Out of lonely and disjoined childhood, he managed to make good grades in school and did a magic show as a teen. Show biz was a climb up the ladder from stand-up comedy to emcee as a warm-up act for stars.He went to Kent State University for a degree in speech. At a show on Christmas night in 1979, he made a big break by playing emcee at a show featuring the singer Nancy Wilson. nightclubs, Hall appeared on telethons and benefit shows.
Other television shows and films Hall has appeared in are Martial Law, Star Search (host), Coming to America (1988), and Harlem Nights (1989).
Hall is also known for his appearance as Alan Thicke's sidekick on the talk show Thicke of the Night.
But for Hall, 61, a man with a diverse resume and instant name recognition, he’s spent the past three years getting back to the craft that got it all started.
Growing up in Cleveland, Hall wanted to get on stage and started doing stand-up comedy.
He became involved in theatre arts, working as a disc jockey at the campus radio station while continuing to practice his magic skills. Impressed by the young comic, she financed his move to Los Angeles. Then, on Wilson's recommendation, he became the opening act for the legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin, from where he began the opening for many top-class acts.
His high-intensity style reaches today's market and his own show booked a variety of guests for 167 stations nationwide. He interacts with audience, black and white, and obviously loves what he does.
In 1984, he was the announcer/sidekick for Alan Thicke during the short-lived talk show Thicke of the Night (a role for which he has on occasion noted his confusion with Monty Hall).
Arsenio was the original voice of Winston Zeddemore in the cartoon The Real Ghostbusters from 1986 to 1987.
In 1988, he co-starred in the comedy film Coming to America with Eddie Murphy.