Phillip LaVell Harris (a.k.a “Velly Vel – “Big Belly-n-All) was born April 1, 1972. Originally a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, his family would eventually relocate to Bristow. It was here, in this small town of approx. 6500 (pop.), that the aspiring entertainer would spend his formal years inspired by the likes of Richard Pryor, Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer.
Early on it was apparent that LaVell was born to entertain. As a kid he was full of pranks and often utilized the school cafeteria as a stage to challenge his friends to rap battles and playing the “dozens.” At age 13, he and several friends would take 1st place at a school talent show for their rendition of a popular Fat Boys’ song. It was during this time that young LaVell’s comedic genius and ability to make light of sensitive subjects, like racism, begin to flourish. He formed a hip hop group-the “OREO”. In time, his humor and husky figure earned him his nickname.
By 1989 the 17 year-old Velly Vel “Big Belly-n-All” was ready to up the ante. He took a chance and entered a statewide jingle contest for the ‘Don’t Lay That Trash on Oklahoma” campaign. Vel’s song was a hit! In a landslide victory, “Clean Up the Streets” won the contest. Undoubtedly, Velly Vel was on his way to becoming a professional entertainer. Yet, there were detours.
In 2012, after all the turmoil and indecisiveness, he started focusing his energy into fully developing his talent as a comedian. He began to perform and host standup comedy events. Success would soon find him as he and a partner began hosting a monthly comedy event in Tulsa, Oklahoma called ‘Chocolate City.” Thereafter, he found himself sharing the stage with A-list entertainers such as Katt Williams, Mike Epps, Craig Gass and many other big names. In just this relatively short period of time, the gigs have been nonstop. He’s shown his support for American troops by assisting to coordinate and perform at military bases around the nation.
Velly Vel, unquestionably, is outgoing, fun and full of energy. His charisma is unique, and his characteristics bring a certain type of energy to the stage that leaves audiences gripping at their stomach in an attempt to control their laughter. For more information on Velly Vel, visit his website at: www.comedianvellyvel.com. For management or booking information contact Legendary Management at: [email protected]