Sobel grew up in New York City.
Barry also had a part in Revenge of the Nerds II. He adopted his hip-hop comedy rap in 1987 when he was featured on HBO's Uptown Comedy Express. He was the only white performer there amongst an all black line-up and a pre-dominantly black audience. Eddie Murphy and Earvin "Magic" Johnson were attending in the audience, and laughed heartily at his jokes.
In the 1987 film, Punchline, he had a small part, but played a more prominent off screen role as comedic advisor to Tom Hanks.According to Sobel, Hanks caught his act which stylistically was considered 'dangerous' as was the character Hanks was to play in Punchline.
Sobel starred in the final season of 227, and did voice-over work as himself on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He played Chico on the series The Boondocks, and guest starred as an angel on The Parent 'Hood.
Recently, he has appeared in commercials in scenes from Comedy Central's new show, "Chocolate News," starring David Alan Grier. The show debuted on Oct. 15.
- Official Home Page ('features' Flash animation with loud audio, long clips and no alternate navigation options)
- Barry Sobel at the Internet Movie Database
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