About Russ Parr
A true Renaissance man…
Russ Parr’s career has evolved from stand-up comedian, to recording artist, to filmmaker, to top-rated, nationally syndicated radio host, heard across America.
Parr has opened for the legendary comedienne Joan Rivers and avoided bombing on stage, thanks to the laughter of friends and family. Russ credits his work as a comedian for developing his comedic timing as well as the many character voices – such as Magic Man, Burner, Mickey Mouse, Ali, and Bobby Jimmy — that have led to his success in radio.
Russ landed his own morning show on 1580 KDAY, the first 24-hour, all hip hop station in the country. He used his platform on the airwaves to address gang violence and used the station studios and airwaves to provide gang intervention. He realized that urban radio not only needed to be funny and uplifting, but it also had a responsibility to the black community to be informative.
While at KDAY, Russ launched his own independent record label, Rapsur Records on which he recorded a parody song, called “We Like Ugly Women,” as one of his popular characters, Bobby Jimmy. The record was a hit.
Other hit parodies followed and he later signed with rapper Eazy-E’s label, Ruthless Records. He recorded several EPs produced by Dr. Dre and DJ Pooh. Russ recorded the hit singles “Big Butt,” “Roaches” and “Hair or Weave.” He performed his hit parodies in live shows alongside his label-mates Ice Cube, DJ Yella, MC Ren, World Class Wreckin’ Cru, Michel’le and Yo-Yo.
Russ was later offered the position as morning show host at 93.9 WKYS in Washington, DC. Two years later, the nationally syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show was born and has been syndicated for nearly two decades.
Parr’s forays into television include commercials for major clients like McDonald’s, where he was the original “Big Mac Man“ and later, the dating game show “Get The Hook Up,” which aired on TV One.
With Up To Parr Productions, Inc. in conjunction with Swirl Films, Parr has written, produced and/or directed films and television releases including: The Fright Night Files (2014), A Christmas Blessing (2013), The Undershepherd (2012), and TV One’s hit series, Born Again Virgin (2015).
Atlanta’s new home for Classix R n B, has added Niecey Shaw to the line-up. You can now hear Niecey Monday-Saturday 10 am- 3pm as she plays the biggest Classic R n B songs from the ‘70’s, and ‘80’s with artists like Rick James, Prince, The Gap Band, Earth Wind and Fire, The Whispers and even some funk.
“She is a great local fit between two of the most influential shows in the country, The Tom Joyner Morning Show and The DL Hughley show in the afternoons” said Tim Davies, RVP/GM.
“We are so excited to welcome Niecey Shaw to Classix 1029. She has the experience and professionalism to reach our targeted Demo. Niecey is a great addition to the Radio One family and we are happy to have her,” shared Erwin Hill, Classix 102.9 Program Director.
D.L. Hughley is one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today has also made quite an impression in the television, film and radio arenas.First and foremost a standup comedian, he stars in his 5th stand-up comedy special “Reset” which is currently airing on Showtime. In addition, D.L’s first humorous book title, I Want You to Shut the F*ck Up, is out in bookstores. DL also created and starred in the satirical documentary special for Comedy Central “D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List” and is a part of the groundbreaking “Black and Brown Comedy Get Down” tour.
Known for being astute and politically savvy in true comedian style, D.L. served as host of his own late night talk show on CNN “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.” D.L. was mostly recently heard on the New York airwaves, as host of the morning show on WRKS-FM. DL also serves as a weekly contributor to the nationally syndicated radio show, “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.”
DL’s tapped into his playful side participating in the 16th season of the hit ABC show “Dancing with the Stars,” alongside partner Cheryl Burke.
As the star and producer of his namesake television show that ran on ABC and UPN “The Hughleys,” D.L. is also well known as one of the standout comedians on the hit comedy docu-film The Original Kings of Comedy. A veteran of numerous talk show appearances D.L. switched the tables in 2005, hosting his own talk show on Comedy Central “Weekends at the DL.” He is a regular on the late night talk show circuit, including always-memorable appearances on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” He is frequently requested as guest host on such shows as, “The View” and “Live with Kelly.”
D.L.’s first love always has been, and always will be, standup comedy. “From the minute I first walked onstage and picked up a microphone,” he says, “I knew that it was what I was meant to do.”
As the host of “The D.L. Hughley Show,”– a daily themed, music intensive afternoon drive radio program from 3-7 pm ET– Hughley, takes listeners on a no holds ride of humor and reality in the afternoons, stating, “I’m fast, funny, and topical. I make people laugh a lot and think a little. Some people want to push the envelope – I try to see if I can singe it a little.”