Thursday, September 22, 2011
Maria Bamford most defining feature while on stage is her voice, er, voices. During her act, Bamford slips in and out of characters as she tells stories about her dysfuctional family, dealing with her agent, or just other people in general. Her style of comedy is unique, which has helped her catapult herself toward the top of the trade, being named one of Variety Magazine's Top Ten Comedians to Watch. She was also featured on the Comedians of Comedy tour, does voice-overs for a number of cartoons, and was voted one of Comedy Central's Top Ten Comics. Follow Maria on twitter and facebook.
Comedian Jackie Kashian got her first taste for comedy while heckling Sam Kinison in a Madison, WI comedy club back in 1985. Management told her that if she wanted to be the center of attention, open mic night was on Sundays. 25 Years later, she’s the one on stage dealing with drunk patrons. This L.A. resident has starred in a couple of one-woman shows, has been featured on Comedy Central, NBC, VH1, A&E and ABC Australia and guest starred as a cop on the last season of "Murphy Brown." Follow Jackie on twitter.
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.