Jamie Foxx Changed His Name From Eric Bishop Just to Get Up at an Open Mic

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On last Friday’s Late Show, Jamie Foxx sat down with Letterman and discussed the fact that his name isn’t actually Jamie Foxx – he was born as Eric Bishop. He changed his name to Jamie just to make it sound gender-neutral so the guys running the open mic at the Comedy Store would think he was a woman and call him up. So if you’ve been having a hard time getting stage time, now you know the secret: you just need to change your given name. Totally worth it.