Sometimes comedy is a family affair – at least for Gary Valentine. Take for instance the way he was introduced to the world of comedy. "It was in 1988 when my mother signed me up for an open mic night at a local comedy club," Valentine said.
Where most comedians have to explain to their parents why they decided to give up their office job and toss out their college credentials to pursue a career in comedy, Valentine had his mother there egging him on.
Podcasts are all the rage these days. Whether you're a political junkie, music snob, science geek, foodie or basically a fan of any subject, chances are there is a podcast out there tailor-made for you.
And if you happen to be a fan of fandom? Look no further than Jackie Kashian's "Dork Forest."
For Jim Breuer, stand-up comedy is a crass and priceless art form. "It's probably the only thing you'll see live that's unedited and completely raw," he said. "You just don't know what you're getting when you go see live comedy, and I love that."
Breuer's breakout was his 1995-1998 stint on "Saturday Night Live," where one of his characters was the memorable-yet-slightly annoying Goat Boy.
Loni Love has appeared as a correspondent on "Dr. Oz" and on "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News". She can be seen providing commentary for VH1's "I Love the..." series, she's a regular panelist on "Chelsea Lately" and she's made numerous guest appearances on other television shows.
This is just a small portion of her ever-expanding catalog of television projects, a mode of exposure she has come to greatly appreciate.
For the past three years, Gilda’s LaughFest has given us a healthy dose of laughter for 10 straight days a year. It’s brought us giant stars like Bill Cosby and Betty White, up-and-comers like Anthony Jeselnik and Hannibal Buress and reminded us of the wealth of comedy we have at home.
Daniel Tosh brings his blend of crude humor and popular culture to Grand Rapids' DeVos Performance Hall on June 7 as part of his "June Gloom" tour, along with special guest Jerrod Carmichael.
Paula Poundstone makes being funny seem effortless. Whether she's providing commentary as a panelist on NPR's new quiz show, "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!," performing stand-up or simply having a casual conversation, she nonchalantly drops jokes left and right like it's second nature.
At the beginning of his comedy career, Godfrey C. Danchimah, Jr. felt his name was a bit of a mouthful for open mic nights around town. So, for the sake of simplification (and memorability), he decided to shorten it. Thus was born the comedian known as Godfrey.
In 1995, after a few years of building up his comedy chops at local Chicago comedy clubs, Godfrey took on a job as warm-up comedian for the show "Cosby," which was no small task for a young performer.
Michael Kosta may currently reside in L.A., but Michigan will always hold a special place in his heart. He grew up in Ann Arbor, served as the assistant men's Tennis coach at University of Michiagn and flaunts his Michigan Emmy on the cover of his live comedy album, Champion. He even got Michigan love at Grand Rapids' first Laughfest: Kosta won $10,000 in a stand-up comedy competition at Dr. Grins.
Before Kosta made a name for himself in the comedy world he played professional tennis, won four Big Ten championships and published a book, 101 Tips for Winning More Tennis Matches. While he was the assistant coach at University of Michigan he would perform at comedy clubs on the side, often for only twenty or thirty dollars a night.
Brian Regan doesn't have to lace his comedy with obscenities to be funny. In fact, to do so would be counterintuitive. "I have no problem with blue comedy from a fan perspective," Regan said. "But it's not natural for me as a performer."
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