Category Archives: Blue Collar Comedians

Drew Carey

Drew Carey is a stand-up comic turned actor and producer who had the distinction of having two hit shows simultaneously: the long-running comedy The Drew Carey Show, which ran from 1995-2004, and the improv/sketch show Whose Line Is It Anyway? on which he was host and a producer. The success of that show led to the creation of Drew Carey’s Improv All-Stars, an improv troupe that performs in showrooms across the country.

In July 2007, Carey was named the host of The Price Is Right, succeeding longtime host Bob Barker. In August 2007, he began also hosting the Network’s Power Of 10, a high-stakes, primetime game show where contestants compete for the chance to win $10 million.

In May 2000, Carey starred in his first television movie as the title character in “Geppetto” for the Wonderful World of Disney. Carey sang and danced in the new telling of the classic Pinocchio tale. Carey’s debut book, Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined, is a look at life from Drew’s unique and comical perspective.

Carey returned to his stand-up comedy roots in July 1997 when he hosted HBO’s Mr. Vegas’ All-Night Party, where he performed musical numbers and comedy sketches.

While in the Marine Reserves, his military buzz cut and black wide-rim glasses became part of his trademark look. He began his successful career as a comedian in April of 1986 at the Cleveland Comedy Club. One of his first big breaks was competing on Star Search ’88.

In 1991, Carey landed a spot on HBO’s 14th Annual Young Comedians Special and appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Carey landed his own television development deal at Disney, which led to an opportunity for Carey to co-star in the series The Good Life. Carey also had the opportunity to work with Bruce Helford, who was a consulting writer on the series and hired Carey as a staff writer for The Gaby Hoffman Show. Their experience led the two of them to decide to co-create a series for Carey. Carey went on to star in his own comedy special for Showtime, Drew Carey: Human Cartoon and performed in Showtime’s Tenth Anniversary of the Montreal Comedy Festival.

Etta May

Arkansas may be better known for hog-hollerin’ contests and a president then comedy but the excitement is pretty much the same when Etta May takes the stage. Clad in a floral blouse and polyester pants, sporting a print bandanna and pointy glasses, she may remind you of the lunch lady from your old school or your deranged Uncle Zeke in drag. But make no mistake Etta May is for real.

A veritable steamroller of southern sass, she has made audiences howl with laughter from Arkansas to Wyoming.

Born in the sprawling metropolis of Bald Knob, Arkansas, Etta May grew up alongside nine brothers, who referred to their only sister as “the human sacrifice”. In fact, Etta’s parents — her father a potpourri farmer, her mother bedridden by constant childbearing –did not realize Etta was a girl until she required a training bra.

Audiences may already be familiar with Etta from her weekly syndicated radio show called Ask Etta, an advice column carried by over 200 country radio stations in the United States and Canada. Fans of the show write in and Etta May proceeds to give them straight from the hip, no nonsense guidance on life’s little worries, in a way that only Etta can.

Her fan club of over 40,000 Etta Heads, as she calls them, started growing from appearances on such hit shows as Oprah Winfrey, Showtime’s Aspen Comedy Festival, Arsenio Hall and several Comic Strip Live appearances, just to name a few. Her uproarious performance on The Comedy Store’s 15th Anniversary Special, broadcast in prime time on NBC, nearly upstaged such seasoned pros as Robin Williams and Richard Pryor, but then again, even comedy legends move aside when Etta May takes the stage.

“Everything went great. Etta May was hilarious, it all worked out fine.” – Corey Cecil, Bluegrass Regional Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board, Inc.

George Lopez

George Lopez is one of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry today. His ABC network and Warner Brothers Television produced sitcom “The George Lopez Show” is executive produced by Bruce Helford (“The Drew Carey Show,” “Roseanne”) and movie-star Sandra Bullock.

George’s new CD “Right Now Right Now” (Oglio Records/Warner Brothers) is currently enjoying great critical and public acceptance. Most recently, Lopez hosted his own morning radio show for Clear Channel Communications in Los Angeles.

He was the first Latino to have headlined the keystone morning radio slot on an English-language station in LA, the nation’s top radio market. Lopez took his program from so-so ratings to Top 10 in just a few short months.

Lopez, a multi-faceted talent who performs on stage, film and television has earned kudos for his performance in the drama “Real Women Have Curves” for HBO Films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to tremendous reviews, receiving the 2002 Audience Award. Lopez was also featured in a dramatic role in the feature “Bread and Roses.” The film, directed by British filmmaker Ken Loach and released by Lion’s Gate, has received critical acclaim since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and has won the Phoenix Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. George recently appeared in the Showtime film, “Fidel,” which debuted in January and just completed production on the comedy, “Frank McKluskey, C.I.” for Disney.

George has appeared on over 70 television’s programs including: “The Tonight Show,” Showtime’s, “Latino Laugh Festival,” “Politically Incorrect,” and is a frequent host on Univision’s “Que Locos.” He is featured in a recurring role on Showtime’s “Resurrection Boulevard” and is a contributing writer for Nickelodeon’s “The Brothers Garcia.”

Jeff Foxworthy

At over 8 Million copies, Jeff Foxworthy has sold more comedy albums that any other comedian– that’s more than Bill Cosby, Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. Both of his stand-up comedy albums, You Might Be A Redneck If… and Games Rednecks Play, have attained triple platinum status. No other comedian in the history of the recording industry has had an album go triple platinum, much less two. His new album, Totally Committed, shipped GOLD!

Jeff has just completed his third standup comedy special debuting May 16th on HBO. His network television series, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, ran for two and garnered Jeff a People’s Choice Award. He is a favorite on The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. He’s won TNN’s Comedian of the Year three years running.

Jeff’s book, No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem spent over two months on The New York Times Bestseller List and has sold more than 600,000 copies in hardcover and paperback. His cartoon books have sold over 3 million copies and his annual calendars are well over 1 .5 million.

Mike Marino

Mike Marino – affectionately known to thousands of his fans as New Jersey’s Bad Boy – is one of the most unique comics of our time. He has performed in every major comedy club from New York to Los Angeles including: The MGM Grand, Catch a Rising Star, The Comic Strip, Stand-Up NY, The Improv, Rascals and The Icehouse. Mike is a top headliner at both the world famous Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store in Hollywood, where he can be seen nightly. Mike has worked with some of the biggest names in the business such as: Andrew Dice Clay, Carrot Top, Lou Rawls, Tony Orlando, Frankie Avalon, Tony Danza, Joey Gian and Frank Stallone.

Mike was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He entered the world of theatre at an early age, and is a graduate of the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Mike has appeared in over 200 national television commercials, and has received a Best Actor Clio Award Nomination. He has acted in many Prime Time soaps and television shows including: As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Becker, Nikki, Frasier and Party of Five. His film credits include Errors, Freaks and Oddities, Steven King’s Lucky Quarter, Volaré, Walking on the Sky, Three Tables and Hangin’ in Hedo.

After great success in film, theatre, commercials and soaps, Mike began touring the nation performing at countless comedy clubs. His stand-up material ranges from cutting edge to his Italian family roots. His comedic style has landed him a guest set on the Martin Short Show, as well as other talk shows including Que Locós. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno made him a regular sketch player. Mike has been featured on many radio shows including The 5 O’Clock Funnies. Mike has hosted some of the most prestigious award shows including The Beverly Hills Films Awards, The Montreal Italian Film Festival and The Feast of San Gennaro. He has also headlined several USO Comedy Tours.

Mike has a tongue like a razor and a heart of gold. He has the incredible ability to perform in any arena, big or small, and can cater his material for all audiences, from strictly clean to down and dirty. He has performed in hundreds of corporate functions for companies including AT&T, United Airlines, American Express, Paul Mitchell, IBM, Wella, Merrill Lynch, Sebastian Intl., Toyota, L.A.S.D., N.J. Asphalt Assoc., The City of Hope, OSIA, and the LAPD. Mike Has performed for numerous charities including Aids Project – LA, Haven House, Team earthworks, and the Eric Davis Cancer Fund. When Marino is not performing, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family on the East Coast.

Chance Langton

Chance Langton is a nationally known comedian, musician, actor, and writer. Over the past twenty years he has headlined at top comedy clubs across the country. In addition, he has appeared in concert with Rodney Dangerfield, Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy, and other well-known acts. His numerous national television credits include appearances on ABC, NBC, Fox, Showtime, and A&E; on such shows as Comic Strip Live and Comedy on the Road. Chance Langton’s hilarious CD Shut Up, I’m better Than Them is heard regularly on Dr. Dimento’s radio program, XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. Chance’s acting can be seen in Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights, House Party 2, and The Complex World.

He’s a musical comedian who has performed many times in concert halls. In New England alone, he performed at “Symphony Hall,” “The Berklee Performance Center,” “The Comcast Center,” The Colonial Theater,” The Colonial Theater,” and “The Capitol Center For The Performing Arts.”

Cchance opened or Rodney Dangerfield in concert halls, and has had 16 national TV appearances. He sang in the animated film “Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights.”

Pam Stone

Funny, fresh and versatile, Pam Stone stands head and shoulders above other comediennes. At six feet, this blonde actress, writer and comedienne can state that – literally.

Height notwithstanding, her talents stood on their own for 5 seasons in her recurring role on ABC’s hit series Coach as the women’s basketball coach, ‘Judy Watkins’, where she conveyed a tough competitiveness, softened by an underlying femininity.

Pam won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comics in after being nominated five years in a row.

She has appeared on numerous television shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight, Comic Strip Live: Prime Time, Sunday Comics and Oprah Winfrey. The positive response led to to her own Showtime Special. Today, Pam continues to headline at venues across the country.

Although raised in the South, Pam’s parents were British, which would explain her lack of a southern accent and her pragmatic view of regional stereotypes.

Pam carries her sophisticated blend of insights and satire into her successful talk show The Pam Stone Show from her farm in the foothills of South Carolina to the delight of a vast number of radio and online audiences.

Vic Henley

Using his Southern “good ole’ boy” persona to first charm his audience, Vic Henley wins them over entirely with his well-crafted humor. His improvisational ability, quick wit, and high energy have earned him the reputation as one of the country’s fastest rising comedians. His appearance has been described as “as cross between Opie Taylor and Don Rickles, or a potent concoction of innocence and devilment.” This may explain why Henley can turn perfectly reasonable adults into guffawing idiots when he struts across the stage.

Henley’s show cover a variety of topics including current events, sports, religion, relationships, and politics. This explains how he is able to entertain diverse audiences all over the world as evidence by his appearances at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and Edinburgh, Scotland’s Fringe Festival. Scotland on Sunday says, This stand-up from America’s Deep South is giving rednecks a good name with his sharp, political material and a pleasing audience rapport.

London’s Sunday Times quotes, “There’s something about his smooth southern drawl and beaming face that makes everything sound like a little message of love. Bless his heart.”

A native of Oxford, Alabama, Henley graduated from Auburn University and headed to Phoenix for a career as a stockbroker. His attention turned from finance to funnies when he entered and won a comedy contest at a local nightclub. He began working the comedy club circuit and eventually moved to New York, which led to his first television appearance on the CBS Morning Program. From there, he had numerous appearances on Star Search, Fox’s Comic Strip Live, A & E ‘s Evening at the Improv, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, and Stand-up Spotlight with Rosie 0’Donnell.

He’s traveled to the UK and appeared on the BBC’s Stand-up Show and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, along with being the only American comedian to appear on their huge hit, They Think It’s All Over.

Other credits include: BBC Scotland’s Edinburgh Nights, Channel 5’s The Comedy Store, Showtime’s Comedy Club Network, MTV’s Funny Papers, USA Network’s Night Flight, and Lifetime’s Way Off Broadway with Joy Behar.

Bill Engvall

Sharing the humor in everyday situations which people relate to has made Bill Engvall one of the country’s top comedians.

Bill Engvall’s latest CD, Dorkfish was ranked #1 on Billboard’s Comedy Chart, surpassing Jerry Seinfeld’s album. Bill has also just come out with a new single and video entitled Hollywood Indian Guide, which is guaranteed to become a favorite on radio stations and television.

“Anyone who liked Bill Engvall’s previous album Here’s Your Sign will enjoy Dorkfish. Bill says, “The material is more playful and relatable and I take more chances on this album, but it still remains clean and family oriented.” In case you are wondering, a Dorkfish is a prehistoric porpoise with a huge overbite.

Engvall’s comedy encompasses a wide range of topics that include kids, family life and animals. But it was Bill’s Here’s Your Sign signature routine that garnered him national attention and the one audiences remember and come back for again and again. The album was #1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks, peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Current Country Album Chart, 17 weeks in the Country Album Top 10 and reached the Top 50 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart.

Collaborating with country artist Travis Tritt on a video also entitled Here’s Your Sign , Bill Engvall became a fixture on the playlists of CMT and TNN while the single of the same name became the most requested single on country radio. The album Here’s Your Sign was certified Gold within the year of its release and continues to climb the charts.

Bill Engvall also won the Best Seller Comedy Album award at the 1997 NARM convention, outselling albums by Chris Rock and Adam SandIer. Bill’s humor has extended into the world books with the publication of You Don’t Have To Be Dumb To Be Stupid.

A native of Galveston, Texas, Bill Engvall moved to Dallas and was working as a disc jockey at a nightclub when he decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy. Though he originally planned to be a teacher, Bill soon found that making people laugh was truly his forte. Engvall then made the move to Los Angeles to pursue film and television opportunities.

Starting with the Showtime special, A Pair of Jokers with Rosie O’Donnell. Bill Engvall has hosted A&E’s Evening at the lmprov and made several appearances on The Tonight Show as well as Late Show with David Letterman. In 1992 Bill won the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-up Comedian. After appearing in episodes of Designing Women and Golden Palace, Engvall went on to portray Buck Overton on the ABC sitcom Delta starring Delta Burke, thus solidifying his status as a sought-after comic actor. This was followed by a co-starring role on NBC’s The Jeff Foxworthy Show.

Though he loves television roles, Engvall says he would never give, up performing live, “When you’re doing stand-up live, you achieve an intimacy with the audience you can’t get on TV,” he says. “There’s not a better feeling in the world then when you look out and see the audience is identifying with you. There are enough problems in everyday life. If you come to my show for an hour and just enjoy life again, then I’ve done my job.”