For a generation of habitual late-night television viewers seeking an alternative to Johnny Carson, Arsenio Hall was a breath of unexpected air. Arsenio Hall broke into television talk shows as an announcer. Arsenio Hall was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 12, 1956 to Fred and Anne Hall; his parents later divorced. Arsenio Hall released a comedy rap album. In 1989, Hall released Arsenio Hall Presents Chunky A—Large and in Charge, a hybrid rap and comedy album that cast Hall in the eponymous role of a rapper and spoken-word lyricist.