Demetrius “Juice” Deason founder and CEO of Layups2standup was born and raised in the inner city of Los Angeles, California. Growing up Demetrius spent a lot of his time on the basketball court and was known amongst his teammates as the kid that could make everyone laugh. He had developed an interest in comedy after his basketball career was cut short due to an injury. With some motivation from his peers, Demetrius decided to take his comedic talent to the next level and did his first stand-up show in 2013. After the success and positive feedback he received, Demetrius knew that comedy was something he wanted to take seriously as a career and began taking the necessary steps to hone his craft.
Heavily influenced by some of the most respected comedians in the industry, including Richard Pryor; Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, Demetrius’s comedy is centered around situations and people he encounters in real life. ”The audience enjoys my shows because I talk about things I’ve really been through and they can relate to that.” With his honest and unique style, Demetrius has gained popularity in the Los Angeles comedy scene which led to him founding his company Layups2standup in 2013. Wanting to stay true to his basketball past and create opportunities for himself and others.