J.B. Smoove

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J.B. Smoove is a famous actor, comedian, and writer from the United States. J.B. Smoove is known for his starring roles on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm (2007–present) and the CBS sitcom The Millers (2013–15).

Early Life

J.B. Smoove was born on the 16th of December 1965, in Plymouth, North Carolina, the United States of America. His birth name is Jerry Angelo Brooks and holds American nationality. Moreover, J.B. Smoove is currently 57 years old as of 2022 and believes in Islam religion. Similarly, he belongs to the African-American ethnicity and has a birth sign of Sagittarius.

J.B. Smoove is the son of Floyd Brooks (father) and Elizabeth Brooks (mother). At the age of three years old, he was raised in Mount Vernon, New York. In addition, he has two younger brothers. When J.B. was 15 years old, his father died from diabetes.

Coming towards his academic qualification, he completed his graduation from Mount Vernon High School in the year 1983. Later, J.B. Smoove enrolled at Norfolk State University in Virginia. there, he studied engineering and graphic design.

Professional Career

In the early year, he began working as a perfume formulator and sold fire extinguishers door-to-door. Moreover, J.B. Smoove first started in the 1995 HBO television series ‘Def Comedy Jam’ portraying himself, and also working as a writer in it.

He later worked in recurring roles on ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ and ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Later, this actor appeared on SNL as a writer and was a recipient of the 2007 Writers Guild of America award for Best Comedy/Variety Series (Including Talk). For three years, he was on Saturday Night Live.

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Caption: J.B. Smoove in HBO Curb Your Enthusiasm (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

Since 2007, he has been regularly playing as Leon Black on the HBO comedy ‘Curb Yur Enthusiasm’ (from the sixth season). Moreover, he got the role of Leon in this television series after his stint on SNL.

Although this actor was at that time based on the East Coast, this actor was in Los Angeles for his friend, music producer Oji Pierce’s funeral, so was able to audition for Curb Your Enthusiasm. On October 10, 2017, he wrote a book about his Curb Your Enthusiasm character, Leon, which was released.

Other television and movies roles

For the second and third seasons of the FOX network sitcom ‘Til Death’ he has a major role with Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher. Similarly, he recorded several episodes of ‘The Gong Show’ with Dave Attell as one of the celebrity judges in June 2008.

He got cast on the short-lived sketch comedy program Cedric the Entertainer Presents. As a host, he hosted the standup comedy series Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at The El Rey on Comedy Central in July 2010 and also appeared on an episode of The Simpsons titled “Angry Dad: The Movie” in February 2011.

He starred in the 2011 animated sitcom American Dad! episode “The Worst Stan” and appeared in an episode of Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil called “Dude, Where’s My Wade.”

His first televised comedy special, JB Smoove: That’s How I Dooz It, premiered on Comedy Central in the year 2012. On the 9th of April 2012, he was the substitute co-host of the New York City morning talk show Good Day New York with Rosanna Scotto. He also appeared as a cameo appearance as grave digger in the episode of Louie entitled “Barney/Never.”

In the fourth season of episode seven, he played a supporting role in”The Vapora Sport” in the American sitcom The League on FX. Further, he plays one of the “Replacers” for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. He was in the show Real Husbands of Hollywood, where he played a fictionalized version of himself.

As a host and other appearances

Smoove has hosted a talk show called ‘Four Courses With JB Smoove’ on the MSG Network. In addition, he has given his voice to Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris, who is the host of the Chakra Attack radio show in the video game Grand Theft Auto V video game. In 2013, he appeared in the movie Dealin’ with Idiots, as Coach Ted.

That same year, he was cast as a regular cast member of the CBS comedy The Millers, playing the character Ray. On comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Smoove was also featured. Additionally, he worked as a guest judge on the first season of the FOX reality singing competition ‘The Masked Singer.’

He has provided his voice as Frank in Harley Quinn beginning in 2019, as well as playing Julius Dell in the Marvel Studios film ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ and its 2021 sequel ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.’ He starred in the 2020 comedy-mystery series ‘Mapleworth Murders. In April 2021, he along with his cohost Miles Grose, created May I Elaborate? Daily Wisdom from JB Smoove, which is a podcast on the Team Coco podcast network.


Being a well-known actor, he has managed to earn a couple of awards in his profession. In 2007, he won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy/Variety Talk Series. He won the 2017 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series and shared with other co-actors.

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Caption: J.B. Smoove receiving Primetime Emmy Award (Source: Television Academy)

In 2021, he earned the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. He has been nominated for Black Reel Award, Critics Choice Super Award, Image Awards (NAACP), Screen Actors Guild Award, and many others.

J B Smoove – Net Worth 2023

As of 2022, J.B. Smoove’s net worth is estimated at around $5 million and his earnings and salary are still missing. Mostly, he makes money from his movies, television series, and others.

Relationship Status

Talking about his relationship status, he married singer Shahidah Omar in 2007. Currently, the couple lives in Los Angeles. Moreover, he has a daughter named Jerrica Brooks from his previous relationship. As of now, this actor has not been involved in controversy and rumors.

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Caption: J.B. Smoove with his wife (Source: Zimbio)

Body Measurements

Talking about his body stats, he stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 75 kg. Moreover, he has black eyes, and his body measurement measures 42-33-14 inches. In addition, he wears a shoe size of 12 US.

Caption: J.B. Smoove posing for a photo (Source: Fandom)

J B Smoove – Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@ohsnapjbsmoove’ there are more than 337k followers. Likewise, there are more than 147k followers on his ‘@ohsnapjbsmoove’ and more than 279k followers on his Facebook page.