Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Winston Cup Champion Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip began racing go-karts in the Midwest in the late 1970s and early 80's. But when Waltrip first broke into NASCAR it wasn't with a bang. Though his NEXTEL Cup career began in 1985, by the year 2000 he had gone 462 starts without a win and had earned only two pole positions. That's why it was such a surprise when racing legend Dale Earnhardt chose Waltrip to drive the NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet for his new DEI racing team. That changed everything. After that, Michael went on to win a number of races, including two Daytona 500s. Now in semi-retirement from racing, Michael runs his own racing team, is the host of "Inside NASCAR" on Showtime, has organized a comedy tour, and is on a book tour promoting his new work, "In the Blink of an Eye." Follow Michael on Twitter and facebook.
It's time for another exciting episode of the best joke filled, news feature hosted by a stand-up comedian named Bob Zany, The Zany Report. But the Report isn't the only thing you'll get when Bob calls in, we'll also find out where he's playing next, Bing Crosby will tell a joke, and some lucky fan will win prizes after fixing one Zany's less than successful punch lines. So you'd better tune it because it's going to be huge! In other news, Bob was recently featured in the Matt Damon film, The Informant! and is the star of the new documentary Close But No Cigar: Bob Zany which you can find here and pre-order the 2-DVD set here. Follow Bob on Facebook and twitter. Bob also has a new Podcast, "The Bob Zany Show" with Zan Aufdeerheide.
Larry the Cable Guy
Larry the Cable Guy has officially done it all. His written best selling books, released chart topping stand-up DVDs and CDs, starred in a number of movies, and provided the voice of Mater in the smash hit animated Pixar films Cars and Cars 2. Currently you can also find him on the History Channel hosting his the show "Only in America," and voicing an animated version of himself on CMT's "Bounty Hunters." Follow Larry on facebook and twitter.
A former stand-up comedian, Bill Scheft decided a number of years ago that he preferred writing the jokes to telling them. That's what's made him such a valuable asset to "The Late Show w/ David Letterman," where he's one of the head writers for Dave's famous opening monologues. He also contributed to the new book, The Late Show Fun Facts, authored by Letterman and the other Late Show writers. But this isn't Bill's only published work, he's also the author of three novels, The Ringer, Time Won't Let Me, and Everything Hurts (with a fourth novel, Shrink Thyself, on the way in April). His newest book is The Final Four of Everything. Check out Bill's band, The Truants. Follow Bill Scheft on twitter. And if you're a golf fan, you'll enjoy this book Bill put together of stories collected from his Uncle about The Masters.
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.