Star-Studded Lineup Hosted by Mike Epps with Appearances from Cedric The Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Earthquake and DC Young Fly

Tickets on Sale Friday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. PT

LAS VEGAS (January 19, 2023) – In partnership with Urban Vibe Entertainment, The Black Promoters Collective is happy to announce its first comedy tour, “Straight Jokes, No Chaser Comedy Tour.” The event, hosted by Mike Epps, features standup comedy greats Cedric The Entertainer, Earthquake, D.L. Hughley and DC Young Fly. Selling out arenas with their R&B tours this past year, the Collective is now expanding its promotion into the comedy industry with this 23-city tour. The tour will make its final stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, May 27.

Tickets starting at $59.50 (not including tax and fees) go on sale to the general public Friday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. PT on

Actor and comedian Mike Epps has been known to bring down the house with non-stop laughter for his unforgettable nights of comedy. Best known for playing Day-Day Jones in “Next Friday” and its sequel, “Friday After Next,” Epps has generated an extraordinary amount of buzz among his peers for being not only one of the funniest comic actors, but also for his burgeoning dramatic and acting talent. Epps is currently starring in the Netflix comedy series “The Upshaws” and recently dropped a special on Netflix earlier this year called “Mike Epps: Indiana Mike.”

Cedric Antonio Kyles, better known by his stage name Cedric The Entertainer, is an American actor, comedian and game show host. He hosted BET’s “ComicView” during the 1993–94 season and “Def Comedy Jam” in 1995. He is best known for co-starring with Steve Harvey on the famed sitcom “The Steve Harvey Show,” as one of The Original Kings of Comedy, and for starring as Eddie Walker in “Barbershop.” He hosted the 12th season of the daytime version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in 2013–2014 and starred in the TV Land original series “The Soul Man,” which aired from 2012 until 2016. He also has done voice work for “Ice Age,” the “Madagascar” film series, “Charlotte’s Web,” and the “Planes” franchise. He has recently been a part of multiple TV series, including “The Neighborhood” from 2018-2022 and “Woke” from 2020-2022.

Comedian, actor and voice-artist Earthquake earned a solid fan base in standup comedy via programming platforms fueled by BET, HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, and more. Born Nathaniel Stroman, ‘Quake’ (as he’s known by fans) entered America’s households on the classic run of BET’s “Comic View” and HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” In addition, Earthquake wowed audiences with one of his most memorable performances for HBO’s coveted 30-minute comedy special series, “One Night Stand,” and has filmed a string of other comedy specials, including “About Got Damn Time,” “Walter Latham Presents,” “From the Outhouse to the Whitehouse” and more.

One of the most popular and universally recognized standup comedians on the road today, D.L. Hughley also has made quite an impression in the television, film and radio arenas. He can currently be heard nationwide as the host of his afternoon radio show, “The DL Hughley Show,” nationally syndicated in over 60 cities across the country. A New York Times best-selling author, Hughley has written various books, including “How to Survive America,” “Surrender, White People,” “Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years” and “How Not to Get Shot.” In addition, he continues to dominate the standup stage, producing specials for Netflix, Showtime and HBO.

John Whitfield, better known as DC Young Fly, is an internet personality, comedian, actor, host, rapper and singer-songwriter best known for his “roasting sessions” videos on Instagram and Vine. His videos earned him co-signs from celebrities like Kevin Hart, Michael Blackson, Lebron James and Chris Tucker, among many others. DC has starred in films such as “Almost Christmas” (2016), “She Ball with Nick Cannon” and “I Got the Hook Up 2” with Master P (2019). In addition, he was a recurring cast member on the improv comedy show “Wild’ N Out” on MTV, VH1 and MTV2; and a main host for the revival of “TRL” on MTV from 2017 to 2018. As a musician, DC has taken the reins in the music industry, reaching the Top 10 on iTunes R&B with his 12th mixtape, “TRAPSOUL,” and also opened for Chris Brown’s “Party Tour” (2017). In 2021, he opened his improv comedy club, “DC Comedy Exchange,” in Miami Beach, Florida. Most recently, DC filmed alongside Jacob Latimore (“The Chi”) and Rotimi (“Power”) in the 2023 remake of the 1990 film of the same name, “House Party,” which was released Friday, Jan. 13.

About The Black Promoters Collective

The Black Promoters Collective (BPC) is a coalition of six of the nation’s top independent concert promotion and event production companies. As a 100% Black-owned business, its mission is to be the world’s leading producer and provider of culturally relevant live entertainment experiences. To learn more, visit

About MGM Grand Garden Arena

The MGM Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 16,800 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. Prominent events to date have included world championship fights between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as well as Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez as well as Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao; and concerts by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert. The MGM Grand Garden Arena also has been home to annual events including the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the Latin GRAMMY Awards, iHeartRadio Music Festival, Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Championship and Frozen Fury NHL pre-season games hosted by the Los Angeles Kings.


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