Teddy Carpenter & Friends

Teddy Carpenter is in his 36th year of standup comedy. He is described as a comic's comic. Teddy Carpenter is a Washington, DC native that started stand up in the early '80s with Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence and Tony Woods to name a few. He honed his craft quickly from listening to Richard Pryor, Moms Mabley and Dolemite comedy records as a youth and new standup would be his ticket. He performed in clubs around DC that led him by 1989 to make his first of many appearances on Showtime At The Apollo. He received numerous standing ovations from, "the place where legends are made!" The show was the launching pad for many more appearances on TV shows through the 90’s. Teddy toured the country working as a full-time standup comic gaining for his quick wit and even quicker punchlines. Teddy was asked to appear on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam where the best of the best was invited. During his performances on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam he made three appearances and received three standing ovations. His performance is still the 2nd highest watched standup performance to date, Bernie Mac being the highest.

From the 90’s through 2015 Teddy traveled the county performing in theatres across the country working with the best of the best in both standup and in music. Artists like Bernie Mac, D.L. Hughley, Kevin Hart, Earth Wind & Fire, Charlie Wilson, New Edition and many more. Teddy had his time in Hollywood also. Teddy Carpenter’s standup mastery led him to be one of the original hosts of "Showtime at the Apollo." His credits include "Def Comedy Jam," (Documentary), 2010 "The Mo'Nique Show" (TV Series), 2008 "1st Amendment Stand Up" (TV Series documentary), 1992-2008 "Def Comedy Jam" (TV Series), 2007 ”Unleashed: Comedians Off the Chain," 2004 "BET Comedy Awards" (TV Special), 1989-2000 "Showtime at the Apollo" (TV Series), 1992 "The Uptown Comedy Club" (TV Series) just to name a few. Carpenter has appeared on NBC, ABC, UPN, BET and countless other major networks.

For more than three decades Teddy has brought audiences all over the nation to their feet. Teddy is known as the Kaepernick of comedy for breaking barriers. He never got the recognition that some of his classmates have with being a pioneer in the game, making promoters and Hollywood change their business practices. He is in an elite class of standup comedy. Carpenter continues to remain a leader and voice of influence on and off the stage.

11/23/2022 7:30 PM

Door Time: 6:15 PM

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Teddy Carpenter first made a name for himself in the 1980s, and he's still going strong. The DC native has worked alongside some of the best names in the business, hosted "Showtime at the Apollo," and traveled the globe. For this show, he's taking over our main showroom and bringing along some of his great comedy friends -- come see a hometown hero at his best!


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Teddy Carpenter is in his 36th year of standup comedy. He is described as a comic's comic. Teddy Carpenter is a Washington, DC native that started stand up in the early '80s with Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence and Tony Woods to name a few. He honed his craft quickly from listening to Richard Pryor, Moms Mabley and Dolemite comedy records as a youth and new standup would be his ticket. He performed in clubs around DC that led him by 1989 to make his first of many appearances on Showtime At The Apollo. He received numerous standing ovations from, "the place where legends are made!" The show was the launching pad for many more appearances on TV shows through the 90’s. Teddy toured the country working as a full-time standup comic gaining for his quick wit and even quicker punchlines. Teddy was asked to appear on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam where the best of the best was invited. During his performances on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam he made three appearances and received three standing ovations. His performance is still the 2nd highest watched standup performance to date, Bernie Mac being the highest.

From the 90’s through 2015 Teddy traveled the county performing in theatres across the country working with the best of the best in both standup and in music. Artists like Bernie Mac, D.L. Hughley, Kevin Hart, Earth Wind & Fire, Charlie Wilson, New Edition and many more. Teddy had his time in Hollywood also. Teddy Carpenter’s standup mastery led him to be one of the original hosts of "Showtime at the Apollo." His credits include "Def Comedy Jam," (Documentary), 2010 "The Mo'Nique Show" (TV Series), 2008 "1st Amendment Stand Up" (TV Series documentary), 1992-2008 "Def Comedy Jam" (TV Series), 2007 ”Unleashed: Comedians Off the Chain," 2004 "BET Comedy Awards" (TV Special), 1989-2000 "Showtime at the Apollo" (TV Series), 1992 "The Uptown Comedy Club" (TV Series) just to name a few. Carpenter has appeared on NBC, ABC, UPN, BET and countless other major networks.

For more than three decades Teddy has brought audiences all over the nation to their feet. Teddy is known as the Kaepernick of comedy for breaking barriers. He never got the recognition that some of his classmates have with being a pioneer in the game, making promoters and Hollywood change their business practices. He is in an elite class of standup comedy. Carpenter continues to remain a leader and voice of influence on and off the stage.