TuRae’s comedy career began in the 1990′s while attending Temple University. Encouraged by friends, he entered and won his first open mic competition at the famous Philadelphia Laff House. The club immediately named him house MC providing the opportunity to develop his thoughtful and unique point of view. Drawing on his urban upbringing and experiences, the 66 failed basketball star and neighborhood geek demonstrates an engaging and earnest style of comedy with broad appeal.
In 2007, he traveled to London, England where he won the World Cup Comedy Clash at Londons Hackney Empire Theater. In the summer of 2008, TuRae performed at the prestigious Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal where industry watchers lauded TuRaes strong point of view as reported by The Hollywood Reporter who went further naming him a standout of the New Faces showcase. TuRae headlines clubs and colleges and has competed in and won a number of competitions including the Def Jam Comedy Competition and The WBs Comedy After Midnight.
Last fall witnessed TuRae’s debut on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham”. With more than 10 stand up appearances on the BET network programs such as “Comic View, The Sumner Report, One Mic Stand, and Partners in Crime”, TuRae has become a recognizable face on the network and a favorite in the marketplace. The urban comedy magazine Humor Mill voted TuRae one of the Top Comedians of 2009 and also described TuRae’s performance on the 2008 season of HBOs Def Comedy Jam as one of the funniest of the season. In 2009 TuRae delighted viewers on the nationally televised formats: the Starz Networks Martin Lawrence Presents; 1st Amendment Standup & Byron Allens Comics Unleashed. In 2010 TuRae again appeared on national television with his standout performance on “The Monique Show” and Byron Allen’s “Comedy.TV.” TuRae’s also made his first movie debut in 2011 as he appeared in Kevin Hart’s “Laugh at my Pain.” The wave continues as TuRae creates “Soul Comedy” a monthly stand up performance show slated for pay per view release. TuRae currently resides in the New York area and can be seen regularly in clubs around the city.