|Date of Birth||2 April 1965, Long Island, New York, USA|
Mini Bio (1)
Kenny Buford was born (April 2, 1965) and raised in the town of Wyandanch on Long Island in New York. After watching an episode of "Sanford and Son" written by Richard Pryor and Paul Mooney, Kenny knew that he wanted to be a TV and Film writer. That journey began at Howard University where "KB" studied journalism.
After three years at Howard, Kenny moved back to his hometown where he landed a job as Spike Lee's assistant at 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. His first full-fledged film experience came on the seminal film "Do The Right Thing" as a Production Assistant. During the filming of "Do The Right Thing", Kenny became good friends with actor/comedian Martin Lawrence. As both were just starting their careers, Martin and Kenny each vowed to help the other out when their respective "big breaks" came.
Having worked at 40 Acres for two years, Kenny spread his wings and went to work at MTV as a Production Assistant on the classic show "Yo! MTV Raps" hosted by Ed Lover/Doctor Dre and Fab 5 Freddy. While working at Yo!, Kenny would sneak away at lunch time to go write comedy for Martin Lawrence for a new show Lawrence was hosting on HBO called "Def Comedy Jam". The working chemistry between Kenny and Martin was so evident that HBO President Chris Albrecht offered Kenny a job working as a writer on Lawrence's self-entitled, HBO-produced sitcom for Fox: "Martin". Kenny started out as a Staff Writer and, by the end of the series, he was Co-Executive Producer.
During the "Martin" sitcom years, Kenny co-wrote the feature film "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate" for Savoy Pictures. "Thin Line" went on to gross over $30 million in theaters. Kenny also produced both of Martin's comedy album/CDs "Talkin' Sh*t" and "Fu*k It", the latter nominated for a Grammy.
When the sitcom "Martin" wrapped in April of 1997, Kenny went on to write for sitcoms "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "The Wayans Brothers".
In 1999, Kenny returned to work with MTV as Head Writer for "The Lyricist Lounge Show" and the UPN sitcom "One On One". Kenny worked on two Al Haymon-produced (the now famous boxing advisor/manager) sketch comedy pilots that never made it to air in addition to writing a made-for-TV-movie ("Time To Shine") for Paramount that was never produced. That same year, Kenny did a re-write/polish for method Man and Redman's smoker film "How High". Having known the duo for years, they called on Kenny to write their sex-fantasy project "Method Man and Redman's How To Throw a Party at the Playboy Mansion". Shortly after the lovely Playboy Mansion experience, Method and Red signed on to do a sitcom for Fox of the same name and asked Kenny to be Co-Producer.
After the short-lived "Method & Red", Kenny joined Nick Cannon on his ground-breaking show "Wild 'N Out" as a writer/consultant for Seasons 2 & 3. In recent years, he has worked as a writer on The BET Awards several timesas well as The BET Hip Hop Awards, The Centric Comedy All-Stars Show, and The Soul Train Awards. He has also written pilot projects for Malinda Williams and Mekhi Phifer and actor/comedian James Davis.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Keny Buford