Comedians Eric Has Worked With
Over his long career performing as a magician and comedian, Eric Thompson has had the opportunity to work with some of the most famous and highly talented performers in show business. Whether the venue is large or small, the audience is of any demographic, or young or old, The Magic & Comedy of Eric Thompson is a perfect fit.
The Magic & Comedy of Eric Thompson has been performed before of a variety of audiences. From a small comedy club seating, only 100 to an auditorium seating more than 600 to a performing arts music hall filled with nearly 3,000 people, Eric’s act can be adapted for any audience or any occasion.
Eric has been the headline performer or the opening act during his long career as an entertainer. While there are many more comedians than we could list that Eric has shared the stage with and is influenced by, here are just a few of his favorites.
In addition to his twenty-two year hosting duties with The Tonight Show, Jay Leno is a huge draw at thousands of comedy clubs across the USA and Canada and has been since beginning his career in stand-up comedy in the early 1970’s.
Comedian, actor, and screenwriter Tom Arnold began his career as a moderately successful prop comic in comedy clubs during the early 1980s. He began wringing for the very popular ABC-TV sitcom "Roseanne" in 1983. He went on to have a starring role on the show from 1989 until 1993.
Arnold has gone on to star in many television series and has held roles in more than 120 feature films. Tom's acting has received critical acclaim and recognition including a Golden a Globe for Best TV Comedy while he was a "Roseanne" producer; MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Comedic Performance in "True Lies"; Nominated For Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Comedy Role for "Happy Endings"; Peabody Award for public service; GLADD Media Vanguard Award winner; among others. He now hosts a very successful weekly podcast titled "Tom Arnold. 100% True. Pretty Much." which features his unique, comedic perspective on life followed by an in-depth interview with some of the biggest celebrities from Hollywood, sports, and politics.
This photo of Eric and Tom was taken backstage between shows at Hilarities Comedy Theater in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2016.
Sinbad is a comedian, actor and writer who has enjoyed a very long and successful career on comedy club and theater stages, as well as on television and in movies.
He began performing stand-up comedy in clubs during the late 1970s. His first widely recognized television appearance was in 1983 on the talent competition show "Star Search" with The Tonight Show's Ed McMahon. Sinbad made it all the way to the finals, beating a number of talented comedians along the way, including a Dennis Miller.
In 1986 Sinbad was cast in a starring role on the short-lived sitcom "The Redd Foxx Show." In 1987 he had a guest starring role on "The Cosby Show." The following year he became a member of the cast of the television sitcom "A Different World" until 1991. Since then, Sinbad has made appearances on a wide variety of programs.
Sinbad was listed at #78 on Comedy Central's 100 Best Comedians Of All Time list. He has been one of the most popular comedians on tour, selling out comedy clubs and theaters for four decades.
Paula Poundstone is a hilariously talented stand-up comedian, author and actress. Beginning in the late 1980s, she performed a series of comedy specials for HBO. She is a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and other variety talk shows. She is a frequent contributor and guest on several National Public Radio programs. Comedy Central Television rated her at number 88 in the top 100 comedians of all time. She tours extensively often selling out theaters and music halls across North America. Poundstone has written several books and released numerous comedy CDs and videos. In this photo, Eric and Paula are spending some time together following a show in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Theater in the fall of 2015.
Rain Pryor is a comedian, director, producer, actor, educator, activist, dynamic speaker, and mother. Pryor is a hilarious comedy writer, storyteller and headlining stand-up comedian in her own right. Although some of her stand-up act consists of stories about her father, arguably the greatest stand-up comedian to have ever lived, Richard Pryor, she has admirably forged out an entertainment career of her own identity.
“Fried Chicken and Latkes” is her award-winning solo show which is based on her own life. She has played to sold-out crowds and standing ovations every night at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, and repeated that success at the Culture Project in New York, Chicago, Ohio, Virginia, Texas, and in Scotland.
In addition to her constant schedule on theatrical stages around the world and selling out comedy club showrooms, she hosts the morning cable news show "Rise & Shine" on ARISE TV.
Sandra Bernhard began her comedy career in the mid-1970s at the infamous Comedy Store in Los Angeles with a class of comedians that included Jay Leno, David Letterman, Robin Williams, and many others who went on to great fame.
Her popularity quickly grew and she won a supporting role on the critically acclaimed "Richard Pryor Show" in 1977. After guesting on several talk shows including Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, she earned a starring role in Martin Scorsese's "The King Of Comedy" opposite Jerry Lewis and Robert Deniro. Bernhard won the best-supporting-actress award for her performance in that 1983 film. She was a constant guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show and many others. In 1991, Bernhard joined the cast of the hit ABC television show "Roseanne" playing the part of Nancy. She was part of the ensemble cast through 1997. Her film credits include Cheech & Chong's "Nice Dreams," Sesame Street's "Follow That Bird," "Truth Or Dare" with Madonna, "Zoolander" with Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell, and more, 38 in total. Comedy Central Television rated Sandra Bernhard #97 on their list of "The 100 greatest Stand-Up Comedians Of All Time."
W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell is an internationally touring stand-up comedian, sociopolitical comic, cable television host, podcast host, writer, producer and community/racial justice activist. The New York Times called W. Kamau Bell “...the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Bell's full-time comedy tour "Laughter Against The Machine" and his one man shows "The W. Kamau Bell Curve" and "Solving Racism In About An Hour" play to sold out theaters across North America.
He is known throughout the world as the host of the former FX Cable Network series "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" and his current Emmy nominated CNN documentary series "United Shades of America." His television work has been recognized by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Award and was nominated for both a NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Award.
According to many comedians, W. Kamau Bell is one of the most hilarious comics touring today. Robin Williams called him "... ferociously funny..." And he is cited by both Dave Chapelle and Chris Rock as one of their favorite stand-up comics.
Tammy Pescatelli is one of the funniest comedians to perform on stage or screen in the last twenty years! Born in Cleveland, and raised in northeast Ohio, Tammy has won Comedy Central's StandUp Showdown and was a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing. Her 2016 comedy special titled Finding The Funny was released as a Netflix exclusive and immediately went to #3 on iTunes.
She has performed numerous times as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Call with Carson Daly, The Bonnie Hunt Show, The View, Comedy Central Presents, The Dennis Miller Show, The Talk, Comics Unleashed, and many others. Pescatelli co-created, executive produced, wrote and starred in a reality television show on WE Television Network. The show titled A Standup Mother aired in 2011-2013. Pescatelli is a regular guest on The Bob & Tom Radio Show, The Opie & Anthony Show, The Howard Stern Show and is a fixture on the comedy channels of Sirius XM Radio.
I was honored to have shared the stage with the legendary comedian Dick Gregory in the summer of 2016 at The Improv Comedy Club where, at the age of 84, he continued to entertain sold out venues throughout North America.
Born October 12, 1932, Dick Gregory is an American civil rights activist, writer, and comedian. After serving two years in the US Army, he moved to Chicago in 1956 to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. He quickly became part of a new generation of black comedians that included Nipsey Russell, Bill Cosby, and Godfrey Cambridge, all of whom broke with the minstrel tradition, which presented stereotypical black characters. For his comedy material, Gregory drew on current events, especially racial issues. He was one of the first black comedians to gain widespread acclaim performing for white audiences. Gregory described the history of black comics as limited. He said, "Blacks could sing and dance in the white nightclubs but weren't allowed to stand flat-footed and talk to white folks, which is what a comic does." Gregory is listed at number 82 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time.
He and his wife, Lillian, were married in 1959 and had 11 children.
Marsha Warfield is once again touring comedy clubs and small theaters with her own hilarious one woman comedy show. Warfield is best known for her 1986–1992 role of Roz Russell on the popular NBC sitcom "Night Court." Roz was a tough, no-nonsense bailiff in Judge Harry Stone's (Harry Anderson) court. She also starred with Richard Mulligan in the sitcom "Empty Nest" as Dr. Maxine Douglas (1993-95). She earned her comedy chops as a writer and performer on the first season of "The Richard Pryor Show" in 1977. Warfield appeared in feature films such as "D.C. Cab" (1983) and “Mask” (1985), "Caddyshack II" (1988), among others. She hosted "The Marsha Warfield Show" in the early 1990s and has made guest appearances on many television shows, including Riptide, Family Ties, Clueless, Cheers, Living Single and Star Dates. She has also made many comedy performance appearances. She hosted a nationally syndicated television show called “The Comedy Shop” from 1978 through 1981.
Kevin Farley is an actor, production designer, musical composer and stand-up comedian. Farley's work has been diverse and plentiful. He has appeared in such blockbuster films as "Tommy Boy" and "Black Sheep" with his brother, Chris. He had roles in "The Water Boy" opposite Adam Sandler and "Joe Dirt" with David Spade. Farley was cast in several national advertising campaigns for Dairy Queen and Hertz Rental Cars before returning to acting with parts in television and cable shows, including "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "That's So Raven" and "An American Carol" with Kelsey Grammer and Jon Voight. More recently Kevin has appeared on "Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "Rules of Engagement," "Hot In Cleveland," "'Til Death," "Superstore" and many others. In 2015, Kevin appeared in the documentary "I Am Chris Farley" alongside Adam Sandler and Dan Aykroyd. The film documented the life of his brother, comedian/actor Chris Farley. Beginning in 2017 he starred in the CMT series "Still The King" and Bill Burr's Netflix series "F Is For Family." On top of his many on-screen projects, Kevin Farley's live performances remain a huge draw as he sells out comedy club shows from coast to coast.
Award winning actor and stand-up comedian Steve Hytner is best known for his role as Kenny Bania on the NBC series Seinfeld. He has also appeared in episodes of Friends, Modern Family, The King of Queens, Two and a Half Men, Dharma and Greg, The X-Files, Lois & Clark, That's So Raven, George Lopez, CSI, Boston Legal, Mike & Molly, Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.
His movie roles include “In the Line of Fire” (Clint Eastwood), “Forces of Nature” (Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock), “The Marrying Man” (Alec Baldwin), “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” (Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz) , “The Haunted Mansion” (Eddie Murphy), “The Prophecy” (Christopher Walken), to name a few.
In addition to his many television and film appearances, Hytner performs hundreds of shows in comedy clubs, theaters and at corporate events across North America each year.
One of Eric's closest friends on the comedy entertainment stage is the wildly creative and hilarious comedian Bill Boronkay. The two have worked together, writing and performing shows in many comedy clubs over the past several years.
After college, he quickly became one of the country's fastest rising sportscasters. Boronkay won five Emmy Awards. He worked his way up the industry ladder and was a runner-up for an anchor position on ESPN's SportsCenter. Continuing to work host various television programs, Boronkay started performing stand-up comedy on the side. Before long, he left his television career and moved to New York to pursue comedy full time. Bill has appeared been on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, SportsTime Ohio, Fox Sports Ohio and Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. He's also been heard on ESPN Radio, the nationally syndicated, "Bob & Tom Show" and various radio stations throughout the country.
Boronkay lives and works from his base of New York City, but his current multi-year tour schedule has him entertaining audiences in hundreds of comedy clubs and theaters across North America.
Jay Boc is a funny, creative and uniquely talented veteran of thousands of performances across North American comedy clubs, theaters, as well as movies and television. Jay has appeared on many television series including "C.H.I.P.s," "The Rockford Files," "Baretta," "Isis" and several movies including "Escape From New York" and "The Octagon."
Jay has also been a fan favorite at many comedy festivals including The Las Vegas Comedy Festival and The Cleveland Comedy Festival. He has served several tours entertaining the US Military on bases around the world.
Jay and Eric have performed together many times over the years.
Hannibal Buress is an internationally touring comedian and award-winning Saturday Night Live writer who may be better known to many television viewers as Dr. Lincoln Rice, DDS, from the Comedy Central series "Broad City." He has also guest-starred on many television shows including "Bob's Burgers," "The Mindy Project," "Louie," and "30 Rock," among others. He has appeared in more than a dozen films including "The Kings of Summer," "Neighbors," "Angry Birds," and "Baywatch." He is highly awarded for both his comedy performance and writing. He has won "Funniest Person In Chicago" for his comedy club performances, an Emmy Award nomination for his writing on both "Saturday Night Live" in 2010 and "30 Rock" in 2012, and more.
He became infamous for making the rape allegation jokes against Bill Cosby in late 2014 which led to Cosby undergoing a media firestorm, followed by rape and molestation allegations made by dozens of women from Cosby's lengthy career on TV and movies. While these jokes sent Cosby's career into a tailspin, it caused Buress' career to go viral as he immediately became one of the most sought-after personalities for interviews, articles, and television appearances.
Comedian Basile is a comedic force with a worldwide fan base. He sells out shows across North America as well as around the world. Basile has entertained millions of comedy fans in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa. His unique blend of improvisation, characters and finely written jokes have made him one of the most sought after comedians in the entertainment industry.
Basile is a veteran of many television appearances around the world including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, HBO, Showtime, NBC, Comedy Central, A&E, ESPN, The Food Network and more. He is a regular on Armed Forces Radio, Sirius/XM Radio, among others. He is the voice of Bullwinkle J. Moose at Universal Studios Productions and The Cartoon Network. In addition, he voices many animated characters for Japanese television’s anime programming.
Eric shared the stage with Basile during four sold-out shows as part of Basile’s two hundred city world tour titled “Dysfunctionally Yours.” In this picture, they are on stage together at The Funny Farm Comedy Club in Ohio.
Bonnie McFarlane is a veteran stand-up comedian. Her late-night guest spots include appearances with David Letterman, The Tonight Show and The Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She was a guest on “Tough Crowd” with Colin Quinn, “Red Eye” with Greg Gutfeld and several others including being a finalist on the second season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” She starred in her own HBO Stand-Up Special and has many appearances on Comedy Central. Bonnie has been a guest star on “The Drew Carey Show” and on “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” She hosted Nickelodeon comedy special “Mom’s Night Out” and is a regular on Sirius/XM Radio. She is often accompanied by her young daughter, Rayna Lynn Vos, while on tour. Bonnie is married to comedian Rich Vos. Together they host and produce a highly rated and critically acclaimed weekly podcast called “My Wife Hates Me.”
In this picture taken after a show in a comedy club in Akron, Ohio, Eric is seen with Comedian Bill Boronkay, Comedian Bonnie McFarlane, and her daughter Rayna Lynn.
A career spanning over 25 years has seen Ohio native comedian Kenny Miller perform in nearly three dozen US states and seven other countries. From comedy clubs and college campuses to resorts and casino showrooms, Kenny Miller has shared the stage with such acts as Tim Allen, Bob Saget, Steve Harvey, Drew Carey and many others.
In addition, for nearly twenty years, Kenny Miller has headlined his own show on board the many cruise ships of Carnival Cruise Lines. Kenny has performed hundreds of shows for thousands of cruise line passengers all across the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
Some of the biggest laughs have come during the many shows that Eric Thompson and Kenny Miller have performed together. Here is a photo from one of Kenny's recent comedy club appearances with The Comedy & Magic of Eric Thompson and that shows opening act, Cleveland's own funny man Jay Jay Johnson.
As one of the funniest comedians ever, Jeni has appeared on The Tonight Show more times than any other comedian in history! He has had specials on Showtime, HBO and Comedy Central and has appeared in many movies including “The Mask” with Jim Carrey, “Platypus Man” and thousands of comedy club shows around the world.
Jimmie JJ Walker
Jimmie began performing in comedy clubs in 1969 and has never stopped. He is most famous for his role as J.J. on the CBS sitcom “Good Times” where he became well known for his catchphrase “Dy-No-Mite!”
Ritch Shydner appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Arsenio Hall Show numerous times. He starred in a HBO One Night Stand special. He was a guest on Comics Unleashed. He played Al Bundy's co-worker on "Married... with Children" and made guest appearances on many other TV shows such as "Designing Women," "Roseanne" and "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist." His film roles include "Beverly Hills Cop" with Eddie Murphey and "Roxanne" with Steve Martin.
Shydner was a staff writer on sitcoms as Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Becker, among others. He has also written for many other comedians and performers. Early in his career he wrote for MAD Magazine and National Lampoon.
I had the opportunity to share the stage with Shydner several times over the years, most memorably at the original Cleveland Comedy Club and at Tickles Comedy Club in Pittsburgh, PA., both in the early and mid-1980s. We stayed in touch through the years. This photo is from an evening together in Cleveland in early 2016.
Marc Price is best known for his role as Irwin "Skippy" Handelman on the NBC TV series "Family Ties" during the mid to late 1980s. In addition, Price had major roles in the cult classic "Trick Or Treat" starring opposite Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne. He starred with Kevin Dillon in the movie "The Rescue" in 1988. Beginning in 1989 he hosted the Disney Channel game show "Teen Win Lose Or Draw" until 1992.
He has been performing stand-up comedy in clubs across North America for more than twenty years. In 2006, he was a contestant on NBC's "Last Comic Standing." Price has toured with Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld as well as many other comedians. In addition, he has acted, written, produced and directed shows for Disney a Channel, Food Network, Animal Planet, GSN, Showtime, TBS and FOX Sports.
Jeff Blanchard started performing comedy in while a student at Kent State University in the late 1980s. Up until then, he had been heavily involved in theater. After college where he majored in film and theater, he found steady work in improvisation, commercials, theater productions, and industrial trade films. He was a founding member of the Cabaret Dada Improvisational Theater and The Something Dada Improv Comedy Company on West 6th street. He spent the next six years dividing his time between working the Cabaret Dada Improv Theater, a regular contributor to Fox 8 in the Morning and the WOIO Browns per game TV program, Tailgate 19. He also spent nearly three years as half of the Scott & Jeff Morning Radio Show on Cleveland's WNCX. During that entire time, he regularly had stage time at The Cleveland Improv Comedy Club where he quickly worked his way up to headliner and crowd favorite. With longtime friend and business partner, Blanchard has founded The Comedy Project Alliance, a conservatory for comedy on Cleveland's east side. The CPA teaches and regularly performs stand-up, sketch, improv, film and theatrical comedy.
Blanchard is widely considered one of the funniest comedians in northeast Ohio and a favorite in clubs across the country.
Writer, comedian and television actor and veteran of thousands of performances in comedy clubs and cruise ships around the world, Tim has worked as a screenwriter on Nickelodeon shows “The Fairly Odd Parents” and “SpongeBob Square Pants” as well as his work on “Family Guy” and appearing as a recurring character on “The Drew Carey Show.”
Andrew "Dice" Clay
Star of many HBO, Showtime and TV specials and shows as well as roles in over a dozen movies, comedian and actor Dice has made his mark on the world of comedy.
Angela has had roles on “Sex And The City,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Cosby Show” and has appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show” as well as being a best-selling author.
A writer for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show and appearances on NBC, CMT, NPR and The Bob & Tom Show are just a few of the credits touted by Chili. He also a hard-working touring comedian working in thousands of comedy clubs across the USA.
Bill has had starring roles on many legendary TV shows like “Growing Pains,” “Just The Ten Of Us,” “Fernwood 2nite,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Frasier,” “Night Court,” “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night With David Letterman,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” HBO, Showtime and many others.
Prior to his fame as an actor (Full House) and TV host, Bob kept a busy schedule of touring comedy clubs across North America.
Bruce "Babyman" Baum
Bruce Baum’s credits include roles on TV shows such as “Growing Pains,” “Full House,” “Northern Exposure,” “The Simpsons,” “The Gary Shandling Show,” HBO, Showtime and dozens of Tonight Show appearances, as well as thousands of comedy club headlining slots around the world.
Lee Camp is a celebrated comedian, writer, actor and political activist. Roseanne Barr calls him, "Super impressive.” Dick Gregory says he is “Smart, clever, wonderful.” John Oliver describes him as, “An incredibly funny man.” Rolling Stone Magazine refers to his political comedy as "Hilarious... Spot on... Really gets the crowd roaring!"
Lee Camp is the head writer and host of “Redacted Tonight” on RT America. Camp has been a guest on Showtime's “The Green Room" and was featured in the best-selling book “iSatiristas!” He was a writer and star of a Comedy Central's "Fresh Debate" and is a frequent contributor to The Onion. Lee Camp's talents have been widely featured on BBC’s “Newsnight," MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” "Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer” and several segments on ABC's Good Morning America. He was a featured performer at the 2008 Democratic National. His show was voted Best Political Comedy by Comedy Smack, "Best of The Fest” at Montreal Comedy Festival, was named a finalist in New York Comedy Festival’s Funniest Comic Contest, and topped both The Hollywood Reporter's list of best comedians and Variety Magazine's list of favorite comedians.
Murray Langston (The Unknown Comic)
With over 150 appearances on television, including “The Sonny & Cher Show,” “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” “The Redd Foxx Show,” “The Midnight Special,” “Candid Camera” and others, Langston will always be loved and remembered from his numerous appearances as The Unknown Comic on “The Gong Show.”
After performing in comedy clubs for a few years, Dan went on to become one of the most successful writers and producers in television history. He has worked on Cheers, Frasier, Modern Family, The King Of Queens, Suddenly Susan and Newhart, among others. Dan has earned more than a dozen Emmy Awards, Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for his writing and producing work.
With appearances and guest roles on “Seinfeld,” Comedy Central, Showtime and A&E; Evening At The Improv, Adam Leslie solidified his comedic role as a show business funny man.
Krish Mohan is a socially conscious Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges and other venues across the country. He focuses on idea-based stand-up comedy, tackling race, religion, immigration, relationships, political and social issues. With his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor, Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds. Over the years, Mohan has shared the stage with many nationally touring superstars of comedy. He has been featured on NPR and as part of The Fringe Comedy Festival and The Arch City Comedy Festival. Krish is a regular contributor to the Indie Bohemians, heard worldwide on iHeartRadio. Krish is also the host, writer of the weekly satire web series “Fork Full of Noodles." Krish also hosts a highly rated podcast called “Taboo Table Talk” where guests discuss socio-political topics. He recently released his fifth comedy CD and has been featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers including The Washington Post, which called him "... Brilliant!"
Before his own TV show and game show hosting fame, Drew was the house emcee at The Cleveland Comedy Club and toured comedy clubs across the USA.
In addition to performing in thousands of comedy clubs across Europe and the USA, Phillips has had roles in many TV shows including “Miami Vice,” “Dr. Katz,” “Space Ghost” and many others including Letterman, Leno and Arsenio Hall.
Dom Irrera is a legendary stand-up comedian. He has sold out hundreds of comedy club dates across North America since first taking the stage in the early 1980s. His numerous talk show appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Conan O'Brien Show. During his 35+ year career he has appeared on many television shows, most notably The Drew Carey Show, The King of Queens, Becker, Everybody Loves Raymond, Home Improvement, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Seinfeld, Russell Peters' Best Night Ever, Caroline in the City, Boy Meets World, The Golden Girls, The Best of Just For Laughs, and Lois & Clark, among others. His movie roles include the Cohen brothers' The Big Lebowski, Rodney Dangerfield's The Godson, Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle, and others. Irrera is a regular performer at many comedy festivals around the world including more than 15 appearances at The Cat Laughs in Kilkenny, Ireland, Just For Laughs in Montreal, Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia, and at Edinburgh Festival's Assembly Hall in Scotland. He is number 79 on Comedy Central's list of the top comedians of all time.
Glenn has appeared on Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV, The Tonight Show, Letterman and thousands of comedy club stages in his long career.
Along with his famous movie roles and many Hollywood awards, Jim Carrey is first and foremost a hard-working comedian having worked in thousands of comedy clubs around the world.
Mark has starred on Nickelodeon’s “Weinerville,” “Saturday Night Live,” Showtime, HBO, Sesame Street and as several characters on “Dora The Explorer.” He has also appeared on many comedy club and theater stages throughout the USA.
Comedian and humorist Pat Paulsen, best known for his recurring roles on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” and “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In” as well as several other TV shows in the 1960’s and 1970’s including “The Odd Couple,” “The Monkees,” “The Wild Wild West,” “Get Smart,” “Love American Style,” “The Bob Hope Show” and many others. Paulsen ran for president in 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1992 and 1996. Paulsen also appeared in nightclubs, theaters, and conventions throughout the country.
Phil Van Tee
Phil has been performing in comedy clubs and theaters for a very long time. His hilarious talent has led to roles on several TV shows.
His TV credits include Showtime, “The Phil Donahue Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “Seinfeld,” “The Drew Carey Show,” and others. He is a huge draw at thousands of comedy clubs across the United States.
David Brenner was a stand-up comedian, actor, and author. He holds the title as the most frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1970s and 1980s and was a pioneer of observational comedy. He guest hosted, filling in for Johnny Carson over 70 times. He was named by Comedy Central TV as one of the top 100 stand-up comedians of all time. He authored five books, produced over a hundred TV documentaries and toured the world as a comedian. In the 1970s and 1980s, he appeared on TV with Ed Sullivan, Mike Douglas, David Frost, Larry King, David Letterman, Bill Maher, Howard Stern and many others.
Best known as the wise-cracking waitress on the ABC sitcom “What’s Happening,” Hemphill was one of the hardest working and most respected comedians performing in comedy clubs in the United States.
Comedian, author, actor and producer Chad Zumock grew up a native of northeast Ohio. While enrolled at Kent State University, Zumock was actively involved with Last Call – a popular late-night sketch comedy show airing on the student-run campus TV network. After graduating from Kent State in 2001, Zumock continued his involvement with Last Call as it transitioned into the wildly popular sketch comedy troupe Last Call Cleveland. In 2005, Zumock moved to Los Angeles to further his career in stand-up comedy. He opened for several major acts, including Dave Attell, Daniel Tosh, Nick Swardson, Jeff Ross, and Sarah Silverman, among others. Zumock also served as a writer for shows on the Comedy Central. Zumock returned to Cleveland when he was hired on as co-host for an afternoon talk show airing on Cleveland's WMMS, 100.7 FM. Chad left WMMS to devote more time to his stand-up tour beginning in 2012. In 2015, Zumock became a recurring guest host on the Bob & Tom Show Radio Show, a nationally syndicated program.
Zumock and Eric Thompson have shared the stage at several comedy shows. Zumock is among those comedians who consistently bring Thompson to uproarious laughter.
Comedian Tim Cavanaugh's Comedic song parodies first received national exposure on the Dr. Demento Radio Show in the 1980s. Tim has been featured on Sirius XM and the BBC as well as radio stations in nearly every market in North America.
In 1997, Tim released his first CD, "Sounds Like Fun!" By then he had become a regular guest on "The Bob & Tom Show," a nationally syndicated radio show heard in 130 markets. Since then Tim has released four CDs of comedy songs and music parodies.
Tim has performed on Comedy Central, ABC, NBC, Showtime, WGN America, and HBO. He is a contributing writer of the book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes. He also authored another book titled "Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian Soul." That book is now in its sixth printing. Tim has made well over 200 appearances on The Bob & Tom Show.
Tim regularly tours the United States and Canada performing in comedy clubs and theaters as well as the Caribbean as a headlining entertainer on Carnival Cruise Lines.
Gallagher began touring in comedy clubs in 1969. He made several appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in the 1970s and 1980s. He performed nearly two dozen one-hour comedy specials for Showtime Cable, HBO, and Comedy Central. Gallagher is consistently rated as one of the most recognizable comedians, making Comedy Central's Top 100 Comedians of All Time. His signature sketch is a pitch for the "Sledge-O-Matic," a large wooden mallet that he uses to smash a variety of food items and other objects, culminating with a watermelon, which sprays the entire audience to their delight. Gallagher famously uses wordplay in his act, pointing out the eccentricities of the English language.
Todd Bridges is an accomplished stand-up comedian and iconic actor in movies and on television. Bridges appeared on "The Waltons," "Little House on the Prairie," and the landmark miniseries "Roots". He was a regular guest star on the "Barney Miller." But it was playing Willis Jackson, on the long-running sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" that made his a household name.
Bridges defeated Vanilla Ice on a 2002 episode of "Celebrity Boxing. He made a guest appearance as a contestant on "Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling" on the CMT Network. Over the years Bridges has had rolls on such iconic series as "Love Boat," CHiPs," "The Facts of Life," "The Ben Stiller Show," "L.A. Heat," "The Young & The Restless," "Dr. Oz," "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Everybody Hates Chris" among others.
In addition to working on several television pilots and scripts, Bridges is currently touring comedy clubs and theaters across the United States where he performs hundreds of stand up comedy shows each year in addition to his one-man show. The venues are always full, usually sold out audiences.