Bob Sumner

Producer of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam is a recognized force in the world of comedy, with over 20 years of experience discovering many of the top gifted comedians that grace the stage and big screen around the world. Before joining Russell Simmons’ company, Rush Communications, Bob was an independent club promoter for musicians and comedians in the tri-state area. Originally from Roselle, New Jersey, Bob graduated from Seton Hall University leaving behind the college radio station of all stations after single handedly taking it to the number one spot.

As producer and talent scout for Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, Bob is definitely the man comedians want to know—he has made superstars out of many of today’s most sought-after comedians. He is the unseen force behind the comedians who appear on the critically acclaimed Def Comedy Jam series. With more than 20 years of experience producing comedy, Sumner is one of the most adored producers in the world of comedy.

During the 1990s he traveled across the country in search of undeniably, talented comedians to shine on Def Comedy Jam. Sumner has discovered such talent as Bernie Mac, Dave Chapelle, Chris Tucker, Bill Bellamy, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, and Monique. Bob has taken a page out of his past to do it all again with a new generation.  Bob has traveled through forty cities and picked the next generation of superstars to unleash to the world.

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