Lil Rel Howery stay working. After aggrandizing the TSA in Jordan Peele’s game-changing Get Out, was seen on TV and film but the past year has been one helluva year for the comedian and actor. He was seen in the Oscar-nominated pic The Black Messiah; he hosts and serves as executive producer for the NBC game show Small Fortune; was featured in the Space Jam reboot; and lent his voice to Tom in the HBO Max feature Tom & Jerry. He can be seen in the forthcoming gamer action comedy Free Guy as well as the comedy Vacation Friends.
Now, Howery is teaming with The Aziza Work Group for the release of his new comedy album Lil Rel – Humbly Vulnerable: I Said What I Said. The comedy album will be exclusively on Pandora on August 17 and then on all streaming platforms August 24. Humbly Vulnerable: I Said What I Said is no-holds-barred and Howery says of it: “I believe this is the most honest and open I have ever been on stage.”
In his new retro comedy album, Howery explores his origin story when it comes to his Chicago roots of standup comedy. Humbly Vulnerable: I Said What I Said reminds audiences he is not only an accomplished actor but one of the most celebrated standup comics to date. With this culturally deep, basement party, red-lit comedy album he pays homage to some of his comedy heroes including Moms Mabley, Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor.
The Aziza Work Group collaborated with Howery on this album after representing him in PR and now venturing into deeper business collaborations with the star.
“We have been with Rel since the days of The Carmichael Show,” said Michelle Watts, Principal of The Aziza Work Group. “To have witnessed his triumphant trajectory and to have bolstered his career from a Public Relations perspective to now partnering on this album is a natural next step for us.”
In 2019, HBO debuted Howery’s comedy special Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw (which yours truly attended). Howery is also set to reunite with Judas and the Black Messiah’s Ryan Coogler, Charles King and Shaka King for a film about the January 6, 2021 insurrection.