DeRay Davis

Antoine DeRay Davis is an American stand-up comedian and actor.[1]

DeRay Davis
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Davis in 2016
Antoine DeRay Davis

Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active2000–present
ChildrenBrooke Davis
RelativesSteph Jones (brother)

Life and careerEdit

Davis was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career in comedy clubs. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, he won the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition and appeared on the Cedric the Entertainer Tour. Known for his role as Ray, (Ray the Hustle Guy in Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business),[2] Davis has also appeared in other films, including Semi-Pro and 21 Jump Street.[3][4] Davis' television roles and appearances have included programs such as Comedy Central's Reno 911, BET's ComicView, FOX's Empire, MTV's Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out and Short Circuitz, MTV2's Hip Hop Squares, FX's Snowfall and HBO's Entourage. He hosted his first game show, Mind of a Man, on Game Show Network, and later appeared on the Oxygen reality show Living with Funny.[2] He is also the host of the revival of Hip Hop Squares produced & narrated by Ice Cube.[5]

The comedian also sounds on several skits on rapper Kanye West's albums The College Dropout and Late Registration, impersonating Bernie Mac and appearing as the lead of the ficitious fraternity "Broke Phi Broke."[6] Davis, also appeared in West's music video for "Through the Wire." Other music video appearances for Davis include Lil' Flip's "Game Over (Flip)", Chris Brown's "Yo (Excuse Me Miss),"[7] Three 6 Mafia's "Doe Boy Fresh, Outkast's "Roses", and Cassie's "Long Way 2 Go."



Year Film Role Notes
2002 Frank McKlusky, C.I. Basketball Player
Play'd: A Hip Hop Story Jaxx's bodyguard TV Movie
Barbershop Ray
2003 Full Clip Preacher
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Ray
Johnson Family Vacation Jamaican Stoner
The Seat Filler E.J.
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Mario 'FA REAL' Greene
The Big Black Comedy Show, Vol. 1 Himself Video
2005 The Fog Spooner
2006 Scary Movie 4 Marvin
School for Scoundrels Bee Bee
Who Made the Potatoe Salad? Junebug
2007 Code Name: The Cleaner Ronnie
License to Wed Joel
The Hit Sirus
2008 How She Move Himself
Semi-Pro Bee Bee Ellis
2009 Frankenhood Motown
Imagine That John
Ozone West 3 Video
3 of Us
Old Dogs Zoo Security Guard
2010 Get Him to the Greek Sugar Bones
Life as We Know It Lonnie
My Girlfriend's Back Kenyatta
2011 Jumping the Broom Malcolm
2012 21 Jump Street Domingo
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Stoop
A Very Larry Christmas Larry Huffman
2014 Mr. Right Mr. Right Video short
Drumline: A New Beat Kevin Taylor
2015 My Favorite Five Sans
Football U Troy DoneDat
Chocolate City Chris McCoy
2016 Meet the Blacks Tyrone
Barbershop: A Fresh Cut Ray
Wild for the Night Fiorentino
2017 Grow House Pat
Lady Bouncer Bromley Short
Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars One-Oh-One (voice)
2019 How High 2 Big Bang TV Movie
Gully Calvin's Father


Year Program Role Notes
2000 Premium Blend Himself Episode: "#4.9"
2000–2001 It's Showtime at the Apollo Himself 2 Episodes
2001 Late Friday Himself Episode: "#1.27"
2002–2003 My Wife and Kids R.J. Recurring Cast, 7 Episodes
2004 Judge Mooney Tony TV Series
2005 Entourage Hack Episode: "Chinatown"
2005-2007 Reno 911! Various 4 Episodes
2007-2010 The Boondocks Various 10 Episodes
2009 Nite Tales: The Series Omar Episode: "Night Watch"
2012 Black Dynamite Various 2 Episodes
2017–2019 Hip Hop Squares Himself/Host TV Series
2013 Kroll Show Lemon Lime Episode: "Secret Room"
Second Generation Wayans DeRay Recurring Cast, 3 Episodes
The League Boris Episode: "Rafi and Dirty Randy"
2015 Empire Jermel 2 Episodes
Joking Off Himself
2016 Living with Funny Himself
2017 How to Act Black (stand-up special) Himself
2017–present Snowfall Peaches Recurring Cast, 18 Episodes
2019 Tales Davenport Episode: "Slippery"
2021 History of Swear Words Himself


  1. ^ Todd Davis (February 2, 2008). Steph Jones: Heart & Soul Archived 2008-06-25 at the Wayback Machine HHNLive. Accessed July 18, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Deray Davis Delivers Shocking News About The New "Barbershop" Movie [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]". The Russ Parr Morning Show. 2016. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  3. ^ Williams, Kam (2012). "DeRay Vision-DeRay Davis The "21 Jump Street" Interview". Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  4. ^ Dickey, Josh (2011-04-13). "DeRay Davis jumps to '21 Jump Street'". Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  5. ^ Lammare, Carl (2017-03-15). "". Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  6. ^ Beaumont, Mark (2015). Get this book in print▼ My library My History Books on Google Play Kanye West: God & Monster. Omnibus Press. pp. Chapter "Through the Wire".
  7. ^ "Late Night Comedy Show features DeRay Davis". 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2017-08-09.

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Media offices
Preceded by
Peter Rosenberg
2012 Hip Hop Squares
Host of Hollywood Squares franchise
(Hip Hop Squares)
Succeeded by
Bob Saget
Nashville Squares Concurrent version in 2019