Leonard Ouzts is one of the most popular and most televised young comedians on the circuit today. Originally hailing from Chesapeke, VA, his work has been featured on every platform from HBO to MTV to Comedy Central. In addition to stand-up, Leonard has established himself as a strong and uniquely savvy actor, with appearances in Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning series “Master of None” and NBC’S “Abbey’s,” as well as feature films "Standing Up and Falling Down" (with Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz), “Like Father” (with Kelsey Grammar and Kristen Bell), and "Set It Up" (with Lucy Liu).
He also co-starred in the viral “3 Brothers Moving” commercial for Tristate. Leonard was a "New Face” at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2015, and made his Late Night debut on “Conan” in 2016 and received a standing ovation. His debut comedy special, “The Big Joker,” is currently available to stream on 85 South’s YouTube. When he’s not on the road or on set, Leonard hosts "Young, Black, and Funny", a live comedy show series he co-founded with friend and fellow comedian Vincent Bryant.
Leonard was mentored by great Comedians such as Micah "Bamm Bamm" White, Bodacious, Angus Black, and Alycia Cooper. "My mentors have all taught me a ton of good information and always pick up the phone when I call," says Leonard.
Leonard started doing comedy on a broader level in 2001 and began hitting the stage locally, then traveling the region. His act is primarily centered around everything from family, to current events, and the things he notices while walking down the street. Leonard takes an approach to comedy that is real and thought provoking all while having his audience spill over in laughter. Leonard has goals to entertain all across the country and take comedy by the horns. His long term aspirations include acting, major tours, and possibly writing a book about his experiences.
I love entertaining, but what I found most gratifying is when I was 18 years old and performed a 5 minute set in a club in a front of 125 strangers. At the end of the show, a 47 year old gentleman told me he lost his job and his home, but all my jokes somehow made him forget all that. That will stay with me forever.
Delivers his rants with unmistakable verve; still, he doesn’t mind letting audiences peek at the emotionally tangled and disappointed guy just underneath.
Very sour, but very funny.