Lester Barrie is a 30-year veteran in stand-up comedy.
He hails from Chicago, Illinois by way or Long Beach California and is a graduate of the University of Southern California via a Trojan Debate Scholarship. He has been featured as a “Def Comedy Jam” All Star, honored as an “Apollo” Legend, and performed as a season host of “Comic View” on Black Entertainment Television. Currently Lester Barrie is the founder and creator of Lester Barrie’s “Back To Church” Comedy Tour in which he taps profession comedians from BET, HBO, STARZ and Comedy Central to perform his brand of “Inspirational” Comedy on community church events around the country. As recently as 2019 Lester has starred in “The Match Maker” by independent film director Tamera Hill. His comedy special “Super Saints” is available on DVD and is also directed by Tamera Hill.
Also, in 2019 Lester was interviewed on Access (NBC), as he was named as the earliest inspiration for the acting career of Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody “Best Actor” Winner Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Lead Role: Freddie Mercury).
Rev Lester Barrie’s entertainment career began on Ed McMahon’s “Star Search” where he won best comedian over a young comedy champion Dave Chappell. His standup career would eventually take him to appearances on “Comic Strip Live,” “Evening at the Improv,” Martin Lawrence’s “First Amendment Stand Up,” and a writing credit on “Comic Unleashed” with Byron Allen.
With many accolades Lester” is still best known in the role of the “preacher” in the Wayans urban cult classic “Don’t be a menace to South Central while drinking your juice in the hood.”
He can also be seen in a guest starring movie role in “Slam Dunk Ernest” starring Jim Varney.
Barrie also enjoyed moderate success in small acting roles as well, most notably in a recurring role on the Fox's & Sci-Fi Networks “Sliders.” Additionally, Lester has enjoyed guest starring TV staring tv roles on “NYPD Blue”, “Sister Sister” and “In the House” with LL Cool J.
Lester Barrie, who was a licensed minister before his comedy career began, is now the Senior Pastor of the Bible Believers Missionary Baptist Church in Downey, CA where he has served since 2011. He has been married to Minister Trinette Barrie sense 2013. Together, they have a daughter and Lester has an adult son from his previous marriage.