It is the rare comedian that can simultaneously spark moments of laughter and moments of reflection. This talent comes naturally to Shang Forbes. Social analysis and urban flavor walk hand in hand with Shang, as he prowls the stage in tradition of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Dick Gregory. Widely known for his ability to attack the funnybone through the conscience, the entertainer challenges his audience with an unusual blend of sophisticated style and offbeat observations. He focuses on the margins of society to stay on the cutting edge. While other comedians dwell in hateful and misogynistic subject matter, Shang's material has a unique combination of wisdom and wit ripped from the annals of history and todays headlines.
The charismatic comic has proven his premiere standup skills with appearances nationwide and abroad. With one of the most memorable performances on 1995 on HBOs "Def Comedy Jam" and a half hour special on BETs "Comic View Grand Stand," Shang has cemented his position as one of the brightest African-American funnymen in the business. His passionate and explosive humor has also been showcased on "Politically Incorrect," "The Best of the Evening at the Improv," ""Showtime Comedy Club," "Friday Night Videos," "Carolines Comedy Hour" and "Comic Justice," among others. In addition, he has displayed impressive comedic acting ability as a series regular on the late-night laughfest "The Newz" and a featured guest starring rile on a recent episode of "The Jamie Foxx Show."
Shang will continue to rise to the top of the comedy ranks with high-profile acting, television stand-up and personal appearances. HBO recently signed the clever entertainer for a half our comedy special, which aired on the cable network in late 1997. Also, the popular comedian starred in the debut episode of Comedy Centrals new performance program. In addition, he performed at the 1997 US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and will be feature in several upcoming international shows.
Needless to say, Shang has come a long way from the boroughs of New York. Originally from the Bronx, the Carnegie Mellon University graduate and aspiring illustrator began his career on a dare. A friend bet him $50 to take the stage during open-mike at a local comedy club..Shang won the bet, caught the comedy bug and quickly became an underground favorite with his dark avant-garde, socio-political style.
When not on the road, Shang resides in Los Angeles where he practices another talent; music. Often inserting spoken words and musical elements into his comedy, he creates and performs music in his rare free time.