You can call him Joe Cleezy. You can call him J.C. You can call him Mr. Clair. Whatever you call him it is undeniable that Joe Clair is 100%. Whether it is in the comedy game, the hosting thing or acting, this guy definitely gets it in.
Joe Clair first garnered millions of fans, or as he calls them "friends I just don't know that well", as host of BET's Rap City in the mid nineties. He held down the spot for six consecutive years and gave the world hip-hop the way it was supposed to be. Although gone from the show for almost a decade he is still the host all others were compared to.
With a college intellect and a bit of hood swagger, Joe Cleezy, as he was dubbed by Bay Area rapper Richie Rich, delivered interviews and videos daily to the hip hop nation in a fashion befitting the diverse culture. "I thought that Hip-Hop needed a spokesperson that didn't try to be hip-hop, but just was hip-hop." Clair says of his stint on the show. " I didn't feel that MTV and the other outlets understood how the music and culture was effecting people outside of the tri-state area, so I sought to give voice to everybody. Even if you were the worst rapper in the world, the fact that you made it all the way to my show meant that you deserved a time to shine. As well as your city or hood." he adds. With the distinction of getting the last television interview that the Notorious B.I.G. gave before his untimely death, Cleezy earned his place as a hip-hop icon. (That interview by the way has gone on to live on the net around the globe and is used by some of the world's biggest broadcast outlets)
Hosting, while a most notable accomplishment, is just one area where J.C. shines, however. His nighttime gig as a stand-up comic has lined his pockets for years. With appearances all over the country in clubs, colleges and arenas Joe has gained an underground following, some of whom no nothing of his hosting prowess. He is irreverent, witty, crazy, spirited and animated when it comes to the jokes and the mic. That may be why he has had multiple appearances on 'Def Comedy Jam' (HBO), 'Comic Groove' (Comedy Central), 'Showtime at the Apollo' (NBC), Martin Lawrence presents: 1st Amendment Stand-Up (STARZ) and 'Comic View' (BET). His television appearances span almost fifteen years and he doesn't look a day older than he did his first time out.