Comedy, Television


LaGrange, Georgia



Sylvia “Small Fire” Holloway was born in Drew, Mississippi and raised in Atlanta, Georgia from the age of 14. She may not have known it right away but getting people to laugh was God’s gift to her from the very beginning. Small Fire says, “Oh Lawd, growin’ up, I was the funny one. I got into a lot of trouble. I would excel in school, get my work done and get real bored, real quick. So, I would joke with the other kids. I’d get into trouble and get others into trouble also, even in church!”

And it was not long after high school that Small Fire started her career as a comedienne with the nick name bestowed on her by an aunt back in Mississippi. She began performing in Atlanta and soon found herself being asked to perform in standup comedy clubs across the country!

Her skill as a stand up comic helped Small Fire develop an impressive resume that includes stints on BET’s Comic View, Showtime at the Apollo, Def Comedy Jam, appearances on television shows like The Wayans Brothers, Teen Summit, and Bobby Jones Gospel and a role in the Disney flick, The First Kid with comedian Sinbad.


Small Fire has proven that she may be petite in stature, but a big time comedy act. She says the pressure of standing in front of a sold-out crowd is nothing compared to continually trying to impress her biggest critic and fan- the Man upstairs.

Getting saved and dedicating her life to God has led Small Fire to change her moral approach to comedy. All of the animation, energy and assertiveness from her comedy club days are still there, but her show’s themes now revolve around the church and family values. “I think people are receptive to comedy in the ministry because it’s not forced on them. You’re laughing and before you know it, something positive just slips into your spirit.” In fact, Small Fire’s humor and southern charm has helped this star continue to rise in her newest role as host of the hilarious, nationally distributed DVD series ‘Holla!’ which features inspirational and family friendly comedians from across the USA.


In 2004, Small Fire was named the Urban Gospel Alliance Comedian of the Year and continues to use her popularity to encourage and educate youth across the country about self-esteem issues, drugs, teen sex, and the importance of staying in school.