Teddy Carpenter is a force to be reckoned with in the ever-changing world of the entertainment business. He has developed a style and a disposition that makes one take notice of his abilities and his longevity. Most of all, you will take notice of his will to survive and prosper.
Teddy Carpenter first hit the stage at a very young age hosting local shows not knowing this would be his destiny, building on his skills and making people laugh. He did not take the stage serious until 1988 when he decided to aspire to stand up comedy for one year to see the results. After the one year, he never looked back
In the early years, Teddy won the Arseno Hall competition, Local Funniest Man in DC competition, and many other awards. He then appeared on Show Time at the Apollo in 1990 as a professional stand-up comic. It was then he knew he had the gift to command a standing ovation when the Apollo was considered to be the hardest place to perform in the country.
After the Apollo, Teddy did a series of shows with the late, great Robin Harris. This helped him identify that the substance of comedy required more than just being funny. Robin Harris helped him learn to become truly professional. As he honed in on his skills for the next few years, he opened for a number of artists such as Freddy Jackson, The Whispers, The Isley Brothers, Phyllis Hyman, Bell Bev Devoe, R. Kelly and many more.
In 1991 the world saw Teddy Carpenter when he appeared on the first Def Comedy Jam aired and received one of the highest rated performances to this date. He currently headlines the Best of Def Jam with comedians such as Eddie Griffin, Bernie Mac, Adelle Givens and others. He appeared on Def Comedy Jam a total of three times receiving standing ovations for all three shows. Teddy is recognized as one of the best up and coming professional comedians in the business.
For the next several years after Def Jam, Teddy Carpenter did various projects including: six pilots; hosting Video LP on B.E. T., and commercials for HBO. In 1995, Teddy Carpenter created and helped produce a late night talk show with Tribune Entertainment called "In The Dark with Teddy Carpenter." This show is still being shopped to major networks. In the mean time, he is a recurring guest host for the late night show "Later" on NBC and continues to go to network and read for shows like, "Boys Meet World" and "The Hughleys."
Recently Teddy Carpenter has gone back to his roots, stand up comedy and writing projects. In 1998, he was invited to the Aspen Comedy fest where he head lined 8 out of 8 shows. He is now in the process of drafting a Daytime Talk Show, Two Sitcoms and a Movie titled, "First Born." There are even discussions about a Book titled, "The Fall and Rise of a Black Comedian.
Teddy Carpenter is truly a force to be reckoned with as he is still considered a headliner and one of the best in the business.