Joe Torry was inducted into the hall of fame in 2006 with legendary comedians such as Richard Pryor, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Cosby and has planted an indelible mark on the world of comedy. His off-the cuff brand of comedy is authentic and has made him a living legend.
Look for Joe in the upcoming feature film “Soul Ties with Terri Vaughn, Joe will also be reoccurring as Chandler Bishop on Cinemax in the seduction drama entitled the “Jump Off” premiering in April 2012 and he will be taping a Comedy DVD in March called “Laugh In Yo Face” which will be filmed in Dallas, TX. As the former host and one of the most memorable comedians of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, Torry has become well-known and respected for his comedic style. He garnered this title, because unlike most comedians, Torry doesn’t pre-rehearse his script for stand-up, he uses the audience to unleash his raw, unfiltered, and witty comedic style. His ability to connect with audiences from various backgrounds and leave them in stitches has led to an illustrious career and opened the doors of unbelievable opportunity.
Prior to achieving world-wide acclaim from his days as the formidable host of Def Comedy Jam, Torry had already made his mark in the world of comedy and the big screen. Torry starred in many box office hits including House Party 1 & 3 with Martin Lawrence, Strictly Business with Sam Jackson and Halle Berry, Tales from the Hood, Motives 1 & 2, Mansfield 12, Sprung with Tisha Campbell and most notably from his role in John Singleton’s Poetic Justice featuring the remarkable Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. Torry has also made a name for himself as a stellar actor appearing in such re-known television shows as E.R., NYPD Blue, Dangerous Minds, and Navy NCIS.
As a humanitarian and philanthropist, Torry utilizes his talent and strong family values to uplift communities worldwide but specifically in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri where he established “Giving Back The Love Foundation” to sponsor youth and community programs. In the last fifteen (15) years, the foundation has assisted in mentoring over 30,000 children and families on the importance of health care awareness and education. Major celebrities gave their time year after year, including Shaquille O’Neal, Terrell Owens, Shia Lebeouf, Vivica Fox, Taraji Henson, Moses Malone, Olden Polynice, Raven Symone, MC Lyte, Cedric the Entertainer, Shemar Moore, John Sally, Nelly, Kimora Lee Simmons, Lisa Raye, Meagan Good, Adam Lamburg and Ali Woodson who sang the national anthem each year. As a result of his leadership in the community, Torry was chosen to represent the mid-west and to be the first to accept the 2004 Olympic Torch for the historic international event in which Jackie Joyner Kersee was last to carry the torch before it left St. Louis and traveled to New York City. His passion to inspire the community to rise up has allowed Torry to reach millions through his endeavors collaborating with many other celebrities and non-profits in raising awareness and funding for many various causes. Torry’s vision is to reach out to the Latino community to further their causes as well. Torry’s recent discussions for collaborations include projects with Oscar Dela Hoya and George Lopez.