By Veronica Dudo
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (CBS) — Grammy and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx brought his Foxxhole Comedy Jam to Atlantic City over the weekend. The actor/musician joined Billy Sorrells, Luenell, Gary Owen, Bill Bellamy, Lavell Crawford, Rob Stapleton and Donell Rawlings for a radio show and performances at Caesars Casino.
Foxx’s first exposure to the arts was during his childhood, when he was classically trained to play the piano. He continued to pursue the arts, eventually becoming a stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer and music artist. After receiving a classical piano scholarship to U.S. International University in San Diego, he performed stand-up comedy during open mic nights in comedy clubs. He soon moved to television, joining the cast of “In Living Color,” and later starred in his own sitcom, “The Jamie Foxx Show.” As a music artist, he released his debut album in the 1990s; however, he gained the spotlight a decade later with hits like “Slow Jamz,” “Gold Digger” and “Blame It.”
On the big screen, Foxx has appeared in numerous films including “Collateral,” “Dreamgirls,” “Miami Vice,” “Jarhead,” “The Kingdom,” “The Soloist,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” “Valentine’s Day” and “Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.” In 2004, he won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biopic “Ray.”
After his comedy jam show in Atlantic City, Foxx hosted the after party inside Harrah’s Resort’s nightclub The Pool After Dark. Foxx dished about his comedy, upcoming tour, the possibility of teaming up with Chris Rock and what it was like working with Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Waltz and Kerry Washington on Quentin Tarantino’s western “Django: Unchained.”
You’re back in Atlantic City for the second Foxxhole Comedy Jam. How did it go?
It was fantastic! A lot of funny comedians giving people a chance to let off some steam, enjoying themselves. It was real good.
Atlantic City is a great East Coast location close to Philadelphia and New York City; did you have any friends come down?
Yeah, I had friends come down from Philly, people from Delaware, DC, New York—it was really fantastic, and we want to do it bigger and better next year.
Any plans to go on a comedy tour?
We’re going to go on tour the middle of next year with all these guys that I’ve been doing these gigs with–Lavell Crawford, Speedy, Johnny Mack and people in the Foxxhole–so you know never stop doing jokes.
Will you be teaming up with Chris Rock?
I would love to if he wants to, but I got another group of guys that’s just as dynamic, and we’re going to go get.
What was it like working with Quentin Tarantino and the all-star cast on the upcoming western “Django: Unchained”?
“Django” is one of the most intense movies I’ve ever worked on. Quentin Tarantino is a cinematic genius. Leonardo DiCaprio—beast! Samuel Jackson—beast! Chris Waltz—beast! Kerry Washington—beast, beast! Every day we went into work, it was like an actor’s workshop.
BUZZ @ THE BEACH
For the July 13 weekend, the Borgata welcomes Jerry Seinfeld, Aziz Ansari, Steve Aoki, Squeeze & B-52S and Stevie Nicks. Revel hosts Nickelback and Def Leppard. The Blue Man Group will be at Caesars, Zeds Dead with Space Jesus will perform at the House of Blues, and DJ Jazzy Jeff will spin at Dusk. MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season Five champions, Poreotics, will treat guests to a live dance performance at The Pool After Dark. The Pauly D Project Takeover at The Pool After Dark will be hosted by Big Jerry, Michael “Biggie” Morgan, Ryan & J-ROC with a special DJ set by Biggie and music by DJ Konflikt. Sandra Bernhard brings her stand-up comedy to the Atlantic Club, while the Tropicana brings in YES with Procol Harum. Vinnie Favorito will appear at the concert venue at Harrah’s Resort, the Legends in Concert show runs at Bally’s and the Paintin’ The Town Tour 2012 stops at the Trump Taj Mahal with Darryl Worley, David Lee Murphy and Bo Bice. Trump Plaza presents Beatlemania Now and Identity: An Exhibition of You.
Veronica Dudo is an award-winning journalist covering everything from breaking news to red carpet celebrity interviews. Follow her on Twitter @VeronicaDudo and Facebook.