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Charlie Sanders (actor)

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Charlie Sanders (actor)

Charles Henry Sanders (born August 22, 1979) is an American actor, comedian, and Writers Guild Award–winning writer[1] best known for starring as Officer Joe Stubeck in the MTV comedy-action series Death Valley, writing on all five seasons of Key & Peele and creating the YouTube Premium series Weird City. Early life Sanders was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota - the eldest of three brothers - and grew up in Saint Paul where he graduated from St. Paul Central High School in 1998. While in high school he participated in Central Touring Theatre Company (alongside fellow comedians Nick Swardson and Colton Dunn) as well as the swim team and later began performing at ComedySportz in Minneapolis.[2] Sanders worked at Bryant-Lake Bowl doing sound for comedy shows, while briefly attending the University of Minnesota.[2] He then moved to New York City in 2001 where he began regularly performing improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCBT), where he was a member of the improv groups "Polic

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Tom Schiller

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Tom Schiller

Tom Schiller is an American writer best known for his eleven-year stint writing and directing short films for Saturday Night Live (following the show's original short film makers Albert Brooks and Gary Weis). His films, often featuring members of the original SNL cast, aired on the program in a segment titled, "Schiller's Reel." He is the son of TV comedy writer/producer Bob Schiller. Career Schiller was part of the original 1975 writing team when Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC. Notable films included the Federico Fellini send-up "La Dolce Gilda" and "Don't Look Back in Anger", which depicted an elderly John Belushi as the last living "Not Ready For Primetime Player" and dancing on the graves of his deceased castmembers. (Ironically, Belushi would be the first SNL cast member to die, four years after the film first aired.) Another favorite was "Java Junkie", a send-up of a 1950s-style cautionary film about a coffee addict (played by Peter Aykroyd). Schiller wrote and directed the short film "Love Is a D

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Rob Schrab

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Rob Schrab

Robby Christopher Schrab (born November 12, 1969) is an American comic book creator, actor, comedian, writer, and film and television producer. He is the creator of the comic book Scud: The Disposable Assassin, co-writer of the feature film Monster House, co-creator of the competitive film festival Channel 101, and the co-creator of Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program. He is a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He has directed three seasons of The Sarah Silverman Program and episodes of Childrens Hospital, Blue Mountain State, Community, Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project , Workaholics and the second season of the Netflix reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Film and television Schrab and long-time writing partner Dan Harmon wrote the 2006 feature film Monster House, later rewritten by Pamela Pettler.[1] They wrote the film based on a pitch they had originally made in 1998."The Lost Projects of Dan Harmon". Vulture. 24 May 2012. It was Harmon and Schrab's first feature

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Paul Schrier

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Paul Schrier

Paul Schrier II[1] (born June 1, 1970) is an American actor. He is known for his role of Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier in the Power Rangers series.[2] He portrayed the character for seven seasons from 1993–1999, returning in 2011 for the eighteenth season of Power Rangers Samurai, and was the last original cast member to leave the show. Schrier has also done some directing work, directing a few Power Rangers episodes, 16 episodes of the Hello Kitty animated series, and a short film, "An Easy Thing". He is also an artist, having worked on the comic book The Red Star. In 2017, he starred in his first animation voice role as Flonk in Cartoon Network's Mighty Magiswords. Filmography Anime roles Daigunder - Bone Rex Eagle Riders - Ollie Keeawani Teknoman - Teknoman Saber / Cain Carter Live action / TV roles Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1996) - Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier (main role, credited) / Primator (voice, uncredited) / Bratboy (voice, uncredited) Masked Rider (1995) - Fire Bug (voice) Power Rang

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Andrew Schulz

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Andrew Schulz

Andrew Cameron Schulz (born October 30, 1983) is an American comedian from New York. He is known for his work on Guy Code, The Brilliant Idiots podcast and the Amazon original series Sneaky Pete. Career Stand up comedy In September 2017, Schulz self-released his first comedy special, "4:4:1".[1] His special aired on YouTube where it has amassed over 1.4 million views.[2] In June 2018, Schulz followed up with his debut comedy album, "5:5:1".[1] Within the album's first week of release, it earned number one ranking on the iTunes comedy album charts, Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon.[1] For the week of June 23, 2018, the album was number one on the Billboard comedy album charts.[3] Television, film and web series Schulz has hosted and or appeared on numerous MTV2 shows including Jobs That Don't Suck, Guy Code, Guy Court, Girl Code and The Hook Up.[4] In 2015, he starred in the short-lived IFC series Benders.[5] He also acted in Amazon's Sneaky Pete (2015, 2017), Hulu's There's Johnny! (2017) and HBO's Cra

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Bradford Scobie

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Bradford Scobie

Bradford Scobie in 2008 Bradford Scobie is a New York City performance artist and comedian who performs a wide array of one-man musical comedy routines in the guise of Doctor Donut and other absurd characters.[1] Doctor Donut The comical supervillain Doctor Donut is Scobie's best known onstage persona. In this guise Scobie wears a dirty white leotard, blackened teeth, a massive false eyebrow and nearly identical mustache, an éclair hanging down the front of his crotch, a giant donut with the words "Doctor Donut" on his head, and fake donuts hanging all over his body.[2] L Magazine lauded Doctor Donut as "genius", The Village Voice has called this character "hilarious", and The New York Times deemed this ludicrous creation "Brilliant."[1][2][3] As this character, Scobie appeared alongside other artists from Manhattan's avant-garde arts scene in Shortbus, a 2006 American comedy-drama film written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell.[1] Other characters Other bizarre characters created by Scobie include

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Willard Scott

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Willard Scott

Willard Herman Scott Jr. (born March 7, 1934) is an American weather presenter, author, television personality, actor, clown, comedian and radio personality, best known for his TV work on the Today show and as the creator and original portrayer of Ronald McDonald.[1] Early years Scott was born in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 7, 1934, and attended George Washington High School. He showed an interest in broadcasting as a 16-year-old, working in 1950 as an NBC page at WRC (AM), NBC's owned-and-operated radio station in Washington, D.C.[2] Scott then attended American University, where he worked alongside fellow student Ed Walker at WAMU-AM, the university's radio station (1951–1953). Scott became a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity while at American University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and religion.[2] Career Joy Boys radio show From 1955 to 1972, Scott teamed with Walker as co-host of the nightly Joy Boys radio program on NBC-owned WRC radio. (This was interrupted from

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Joseph Scrimshaw

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Joseph Scrimshaw

Joseph Scrimshaw is an American comedian and writer for radio, television and theater, whom City Pages, a Twin Cities newspaper, describes as having an "irreverent and insightful wit."[1] He is the author of a book of comic essays called Comedy of Doom and hosts a monthly podcast called Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw, where he and his guests discuss their obsessions. He performs across the country in a variety of venues, including comedy festivals like San Francisco's SketchFest and science fiction conventions such as Dragon Con and CONvergence, and his plays have been performed internationally. He has collaborated with performer Bill Corbett on a number of plays and written for RiffTrax, Corbett's joint comedy venture with Kevin Murphy and Michael J. Nelson. Scrimshaw has toured with musicians Molly Lewis and the Doubleclicks, and performed live for musician Jonathan Coulton's JoCo Cruise and the geek vaudeville w00tstock. Scrimshaw has been involved with writing and performing for American Public Media's ra

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Shangela Laquifa Wadley

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Shangela Laquifa Wadley

Shangela Laquifa Wadley, born Darius Jeremy Pierce and often mononymously addressed as Shangela,[1] is an American drag queen, reality television personality and actor best known for competing on RuPaul's Drag Race. Shangela was the first contestant eliminated in season two, and returned as a surprise contestant in the series' third season, placing sixth. She returned once again for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars where she finished in third/fourth place alongside winner of the first season, BeBe Zahara Benet. Shangela has also made several television appearances and regularly performs across the United States and Canada.[2] New York magazine named Shangela one of the top 100 Most Powerful Drag Queens in America in June 2019.[3] Early life Pierce grew up in Paris, Texas, the only child of a mother in the United States Army who traveled frequently for her work. He was raised by an extended family, including a grandfather who worked as a ranch hand at pig and cattle farms.[4][5] He was a mal

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Larry Siegel

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Larry Siegel

Lawrence H. Siegel (October 29, 1925 – August 20, 2019) was an American comedy writer and satirist who wrote for television, stage, magazines, records, and books. He won three Emmys as Head Writer during four seasons of The Carol Burnett Show along with one Writers Guild award and a dozen Emmy and Writers Guild nominations for his work in television comedy on shows like Burnett and Laugh-In. He was one of Mad Magazine's top movie satire writers, and a proud member of the "usual gang of idiots" for almost 33 years as well as one of the earliest humor and satire writers for Playboy. He was also a WWII Veteran, and the only American comedy writer to have ever won both an Emmy and a Purple Heart. Early life Siegel was born in New York City on October 29, 1925 to a family of Jewish descent.[1] His first published work was a poem, Oh Dear What Can Sinatra Be?, which tweaked both the singer and his bobbysoxer fans, and ran in Earl Wilson's syndicated newspaper column in 1943. The verse read in part: A quivering

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Chuck Sklar

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Chuck Sklar

Chuck Sklar is an American comedian, film and television writer, and television producer. He is known for comedy writing on various shows, including The Chris Rock Show, The Man Show, and Weekends at the D.L. In 2012, Sklar and Chris Rock produced a pilot featuring San Francisco comedian, W. Kamau Bell, launching the FX television network show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.[1] Chuck Sklar was the lead role in Louis C.K.'s Tomorrow Night as Charles, a misanthropic photoshop owner.[2] He also appeared in the 1997 independent comedy movie Who's the Caboose? starring Sarah Silverman. Sklar is a poker enthusiast, winning over $150,000 in a 2010 Legends of Poker Tournament. References Goldberg, Lesley (July 28, 2012). "TCA 2012: FX's W. Kamau Bell, Chris Rock, Russell Brand on Sarah Palin, Chick-Fil-A, Charlie Sheen and Louis C.K." Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2012. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0140627/

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Caroll Spinney

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Caroll Spinney

Caroll Edwin Spinney (born December 26, 1933) is a retired American puppeteer, cartoonist, author and speaker most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street from its inception in 1969 until 2018. He is usually credited as Caroll Spinney but has sometimes been credited with his middle initial, Caroll E. Spinney, under the alternate spelling Carroll Spinney, or under the name Ed Spinney. Early life Caroll Edwin Spinney was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, on December 26, 1933. His mother, a native of Bolton, England, named him Caroll because he was born the day after Christmas. He has been drawing and painting since he was a child. He developed a love of puppeteering when he saw a performance of Three Little Kittens at the age of five. This motivated him to purchase a monkey puppet from a rummage sale three years later and put on a puppet show utilizing the monkey and a plush snake. The following Christmas, his mother gifted him with a Punch and Judy puppet theater. He continued puppete

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Yul Spencer

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Yul Spencer

Yul Spencer is an American actor, writer, comedian, stand-up comic and producer. He has appeared on BET's Comic View, Comedy Central's "Make Me Laugh", has a 1-Man show entitled "Ya Gotta Go Higher", appeared as Trent in Two Can Play That Game (2001), as Tyrez 'Spank' Wallace in The Shield, and on the TV Series Malcolm & Eddie. He also plays the role of the emcee in the Absolut Vodka "Lemon Drop" campaign alongside Ali Larter.[1][2][3] Spencer also appears as one of the Judges in Megan Lee's Music Video for "Destiny", Directed by Timothy Tau.[4] Filmography Megan Lee's Destiny (2011) - Judge Randy Spence Tori & Dean: Inn Love (2008) (Associate Producer) The Shield (2006) - Tyrez Spank Wallace Show Me The Funny (2004) (TV Series) - Comedian Romeo! (2003) (TV Series) - Jerome Two Can Play That Game (2001) - Trent Funny Futhermuckers in Concert, Volume 2 (2001) - Comedian Malcolm & Eddie (1999) - Yul Lee Spencer BET's Comic View - Himself Comedy Central's Make Me Laugh - Himself Re

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Howard Stern

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Howard Stern

Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer. He is best known for his radio show The Howard Stern Show, which gained popularity when it was nationally syndicated on terrestrial radio from 1986 to 2005. Stern has broadcast on Sirius XM Satellite Radio since 2006. Stern landed his first radio jobs while at Boston University. From 1976 to 1982, Stern developed his on-air personality through morning positions at WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, New York, WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut, WWWW in Detroit, Michigan, and WWDC in Washington, D.C. Stern worked afternoons at WNBC in New York City from 1982 until his firing in 1985. In 1985, he began a 20-year run at WXRK in New York City; his morning show entered syndication in 1986 and aired in 60 markets and attracted 20 million listeners at its peak. Stern won numerous industry awards, including Billboard’s Nationally Syndicated Air Personality of the Year eight consecutive times, and i

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Jorma Taccone

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Jorma Taccone

Jorma Christopher Taccone ([2] born March 19, 1977) is an American comedian, director, actor, and writer. He is one-third of the sketch comedy troupe The Lonely Island, with childhood friends Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer. In 2010 he co-wrote and directed the SNL spinoff film MacGruber, which was his directorial debut. He directed his second feature alongside Schaffer, the musical comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which he also co-wrote and co-starred in with Schaffer and Samberg. Personal life Taccone was born in Berkeley, California, the son of Sue Ellen and Tony Taccone, the artistic director of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.[3] His father is of half Italian and half Puerto Rican descent.[4] Taccone is a graduate of UCLA Film School.[5] His brother, Asa Taccone, is a member of the band Electric Guest. Taccone lives in New York City. He is married to Marielle Heller, with whom he has a son (born December 12, 2014).[6] His brother-in-law Nate, a musician, composed the scores for The Diary of a

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Chris Tallman

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Chris Tallman

Christopher Tallman (born September 22, 1970) is an American actor and comedian best known for his regular appearances on the Comedy Central programs Crossballs and Reno 911!.[1] Tallman was also the creator of the popular Channel 101 series Time Belt which he wrote, directed, co-produced and starred in.[2] He has also guest-starred on many television shows such as House, Parks and Recreation, Emily's Reasons Why Not, Angel, How I Met Your Mother, The Sarah Silverman Show , The King of Queens and appeared on Frank TV as Ed McMahon. On October 14, 2013, Tallman's new show The Thundermans began airing on Nickelodeon. It features Tallman as Hank Thunderman, a superhero father, with powers such as flying and super-strength. Tallman is from Madison, Wisconsin, where he attended Madison West High School. He performed with a number of theater groups in Madison, as well as being a long-standing member of the Madison chapter of ComedySportz and is currently on the roster of ComedySportz Los Angeles. In 2007, Tallman

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Ulysses "Slow Kid" Thompson

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Ulysses "Slow Kid" Thompson

Ulysses "Slow Kid" Thompson (August 28, 1888 – March 17, 1990) was a comedian, singer, tap and acrobatic dancer whose nickname was inspired by his ability to perform a comical, and incredibly slow, dance routine. His career included work in circus, medicine, minstrel, vaudeville, and Broadway. Early years Ulysses was born in Prescott, Arkansas, to George Washington Thompson, and Hanna Pandora Driver.[1] His mother died of typhus when Ulysses was seven years old, and he ran away from home at age fourteen. Initially, he worked in positions of traditional labor, but he obtained the early skills of an entertainer while dancing in the street for nickels and dimes. His experiences led to a job performing a Juba Dance in a traveling medicine show. Ulysses would dance and tell jokes, providing entertainment to the crowds who came to see the "Doctor". Medicine shows were common during that period of American history and they provided many young men with an opportunity to develop more professional skills.[2] By the

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Paul Tibbitt

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Paul Tibbitt

Paul Harrison[1] Tibbitt (born May 13, 1968) is an American animator, television producer, writer, storyboard artist, songwriter, voice actor, and director, best known for working on the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. After SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg resigned in 2004, Tibbitt took the position of showrunner for the show. He also took over as the voice of Potty the Parrot, whom Hillenburg had voiced until his resignation. Tibbitt made his feature film directorial debut directing The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. He studied in the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. In 2015, Vincent Waller (a creative director) and Marc Ceccarelli (a writer and storyboard director) took Tibbitt's place as supervising producer and showrunner. It was also announced that Tibbitt would leave the series after season 9 to work on The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge (which is being produced without the involvement of the show's crew by a separate crew), with no plans

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Sammee Tong

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Sammee Tong

Sammee Tong (April 21, 1901 – October 27, 1964) was an American film and television character actor. One of Tong's more notable roles was that of Peter Tong on the sitcom Bachelor Father, which aired on all three national networks from 1957 to 1962. In October 1964, Tong committed suicide at the age of 63. At the time of his death, he was appearing in a supporting role on the ABC sitcom, Mickey, starring Mickey Rooney. Early life and career Born in San Francisco, Tong lived in Palo Alto before moving with his family to Honolulu. He graduated from Stanford University.[1][2] Tong attempted to break into acting on the stage during the Depression, forming an act called the "Three Celestials" that played in neighborhood theaters and was booked into the Los Angeles Orpheum.[2] He found he could not get parts because he was of Chinese descent. He worked in Chinese nightclubs in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco where he sang and performed comedy routines. During his nightclub years, he changed the spe

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Jim Tozzi (PFFR)

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Jim Tozzi (PFFR)

James Michael Tozzi (born October 19, 1967) is an American artist, commercial director, producer, voice actor and musician best known for his work on the MTV2 comedy series Wonder Showzen and the Adult Swim show Xavier: Renegade Angel and as a member of the rock band/art collective PFFR. Bio Jim Tozzi grew up in Everett, a city to the north of Boston. The most distinctive thing about this town was the smell of freshly roasted peanuts due to the Teddie Peanut Butter factory. The factory's emblem, a grinning cartoon bear with a bucket, would be one of the first influences of advertising on Jim. He went to Everett public school: always an outsider, he preferred drawing weird cartoons and watching monster movies to playing sports. In his early teens, Jim borrowed a super 8 camera from his Aunt and began experimenting. Lacking a tripod, he would tape the camera down onto the kitchen table and animate various toys, Star Wars figures and clay monsters. He also created a live action series starring his little sist

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Dick Van Dyke

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Dick Van Dyke

Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, writer, singer, and dancer, whose award-winning career has spanned seven decades. Van Dyke first gained recognition on radio and Broadway, then he became known for his role as Rob Petrie on the CBS television sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961 to 1966. He also gained significant popularity for roles in the musical films Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Mary Poppins (1964), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). His other prominent film appearances include roles in The Comic (1969), Dick Tracy (1990), Curious George (2006), Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014), and Mary Poppins Returns (2018). Other prominent TV roles include the leads in The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–74), Diagnosis: Murder (1993–2001), and Murder 101 (2006–08) which both co-starred his son Barry. Van Dyke is the recipient of five Primetime Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy Award, and was inducted into the Television Hall of

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David Wain

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David Wain

David Benjamin Wain (born August 1, 1969) is an American comedian, writer, actor, and director. He is most widely known for directing the feature films Role Models, Wanderlust and for both creating the Wet Hot American Summer franchise and directing the feature film Wet Hot American Summer, and the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. He is also known for his work on the sketch comedy series The State; for producing, directing and writing the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital; and voicing the Warden on the Adult Swim series Superjail!. Wain is a founding member of comedy group Stella, along with Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black, writing and starring in the Stella shorts and the later Stella TV series. Early life Wain was born to a Jewish family[1][2] in Shaker Heights, Ohio, the son of Nina (née Saul) and Norman Wain.[3] As a young man, Wain went to a summer camp in Canaan, Maine, on which Wet Hot American Summer was loosely based.

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J. D. Walsh (actor)

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J. D. Walsh (actor)

John Douglas Walsh (born December 24, 1974) is an American actor, writer, producer, and improv comedy leader. He is best known for his role as Gordon on Two and a Half Men. He wrote, produced and directed the show Battleground whose pilot episode was funded by FOX.[1] Early life Walsh was born and raised as an only child in Madison, Wisconsin. His mother worked as a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and he didn't speak to his father.[2] Walsh briefly attended University of Minnesota before transferring to University of California, Santa Barbara. There he got involved with Theatresports. He'd later transfer to and graduate from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in theater.[2] After graduating, Walsh founded Ultimate Improv with Matt Jones, an improvisational comedy club located in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.[2] In September 2008, he and his troupe made a video spoof of Les Misérables' "One Day More" called "Les Misbarack", which became a hit on YouTube.[3] Career Walsh's roles have incl

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William Warren (actor)

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William Warren (actor)

William Warren (1812–1888) was an American actor. For decades he performed with the theatre at the old Boston Museum. Biography Warren was born to William Warren and in Philadelphia. He was educated at the Franklin Institute, then a boys' school, in that city. After his father's death in 1832, he made his début a week later at the Arch Street Theatre in Philadelphia in the part of Young Norval. His father had been an actor, first in Britain, and began his career on stage with that character. The young Warren first performed in New York City in 1841, in London in 1845, and in Boston in 1846. He played a wide variety of characters, from broad and eccentric comedy to juvenile tragedy, with general acceptance. In 1847 Warren became a member of the Boston Museum theatre. For decades he performed with that company, with a brief exception, until he retired in 1883. His semi-centennial in 1882 brought out many deserved tributes to an admirable comedian and representative of the best traditions of the stage. In his

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Jeff Wayne (comedian)

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Jeff Wayne (comedian)

Jeff Wayne, known as Big Daddy, is an American standup comedian who has performed in clubs, theaters and on national television shows. Wayne was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. At age 14, he decided he wanted to become a stand-up comedian. As a young man, he moved to Los Angeles to become part of The Comedy Store. Developing an act and writing his own material, Wayne was soon traveling to comedy clubs around the United States. He became aheadline act on the circuit, working the Improv clubs, Funny Bones clubs, and other comedy clubs. Wayne also did five tours for Carlsberg Beer in Europe. In 1993, Wayne wrote and performed his one-man show, Big Daddy's Barbeque.[1] Directed by Ted Lange, the show was a popular and critical success. Big Daddy's Barbeque ran for 16 weeks in Dallas and 10 weeks in Tempe and Seattle. Variety called the show a "one man riot" and declared Wayne "a new Will Rogers". The show was a pilot for television first for NBC, then UPN. Wayne has performed Big Daddy's Barbeque over 1,0

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Charles Wieand

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Charles Wieand

Charles Wieand, also known as Wild Charles, is a comedian, daredevil, adventurer, travel host and YouTube personality.[1] He also hosts a show on Facebook Watch.[1][2] Wieand is best known for his outdoor comedy, pranks, and absurd stunts, such as riding an inflatable toy crocodile into a pool of alligators, swimming with an anaconda, and beekeeping without clothing.[3][4][5][6] He has also handled cobras, rattlesnakes, swam with sharks and jumped out of airplanes.[7] His show has featured a number of celebrities including John Godwin, Chris Jericho and Jake Paul.[1] Wieand also performs stand-up comedy. He learned Animal handling at Everglades Outpost Animal Rescue. References "Naked Beekeeper Wild Charles Wieand - Talk Is Jericho - Omny.fm". omny.fm. Retrieved 2018-01-21. Peterson, Time. "Facebook courts creators with first 'Creator Day' in LA". Digiday. Retrieved 1 July 2018. Mallinson, Harriet (27 January 2016). "Out of his depth? Daredevil uses inflatable crocodile lilo to take a dip in an ALL

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Jack Wiggins

Jack Wiggins was an African-American entertainer of the early twentieth century, now remembered primarily for his elegant style in tap dance. Wiggins worked as a performer at the Hoofers Club on "Swing Street" in Harlem, New York, where he inspired Laurence Donald "Baby Laurence" Jackson (later a member of the Tap Dance Hall of Fame).[1] Wiggins also influenced Fayard and Harold Nicholas of the famous Nicholas Brothers tap duo.[2] Wiggins was recognized as a master soloist in the "Class Act" style of tap dancing.[3] A signature dance of Wiggins' was the "tango twist."[4] In a 1993 interview with The Los Angeles Times, Nipsey Russell remarked that he had been inspired to become a performer around the age of 10 while watching Wiggins on stage. "He came out immaculately attired in a well-dressed street suit and he tap-danced," Russell said. "As he danced, he told little jokes in between. He was so clean in his language and was lacking in any drawl, he just inspired me. I wanted to do that."[5] References "

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Joe Wong (comedian)

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Joe Wong (comedian)

Joe Wong (Chinese: 黄西; pinyin: Huáng Xī, born April 20, 1970) is a Korean Chinese American comedian. Background He was born to a [Chinese] family[1] in Baishan, Jilin, China. He graduated from Jilin University and Chinese Academy of Sciences, before he went to further study chemistry at Rice University in Texas in 1994.[2] He graduated from Rice in 2000 with a PhD in Biochemistry. Comedy Wong moved to Boston in 2001 and began to perform his comedy at All Asia Bar, at Stash's Comedy Jam. Although he had won numerous awards, he did not attract American nationwide attention until after his appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on April 17, 2009.[3] His multiple appearances on TV, courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres, boosted his reputation further. On February 10, 2010, Wong made his second appearance on the Late Show,[4][5] and appeared again on March 30, 2012. He returned to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on December 14, 2018. On St. Patrick’s Day, 2010, he headlined the annual dinner hosted by the Rad

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Jason Winer

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Jason Winer

Winer in 2010 Jason Winer (born December 7, 1972) is an American director, producer, writer, actor, and comedian. He is best known for being one of the directors on the American sitcom Modern Family.[1] Early life Winer was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, in a Jewish family.[2][3] He attended the Friends School of Baltimore and Northwestern University and is an alumnus of the Improv Olympic Theatre. Career After college, Winer acted in television commercials for companies such as Budweiser, Nike and Dr Pepper. He also did stand-up comedy on channels such as HBO and was one of the stars on the TV game show The Blame Game on MTV. He eventually moved into work behind the camera, directing The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend in 2005. Since then, Winer has directed episodes of TV shows such as Kath & Kim, Samantha Who?, Carpoolers, New Girl and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. He is a co-executive producer of Modern Family as well as a director. In 2010, Winer won the

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Johnny Yune

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Johnny Yune

Johnny Yune (born 1936) is a Korean-American actor, singer and comedian.[1] He played the lead in the 1980s films They Call Me Bruce?[2] and They Still Call Me Bruce.[3] Yune's big break came at The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Yune stated that because actor Charlton Heston did not arrive on time, he was given over twenty minutes on the show to make a good impression. Carson liked Yune and had him on the show over 30 times. Yune also appeared in his own special on NBC. Johnny Yune performed at the 1988 Summer Olympics at Seoul along with Bob Hope and Brooke Shields. From 1989 to 1990, he hosted The Johnny Yune Show (쟈니윤쇼), the first Americanized talk show in Korea. The show was a great hit, but only after a year, Yune decided to leave KBS due to limited freedom of the media. Profile Johnny Yune was born 1936 in Eumseong County, Chungcheongbuk-do Province, South Korea[4] (then under Japanese rule). His Korean first name is Jong-seung and got an Anglicized name 'John' from its phonetic similarity[5]

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Steve Zahn

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Steve Zahn

Steven James Zahn (born November 13, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. His films include Reality Bites (1994), That Thing You Do! (1996), SubUrbia (1996), Out of Sight (1998), Happy, Texas (1999), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), Shattered Glass (2003), Sahara (2005), Rescue Dawn (2007), the first three Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, Dallas Buyers Club (2013), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). Zahn has done voice acting in Chicken Little (2005), Escape from Planet Earth (2013), and The Good Dinosaur (2015). He has also worked regularly in television, including the recurring role of Davis McAlary on HBO's Treme (2010 to 2013). Early life Zahn was born in Marshall, Minnesota, the son of Carleton Edward Zahn, a Lutheran minister, and Zelda Clair Zahn, a bookstore clerk and later a YMCA administrator.[1] His father is of German and Swedish descent, and his mother is of German ancestry. Zahn spent part of his childhood in Mankato, Minnesota, attending Kennedy Elementary School, and moved to the su

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Zhubin Parang

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Zhubin Parang

Zhubin Parang is an American comedian and television writer. He is currently a producer and writer on the political satire series The Daily Show. Early life Parang was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 4, 1981 to Iranian parents. His father Masood is a professor and the associate dean of academic and student affairs at the University of Tennessee's Tickle College of Engineering.[1] Parang attended Vanderbilt University where he was member of the Tongue 'N' Cheek improv group and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. After graduating in 2003 with a degree in political science and sociology, Parang earned his law degree from Georgetown Law.[2] While working as a lawyer, he continued doing improv at UCB New York. After practicing corporate law for four years, Parang decided to quit and focus on a career in comedy.[3] Career His first writing job was for Jake Sasseville's Late Night Republic. In 2011, Parang received an e-mail from The Daily Show asking him to submit, which he did at the advice of Hallie Haglund.[3

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Joel Kim Booster

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Joel Kim Booster

Joel Kim Booster (born February 29, 1988) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents stand-up special.[1] Early life Kim Booster was born in South Korea and was adopted by a white American couple as an infant.[2][3] He was raised in Plainfield, Illinois in a conservative, Evangelical Christian family and initially was home schooled.[4][5] He went to public school for the first time when he was 16, which he described as his "first time being around non-religious people."[2] He knew he was gay from childhood but kept it a secret.[6] His senior year in high school, his parents found out he was gay by reading his diary where he had described his sexual encounters with other boys.[4] Kim Booster moved out and began to couchsurf until he stayed with a family friend.[1][5] He studied theater at Millikin University for his bachelor's degree.[4] Career Living in Chicago, he took a job as a copywriter and began to perform in theater and write jokes after w

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Andrew Boyd (author)

Andrew Boyd (born 1962 in New York City) is a United States author, humorist and veteran of creative campaigns for social change. He led the decade-long satirical media campaign Billionaires for Bush. He co-founded Agit-Pop Communications, an award-winning “subvertising” agency, as well as the netroots social justice movement The Other 98%. He's the author of four books: Beautiful Trouble, Daily Afflictions, Life’s Little Deconstruction Book and the Activist Cookbook, and the forthcoming I Want a Better Catastrophe: Hope, Hopelessness and Climate Reality. He lives in New York City. Biography Andrew grew up in Manhattan while his father taught at New York University. He attended University of Michigan and became radicalized around the global peace movement at 19. During a year-off from University he travelled to California where he attended his first nonviolence training in preparation for a big civil disobedience protest at the Lawrence Livermore nuclear weapons facility. This event began a lifelong passion

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Bowen Yang

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Bowen Yang

Bowen Yang (Chinese: 杨伯文; born November 6, 1990)[1] is an American actor, comedian, podcaster, and writer from Denver, Colorado. In high school he participated in the improv comedy club. In college for a science degree, he kept up with comedy theater including a podcast, Las Culturistas. He also posts pop culture lip-syncing videos on Twitter.[1][2] In September 2018, he joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live (SNL). The following September, Yang was promoted to on-air cast for SNL's 45th season, becoming its first Chinese-American, third openly gay male,[a] and fourth Asian American cast member.[b] Early life and education Yang's family immigrated from China in the 1980s.[3] He was raised near Denver, Colorado and graduated from Smoky Hill High School in 2008 where he was voted "Most Likely To Be A Cast Member On Saturday Night Live".[4] In high school, his calculus teacher, Adrian Holguin, also was Yang's coach for Smoky Hill's improvisational comedy group Spontaneous Combustion.[5] Holguin noted

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Joelle Carter

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Joelle Carter

Joelle Marie Carter (born October 10, 1972) is an American actress, comedian, producer and dancer. She is known for playing Ava Crowder in the FX series Justified. Early life Carter was born in Thomasville, Georgia, and she was an army brat. Her father, Jimmy,[1] was in the U.S. Army and the family moved often throughout the United States. She attended high school in Albany, Georgia, and enrolled at Augusta State University on a full athletic scholarship for swimming and cross-country. Acting career She has been featured on many movies, most notably the opening scene in American Pie 2. She also has an extensive resume of television bit parts, appearing on shows and in films including High Fidelity, Inconceivable, and Cold Storage.[2] From 2010 to 2015, she played Ava Crowder in the television series Justified on FX. She also appeared in Kevin Greutert's 2014 horror-thriller film Jessabelle.[3] Personal life She lives and works in New York City with her husband Andy Bates—an editor, producer and cinemato

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Manon Mathews

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Manon Mathews

Manon Lucy Mathews (born October 22, 1988) is an American comedian, actress, and social media personality. She is best known for her videos on Vine and her appearances in film and television.[1] Early life and education Manon was born and raised in Los Angeles. She studied theatre, dance, and film production at Santa Barbara City College.[1] Career She began her professional career at Second City Conservatory, the Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade.[1] Mathews rose to prominence on the video app Vine where she ultimately amassed a fan base of over 3,000,000 followers and accrued over 1,400,000,000 loops until Vine was unceremoniously shuttered. She became one of the USA's top performing members of the burgeoning subset of online entertainers known as 'Vine Stars' that dominated the app before it became defunct.[1][2][3] Comedy As a stand-up comedian, she has appeared at Dad's Garage in Atlanta, Georgia,[4] SF Sketchfest,[5] and the 2018 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival,as part of its 'New Faces

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Lu Leonard

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Lu Leonard

Lu Leonard (June 5, 1926 – May 14, 2004), (born as Mary Lou Price), was an American actress, the daughter of Hal Price. She was best known for her role as Mrs. Pugh in Annie (1982 film). Career Lu Leonard began acting in 1956. Leonard's first major appearance was as the wife of Three Stooges member Larry Fine in the film Husbands Beware.[1] Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Leonard made television appearances on such shows as Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy and Married... with Children. Her most memorable was in a recurring role as William Conrad's wise-cracking secretary in Jake and the Fatman. She had small but memorable roles in Starman and Micki + Maude. One of Lu Leonard's visible credits was playing the singing Angel Scribe II in the late 1960's Hallmark television musical special The Littlest Angel starring Johnnie Whitaker and Fred Gwynne.[2] During the 1970's and 1980's she became a regional celebrity in the Los Angeles Theatre circuit for her outrageous portrayal as a lesbian head matron

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Brittani Nichols

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Brittani Nichols

Brittani Nichols (born June 20, 1988) is an American producer, actress, comedian, and writer.[1] In 2016, Nichols wrote, produced, and starred in the film Suicide Kale, which won the Audience Award for Best U.S. Dramatic Feature at 2016 Outfest.[2] Life & career Nichols was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.[3] She attended Yale University, where she played on the women's basketball team.[4] Nichols moved to Los Angeles after college and began developing the web series Words With Girls, which she later rewrote as a full-length pilot that was produced by Issa Rae and Deniese Davis's initiative ColorCreative.tv.[5][6] In 2016, Nichols wrote, produced, and starred in the 2016 film Suicide Kale, a dark comedy with an all queer-woman cast.[7] Nichols she set out to make a lesbian movie that "wasn’t about coming out, sleeping with a man, or a character death at the end".[8] The film won the Audience Award for Best U.S. Dramatic Feature at Outfest.[2] Her writing has appeared on HuffPost, Autostraddle, J

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Rip Micheals

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Rip Micheals

Rip Micheals is an American comedian, best known as a cast member of the MTV improv comedy show, Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out.[1] The comedian is known for his slapstick style of comedy. He also co-starred in the spin-off, Wild 'N On Tour.[2] Career Micheals was born and raised in Chicago, IL. As a teen, he performed at local clubs that would serve as his training ground. Following his college graduation at Purdue University,[3] Micheals moved to the New York to pursue his acting and comedy career.[4] Micheals was also a commentator on Centric’s According to Him + Her,[5][6] where he weighed in with his comedic perspective on dating, social skills and sex. On that show, he coined the term "clatchet". [7][8] He has appeared on NBC's Last Call With Carson Daly,[9] Oxygen's Living With Funny,[10] MSG Network Cheapin' it Real.[11][12] Micheals has been featured on Kevin Hart's streaming comedy platform, Laugh Out Loud (LOL) network.[13][14] References "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out TV Series Cas

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Erik Myers

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Erik Myers

Erik Myers is an American comedian, actor, and writer. Early life Myers grew up in Columbia, Maryland and began his comedy career at the age of 18 at Winchester's Pub in Baltimore.[1] In 2005 he won the "Funniest Person in Baltimore" contest.[2] Myers later moved to Florida where he was named 2011 Florida's Funniest Comedian.[3] Career Myers is based in Los Angeles, California where he's a paid regular at the world-famous Comedy Store in Hollywood.[4] He has appeared on "Gotham City Live", "Laughs" on the Fox Network, and performed his 1-hour special "Dopeless Romantic" for Hulu.[5] He has appeared on "Andrew Dice Clay Presents The Blue Show" on Showtime, and "Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen".[6] Myers is the co-creator of the animated cartoon "Court Ordered", loosely based on his life with characters voiced by many fellow notable comedians.[7] References "Erik Myers – "Basket Case"". Uproar Entertainment. "Erik Myers recording at Comedy Underground". Comedy Underground. 17 July 2014. "Florid

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Sheng Wang

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Sheng Wang

Sheng Wang (born January 9, 1980 in Taipei) is a Taiwanese-American stand-up comic and staff writer for ABC sitcom series Fresh Off the Boat from 2015 to 2018[1]. Early life and education Wang lived in San Jose, California[2] before earning a Bachelor of Science in Business at the University of California, Berkeley from 1998–2002[3][4]. After graduating, he began practicing stand-up in San Francisco and New York City. Career Wang was a featured performer in 2007 at Montreal Comedy Festival. On January 28, 2011, Comedy Central Presents aired his first thirty-minute special broadcast on national television. In January 2011, he won top honors at NBC Universal's Seventh Annual "Stand Up for Diversity" comedy search, including a one-year talent holding deal with that studio.[5] Wang also appeared on Comedy Central's John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show in 2012[6]. Wang also appeared on Comedians of Comedy, American Eagle's Campus Comedy Challenge, and Comedy Central's Live at Gotham. He competed in the 2015

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Heather Land

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Heather Land

Heather Land is an American comedian. She also releases music, including gospel music. Early life Heather Land is from Milan, Tennessee; she graduated from high school in 1994.[1] Comedy career Land creates comic videos that she shares on Facebook, addressing topics from her daily life such as Sunday school or gym etiquette.[2] She began posting short videos in 2017 on the advice of her friends.[3] One video where she mocked CrossFit became popular,[4] gaining twenty million views.[1] By the end of 2018, she was performing stand-up comedy shows on tour.[3] Land's book I Ain't Doing It is expected 7 May 2019.[5] Music career Land grew up as a worship leader and creates music.[6] In 2011, she released a gospel album Pouring It Out For You.[7] She more recently released an album entitled Counting On.[6] Personal life Land met her ex-husband at a Bible college in Pensacola, Florida. They were married for nearly 15 years and had two children. From Florida, the Lands moved to West Texas where they lived fro

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Robert Powell III

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Robert Powell III

Robert Powell III is a stand-up comedian best known for his work as part of Shaquille O’Neal's All-Star Comedy Jam, on HBO's All Def Comedy, and as an Emmy nominated guest star on Donald Glover's Atlanta on FX.[1] Powell currently serves as an ad spokesperson for UberEats and AdidasHoops. In his previous career in politics he was Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor of his hometown, Monroe, Louisiana, Special Assistant to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and Chief of Staff to Secretary of Labor Johnny Myles Riley. Powell attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and has a master's degree in Political Science from Texas Christian University. He also currently serves as President & Executive Director of his grandfather's foundation.[2][3][4] References https://www.goldderby.com/article/2018/emmys-2018-fx-categories-atlanta-versace-the-americans-baskets-trust-news/. "About RP3". Retrieved 30 April 2019. "Monroe native shines on 'Atlanta'". Retrieved 30 April 2019. "Atlanta: From Bibby to

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Ernest Borgnine

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Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino; January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) was an American actor whose career spanned over six decades. He was noted for his gruff but calm voice and gap-toothed Cheshire Cat grin.[1] A popular performer, he also appeared as a guest on numerous talk shows and as a panelist on several game shows. Borgnine's film career began in 1951, and included supporting roles in China Corsair (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953), Vera Cruz (1954), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) and The Wild Bunch (1969). He also played the unconventional lead in many films, winning the Oscar for Best Actor for Marty (1955). He achieved continuing success in the sitcom McHale's Navy (1962–1966), in which he played the title character, and co-starred as Dominic Santini in the action series Airwolf (1984–1986), in addition to a wide variety of other roles. Borgnine earned his third Primetime Emmy Award nomination at age 92 for his work on the 2009 series finale of ER. He was known as the voice of Mermaid Man

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Julie Kavner

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Julie Kavner

Julie Deborah Kavner (born September 7, 1950)[1] is an American actress, voice actress and comedian. She first attracted notice for her role as Brenda Morgenstern, the younger sister of Valerie Harper's title character in the sitcom Rhoda, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She is best known for her voice role as Marge Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. She also voices other characters for the show, including Marge's mother, Jacqueline Bouvier, and sisters Patty and Selma Bouvier. Known for her improvisation and distinctive "honeyed gravel voice",[2] Kavner was cast in her first professional acting role as Brenda Morgenstern in Rhoda in 1974. She received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for playing the character, winning the award in 1978, the year that the series ended. Starting in 1987, Kavner started appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show. The Tracey Ullman Show included a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional f

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Allison Raskin

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Allison Raskin

Allison Beth Raskin (born June 20, 1989) is an American writer, director, comedian, YouTuber, podcaster, and mental health advocate.[1] Raskin previously worked as a writer at Buzzfeed Video, but left in 2015 with fellow writer and friend Gaby Dunn to pursue work on their comedy YouTube channel, Just Between Us (JBU).[2] Raskin has written for Elle, NBC News Think, and Splinter News.[3][4][5] On September 5, 2017, Raskin and Dunn released a joint novel, I Hate Everyone but You, which reached the top ten on The New York Times best sellers list.[6] Early life and education Raskin was born on June 20, 1989 in Manhattan, New York. She attended the University of Southern California and received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree.[1] Raskin is outspoken about her struggles with mental health. When she was 4 years old she was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and continued to experience anxiety and depression.[3][7] She took medication until she was 21 and took a 7 year break, which still include

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Greg Morton (actor)

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Greg Morton (actor)

Greg Morton is a Canadian actor, voice actor, director, and comedian from Woodstock, Ontario.[1] He is best known for his "Obama Man" radio routine and his Star Wars-themed standups. Early life In his early life, Greg Morton worked as a mobile disk jockey.[2] Career Greg Morton has voice acted and voice directed the cartoons that were recorded in Canada where he did his rendition of Moses Hightower and Larvell Jones in Police Academy: The Series as well as having a main role in Stunt Dawgs. Later on, Greg Morton went on to become a comedian where he has shared the stage with other notable acts. He also did his comedy routine at Radio City Music Hall and regularly headlines events at Planet Hollywood, The MGM Theater of the Air, and the Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City.[3] In 2019, Greg Morton auditioned in season 14 of America's Got Talent.[4] He was the first to audition and won over Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, and Simon Cowell with his Star Wars impression routine. All f

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Matthew Broderick

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Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962)[1] is an American actor, comedian and singer. His roles include the Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of the title character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), the voice of the adult Simba in Disney's The Lion King trilogy (1994–2004), and Leo Bloom in both the Broadway musical The Producers and its 2005 film adaptation. Other films he had starring credits in include WarGames (1983), Glory (1989), The Freshman (1990), The Cable Guy (1996), Godzilla (1998), Election (1999), Inspector Gadget (1999) and You Can Count on Me (2000). Broderick also directed himself in Infinity (1996) and provided voice work in Good Boy! (2003), Bee Movie (2007), and The Tale of Despereaux (2008). Broderick has won two Tony Awards, one for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), and one for Best Actor in a Musical for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995).[2] As of 2019, Broderick remains the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor

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Freeman King

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Freeman King

Freeman King (1943–2002) was an American comedian known for such television shows and films as The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, Fletch and The Buddy Holly Story.[1] At the suggestion of Redd Foxx, King teamed with comedian Murray Langston and became regular performers on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.[1] King died in Los Angeles at age 59.[2] References Daley, Ashley (June 11, 2002). "Freeman King: Actor, comedian and writer". Variety. "Freeman King, 59; Actor, Comic Was a Regular on 'Sonny & Cher' TV Show". Los Angeles Times. June 7, 2002. External links Freeman King on IMDb Freeman King at Find a Grave

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