Born in Jersey City, NJ, Terence ‘TK’ Kirkland is a well-respected
comedian, podcast host, writer, businessman, and motivator with 35+
years’ experience in the entertainment industry.
TK’s introduction to
stardom began in the late 1980’s. His unapologetic delivery and refusal
to change his style for the stage was the perfect complement to the
legendary rap group - NWA. TK joined the infamous tour and is known as
the first comedic opening act for a rap concert. The use of comedians as
opening acts, for a wide range of concerts or stage productions,
remains widely used today.
Possessing talents beyond the stage, TK has a natural ability to
captivate audiences with laughter and real-life experiences through
writing. TK collaborated with HBO and starred in “Mo’ Funny: Black
Comedy in America” where his talents were compared to the comedy styles
of Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and Moms Mabley.
include production, for televised shows, and management of up-and-coming
comedians. TK’s management company launched the careers of Jamie Foxx,
DL Hughley, and Mike Epps. Partnership with Artistry Management Firm
allowed TK to work with critically acclaimed actors such as Sandra
Bullock, Anthony Michael Hall, and John Leguizamo.
TK often talks about the power of ownership – a business practice he
has maintained throughout his career. In 1991, Gangsta Conversation was
released under TK’s Pass the Mic record label. It debuted on the Top 10
Billboard. As a content owner, TK released his first stand-up special
Are There Any Questions in 2008. In 2017, TK began to share his
signature blunt advice and ‘dropping jewels’ with the launch of his
popular podcast The TK Kirkland Show. TK has not changed the recipe for
his success – he schedules, records, and releases new episodes weekly.
In 2019, TK’s first streaming special Who Raised You quickly became the
#1 comedy special on Amazon Prime. TK is currently working on his
directorial debut with a new comedy special T2MFK set to release Summer
TK’s blunt and factual-based comedy was the best kept secret of
comedy clubs - until social media platforms introduced him to a broader
fan base. In addition to maintaining a robust schedule of sold-out
performances across the country, and internationally, TK is a regularly
featured guest on podcasts and shows streamed across several platforms.
Notable appearances include VLAD TV, Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson, The 85
South Show, The Breakfast Club, and Drink Champs.
TK attributes his longevity to always staying true to who he is,
living a healthy lifestyle, maintaining ownership of projects, and his
ability to evolve with technology. In addition to headlining weekly
shows and guest appearances, TK continues to explore new business
opportunities. Sit back and watch because there are more accomplishments
to come from Terence ‘TK’ Kirkland.