Tom Papa

Tom Papa was personally chosen by Jerry Seinfeld to serve as host of NBC’s “The Marriage Ref” and has toured with him for the past eight years. As a veteran standup comedian, Papa has recorded two standup specials on Comedy Central and Steven Soderbergh (“Oceans 11”) is directing his next special due later this year. A familiar face to late night television, Papa has made numerous appearances on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Late Show with David Letterman.”

As an actor, Papa starred opposite Matt Damon in the Soderbergh film, “The Informant,” and he will star opposite Paul Giamatti in the upcoming animated feature, “The Haunted World of
El Super Beasto,” as the voice of El Super Beasto. He additionally had a voiceover role in the DreamWorks animated feature “Bee Movie” and also was a writer on the project. Among his other big screen credits are the films “Analyze That” opposite Robert DeNiro, and “Comedian.”

On television last year, Papa had a recurring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the CBS series, “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Papa opened his one-man show, “Only Human,” to rave reviews at the prestigious “Just for Laughs Festival” in Montreal and he continues to tour live with Jerry Seinfeld.

Papa currently splits his time between Los Angeles and New York with his wife and family.

 

 

Greg Hahn

From Corporate Employee to Corporate Entertainer!

A favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan Obrien, Comedy Central, CBS, ABC, FOX, MTV and CMT.

Greg Hahn has parlayed his absurdly energetic, all out style of physical humor, one liners and crowd work, into an act with no waiting for the funny, just immediate pandemonium and panic. His massive likeable and wild stylings have led to numerous television, club, corporate and now theater appearances throughout the country.

Developmentally arrested, Greg was raised in South Florida where in high school he amused the Catholic nuns by poking holes in his pockets enabling pens and pencils to shoot out of his pant leg.

As a college basketball player his tendency for half court shots got him benched.

As a Captain in the Marines Corps, Greg kept his men highly motivated and could not overemphasize that camouflage is continuous.

While a buyer for Lockheed Corporation, he thought “Why make $200 a day, when I can be a comedian and make that in a week!”

After several serious jobs where he refused to be serious, Greg turned pro as a stand up comedian and landed the absurd gig as emcee for a lumberjack show at Six Flags Great America. This show supplied him with a microphone, four huge audiences a day, drunk ax swinging lumberjacks, and a log rolling dog.

Soon afterwards, he worked as an actor in the Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show at Universal Studios. For $20 an hour, he’d run out, fall down a few times and get hit in the head with a stick.

He continually honed his unique style of comedy and headed to New York City.

While in New York, Greg developed into a touring headliner and costarred in the independent film Tomorrow Night which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Then, after successful shows at the Montreal and Chicago Comedy Festivals, Greg enjoyed hit television appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (NBC), Premium Blend (Comedy Central), Make Me Laugh (5 episodes, Comedy Central), Louis CK’s Pulp Comics (Comedy Central), 30 Seconds to Fame (Fox), Cedric the Entertainer Presents (Fox) and Star Search (CBS).

When appearing on Star Search, Greg was spotted by Tom Griswold of the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show. Greg has since established himself as a favorite guest on the show and starred on the Bob and Tom Comedy Central Special. He also headlines the Friends of The Bob & Tom Theater Tour, which included a stop at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Country Music Televisions’ “Comedy Stage” and insane appearances on “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen” have also added to Greg’s popularity across the country.

An appearance in the much anticipated independent mockumentary “Change Your Life” is also on the schedule.

Continuing to advance his career in film and television, Greg now lives in Los Angeles where in between shows and acting classes he goes ballistic on the drums and destroys his pathetic fellow comics in ping pong.

Get ready to laugh …

Milt Abel

“…A solid professional.”, “…Hilarious…”, “Very appropriate for the corporate environment.” These are quotes from just a few of Milt Abel’s corporate clients.

A stand-up comedian with over twenty years of professional experience, Milt has performed everywhere from television to cruise ships, from comedy clubs and college campuses to corporate events ranging in audience size of twenty to two thousand.

After a B.A. degree in drama Milt went right into a stand-up career and never looked back. He’s made numerous television appearances; several performances on An Evening At The Improv, and comedy specials for PBS and Showtime, and regularly performs for cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and Princess.

Milt’s style of stand-up comedy is clean, clever, and funny. His humor has always been devoid of stereotypes, cheap shots, or laughter at anyone’s expense; in other words , never divisive or derisive. With material focusing on everyday experiences about his wife and kids, travels, and how we relate to the world around us; audiences always come away feeling good about how they chose to laugh.

Milt is a writer as well; he’s written for Dennis Miller’s television show, and published a collection of humorous short stories, Stories from the Delux. With his writing ability and performance skills, Milt can make every show unique, enjoying the challenge of personalizing each show with jokes for that performance’s audience.

An expressive performer; The Denver Rocky Mountain News said, “Half the show is watching his face as he tells his stories.”

(quoted from a recent interview…)

What got you started in stand-up comedy?

“The brochures were very alluring. There was also a campus recruiter who had set up a booth with a banner reading; Wanna make fun of people and sleep ‘till noon?’ I became a victim of aggressive marketing.”

How would you describe your comedy?

“Observational, anecdotal. Neither divisive or derisive. I stay away from cheap shots because there is nothing worse than telling a joke you’re not proud of, and it doesn’t work. A good portion of my material comes from stories and observations about my wife and kids. I have a wonderful marriage and family life but it doesn’t sound exactly like that in my show, there’s no humor in ‘we all loved each other today and we were happy, happy, happy’.”

A favorite joke of yours?

“A friend of mine spent his entire life trying to find the secret to immortality… you know what his dying words were? “No, that’s not it.”

 

Wayne Cotter

Wayne Cotter is a favorite of the talk shows, having appeared dozens of times with both David Letterman and Jay Leno. With Leno, he also appears in a recurring role as a roving reporter for The Tonight Show. A top nationally touring comedian, Wayne hosted the Fox Television Network series “Comic Strip Live” for many years, and has been seen in the feature films “Spy Hard” and “The Aristocrats.” He also served as host of the long-running Discovery series “Amazing America,” a light-hearted look at weird and wacky subcultures throughout the United States. Often drawing on his previous life as an electrical engineer, software developer and manager, Wayne has become a highly sought-after entertainer for corporate events.

Very corporate friendly.

 

 

Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan has been a full time standup comedian for over twenty years. He has made two appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Since he was about 10 years old, Tom wanted to be a standup comedian. The first standup comedy he ever heard was Bill Cosby’s debut album that contained the famous Noah routine. Over the next few years, he also became a fan of David Brenner, Woody Allen and George Carlin. He listened to Carlin’s “FM and AM” album over and over again until he had it completely memorized. He used to recite the entire album to whoever would listen.

At 26, he left an insurance job in his hometown of Philadelphia to move to Florida where he got a job at a local golf course. The job lasted only 3 weeks. Ryan says, “Losing that job was the best thing that ever happened to me because it forced me to confront exactly what I wanted to do with my life.” He took a job as a doorman at the newly opened Comedy Corner in West Palm Beach. It was the lowest paying but most valuable job he ever had. It provided him with a complete comedy education watching acts such as Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller and Bill Hicks.

It was not long before Tom made his stage debut. Within two years he was working full time as a comedian. Since then Tom Ryan has worked steadily at comedy clubs, concert venues, corporate functions and colleges across the U.S. In addition to his Letterman appearances, he has also been featured on Showtime, A&E, Comedy Central and NBC. He has performed as the opening act in concert for B.B. King, Natalie Cole, Jeff Beck, Earth, Wind and Fire, Aretha Franklin, Tim Allen, Steven Wright, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dennis Miller just to name a few.

His original style makes it easy for him to write for special events. He has contributed monologue jokes to the award winning “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” and regularly headlines corporate events including Continental Airlines, Compaq, Morgan Stanley and Church and Dwight.

Tom believes that the best comedy comes from the most unlikely sources. Here is an example from his act: “I was driving around the other day and my oil light came on. But that little symbol looks nothing like an oil can. When it first came on I thought well, apparently my car is low on gravy.”

 

 

Dennis Regan

Dennis Regan was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He held a variety of jobs and owned a business before becoming a comedian in 1987. Starting out in small local clubs, he soon moved to New York, where he worked his way through the Manhattan comedy scene over a five year period.

Dennis has since been living the bizarre and quirky life of a road comic, spending some nights taking a spin in a stretch limousine, while spending others watching the spin cycle at the local Laundromat. Audiences all over the country have experienced his comedy, from nightclubs and cruise ships to colleges and corporations.

Dennis is the third of eight children. His brother, Brian Regan is also a successful, in-demand comedian.

 

His television credits include the “Late Show with David Letterman” “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, A&E’s “Evening at the Improv” and Showtime, among others.

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Mark Nizer

Mark Nizer has changed the way people view the world. The impossible is possible, the improbable is probable. Since winning the International Juggling Championship. Mark has taken his one man show to thousands of venues around the world, including The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 3 times.

His invention of new juggling tricks and juggling technologies, combined with his unique wit have set him apart from his peers. Imagine, 4 lasers being juggled at 1000 rpms, with the spinning laser beams dancing just above the audiences heads. You’ll see why Performance Magazine called his show “nothing less than brilliant.”

Original comedy, world class juggling , movement, music and technology, has made Mark’s performance one of the most popular corporate and theatrical events in the entertainment market today. Whether it’s 5 ping pong balls being thrown 20 feet in the air using only his mouth; or juggling a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16 pound bowling ball, you’ll never know what is possible until you see for yourself.

 

 

 

Chris Bliss

A fresh and captivating new voice in the tradition of American satire from Will Rogers to Dennis Miller, Chris Bliss delivers smart comedy for the information age.

Now a Tonight Show favorite, Chris was internationally known as an innovative variety artist before beginning his comedy career – touring with major artists from Eric Clapton to Julio Inglesias, and chosen by Michael Jackson as the opening act for his record-breaking “Victory Tour”

Insightful humor, capped off with a world-class variety finale that your audience won’t soon forget – Chris Bliss is two of the best in one outstanding performer.

*****

“proving smart comedy transcends politics and narrow-mindedness” – L.A. Times

“Simply superb” – Washington Post

” One of the brightest comics working…I really enjoy this man’s work” – Jay Leno

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gregory Wilson

Gregory WilsonGregory Wilson is much more than a magician. He calls himself a “deceptionist” who breaks laws and stereotypes at the same time! A world-class sleight of hand con- artist, he earns his laughs and his living on stage with pick-pocketing, char-sharking, street-swindling and mental manipulation. In his 45-minute show, nothing is what it seems. With a healthy dose of misdirection and psychological influence, you’ll become deeply mystified and love every deceptive minute of it! Greg is an “Honest Con,” after he steals your stuff he gives it back- most of the time. This is one “criminal act” that is world class – a must see for yourself!

 

Sean Laughlin

Sean Laughlin

Sean is recognized as one half of America’s top-billed variety teams. Sean has also been a headliner from coast-coast in the country’s top comedy venues, he has delighted audiences at the Improv, Catch A Rising Star and The Comedy Store. Sean has developed an act to suit a wide variety of audiences. With wild comedy and amazing juggling, he has a knack for bringing out the best in every performance.

Sean has worked a broad spectrum of venues from television to Las Vegas, to cruise ships. Whether it is for a family show, or a comedy club, Sean can tailor the show to meet your every need. For three years running, Sean has been rewarded the prestigious San Francisco Golden Hat Award. Also, the Las Vegas Journal as “Best New Comedy Team” has recently picked him. Winning critical acclaims in Europe at the 1995 Edinburgh Theater Festival, Sean is rapidly broadening his international appeal at many venues around the globe.

Russ Stolnack

RussStolnackIf a college could teach comedy, Russ Stolnack would have a Masters Degree. Class clown in the early years, morning radio personality for ten years plus television work as an actor and news reporter, have brought Russ experience and awards including six Emmy’s for writing and acting. As “The Executive Imposter” he creates memorable characters but without the Imposter disguise Russ is a clever, clean, incorrigible comedian.
Kick off, close out or break up the monotony of your next meeting or conference with a professional comedian. When Russ gets the whole group laughing and having fun they become more alert, more involved and more creative

 

 




 

Marianne Sierk

Originally from Rochester NY, Marianne moved to NYC after graduating from the Syracuse University Drama Department. She was a regular at Stand-Up NY in Manhattan and produced her own comedy shows anywhere she could – even if it meant a bar in a subway station or a restaurant basement. Her hard work paid off as she was the winner of the Hollywood Imporv Comedy Contest in 2003 and a finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival. She became a regular on VH1’s “All Access” series and got a spot on Comedy Central’s new series, “Live at Gotham”. She’s been featured on NBC’s “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen” and will be on the next 7 episodes of VH1’s “I Love the New Millenium”. She also taped the BBC’s “the World Stands Up”, a show featuring international comedians, in London last winter. Now an established professional comedian out of Los Angeles, she continues to tour the country making people laugh at comedy clubs, colleges, cruise ships, and corporate events nationwide.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham”
Featured Comedian on the Myspace Comedy Page for two weeks
Featured on the BBC’s, “The World Stands Up”
Taped an internet series for BudTB.com (All Improv)
Over 20 episodes on VH1 as a comic commentator
Taped 2 episodes of “Comics Unleashes with Byron Allen” on NBC
Finalist in The Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, NE
Regular on the Nationally Syndicated “Bob and Tom” Show
Winner of Hollywood Imporv’s 2003 Comedy Contest
Semi-Finalist at 2003 Boston Comedy Festival “New Faces” Contest
BA in Drama from Syracuse University
Regular on Sirius Satellite’s “Four Quotas”

 

John Caponera

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John Caponera always knew he wanted to be in show business but in what dimension was undetermined until the summer of 1979 when John entered a talent show at a local bar in Chicago. After doing several impressions, he walked away with the five hundred dollar winner’s pot and a realization that he might have something to offer in the world of comedy.

Caponera’s instincts proved right and after two years working the Chicago comedy club circuit, John took his act on the road where he was immediately accepted . He has honed his act over a seventeen year career performing to audiences all over the world. Caponera is considered a comic’s comic, a true professional offering a mix of material from topical to impressions to characterizations to stories and one liners.

Michael Paskevich of the Las Vegas Review-Journal writes:”Unafraid of letting a room grow quiet, Caponera sets his own intentionally erratic pace, pausing to perfection to complement his oddly timed but rewarding comic insights. The jokes are further bolstered by his talent for facial gestures that range from goofy to arrogant, making Caponera arguably the hottest club headliner going at present.”

Howell J. Malham Jr. of the Chicago Tribune writes: “Every so often, the kingdom of comedy is graced with a gifted, naturally refined performer who can effectively demonstrate the transcendental powers of the medium while making it look deceptively easy.”

You may recognize John as the star of his own sitcom called “The Good Life” or as the host of Comedy Central’s sport show “Jocks” and ESPN’s “Talk II”. Other credits include guest star appearances on “ER”, “Love & War”, “Blossom”, “Tales From The Crypt”, “The Tonight Show”, “The Dennis Miller Show”, “L.A. Law”, “NBC’s Miniseries Drug Wars”, “The John Laroquette Show”, “The Drew Carey Show”, “The Crew” and the “Espy Awards”.

Dick Hardwick

Dick Hardwick

What makes Dick Hardwick unique? He will tell you with a twinkle in his eyes, “I can do an entire routine without using a four letter word.” That’s a big part of why his wholesome, zany routines are in constant demand for conventions, meetings and Hollywood events. Working clean is very natural to this hard-working comedian.

Dick, is also an accomplished musician that amazes the audience with the many instruments he can skillfully slip into his stand up performance.

Dana Daniels

Dana DanielsDana Daniels has been called one of America’s top comedian magicians working today. In fact, he was awarded the 2007 Stage Magician of the year from the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. Dana can perform strolling close-up magic, he can be your Master of Ceremonies or he can deliver a one of a kind after dinner or day session show with his Psychic parrot, Luigi…yes Psychic Parrot! Your going to have to see him to believe it! Never a dull moment when you book this entertainer and your event will be remembered for years to come because “they always remember the entertainment!”

Chris Blackmore

Chris BlackmorePerforming as a Motivational Keynote Speaker, Clean Corporate Comedian, and Hilarious Comedy Magician, Chris Blackmore will energize and inspire while making sure that your guests laugh and learn with great memories that make a difference!

With hundreds of shows for Fortune 500 Corporations and Associations, Chris is a proven success in the Corporate Event market. He will help you achieve your event goals by customizing a show to your specifications.

Chris interacts with your guest and includes Key Personnel, Your Message, Slogans and Values.

Chris is the consummate entertainer! He is a seasoned comedian magician. A quick wit. And most importantly, he is one of those rare individuals who is easy to work with and genuinely cares about your needs and the all around success of your event.

The Clever Cleaver Brothers

Regis Philbin says “The Clever Cleaver Brothers aren’t just clever. They’re funny and can cook, too.” Leeza Gibbons notes, “Anything these guys do promises to be fun.” And, “Emmy” magazine adds, “They’re what you might get if Martin and Lewis graduated from The Cordon Bleu.”

The Clever Cleaver Brothers are Lee N. Gerovitz and Steve Cassarino—professional chefs who have turned their love for food and laughter into a unique career as media personalities, cookbook authors, and, as one pundit called them “stand-up chefs.”

Working without fancy equipment, costly pots and pans, or gourmet gadgets, Lee and Steve are known not just for their simple recipes, ang light hearted style, but also for their outlandish costumes. For a Ceasar salad, they may be dressed as Roman gladiators. Or perhaps they will be attired as Venetian Gondeliers to prepare lasagna!

These culinary cut-ups are regulars on the TV talk show circuit with appearances on “CBS This Morning,” “Dateline NBC,” “Live with Regis And Kathy Lee,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and many others. Their syndicated TV cooking vignettes “KITCHEN CUT-UPS!” are broadcasted in over 50 countries in five languages. They’ve authored a cookbook “cookin’ with the Cleavers,” plus their television recipes are available on a three volume home-video series.

When not in a television studio, The Clever Cleaver Brothers take their talents on the road presenting their Vegas-style cooking show at conventions, festivals, home shows, corporate meetings, and other special events. Imagine cloning Julia Childs with Roseanne, Paul Prudhomme with dom DeLuise, or Justin Wilson with Jeff Foxworthy. The Clever Cleaver Brothers on stage are what happens when Saturday afternoon’s TV cooking show meets “Saturday Night Live”—complete with costumes from Hollywood’s greatest epics.

Kevin Pollak

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Pollak kicked off 2003 by reuniting with Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, and the cast of “The Whole Nine Yards” to film a long-awaited sequel for Warner Brothers, “The Whole Ten Yards.” He plays Lazlo Gogolak, the father of his original character, Janni. In early March, he began filming the independent feature “Seven Times Lucky,” in the starring role. Recently, he has signed on to be one of the celebrity’s voices in Disney’s new animated feature, alongside Robert De Niro and Renee Zellweger. On the small screen, Pollack will guest host the Discovery Network’s “Movie Lover’s Roadtrip.” Pollack plans to continue performing stand-up comedy around the country between filming projects.

In 2002, Pollak garnered rave revies for his guest appearance as the station owner’s obnoxious son, Sydney Portenbody, on the critically acclaimed “Life With Bonnie.” He appeared in the box-office hit “The Santa Clause 2” with Tim Allen and completed a screenplay for Disney that will star Tim Allen. Calm Down Productions, Inc., the company Pollak formed with producing partner Lucy Webb, will produce Pollak’s writing and directorial debut next year.

Pollak is a veteran actor who has appeared on more then 50 feature films. He starred in “Stolen Summer,” the first film to be produced by HBO’s and Miramax’s Project Greenlight, with Aiden Quinn and Bonnie Hunt. He teamed with superstar comedian Eddie Murphy to do the hit comedy “Dr. DoLittle 2.

2001 marked Pollak’s return to the stage as he headlined a 20 city stand-up comedy since the age of 10. He became a touring professional stand-up at age 20, and then in 1988 landed a role in George Lucas’ “Willow,” directed by Ron Howard. In 1990, he co-starred in Barry Levinson’s “Avalon” for which he received an overwhelming response from the film community. It was Pollak’s role in the 1992 film “A Few Good Men,” directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore, that garnered him fellowship among a select group of highly respected character actors.

In 1995, Pollak distinguished himself among a stellar ensemble cast in Bryan Singers sleeper hit “The Usual Suspects” and won a prestigious award from
The National Board of Review. The film also won two Academy Awards and became an international sensation. Other highlights include working with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in martin Scorsese’s “Casino” and co-starring with Jack Lemmon and Walter Mattheau in the box-office success “Grumpy Old Men” and its sequel, “Grumpier Old Men.” His production company opened the play “All Grown Up and No Place To Go” in San Francisco to sensational reviews.

In 1997, Pollak starred in the “Underworld”, a crime telepic for Warner Bros. And NBC, which he co-created and co-executive produced with Chris McQuarrie (Academy Award –Winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects) and his producing partner Lucy Webb.

In 1999, Pollak starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gabriel Byrne in Universal Pictures’ “End of Days,” directed by Peter Hyams. He followed this performance with a starring role in the political thriller “Deterrence.” This was Rod Lurie’s (The Contender”) first feature. The film was later sold to Paramount Classics and received critical acclaim at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.

Pollak makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife and enjoys reading, playing poker and good cigars.