Tony Sam is a Comedian, a Writer, a Producer, and a Terrific Lover. That's right, TONY IS A COMEDIAN WHO QUICKLY BECAME RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF CHiCAGO'S MOST CREATIVE AND FUNNIEST PERFORMERS.
HAILING FROM THE CHICAGOLAND AREA, HE NOW LIVES IN SUNNY, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AMONG THE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR OF LOS ANGELES.
TONY COMBINES HIS UNIQUE LIFE EXPERIENCES IN THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD WITH HIS CREATIVE IMAGINATION, AND PLAYFUL NATURE THAT NOT ONLY ENDEARS HIM TO THE AUDIENCE BUT DELIVERS HUGE LAUGHS AS WELL. HE DELIVERS HIS JOKES AND COMICAL STORIES IN HIS OWN CRAZY WAY, WITH SUBJECT MATTER RANGING FROM HIS ECCENTRIC GRANDMOTHER TO HIS FEAR OF BEES. QUIRKY AND EXTREMELY LIKEABLE, HIS CHILDLIKE CHARM WILL QUICKLY GET YOU ON HIS SIDE, AND HIS MATERIAL WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO STAY THERE, PERMANENTLY.
He also has an extensive array of characters in his stable of potent comedic weapons, which vary from Merlin the Angry Rant Wizard Comic, to Electroface the Heavywieght Comedy Champion of the World.
OVER THE YEARS, HE HAS WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND PERFORMED IN SEVERAL SKETCH COMEDY SHOWS WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT GROUPS, AND IS DOING STAND-UP COMEDY ALL AROUND COUNTRY. HE IS VERY PROUD TO BE CO-CREATOR AND LONG TIME EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE HIT SHOW, CHICAGO UNDERGROUND COMEDY. IN ADDITION TO CHUC, HE ALSO CREATED TWO OTHER HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL "ALT-COMEDY" SHOWS, THE POP STAND, AND "MONEY MACHINE!". HIS STAND-UP PERFORMANCES HAVE INCLUDED CLUBS, SCHOOLS, AND ROCK VENUES ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY. HE WAS ALSO A FEATURED PERFORMER IN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED LIVE CHICAGO GAMESHOW, “DON’T SPIT THE WATER!” . TONY HAS STUDIED AND PERFORMED IMPROVISATION, SKETCH COMEDY, AND COMEDY WRITING AT THE WORLD FAMOUS IO-CHICAGO THEATER AND THE CHICAGO SECOND CITY TRAINING CENTER.
HE HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE 2004 and 2007 CHICAGO SKETCHFESTS, THE 2006 NYC FRINGE FESTIVAL, THE 2005, 2006 CHICAGO SNUBFESTS, 2007 NEW YORK UNDERGROUND COMEDY FESTIVAL and the 2008 Bumbershoot Comedy Music and Comedy Festival in Seattle.
OH!!! HE ALSO HOLDS A DEGREE IN MARINE AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY FROM FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY AND CO-AUTHORED A PAPER IN NATURE MEDICINE. WOW!!
HE HAS HAD ALL SORTS OF NICE THINGS WRITTEN ABOUT HIM. YOU CAN VISIT THE PRESS PAGE TO READ ALL THE ARTICLES.
ONE MORE THING,
HE'S ALSO PROBABLY SMARTER THAN YOU, BUT HE WOULD NEVER BRING IT UP…DIRECTLY.
Ben Gleib is a standup comedian, actor, and TV host, best known as a round table regular on the hit show “CHELSEA LATELY” on E! appearing on the show over 85 times.
He is the voice of Marshall the Sloth in 20th Century Fox’s “ICE AGE – CONTINENTAL DRIFT” which is now the #1 animated movie of all-time internationally, and is one of the stars of Kevin Smith’s new movie “JAY AND SILENT BOB’S SUPER GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE.”
ESQUIRE named him one of “Six comedians who could be comedy’s next big thing.”
He just worked for THE OSCARS, hosting The Academy’s first ever “Oscar Roadtrip,” which was featured on ABC’s “OSCARS PRE-SHOW.” Ben was also a guest star this season on the popular E! scripted series “AFTER LATELY” Gleib also makes appearances as a guest correspondent on CNN, sharing his comedic take on politics.
His weekly podcast, LAST WEEK ON EARTH WITH BEN GLEIB, on the Smodcast Network, debuted on iTunes as the #9 Comedy Podcast in the world, and was #1 on Stitcher for over 20 straight weeks. He was recently on tour performing to sold-out Arenas all over North America opening for Dane Cook. Gleib was one of the stars of the SyFy series “INSANE OR INSPIRED?” hosted “DOG PARK SUPERSTARS” and “GSN LIVE” for GSN, hosted the webseries “BEHIND ENEMY LINES” for Yahoo!, “IS IT MANLY?” for Egotastic, and the official “LIVE RED CARPET” for “The Grammys.” He also starred in the NBC primetime comedy series THE REAL WEDDING CRASHERS, recently hosted DOG PARK SUPERSTARS and GSN LIVE for GSN, and has appeared on “GOOD MORNING AMERICA,” “SPORTSCENTER,” “VH1′S BIG MORNING BUZZ LIVE,” “EXTRA,” “ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE,” and THE GREENROOM with PAUL PROVENZA on SHOWTIME. He will also be voicing two characters in the popular Disney animated series “PHINEAS AND FERB,”
Gleib has performed his standup on THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS, and on NBC on LAST CALL with CARSON DALY and LAST COMIC STANDING. He also makes frequent appearances talking politics on NPRnpr_logo%5B1%5D.png on PATT MORRISON’S COMEDY CONGRESS, for which they recently won a prestigious GOLDEN MIC Award.
When in Los Angeles, he can often be seen performing at the legendary Hollywood Improv.
No stranger to the internets, Gleib’s online videos have received a total of more than 15 MILLION VIEWS. In 2010 he did comedic news pieces for Myspace. This was the first time they have ever given anyone a talent deal, and his videos were reviewed as “The best thing Myspace has ever done.”
In 2006 he sold a pilot called THE GLEIB SHOW to FOX produced by Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels and NBC/Universal. Before that “The Gleib Show” ran for 3 seasons as the #1 show on the National Lampoon Network, airing to millions of college students across the country. And even before that, he did it for 4 years in college, at The University of California, San Diego, where his show was the subject of his Honors Thesis, and even became a class that students could take for 4 units. This helped several of his close friends graduate. He was asked to speak at his graduation, and filled it with lots of inappropriate jokes and a Bill Clinton impression.
An LA native, Gleib is a unique voice in comedy, known for a wide range of material, and quick improvisational skills. A versatile performer, he recently shot five other pilots, including a pilot for FOX called "Naked But Funny,” "WTF?” for GSN, a BET improv comedy show called “Get It In” on which he was the only white cast member, and “CQC” a comedic news show where he got to mess with with Barack Obama, Bill & Hillary Clinton, and ruined a John McCain press conference, getting kicked out by the secret service. Gleib can also can be seen in a supporting role in the feature film, “Bar Starz” a comedy with Charlie Murphy that can be seen on Netflix.
A workaholic, he has also hosted several pods for CURRENT TV, hosted a webseries called “COUCH CRASHERS” for Playboy’s non-adult division, wrote a monthly column for “Saturday Night Magazine,” and appeared as a guest on FOX REALITY CHANNEL’s REALITY REMIX , TV GUIDE CHANNEL’s REALITY CHAT, and No Good TV’s Up Close with Carrie Keegan(ngtv.com).
He used to write for Collegehumor.com – one of the most popular sites on the internet, and was the voice of Dirk Melvin on the animated series “THE MELVIN BROS.” on gopotato.tv (and youtube.) Gleib is consistently in the Top 10 on the syndicated radio show “Comedy Countdown” (also on XM,) and is a regular on SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO. In addition, he has written the RADIO MUSIC AWARDS for ABC, and hosted a pilot for E! called CASUAL FRIDAYS.
He has performed in the Vancouver Comedy Festival, the Laughing Matters Festival in the Netherlands, and was selected “Best of the Fest” at the Just For Laughs Chicago Comedy Festival. He has also performed with The Satiristas, alongside Janeane Garofalo, and Henry Rollins.
In 2006 he released his first comedy album, titled “NOT AVAILABLE IN STORES.” His second album is due out soon. As soon as he can decide on a title.
Random facts include… when he was still in college he pranked his way onto THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, and a memorable episode of BLIND DATE, pretending he was an Israeli guy with no social skills, and had one of the most awkward dates ever. For his college talk show, Carmen Electra was his last guest, and Gleib was featured all over her E! True Hollywood Story.
He is proudest that he can probably eat more than you.