Billy D. Washington's got his first big break in a fantastic way. He opened up for diva legend Aretha Franklin at one of her shows and she liked him so much that she asked him to accompany her on tour, a partnerships that lasted three years.

He hails from Houston, Texas and was even a police officer at one time. But he was drawn to comedy and began winning festivals and honing his stand-up, which sometimes also includes music, as he is alsy a keyboard player.

He has been featured on The Bob and Tom show (nationally syndicated), HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival and Def Comedy Jam, The Montreal Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, BET’s ComicView,the HBO Def Comedy Jam, and most recently the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Last Comic Standing.

Where to find him

Facebook: /billydwashington

Twitter: /BillyWashington