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Ben Brainard is a comedian with a natural ability to make any crowd laugh. Originally from Daytona Beach, and now living in Orlando, Ben has performed at comedy clubs across Florida, including: the Orlando and Tampa Improv, Gregory’s Upstairs Comedy Club and Bonkerz Comedy Clubs. He’s also produced several shows for Army Reserve units and currently produces several shows in the local Orlando area. Ben has even appeared on Sling TV's show "The Lowdown with James Yon."
Since a very young age, Ben has been “the funny kid,” or at least, “the kid that will cheer you up,” but, oddly enough, standup comedy was never really a part of his plan. Before his junior year of high school, Ben won an “Engineering Scholars Program” scholarship and literally did rocket science for a summer. As a senior in high school, Ben played 3 sports, took AP and honors classes and won student body President as the presidencies for the FCA and The Academy of Drafting and Design. For a year and a half after high school, he majored in mechanical engineering and double minored in physics and CAD/CAM at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. Then, one day, he got bored of calculus, dropped out of school, joined the US Army Reserve, moved to Orlando and started doing standup comedy. Ben has always said “yes” to opportunities, and his “I’ll try anything once” attitude has ultimately lead to some hilarious stories and an irrationally high 26 different jobs since he turned 16. Ben has done everything from work a drive-thru at Chick-fil-A to drive a bus for the YMCA after school program, and now he takes the stage to tell all about everything he’s done and seen and make you laugh along the way.
Standing at only 5’5 and weighing in at 125lbs, Ben is not an intimidating presence, but don’t let his size fool you! He packs some serious punchlines! From jokes about his stature to hilarious stories about dating, jobs, general life mishaps and even his crazy family, Ben is sure to have you laughing until your sides hurt!
Full Archive Length: 61 minutes
Mary Basmadjian answered questions like:
Mary Basmadjian: Armenian-American stand up comedian, actor, writer and producer. She has been a fixture of the Los Angeles comedy circuit for 10 years and recently rose to fame with her hilariously accurate reflection of the Armenian diaspora subculture. Her nuanced approach articulates the immigrant experience in a way that transcends cultural barriers.
Emilio Savone answered questions like:
Emilio is an industry leader in the comedy community, with 20 years experience in media and promotions. He is the co-owner of the New York Comedy Club and co- founder of multiple comedy entities including Stand Up Tix Platform, Connecticut Comedy Festival, Atlantic City, Philly, and Fairfield Comedy Clubs. Emilio previously founded and served as CEO of Empire Marketing & Promotions. He serves on the board of the DeGregorio Foundation and has an undergraduate BA from Loyola University in Maryland.
Dan Gabriel does the kind of comedy that his friends call “Smart/Stupid.” He makes you think. Everyone has troubles. Dan hilariously tells you all about his troubles to make you momentarily forget yours.
Dan Gabriel was bit by the comedy bug in college. His fellow students at UC Davis told him he was funny and luckily he was gullible enough to believe them. The next few years were spent in class by day and searching for scraps of stage time at night. After graduation, Dan moved back to his home town of San Francisco and immersed himself in the tight-knit comedy community there. This provided Dan with chances to tour and open for comedy legends like Dave Chappelle, George Lopez, and Mitch Hedberg. After moving to Los Angeles, Dan won the LA Take Out Comedy Competition and was the runner up in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. Word spread and led to television appearances on Comedy Central, Star Search, Showtime, The Late Late Show, Comics Unleashed and many more.
Baby For Sale
Throughout it all, Dan’s comedy reflects the life he’s currently experiencing. In the beginning, he used to focus on dating and partying. Now he’s a family man reaping all the material that comes along with that.
You can hear Dan’s three critically acclaimed comedy albums, Giant Robot, Baby for Sale, and The Vowel Diet on Sirius XM, Spotify, and iTunes.
Mark Normand is a fun-loving, New York comedian. Mark has done a One-Hour Comedy Central special “Don’t Be Yourself”, a Comedy Central HALF HOUR special, has appeared on TBS’s CONAN 6 times, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Showtime’s “Live at SXSW”, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, TruTv, Best Week Ever, MTv, Last Comic Standing, @Midnight and released an album with Comedy Central records titled “Still Got It” (it’s not bad). Mark took first place at the Great American Comedy Festival competition. In 2013 won Caroline’s March Madness competition, beating out 63 other comedians. And this is a real shocker for all of us, but he was also voted Village Voice’s “Best Comedian of 2013.” In 2012, Mark appeared on “John Oliver’s New York Standup Show” on Comedy Central, and in 2011 was picked as one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch.”
Mark was born and raised in New Orleans, LA surprisingly to two normal parents. As a kid he spent most of his time shooting short films and wetting the bed. He started doing comedy right after college and quickly moved to New York. Mark now does comedy clubs and colleges across the country and has been involved in many festivals including Portland, Seattle, DC, Boston, Vancouver, Melbourne and in 2013 was featured as a New Face at the Montreal Comedy Festival.
Mark was named one of Comedy Central’s Comics To Watch for the 2011 New York Comedy Festival. Mark was also named Esquire’s “Best New Comedians 2012”, Splitsider’s “Top 10 Up and Coming Comedians on Each Coast”, and Time Out New York’s “21 New York Comedy Scene Linchpins”.
D’Lo is a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comedian whose work ranges from stand-up comedy, solo theater, plays, films and music production, to poetry and spoken word. He’s been seen on HBO, Amazon, Netflix, and CW. D'Lo is currently in development on a scripted series based on his life that is set up at BTR Media and Paul Feig’s Powderkeg Media. His next solo play To T, or not to T? will be performed at The LGBT Center in October 2019.
His tv/film credits include co-starring in the HBO series LOOKING as Taj, on the Amazon series TRANSPARENT, the Netflix series SENSE 8 and USA’s Mr. ROBOT. In Sundance Fellow Adelina Anthony’s feature-length film BRUISING FOR BESOS he plays the supporting role of Rani. He also appears in various Buzzfeed and Fusion videos, on the web-series EASTSIDERS and DYKE CENTRAL and the Issa Rae/Project Greenlight produced MINIMUM WAGE. His is working on his own web series PRIVATE DICK. He has also been featured in The Guardian, NBC, and The Advocate. The documentary by Crescent Diamond based on D’Lo’s life/work, called Performing Girl, won the best short documentary award at Outfest 2013, and he was part of the Emmy-Nominated mini-doc series THIS IS ME produced by Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker.
Full Archive Length: 55 minutes
Kate Flannery answered questions like:
KATE FLANNERY is best known for her 9 seasons as Meredith the drunk on NBC’s THE OFFICE. She is an actor, comedienne, and singer. Kate has recently been seen on ABC's Dancing with the Stars and YOUNG SHELDON on CBS. She’s been heard on Cartoon Network’s OK KO and STEVEN UNIVERSE. She has guest starred on FOX’s BROOKLYN NINE NINE, NEW GIRL, ABC’s AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Comedy Central’s ANOTHER PERIOD, HULU’s ALL NIGHT and FOX NFL pre-game show on RIGGLE’s PICKS. She was in the Tribeca Film Fest’s TENURED and SLOW LEARNERS and in the critically acclaimed FORTH MAN OUT on NETFLIX. Kate stars in the HBO short EMERGENCY CONTACT, HOW TO GET GIRLS, DIAL A PRAYER with William H. Macy, and the Sundance hit, COOTIES with Elijah Wood.
Kate is currently singing with Jane Lynch in their anti cabaret act, TWO LOST SOULS where they did a residency at The Carlyle Hotel in NY. She’s toured with Jane for the past 4 years playing the Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub and 40 cities over the past two years. She is featured on Jane’s Christmas album, A SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMAS which hit #6 on Billboard Top 100 charts. She has sung with the Ocean City Pop’s. Kate's original cult comedy lounge act, THE LAMPSHADES plays comedy festivals and Hollywood regularly.
Full Archive Length: 84 minutes
Emma Willmann answered questions like:
Emma Willmann is an American stand-up comedian and actress. She made her televised stand up debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Emma Willmann was born in Blue Hill, Maine. She is a graduate of Georges Stevens Academy and currently resides in New York City. Willmann also graduated from Simmons College Boston and received a masters from the New School in New York City. She was featured as a new face at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal in 2016. Time Out New York has recognized her as one of the 10 funniest women in NYC. Emma performed stand up on the Seeso series, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. Emma is a series regular on the show Crazy Ex Girlfriends and most recently appeared on "The Comedy Lineup" special on Netflix.
Ken was just crowned the winner of the first-ever Steve Harvey Standup Spotlight Comedy Competition in 2019. More than 1,000 comedians from around the world submitted videos to the contest. “I know funny when I see it,” said Steve Harvey about his decision to handpick Ken as the Grand Prize Winner. Steve also gave Ken his stamp of approval by saying his comedy has rich, relatable material.Ken has worked with numerous headliners, including John Henton, Patrice O’Neal, Guy Torry, Eddie Griffin, Tom Segura, Mark Curry, John Heffron, Arnez J, Jim Norton, and the legendary Paul Mooney, to name a few.
In 2013, Ken won the Florida’s Funniest Comedy Competition, beating out more than 200 comics. Ken has also competed in The Great American Comedy Festival, The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, The American Black Film Festival Comedy Wings Competition, and The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. Ken made his TV debut on NICKMOMs, MOMS NIGHT OUT on NICKJR. In 2019, Ken was featured at the Big Pine Comedy Festival and the Oak City Comedy Festival.
Originally from a big family in Greensboro, NC (he’s #8 out of 11 kids), this former US Army veteran now resides in Orlando, FL with his wife and his two and a half kids (ask him about it). Ken was born for comedy. His show is guaranteed to make you laugh or he will pay for your first drink.
Full Archive Length: 71 minutes
Sari Cohen answered questions like:
Sari Cohen is a journalist based in the Greater L.A. Area. She began her career in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedy writer/performer and over the years has developed scripts for both the stage and screen. She currently covers music and live entertainment for AXS, writes for InLove Magazine, and is an on-air correspondent/associate producer for Hollywood First Look Features. She has also penned funny stuff for popular sites such as Cracked and Screen Rant. You can often find her at concerts or on a red carpet somewhere, talking to someone about something. From on-the-scene reporting to exclusive interviews, she tackles every topic from music, movies and television, to fashion, lifestyle and politics. You can check out more on Twitter at @ask_sari or follow her adventures on Instagram under @thesavvyscribbler.
Full Archive Length: 85 minutes
Josh Potter answered questions like:
Josh Potter is a comedian and podcaster from Buffalo, NY who now resides in Los Angeles, CA. He got his start at age 16 working in morning radio for 15 years. After performing stand up since 2008, in 2013 he began opening for Tom Segura which led to his move to Los Angeles where he is now a member of Segura and Christina P’s podcast “Your Mom’s House.” Josh performs at clubs and theatres all over the country.
Full Length Archive: 80 minutes
Jaye McBride answered questions like:
Jaye McBride is funny, smart and proudly transgender. Jaye has traveled the world performing stand-up comedy both as a headliner and sharing the stage with comedy greats like Aziz Ansari, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Norton & Bobcat Goldthwait. Jaye has also been a part of The Boston Comedy Festival, The Maine Comedy Festival and the She Devil Comedy Festival.
In addition to stand-up, Jaye has written, produced and acted in a variety of short films. When not performing on-stage or on-screen Jaye writes "The Comedy Blog" for the Times Union and speaks at colleges all across the country with her lecture about being transgender. Having transitioned in 2007, Jaye is uniquely qualified to talk about awkward first dates, strained family relationships and self-acceptance.
Jaye is originally from Upstate NY but now calls Brooklyn her home.
Full Length Archive: 77 minutes
Carlos Alazraqui answered questions like:
Carlos Alazraqui was not just the face of Deputy James Garcia on Comedy Central’s hit show RENO 911 or RENO 911 the movie! He recently won the prestigious ANNIE AWARD for Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production THE MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN SHOW. He’s also been a standup comic for over 25 years, a well known television/film actor and one of LA’s top voiceover actors with hundreds of credits to his name.
Full Archive Length: 88 Minutes
Andrew Dorfman answered questions like:
As a 25-year veteran in the comedy industry, Andrew Dorfman knows a lot about the funny business. He started out as a comedian in San Francisco’s tight-knit comedy community of the 1990s, but he was drawn to working the business side of the industry. In 1992, Andrew, along with his brother Brian, went to work for the legendary Rick Uchwat at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago. Uchwat taught them well. Today, the Dorfman brothers now own eight comedy clubs all over America, including Nashville’s Zanies Comedy Club.
Full Archive Length: 60 minutes
Naela Durrani answered questions like:
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Jannelys Santos answered questions like:
Jannelys Santos is the Chief Operations Officer at Villain Theater. Santos has been performing since high school. She is dedicated to uplifting marginalized voices in comedy, and elevating Miami’s comedy scene.
Full Archive Length: 86 minutes
Ben Maher answered questions like:
A lifelong comedy fan, Ben Maher began his comedy career in 1995 at the legendary Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco, CA. After moving up through the years to managing the club and booking hosts & showcases, Ben moved to Philadelphia in 2005 to open the first Helium Comedy Club. Now with a network of 7 clubs around the country, Ben works in Helium's main office booking some of their shows at Top Golf entertainment centers and as a lynchpin of their promotional team, working on print and online campaigns. He also opened, managed and booked shows for The Punch Line Philly, a Live Nation venue. Ben is also one of the founders and directors of Philly Sketchfest, Philadelphia's premier comedy festival, currently in its 12th year.
Full Archive Length: 88 minutes
Atsuko Okatsuka answered questions like:
Atsuko Okatsuka is a Los Angeles-based comedian and writer who gained mass recognition after a video of her doing stand-up during a 7.1 magnitude earthquake circulated on the internet. She hosts the hit live show and weekly podcast produced by Foreverdog Productions, Let's Go Atsuko! A (woke) Japanese Game Show. It has been recommended as a show to watch by The New York Times, The AV Club, and Vulture to name a few, who described the show as a blend of "the physical silliness of Japanese game shows with the dry, matter-of-fact fatuities of Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!" She was named a comedian to watch by Vulture in 2018 & in TimeOut Los Angeles in 2019, and just recently released her debut album with Comedy Dynamics entitled "But I Control Me." Atsuko has been the creative consultant on various Adult Swim Shows such as The Eric Andre Show and Soft Focus with Jena Friedman. Prior to comedy, she worked in the independent film world, having written, produced, and acted in various award-winning feature films such as Littlerock (2010), Pearblossom Hwy (2012), and Lake Los Angeles (2014). Her latest acting appearances include HBO's Room 104 and a horror anthology series called Scare Package on Shudder. You can catch her dancing with her grandmother and mother on her social media any day of the week.
Full Archive Length: 79 minutes
Richard Barrett answered questions like:
Richard Barrett has been the Entertainment Director of The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach CA for over 20 years. He has produced shows or judged competitions at many comedy festivals including The Great American, Boston, and Big Sky.
Full Archive Length: 72 minutes
Vanessa Graddick answered questions like:
Vanessa Graddick was born in St. Paul, MN where she grew up an athlete, performer and involved in several social clubs. Prior to her career as a comedian she was a Children’s Social Worker in both Minnesota and California. In January 2006, Vanessa moved to the City of Angels to see what else the world had in store. However, it was much more than expected. On November 1, 2006, her mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Needing an instant distraction from real life, that very night Graddick took to the stage, and the people laughed. Since then this talented, driven and most importantly, funny Stand Up Comedian has been taking comedy by storm. Though based in LA, Vanessa has performed all over the United States including major Comedy Clubs in California, New York, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Florida and more. Additionally, she has entertained American troops in Kuwait, Iraq, Korea, Japan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Vanessa has participated in several comedy competitions including the New York Underground and Boston Comedy Festivals. She was the winner of Uncle Clyde’s Comedy Competition in Los Angeles and a semi-finalist in the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition. To round off her comedic competition experience, Vanessa was a Top 10 Finalist in the NBC Stand Up For Diversity National Search.
Since then Vanessa has been seen on Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed, The Gossip Queens, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Showtime Network’s Lip Service, NuvoTv’s Stand Up and Deliver and BET’s Comic View. She has also made appearances on The Real Husbands of Hollywood, Black Jesus and the original pilot for Centric’s The Rules According to Him + Her. Not only has she made her presence felt on camera, Vanessa moved behind the camera as a Segment Producer on celebrity news show, The Gossip Queens and as a Producer on the hilarious game show, Funny You Should Ask.
Vanessa comedy is direct, fast paced, and intelligent with attitude and no regrets. Real life, real talk and real funny! With her introspective and thought-provoking comedy, Vanessa Graddick is proving quickly to be a name to watch out for.
Full Archive Length: 71 minutes
Lisa Alvarado answered questions like:
Lisa Alvarado, The Latin Queen of Comedy, is Tina Fey meets Sophia Vergara. Lisa brings the funny with clever wit and a sassy fun attitude; relatable and quirky, in that Ellen Degeneres way, using her own life as the punch line. Lisa specializes in targeting her humor to her audience!Born to Peruvian parents in Chicago, Lisa knew she wanted to be a Stand Up Comedian at an early age. She writes all her own material and enjoys sharing her gift of laughter with audiences around the world, including several overseas shows for the Troops.Lisa is a National Headliner to many theatres, clubs, colleges and corporate events. TV appearances include: NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America 2″, “Comics Unleashed” with Byron Allen, “Stand Up in Stilettos” on TV Guide Network, NuvoTV, and many more. Lisa also played Paul Rodriguez’s sidekick on 20 episodes of “Mis Videos Locos” on the MTV Network.
Full Archive Length: 89 minutes
Steve North answered questions like:
Steve's trained everyone from stars to beginners to find their COMEDIC CHARACTER for Standup, Acting, Writing, Speaking — Steve North’s training can help anyone who needs to be funnier. Steve has worked with everyone from George Carlin to Kevin Nealon; and has coached everyone from SNL’s Leslie Jones to scores of other celebs and comedy stars, helping them get their persona.
Steve can save you 2 to 3 years by finding your comedic character, then growing material from that theme or focus. Steve calls it “finding your house (character), BEFORE you buy the furniture (material). And, it works – ask his many happy clients.
Over the last 15 years in Hollywood, Steve has coached hundreds of comedians — beginners, touring comedians, sitcom actors, people who want to be funnier.
In addition to private session, Steve and his partner, Barb, offer the longest running homebase for standup comedians in LA — workshops which provide a creatively healthy, non-competitive environment – a home base for comedians to workshop and grow professionally.
Steve North attended school at the University of Denver and at USC. He trained in comedy with Second City, The Committee, Avery Schreiber, Spolin Players, Jack Kosslyn, Danny Simon, Joyce Selznick, and Estelle Tepper.
The team of Barb and Steve North have performed live stand up comedy at the Comedy Store in LA, the Improv, Ice House, and venues all over the world. They have also appeared at colleges, conventions, and talk/variety shows (“George Carlin” special,” “Thicke Of The Night,” “Make Me Laugh,” and “The Mike Douglas Show”). The North’s have written or produced on TV shows, ranging from The Gong Show to America’s Funniest Videos to Totally Hidden Video, and a slew of others.
Steve runs classes in his studio in Los Angeles. You can enroll in his workshop performing groups; he can coach you ON THE PHONE, by MAIL, E-MAIL, whatever! The “Standup Repertory Company” was founded by Steve & Barb North in 1992 and is the first group of standup comedians to be part of a workshop and a cast. The comedians perform regularly at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank – where else can comics get comprehensive training AND performing in front of an audience regularly?
Full Archive Length: 89 minutes
David A. Arnold asked questions like:
A standup comic, actor and writer, David is triple threat in the world of comedy. As a comedian, he has performed all around the country, tickling the funny bones of audiences near and far. He’s made numerous tv appearances on everything, such as THE RUCKUS on Comedy Central and ENTOURAGE on HBO. Plus, he’s appeared on various comedy shows and specials, including DEF COMEDY JAM, SHAQ’S ALL STAR COMEDY TOUR, BET’s COMIC VIEW and Comedy Central’s LAFFAPALOOZA as well as the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. David is set to headline the Deon Cole and Friends Comedy Show at the 2020 Essence Festival of Culture in New Orleans. In addition, he’s joined the T. D. Jakes Presents “A Time to Laugh” Comedy Tour.
David has made his mark as a tv writer, and recently served as a producer on Netflix’s Emmy-nominated reboot series, FULLER HOUSE. His other television credits include REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD on BET; the Kelsey Grammer/Martin Lawrence sitcom, “PARTNERS” on FX; and Tyler Perry’s HOUSE OF PAYNE and MEET THE BROWNS.
Full Archive Length: 84 minutes
Dee Burdett answered questions like:
Twenty years in the entertainment business and there isn’t a side of the industry veteran Dee Burdett hasn’t worked on. From her early days of booking and promoting live music events in her native San Francisco Bay area, she moved on to venue management as well as special events/corporate party sales in 2000 when she was part of the opening team of the San Jose Improv. The Improv Comedy Club chain in 2003 moved her to their Southern California Brea location to continue managing, developing, & building their special events sales department.
After working for years with many of the top touring stand up comedians, Dee Burdett was recruited by national headlining comedian Ralphie May to join his team as Road Manager in 2006 for his “Girth of a Nation” tour. Coming off of the road in 2007, Dee returned home to the Improv – this time at the legendary Hollywood location to manage the club. In high demand from the industry she was pursued by Laughstub event ticketing system to be a part of their launch team in 2010 handling Artist & Venue Relations, Live Event Ticketing & Production. Departing LaughStub in 2013, Dee remained a solid fixture in the LA comedy/music scene in her role as Director of Booking/Production for the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club. She also took an active role in the development of JLCN.tv (Jon Lovitz Comedy Network) working to develop original content, and utilized the network to further promote and grow artist fan bases. When JLCC closed their doors in November of 2014, Dee developed a Special Event program and a weekly show Harvelle’s Comedy & Burlesque for Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Dee departed for Pioneertown, CA’s historical Pioneertown Motel in 2015 where she worked with owners Mike and Matt French to restore/renovate the property and develop/produce events on site. In addition to corporate and private events, Dee produced Campfire Comedy – a weekly summer show that served to introduce live comedy to the high desert. After leaving the desert in the fall of 2016, she took some time to work on various production crews for HGTV and NBC. Dee eventually returned to her native Northern California to spend time with family and pursue interesting and challenging projects in entertainment, social media, and hospitality.
In the fall of 2017, Dee returned to Los Angeles to continue working in live event and television production. She built an event clientele at The Rec Room in Huntington Beach, as well as a weekly stand up comedy show Taco Tuesday. Dee accepted a full time position in May of 2019 with the legendary Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena where she serves as Director of Marketing and Event Production. In February of 2020, while maintaining her spot at The Ice House, began working to develop a comedy division for TIXR, a progressive ticketing company based out of Santa Monica where she serves as Head of Comedy.
Full Archive Length: 81 minutes
Murray the Magician answered questions like:
Murray who is currently headlining at the Tropicana on the Las Vegas strip nightly really made his mark as a household name when he exploded onto the entertainment scene after his successful run as a semi-finalist on NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” The #1 network summer series was viewed by over 22 million fans nationwide. Murray dazzled the judges: Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel by producing a Ferrari from thin air, transforming a girl locked in a cage into a 450 pound tiger and did the largest trick ever on “AGT” by vanishing an entire 1918 steam train locomotive in mere seconds. All of these illusions took place before a “live” and national “TV” audience, and brought standing ovations from the judges.
Murray has just become one of YouTube’s newest sensations with his first viral video hitting over 37 million views and all his other video going over 1 million views. Murray is a regular guest star on History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” as a Magic Expert. He has also been featured on over 20 Reality shows from America’s Got Talent, Pawn Stars, CW’s Masters of Illusion, SYFY’s Wizard Wars, VH1’s Celebracadabra, TLC’s 4 Houses and What Not to Wear, Reelz Extreme Escapes, PopTV’s Don’t Blink, Master Chef, Top Gear, Hallmark’s Home & Family, Nat Geo’s Brain Games, and many many more!
Murray John SawChuck was born in Burnaby, British Columbia – Canada and always had the passion for adventure. At age 3, he began swimming and golfing. He learned how to play the accordion, keyboard and saxophone at 5 years old. At age 7, he began dance lessons that included: ballet, Russian, swing, break dancing, ballroom, etc. He was an avid athlete and enjoyed participating in soccer, baseball, snow skiing, horseback riding, etc.
Murray’s parents, John and Arlene presented him with a Siegfried and Roy magic kit when he was 7 years old and his uncle and aunt Bill and Olga gave him a magic gift that changed his life. Murray envisioned himself as an entertainer incorporating magic, music and dance in his routines. He wanted to perform for audiences like his idols Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, Lucille Ball, Danny Kaye and Phyllis Diller.
As a teen, Murray had over 21 different jobs from bus boy to fixing bicycles, and lifeguard at local pools. He continued to entertain folks by dancing, playing the accordion and saxophone. He continued his studies and received a degree in Broadcast Communications and Journalism.
When Murray was a young man he met Marvyn and Carol Roy, a.k.a. “Mr. Electric.” The couple had toured worldwide for over 50 years and mentored Murray while he grew from an accomplished magician to an international star.
Murray was the only magician globally who invented a magic act that included the manipulation of a multitude of Compact Discs when he began his professional career called The CD Act!
Murray has won over 32 awards for his performances nationally and internationally and received the title of “World Champion.” He has delighted audiences in theatres from Monaco and Paris to Las Vegas and the legendary Playboy Mansion. Recently he was honored with 4 awards, The Hollywood FAME Award for contribution to Magic on TV, the LA Comedy Award for BEST COMEDY SHOW, TOP 100 Business Men of Nevada and 100 Most Distinguished Men of Nevada.
Full Archive Length - 88 minutes
Sean Grant answered questions like:
Sean Grant is a comedian from Miami, FL. He has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and has had guest roles on Maron on IFC and Meet the Browns on TBS. Sean was also the head writer for Dead House on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network.
Sean was featured on Tru Tvs Laff Tracks, he hosts a weekly improvised podcast called Welcome to Coo Coo Town and his hit comedy album Sean Grant-First of His Name by Comedy Records is available everywhere music is sold.
Full Archive Length: 88 minutes
Krista Spanick answered questions like:
Bio: Krista Spanick is an experienced General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry. Skilled in entertainment management, operations management, coaching, sales, and hospitality industry. From 2002 to 2009 Krista was the operations manager for the Orlando Improv / Funnybone Comedy Clubs.
Full Archive Length: 83 minutes
Al Jackson answered questions like:
American television host, comedian, and actor Al Jackson. He cohosts the nationally broadcast talk show Daily Blast Live, which was just renewed for a third season, as well as the weekly podcast “Al & Frank Try To Be Serious” with Frank Caliendo, found on all streaming platforms. Al regularly serves as a contributor with weekly segments on the Bob & Tom Radio Show, which boasts 140+ affiliates nationally.
Recently, Al brushed up on his acting chops appearing on HBO’s 2Dope Queens performing stand up as well as shooting four episodes of the Jim Jeffries show Legit on FX. Last year, he shot the 100th episode of his BBC Guinness Book of World Records show Officially Amazing.
Al’s hour long comedy special “Baby Steps” was picked up by the global distributor Comedy Dynamics and his half hour comedy special is on Comedy Central. He has appeared on several Comedy Central shows, including This is Not Happening, The Meltdown, and @midnight. He was also featured on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Special and Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground.
Two-time Emmy Award-nominee & Dancing with the Stars runner up Kel Mitchell currently stars & serves as executive producer, on the Nickelodeon’s reboot of the hit series All That & co-founder of the Good Burger Pop-up restaurant in West Hollywood, Ca. Hailing from the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois, Mitchell began his acting career at a young age and won several awards for his starring roles in Nickelodeon’s breakout hits All That and Kenan & Kel. Additional acting credits include truTV’s Friends of the People, Cartoon Network’s Loiter Squad, TV One’s Love That Girl, Disney’s Liv and Maddie, the Nickelodeon series Game Shakers, Sam & Cat and The Thundermans, and the 1997 feature film Good Burger and the 1999 feature film Mystery Men. In September 2019, Mitchell debuted as the host of CBS’s educational Saturday morning program Best Friends Furever.
Full Archive Length - 89 minutes
Ty Barnett answered questions like:
Ty Barnett, a Chicago native, got his start at Seattle’s “Comedy Underground.” Since then, his star keeps rising! Dedicated to“bringing the funny,” his shows have been called “hilarious” (Whoopi Goldberg), “thought provoking,” “edgy,” and have earned him countless television appearances. He was one of the final 2 on the most watched and only Emmy nominated season of LAST COMIC STANDING and has made multiple TONIGHT SHOW, LATE LATE SHOW, and KIMMEL (please take off quotes for ALL TV shows please) appearances. Jay Leno says Ty is: “…one of the funniest comedians working.” He currently has scores ofnational commercials and has a notable presence online through his web series THIS IS THE BULL@%t I’M TALKING ABOUT.
Barnett is a series regular on Discovery Family Channel’s “Babies Behaving Badly” and “Beasts Behaving Badly.” He was also the host of The Food Network’s MEALIN’ AND DEALIN’ and CHEAP EATS along with HBO’s BAD BOYS OF COMEDY, his ownCOMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS, his one-hour special, ISSUES,and his half-hour special, YEP… which gets millions of views online. Ty has been called “one to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter. His albums, GROWN MAN, BABY STEPS and ‘BOUT DAMN TIME are regularly featured on Sirius/XM.
You may have seen him in a recurring role on ‘TIL DEATH on FOX, LIFE IN PIECES on CBS, or perhaps the sitcomSAMANTHA WHO? NICKMOM NIGHT OUT or TOSH.0. He was also a guest star on NBC’s BROOKLYN NINE-NINE. With charm and style that transcend race and age, Ty’s ability to rock ANY and ALL audiences has made him an international favorite on stages from the South Side of Chicago to theaters in London. You don’t “go to” a Ty Barnett show, you “hang-out” with Ty Barnett!
Full Length Archive - 92 minutes
Kristin Key grew up a minister’s daughter in a small town in West Texas. Much like Footloose, she was raised in a no-drinking, no-dancing, no instrumental music environment, so she immediately took up drinking, dancing and playing an instrument. Proving that the almighty has a strange sense of humor, Kristin came out of the closet at 15. Needless to say, it did not go well. So, Kristin decided to “take it back”, retreat back into the closet, and try a little harder to be straight.
At 19, while in college to become a paramedic, Key signed up for Open Mic Night at the local comedy club. As soon as she took the stage she felt at home. Though her observations and wit made her a local favorite, she remained in the closet, fearful of losing her local fan base. Small shows in the Texas panhandle turned into 35 states worth of comedy over the next 5 years. Audiences couldn't help but love the original comedy songs and rapid-fire style of comedy coming from the "Preacher's Kid", and though female comics struggled to find work she was booked not for being a woman, but for simply being funny.
When Last Comic Standing held their auditions in Austin, Texas, she stood in line hoping for a chance to be seen. After 7 hours of waiting, she got her chance and her ticket to Hollywood to compete with the best in the comedy world. At the end of the season she stood among the final six and watched as her fan base exploded. With validation from millions of comedy fans, Key moved to L.A. and began preparing a new act to take on the road.
While participating in an anti-bullying fundraiser, Kristin finally broke her silence and decided to share her hilarious story of coming out, taking it back, living in the closet, and meeting her wife. After 15 years in comedy, Kristin has found a way to perfectly blend together her thought provoking hilarious true stories and original songs with outrageous off-the-cuff improv moments, ensuring that no two shows are the same.
She is most recognized for her appearance on Last Comic Standing, additional credits include: Comics Unleashed, VH- 1’s 100 Greatest Series, The Bob and Tom show and Sirius and XM Satellite Radio. She has released several comedy and music albums, including a new Christmas album, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Kristin” (now available on Amazon, Google, and iTunes). Much has changed from the dusty west Texas town of Amarillo to the bright lights of L.A. but the one thing that hasn't changed is that fast-paced quick witted comedy that has kept audiences rolling in the aisles from the beginning.
Full Archived Length - 95 minutes
Claudia Cagan answered questions like:
Claudia Cagan is a two-time EMMY-winning television producer for Entertainment Tonight, having started her career on the performing side of the business as production singer and personal assistant. She traveled all over the world with her sister, GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter, Melissa Manchester, until she made the transition into TV production.
Early on in her TV career, she was hired as a talent executive on THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW, where, besides booking TV and THEATER stars, she also booked the classic and up-coming comedians of the 90s, including MARGARET CHO, CHRIS ROCK, CHRIS TUCKER, MARTIN LAWRENCE, ELLEN DEGENERES, ROSIE O’DONNELL, HOWIE MANDEL, JERRY SEINFELD, GEORGE WALLACE, LEA DELARIA (the first openly gay female comedian to appear on a late-night talk show,) and many, many more.
Francisco “Cisco” Duran (b. 1986) is a stand-up comedian and entertainer from Miami, Florida. Cisco Duran moved to Miami at the age of 4 and started performing comedy at age 21. By age 23, Cisco was a finalist for Florida's Funniest Comedian and was subsequently named as one of the Top Ten Comics by Sunpost.com. Cisco has been featured on Kevin Hart's show on Comedy Central "Hart of the City, “Minuto de Fama” on América TeVé, AXS TV on Gotham Live, also as part of the Bucharest Comedy Festival (Romania), Big Sky Comedy Festival (Billings Montana), and has performed alongside the likes of Bobby Lee, Charlie Murphy, Loni Love, Eddie Griffin, and Hannibal Buress.
Cisco currently tours clubs, college's, and also travels with Carlos Mencia’s world tour as his Feature Act.
Born and raised in Miami, FL. Jc Currais mixes a larger than life stage persona with his high energy performance style. He has performed on Last Call with Carson Daly, FOX's Laughs and TBS's CONAN. He was named one of TBS's Top Comics to Watch at the New York Comedy Festival and one of the New Faces of Comedy at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.
Full Length Archive - 90 minutes
Barb North answered questions like:
Barb and her husband Steve, Founded Brook Forest Entertainment in 1985. The company has been involved in comedy development and production for 30 years, and branched off into management in 1994. The North's are no strangers to acting and comedy as they began their careers touring comedy and folk clubs and appeared on over 30 network and syndicated television shows in the late 70's and early 80's- before moving behind the camera. Writing and producing, the North's were Head Writers of the late 80's rendition of The Gong Show and wrote or produced for many others including Candid Camera, Make Me Laugh, Bachelor Party and Switcheroo. Additionally, they worked in development, created shows, and sold formats of shows they created in the expanding International market of the early 90's.
In 1992, the North pair created the successful home base for standup comedians at the L.A. Connection in Los Angeles, which, now in it's twelfth year, continues to offer private coaching, workshops and Industry Showcases for beginning and experienced comedians to have support, feedback and a safe place to grow.
Full Length Archive - 86 minutes
Daniel Franzese answered questions like:
Best known for his roles in Larry Clark’s “Bully”, and as Damian in Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls”. Danny is the creator of several live comedy shows including rock opera “Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin’ Rock Opera!”, and his one-man stand-up performances “I’ve Never Really Made the Kind of Money to Become a Mess” and “Yass! You’re Amazing!”
Full Length Archive - 85 minutes
Jimmy Shubert answered questions like:
Jimmy Shubert has built an impressive resume as an actor, both in film and on television. He can currently be seen in a movie entitled “American Nightmares” with Danny Trejo, Vivica Fox and, Jay Morh on Cinemax. He also just wrapped filming scenes in a new movie entitled “Puppy Love” with Hopper Penn, Michael Madsen and, Rosanne Arquette heading for a major theatrical release. As a comedian, he is one of the busiest comedians working today. After becoming a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and, being seen on Comedy Central as the closing act on Dave Atell’s Comedy Underground. He also just wrapped post- production on his brand new hour special entitled “Zero Tolerance” – soon to be seen on a premium cable network.
From headlining A list comedy clubs, casinos, theaters across the country. Shubert’s New-hour special ‘Zero Tolerance” is a theatrical presentation of Shubert’s stand-up persona of a blue collar working man’s man. He combines the outlook of a modern-day Archie Bunker with an utterly real world sensibility to create signature pieces of comedy, on Therapy cats, Smart Phones, Male grooming and, the dumbing down of America. Shubert loves playing the part of a pop culture Iconoclast.
In television, Shubert is also known for his recurring role on “King of Queens” for five years and several appearances on “Entourage”. Jimmy has a wide range as an actor and has played everything from a prison guard in a hostage crisis to a murder victim on “Monk.” He’s worked with such marquee names as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Katie Holmes, Kevin James, James Caan and the late Robin Williams. On the small screen, He recently did a guest star on IFC’s ”Maron” ABC’s “Back in the game” with James Caan, on the CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls”, He played Betty Whites neighbor. He appeared on Disney’s hit show “Zeke and Luther” as Bobby Dicey”-World’s Greatest Daredevil, and “Barely Legal” a pilot presentation about a dysfunctional family law firm, other TV credits include ” “Heist,” “The Loop,” “ER,” “Reno 911,” “Rude Awakenings,” “Angel,” “Lucky,” “New Car Smell,” “Sonny with a chance” and “Youth In Revolt.”
It was Jimmy’s performance as the lollipop-sucking strip club bouncer Vic jr. in Columbia Pictures’ “Go”, directed by Doug Liman, that jumpstarted his film career. He then starred in a short film, “Velocity Rules,” for producer Brett Ratner and director Patty Jenkins (“Monster & Wonder Woman ”) He has since landed roles in numerous films such as Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Coyote Ugly,” Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “One Hour Photo”, “The Italian Job”, and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”. He starred in a short film entitled “Wedding Jimmy,” and a feature entitled “Tales from the Crib”, it is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit soon to be theatrically released.
Jimmy recorded his first half-hour special for Comedy Central Presents at the Hudson Theater in New York City, which received rave reviews from critics and a standing ovation from the discerning New York audience. In addition, he has released three comedy albums, “Animal Instincts” “Pandemonium” & “Alive & kickin,” were produced by Grammy-winning producer Dan Schlissel and Stand Up Records. A veteran of live performance, Jimmy has performed all over the United States twice, China, Honk Kong, Singapore, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Korea and, he along with Drew Carey, performed for the troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan as part of the “America Supports You” program for the Defense Department and Armed Forces Entertainment.
A Philly native, growing up as the son of a Philadelphia Detective wasn’t easy for Jimmy. He says“ It was like having Lieutenant Colombo as a roommate, most of my childhood was an interrogation scene from Law & Order ” Jimmy and his band of six brothers were always getting into trouble, and being the middle child, Jimmy learned at an early age that a sense of humor could get him through any situation. He attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts and Majored in Drama. It was from those experiences in acting class that Jimmy knew he wanted to pursue a career in Show Business. Jimmy took an interest in Magic at 9 years old and by the age of 15, jimmy he had become an accomplished professional magician. He later channeled that energy into stand-up comedy. His unique ability to see the humor in social trends and deliver his poignant and hilarious point of view on world issues has made Shubert one of the most respected and original comedians working today.
Jimmy started performing right out of high school in comedy clubs around the Philly area. He later moved to Los Angeles and started working at the Comedy Store. It was at the Comedy Store where he later met Sam Kinison, and after taking him offstage on a Motorcycle at the Comedy Store’s Main room in front of a packed house , they became fast friends . Kinison liked Shubert’s cockeyed chutzpah and included him as one of the original “Outlaws of Comedy” which he toured with for five years, playing major casinos in Las Vegas and other venues like the Universal Amphitheater in front of audiences as large as 6,500 people. In 1997, after a well recognized performance at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal , he was spotted by the late Brandon Tartikoff , who signed Jimmy to a holding deal to develop a pilot sitcom for him to star in at 20th Century Fox, which led to another holding deal and then finally a Pilot.
Jimmy’s comedy routine is usually performed with an observational point of view, in comedic short-story form, and typically focuses on poking fun at pop culture. As AllMusic.com put it, “His confidence and lucid delivery enhances his humor, making even his most perverse moments hilarious.”
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