Ric speaks with the “African King of Comedy” Michael Blackson. The breakout comedian appears in the new film, TOOKEN, a hilarious spoof of TAKEN films. Now available on Digital HD and Video on Demand also available on DVD July 7th.
Called one of the most original comics in the country, Michael Blackson — aka “The African King of Comedy” — has been entertaining audiences around the globe for many years. Inspired by Eddie Murphy, Blackson first honed his comedy chops in the clubs of Philadelphia back in 1992. Recalling life experiences from his native country of Ghana, Blackson began to amass a loyal following, and was featured in BET’s ComicView, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at Harlem, Live in Hollywood and more. It was his breakout role in the smash comedy Next Friday starring Ice Cube that earned him critical praise and a massive international fan base.
Now, Blackson stars in the new comedy film, Tooken, an off-the-wall send-up of the TAKEN revenge thriller films starring Liam Neeson. In Tooken, an ex-CIA agent, now working as a mall security guard, joins forces with his ex-CIA elderly mother to battle his nemesis known as BrownFinger to free his family and a pound of dogs in danger of exploding. The star-studded satire also stars Lee Tergesen, Reno Wilson, Margaret Cho with special cameo appearances by Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy, Lukas Haas and more