Anderi? is that pronounced An-der-i?...thought you said Andre, what's up? Well here's what happened, Anderi's mom got a little creative and decided that her Andre would spell his name differently. She knew he would need to stand out from the crowd someday, therefore, she tweaked the spelling of his name.
Every family has one, the one who no matter how serious the situation, there they are adding some comedic relief to problem, making everybody laugh and feel a little better for the moment; that's who Anderi was to his family while growing up. So naturally, he would go on to pursue entertaining larger audiences with his gift. Anderi's journey began with comedic poetry and moved on to Improv with a comedy group. Anderi's real breakthrough came when he got an opportunity to host the show; he discovered that he loved being on stage, solo.
Because Anderi grew up in church, his comedy is presented from a spiritual perspective, which means it's clean and appropriate for all venues and age groups. Don't get it twisted, he is not delivering a comedic sermon, he just makes the crowd laugh without cursing or any references to sex or other vulgar material. Andre believes that through his comedy he provides his audience a vacation or anesthesia like escape from the cares of the world. He feels that God is moving freely throughout the room preparing every heart for healing and freedom.
Success for Anderi hinders on God's presence within him and the love he has for his family. Anderi humbles himself while allowing the spirit of God to go to work in him. He feels that Jesus deserves the applause, he is just the vessel bringing the message. You won't find Anderi boasting of himself, he would rather be in a humble state which allows others to easily work with him. Recognizing that he is working hard for God, Anderi says that he does not get weary in well doing or fret when he is wronged because he wants to be wherever God wants him.
Critical to any level of success is a strong support system. Anderi praises his wife Khadeejah Ali-Bailey for being just that. She is wherever he needs her, be it at home caring for the children, supporting his events, or just offering up great advice and encouragement. Anderi says that the close bond of his family is what grounds him and contributes greatly to his success.
Anderi is just like any other gifted artist, he's eager to share his talents with the world, If he had his way he'd move to LA or New York and just explode, he could be Big, Huge, but at what cost? According to him, his family, and no dream is big enough to make him break a promise that he made to himself many years ago when his dad walked out. He said " my kids will never go through the things that I did". "The enemy is stealing the fathers away from the home and I can't continue the cycle", he says.
Being in the business of comedy requires far more than simply being funny. It requires being armed with persistence, drive, determination and some incredibly tough skin. You may have seen Anderi's appearance on the famous Apollo show, but that was no easy feat. As it turns out, the show only takes the first 300 people in line, There was no hope for Anderi because his number was in the 400"s. When the announcement came that the doors were closing because they had all that they needed, Anderi went to work on a plan. He approached the door and asked if he could go in to purchase a t-shirt. Needless, to say once inside Anderi began looking frantically for the audition location. He didn't quite find the auditions, but there was no shortage of staff eager to escort him to the door, six times. But fate was working in Anderi's favor. He had already made up in his mind that he was not just going to go away after coming all the way from Sacramento to audition. What he learned from hanging around was that of the 300 allowed to enter, not everyone was there to audition, they were there as support, so there was room for more. Most of the people had left, defeated and disappointed, but not Anderi. He nailed the audition and was invited back to appear on the show.
What's next for Anderi includes developing a vision that God has placed in his heart called Christ Movement. Christ Movement is a traveling ministry offering a host of entertainment focused on healing through gifts and talents. Following the entertainment, the audience will hear a message provided by his wife, Khadeejah, and then an Alter call invitation. Anderi believes that people should have ways to come to God outside of the traditional church. Don't be surprised if Anderi shows up on the big screen some day, or if you see his name in the credits as writer of a sitcom show. He is currently penning some material. Another ultimate goal for him is working with Tyler Perry on a show or movie.
Khadeejah Ali-Bailey: Booking Agent
I am constantly amazed by some of the Comics you see everyday working on there craft. Names you would not know out there very getting on every stage possible to get better. I grew up watching Eddie Murphy, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Cosby, but the one who gave me the path was Martin Lawrence. I learned so much from this brotha taking it to school everyday, and replaying it like I was him. Then Foolish came out and Eddie Griffin blessed me with what I do to get ready, while Bernie gave me the confidence to not be ashamed about what you talking bout. Have fun with your material. I love watching Earthquake, I learned much opening for him...
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Faye H. of Sacramento... The first time I saw Anderi Bailey he was hosting an event in Fairfield and to be honest I only went because he put me on the guest list. But from the moment he hit the stage entertained. His timing is impeccable,his delivery on point and he has a laugh that is absolutely contagious. To be in a secular environment and provide good clean comedy and have the place rolling in the aisles is no easy feat but he made it seem like the easiest thing in the world. And I had another chance to see him this past weekend and I wasn't disappointed. His material is always fresh which is something I really admire about his performances. If you're looking for a star for any event Anderi Bailey is the one you want to book. He is AWESOME!!
Shalonda King of Los Angeles...Anybody who can have a room full of 'super chuch folks (not even church folks-chuch folks)' rollin on the floor crakin up laughing, as if it aint a 'sin' to laugh, without using any degrading or foul-language, is the comic i want at every event i host. IF my grandparents love this kat, then i adore this kat. This brotha was outa line with the gettn baptized outside with no water" joke had me in straight up stiches, real talk..from Sactown to So.Cal, this talented young brotha is reliable & DOIN BIG thangs. With God he is about to put sum folks in business (halelujah. Amen!) and some other folks OUTA business. The favor of the Lord is unmatched young brotha. Keep on. Grace & Peace.. Col.3v23
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