Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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.
Mike Birbiglia is not only a popular and successful stand-up comedian (currently on the "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" tour), he's also the star of the one-man off-Broadway show "Sleepwalk With Me," the author of the book, “Sleepwalk With Me And Other Painfully True Stories,” and the writer, star and director of the new film Sleepwalk with Me which was based on his one-man-show, which was based on his life. The film recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where Mike won the Best Of NEXT audience award. The movie is now playing in theaters across the country. Mike is on twitter and facebook.
Neal Brennan is a director, writer, actor, and comedian. He began his writing career at the age of 20 on the MTV dating game show, “Singled Out,” and the Nickelodeon sketch show, “All That.” Three years later, he and his writing partner Dave Chappelle wrote the stoner cult classic, Half Baked. Chappelle and Brennan also teamed up to work on the extremely popular series “Chappelle’s Show.” They wrote and produced virtually every sketch themselves and Brennan even received Three Emmy nominations from his work on the show. One for directing “Rick James,” the other two for writing and producing.
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.