About Brandon T. Jackson
! Brandon T. Jackson is a multifaceted young actor carving his own path in Hollywood. Earning critical praise at every step, he started out in stand-up comedy and has evolved into a burgeoning young film star. He won Black Reel’s 2006 Best Breakthrough Performance award for his part in Fox Searchlight’s “Roll Bounce.” Daily Variety named him one of “10 Comics to Watch” and in 2011 Hollywood Reporter named him to their prestigious “35 under 35: Next Gen” list. Jackson received rave reviews for his role as the satyr Grover Underwood, the best friend and protector of “Percy Jackson, The Lightning Thief” released in 2010 with Rosario Dawson, Uma Thurman and Pierce Brosnan. The second installment of Fox studio’s box office hit “Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters” hit theaters the past summer. Brandon co-stars this spring in both Hulu’s original series, “Deadbeats”, and Showtimes’s “Californication”. Jackson starred opposite NBA basketball superstar Kevin Durant in “Thunderstruck” and Martin Lawrence in the third incarnation of the highly profitable “Big Momma’s House” franchise released by Fox in 2011. He played Lawrence’s son and the two went undercover to solve a murder. In 2010, Jackson starred in “Lottery Ticket” for Warner Bros. The action-comedy surrounds a group of friends living in the projects. After winning the lottery, they must find a way to survive a holiday weekend before they can cash in the winning ticket. Jackson is perhaps best known as Alpha Chino from the high- concept runaway hit “Tropic Thunder.” The ensemble cast included Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black. The role earned Jackson a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Black Reel Awards. ! Jackson’s talent for entertaining was apparent early on. By the age of 14, he was performing at his father’s church and was soon invited to perform at the famed “Showtime at the Apollo” and BET’s “Comic View.” From there, Jackson and BET launched the “Teens of Comedy Tour,” showcasing the nation’s funniest teen comedians. He also hosted the “Up Close and Personal Tour,” featuring Chris Brown, Ne- Yo and Lil Wayne. Jackson would later host his own sketch comedy special, “The Brandon T. Jackson Show,” on The N Channel and was a series regular on Nick Cannon’s MTV sketch comedy show “Wild ‘N Out.” Brandon continues to perform standup at various Comedy Clubs, Colleges, and Concert Tours around the country. Jackson grew up in Detroit with seven siblings and parents who were both pastors. He credits his sense of humor to both his father and his life straddling the fence between suburbia and the inner city. He now lives in Los Angeles.