Friday, June 19, 2009
Mike Birbiglia is not only a popular and successful stand-up comedian (currently on the "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" tour), he's also the star of the one-man off-Broadway show "Sleepwalk With Me," the author of the book, “Sleepwalk With Me And Other Painfully True Stories,” and the writer, star and director of the new film Sleepwalk with Me which was based on his one-man-show, which was based on his life. The film recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where Mike won the Best Of NEXT audience award. The movie is now playing in theaters across the country. Mike is on twitter and facebook.
John Feinstein is one of the most celebrated and enjoyed sports writers of all time. From the hardwood of basketball (A Season on the Brink), to the football gridiron (Next Man Up) and even the lushes green fairways of golf (A Good Walk Spoiled), Feinstein has covered and written a book on just about every major sporting event known to man, but he also occasionally writes mystery novels including Change-Up, Last Shot, Cover-Up and his newest book Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics. If you'd like to know more about Feinstein, check out his blog Feinstein On the Brink.
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.
If you think it takes guts to become a cage fighter, try doing stand-up comedy for a living. Ask Collin Moulton, he’ll tell you, he’s a veteran of both. Holding a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Moulton has no fear when entering the octagon for a mixed-martial arts match. But he’s also just as comfortable doing battle with audiences while on stage in clubs across the country, throwing jokes at them so fast they can't help but submit to laughter.
Kenny Smith (not the one on TNT's NBA pre-game show), is a young comedian on the rise Just ask him, he’ll tell you. Already a favorite on the college circuit, Smith has been working hard and making a name for himself in comedy clubs across the country, while at the same time always keeping his eyes open for any television opportunities that may come along. So if you know anybody, make sure you give Kenny a call. Young, fresh, loaded with energy, and just a lot of fun to be around, Kenny Smith is a guy who knows how to stir things up and keep audiences roaring with laughter. All of which are import skills in the world of comedy.