There’s funny, there’s humorous, there’s hilarious, and then there’s Broderick E. Rice. This multi-talented Gospel comedian/singer has performed with some of the most notable names in the entertainment industry including the Winans, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Andrae Crouch, Kirk Franklin and Stevie Wonder.
He grew up in Compton, a tough Los Angeles suburb that has produced rap stars (Snoop Dogg), gospel stars (the Rev. James Cleveland) and gang violence. As a boy, he says, he saw a young man being beaten with golf clubs. “I saw men driving down our street, with guns pointed out the windows.”
Broderick Rice also saw a lot of action at a giant, 3,000-member Baptist church, where his dad was assistant pastor for 18 years. “That was the place to be.” He started singing there as a preschooler and continued, with his mother’s urging, through all the choirs.
He also tried Longview City College, with no quick route to graduation. “I turned that into a career,” he said. That was where he became friends with Tommy Mikal Ford, who went on to a successful career as an actor (“Martin”) and comedian. Broderick Rice also wanted a comedy career, but he says there was one question: “How do you do something relevant to your own experience, when your experience is church?”
The break came in 1987, when he was one of many singers at a large-scale concert. “Nobody knew who I was,” he said. Instead of singing, he started to talk and do imitations. “The place went nuts,” Rice said. “Ever since that day, I’ve been a gospel comedian.” …”My goal is not just to make you laugh. I want to build you up, to lift you up.”
Best known for his powerful and energetic comedic performances, Broderick Rice does vocal impressions of such personalities as Marvin Winans, Luther Vandross, and the legendary Reverend James Cleveland to name a few. This talented performer has a positive message that needs to be heard. It’s rare when you find a Christian comedian/singer who has the ability to demonstrate both talents successfully.
Broderick is on a mission to touch, electrify, and entertain through his anointed talent of comedy and music. He has a special ability to communicate with young people. He creatively places emphasis on the power of pursuing God’s purpose, vision, and destiny. Main Source: Delafont.com website