But beyond the laughter lies the woman who has been his rock, Shahidah Omar. Their journey as a dynamic duo has spanned two decades, cementing their status as a power couple.
JB Smoove and Shahidah Omar share a kiss at the 23rd Annual Harold & Carole Pump Foundation Gala in New York City on August 19, 2023 (Credit: Abaca Press / INSTARimages)
Let’s delve into the heartwarming tale behind JB Smoove and Shahidah Omar’s love story, which resonates like a heartwarming comedy script.
JB Smoove’s Journey From Stand-Up to Stardom
Towering 6 feet and 2 inches (188 cm), Jerry Angelo Brooks, better recognized by his stage name, JB Smoove, is a prominent American actor, comedian, and writer.
Born on December 16, 1965, he adopted the moniker “JB Smoove” by shortening his birth name, Jerry Brooks, and adding a touch of “Smoove” when he embarked on his stand-up comedy career.
Originating from Plymouth, North Carolina, he found his roots in Mount Vernon, New York, at three. Growing up in the Levister Towers housing projects with his two younger brothers, he navigated life’s challenges, particularly after his father’s passing due to diabetes when he was just 15.
Actor, comedian and writer JB Smoove attends the 2015 Boys and Girls Club Annual Great Futures Gala in Los Angeles on November 4, 2015 (Credit: The Photo Access / Cover Images)
After graduating from Mount Vernon High School in 1983, JB pursued studies at Norfolk State University in Virginia, focusing on engineering and graphic design.
As he carved his path to stardom and started his career in 1995 on Def Comedy Jam, he undertook various odd jobs, including perfume formulating and door-to-door fire extinguisher sales.
JB’s talent caught the spotlight with recurring roles on Everybody Hates Chris and Saturday Night Live, where he served as a writer and performer. His wit and humor led him to win the 2007 Writers Guild of America award for Best Comedy/Variety Series during his three-year tenure on SNL.
However, his career breakthrough arrived with his portrayal of Leon Black on HBO’s hit comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm from its sixth season onward.
JB Smoove is best known for playing Larry’s housemate Leon Black in the HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm (Credit: HBO)
JB Smoove’s comedic prowess shone brightly, landing numerous roles in shows like ‘Til Death, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and Real Husbands of Hollywood.
He even ventured into hosting Four Courses With JB Smoove and showcased his voice-acting talent in the video game Grand Theft Auto V.
Beyond the screen, JB extended his influence through podcasting and award-winning endeavors. His podcast, “May I Elaborate? Sound Wisdom from JB Smoove,” provides a platform for sharing his unique insights.
Aside from his comedic roles, JB Smoove, pictured at the 2022 Friars Club Entertainment Icon Awards, also hosts a podcast, May I Elaborate? Sound Wisdom from JB Smoove, where he shares his unique insights (Credit: ROGER WONG / INSTARimages)
Moreover, his role in the 2020 series Mapleworth Murders secured him a coveted Primetime Emmy Award. In a touching celebration of his victory, JB shared a heartfelt social media post with an endearing photograph capturing a moment of him kissing his wife.
He penned in the caption, “This win was totally unexpected! I take pride in everything I do and those that know me, know that I always give 200% and this amazing show Mapleworth Murders was no exception. I was so blessed to have an amazing cast and crew. Even though it was short content, a little is a lot when you’re working with the right people. I always say set the bar no matter what you do and you’re only in competition with yourself. So enjoy what you do, mine is to make people laugh. I am officially an Emmy Award winning actor and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
JB credited his wife, adding, “Thank you again to my beautiful wife @shahclectic for all the love and support over these years.”
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How Did JB Smoove Meet Shahidah Omar?
When JB Smoove met his future wife, Shahidah Omar, little did he know that his life would take a charming turn. Back then, he was far from the household name he is today, but that didn’t deter him from making an unforgettable impression on the woman who would become his bride.
Their paths crossed in a Los Angeles restaurant, where destiny seemed to play its part.
During an appearance on The Howard Stern Show in January 2023, JB recalled, “When I met my wife, I was a cordial, cordial gentleman. This beautiful lady walks through the restaurant to go the bathroom. Her hair was bouncing, the world slowed the f*** down a little bit … I was intrigued.”
JB decided to take a chance. He cleverly used his connections with the owner to arrange a table for Shahidah and her friends next to his.
He explained, “I said, ‘Ladies, enjoy yourselves. I wanted to make sure you guys had a seat,’ and she was impressed with that move … that’s a power move.”
JB Smoove reveals a flirtatious exchange between him and Shahidah Omar at a restaurant during their first meeting (Credit: Andy Fossum / Startraksphoto)
JB humorously admitted, “To all you fellas out there who don’t know how to f***ing act, I ignored her the whole f***ing time… I didn’t expect anything from her.”
As the evening drew close, he seized the opportunity for his next move. With a confident yet playful tone, he asked, “Quick question, where are we going to go on our first date?”
This question began a flirtatious exchange that hinted at the romantic journey to come.
However, what won JB Smoove over was Shahidah’s fearless driving skills, confessing, “This is the move that got me hooked on her. She starts the car, she f****** looks both ways, and proceeded to do the most vicious, illegal f****** U-turn I’ve ever seen in my goddamn life – she damn near did a donut … That’s the kind of woman I love – aggressive behind the wheel.”
Shahidah Omar and JB Smoove at the Spider-Man: No Way Home Premiere in LA on December 12, 2021 (Credit: ABACA / INSTARimages)
Meet Shahidah Omar: An Actress, Singer, and Businesswoman
Born on May 7, 1976, in Los Angeles, California, Shahidah Omar has African-American ethnicity and is 5 feet and 9 inches (175.26 cm) tall.
From a young age, she was captivated by the world of singing and modeling, passions that have continued to shape her journey. These early pursuits set the foundation for her future accomplishments.
Her impressive resume includes acting roles in films like Graduation Night and The Brothers and reality TV shows like Black Love and Real Husbands of Hollywood. She also appeared in the syndicated talk show The Bonnie Hunt Show and Celebrity Game Face hosted by Kevin Hart.
Actress and singer Shahidah Omar has starred in movies, including Graduation Night and The Brothers, and reality TV shows like Black Love and Real Husbands of Hollywood (Credit: BauerGriffin / INSTARimages)
Her artistic prowess extends beyond the screen, as she’s a celebrated singer-songwriter and music producer.
In 2010, she launched her album “Freedom,” and her songs like “What About The Living,” “Stop The War,” and “People Of The World” resonate with her unique voice and perspective.
In addition to her creative endeavors, Shahidah Omar is the driving force behind Basic Peace, her lifestyle brand. The brand’s ethos revolves around embracing life’s essentials and cultivating self-love, a message that she shares passionately.
Shahidah Omar founded the lifestyle brand Basic Peace (Credit: Basic Peace)
JB Smoove’s Secret to Long Marriage with Shahidah Omar
JB Smoove and Shahidah Omar exchanged vows in an intimate wedding ceremony in 2007.
In a heartwarming gesture on their anniversary on July 7, 2023, Shahidah shared a video on Instagram capturing the couple dancing while on their vacation, with a background of the song “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay.
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Her caption radiated love and gratitude, writing, “Happy Anniversary to me and my amazing hubby @ohsnapjbsmoove ❤️ 16 years married 22 together. It’s such a blessing that we found each other when we did. Just two people growing and changing through stages of our lives. You are my happy place.”
She added, “Grateful to continue to grow through this lifetime with you. My special human🙏🏾😘 Love you always baby!”
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JB Smoove first expressed the sentiment on Valentine’s Day, capturing a candid moment with Shahidah in an embrace.
His heartfelt caption revealed, “Just me and my Girlfriend!! ❤️ Love you to the stars and back Boo! Those who know this amazing lady know that she is the love of my life!”
He continued, “I wish everyone could find and cherish someone who brings you joy, happiness and support in good and bad times. You have given me everlasting blessings. To my forever Valentine @shahclectic l love you!!”
During a heartfelt appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show in November 2022, JB divulged the secrets behind their enduring marriage.
He offered sage advice, saying, “You got to, even when you’re married, you have to have a girlfriend-boyfriend relationship with your companion because it just keeps it fresh all the time. You’re always courting somebody.”
JB Smoove’s joy was palpable as he spoke about their dynamic. He emphasized the importance of fun in their relationship: “And that’s what, we have fun. We really have fun. And you know, I call her my sunshine.”
When questioned about the role Shahidah played as his “rock” in navigating the challenges of the entertainment industry, JB expressed his appreciation, “Oh man, this whole industry… It’s huge. It’s a lot that goes into this. And I think, you know, having the support of someone is the number one thing you need in this business. Having a companion who’s supportive.”
JB Smoove calls Shahidah Omar his sunshine and emphasizes the importance of fun in their long-lasting relationship (Credit: JENNIFER GRAYLOCK / INSTARimages)
Who Is JB Smoove’s Daughter?
Amidst JB Smoove and Shahidah Omar’s enduring love story lies a family bond that extends to their 29-year-old daughter, Jerrica Brooks.
From a prior relationship, Jerrica was born on October 21, 1993. Nevertheless, her mother’s identity remains undisclosed. Subsequently, Shahidah adopted Jerrica following her marriage to JB.
As JB Smoove’s only daughter, Jerrica has carved her path as a talented baker and businesswoman.
In the digital age, JB proudly shares glimpses of his family moments online. His Instagram is adorned with images that reflect his roles as a renowned comedian, devoted husband, and caring parent.
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On her 27th birthday, JB shared an endearing throwback photo of young Jerrica alongside a recent snapshot of the accomplished young lady she has become in an Instagram post from October 2021.
His touching caption conveyed a father’s pride and love, writing, “This is my little Baby Girl @j.brooks21 !!! I remember taking this picture like it was yesterday!! Happy Birthday my beautiful, talented, hard working, daughter. Keep reaching for the stars!! Hurdles are always going to be a part of life… stay resilient in your movement. I’m so proud of you!! @shahclectic and I love you so much!! Get all that you deserve on your journey!!”
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