Tyler Craig was a famous comedian and actor who entertained millions of fans with his jokes and catchphrase, “And the moral of the story is…”. He was born on June 7, 1966, in Atlanta, Georgia, and started his career as a radio host and producer. He made his comedy debut on BET’s Comic View, and later appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza, and Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand Up. He also acted in several movies, such as Unkillable, Baby Mama’s Club, and Somebodies. He died on August 7, 2020, at the age of 54.
Early Life and Influences
Tyler Craig grew up in a family of entertainers, and was influenced by his father, who was a singer, and his mother, who was a dancer. He also admired comedians like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Redd Foxx, who inspired his style of humor. He attended Benjamin E. Mays High School, where he was voted “Most Humorous” by his classmates. He also studied at Morris Brown College, where he majored in mass communications. He started his professional career as a radio DJ at WVEE, where he played soul and blues music. He also performed at comedy clubs and festivals, where he gained popularity and recognition.
Career and Success
Tyler Craig rose to fame in the 1990s, when he appeared on BET’s Comic View, a show that showcased emerging black comedians. He became a regular on the show, and won the “Comedian of the Year” award in 1997. He also appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in 1997, where he impressed the audience with his jokes and stories. He later appeared on Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza and Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand Up, where he showcased his talent and charisma. He was known for his catchphrase, “And the moral of the story is…”, which he used to end his jokes with a lesson or a twist. He also acted in several movies, such as Unkillable (2018), Baby Mama’s Club (2010), and Somebodies (2006). He also collaborated with other comedians, such as Rickey Smiley, Willie Brown, and Bruce Bruce. He was nominated for several awards, such as the Soul Train Comedy Award, the BET Comedy Award, and the NAACP Image Award.
Death and Legacy
Tyler Craig died of natural causes at the age of 54 on August 7, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. His death was announced by his family and friends on social media. He was survived by his wife, Tanya, and his three children, Tyler Jr., Tyra, and Tyrese. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in his hometown. He is remembered as one of the most influential and respected comedians of his generation, who made people laugh and think with his voice and jokes. He left behind a legacy of comedy and wisdom, that continues to inspire and challenge his fans and admirers.