Friday, June 4, 2010
Costaki Economopoulos is a comedian, true, but he's also a football fan. Those two factors alone make him the perfect candidate to give us a comedic look back at the NFL each week with his new feature that's also been picked up by The Huffington Post and Bleacher Report. With his Greek heritage, it's not surprising that he's been described as a “joke philosopher,” and we're sure he's not the only one saying that. Costaki is also a talented joke writer who's punchlines have been heard on "The Tonight Show," Showtime, BET, and MTV. Follow Costaki on facebook and twitter.
If you're a fan of Comedy Central, you've probably come across comedian Joe DeRosa. Not only has he had his own Comedy Central Presents special, he's also been featured on Premium Blend and went on two with two of the network's tours, Chappelle's Block Party Tour and Dave Attell's Insomniac Tour. Along with those TV appearances, this Pennsylvania native has also been seen on HBO and on "Last Call with Carson Daly." Follow Joe on twitter and facebook.
Tom Simmons is somewhat of an enigma having been born in New York City but then raised in the deep south. With theses polar opposites as a foundation, Tom was destined to either become a standup comedian or spend a lifetime in psychotherapy. Luckily for his insurance company, he choose comedy. Tom's goal as a comedian is not just to make people laugh (though he prides himself on doing just that), he wants to be listed among the best of the best, so that maybe one day the name Simmons will be used in the same conversations as Seinfeld, Carlin and Rock. And with an act that covers a broad range of topics, and appeals to a wide variety of people, he may be well on his way.
Chuck Norris Can't Be Stopped
A graduate of Brown University, Ian Spector has been working in the digital and creative services world for almost ten years. His web properties have received over 200 million visitors from around the world and he has been featured on CBS, ABC and VH1. In 2005, Ian created www.4Q.cc, the website which created the "Chuck Norris Facts" meme. The success of the website led Ian to author of three books, including The Truth About Chuck Norris and his newest book Chuck Norris Cannot Be Stopped. After the success of 4Q, Ian began focusing on practical and creative web application development and associated digital marketing. From 2008-2009 he served as president of the Brown University Entrepreneurship Program. Today he is a member of the program's advisory board and volunteers his time consulting startups.
Almost an Idol
Mother, musician and Ohio native Crystal Bowersox was arguably the best contestant on season nine of "American Idol," but when the final votes were tallied, she came up just short, becoming the first runner-up on the hit FOX reality show. Self described as a folk rock and blues singer, Bowersox has been playing guitar and singing since the age of ten. Though she didn’t win, she does have the distinction of being the final person critiqued by judge Simon Cowell when he said “That was outstanding.”
Singer/songwriter and lovely blonde beauty Elizabeth Cook has just released her fifth studio album titled Welder, a tribute to her daddy who she used to watch weld as a child. Cook made her Grand Ole Opry debut on March 17, 2000, appearing repeatedly thereafter -- a remarkable achievement considering that, at the time, she was an indie artist with no radio airplay. But such was the excitement generated by her clear, beautiful voice, strong songwriting ability, and live performances, all of which have drawn comparisons to younger, critically respected artists like Kelly Willis and legends such as Dolly Parton.