Thursday, March 3, 2011
Back in the day, Brad Garrett was one of our most frequent and memorable guests. He was not only a good friend of ours, he was also one of the best and unique stand-up comedians in the country. Then he went into TV, and soon everybody loved Brad. For almost a decade he played Ray Romano's brother on the hit television series "Everybody Loves Raymond." After that show ended, Brad would go on to star in his own FOX sitcom, "'Til Death." With his deep voice and larger than life personality, he also became a hit in the animated film scene, starring in Finding Nemo, Tangled and Ratatouille. Now back on the stand-up scene, his is a show you can't afford to miss.
Andy Kindler is a legend among his peers for being one of the bravest men in comedy, because while many others write jokes about relationships, airlines, bathroom habits or even pop culture, Andy enjoys talking about a topic that has long been taboo, the profession of stand-up comedy. For example, not only does Kindler give a humorous dissertation on “The State of the Industry” at the world famous Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal each year, he's also the author of the National Lampoon article, The Hack’s Handbook, which is a satirical "how-to guide" for up and coming comics. When not analyzing the joke business, Andy is a regular contributor to "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Daily Show" and hosts "Live at Gotham" on Comedy Central. Andy has also served as one of the judges on NBC's reality show "Last Comic Standing" and was the voice of Mort the Mortician on the FOX animated series "Bob's Burgers." Follow Andy on Twitter.
If you ask him, or check out his media kit, Mark Sweeney will tell you he's a "professional comedian," even though his credits also include acting roles in "Boston Public," "The Visitor," and "Days of Our Lives." Along with those TV programs, Sweenz has also starred in several independent films which leads us to believe he's done a lot of porn. The four years he spent in the US Marines were forgettable, either that or he just can't remember them. Though his military history is a bit fuzzy, he's constantly being reminded that at some point he attended college, which is why he's still on the run from the student loan collectors. Mark Sweeney has also recently written his first book, Court Jester: The Making of a Comedian. Follow Mark on twitter.
Tommy Johnagin began his stand-up career at the ripe young age of 18, a decision his parents were less than thrilled with. But how could they argue this life choice when their son obviously possessed a gift for joke telling, and more importantly, promised to pay them back for the six semesters of college he "wasted." While on stage (and hopefully on the air) Tommy doesn’t curse, but what he does do is find the humor in his life and the people he meets, (especially in his practical joke loving father). Tommy has been featured on the "Late Show with David Letterman" and and was a finalist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing." Follow Tommy on twitter. Tommy's new album, "Stand Up Comedy 2" is available now!
With as much time as Christina Pazsitzky spends on television you’d wonder how she has time for stand-up at all. You can catch her each week on E1 on “Wildest TV Moments,” she was a member of MTV’s “Road Rules Australia,” was a regional finalist on “Last Comic Standing,” regularly appears on "Chelsea Lately" and is a featured comedian on Animal Planet’s “The A List.” She’s also a veteran of film having appeared in TV: the Movie with the boys from “Jackass” and as lent her voice to the animated films Strawberry Shortcake and Dr. Doolittle. On the stand-up front, Christina placed 2nd in California’s Funniest Female contest and was given the “Up and Coming Writer” award in Animation Magazine. Here's Christina's commercial. You can also follow her on twitter.
After leaving the warmth and love of his childhood home in Elkhart, IN, Andy Woodhull hit the road to try and make it as a stand-up comedian. Since then, he's won a number of comedy competitions, got beat up in Boston, was invited to perform at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and has found a new home in Chicago.