While film budgets are often a story in itself in and beyond Hollywood trade magazines, comic jack–of–all–trades Pierre Edwards has his eye on one place where the playing fields for all films are leveled.
"At the end of the day, if your movie is on the shelf next to a $100 million movie, the audience has a choice between yours and that other one," he said. "They don't sit there and look at how much the movies were made for. They just want to be entertained, and a low budget movie can be more entertaining than a high–budget movie."
One of four funny folks slated to make their way to Merrillville's Star Plaza Theatre on Dec. 31 for Damon Williams' annual "New Year's Eve Comedy Bash," Edwards — who is also billed by his first name only — was reared in Washington, D.C. An admitted class clown, Edwards was bitten by the comedy bug in the 80s after seeing Eddie Murphy wowing audiences on stage.
In his burgeoning years, Edwards honed his craft alongside other then–aspiring comedians such as Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence and "Living Color's" Tommy Davidson.
"Back then, there were so many different style of comedians, and after Def (Comedy) Jam aired (in the early 90s), a lot of comedians became the same type of comics," he said. "When I was growing up, everybody had an original voice. You had all kind of humor. You had self–depreciating humor, political humor, street humor, clever stuff."
In addition to playing to audiences throughout the country, Edwards was seen in front of the camera in 1997's "B.A.P.S." and "The Wash," and worked on both sides of the camera, as writer, director and actor in 2002's "For da Love of Money." He also made a foray into the book world, penning the 2010 tome "My 100 Homies and Phonies of Hollywood," which chronicles his experiences with many a household Hollywood mover and shaker.
Edwards has just finished helming a pair of films, "Slice" and "Slice 2," described as a "horr–omedy." Edwards financed, wrote and directed the films, which he hopes to have available to the masses next year.
"I'm not the type of person to wait for Hollywood to do something for me; I'll do it myself," Edwards said. "The pinnacle of the entertainment business is movies. Everybody's trying to get into movies."
Edwards and Williams will be joined onstage at this year's "Bash" by WGCI–FM morning host Tony Sculfield, funny lady Cocoa Brown and Chicagoland–born Marvin Dixon, whose been seen and heard everywhere from "Def Comedy Jam" to "Comic View: and "The Tom Joyner Show."