Category Archives: LGBT Comedians

Erin Foley

Erin Foley is a comedic actress, comedian, and writer and a regular cast member on TruTV’s How To Be A Grown Up. She just finished writing for the new NBC sitcom, ONE BIG HAPPY, which debuts in the spring of 2015.

As a seasoned comedian, she has her own Comedy Central Presents, as well as having been on Conan O’Brien, @ Midnight, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, Arsenio Hall and Last Call With Carson Daly. She has performed five times at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the San Francisco Sketch Fest, the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin and the Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington.

Foley’s successful comedic podcast Sports Without Balls was recently added to the All Things Comedy network, receiving critical acclaim. Additionally, Erin has starred in many national commercial campaigns, a guest star appearance in NBC’s Go On, the acclaimed Tribeca Film Fest short Cried Suicide, and even a supporting role in Almost Famous. Erin has branded a unique position for herself in the industry as not only a gifted stand-up but a talented actress. Her versatility makes her one of the most sought- after women working the comedy scene today.

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.

 

ANT®

Funny, irreverent, controversial, and always entertaining, ANT® (spelled in all caps and a registered trademark) has made his mark on the comedy hill becoming one of the most sought after comedians in the nation.

A regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Howard Stern Show, ANT is the only contestant to leverage the exposure and momentum from his appearances on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and move into other major television projects. First becoming the host of VH1’s smash hit Celebrity Fit Club (6 seasons) then starring in “But Can They Sing” , followed by a star turn in “Celebracadabra”, and then his own series that bears his name,The U.S of ANT®.

ANT® takes chances. In 2008, he ventured out of his comfort zone, appearing in the VH1 series,”Celebracadbra” (magic with the stars). A terrible fear of clowns and unfortunate skill with magic, brought viewers one of televisions funniest moments. But it took a group of first graders to bring him down. Literally. (ANT still insists they started it.)

Soon after he released his second album – a live DVD concert film called, “ANT: America’s Ready”(his first album was the comedy CD “Follow my ass!” from Comedy Central Records).

More recently, he can be seen guest starring on the ABC hit series, “The Middle” with the hilarious Patricia Heaton, on the TV Guide Channel’s Celebrity Feuds , and in his daily video blog, “ANT® rANT” which has taken the web by storm generating hundreds of thousands of views and ranking in the top 100,000 websites in the nation (there are over 87 million). ANT®’s rANT has entertained millions.

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.

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation and video. Throughout her extraordinary entertainment career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: six Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony as Best Actress, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream and That’s the Truth, and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards — the first for the ABC television special, Edith Ann’s Christmas: Just Say Noël, and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet.

Judy Carter

Judy Carter is an author, speaking coach, and humorist. Her message of using comedy techniques to decrease cubicle stress makes Carter an in-demand speaker for Fortune 500 companies where her keynotes entertain and inspire.

Judy’s been featured on over 100 TV shows, nominated for Atlantic City’s Entertainer of the Year, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Oprah Winfrey Show and on CNN.

When she’s not speaking, snowboarding, or scuba diving, Judy coaches people how to improve their presentational skills by finding their authentic message and making it funny. Her private clients include TV stars, pro wrestlers, celebs and even a United States senator.

As an author, Judy doesn’t like to brag, but she did write the Bible. No joke, she’s the author of The Comedy Bible (Simon & Schuster) as well as, Standup Comedy: The Book (Dell Books) which was featured on Good Morning America, CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show, where Oprah recommended the book to anyone who wants to lighten up.

Judy’s new book, The Message of You: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career (St. Martin’s Press, Feb 2013), teaches readers how to use life stories to inspire others and launch a speaking career.

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Margaret Smith

Stand Up Comedian, Actor, Writer and Producer, Margaret Smith hails from Chicago’s south side. After garnering six Emmy Awards, as a writer and producer for the Ellen Degeneres Show, Margaret left to work on her own projects. She recently published her first book, a hilarious yet poignant, memoir about becoming a single mother. It’s titled, “What Was I Thinking”.

Additionally, she has won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comedian. You may have seen her wry, acerbic delivery on one of her many appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman. She starred in her own special for Comedy Central. Her incredibly funny CD, titled “As It Should Be” has a liner note on the cover from Jay Leno. Jay writes, “, “The best comedians are the ones that write and perform their own material and Margaret Smith is at the top of that list”.

Her roles in Television and Film include parts in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas”, the remake of “The Blob”, the Wachowski brother’s hit thriller “Bound” with Gina Gershon and Meg Tilly, the standout record store, owner, in the hilarious, yet short-lived, spin off of “That 70′s Show” aptly titled “The 80′s Show”, and a guest starring role in the Pamela Anderson series, “VIP”, to name a few.

Margaret has toured the comedy circuit doing live performances throughout the United States and beyond including Britain, Ireland and Australia, not to mention a one-nighter in Tasmania.