Stand-up comedian, actor and writer, the versatile Buddy Lewis is a native son of Gary, Indiana, a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Buddy has performed stand-up in comedy clubs, colleges and other venues across the country for over 20 years. Buddy’s television appearances include HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, BET’s Comic View and Starz Network’s Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Comedy Show. Buddy and renowned comedic actress and star of Raising Whitley, Kym E. Whitley co-produced Whacked Out Wednesdays, the Professional Comedy Workout in the Los Angeles area for many years. Buddy is multitalented and has appeared in several films, recently he completed filming in soon to be released movie, Restored Me.
He co-starred in Blaxploitation spoof and Sundance Film Festival hit Black Dynamite. He contributed his talents to Big Stan and The Chosen One both films starred and were directed by former Saturday Night Live cast member Rob Schneider. Audiences will remember Buddy from his roles as the bartender in the romantic comedy Woo; Uncle Charles in USA Network’s House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute and his roles in the film The Brothers and crime thriller, Pathology. In the straight to DVD, cult hit film Beverlyhood, he performed two roles, Reverend Promice and the shocking and outrageous Aunt Gert. Buddy also appears in the staged theater to DVD releases of My Sisters Wedding; Love on Lay Away with Debra Cox and Mel Jackson and Peaches starring Wendy Raquel Robinson and Dorian Wilson.
In addition to his work as a stand up, Buddy has labored behind the scenes for many years as a writer his talents were part of the team that earned 2014 NAACP “Outstanding Comedy Series Award” for hit show Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart. Also in 2014, Buddy’s writing skills were honored by NAMIC for his writing on digital web series It’s Kymplicated. Buddy’s wrote material for Doug Williams when he hosted the Starz Network comedy show 1st Amendment; King’s of Comedy DL Hughley as he hosted NAACP Image, Critics Choice Awards and VH1’ Shows The Big in ’05 and ’06 and Cedric the Entertainer when he hosted the Soul Train Awards in 2011. Buddy was a member of the writing staff that created sketches for Oscar winner Jamie Foxx’s FX Network pilot The Writer’s Room. And for two years in row, Buddy produced material for Jamie Foxx when he hosted the ESPY Awards Show and Comedy Central’s Laffapolooza. Most recently Buddy contributed material for both Sam Jackson and Kevin Hart when they performed as hosts for the BET Awards in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Buddy’s stand up, television and film gigs do not represent all of his accomplishments. In 2001, Buddy’s performance as Uncle Ray in the national touring company of David E. Talbert’s The Fabric of a Man wowed audiences across the nation and earned him his first of two prestigious “Best Supporting Actor” NAACP Theater Awards. His second came 2003, as he received great reviews for his portrayal of the dimwitted bodyguard “Q” in Debbie Allen’s adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale Snow White called Pearl.
His television work includes appearances on several television comedies and dramas including, appearances on Real Husbands of Hollywood, Drake & Josh and The Suite Life of Zach & Cody, Boston Legal and Disney’s hit show That’s So Raven. Presently you can enjoy Buddy’s work G.M.A network sitcoms For Richer for Poorer and JD Lawrence’s: Community Service. Other television appearances include The Parkers; Sabrina the Teenage Witch; Sister, Sister, Yes Dear and The Jamie Foxx Show plus two appearances on Martin, where Buddy was featured as the outrageous character Aggravated Man. His ability to keep people in stitches has also given him the opportunity to perform as an audience warm-up for a number of television shows, Nickelodeon’s All That, Fox’s Mad TV and Cedric The Entertainer’s Sketch Show, The Parker’s and the The Steve Harvey Show. Buddy’s talent’s as a voice over artist were heard in the short lived Fox Kids cartoon Little Shop, where he starred as alien monster plant Audrey, Jr. based on the Broadway play Little Shop of Horrors. He played several characters on Tom Joyner’s former syndicated radio soap opera It’s Your World. Presently, he provides voices for children’s cartoon The Jammies.
In addition to his work as a performer and writer, Buddy is a tireless activist. He is former member of both local and national AFTRA boards and committee’s that lobbied for fair working conditions and wages for fellow performers. Buddy has accomplished many of his goals but continues his to reach for higher levels as a professional entertainer.