Friday, May 21, 2010
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."
Mike Birbiglia is not only a popular and successful stand-up comedian, he's also starred in the one-man off-Broadway shows "Sleepwalk With Me" and "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend," is the author of the book, “Sleepwalk With Me And Other Painfully True Stories,” and wrote, starred in and directed the film Sleepwalk with Me (which was based on his one-man-show, which in turn was based on his real life experiences). The film received much critical acclaim and also won the the Best Of NEXT audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. Mike is currently back out on tour. You can follow Mike on twitter and facebook.
One of the Greats
Fuzzy Zoeller is one of the great characters and competitors in PGA tour history. He’s also one of the more successful. Over the course of his career, he’s won 10 PGA Tour events including the 1979 Masters and the 1984 U.S. Open, and he hasn’t slowed down one bit since joining the Champions Tour. Since joining the ranks of the other senior golfers, Zoeller has added another major (the 2002 Senior PGA Championship) along with four other tour wins. Outside of playing golf, Fuzzy enjoys hunting, fishing and designing golf courses. To date, he’s designed 19 golf courses, three of which are utilized on the PGA Tour. In other news, the Fuzzy brand has recently branched out into Vodka, and the world famous golfer has also teamed up with Vision Racing for this years Indianapolis 500.
FACTOID – Fuzzy Zoeller’s Masters win is still the only victory posted by a Masters rookie.
Hit the Bricks
Growing up with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his backyard with Laura and step-father Tony George as parents, Ed Carpenter was no stranger to racing. Before he became a regular in the IndyCar Series, Carpenter was a short track racer in the United States Auto Club (USAC) midget, sprint and Silver Crown Series. He made his midget debut in 1998 at the now defunct 16th Street Speedway, just down the road from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carpenter has driven for Vision Racing in the Indy Car Series since the team's inaugural season in 2005 and has more starts for the team than any other driver. He currently claims the team's best start of fourth (Michigan 2006, Homestead 2009) , as well as the team's best start (10th) and the team's best finish (5th) at the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing", the Indianapolis 500.
Like the Beer
Unlike most comedians, Sam Adams didn't jump into stand-up until he was 41-years-old. But it didn't take this Colorado based comedian long to be noticed; he was a winner at the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival. Off the record, Sam Adams has more than 20 years of experience as a sports journalist, with appearances on ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS and NFL Network. In 2003 he received the Print Journalist of the Year award from the Colorado Association of Black Journalists. Sam Adams has covered championship events at all levels - most notable four Super Bowls, two Olympics, two NCAA men's basketball Final Fours, one Stanley Cup Finals and one World Series.