Sep 8, 2013
On September 2nd, funny man Cedric the Entertainer became the new host of ABC’s Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. Cedric takes over Millionaire from Meredith Vieira, who left the show at the end of last season. Millionaire has been a successfully running on ABC since it debuted in 1999 with Regis Philbin. The show was then taken over by Meredith Vieira in 2002.
Cedric the Entertainer has been in the game from quit some time. He made his first TV appearance on It’s Showtime at the Apollo. Soon after, he appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and BET’s ComicView, which he would later host for the 1993–94 season. Cedric was one of the Grand Prize Winners of the Miller Lite Comedy Search along with his fellow comedian, Bernie Mac. In 1994, Cedric also won the Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from BET. In 1996, Cedric moved into acting, playing Steve Harvey’s friend, Cedric Jackie Robinson, on the sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show. His acting career grew and he began appearing in movies, including Dr. Dolittle 2, Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Ride, Serving Sara, Johnson Family Vacation, Intolerable Cruelty, Man of the House, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Madagascar and Be Cool. In the 2005 animated film Madagascar, Cedric voiced Maurice the aye aye. In October 2005, Cedric joined the Champ Car auto racing series as a part owner. Cedric appeared in the movie Charlotte’s Web as the voice of Golly the gander. While his acting career grew, Cedric continued stand-up and traveled the country as one of the Kings of Comedy headliners, with Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac. He also recorded comedic interludes on two mulit-platinum selling albums, Nelly’s Country Grammar (2000) and Jay-z Black Album (2003).
Cedric appeared as the lead comedian at the White House Correspondents Dinner but jokingly remarked that he was unprepared because he thought that he would follow a humorous speech by President George W. Bush but instead followed First Lady Laura Bush, who he commented was very funny. He was inducted to the St. Louis Walk of Fame on June 7, 2008. His star is located at 6166 Delmar. Cedric was also the special guest host for WWE Raw on September 21, 2009 in Little Rock Arkansas. He was recently seen in the Broadway revival of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo,” the story of three small-time crooks who come to blows during a plot to steal a valuable coin collection.
Congratulations on all your success, Cedric! Be sure to catch him hosting Millionaire Tuesdays at 7:30 on ABC!
Remember, in all things give thanks! Live…Love…Do!