How comedian Gary Owen earned his Black stripes and BET show

Photo courtesy of BET
Photo courtesy of BET

BET Networks has picked up the first season of The Gary Owen Show, a 10-episode reality series focusing on the life of American actor and stand-up comedian Gary Owen as he balances family time with wife Kenya and their three children, Emilio (21), Austin (15) and Kennedy (14) and a successful career on stage.

It’s no surprise Owen snagged the new hot spot on BET’s Tuesday late night line-up; the seasoned jokester has been making people fall off their chairs with laughter since his debut on “Comic View back in 1997. Owen literally has no filter and is ready to go there on his new show. Comedy cures all for Owen. As a product of a broken home, telling jokes became a reliable antidote to keep his peace of mind afloat during hard times. Laughter is the key to maintaining a job in his household and is what keeps an unbreakable between Owen and his family of four.

The Ohio native transitioned from living in a not-so-glamorous trailer park to residing in an 11,000 sq. foot home in an affluent suburb. Now, of course, a story such as this should be on TV and is well overdue. It’s the perfect time for cable television to land a more authentic reality show.

Owen is beyond excited to have this opportunity and is ready to introduce his bi-racial family to the world. Some critics feel BET may be pushing the envelope and ruffling a few feathers circulating a storyline around a blonde-haired, blue-eyed stand-up on an African-American network, but Owen isn’t shying away from a little bit of controversy. Owen has undeniable talent and is funny as hell. For Owen, his personal testimony resonates more with the Black community than his own people, which makes this a great opportunity for him.

Tonight marks the opening episode, so make sure to tune-in to “The Gary Owen Show,” October 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT

Will you be watching?



Lala Martinez
Lala Martinez

I'm a forward thinking millennial with a passion for writing and reporting all things entertainment.

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