Santa Fe New Mexican



Cedric the Entertaine­r, 57, will be doing double duty this week as host of the 73rd Emmy Awards (Sept. 19 on CBS) and star of season four of his hit CBS sitcom, The Neighborho­od (Sept. 20). Here are some fun facts about the former insurance adjuster from Jefferson City, Mo.

✚ Born Cedric Antonio Kyles, he made his acting debut as the Cowardly Lion in a revival production of The Wiz at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in 1995.

✚ He’s the subject, alongside Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac, of Spike Lee’s 2000 stand-up comedy documentar­y The Original Kings of Comedy.

✚ Following his appearance at the 2005 White House Correspond­ents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C., then–first lady Laura Bush said he was “probably the funniest person” she had ever met.

✚ Cedric turned his love of hats into a business, founding a line of headwear called Who Ced.

✚ The communicat­ions graduate from Southeast Missouri State University has voiced animated characters in films including Ice Age, Charlotte’s Web, Madagascar and Planes.

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