KEVIN AVERY is a stand up comedian and a writer on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He has also had the distinction of being the head writer on the critically acclaimed and criminally short FX original series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. His other television writing credits include VH1′s Best Week Ever. Originally from San Francisco, CA, Kevin’s high-energy brand of stand up has been called “as rare and magical as a sparkle-unicorn doing West Side Story choreography under a liquid light show,” by the SF Weekly.
Kevin has been praised by the Oakland Tribune for his “sharp-witted” style and “impressive physical comedy.” Of his animated style of stand up and storytelling, the San Francisco Chronicle raves, “Avery is Amazing!” His debut comedy CD, Hardcore, recorded live at the Punchline in San Francisco, is available on iTunes and at RoofTopComedy.com
Kevin is the writer, star and executive producer of the award-winning short film Thugs, The Musical, about a frustrated, sightly delusional, and extremely non-urban black actor who writes, directs & stars in a disastrous musical to prove to Hollywood and the world that he can “act black.” The Dallas Weekly calls it an “uproariously funny mockumentary,” and the Texas Black Film Festival director declared it to be “hands down, THE funniest and wittiest film at the TBFF 2012 Fest! Welcome to a new generation of black social parody.” Thugs, The Musical is the winner of the Audience Award for Best Film at 2012 LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival and the 2012 MIX International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the 2012 Montgomery Film Festival, Best Comedy Film at the 2012 San Francisco Black Film Festival, and the winner of both Best Short and Best in Show at the 2012 Tupelo Film Festival.
Kevin also wrote, produced and stars in the popular web videos Black Guys on a Beautiful Day and Not in a Gay Way. He is the creator of the web series, Kevin Avery’s Obsessed, the pilot of which was featured on MSN’s The Bubble. (Episode 1) (Episode 2)