Comedians Damon Williams, Chastity Washington to perform

Damon Williams and Chastity Washington will bring their comedy shows to Hanover College, Saturday, Oct. 19, at 9 p.m., at Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Sponsored by the student group Kaleidoscope and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the performance is free and open to the public. There will also be a raffle for a $100 gift certificate.

Born and raised in Chicago, comedian/actor Damon Williams has developed and crafted a sharp and streetwise sense of humor that has pegged him as one of the comedic world’s rising stars.

Formally a SUBWAY sandwich shop owner, Williams began his comedy career at one of the most prominent black comedy clubs in the country, All Jokes Aside.

Living by the motto “Don’t Stop and Don’t Quit,” Williams’ numerous television appearances include BET’s “Comic View,” one of which featured his own one hour special, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” “The Joyner Sky Show” on TV-ONE and HBO’s “P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy.”

In 1999 Williams performed for more than 300,000 fans as the opening act for the highly successful “Kings of Comedy” tour, establishing him as one of the elite comics in the nation.

His growth in comedic wit and popularity also earned him the opportunity to host several episodes of the legendary “Showtime at the Apollo,” formerly hosted by TV star Steve Harvey.

Williams’ material is universal and his popularity has provided  the opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars in the business, including Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Chris Rock and Little Richard.

Through the past 20 years, Chastity Washington has performed in clubs and colleges across the country, worked extensively in radio, and appeared several times at the comedy festival, TBS Just For Laughs Chicago. A finalist at the 2011 Bay Area Comedy Competition,  her television credits include performances on BET’s “Comic View,” and “Coming to the Stage,” as well as HBO’s “Def Jam.”

Washington’s one woman show, “Evening of Expression,” was produced at the Walker’s Point Theater, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University to rave reviews.

In addition to being a finalist in the MGD Miller Comedy Search in Chicago, her club work includes Comedy Café Milwaukee, Skyline Comedy Café, Appleton, Wis., Jokes N Notes in Chicago and The Laugh Factory in Hollywood.

Washington is also a former radio host of a nightly show “Evenings with Chastity Washington” on 860 WNOV in Milwaukee.

In 2007, Washington studied improvisation at Chicago’s famed Second City and performed on HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam.

She recently opened for Sommore at The Queen Stands Alone event at the Park West in Chicago and was the only female finalist in the 2011 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition.