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Guest Emcee

The Green and Gold Ball will be hosted by NSU's own celebrity actor, JB Smoove.

Born in Plymouth, North Carolina and raised in Mount Vernon, NY, Smoove is a gifted writer, comedian and actor, who continues to entertain audiences all over the world with his unique brand of comedic funk. His breakout role on Curb Your Enthusiasm as Leon Black has firmly planted him as one of the best comedic actors today.

He began his career in 1999, when he moved to Los Angeles and landed a recurring role on MTV’s The Lyricist Lounge Show, as well as featured guest spots on The Chris Rock Show and Premium Blend. This led to his first big feature film, where he narrated and starred in the cult classic Pootie Tang, reuniting with Rock. Smoove subsequently followed this up with a co-starring role opposite Adam Sandler in Mr. Deeds.

After a season as a cast member on the sketch comedy program Cedric the Entertainer Presents, Smoove moved back to New York City where he landed a writing position on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. He later was a recipient of the 2007 Writers Guild award for “Best Comedy/Variety Series” for his work on the show.

In the stand-up and acting worlds, Smoove has been featured on Tough Crowd, Jamie Foxx Presents: Laffapalooza, Saturday Night Live sketches and recurring spots on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Everybody Hates Chris, ’Til Death, Bent, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Millers, Fresh Off the Boat, and Life in Pieces. He was seen as the host of NBC’s Last Comic Standing , the Comedy Central stand-up series, Russell Simmons Presents: The Ruckus, and shot his own one-hour stand-up special, “How I Dooz It” for the cable channel. Smoove's show Four Courses with JB Smoove ran for four seasons on the MSG Network.

On the big screen, he appeared in Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey, the Farrelly Brothers directed comedy, Hall Pass, as well as The Sitter with Jonah Hill, We Bought a Zoo featuring Matt Damon, The Dictator opposite Sacha Baron Cohen, Chris Rock’s movie, Top Five, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Almost Christmas, and most recently The Polka King and Uncle Drew, as well as the upcoming Marvel feature Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Smoove’s unique comedic voice has also been put to good use in animation where he had voiceover roles in both Ice Age 4 and The Smurfs 2 on the big screen, and in TV shows such as American Dad and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Smoove is a car enthusiast, loves pool, is an avid sports fan and a proud supporter of the Mt. Vernon Boys and Girls Club.

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