Laughter is Always the Best Medicine with Comedian George Wallace

Comedian George Wallace returns to Chicago this weekend with friends Myra J and J. Anthony Brown at Riddles Comedy Club. A Twitter Sensation with Close to A Million Followers, nominated top 25 funniest Twitters in the world by Rolling Stone Mag, Wallace became a viral sensation for speaking out about Will Smith’s infamous Chris Rock Oscar slap.

By the age of six, George Wallace knew he wanted to be a comedian. He always enjoyed making people laugh, but he also knew the importance of an education. He attended the University of Akron, Ohio, and upon graduating with degrees in Transportation, Marketing/Advertising, plus advanced studies in Radio and Television from Columbia School of Broadcasting. In a rags-to-riches story, Wallace went from selling rags to VP of Advertising. Still, his dream of being a comedian had a strong hold on him. Within a week of leaving the advertising field, he began to perform stand-up comedy and was offered a job writing for “The Redd Foxx Show.”

Wallace was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Soul Train/Centric Comedy All-Star Awards, and won Best Stand-Up Comedian at the prestigious American Comedy Awards after four consecutive nominations. As a veteran radio personality, he has also made appearances on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” and is a charter member of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

In 2004 Wallace appeared as the headlining star of his own show at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas for a 30-day run. Sin City showed its admiration by extending Wallace’s contract indefinitely and nicknaming him “The New Mr. Vegas.” Unlike any other comedy show in Las Vegas, Wallace gave away a number of prizes every night including CDs, DVDs, diamond necklaces, dinner at prestigious restaurants, gourmet chocolates, tropical cruises, and even a new car. He celebrated his 10th Anniversary headlining at the Flamingo in March 2014 and announced he was closing the show to head back out on the road.

George also recently performed at the DC Improv for the first time in 30 years to a sold-out crowd and was also featured in the award-winning series “ATL” with Donald Glover.

The Chicago Defender spoke with the veteran comedian about Chicago Politics, the R. Kelly Trial, his love for Portillos, and why laughter is always the best medicine.

George Wallace performs at Riddles Comedy Club, 5055 W. 111th Street, Alsip IL with special guests J. Anthony Brown, Myra J, and Damon Williams this Friday and Saturday. For tickets visit,

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