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Kevin Miller (voice actor)

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Kevin Miller (voice actor)

Kevin Miller (born December 21, 1977) is an American voice actor. Biography Miller is well known as the voice of Sly Cooper, the main character from the video game series of the same name.[1] He has worked for Sega, Namco, The Learning Company, Sony, Paramount and others. He also performs in live action as an improvisor within the comedy groups ComedySportz and Unscriptables and is the co-host of the Second Funniest Podcast. Filmography Year Title Role Notes 2000 Soliloquy Learning Assistant Narrator 2000 Jet Set Radio Noise Tanks 2000 Tales of Eternia Reid English version 2001 Forever Kingdom Boss English version 2001 Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies Additional Voices English version 2002 Magic Pengel Mono English version 2002 Men in Black II: Alien Escape Coffee Worms 2002 Jet Set Radio Future Noise Tanks 2002 Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller Angel 2002 Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus Sly Cooper 2002 Shinobi English version 2002 The House of the Dead III Daniel

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Victor Moore

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Victor Moore

Victor Frederick Moore (February 24, 1876 – July 23, 1962) was an American actor of stage and screen, as well as a comedian, writer, and director, most significantly a major Broadway star from the late 1920s through the 1930s. Career Victor Moore appeared in over 50 films and 21 Broadway shows. His first appearance was on Broadway in Rosemary (1896). He also appeared in George M. Cohan's Forty-five Minutes from Broadway, which opened January 1, 1906, and its sequel, The Talk of New York (1907). He went on to star in shows such as Oh, Kay! (1926) as Shorty McGee, Hold Everything! (1928) as Nosey Bartlett, Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing (1931) as Vice-President Alexander Throttlebottom, Let 'Em Eat Cake (1933), Cole Porter's Anything Goes (1934) as Moonface Martin, and Irving Berlin's Louisiana Purchase (1940) as Oliver P. Loganberry. Moore's talent was first recognised by screenwriter Beatrice deMille.[1] He made his film debut in 1915. He starred in three films that year, two of which were directed by Cecil B.

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Henry Morgan (humorist)

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Henry Morgan (humorist)

Henry Morgan (born Henry Lerner Van Ost Jr.; March 31, 1915 – May 19, 1994) was an American humorist. He first became familiar to radio audiences in the 1930s and 1940s as a barbed but often self-deprecating satirist; in the 1950s and later, he was a regular and cantankerous panelist on the game show I've Got a Secret as well as other game and talk shows. Morgan was a second cousin of Broadway lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner. Radio He began his radio career as a page at New York City station WMCA in 1932, after which he held a number of obscure radio jobs, including announcing. He strenuously objected to the professional name "Morgan". What was wrong with his own name, Henry van Ost, Jr.? he asked. Too exotic, too unpronounceable, he was told. "What about the successful announcers Harry von Zell or Westbrook Van Voorhis?" he countered. But it was no use, and the bosses finally told Henry he could take the job or leave it. Thus began a long history of Henry's having arguments with executives.[1] In

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Johnnie Morris (actor)

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Johnnie Morris (actor)

Johnnie Morris (born June 15, 1887, New York, NY - October 7, 1969, Hollywood, California) was an American actor and comedian who began his career in Vaudeville and then worked in the movies. Biography In 1905, Morris was hired by Gene Leroy to be part of the Leroy Trio, a Vaudeville act which featured Leroy as a drag singer with two teenage singers supporting him. The other member of the group was a 15-year-old Julius Marx in his professional debut. The Trio first performed at the Ramona Theatre, in Grand Rapids, MI on July 16, 1905.[1] The diminutive actor played newsboys, jockeys, and characters named 'Peewee' in a film career that lasted from 1912 to 1942. One of his most notable roles was that of Pappy Yokum in the 1940 film version of Li'l Abner. He died on October 7, 1969 in Hollywood, California. Partial filmography Love and Learn (1928) - Bum (as Johnny Morris) The Fifty-Fifty Girl (1928) The Street of Sin (1928) Big Money (1930) Once in a Lifetime (1932) Sons of the Legion (1938)

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Edward Moss (impersonator)

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Edward Moss (impersonator)

Edward Moss (born July 11, 1977), occasionally known as Eddie Moss, is an American actor, dancer, comedian, and Michael Jackson impersonator who has portrayed Jackson in on TV and in films.[1][2] He used to be an employee at McDonald's in the early 1990s, which was where his co-workers kept telling him that he resembled pop singer Michael Jackson; so Moss entered a company talent contest and won, and then as time went by, he decided to be Jackson for a living. Early life Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles, California on July 11, 1977. While an employee at McDonald's in the early 1990s, his co-workers took notice of his resemblance to pop singer Michael Jackson.[3] In 1994, Moss entered an employee talent contest impersonating the singer and won the competition. It was at this time that he decided to become a Jackson impersonator professionally. Career Moss has stated it only takes him 30–45 minutes to transform himself into Michael Jackson.[1] His impersonation skills have led to work in countries ou

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Frank Nelson (actor)

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Frank Nelson (actor)

Frank Brandon Nelson (May 6, 1911 – September 12, 1986) was an American comedic actor best known for playing put-upon foils on radio and television, and especially for his "EEE-Yeeeeeeeeesssss?" catchphrase. He made numerous guest appearances on television shows, including The Addams Family, The Jack Benny Program, I Love Lucy, The Real McCoys, and Sanford and Son. He also provided voices for animated series such as The Flintstones, Mister Magoo, The Jetsons, Dinky Dog, and The Snorks. Life and career Nelson began his entertainment career in radio, and later moved into television and movies. In 1926, at age 15, Nelson played the role of a 30-year-old man in a radio series broadcast from the then-5,000-watt KOA (AM) radio station serving the Denver, Colorado market.[1] In 1929, Nelson moved to Hollywood, California and worked in local radio dramatic shows, usually playing the leading man.[1] The first sponsored radio show he appeared in to reach a national market was Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel,[1] a si

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Nephew Tommy

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Nephew Tommy

Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles is an American comedian, actor and producer.[1] He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He currently co-hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show during which he frequently makes prank phone calls. He is the nephew of comedian Steve Harvey, which is where his stage name comes from.[2][3] Education Nephew Tommy studied theatre at Texas A&M University. Discography Nephew Tommy's Prank Phone Calls: Volume 1 Nephew Tommy's Prank Phone Calls: Volume 2 The Best of Nephew Tommy's Prank Phone Calls: Volume 3 Nephew Tommy's Prank Phone Calls: Volume 4 Nephew Tommy's Prank Phone Calls: Volume 5 - Church Folks Gotta Laugh Too! Nephew Tommy's Prank Phone Calls: Volume 6 - Cheaters Nephew Tommy's Celebrity Prank Phone Calls Nephew Tommy's Lost Prank Phone Calls: Part 1 Nephew Tommy's Lost Prank Phone Calls: Part 2 See also List of Kappa Alpha Psi brothers References "nephew tommy". The Nephew Tommy Experience. Retrieved 2017-02-08. Loeffler, William (July 15, 2009).

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Kliph Nesteroff

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Kliph Nesteroff

Kliph Nesteroff is a best-selling author regarded for his vast knowledge of show business. Vice Magazine has called Nesteroff "The Human Encyclopedia of Comedy,"[1] and Los Angeles Magazine profiled him as "The King of Comedy Lore."[2] The New York Times has deemed some of his theories "provocative"[3] while Vanity Fair calls his work "essential."[4] He is the consulting producer of the CNN series The History of Comedy,[5] which had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.[6] He is the host of the Viceland television series Funny How from executive producer Spike Jonze.[7] He was named by LA Weekly on their Best of LA list in 2016.[8] After eight years as a stand-up comedian,[2] Nesteroff became a frequent contributor to WFMU[9] and a national, on-air contributor for CBC Radio One.[10] For several years he moderated Classic Television Showbiz,[11] a website devoted to classic show business and comedians.[12][13] The A.V. Club referred to Nesteroff as their "favorite pop culture historian."[14] He is a reg

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Leslie Nielsen

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Leslie Nielsen

Leslie William Nielsen OC (11 February 1926 – 28 November 2010) was a Canadian actor, comedian, and producer.[1][2] He appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters.[3] Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and later worked as a disc jockey before receiving a scholarship to study theatre at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He made his acting debut in 1950, appearing in 46 live television programs a year. Nielsen made his film debut in 1956, with supporting roles in several drama, Western, and romance films produced between the 1950s and the 1970s. Although his notable performances in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure gave him standing as a serious actor, Nielsen later gained enduring recognition for his deadpan comedy roles during the 1980s, after being cast against type for the Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker comedy film Airplane!.[4] In his comedy roles, Nielsen specialized in portraying character

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Fred Northup Jr.

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Fred Northup Jr.

Fred Northup Jr. is a comedy improvisor, emcee, fundraising auctioneer, writer, director, inventor, and musician living in Seattle, Washington. He is the President and founder of Southdown Creative and the co-founder of RainGlobes. Biography Early life Fred Northup Jr. was born in Jackson, Mississippi to Fred Northup Sr., an Episcopal minister, and Julie Northup, an employment lawyer. Northup's family moved frequently during his youth – by the time he'd entered high school, his family had already lived in Memphis, Tennessee, Paris, France, Rye, New York, and Lake Charles, Louisiana. He attended his First year of high school as a boarding student at The McCallie School, and when his family moved to Seattle he completed his three remaining years at Lakeside School. Northup became interested in both performing and video production at a young age. He starred as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol while in Lake Charles, and later starred as Motel Kamzoil in Fiddler on the Roof at Lakeside School. It was at Lakeside w

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Oscar Nunez

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Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nunez (born November 18, 1958), sometimes credited as Oscar Núñez, is a Cuban-American actor and comedian. Nunez is best known for his role as Dunder Mifflin accountant Oscar Martinez on NBC's The Office. He was a member of The Groundlings and later became a regular cast member on The Office. He also created and co-starred in the Comedy Central series Halfway Home in 2007. In 2010, he portrayed a pet shop owner in Fred: The Movie. In 2014, he co-starred in the short-lived USA Network comedy series Benched. Life and career Nunez's mother, a dentist, and father, a lawyer, were classmates of Fidel Castro at the University of Havana. Nunez was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, but his parents soon moved first to Venezuela, and then to the United States. His family moved to Boston when he was two years old and then to Union City, New Jersey, when he was four.[3][4] He is bilingual in English and Spanish. Nunez attended various colleges in New York, including Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School

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Joseph Nunez

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Joseph Nunez

Joseph Nunez (sometimes credited as Joe Nunez) is an American actor and comedian most notable for his recurring role as Manche Sanchez on the show Prison Break. Career He also played a cleaner in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and the man who ran over Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness. In 2007, Nunez made a memorable appearance in Superbad as an employee at a liquor store and has also appeared in the films Bridesmaids, Let's Go to Prison and School for Scoundrels. Nunez also made frequent appearances in the Comedy Central sketch comedy series Nick Swardson's Pretend Time. In 2010, Nunez played the role of Migo Salazar in the pilot for the FOX sitcom Running Wilde, but the role was recast after the pilot episode. In 2012, he played a security guard in the movie The Watch. External links Joseph Nunez on IMDb

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Santos Ortega

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Santos Ortega

Santos Edward Ortega (June 30, 1899 – April 10, 1976) was an American actor and comedian. He was best known for playing Will Hughes in As the World Turns,[1] taking over from Will Lee, who had played the role from the first episode on April 2, 1956 to May 31, 1956.[2] Ortega continued in the role until his death in 1976. Biography Early life Ortega was born in New York City, New York, on June 30, 1899, to parents Rafael (born in Venezuela and of Spanish descent) and Isabella (née Corbett, from Ireland) Ortega.[3] Rafael Ortega was a cigar maker by trade, which may have influenced his son's habit of cigar smoking throughout his career. Ortega initially had aspirations of joining the priesthood and studied briefly at the Christian Brothers Seminary in Pocantico Hills, New York, but changed his mind after landing a series of small acting roles in a series of Broadway productions. Stage He began his career when he was 17[1] in the theater in "an extravaganza at the old Hippodrome Theater.[4] Later, he went o

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Mike O'Brien (actor)

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Mike O'Brien (actor)

Michael Patrick[1] O'Brien (born June 22, 1976),[2] is an American actor, writer, and comedian known for his work as a writer and short filmmaker on Saturday Night Live. He is the creator of the 2018 NBC comedy series A.P. Bio. Career O'Brien was born in Blissfield, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan, where he majored in film-video and was the founder and editor of a monthly comedy newspaper named The Anti-Daily.[3] O'Brien moved to Chicago and began taking improv and sketch classes. At iO Chicago he performed with a group called The Reckoning (2001–present). He trained at the Second City in Chicago, eventually joining the company's mainstage, where he performed for one year as a part of "America: All Better".[4] Saturday Night Live O'Brien worked as a staff writer on Saturday Night Live for seven seasons, joining the show in 2009, and also appeared as a featured player for the 2013–14 season.[5][6] After his sole season as a featured player, he left the cast but continued to write for the

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Michael O'Donoghue

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Michael O'Donoghue

Michael O'Donoghue (January 5, 1940 – November 8, 1994) was an American writer and performer. He was known for his dark and destructive style of comedy and humor, was a major contributor to National Lampoon magazine, and was the first head writer of Saturday Night Live. He was also the first performer to utter a line on that series. Early life O'Donoghue was born Michael Henry Donohue in Sauquoit, New York. His father, Michael, worked as an engineer, while his mother, Barbara, stayed home to raise him. O'Donoghue's early career included work as a playwright and stage actor at the University of Rochester where he drifted in and out of school beginning in 1959. His first published writing appeared in the school's humor magazine Ugh! After a brief time working as a writer in San Francisco, California, O'Donoghue returned to Rochester and participated in regional theater. During this period, he formed a group called Bread and Circuses specifically to perform his early plays which were of an experimental natur

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Dan Oster

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Dan Oster

Daniel Wheatley "Dan" Oster[1] (born October 12, 1981) is an American comedic actor and improv artist. He is most famous for being a member of Boom Chicago and a member of the MADtv cast. Early years Oster was born in Los Angeles, California. Prior to his comedy career, Oster was a Universal Studios tour guide and a karaoke jockey.[2] He first discovered his love for improv during his senior year of high school, when his girlfriend at the time took him to see his first live improv show. Upon learning the troupe responsible for the show, Ultimate Improv, was offering paid workshops to foot the bill for their theater space, Dan decided to take the plunge and sign-up. This led to an impressive five-year tenure with the Ultimate Improv, which ended when Oster joined Boom Chicago in July 2005. Boom Chicago During his time with Boom Chicago, Dan co-wrote and performed in one of the troupe's biggest hit shows to date: "Me, MySpace and iPod". This send-up of the digital age was hailed by many critics as "the best

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George Ortuzar

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George Ortuzar

George Ortuzar (born August 14, 1961), also known as George O, is a Cuban American actor, comedian, and television host best known for his work on Univision, including hosting the shows Lente Loco, La Piñata Loca, and Giorgiomania. Ortuzar has also appeared in several films and commercials, and was featured in advertisements promoting the Hollywood Park Racetrack, for which he served as the marketing manager during its last 12 years of operation. Since 2015, he has hosted the online sports show Better Sports News on YouTube. Career Television Ortuzar's career on television began in 1991, when he joined Univision after being discovered by production executives. After numerous appearances on Sabado Gigante, he went on to become the host of Lente Loco in 1993, alongside Odalys Garcia. Years later, he starred in two children shows La Piñata Loca and Giorgiomania, and has been featured in numerous commercials and infomercials over the years. Ortuzar was also a contestant on the game show The Moment of Truth in 2

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Matt Oswalt

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Matt Oswalt

Matthew "Matt" Oswalt (born September 25, 1970) is an American writer, actor and comedian. He is the younger brother of the comedian Patton Oswalt. Early life Matt Oswalt was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 25, 1970, the son of Carla Oswalt (née Runfola) and Larry J. Oswalt, who was a United States Marine Corps officer.[1] He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1995. Career Oswalt's first television credit was as a writer for the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show All That. He was a staff writer on Mystery Science Theater 3000.[2] He is the creator of the surrealist comedy web-series Puddin,[3] which starred Eddie Pepitone, and featured regular appearances by Patton Oswalt, Robin Williams,[4] Weird Al Yankovic,[5] Paul Provenza,[6] Dana Gould,[7] Jake Fogelnest, David Koechner,[8] Colin Hanks[9] and Steven Weber.[10] Oswalt is a prolific user of Twitter.[11] At the 2016 Grammy Awards he live-tweeted during the program.[12] He convinced the actor Mark Hamill via Twitter to recite actual tw

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John E. Owens

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John E. Owens

John Edward (or Edmund) Owens (2 April 1823 in Liverpool – 7 December 1886 in Maryland) was an English-American comedian, born in the Aigburth district of Liverpool, England but taken to the United States when three years old. He began his stage career in 1841 in Philadelphia. Owens was a popular comedian whose regular repertory included about fifty parts and who earned a fortune. His Solon Shingle (1864) was famous both in the United States and in England;[1] among his other favorite characters were Dr. Pangloss (in George Colman the Younger's The Heir at Law), Caleb Plummer in stage adaptations of Charles Dickens's The Cricket on the Hearth, and the old man (Elbert Rogers) in Esmeralda, in which he last appeared in New York. He was both humorist and comedian. John E. Owens, describing the conduct of a bee in an empty molasses barrel, once threw a circle of his hearers almost into convulsions of laughter.[2] He died at his home, Aigburth Vale near Towson, Maryland, 7 December 1886. References (July 187

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Bridget Everett

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Bridget Everett

Bridget Everett (born April 21, 1972)[1][2] is an American comedian, actress, singer, writer, and cabaret performer. She has performed stand-up on Inside Amy Schumer[3] on Comedy Central. Everett has described herself as an “alt-cabaret provocateur.”[4][2] Early life Originally from Manhattan, Kansas,[5] she has been performing in New York City for over a decade. Per Everett on the podcast Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith (episode 2: "Moms and Stuff"): “I’m from Manhattan, Kansas - the little apple. And my dad was mayor at one point, and then so was my brother many years later. So we’re kinda like the Kennedys of Manhattan, Kansas." Everett attended college at Arizona State University on a full scholarship to study music and opera. She worked in the restaurant business for 25 years before she was finally able to quit around the beginning of 2015.[6] Career Everett met Amy Schumer at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in 2009.[7] Everett has been regularly opening for Schumer on her comedy tours si

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Ben Kissel

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Ben Kissel

Ben Kissel is an American actor, comedian, and political pundit. Kissel is s a co-creator and co-host of the podcast The Last Podcast on the Left, as well as several US and foreign news channels. The Last Podcast on the Left was listed as one of Itunes Top 10 most downloaded comedy podcasts of 2017 with over a million subscribers. He is also the host of the political comedy podcast “Abe Lincoln’s Top Hat”. Life and career Kissel was born July 21, 1981 in Steven's Point, Wisconsin. He is the youngest of three sons born to an immigrant father and working-class mom. Kissel attended University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin[1] where he graduated with a degree in political science. Since 2010, Kissel has explored true crime, paranormal research, sports and politics on Cave Comedy Radio and has appeared weekly on The Last Podcast on the Left alongside Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski, Roundtable of Gentlemen, and Abe Lincoln’s Top Hat. He also appears on The Last Stream on the Left on Adult Swim and perfor

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Vicki Barbolak

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Vicki Barbolak

Vicki Barbolak is an American comedian, speaker, and founder of Wedding Chapel to Go. Barbolak was a top 10 finalist on season 13 of America's Got Talent. Early life Vicki Barbolak was born in Freeport, Illinois. Her mother was a secretary and her father, Pete Barbolak, a former National Football League player, worked in Chicago for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[1][2] Career At the age of 38, Barbolak saw an ad for a stand-up comedy class and decided to attend. She quickly realized that making people laugh brought her more happiness and joy than she thought was possible. After a few years of doing open mic, Barbolak was noticed by Mitzi Shore, owner of The Comedy Store, where she further developed her craft.[3] In 2018, she was a contestant on season 13 of America's Got Talent, where she finished in the top 10.[4] In 2019, she is on a national "Trailer Nasty Tour."[2][5][6] Barbolak is an ordained minister. She is the founder of Wedding Chapel to Go. She is also a speaker at conferences and organi

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Neil Campbell (Producer)

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Neil Campbell (Producer)

Neil Campbell is a comedian, writer, and producer, who served as artistic director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, CA from 2008 to 2012. Campbell has worked as a producer and writer on shows including Comedy Bang! Bang! and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Early life Campbell attended the University of Iowa, where he met frequent collaborator, Paul Rust.[1][2] Career Campbell has written and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, CA since it opened in 2005, and served as artistic director from 2008 to 2012.[1][3] Campbell often performed with actor Paul Rust at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, including co-hosting the long-running Not Too Shabby open-mic sketch show.[3] Campbell served as an executive producer, writer, and actor on IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang![4] Campbell wrote for the 2015 Emmy Awards with the entire Comedy Bang! Bang! writing staff.[5] Campbell has been a supervising producer on Brooklyn Nine-Nine since 2017.[6] He also had a recurring role on the

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Brian Palermo

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Brian Palermo

Brian Joseph Palermo is an American character actor and comedian. He has appeared in a number of television shows, commercials and movies. He is also a writer whose credits include Warner Brothers' Histeria!, Disney's Dave The Barbarian and Disney's The Weekenders. His film credits include The Social Network, My Life In Ruins, Daddy Day Care and Big Momma's House among others. Television credits include Entourage, Friends, Gary Unmarried, 90210, Zeke and Luther, The Middle, State of Georgia, Will and Grace, Digimon Data Squad, Malcolm In The Middle, and Significant Others.[1] Palermo has appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, mostly in sketches within the show, though in April 2011 he started doing "correspondent" pieces. These are introduced live by Palermo and Jay Leno. Palermo has also appeared as a recurring character on Tyler Perry's House of Payne as Phil who adopts a fake French accent and persona as "Phillipe". Palermo is a member of the improvisational and sketch comedy group

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John Paragon

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John Paragon

John Dixon Paragon (born December 9, 1954) is an American actor, writer, and director. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but grew up and attended schools in Fort Collins, Colorado. Paragon played Jambi the Genie on children's show Pee-wee's Playhouse. In addition to writing many of the regular season episodes of Playhouse, Paragon also co-wrote (with Paul Reubens) the Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special in 1988, for which they were nominated an Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Children's Special. Some of Paragon's other roles include Cedric, one half of the gay couple Bob and Cedric on the television series Seinfeld; the title character in the children's movie The Frog Prince; the sex shop salesman in Eating Raoul; and the owner of a Strip-o-gram business in the 1986 film Echo Park. Paragon got his start in the Los Angeles-based improvisation group The Groundlings alongside Reubens and Phil Hartman. He also collaborated with fellow Groundling Cassandra Peterson on numerous Elvira projects, including the

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Mark Normand

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Mark Normand

Mark Normand is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He began performing stand-up in his hometown New Orleans in 2006.[2] He has performed across the United States and abroad and has appeared on Conan, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[3] Normand has been a co-host of a weekly podcast called Tuesdays with Stories with fellow comedian Joe List since 2013.[4] Early life and education Normand was born in New Orleans and attended De La Salle High School and the University of New Orleans.[2] In 2005, he took a year off to study at the New York Film Academy but eventually gave up.[5] Career Normand began performing stand-up at Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar in New Orleans in 2006.[2] Normand regularly performs at comedy clubs and colleges across the country and has performed at numerous festivals, including the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Seattle International Comedy Competition, Boston Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and in 2013 was feature

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Logan Paul

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Logan Paul

Logan Alexander Paul (born April 1, 1995)[1][2] is an American internet personality, actor, professional boxer, director and musician. Paul first gained fame through videos shared on former Internet video service Vine,[3] later moving to Facebook and YouTube after the platform's shutdown. Paul's television and film work includes guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Weird Loners, and roles in films The Thinning and The Space Between Us.[4] He has been the subject of much controversy and legal issues, including an outcry after he filmed a suicide victim and posted the footage on his YouTube channel.[5] Early life Logan Alexander Paul was born on April 1, 1995 in Westlake, Ohio and grew up in Cleveland. Paul claims to possess English, Irish, German-Jewish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.[6] Growing up in Ohio with younger brother Jake Paul,[4] he began creating internet videos for a YouTube channel called Zoosh when he was 10 years old.[7] Paul attended Westlake High School, achieving

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Jake Paul

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Jake Paul

Jake Joseph Paul (born January 17, 1997)[1] is an American YouTuber, Internet personality and actor who rose to fame on the now-defunct video application Vine.[12] Paul first came into prominence for playing the role of Dirk on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark. He has since become the subject of controversies due to his unruly and inappropriate behavior. Early life Paul was born on January 17, 1997 in Cleveland,[1][2] and grew up in Westlake, Ohio. He is the son of Pamela Ann Stepnick (née Meredith) and realtor Gregory Allan Paul.[13] His older brother, YouTuber Logan Paul, claims that Jake is of English, German-Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.[14] Career Paul began his career in September 2013 posting videos on Vine. By the time Vine shut down, Jake Paul had 5.3 million followers and 2 billion plays on the app.[15] In 2015, it was announced that Paul would be starring as Dirk in Disney Channel's new comedy series Bizaardvark.[16] Jake Paul at Web Summit in 2016 On January 5, 2017, P

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Tom Patricola

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Tom Patricola

Tom Patricola (January 22, 1891 – January 1, 1950) was an American actor, comic and dancer who starred in vaudeville and motion pictures. Born in New Orleans, Patricola established his fame as a hoofer, becoming a leading interpreter of the Black Bottom dance. Besides excelling at eccentric dances, Patricola also sang and played the ukulele.[1] Marketing himself as a novelty act, Patricola was described as a "mop gone crazy" as he danced while simultaneously singing and playing the ukulele. He was also a noted clog dancer.[2] Career Tom Patricola & Ann Pennington do the Black Bottom as George White looks on (circa 1926) His fame as a song and dance man was assured by five seasons as a headliner with George White's Scandals, a Broadway musical revue, from 1923–26 and 1928. He was noted for dancing the Black Bottom with Ann Pennington in the 1926 version of Scandals.[3] While employed by George White, Patricola was coached by the African American choreographer Buddy Bradley.[2] With the advent of th

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Jonathan Perry (politician)

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Jonathan Perry (politician)

Jonathan Wayne Perry, known as JP Perry (born January 27, 1973), is the District 4F judge on the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit. Perry ran unopposed for the judgeship in the November 6, 2018 primary election, held in conjunction with general elections for Congress in the forty-nine other states,[1] Perry assumes the post on January 1, 2019. Earlier from 2011 to 2018, he was a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 26 (Vermilion and portions of Acadia, Lafayette, and St. Landry parishes in south Louisiana. Previously from 2008 to 2011, he was the state representative for District 47 (Vermilion and Cameron parishes), Perry won a special election for the state Senate held on February 19, 2011.[2] The Senate vacancy occurred with the resignation of the Democrat Nick Gautreaux, who accepted an appointment from Republican then Governor Bobby Jindal to head the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles in Baton Rouge.[3] Perry's victory was particularly significant because it reali

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Jerry Paris

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Jerry Paris

William Gerald Paris (July 25, 1925 – March 31, 1986) professionally known as Jerry Paris, was an American actor and director best known for playing Jerry Helper, the dentist and next-door neighbor of Rob and Laura Petrie, on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Early life Paris was born in San Francisco, California. His name, as frequently reported was, indeed, Paris and not Grossman. Grossman was his stepfather's surname, and Jerry never took that name.[1] After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he attended New York University and the Actors Studio in New York City. After graduating, Paris moved to Los Angeles, he attended UCLA and studied acting at the Actors Lab in Hollywood.[2][3] Career Paris had roles in films such as The Caine Mutiny, The Wild One and Marty. He also played Martin "Marty" Flaherty, one of Eliot Ness's men in a recurring role in the first season of ABC-TV's The Untouchables, besides making guest appearances on other television series. After having directed some episodes of

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Chris Parnell

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Chris Parnell

Thomas Christopher "Chris" Parnell (born February 5, 1967) is an American actor, voice artist, comedian, and singer. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2006 and played the role of Dr. Leo Spaceman on 30 Rock. In animation, he voices Cyril Figgis on the FX series Archer, Jerry Smith on Adult Swim's Rick and Morty and the narrator on the PBS series WordGirl. He also voices "The Progressive Box" in a series of advertisements by the Progressive Corporation. Early life Parnell was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to a Southern Baptist family.[1] His father, Jack Parnell, was a radio personality in Memphis. He first attended the Southern Baptist Educational Center, and later graduated from Germantown High School. He decided to pursue acting as a career at age 17, and set his sights on being a theater actor. He attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he received his BFA in Drama. He moved to Houston, Texas after college to do an apprentice actor program for a season at t

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Tyler Perry

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Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry Jr.; September 13, 1969)[1] is an American actor, writer, producer, and director.[2] In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million USD between May 2010 and May 2011.[3] Perry created and performs the Madea character, a tough elderly black woman.[4][5][6] Perry's films vary in style from orthodox filmmaking techniques to filmed productions of live stage plays. Perry is estimated to have earned around US$75 million by 2008.[7] Many of Perry's stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as films. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. Perry has developed several television series, most notably Tyler Perry's House of Payne, which ran for eight seasons on TBS from June 21, 2006, to August 10, 2012. On October 2, 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network. The partnership was largely for the sake of bringing scripted television to the OWN,

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Joe Pesci

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Joe Pesci

Joseph Frank Pesci ( PESH-ee, Italian pronunciation: ; born February 9, 1943) is an American actor and singer who is known for portraying tough, volatile characters in a variety of genres and for his collaborations with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in the films Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995) and The Irishman (2019). He also appeared in Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Moonwalker (1988), JFK (1991), A Bronx Tale (1993), and The Good Shepherd (2006). His comedy roles include such films as Home Alone (1990), My Cousin Vinny (1992), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), and the Lethal Weapon franchise (1989–1998). Pesci won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the psychopathic gangster Tommy DeVito (based on Thomas DeSimone) in Goodfellas; he had been previously nominated for the same award for his role as Joey LaMotta in Raging Bull. He announced his retirement from acting in 1999, and since then he has appeared only occasionally in films, including a cameo

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Mark Proksch

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Mark Proksch

Mark Edward Proksch ([1] born July 19, 1978) is an American[2] comedian and actor. He is best known for acting in The Office, Better Call Saul and What We Do in The Shadows television series, and as a fictionalized version of himself in the On Cinema universe. He first rose to prominence when he portrayed the character "K-Strass", a parody of a yo-yo master who became an internet sensation after appearing on local news shows. K-Strass Proksch had the alias of Kenny "K-Strass" Strasser early in his career, during which he appeared on small-market local newscasts as a yo-yo master.[3] The character Strasser was described by Paste Magazine as "the funniest thing that's ever happened" and speaking "in a nasal Midwestern accent, with a halting cadence that was both awkward and deliberate."[4] K-Strass was ostensibly created while Proksch's temp job at an ad agency fell through.[5] Proksch also appeared as K-Strass while opening for Gregg Turkington's Neil Hamburger on tour.[6] Turkington and Proksch would work

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Eric Price

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Eric Price

Eric Price is an American actor, comedian and voice actor. Price is most notable for his membership in the recurring cast of comedians on sketch comedy series MADtv during its 14th Season. He is also known for his voice roles as Paddy and Mooch in Alpha and Omega, its first sequel, and Alpha and Omega: The Series. Biography Early years Price was born on July 19, 1974 in Bay View, Wisconsin. He worked at ComedySportz for several years in Milwaukee before making it to Hollywood. During his years in Milwaukee, Price appeared for a number of years with the seminal improv troupe The Dead Alewives, several members of which have gone on to entertainment industry acclaim since the group's dissolution. Career MADtv Price joined the cast of MADtv in 2008 as a feature performer for the show's final season on FOX (season 14; 2008–2009 season). Despite not being featured much in episodes, Price had a recurring character (Darnell, the effeminate gay student in Coach Hines' gym class) and some memorable celebrity impres

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Rags Ragland

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Rags Ragland

Rags Ragland (born John Lee Morgan Beauregard Ragland, August 23, 1905 – August 20, 1946) was an American comedian and character actor. Personal life Ragland was born on August 23, 1905, in Louisville, Kentucky, to parents Adam Joseph Ragland and Stella Petty. As a youth, he worked as a truck driver, boxer, and movie projectionist in Kentucky. He was briefly married to Sabina Elizabeth Vanover and they had one child, a son named John Griffin Ragland (1925-1990), before they divorced in 1926. The following year, at the age of 22, Ragland moved to Los Angeles. Career Arthur Treacher, Pat Harrington, Ethel Merman, Frank Hyers and Rags Ragland in the original Broadway production of Panama Hattie (1940) Ragland (right) with Ben Blue, Red Skelton and Ann Sothern in the film Panama Hattie (1942) Phil Silvers, Betty Grable and Ragland on the Armed Forces Radio program Mail Call (1943) Ragland made his show business reputation in burlesque. He quickly became known for his wild ad-libs, unpredictable

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Quiddlers

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Quiddlers

The Quiddlers are a physical comedy group formed in Southeastern Michigan. They are known to audiences worldwide as "The International Ambassadors of Physical Comedy." History The Quiddlers began in the spring of 1986 as a group of five college students and friends in their early 20s under the name "The Marauding Miners". The group first appeared on a public access program called Waterford Tonight, on Comcast Cablevision Channel 45 in Waterford, Michigan. Later that spring the Miners performed at Eastland Mall near Detroit for the production staff of the syndicated game show "Puttin' On the Hits." After winning first place in the day's live competition, the group was invited to appear on the program from the soundstages at Universal Studios in Universal City near Los Angeles. The Marauding Miners won on Puttin' On the Hits. The Quiddlers were asked to appear on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy from Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. In 1986, two of the original mem

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Ted Raimi

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Ted Raimi

Theodore Raimi (born December 14, 1965)[1] is an American actor, director, comedian, and writer best known for his role as Joxer the Mighty in Xena: Warrior Princess/Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Raimi plays Ted Hoffman in his brother Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.[2] Early life Raimi was born to a Jewish family[3] in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Celia (née Abrams), a lingerie store proprietor, and Leonard Raimi, a furniture store proprietor. Ted was raised in Conservative Judaism; his ancestors immigrated from Russia and Hungary.[4] He attended Wylie E. Groves High School in Birmingham, Michigan where he was a popular DJ on WGHS, a blues harp prodigy, and an active member of the Groves Cinema Society. At seventeen he began his professional acting career doing industrial films in Detroit for Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. He attended University of Michigan, New York University, then finally University of Detroit. Raimi's older brothers are director Sam Raimi and screenwriter Ivan Raimi. He was a r

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Michael Ralph

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Michael Ralph

Not be confused with actor Ralph Michael Michael Ralph (born c. 1963 in Waterbury, Connecticut) is an American actor, comedian and voice actor. He is known for his recurring roles as Spencer Boyer on the sitcom A Different World, Tyrell Livingston on Cleghorne! and as Kelly on The Bernie Mac Show. Some of his other television credits include Martin, Moesha, The Parkers, All of Us, The Suite Life on Deck, Numb3rs, The Sinbad Show and Renegade.[1] He also appeared in the films Marked for Death (1990), Malcolm X (1992) and Nickelodeon television film Drake & Josh Go Hollywood (2006).[1] Ralph has also provided his voice in numerous video games. He also provided additional voices for Happy Feet Two. He is the younger brother of actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 2011 Happy Feet Two Additional Voices 2006 Drake & Josh Go Hollywood Police Chief Television film 2004 Dense Julius Television short film 2000 The Right Temptation Falco 1998 Woo Romaine

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Darryl Rhoades

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Darryl Rhoades

Darryl Rhoades (born June 7, 1950) is an American musician and comedian. Early life and education Rhoades is from Louisville, Kentucky. He attended high school in Forest Park, Georgia, a south suburb of Atlanta. Career Rhoades' musical career began in 1968 when he was a senior in high school as the drummer in a cover band, Celestial Voluptuous Banana, that played the Catacombs and Piedmont Park along with other bands such as the Hampton Grease Band.[1] By 1975 he had formed the Hahavishnu Orchestra, a 12-piece musical comedy troupe which performed nationally until 1978.[2] The music of the Orchestra is often compared to The Fugs, Frank Zappa and even The Tubes. The group's name is wordplay on the name of John McLaughlin's 1970s jazz fusion group The Mahavishnu Orchestra. During this period, Kurt Loder (of Rolling Stone and later also MTV) was quoted proclaiming Rhoades as "one of the most savagely gifted writer/performers in the country today".[3] On New Year's Eve 1977, Rhoades and the orchestra appear

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Harry Ritz

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Harry Ritz

Harry Ritz (May 22, 1907 – March 29, 1986), was an American actor and comedian.[1] He was the youngest of the Ritz Brothers. Early life Ritz was born Harry Joachim on May 28, 1907 in Newark, New Jersey. He was born the youngest of six children to parents Max (December 1871–January 4, 1939) and Pauline Joachim, (May 1874–November 26, 1935). His father was born in Austria-Hungary and owned a haberdashery and his mother was born in Russia.[2] Ritz was the brother to fellow comedians, (and future comedy partners), Al and Jimmy Ritz. He also had another brother named George who would become the future manager to the Ritz Brothers and had a sister named Gertrude Soll.[3] Career By 1925, and after a full career on Broadway, he and brothers Al and Jimmy decided to team up and form a song/dance-and-comedy act called the Ritz Brothers. Al chose the name "Ritz" after seeing it on the side of a laundry truck.[2] The brothers would have Harry standing in the middle singing The Man in the Middle Is the Funny One, a so

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Ada Roach

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Ada Roach

Ruth Freeman (back) and Ada Roach (front), as a duo act, from a 1918 advertisement. Ada Roach was an American musical comedy actress and entertainer on the Chautauqua and lyceum circuits. She was head of the Ada Roach Company (also called "Ada Roach and Company") from 1915 to 1917, and partner of Ruth Freeman in the Roach-Freeman Duo into the 1920s. Career The Ada Roach Company, in "The Heart of the Immigrant" (1915). In 1913 Roach performed with The Killarney Girls, a touring group presenting Irish songs and dances.[1][2] As head of the six-person Ada Roach and Company from 1915 to 1917, she starred in Charles F. Horner's The Heart of the Immigrant (1915),[3] "a stirring musical play which also abounds in histrionic and educational features", on the lyceum circuit.[4] The show toured for two years.[5] In Nebraska, the company's car broke down and they carried their luggage six miles on foot, rather than miss their curtain.[1] She was called a "bundle of sunshine" guaranteed to "chase the shadows from

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Jimmy Ritz

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Jimmy Ritz

Samuel Joachim (October 4, 1904 – November 17, 1985),[1] known professionally as Jimmy Ritz, was an American actor and comedian. He was also the second Ritz Brother. Early life Ritz was born Samuel Joachim to parents Max (December 1871 – January 4, 1939) and Pauline Joachim (May 1874 – November 26, 1935) on October 4, 1904. His father was a haberdasher from Austria-Hungary and his mother was Russian.[2] Ritz had three brothers, George, Al, and Harry, and a sister, Gertrude Soll.[3] Career The Ritz Brothers began as a dancing act in 1925, and by 1929 they had become vaudeville headliners. When vaudeville faded, they took their act, which combined complicated dance routines, sound-alike singing voices and a distinctively zany, juvenile humor (their theme song was titled Collegiate), to film, full theatrical presentations, and eventually television. They were appearing on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood when movie producer Darryl F. Zanuck spotted them. Their first film, Sing, Baby, Sing, in 1936, was followe

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Henry Rollins

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Henry Rollins

Henry Lawrence Garfield (born February 13, 1961), better known as Henry Rollins, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, presenter, comedian, and activist.[1][2][3] He currently hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW, is a regular columnist for Rolling Stone Australia, and was a regular columnist for LA Weekly.[4] After performing in the short-lived band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 to 1986. Following the band's breakup, he established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, and formed the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups from 1987 to 2003 (and again in 2006). Rollins has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony in My Head on Indie 103, and television shows such as The Henry Rollins Show, 120 Minutes, and Jackass. He had recurring dramatic roles in the second season of Sons of Anarchy, in the final seasons of the animated series The Legend of Korra as Zaheer, and has als

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Will Rogers

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Will Rogers

William Penn Adair Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. He was a Cherokee citizen born in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. Known as "Oklahoma's Favorite Son",[1] Rogers was born to a Cherokee family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). As an entertainer and humorist, he traveled around the world three times, made 71 films (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"),[2] and wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns.[3] By the mid-1930s Rogers was hugely popular in the United States, its leading political wit and the highest paid of Hollywood film stars. He died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post when their small airplane crashed in northern Alaska.[4] Rogers's vaudeville rope act led to success in the Ziegfeld Follies, which in turn led to the first of his many movie contracts. His 1920s syndicated newspaper column and his radio appear

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Mitch Rouse

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Mitch Rouse

Edward Mitchell "Mitch" Rouse (born August 6, 1964) is an American film and television actor, director, and screenwriter.[1] Rouse was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he played football at Oak Ridge High School.[2] He attended the University of Tennessee before developing an interest in acting. Career Rouse studied acting in Atlanta and later, improvisation in Chicago, where he became involved with improv guru Del Close and Chicago's legendary Second City Theatre where he met long-time friend David Pasquesi. After writing and performing in a number of Second City productions, Rouse moved to New York. Television It was in New York where along with Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert he co-created and starred in two television series for the cable television channel Comedy Central: Exit 57 and Strangers with Candy.[2] Rouse has appeared on episodes of Reno 911!, Home Improvement, Still Standing, and Lost at Home. He appeared in Seasons 4-6 of the ABC sitco

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Johnny A. Sanchez

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Johnny A. Sanchez

Johnny A. Sanchez (born May 14, 1968) is a stand-up comedian and actor, best known as a repertory player on MADtv from 2007 until 2009. Career Johnny A. Sanchez has spent many years as a stand-up comedian and is a veteran of many Los Angeles comedy clubs. He has also done voiceover work, most notably as the voice of Lombardo in Happy Feet and he reprised the role in the 2011 sequel. He has occasionally been confused with New York City native actor/producer Johnny Sanchez, usually due to the omission of the middle initial which differentiates both artists. MADtv Sanchez was on MADtv from 2007 until its conclusion in 2009. He was the show's fifth Latino cast member (after Pablo Francisco, Nelson Ascencio, Jill-Michele Meleán, and Anjelah Johnson) and the first male Latino cast member hired since season six's Nelson Ascencio. Characters Nacho Hernandez, also known as "Li'l Joker", a Latino thug who often appears on the news Farhid, an Iranian kite salesman Impressions Al Pacino Antonio Banderas C

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