If you ask different people where they first saw Arsenio Hall, you’d probably get

a number of different answers. But, it was the success of his Emmy Award-
winning late night talk show “The Arsenio Hall Show” that made Arsenio a

household name. The versatile actor, comedian and producer first became
involved in the arts at “The Cleveland Playhouse” and continued to hone his craft
through his Kent State University years.
In 1979, Hall moved from Ohio to Chicago, Illinois where he tried his hand at
stand-up comedy and was discovered by Jazz singer Nancy Wilson. In the
following few years Arsenio toured, opening for twenty major headliners
including Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder. A
short time later, Arsenio attempted to diversify his career by making numerous
appearances on television shows such as “Solid Gold” and “The Tonight Show
Starring Johnny Carson”…and doing his first film cameo in “Amazon Women on
the Moon,” directed by John Landis.
In 1987, Arsenio was asked to replace Joan Rivers on the Fox Network series
“The Late Show.” On the strength of his work as interim host, he was signed to
a film and television deal with Paramount Pictures, which subsequently led to
the opportunity to co-write and co-star in the hit (Paramount) comedy “Coming
to America.”
On January 3, 1989, “The Arsenio Hall Show” made its debut. Virtually
overnight, Arsenio changed the face of late night television by captivating young
viewers across the country. During his successful five-year run as Executive
Producer, Arsenio provided a forum for cutting edge comedy, politics and the
television debut of such pop superstars as Mariah Carey, Snoop Doggy Dogg,
Boyz II Men, and countless others. In 1994, Arsenio was again ready to grow and
diversify. He resigned from the late night gabfest to pursue other personal and
professional interests.
In 1998, Arsenio joined the cast of the CBS dramedy “Martial Law,” playing
“Terrell Parker,” a streetwise L.A.P.D. detective, for two years. He followed this
up with a two season stint as Host of the new “Star Search” (CBS). And then,
taking on his most challenging task to date, he returned to stand-up comedy and
toured for the first time in over a decade.

Arsenio was featured as the comical “Carl Cristall” in Exodus Films’ animated
feature “Igor,” starring John Cusack, which was released in theaters nationwide
in September, 2008, and on DVD in January, 2009.
Arsenio appeared in a memorable cameo starring as “Tasty Freeze” in the highly
touted feature comedy “Black Dynamite,” an homage to classic blaxploitation
films, which opened in theaters nationwide October 16, 2009 (Sony/Apparition),
was released on DVD in February, 2010, and debuted as a new animated series
on Adult Swim in July, 2012.
In addition, Arsenio was featured in the HBO Sports Documentary “Magic &
Bird: A Courtship of Rivals” which premiered in March, 2010, as well as the A&E
two-hour documentary special “The Battle For Late Night,” which premiered in
April, 2010.
He was also featured in the NBA Entertainment documentary “The
Announcement,” which premiered in March, 2012 on ESPN, where he shares his
insight and experience surrounding the day of Thursday, November 7, 1991, when
Earvin “Magic” Johnson made people stop and watch at the Forum in Inglewood,
California, announcing he was HIV-positive and would be retiring from
basketball immediately. The documentary gets to the core of Magic’s incredible
personal journey and explores how he continues to prosper and thrive two
decades later.
Arsenio was featured as a “Guest Mentor” on the OWN Network’s “Your OWN
Show,” as well as appearing as guest host on the daily talk show “Access
Hollywood LIVE!,” CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” and “The View.”
On May 20, 2012, Arsenio was crowned the “Celebrity Apprentice” for Season 5
of Donald Trump’s hit reality show on NBC, where he competed for his charity,
The Magic Johnson Foundation.
He returned to late-night television as executive producer and host of the CBS
Television Distribution/Tribune Broadcasting nationally syndicated “The
Arsenio Hall Show,” which aired on stations around the country during the 2013 –
2014 season.
Arsenio appeared on the PBS special “Eddie Murphy: The Kennedy Center Mark
Twain Prize,” which aired in November, 2015, and co-starred on Season 4 of
BET’s hit comedy series “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”

He served as host of the prestigious 2016 BET Honors special, and co-hosted
ABC TV’s summer music event series “Greatest Hits,” produced by Ken Ehrlich,
which aired June – August, 2016.
Most recently, he appeared in a cameo role in Adam Sandler’s ‘90s set Netflix
comedy film “Sandy Wexler.”
As of January, 2017, Arsenio can also be heard Monday mornings as Co-Host of
the popular nationally-syndicated radio program “The Tom Joyner Morning
Currently, he is also enjoying a triumphant return to his first love of stand-up
comedy, performing at venues across the country.