Actor/Comedian Dean Edwards has been making his mark in comedy following two successful seasons as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” With such memorable impressions as Don Cheadle, Michael Jackson and Denzel Washington, as well as such original characters as "Man in Elevator" and "Cop#2". Dean has pushed himself to the limits of creativity and exhaustion. Always the multi-tasker, Dean found the momentum to juggle his SNL career, his numerous standup appearances and multiple television appearances on tv. Dean most recently appeared in Showtime’s “Comics Without Borders, the nine-week comedy series which showcased multi-cultural stand-up comedians. Dean also helped workshop and create the character of Donkey for nearly 2 years, leading up to Dreamworks’ SHREK THE MUSICAL on Broadway.
Dean has made several late night appearances, including “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.” He is also a favorite and frequent guest on Byron Allen’s “Comic Unleashed,” and is frequently providing comedic commentary on various VH1 highlight shows. Director Malcolm Lee also chose Dean to finish Bernie Mac's voice/ADR work on "Soul Men" after the comedian’s untimely death. Dean also provided the voiceover of Barack Obama's on the CNN’s show, “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News”.
Born in the Bronx and raised throughout New York, Dean's travels made it easy for him to communicate with all walks of life. After dividing his college career between classes and a 6-year term in the U.S. Army reserves, Dean ultimately made the choice to devote his career to comedy. Although his fellow soldiers loved his impressions of their drill sergeant, Dean spent many an afternoon doing push-ups to pay for his comedic talent. That talent paid off and Dean found his career after participating a college talent show.
Armed with a degree in communications, Dean became an in-demand comic, and landed his first big break on Russell Simmons' “Def Comedy Jam.” Though the show is renown for it's blue humor, Dean found a way to break the traditional mold with his mainstream appeal. Subsequently, he was a featured comedian on “Showtime at the Apollo” a few years later. Dean followed his TV appearances by starring in numerous commercials, and also worked with Spike Lee on the hit feature film “The Original Kings of Comedy”.
Edwards has since earned a reputation as a headlining favorite at comedy clubs and colleges across the country. An international sensation, Dean was chosen to perform at the Jozi, Cape Town and Durban Comedy Festival’s in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban South Africa, as well as Saudi Arabia in late, 2009. And more recently, Dean completed a tour of the Middle East, performing in front of more than 10,000 comedy fans: beginning in Cairo, Egypt and ending in Kuwait.
Next up, Dean’s vocal talents can be heard in Dreamworks upcoming Halloween classic, SCARED SHREKLESS and he can be seen starring in the upcoming independent feature, APRIL FOOLS. Dean’s first comedy CD, “REAL TALK WITH FAKE PEOPLE, Volume 1” debuted at the top of Itunes comedy charts in 2009 and he plans to release an hour long special/DVD with Salient Media in late-2010.
[FEB 2012] "Dean was hilarious and great to have here!"
Laura Hartz, Director of Entertainment, Northwest Missouri State University
[AUG 2011] 5-point Excellent review in Campus Activities magazine: "Left a great aura on stage." Zade Patterson, Winthrop University