Friday, June 5, 2009
Chris Hardwick is on a mission. He wants to prove once and for all that being a nerd is nothing to be ashamed of; that one can live the “Nerdist” lifestyle without being a stereotypical geekwad. He’s doing this with stand-up comedy, writing for WIRED Magazine, writing horror movie soundtracks and starring in movies like Terminator 3 and House of 1000 Corpses. He's also the host of "Talking Dead," a show that takes a deeper look at AMC's hit zombie drama "The Walking Dead." You can follow Chris on facebook and twitter.
Is that John Madden, Dr. Phil, Charles Barkley, Robin Williams, Al Pacino, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in the studio at the same time? No, it's just comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo, but we can see where you'd be fooled. Caliendo was the star of the TBS show, "Frank TV," has appeared on a number of late night programs, had his own Vegas show for many years, and is the new comedic component of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. Follow Frank on facebook and twitter.
Standup comedian Don Barnhart was one of the first ever graduates of the Second City Conservatory in Los Angeles. Since earning his diploma (we're assuming you you do in fact get a diploma), he’s built a career touring the world, headlining comedy clubs over 200 nights a year and dispensing his brand of physical facial expressions, witty, off-the-wall observations and upbeat, fast paced, improvisational comedy. In addition to his work on stage, Barnhart is also an accomplished actor and director. Along with a couple of national commercial spots, Barnhart wrote, starred and directed the movie China Dolls. He's also been seen in the films Species, In the Army Now and Apollo 13.
Big Nose Little Dog
Comedian Mario DiGiorgio hasn’t been in the business long, but when you can win a “Funniest Person in Austin” contest less than a year after joining the profession, you know you’ve made a good career move. The to add to his resume, he followed that up by becoming a finalist in the HBO/Aspen Open Call for Stand-Up; was a finalist in Comedy Central’s "Laugh Riots" competition and was the principal comic in an Anheuser-Busch industrial commercial. These days, Mario can be found touring the country with an ever-swelling catalogue of smart, inventive material. Along with his budding stand-up career, Mario has also started his own clothing line called BigNoseLittleDog, and wrote the uplifting book A Cynic’s Guide to a Rich and Full Life.
The Great American Storyteller
Known as one of the great story tellers in comedy, "Tonight Show" veteran Ron Shock doesn’t have to write a lot of material, because almost all of his stories are true. When you’ve lived a life as adventurous as his, it’s almost impossible to make anything up. Before becoming a comedian, Ron studied to be a priest, was on a chain gang in Louisiana, was arrested for being a jewel thief, then spent time in prison. But that’s not all, when he got out of prison he became the VP of a Fortune 500 Company and an inventor who holds three patents in electronics. Now, with all that excitement behind him, Shock has turned to stand-up comedy and taken his tales on the road to clubs across the country.