Michael Blackson, the self-styled African King of Comedy, is an American comedian of Ghanian descent that is regarded as one of the most original stand-up comics in the business. The funnyman, who also does some acting, having appeared in movies like Next Friday (2000) and Meet the Blacks (2016), has proven to be quite versatile when it comes to entertainment and is someone to watch out for.
Biography (Real Name)
Not much is known about Michael Blackson before he came to the United States at the young age of 13, other than that he was born on the 28th of November, 1972, in Ghana. There is also no information about his birth or real name nor indeed, the identity of his parents.
As a teenage African boy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 80’s when he arrived, Blackson found himself to be the butt of jokes of his classmates because he was African and spoke differently. Blackson said that the jokes offended him at first but he later grew a thick skin that allowed him to use his accent to tell jokes to anybody that was willing to listen. One of those people he told a joke to was an acting coach at the Philadelphia Community College who encouraged him to take up acting classes as he pursued a career in comedy.
Michael Blackson soon began performing in a number of nightclubs and bars before later going into well-known comedy competitions such as the Comedy Central Tour in 1992, the Schlitz Malt Liquor Comedy Tour in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania the following year, and the Urban Comedy Festival in New York City in 1996. Blackson soon later began performing at BET’s ComicView series, and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam.
His big break came after one of those shows which had Ice Cube in attendance. The former rapper turned actor and movie producer was in the audience and witnessed one of Blackson’s performances with his usual African attire. This led him to offer the comedian the role of an angry African man in the comedy, Next Friday (2000), and the rest became history.
Michael Blackson’s Net Worth
Even though Michael Blackson might not rank among the highest paid comedians out there, he is still very well off with a net worth reported to be around $2 million. The comedian, who has appeared in over seven movies to date, most notably Next Friday where he plays an angry African man, amassed most of his wealth not just through his movie roles but by also headlining a number of live shows at comedy clubs, universities, and other special events in and outside the United States.
Blackson also has a huge YouTube following where views are able to generate a significant income.
Does He Have a Wife or Girlfriend?
Michael Blackson is not married but has however been in a longterm on-again, off-again relationship with R&B and Soul music singer, Georgia Reign. It is not clear when exactly the pair began dating but everything about their relationship looked to have moved like a speed train because from the time both parties began acknowledging each other on social media to the time in which they were said to have gotten engaged, went by very fast.
Blackson was reportedly planning to make a wife out of his woman before everything crashed following allegations of infidelity by Reign who claimed she caught him cheating on her with a fan. Things further went downhill after a video of a full-frontal nude Blackson surfaced online. It was first reported that Blackson was videoed while cheating with another woman in a hotel room, but the comedian took to his social media to say that the video was released by an angry ex who wanted to get back at him.
Unfortunately, Georgia was not having any of it as the pair split up. They have since that time, however, gotten back together and are hoping to go through with their wedding plans. Georgia Reign, who is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, started her career as a dancer. The first main gig was touring with singer Bobby Valentino. After that, she joined an all-girl music label that was signed to a music label owned by the legendary R&B musician, Babyface.
During this time, Reign began writing songs for other mainstream artists and was earning a considerable amount of money for her work. Her big break came when one of the songs in which she co-wrote for Chris Brown earned a Grammy nomination. She has since that time embarked on a music career of her own. Some of her most popular songs are: Feel Like A Woman (2013), What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas (2016), Rain (2017), and Mark My Words (2018).
Michael Blackson is said to have a total of three children from his previous relationships. His first child is named Michael Jr., while his second and third sons, who are twins, are named Niko and Noah. There is no information available about the identities of their mothers.