From spending his teen years behind bars to giving motivational speeches in full-house auditoriums, Amiri King has come a long way. A perfect example of why people deserve second chances, Amri rose to fame following his involvement on YouTube. Over the years, Amiri worked on a series of short comedy skits, and videos, and would often collaborate with other comedians on his challenge. Apart from his work on YouTube, King also loves stand-up and is also a writer for local comedians. A success story, King doesn’t shy away from inspiring the younger generation and jumps on any opportunity to do so. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Amiri King.
Amiri King was born as Tony Donavan Schork on the 10th of July, 1979. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Amiri had a rough childhood. He was raised by a single mother, Sharon Brown Colvin. As his mom decided to remarry, Amiri did not share the best of relationship with his step-father. When he was just 11 years of age, Amri ran from his house unable to handle the physical abuse. From there on, Amiri never returned home and lived on the streets of Louisville, sweeping parking lots of gas stations. The troubling childhood had left its scars on Amiri, who moved from one shelter home to another including Phoenix House, Boys Haven, and Liberty Shelter House.
Instead of things working out for him, Amiri’s life went on a downward curve. When he was 16 years of age, Amiri was arrested on grounds of armed robbery. Amiri was tried and convicted as an adult and was given prison time. Talking about the incident Amiri later revealed,
“I stuck up a young man behind a Louisville cafe for 10 dollars and I was facing 20 years and 50-thousand full cash bond for 10 dollars; Not one of my better mistakes.”
Life Outside and Finding Fame:
After he got out of prison, Amiri had nowhere to go and made his way back to his mother’s house. He talked to his mother about wanting to make movies and started around the house with a camera in hand.
“I had nowhere to go and I went to my mom’s house I was sitting on her couch and I told her I wanted to make movies.”
After a couple of videos, Amiri struck gold with his video, Chevy Silverado Parody 2. The video alone has around 17 million views and is widely regarded among Amiri’s best works. Since his early days as an up-and-coming YouTuber, Amiri has worked on comedy skits and short videos. A talented writer, Amiri changed his name from Tony Donavan Schork to Amiri King, based on his affinity for poets Amiri Baraka and Countee Cullen. Amiri also works as an editorial and advisory board member at Tribunist.
While Amiri was Leo Magazine’s Readers Choice for Best Comedian in successive years, 2014 and 2015, he was stripped of both titles due to some homophobic comments he made in one of his videos.
As of 2023, Amiri King has an estimated net worth of $500,000. He collects his earning mainly as a Youtube content creator.
Wife & Kids:
Amiri King is happily married to Sara Ruminski. While details on the pair’s relationship have never been revealed to the media, they do c0-parent three lovely daughters Kennedy, Tilly, and Marcy.