GUEST EDITOR BILL BELLAMY TALKS “MR. BOX OFFICE,” TOUR INSPIRED BY TEDDY PENDERGRASS AND STAYING RELEVANT

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Comedian Bill Bellamy has capitalized off time spent in this industry by knowing how to make power moves. In the past, he’s performed on Def Comedy Jam, was the voice of Nickelodeon’s “Cousin Skeeter”, has been a host on MTV and starred in films such as Love JonesHow To Be a Player and The Brothers. After 20-plus years in the game, he still has a stash of tricks up his sleeve. Lately, he’s produced material to cater to all audiences, so there’s plenty of him to go around. Sitcom junkies can tune into his new syndicated TV show “Mr. Box Office,” which hit small screens in September. Bellamy plays Marcus Jackson, a member of Hollywood’s elite who slipped up and is condemned to do community service teaching at a rough high school. Over time, Marcus learns to look beyond his bubble of fame to discover how real people deal with tough situations, becoming a better him in the process. Bellamy drew from his own experiences to further connect with the character.

“He never really had to do anything that had any substance. Before I had kids, I didn’t have any real, down to earth ground-age,” he says while reminiscing on carefree days spent in the company of Janet and Jackson, Whitney Houston, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac. “Now in my real life, I have a family and I have more purpose. I utilize that in the show. [It’s] cool to be making the money and to have all the stuff that we can dream of, but it’s also good to be a good person and be about something, too.” READ MORE

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