Holiday Comedy Showcase: Hosted by Tony Sparks
Donald E. Lacy, Jr. is a writer, director, actor, comedian and radio talk show host. He has written several plays, including his nationally touring one man show “Color Struck,” now in its sixth year. He premiered “LoEshé,” about the life and untimely death of his 16-year-old daughter, at the 1998 Afro Solo Festival. Honors include induction in the Bay Area Blues Society Hall of Fame, Bay Area Cable Excellence Award, a Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award in 2013, and the East Bay Express’s Best of the Bay Area Radio Talk Show Host Award 2003.
He has appeared in comedy programs on the BET (Comic View) and HBO (Def Comedy Jam) networks and has been in such films/TV shows as “About Cherry” (with James Franco), NBC’s “Trauma,” “Jack” (directed by Francis Ford Coppola), ABC’s “LA Heat” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” and CBS’s “Wolf.”
In addition, he founded the LoveLife Foundationin in 1997, in honor of his daughter LoEshé, to provide at-risk Bay Area youth with supportive opportunities, such as mentoring, multimedia training, and career development. LoveLife has an after school media and performing arts training academy that broadcasts award-winning radio and television programs. The LoveLife Foundation helped to reduce violence among youth in the city of Oakland to a 32-year low in 1999. Donald has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work through the LoveLife foundation, including a 2003 Magic Award, The Angel Award in 2006 from the Take Wings Foundation, and a Community Service Award from The American Red Cross in 2007.