In the words of today’s biggest comedians, (Dave Chappelle, Steve Harvey, Tiffany Haddish, and many more!) PHAT TUESDAYS tells the story of how Guy Torry launched an all-black comedy night at the Comedy Store to make sure their voices were heard.
PHAT TUESDAYS tells the story of how many of those voices were shut out of “white” comedy clubs in the 90s, and how they found venues in South LA where Martin Lawrence, D.L. Hughley and Robin Harris showcased their talents. After the LA riots, comedian Guy Torry launched Phat Tuesdays, an all-black comedy night at the world-famous Comedy Store.
After the LA riots in ‘92, comedian Guy Torry, a recent transplant to Los Angeles from St. Louis, following in the footsteps of his big brother Joe Torry, launched Phat Tuesdays, an all-black comedy night at the world-famous Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. It quickly becomes the hottest club in Los Angeles, attracting basketball superstars like Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and John Salley, musicians like Prince, Tupac and Snoop Dogg, and celebrities like Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, and Mike Tyson. We step back in time to watch many comedians get their big break on the Phat Tuesday stage like Nick Cannon, Chris Tucker, Bill Bellamy, and host Guy Torry himself, who all become stars in film and television. Phat Tuesdays was lightening in a bottle and not only did it help launch the careers of many of the legendary comedians you know and love today, but it became an important platform to make sure those comedians voices were heard.