An interview with London Brown from the HBO series “Ballers”
London Brown – Actor/comedian London Brown originally had a background in theatre, but switched to stand-up comedy nine years ago and has never looked back.
Since then, he has been regarded as one of the top comics to emerge from the L.A. comedy scene, has performed at some of the top comedy clubs in North America such as the Improv, the Comedy Store and the Gotham Comedy Club, and has performed alongside such comics as Kevin Hart, Katt Williams and Tony Rock. He was even rewarded for his comedy talent, receiving the Robin Harris Rising Star Award and the Best International Comedian of 2013 at the Black Comedy Awards in the UK.
However, Brown is widely known for his character “Fat Reggie” on the HBO series “Ballers”, in which its fourth season debuts on the network on August 12.
“Ballers” stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a former NFL player who launches a second career as a financial planner for the current crop of professional football players. Brown, as Fat Reggie, is the childhood friend of Vernon Littlefield (played by Donovan W. Carter), a deeply family-oriented NFL player.
“Reggie is a friend of a guy who made it into the league. I’m what they consider the mooch of a friend who is spending the money, partying with the girls and is kind of a little reckless,” said Brown during an interview last month at the Hyatt Hotel during the Just For Laughs festival, where he was taping a couple of episodes of “LOL Live”, the stand-up comedy showcase series that airs on Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud! comedy streaming network.
Brown also notes that the character of Fat Reggie will mature even more during season four; he will become more mature and more savvy on the business side of the sports world.
“On season four, the audience will be allowed to follow Reggie through his growing up on the show,” he said. “He’s funny; he doesn’t take any lip from anybody. But he’s a good guy overall who wants to protect his friend.”
Another reason Brown enjoys being part of the cast of “Ballers” is the opportunity to work alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, especially how this former WWE wrestler and now international movie superstar promotes such a calm, positive atmosphere on the set.
“Dwayne is so cool. He’s the only guy I have ever known to speak his sneezes,” jokes Brown. “The one thing I appreciate about him is that he is a really chill, humble guy. Dwayne may be the biggest star in the world, but on the set of Ballers, he brings out a calm, fun, peaceful vibe and a lot of magnificent energy; and he is so focused, too.”
And Brown appreciates how Johnson’s positive demeanor and sense of personal discipline changed the way he approached his work ethic, especially during the show’s second season.
“He was getting up an hour before reporting to the set so that he can do his daily workout. As a result, I felt that I had to make sure and get to the gym myself and get on top of things, too. It made me feel that if I wasn’t at the gym at the same time as Dwayne to work out, I felt bad for not going. He changed my life without even asking me to,” said Brown.
When he is not shooting episodes for “Ballers”, Brown is continuing to perform stand-up gigs on the road. As well, he is about to show another side to his many talents, as he is currently putting together a book of photographs that he took during his many travels, and plans to donate the proceeds from sales of the book to a number of organizations that aid homeless people.