How Deon Cole’s $50 Bet with a Friend Turned into a Career in Comedy

Ready to dive into the life of a not so Average Joe?  Comedian and entrepreneur Deon Cole as he discusses his journey of his upbringing, friendly bets, and life lessons. Tune in now for his aspiring story to stardom! 

Who is Deon Cole?

Deon Cole is not just a comedian - he's a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. Born and raised in Chicago, Deon's journey to success was not necessarily a clear one, but it was well worth it. With his unique comedic style and captivating stage presence, Deon has become a household name.

A bet with a friend (tune in for the full story) led to his first on-stage appearance, and he continued to work at his comedy through performances at local clubs. His hard work paid off as he landed a role both as a writer and performer on Conan, contributing to the show from 2012 to 2018.

But Deon is more than just a stand-up comedian. He's also an accomplished actor and writer, lending his talent to hit shows like Black-ish, Grown-ish, Angie Tribeca, and most recently Average Joe. He’s also taken to the road for sold-out comedy tours across the country and complementary comedy specials including Deon Cole: Cole Blooded Seminar and Deon Cole: Cold Hearted

One of Deon’s best skills is he knows how to connect with people through humor, addressing important social issues with a clever spin that makes you think even as you laugh. His ability to navigate the complexities of Hollywood while staying true to his roots is a testament to his determination and resilience.

My man Deon Cole stands out as a shining example of what can be achieved with hard work, talent, and a passion for making people smile, and I can’t wait for you to get access to his unfiltered story in this episode!

Show notes:

I have a special episode from the vault for you today while I'm on the road. This is an episode that gets into how to find your purpose, the importance of staying true to yourself, and taking smart risks. And the guest? He might be starring in the new BET+ show Average Joe, but my friend Deon Cole is anything but. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting and hanging out with the talented comedian and actor throughout his career, and when I heard about how much people are loving his newest show and his current tour “My New Normal,”, I knew I had to share this unreleased interview we did a little while back. So tune in to this exclusive from the vault content for Deon’s raw reflections into:

  • How Deon’s Chicago upbringing and engaged activism shaped his perspectives
  • How a bet with a friend led to him taking the stage for standup
  • His experiences as a writer and how he continues to create new and engaging content
  • Taking lessons and perspectives from others and working it into your own material in a unique way
  • How to handle the pressure of speaking in front of an audience
  • And so much more

Host: Daymond John

Listen on Spotify, iHeart or Apple Podcasts

🎧 Catch the full episode on Apple Podcast Here

🎧 Catch the full episode on Spotify Podcast Here

🎧 Catch the fill episode on iHeart Radio Podcast Here


Producers: Beau Dozier & Shanelle Collins; Ted Kingsbery, Chauncey Bell, & Taryn Loftus

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