Category Archives: Jewish Comedians

Rhonda Shear

Rhonda Shear has been breaking the mold since her beginnings as a New Orleans beauty queen, during her brief stint in politics, as Hollywood actress/sex symbol, touring as a stand-up comedienne, and now as the entrepreneur behind Rhonda Shear Intimates and the Ahh Bra! After appearing on countless TV shows and in films, modeling professionally, and hosting USA: Up All Night for over 450 episodes, Rhonda knows all about capturing the attention of audiences around the world.

Shear Enterprises, LLC now has nearly 20 full-time employees, its own 15,000sqft corporate office space in sunny Florida, and customers in over 30 countries! From its humble beginnings, the company has grown incredibly quickly, now selling millions worldwide each year! So how did Ronda and partner Van Fagan find success where so many have failed? Hard work, patience, and creativity! “If you can’t invest in yourself, how can you expect anyone to?” Rhonda and Van self funded Shear Enterprises, LLC almost entirely for their first 10 years in business. Building on Rhonda Shear Intimates’ international acclaim Rhonda plans to launch a new line of fragrance & beauty products, expand Rhonda Shear Intimates’ presence in retail, and now a book!

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Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for portraying a semi-fictional version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), which he co-created and co-wrote with Larry David. For its final two seasons, they were also co-executive producers.

Seinfeld also co-wrote and co-produced the 2007 animated film Bee Movie, in which he voiced the protagonist. In 2010 he premiered a reality series called The Marriage Ref. He directed Colin Quinn in the Broadway show Long Story Short at the Helen Hayes Theater, which ran until January 2011. He is also the creator and host of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton is endearing comedy lovers, and his future is bright. Named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch with standout appearances on Conan, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and Showtime, he’s establishing himself as one of the nation’s favorite stand-ups.

He’s impressed industry insiders by racking up a remarkable number of national competition wins and festival appearances, including winning The Great American Comedy Festival and Sierra Mist’s America’s Next Great Comic Search. He’s also a regular performer at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festivals with several international television performances including The Muppets Gala in Montreal and the Sydney Opera House International Comedy Gala.

He’s often lauded for being a clean comedian, although his audiences span a broad spectrum. Wrote one reviewer, “His stories and delivery are so funny, it doesn’t even cross your mind that he works completely clean. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. When he talks about his experience skydiving or taking a hot-air-balloon ride, you’re too busy laughing to notice he’s not like the others.” (from Vancouver Georgia Straight “For Comic Ryan Hamilton Getting Clean Laughs Just Comes Naturally”)

Growing up in Idaho and making his home in New York City he’s far from his small-town roots, but the contrast suits him. He’s currently headlining top comedy clubs across the country building a following of enthusiastic fans.

Eddie Sarfaty

Comedian and writer Eddie Sarfaty has appeared on The Today Show, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Logo’s Wisecrack, and can currently be seen in the documentary, Laughing Matters. 

Eddie has appeared at clubs and colleges across the country, and has entertained at corporate conferences, on cruise ships, and at a variety of special events.  He has been featured at numerous comedy festivals including the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and The Toyota Comedy Festival in New York.  He performs regularly at major comedy clubs in New York City including Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club, and Stand-Up New York, and usually spends his summers entertaining audiences in Provincetown, MA. 

In 2008, “Second Guessing-Grandma,” a story of Eddie’s that appeared in the anthology, When I Knew, was made into a short film starring Tony-nominee Kathleen Chalfant. It has been screened at film festivals across the US as well as in Italy, Britain, Bosnia, and Brazil, has won several jury prizes and audience-choice awards, and has been seen by over three hundred and fifty thousand viewers on YouTube.

Eddie’s first book, a collection of humorous essays entitled Mental: Funny in the Head (Kensington Books July 2009) has received excellent reviews, is currently in its third printing, and was the featured selection of the InsightOut Book Club, a division of Bookspan, for the month of its release.  In addition, his writing has appeared in Metrosource, Out, and LA Confidential Magazines.

 

Jeff Garlin

Jeff Garlin has a style of comedy that has much in common with the comedians of the ’60s and early ’70s (among them, Shelley Berman, Mort Sahl, Woody Allen and Richard Pryor). Garlin tells stories, exploring his personal foibles and exposing his innermost secrets for all to hear.

On television, Garlin co-stars and executive produces the critically-acclaimed HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show stars the creator of Seinfeld, Larry David, and recently won the 2001 AFI Comedy series of the Year Award. Jeff spent three season on NBC’s Mad About You in the role of Marvin. Jeff has had his own HBO half-hour special. As a director he has directed both Jon Stewart (Unleavened) and Denis Leary (Lock-n-Load) in their HBO specials. Jeff has also directed Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Jeff appears in the Steven Soderbergh film Full Frontal which stars Julia Roberts and David Duchovny, and Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy. Jeff has a variety of TV and film appearances to his credit as an actor and a stand-up, including Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bounce, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Born and raised in Chicago and then South Florida, Garlin studied filmmaking and began performing Stand-Up comedy while at the University of Chicago’s Second City Theatre, and has written and starred in three critically acclaimed solo shows (I want Someone to Eat Cheese With, Uncomplicated, and Concentrated).

Jeff’s hobbies include eating puddin’ and taking naps.

Brad Garrett

Standing 6 feet 8-1/2 inches tall, Brad Garrett grew up in Woodland Hills outside of Los Angeles.
In 1984, he became the first $100,000 grand champion winner in the comedy category of Star Search (1983). This led to his first appearance, at age 23, on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), making him one of the youngest comedians ever to perform on the show. In 1986, Garrett told a joke the talent booker warned him against and he hasn’t been on the show since. Following his “Tonight Show” appearance, Garrett’s career took off, garnering him headlining gigs at several national venues as well as opening spots for legends including Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli. He has headlined at Bally’s Park Place and co-headlined with The Temptations at Trump Plaza. He has also worked at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas with Frank Sinatra, Caesar’s Palace with David Copperfield, and Smokey Robinson, Harrah’s with Sammy Davis Jr. and The Beach Boys, and Radio City Music Hall with Julio Iglesias.

In 1989, the Las Vegas Review Journal named him the Best Comedian working on the strip. Changing gears, he made his way into the world of television. He struck gold with Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Apart from his supporting role in sitcoms, he has also done voice-overs and appeared in a few films. In 1998, Garrett made a real-life proposal to his then real-life girlfriend, Jill Diven, on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Garrett currently resides in Hollywood, California with his two Labradors Retrievers, Gus and Mabel.

Kathy Griffin

Emmy Award-winning comedian, best-selling author, reality star and actress Kathy Griffin has yet to meet a celebrity that she won’t mock in the name of humor. She’s got a gift for making fun of her own life too, all the way back to her birth on November 4, 1960, in the Chicago burbs. This famous funny lady is also a highly recognized for LGBT community advocate.