Category Archives: Los Angeles Comedians

Boris Cherniak

Boris Cherniak is a Russian-born Canadian-based entertainer, psychological illusionist, hypnotherapist, comedian hypnotist and motivational speaker that performs internationally.

He’s also an award-winning motivational speaker who was named corporate Entertainer of the Year and Global Leader.

His book “You can Do Anything” is available on Amazon now.

Read more about him here: http://www.incredibleboris.com/References/Framingham-University-Article.pdf

 

T.J. Miller

T.J. Miller is becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. He has been named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” as well as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Next Big Things in Comedy.”

Miller is currently crisscrossing the country performing his critically acclaimed stand-up act. In June he recorded his first hour long stand-up special for Comedy Central in his hometown of Denver and he also has a comedy oriented pop/hiphop music album in the works with Comedy Central Records.

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Richard Lewis

Perhaps Mel Brooks put it best when he said, “Richard Lewis may just be the
Franz Kafka of modern day comedy.”

Lewis has taken his lifelong therapy fodder and carved it into a commanding, compelling art form.
His early career as a stand-up brought him to the top of his ranks. Over time and through a variety of
mediums, he broadened his exposure and more and more came on board to appreciate his
brilliantly warped world.

Lewis Black

Lewis Black is an American comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor. He is known for his angry face, comedy and style, which often includes simulating a mental breakdown, or an increasingly angry rant, ridiculing history, politics, religion, trends and cultural phenomena. He hosted the Comedy Central series Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil, and makes regular appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart delivering his “Back in Black” commentary segment. When not on the road performing, he resides in Manhattan. He also maintains a residence in Chapel Hill, N.C. He is currently the spokesman for Aruba Tourism, appearing in television ads that aired in late 2009 and 2010. He was voted 51st of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time by Comedy Central in 2004; and was voted 5th in Comedy Central’s Stand Up Showdown in 2008 and 11th in 2010.

Black has served as an “ambassador for voting rights” for the American Civil Liberties Union since 2013.

Johnny Sanchez

Johnny Sanchez is one of LA’s hottest up and coming comedians. With his feverish energy, detailed characters and pinpoint delivery, his shows take you on a laughing journey of people, places and life. Working alongside comedians such as Louie Anderson, Howie Mandel, Chris Rock and Damon Wayans, Johnny has honed his comedy into an exquisite art form.

Johnny Sanchez recently shot a half hour special for Comedy Central and has performed stand-up on the “Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn”, NBC’s “Friday Night”, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”, BET’s “Comic View”, and HBO’s “Comedy Showcase”. Johnny’s small screen appearances also include acting on FOX’s “Luis”, CBS’s “Becker”, and a recurring role on NBC’s “Watching Ellie”.

Anjelah Johnson

Anjelah Nicole Johnson was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She is Mexican and Native American descent. Anjelah is one of 5 children. She has 3 brothers, 1 sister, a ton of aunts and uncles and even more cousins!

Her strong family support has been instrumental throughout her journey in the entertainment industry. Anjelah’s introduction to life as an entertainer began at the age of 8 as a Pop-Warner cheerleader.

She continued as a cheerleader throughout high school, college, and finally professionally for the Oakland Raiders. As an Oakland Raiderette she was named Rookie of the Year and performed in Super Bowl XXXVII. After studying for 3 years in college Anjelah decided that it was time to make ‘the big move’ to Los Angeles and pursue entertaining professionally.

Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Anjelah began dancing, acting, modeling and lending her voice professionally. Since relocating, Anjelah has been featured in magazines and commercials for companies such as: Sprint, Visa, Snickers, Verizon, All-State, Washington Mutual, K-Swiss, and Dryers Ice Cream just to name a few!

Being the funny girl that she is, Anjelah found herself in a stand-up comedy class where the final assignment was to perform at a live comedy club. This “class assignment” would prove to be one of the most pivotal experiences in her life. The feeling she had on stage that night was one that couldn’t be forgotten; one that would drive her to continue working as a stand-up comedian.

Since that day she has worked as a headlining stand up comedian in renowned comedy clubs, casinos, colleges, and churches.

Billy Gardell

Billy Gardell works hard. He has no choice. He’s from Pittsburgh. Hard work is the honor code in Pittsburgh, and Gardell lives by it. Good thing too, because Billy isn’t your average Hollywood success story. No GQ genetics, no family in the business, no coattails to ride.

Billy took the long road to Hollywood, stopping at every small town honky-tonk, military base and comedy club along the way. Anywhere he could find a live audience. Billy started early in stand up and got good fast; headlining some clubs before he was legal at the door. But that didn’t stop him from being as big a hit at the bar as he was on stage. After all, the kid was living his dream and following in the footsteps of his idol, Jackie Gleason.

As every comic quickly learns when they arrive in L.A., all those years toiling in the clubs to become a great comic don’t mean a thing in Hollywood. You start working your way up all over again. His acting career has been on the rise with regular guest appearances on hit prime time shows like “My Name is Earl” (NBC), “The Practice” (ABC), “Yes Dear” (CBS), “Monk” (USA), “Judging Amy” (CBS), and “Gary the Rat” (Spike, as well as a co-staring role in the critically acclaimed FX series “Lucky”. He made his major film debut alongside Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone in “Avenging Angelo” and has a memorable scene with Billy Bob Thornton in the Cohen Brother’s “Bad Santa”.

Billy’s dedication to acting, along with continuing to tour as a stand up, have allowed him to grow consistently stronger in both arenas. His stand up show is a powerhouse. His grounded, down-to-earth point of view hits a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence, and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman.

Lachlan Patterson

Lachlan Patterson’s laid back style has given him a unique stage personality that has audiences charmed from beginning to end. His debut album Jokes to Make Love To was a top-10 release for Rooftop Comedy and his live shows have drawn fans all across the globe.  When not on the road touring or preparing a set for television, Lachlan records his weekly podcast The Kooks of Komedy in which he talks candidly about his personal life, goals and passion for surfing.

Robert Wuhl

“Gail’s a meshuggeneh, but she’s my meshuggeneh.”
– Robert Wuhl

“He is such a pro and a multi-talent. Not many can write appropriate, tailored new material for an event and then perform it”
-Gail Stocker

“His presentation was great.  Informative, well-researched, funny.”
Joanna Berens, Conference Partners Inc.

>THE ROBERT WUHL SHOW premiered on the Westwood One radio network marking yet another chapter in the ever-evolving career of ROBERT WUHL.   Whether performing as an actor, writer, producer, director, (and now talk-show host), ROBERT WUHL refers to himself as one thing — a storyteller.   This is never more illustrated than in his Award winning HBO Comedy Specials, “Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl”, and “Assume the Position 201” in which he lectures actual college students about  “the stories that made up American, and the Stories that America made up.”

Robert was the creator and star of ARLI$$, one of the longest-running original series in HBO history.  In its seven seasons on HBO ARLI$$, a satire of the world of professional sports, achieved a rare feat growing in numbers each and every year, as it crossed the line between comedy and dramatic social commentary, presenting such issues as Domestic Abuse, Homosexuality, Ageism, Racism, Alcoholism, and Steroid abuse in sports.

WUHL has also been critically praised for this work in films such as Bull Durham, Batman, Good Morning Vietnam, Mistress, Blaze, and Cobb.   In 1996, he directed, wrote, and starred in the independent feature, OPEN SEASON, a biting satire of the TV ratings system.

In addition, WUHL has been twice honored with Emmy Awards in ‘91 and ‘92 for writing the Academy Awards telecasts hosted by Billy Crystal.  He also received CableAce Best Actor nominations in both drama (Tales from the Crypt), and comedy (Arliss).

As a comedian, Robert starred in his own HBO Comedy Hour titled, Robert Wuhl’s WorldTour, and is a frequent performer on Comic Relief.

Elayne Boosler

Writer/comedian/animal activist Elayne Boosler is known for her thoughtful and feisty political humor. In addition to her busy touring schedule, she recently moderated NOW’s Democratic presidential candidates debate in Washington, D.C. (NYTimes.com). Other recent hosting/headlining duties include benefits for the Women Lawyers Association of L.A. reception honoring Senator Barbara Boxer, The Israel Humanitarian Foundation, Interval House Crisis Shelters (three years running), Atlanta’s Fox Theater for Gilda’s Club, George Washington University anti-war concert for Code Pink, People For the American Way annual gala, numerous past fundraisers for Comic Relief, Voter’s For Choice, Planned Parenthood, the United Negro College Fund, the Lighthouse, Inc., MDA, and animal charities too numerous to mention.

Elayne’s political television appearances include thirty- two visits to Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, CNN’s Crossfire, regularly appearing on both Larry King’s election roundtable and CNN’s post debate show during the last election. She toured colleges on behalf of the Gore campaign, and hosted the five-hour election night gala in Tennessee at the invitation of Mr. Gore. She recently rallied the troops for Senator Hillary Clinton at a get- out- the- vote rally, and was honored in October by the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP) for her work on behalf of reproductive choice. She hosted the Voter’s For Choice Constitution Hall Gala for Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, was the comedian chosen to perform at his first White House Press Correspondent’s Dinner, and performed at Ford’s Theater in Washington again for the President and congress. She last campaigned in New Hampshire for Governor Jeanne Shaheen, and was invited to Washington by Senator Jack Reed (R.I.) in recognition of her gun control work with the Violence Policy Center.

Elayne has written for Barron’s on finance, USA Today on sports, The New York Times, Esquire, and was a regular columnist for George Magazine. In December, Elayne wrote the “Counterpunch” column in the L.A. Times. She has since been named to the L.A. Times Comic’s Features Panel. She will also be a featured “correspondent” in upcoming cartoon panels of the popular syndicated Non-Sequitur strip by Wiley Miller. Their first cartoon panel collaboration ran in February. In April 2004, Elayne was the keynote speaker at this year’s Association of Editorial Cartoonists convention. She was recently featured on VH-1’s “When Stand-up Comics Ruled the World”, and was named as one of “Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Comics of All Time”.

Elayne’s non-profit animal rescue and advocacy organization, “Elayne Boosler’s Tails of Joy” (www.tailsofjoy.net) is active across the country in cruelty cases, humane education and awareness. To date, TOJ has raised and distributed funds to over sixty rescues in twenty states.