Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Fans of Walter the old man, José Jalapeno, Peanut the Woozel and Achmed the Dead Terrorist may not realize this, but the actual mastermind behind them all is their on-stage straight man, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. But we don't think Dunham minds sharing the spotlight with his alter egos because they've helped him become one of the biggest draws in comedy, which is evident by the sheer number of comedy specials he’s appeared in, and the size of the venues he's selling out. You can now read all about Jeff's (and all of his personalities') life story in the new book All By My Selves. You can also see him and all his pals on the new Comedy Central special, "Minding The Monsters" which airs on Sunday October 7th at 9PM. Follow Jeff on twitter.
Drinking With George
When people think of actor George Wendt, the first thing to come to mind is beer. Famous for his role as Norm on the popular and long-running sitcom Cheers, Wendt was rarely seen without a beer in his hand, which is why it makes perfect sense that he would write a book on the subject. In Drinking with George, Wendt shares fascinating facts, personal stories and odes to his favorite beverage. The next best thing to a barstool and a pint, this book is all the fun without the hangover.
FACTOID – You may also recognize Wendt from his “Da Bears” skits on “Saturday Night Live”
Anyone who has ever spent any time listening to the BOB&TOM show has no doubt heard a song by legendary comedian Heywood Banks. That’s because Heywood’s catalogue of classic tunes includes fan favorites like "Big Butter Jesus," "I Like Summer," "Toast," "18 Wheels on a Big Rig," "Punjab" and "Wiper Blades" just to name a few. In fact, Heywood has appeared on 36 of BOB&TOM’s comedy albums, more than any other artist by far. We’ve just been informed that Heywood may be adding to his already extensive list of songs when he visits us next. Now we’re just hoping he knows the lyrics. Check out Heywood in "GeoPirates."
For Geechy Guy, it's not just his look that's unique, he's also got a comedy style that is all his own. Geechy is a veteran of the industry, having appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and ending up on the original "Star Search" with Ed McMahon (where he defeated rival comic Ray Romano). He made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for telling the most jokes (676) in one hour. These days he's working in Vegas, performing in his stage show "Dirty Jokes." Geechy was also recently seen competing on the NBC game show "America's Got Talent." Follow Geechy on twitter.
It's time for another exciting episode of the best joke filled, news feature hosted by a stand-up comedian named Bob Zany, The Zany Report. But the Report isn't the only thing you'll get when Bob calls in, we'll also find out where he's playing next, Bing Crosby will tell a joke, and some lucky fan will win prizes after fixing one Zany's less than successful punch lines. So you'd better tune it because it's going to be huge! In other news, Bob was recently featured in the Matt Damon film, The Informant! and is the star of the new documentary Close But No Cigar: Bob Zany which you can find here and pre-order the 2-DVD set here. Follow Bob on Facebook and twitter. Bob also has a new Podcast, "The Bob Zany Show" with Zan Aufdeerheide.
Having More Fun Than You
In late 1997,Aaron Karo thought it would be fun to send out a humorous e-mail to a number of his friends while attending the University of Pennsylvania. Little did he know that soon, by forwarding and by word-of-mouth, his little regular e-mails would turn into a column called Ruminations on College Life. This in turn led to two Ruminations books, a successful stand-up career and a number of television appearances. Kara has also recently written a book titled I’m Having More Fun Than You, and released the digital stand-up album Just Go Talk to Her.