Comedian Dean Edwards has been making his mark in comedy following two successful seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. With such memorable impressions as Don Cheadle, Michael Jackson and Denzel Washington, as well as such original characters as “Man in Elevator” and “Cop#2". Dean has pushed himself to the limits of creativity and exhaustion. Always the multi-tasker, Dean found the momentum to juggle his SNL career, his numerous standup appearances and multiple television appearances. Dean appeared in Showtime’s Comics Without Borders, the nine-week comedy series which showcased multicultural stand-up comedians.
In addition to standup, Dean has made several late night appearances, including The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Last Call with Carson Daly. He was also a favorite and frequent guest on Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed, and frequently provides comedic commentary on various VH-1 highlight shows. Director Malcolm Lee also chose Dean to finish Bernie Mac’s voice/ADR work on Soul Men after the comedian’s untimely death. Dean also provided the voice of Barack Obama on the CNN show D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.
Born in the Bronx and raised throughout various parts of New York, Dean’s travels have made it easy for him to communicate with all walks of life. After dividing his college career between classes and a 6-year term in the U.S. Army reserves, Dean ultimately made the choice to devote his career to comedy. Although his fellow soldiers loved his impressions of their drill sergeant, Dean spent many an afternoon doing push-ups to pay for his comedic talent. That talent paid off and Dean found his career when he participated in his college talent show.
Armed with a degree in communications, Dean became an in-demand comic, and landed his first big break on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. Though the show is renown for it’s blue humor, Dean found a way to break the traditional mold with his mainstream appeal. He was a featured comedian on Showtime at the Apollo a few years later. Dean followed his TV appearances by starring in numerous commercials, and also worked with Spike Lee on the hit feature film The Original Kings of Comedy.
Edwards has since earned a reputation as a headlining favorite at comedy clubs and colleges across the country.