs” while the LA Times calls the show “A Winner”.

The all African American cast of regulars includes show creator Jordan Black along with other comedy veterans Cedric Yarbrough, Gary Anthony Williams, Daniele Gaither, Phil Lamar, and Nyima Funk all under the direction of Karen Maruyama. Special guest performers include Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele (former original cast members), Wayne Brady, Niecey Nash, Jerry Minor, Angela V. Shelton, Misty Monroe, and others who come and perform in the show from time to time.

This talented cast has vast film and television credits ranging from Mad TV and Saturday Night Live, to The Boondocks and Reno 911. The show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the copy, improvise the “Black Version” of that film. The show regularly performs at the Groundlings Theater and the Largo at the Coronet.

About

The Black Version is a completely improvised show that started at the Groundings Theatre in Los Angeles in 2010 to sold out crowds and great reviews. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show “Hot” and the cast a “Comedic A-Team”. LA Weekly says the show is “Red Hot” and “Scores more than its share of belly laughs” while the LA Times calls the show “A Winner”.

The all African American cast of regulars includes show creator Jordan Black along with other comedy veterans Cedric Yarbrough, Gary Anthony Williams, Daniele Gaither, Phil Lamar, and Nima Funk all under the direction of Karen Maruyama. Special guest performers include Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele (former original cast members), Wayne Brady, Niecey Nash, Jerry Minor, Angela V. Shelton, Misty Monroe, and others who come and perform in the show from time to time.

This talented cast has vast film and television credits ranging from Mad TV and Saturday Night Live, to The Boondocks and Reno 911. The show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the copy, improvise the “Black Version” of that film. The show regularly performs at the Groundlings Theater and the Largo at the Coronet.

Cast & Crew

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Jordan Black

Nyima Funk

Daniele Gaither

Phil Lamarr

Karen Maruyama Director

Gary Anthony Williams

Cedric Yarbrough

Jordan Black

Jordan Black has been a series regular on several shows including Punk’d and Halfway Home. His voice has been heard on South Park and The Cleveland Show and he’s been seen and heard on Arrested Development, Family Tree, Community, Key & Peele, 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and dozens more. He has appeared in several films including Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration. Jordan’s writing credits include Saturday Night Live and many others. Jordan is an alum of the Groundlings Theatre Company and creator of the hit improv show The Black Version.

Nyima Funk

Nyima Funk grew up in lovely Ann Arbor, MI. After college, she joined The Second City Main Stage in Chicago and won a Joseph Jefferson award for Best Actress. Her television credits include Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Key & Peele, The Soul Man, Wild ‘N Out, The George Lopez Show, Why? With Hannibal Burress, Chasing Life, Basketball Wives LA, According To Jim, Girlfriends, Thank God You’re Here, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. As a singer, Nyima has recorded several songs for Key & Peele and the theme song for TV Land’s upcoming series, Teachers. She regularly performs improv in Los Angeles with The 313, Mama’s Boy and The Black Version. When she’s not working, Nyima is a PTA mom who spends time with her super hot husband, Joshua Funk, and her beautiful children, Ziza and Moze.

Daniele Gaither

Daniele Gaither broke into television in the cast of TV Guide Editor’s Pick, Hype, an outlandish prime time sketch comedy series on the WB. She then went on to star in the NBC prime time comedy The Rerun Show. She is perhaps most widely recognized from three seasons on Fox’s Emmy-winning comedy variety series, Mad TV.
Named one of the 25 Funniest Comedians in Los Angeles by Los Angeles magazine’s annual Comedy Issue in 2005, she developed her dead on impersonations and hilarious original characters performing at the renowned Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles. After earning rave reviews from Don Shirley of the Los Angeles Times in her debut performance, Daniele continued to wow audiences with her comedy and song improv skills for five years.

Daniele has also made numerous guest appearances on various ½ hour comedies and showcases her stand up comedy act at clubs such as The Improv on Melrose and The Comedy Store. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Phil Lamarr

A Los Angeles native, Phil is best known as one of the original cast members of “Mad TV” and as “Marvin” in PULP FICTION. An alumnus of Yale University and The Groundlings, Phil has appeared in films like STEP BROTHERS, FREE ENTERPRISE and REAL STEEL, and TV shows such as “NYPD Blue,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Raising Hope” and “Castle;” Phil has been profiled for his extensive voice-over work, which includes regular roles on the animated series “Samurai Jack,” “Static Shock,” and “Justice League,” recurring roles on “King of The Hill” “Young Justice” and “STAR WARS: The Clone Wars.”

Currently, Phil is starring in Netflix and DreamWorks’ animated series “Turbo,” the comedy podcast “Blackout Television” (www.blackouttelevision.com), and appearing in episodes of “Family Guy,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and starring in and producing the comedy web series “Inside The Legend.”

Karen Maruyama

You may have seen Karen in the film The Campaign with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. If you prefer TV, you may have seen her in Arrested Development, Two Broke Girls, The Neighbors, Raising Hope, and Good Luck Charlie. If you prefer re-runs, catch her on Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, The Ghost Whisperer, and the Jamie Foxx show. She can be heard on The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad. Karen is currently a member of the directing faculty at the American Film Institute.

 

Gary Anthony Williams

This Summer, you can catch Gary playing Bebop in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. He recently shot the Untitled Macon Blair Project and is currently filming 5th of July. Other film work includes The Internship, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother, Soul Plane and The Factory. On TV, you can check him out in new episodes of Whose Line is it Anyway. He recurred regularly on The Soul Man, Raising Hope, Malcolm in the Middle, and Weeds. Gary was a series regular on Boston Legal as well as Blue Collar Comedy. He’s also the voice of the award winning music show “Unsung.”

Gary and his writing partner recently sold a feature script to Lionsgate. In addition, the two just completed production of a ½ hour pilot for Dreamworks TV and are writing, directing and producing Dreamworks TV’s award winning show Life Hacks for Kids, which has over 150,000,000 views. Currently, you can watch their live-action shorts, Snackdown, on Disney Jr.

In animation, Gary appears in several Disney animated shows including series regular characters on Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard and Sheriff Callie’s Wild West. He played Uncle Ruckus in The Boondocks, Riff Tamson in George Lucas’ Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and both Mongul and Mongal in Batman: The Brave and Bold. Catch him in episodes of Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, American Dad, Super Mansion, China Illinois and Black Dynamite. Gary is very pretty. Oh yeah, he’s also a proud member of the all-black, ass-kicking improv show, The Black Version.

Cedric Yarbrough

Cedric Yarbrough’s television credits include Comedy Central hit series “Reno 911!”, Adult Swim’s Peabody Award winning series “The Boondocks”, & guest appearances on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Key & Peele”, & “Comedy Bang Bang”. Some of his film credits include, “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, “Get Smart”, “Four Christmases” & “Black Dynamite”. Cedric is currently recurring on 3 television shows, “The Goldbergs”, “Rake”, & “The Soul Man”.

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