Category Archives: Gen-X Comedians

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis is an American actor, writer and stand-up comedian. Galifianakis came to prominence with his Comedy Central Presents special in 2001 and presented his own show called Late World with Zach on VH1 the following year.

Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo is an American film actress, stand-up comedian, liberal political activist, and writer. Garofalo began her career as a stand-up comedian and became a cast member on the Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show, and Saturday Night Live, then appeared in more than 50 movies, with leading or major roles in The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Wet Hot American Summer, The Matchmaker, Reality Bites, Steal This Movie!, Clay Pigeons, Sweethearts, Mystery Men, and The Independent, among numerous others. She stars with Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd in a 2015 Netflix eight-episode prequel to Wet Hot American Summer featuring most of the cast playing their original roles from the 2001 movie.

Garofalo is an outspoken progressive activist. From March 2004 to July 2006, she hosted Air America Radio’s The Majority Report with Sam Seder.

Jackie Kashian

Jackie Kashian’s comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered. She is a national touring comic with a new hour standup special “This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux.” She recently made her late night comedy debut on the Conan O’Brien show, has her own half hour special on Comedy Central, was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing and has recorded This American Life with Ira Glass for NPR. She has a weekly Podcast where she interviews people about their obsessions.

Joe Zimmerman

Joe Zimmerman began doing comedy in North Carolina in 2006 and toured with the Beards of Comedy from 2008-2012. Since moving to New York in 2012 he has landed TV appearances on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show on Comedy Central, Conan on TBS, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,
NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Nickelodeon, and his own Comedy Central Half Hour Special. In 2014, he recorded his debut album “Smiling at Wolves”, which reached #2 on iTunes, and Buzzfeed named him a “Comedian you should be paying attention to,” while Paste Magazine featured him as one of “10 Great Comics from the South.”

Joe is currently touring his new hour. He also hosts a podcast called Universe City that pairs comedy with science, and a monthly show in Brooklyn called “Deeperness”. Joe grew up in Morgantown, WV and graduated Davidson College in 2005.

John Heffron

The winner of the second season of NBC’s hit reality series “Last Comic Standing,” comedian John Heffron has become a comic to watch and love. The Detroit funnyman, who Phyllis Diller referred to as “the cute one,” won a talent contract with NBC as well as other great opportunities. When asked about his experience on the show, John said, “It’s a lot like high school … there are good and bad memories, in the end, I think I will only remember the good ones.” John started his comedy career as a student at Eastern Michigan University, skipping night classes to perform stand-up comedy. He got his first gig as an emcee at the Main Street Comedy Showcase on the University of Michigan campus. After making his way to graduation, John immediately began working in his field of choice. He started touring the college circuit, performing at more than 80 colleges a year. By that time, he was already a seasoned comic with more than four years of experience. The college audience related to his type of humor, which talked about his days in college, the retro music that he and his classmates listened to and the Pop Rocks that he played with as a kid. This material made him a hit on college campuses, where he recorded his first comedy CD, “Kid With A Cape.”

By the age of 25, John was a successful headlining comedian who decided to also put his degrees in communications and psychology to work by taking a job as radio sidekick to Danny Bonaduce on a highly-rated Detroit morning show. He worked for five years before making his way back to Los Angeles. Since arriving in LA and making his home in Hollywood, he has made numerous television appearances including NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” two of his own half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” specials and many others. In addition, John has performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festivals in Montreal and Bermuda, as well as the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen.

Also an entrepreneur, John — along with partner Joel Zimmer — created a card game called The “That Guy!” Game, which puts girls on a scavenger hunt for guys. According to InStyle, Entertainment Weekly and Glamour magazines, it became an immediate hit when Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and SNL’s Rachel Dratch were spotted buying the game. Entrepreneur magazine even featured John and Joel in its 2001 “Hot 100” issue. John took the idea a step further by developing a pilot based on the concept, which received a significant amount of industry attention. “The idea took nearly three years to come to fruition,” John said. “It was while we were both recovering from breakups that we decided to really focus in on it.”

Also in the works is a television project with ABC and Touchstone.

Maria Bamford

What young stand-up comedienne was able to marry John Travolta in the film Lucky Numbers, got to make-out with John Cryer on the ABC series The Trouble with Normal, and taught Jenna Elfman how to play the violin on the hit series Dharma and Greg? Maria Bamford.

Maria started her stand-up career performing at comedy clubs in Minneapolis, then made a stop on her way to Hollywood at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Her unique character-based, edgy stand-up excited Hollywood TV and film executives at the festival and lead to a number of memorable roles.

Maria has performed three times on NBC’s The Conan O’Brien Show. She has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Make Me Laugh and Louie Anderson’s NBC series Comedy Showcase. Maria’s talent is not limited to television and film. She is a series regular on Nickelodeon’s animated series, Catdog.

On a more personal note, Maria can’t wait to settle down and get married and or be surrounded in warm, rising bread dough!