One of New York City’s top comedians. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Wali was and still is an accomplished drummer. Wali has played in R&B, Pop, Funk and Jazz bands. And he was the youngest to ever join the New England Jazz Society.
After College, Wali was working on being the best Architect New England has ever known. But the calling for show business was too strong. He played in bands, did session work, but that wasn’t enough. He needed more.
Always having a keen sense of humor, his parents urged him to try stand-up comedy. His first time on stage Wali was convinced that he had bombed, but the manager paid him and asked him to come back every week as a featured act. Wali Collins has been going strong ever since. Wali moved to New York City to work on a show for Comedy Central called “Stand-up Stand-up”. He hosted the largest funniest, most varied collection of stand-up comedians in the world.
He was nominated three years in a row as “College Campus Entertainer of the Year”. Wali is also the most sought after comedian for corporate events. IBM, L’Oreal, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, FedEx, Subway restaurants, Game Stop are just a few of the many companies. One of Wali’s greatest achievements was hosting an event featuring for First Lady Michelle Obama. The show went so well he was asked to host another event this time featuring both Presidents Bush and Obama.
Wali Collins is a regular at all of the main stream Comedy clubs in the United States including New York City and Los Angeles. He even headlines and tours at Comedy clubs in Europe and Asia.
Collins’ television credits include NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, ABC’, VH1, Comedy Central, Netflix, Hulu. David Letterman caught Wali’s act and recruited him to warm-up for his show. Later that season Wali performed his stand up on the “Late Show with David Letterman”. Quoted by GQ magazine “Wali’s true purpose becomes evident”.
He also landed small roles in films like independent feature, “Submission”, starring Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock’s “Top Five”. And in the the “cult” classic, “Coyote Ugly”.
Wali also is featured in the hit Netflix series, “The Get Down”, Hulu’s, “Difficult People”. And the Oxygen Network series, “Crazy Love”.
If Wali’s face looks familiar to you it’s because you’ve seen him in over 30 national and international television commercials.
In the words of Robert Klein, “Wali Collins is versatile, smart and very, very funny.”
If you haven’t seen Wali do his thing in either stand up or acting, you’re missing out on one talented and gifted man