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Over a Quarter of a Century of Laughter and Stomach Aches With Keith Ross Nelson

While others may find it challenging to stick to one particular career path for most of their lives, Keith Ross Nelson has dedicated over a quarter of a century to his passion: entertaining audiences across the globe. The comedian has met people from all walks of life and learned that regardless of race, color, or the country that he is in, one thing people have in common is their love for laughter, and he truly knows how to bring loads of it every time he takes the spotlight.

Keith Ross Nelson has traveled to virtually every part of the world. California, Georgia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, name it and Keith’s been there bringing nothing but jokes in his suitcases paired with unparalleled professionalism. Besides being extremely funny, Keith is also quite the stunner. He looks younger than his age and is not shy about joking about his looks. “I’m like the cool old dad who everyone seems to be ok with,” he shared.

Asked what sets him apart from the thousands of comedians fighting to dominate the industry today, Keith Ross Nelson shared that his authenticity and relatable acts make him one of the strongest players in the scene. In addition, the comedian is committed to always bringing something fresh to the table to keep audiences excited and optimistic. Truly, Keith knows how to give them a good time, leaving their bellies aching from laughter every time he takesthe stage.

Because of his captivating performances, Keith Ross Nelson has amplified his name on national television. The entertainer has appeared on Entertainment Tonight and Hulu’s Comedy Time. Besides television shows, Keith has also appeared in various hit independent movies, including Mobsters and Mormons and The R.M. Furthermore, the comedian has been featured across multiple prominent platforms, such as the New York Weekly, LA Wire, Entertainment Monthly, Miami Wire, LA Times, Daily News, and more.

On top of his successful career as a comedian, Keith Ross Nelson is also an accomplished athlete. He won three national championships in masters high jumping and finished second in the world masters championships in 1998. In addition, Keith has held the record high in his age group from the year 2000 all the way up to 2007. Also, the comedian is a third-degree black belt in kung fu and is currently working on getting his fourth.

Keith Ross Nelson delivers discipline in his acts, something he learned as an athlete. Without a doubt, Keith not only knows how to throw powerful kicks in kung fu but also knows how to deliver killer lines in comedy. 

In five years, Keith Ross Nelson envisions taking his praise-worthy acts to bigger stages worldwide. He wants to perform in theaters and also explore  movies. The comedian also aims to share the knowledge he has acquired after 30 years in the game to help performers who are merely in the early days of their careers. 

Keith Ross Nelson proves that anyone can do what they set their hearts into. With a little bit of grit, perseverance, personality, and a few jokes up the sleeves, anyone can be anything. To learn more about Keith Ross Nelson, visit website ( and his Instagram (@Keithrossnelson).

Visionary Volunteer Dani Stephenson Receives the Prestigious Platinum Champions Award in Celebration for Her Majesty The Queen’s 70-Year Reign

This year marks the 70-year reign of Her Majesty The Queen. As part of the series of festivities, the Royal Voluntary Service, headed by the Duchess of Cornwall, has organized The Platinum Champions Awards. Created in honor of Her Majesty and the great example she has set in her 70 years of service to the people, it is an accolade created for the Platinum Jubilee to award volunteers who have made significant and impactful contributions to the community.

There were thousands of contenders for the award aged between 16 to 101 from all over the United Kingdom. Among these nominees, 490 were handpicked on the 4th of June 2022 by an esteemed judging panel that includes Ade Adepitan MBE, Gyles Brandreth, Elaine Paige OBE, Felicity Kendal CBE, Julie Siddiqi MBE, Myleene Klass and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

All of the honorees received a uniquely designed Platinum Champion Jubilee pin and a signed certificate from Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen for the Platinum Jubilee.

Dani Stephenson, Platinum Champion honoree

One inspiring honoree who received the prestigious Platinum Champions Award is entrepreneur and philanthropist Dani Stephenson. The 38-year-old hails from Essex, London and is known for his remarkable engagement in voluntary work that spans over 21 years.

He first started volunteering when he was only 16 years old at the Tovil Quality Of Life community house. This initiative elevates the overall quality of life for underprivileged residents.

On top of that, he is associated with numerous charitable organizations like the Prince’s Trust, UNICEF, LEWA, Street Child, and The Royal Versailles Ball at the Palace of Versailles.

Eventually, Dani Stephenson decided to start his own charity called Straight Forward Giving. The charity initiative was designed to empower people, specifically the youth from impoverished and deprived areas, by giving them access to education and mentorship. Moreover, it utilizes the power of music, film, and art to facilitate social mobility.

What motivated the visionary man to create the venture is his passion for helping build a better future for underprivileged individuals and communities nationwide. Since its inception in 2015, Straight Forward Giving has assisted countless beneficiaries.

Aside from that, the outstanding man has demonstrated an incredible commitment to his advocacies, especially during the global pandemic. In addition, he fought to keep his voluntary projects running by honoring his charitable obligations and providing ongoing mentoring to mentees by keeping his London Kings Cross creative studios available to the public.

As a testament to his unrivaled contributions to the community, Dani Stephenson and his charitable organization has received other distinctions. On the 8th of February 2022, he was invited to 10 Downing Street as one of the recipients of the prestigious Points Of Light honor by the UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. 

The award serves as an acknowledgment of his continued contributions to the creative community by championing the voices of young aspiring artists from disadvantaged backgrounds. Dani Stephenson is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring individuals who help uplift communities and the people across the United Kingdom.