Sunday, April 28, 2013

Leroya Sanford - Comedy

(C) 2013 by Rych McCain, All Rights Reserved. No part of this column may be reprinted, re-posted or duplicated without written permission from Rych McCain Media/Syndication. Violation is subject to applicable laws.

Leroya Sanford - Comedy

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

Leroya Sanford

10yr-Old Comic Genius AKA “The Crown Princess Of Comedy" Is Rising Fast! 

Photos by Lee Sanford

Leroya Sanford
Some people spend an entire life time trying figure out what their purpose in life is and never find the answer. Then there are those like ten year old Leroya Sanford who come here knowing why they are here. Since she got up in front of a crowd at her swim team awards banquet at four years old and told her first joke, Sanford has been on a mission every since. Initially her parents thought that it was a passing phase when she started to bug them at age five to let her go places to tell jokes. Eventually they gave in and thought that if they placated and let her tell jokes at gatherings that she would see how much work was involved and like all children do; would lose interest and that would be the end of it. Well that didn’t happen and soon Sanford’s dad Lee was making the event rounds with his daughter in tow because it only wet her appetite for comedy even more.
Leroya Sanford
  By age eight Sanford was making serious event rounds throughout the metro Los Angeles area with her stand-up comic routine appearing at local festivals, the famed Leimert Park area events, the annual KJLH-FM, LA Sentinel Newspaper “Taste of Soul” Street Festival and a host of others. This led to her getting into the door and working the major rooms in Hollywood i.e., “The Comedy Store,” “The Laugh Factory,” “The Ice House,” The Ha Ha Comedy Club” and “The Improv.” Stanford recently caught the eye of the producers of ABC-TV’s “The View” and was flown to New York to perform on the show. Needless to say she was a hit and the TV critic/reviews were very positive. 

Leroya Sanford & Whoopie Goldberg on set at The View
        Some critics called her the next young Whoopie Goldberg. You can see her segment on YouTube under Leroya Sanford on The View. 

Leroya & Richie Tienken owner of "comic Strip" in New York
While she was in the big apple Sanford also manage to sneak in appearances at “The Broadway Comedy Club” and the famed “Comic Strip.”

L-R: Elizabeth, Leroya, Whoopie & Sheri on set at The View
When asked about her experience in on “The View” and New York, Sanford lights up saying, “It was phenomenal. They were the classiest ladies I’ve met and I love New York except for the cement but I love it, I love it. I shared the stage with great comedians and if they’re on there, I know I’m going to make it.”
Redd Foxx from NBC-TV's Sanford & Son
As a note of interest, Sanford is from the bloodline of John Elroy Sanford (PKA Redd Foxx). She is part of the Sanford family from Chicago where Redd grew up. In short, Sanford is actually comedic royalty with the DNA and linage of Redd Foxx. 

Leroya Sanford
Sanford is now being referred by the press as "The Crown Princess of Comedy" and will be the youngest stand-up comic ever to headline the main room stage at the world famous “Comedy Store” in Hollywood on Friday, May 3, 2013. 

Comments from the pros include: Katt Williams---"Leroya is on the fast track;" Arsenio Hall---"So funny and original;" Paul Rodriguez--"She's a pint size Lucille Ball;" Tom Arnold--"Amazingly Hilarious;" Dane Cook--"She's the real deal;" Joe Medina--"Wow! Check her out;" Tom Dreesen---"She's soooo funny." and Jay Leno--"A superstar in the making."

 © 2013 Rych McCain Media/Syndication tm 
 (You DID Hear It From Me!) 
Twitter@rychmccain and Facebook