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Barry Sobel was born April 8, 1959 and is an American actor and comedian.
Sobel grew up in Brooklyn, New York.
During the 1980s, Sobel toured the comedy circuit heavily. His routine centered around rapping in a Beastie Boys style.
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 was also a writer for Saturday Night Live during its 2000-2001 season (which was one of the seasons the writing staff was nominated for an Emmy).
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.
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.