Nominated, six times for an American Comedy Award, Dom Irrera's stand-up material was honed in a multi-generational Italian household in South Philadelphia with his mother, sister, grandmother, uncles and cousins all under one very big roof. A great-grandmother even lived across the street. Together there were three floors and four generations of family.
His first big break was his performance on Rodney Dangerfield's "Nothing Goes Right" comedy specials for HBO. In 1989 Irrera's own HBO "One Night Stand" earned him his first CableACE award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. In '95 he won a second CableACE for the Showtime stand-up series he hosted, "Full Frontal Comedy". That same year he received a second CableACE nomination in the writing category for his work on Comedy Central's animated series, "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist". He also starred in a solo stand-up special for HBO in '92 titled "Command Performance".
He has performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "The Late Show with David Letterman", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", "The View", and has made several appearances on "Oprah". Recent credits include an all-new stand-up special titled "Comedy Central Presents", which aired on the cable network this past summer.
As an avid sports fan, he hosted four seasons of Comedy Central's irreverent football show, "Offsides", where he conducted hilarious on-the-field interviews with football greats. He also hosted Comedy Central's "Behind the Scenes at the American Comedy Awards: specials in '98 and '99.
Irrera was a series regular on the '98 Fox comedy "Damon" starring Damon Wayans and his guest-star credits include "Seinfeld" (he played an annoying prop comic needling Jerry in the memorable episode), "Becker", "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "King of Queens". In addition, Dom voices the character Ernie, the demolitions expert, on Nickelodeon's "Hey Arnold".
His film work includes a featured role in Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle", a cameo in the Coen Bros. Film, "The Big Lebowski", "The Fourth Tenor", starring old pal Rodney Dangerfield, and he played himself in the Rodney Dangerfield / Dom De Luise film, "The Godson".
Dom has performed at Montreal's prestigious "Just For Laughs Festival" and the "Cat Laughs Festival" in Kilkenny, Ireland (he's made more appearances at both festivals than any other American comic). He also has performed at the "Melbourne Comedy Festival" in Australia, and at "Edinburgh Festival's" Assembly Hall. It was there that he received the "Herald Award" for artistic excellence.
Andy Kindler is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker. Originally from New York, and now complaining from California, he annoys people all over the world.
Andy is a frequent guest and correspondent for The Late Show with David Letterman. Each summer at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal he delivers the State of the Industry address to a packed ballroom filled with comics and Hollywood industry types. He is infamous for his scathing attacks on the world of entertainment, including the previously taboo practice of making fun of his fellow comedians. Just as the comedy boom of the nineties was imploding, Andy wrote the “Hack’s Handbook” for National Lampoon. This “how-to” guide satirized and exposed tired comedy formulas.
Andy currently recurs on IFC’s Maron, Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 and Fox’s hit animation, Bob’s Burgers. He was also a judge on the seventh season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and starred in two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials. Other noteworthy credits include the HBO Young Comedians Special, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, The Daily Show, Wizards of Waverly Place, Dr. Katz Professional Therapist, Home Movies and The Larry Sanders Show. Andy is often recognized for playing the life-affirming character “Andy” on the CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond.
Jerrod Carmichael is an LA based standup and performer originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has been crafting his standup for over three years and this year was featured in Variety as being one of the top ten comics to watch, as well as being one of the New Faces at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.
Jerrod is a regular around some of LA’s favorite standup shows, including Meltdown, The Improv, Laugh Factory and many alternative rooms.
Comedian Jerrod Carmichael is getting his very first standup special, and it's going to be a big one: an hour-long special for HBO. The untitled special will be taped May 7th, 2014 at The Comedy Store, and it will air later this year. Carmichael's HBO hour is being produced by Funny Or Die and directed by Spike Lee. This will be only the second standup special Spike Lee has directed, following the 2000 standup concert film The Original Kings of Comedy.
In an interview with us back in 2012, Carmichael discussed plans to do a special:
"I have an idea [for a special]. I think it's a good idea. It's very specific to me … If you do a special, you want to do it not just to do a special. You want to do it because you have something to say, and you think it can be impactful. So, what I want to say is coming out more, and I'm excited about that."
It's very rare for HBO to give an hour special to a comedian as new as Carmichael, who, although he's been doing standup since 2008, has never done a set on TV. Most comedians start with late night spots or a half-hour Comedy Central special, so Carmichael getting an hour on HBO, which is a prestigious and sought-after gig in the industry, as his first televised performance says a lot about how much faith HBO has in him.
Carmichael, who ranked first in a 2013 poll we conducted amongst LA bookers and hosts to determine their favorite up and coming standups, has appeared on Fox's The Goodwin Games, the upcoming movie Neighbors, and created and starred in a sitcom pilot that's currently in development at NBC.
Allan Havey is a well-respected actor and comedian, dubbed by the NY TIMES as “cocksure, irreverent, and very funny”. In the past year he has guest starred on LOUIE, UP ALL NIGHT, THE OFFICE, GOOD LUCK CHARLIE, and made nine appearances as Lou Avery on seasons six and seven of AMC’S MAD MEN. According to TV GUIDE, his character became “the most hated man on television”. He recently shot the pilot for Amazon’s MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, slated to air in 2015. He will also appear in Chris Rock’s new film TOP FIVE, and scored big with his tenth appearance on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN.
Allan has had extensive television experience, starring in the Fox half hour comedy FREE RIDE. He appeared in the pilot as well as the season (2002) opener of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, as well as Jerry Seinfeld’s documentary, COMEDIAN. He made five appearances on the MTV show PUNK’D where he victimized Kanye West, Shannon Elizabeth, Lindsay Lohan and Brandy. In addition, he has appeared on MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, SEINFELD and THE SARAH SILVERMAN SHOW.
Stand up appearances include LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN, THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON and COMIC RELIEF IV and V. His two HBO specials “ONE NIGHT STAND” and “COMMAND PERFORMANCE” were both nominated for Cable Ace Awards. He is known as creator and host of the cult talk show “NIGHT AFTER NIGHT”, which ran for three years on Comedy Central.
Allan costarred with Matt Damon in Steven Soderberg’s THE INFORMANT, and was featured in the Will Smith motion picture HANCOCK. Additional film work includes INTERNAL AFFAIRS, CHECKING OUT, ROUNDERS and KNOCKAROUND GUYS. He was also featured in the hit documentary THE ARISTOCRATS.
He has headlined for thirty years in clubs and colleges around the country, as well as internationally. His comedy festival experience includes ASPEN COMEDY FESTIVAL (Colorado), JUST FOR LAUGHS (Montreal), TOYOTA COMEDY FESTIVAL (New York), and KILKENNEY FESTIVAL (Ireland). He recently returned from the Netherlands where he starred on THE COMEDY FACTORY.
Allan has made several appearances on COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMAN. In 2008 Allan was awarded a Streamy Award for acting as part of best ensemble in the web series EASY TO ASSEMBLE with Illeana Douglas.
Mixing an incisive wit with scathing sarcasm, Greg Fitzsimmons has achieved success as a stand-up, Emmy Award winning writer and host on both radio and TV. A regular with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jay Leno, Greg has made more than 50 visits to “The Howard Stern Show”. He also hosts “The Greg Fitzsimmons Show,” on Sirius XM’s "Howard 101” and twice a week puts out the hugely popular “FitzDog Radio” Podcast.
Greg hosts a series on The Speed Channel called “Pumped” and is a frequent panelist on “Chelsea Lately”. His 2011 book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons, climbed the best-seller charts and garnered outstanding reviews from NPR and Vanity Fair. Greg is taping a new One-Hour standup special this summer.
Greg spent five years as a panelist on VH1’s “Best Week Ever”. He has two Half-Hour Specials on Comedy Central, and in 2008 Greg made his entire family proud hosting the 25th Annual "AVN Adult Movie Awards" on Showtime.
Writing credits include HBO’s “Lucky Louie”, "Cedric the Entertainer Presents," "Politically Incorrect w/ Bill Maher", "The Man Show” and many others. On his mantle beside the four Daytime Emmys he won as a writer and producer on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" sit “The Jury Award for Best Comedian” from The HBO Comedy Arts Festival and a Cable Ace Award for the MTV game show he hosted called "Idiot Savants”.
American comedian Sarah Silverman was born on December 1, 1970, in Bedford, New Hampshire. After dropping out of New York University, Silverman focused on the stand-up comedy circuit and received her big break in 1993 as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live. After that stint, she worked many years as a writer, comedian and actress, becoming known for her good looks and politically incorrect statements. Her 2005 film,Jesus Is Magic, released and highlighted her one-woman comedy show. Two years later, she starred in The Sarah Silverman Show. Silverman continues to write and act on TV and in film.