Live From . . . It's Chris Redd
One of the newest cast members of Saturday Night Live has viewers talking––and laughing
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IN Chris Redd’s world, funny is funny, and––due to his multiple talents––he’s being described as a solid entertainer “who knows how to bring it.” And bringing it is what the young comic has done, to the point of being a primary focus as a member of the cast on TV’s iconic, long-running Saturday Night Live.
Not surprisingly, in a Twitter message, he put everyone on notice just in case they didn’t know about his latest accomplishment: “People that still text me ‘what you doing tonight’ on Saturdays…I don’t say it, but I do look at the phone like ‘You dumb as hell’ right before I forget to respond.”
After joining the cast last year, it didn’t take the 33-year-old long to begin establishing himself in roles that featured him as notables such as Kanye West, Lil Wayne, the honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Katt Williams, Wesley Snipes, Jaleel White, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, Sterling K. Brown, Stedman Graham and Will Smith as TV's popular “Prince of Bel-Air.” “Saturday Night Live is like the top of the top,” he says. “My whole thing was I just wanted to be as good as I possibly can be. Everything in Chicago just prepared me for this.”
Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Redd, a Second City alum, in his portrayal as superstar Will Smith in the "Prince of Bel-Air."
In coming months, the comic/actor will be featured in the movies Stuck, Beautiful Mess and Deep Murder, a comedy with some mystery surrounding a residential murder. For now, though, it’s Saturday Night Live, where Redd’s energy and charisma are taking him to new heights in comedy, and those qualities are generating the same level of widespread appeal that has catapulted several Saturday Night Live alums to even greater stardom.
The Chicago connection is well documented for one of SNL’s newest members. Although born in St. Louis, Redd and his family moved to Naperville when he was an 8-year-old with dreams of becoming a rapper. After graduating from Neuqua Valley High School, his thoughts were focused on comedy, and he eventually became a part of The Second City Touring Company. He later continued learning his craft as an understudy for Second City’s mainstage. During that same period, he could be seen around town at comedy spots such as Jokes And Notes and Laugh Factory.
"My whole thing was I just wanted to be as good as I possibly can be.
–– Chris Redd
Prior to Saturday Night Live, Chris had roles in TV’s “Chicago P.D.,” “Empire” and the revived “Will & Grace,” but perhaps he was best known for his role as “Hunter the Hungry” in the movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and through his appearances in the “Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents” series. Additionally, he co-starred with Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates in the Netflix original series “Disjointed” as Steven “Dank” Dankerson, one of the best customers of the fictional marijuana dispensary.
The many faces of Chris Redd include U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (above), Minister Louis Farrakhan and Oprah's companion Stedman Graham.
Saturday Night Live, in its 43rd season, can be seen on WMAQ, the NBC affiliate in the Chicago area.