Versatility is Brian’s middle name. He has excelled as a comedian, writer, television host, talk radio host and commentator. As a stand-up comedian, he has opened for Such greats as Bill Cosby, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Donna Summer, Peabo Bryson, Al Jarreau, Ringo Starr, Manhattan Transfer, James Brown, Rick Springfield, Lionel Richie, George Benson, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Aretha Franklin at venues such as The Universal Amphitheater and Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.
Copeland got his big break at KGO with his spot-on impression of overnight host Ray Taliaferro. Now he hosts his own show where he discusses the day’s issues, popular culture and whatever topic he thinks will captivate listeners. He’s quick-witted, passionate, energetic and engaging.
In 2004, Brian premiered his one man show, “Not A Genuine Black Man,” at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco. The show chronicles Brian’s upbringing in San Leandro, focusing on themes of isolation, racial identity and redemption. It is the longest running solo show in Bay Area theater history. The play went on to acclaimed runs in Los Angeles and Off Broadway. A best-selling memoir based on the show followed, and is currently being developed as a feature film and a television series. In 2007, Director Rob Reiner cast Copeland in the instant classic The Bucket List in the role of Morgan Freeman’s son, Lee.
In addition to his KGO Radio program, Brian Copeland is currently the host of the daily television talk show 7Live on San Francisco’s KGO-TV/ABC7.
Brian lives in the Bay Area with his three children.
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