Friday, March 11, 2011
Born and raised in New Jersey, Kevin Smith first broke on to the scene with his underground film, Clerks, in 1994. Since then, he and his "View Askew" team have created a number of cult classics such as Mallrats and Dogma, plus theatrical hits like Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. And though Smith has enjoyed mainstream success, he's recently went against the grain and created a hit film without the help of "Hollywood," called Red State. With all that said, it's easy to see that Kevin Smith is one successful guy... but how did he do it? You can find out the answers to that and many more questions about Kevin in his new biography Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. Check out Kevin's Podcast and Teaser Trailer. Follow Kevin on Twitter
Actor Jim Belushi has been a mainstay on television for decades now. With a background in improv and comedy, Belushi broke into show business as a writer and actor on "Saturday Night Live." He then transitioned into feature films such as Curly Sue, Mr. Destiny, K-9 and Jingle All the Way. In recent years, Belushi returned to television, starring for eight seasons in the sitcom "According to Jim," and now in the new CBS legal drama "The Defenders," which airs Fridays at 8PM on CBS.
Though Dan Cummins' first time on stage was less than spectacular and included a number of props, a wig and a loss of self-respect, he still discovered his true calling. Fortunately for him (and for those that go to his shows) his comedy act has evolved into one that places more emphasis on sarcasm, dark intellect and making people laugh and less on props. This has helped Dan become a favorite in comedy clubs and college campuses across the country. He's also become a regular on television including appearances on "Live at Gotham," "Comedy Central Presents," "The Late, Late Show" and "Last Comic Standing." Follow Dan on Twitter and Facebook
From the time she turned 18, Nikki Glaser has been performing stand-up comedy. Beginning her career while attending the University of Kansas, Glaser wasn't s shy about skipping class to pursue her dream, including taking time off to make it all the way to the semi-finals of "Last Comic Standing." Since then she's been making the most of her English degree by going into comedy full time. She now headlines clubs across the country, performed at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and appeared on "The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno." Follow Nikki on Twitter and facebook
Gabe Kea is like no other comedian you'll find working today. Mostly, because he's not working. But when he does, he charms and entertains crowds with his fresh and original style of dynamic, well-crafted comedy. Gabe began his career in stand-up comedy after a post-college vacation to Europe where he discovered a talent for connecting with foreigners through his engaging stories and friendly demeanor. Europe is also where he discovered it would be best to refer to himself as "Canadian" rather than "American." He was named "Funniest Person in Cincinnati" just months after moving there. Kea was able to win while juggling the responsibilities of running and judging the contest at the same time. An investigation is currently underway. Follow Gabe on Twitter and facebook
With a big smile and even bigger dreams, Erin Jackson finally broke free of her negative family and was able to begin perusing her dreams of becoming a standup comedian. It didn’t take her long to make a name for herself on the East coast, becoming a fan favorite in both Baltimore and Washington DC. After conquering our nation’s capitol, she began venturing our across the rest of the country, and even won the Oxygen Network’s comedy competition, So You Think You’re Funny.
Mark Viera became fascinated with stand-up comedy at an early age. Planted in front of the TV as a kid, Mark enjoyed the comedic talents he saw on the screen so much, he knew he wanted to emulate them. Through impressions and observations, Viera has been entertaining crowds all over the country, including the biggest clubs in the New York area (his hometown). Viera has mad a guest appearance on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock," and is a member of the group "Top Dogs of Comedy."