Stand-up comedian, humorist, and commentator Pete Dominick is on a stable trajectory to becoming a household name. He stormed the New York City comedy scene in the late '90s, quickly making a name for himself locally as an emcee all the Manhattan clubs wanted hosting their best lineups. Meanwhile, Pete was sought by colleges nationwide, performing on over 300 campuses in just four years. Pete's reputation for “working the crowd” led to opportunities to warm up audiences for live television tapings, including on programs for MTV, CNBC, and Comedy Central, as well as lots of work opening for fellow comedians like Artie Lange at major venues. After seeing Pete expertly soften up Jon Stewart's Daily Show audiences, Stephen Colbert brought him to the set of The Colbert Report as permanent audience warm-up from the pilot into the Emmy award-winning show's fifth year, when Pete left to pursue his own on-camera career. As resident “offbeat reporter” on John King USA, Pete's quick wit and attention-grabbing personality caught the eyes of CNN executives in 2010, leading almost immediately to his own half-hour news wrap-up show, What the Week. Pete, as show co-creator and host, blends tongue-in-cheek irreverence with an insightful look back at the real issues making and missing the headlines. Back in 2006, Pete's appearance on the New Faces stage of the Montreal Comedy Festival led to lots of interest, including the opportunity to try radio as host of a fast-paced live comedy hour on the Sirius network's Raw Dog Comedy channel. In early 2008, Pete made the leap to political commentary, starting his own talk show, Pete's Big Mouth. Pete continues to host a 3-hour daily discussion on both Sirius and XM, now called Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, which regularly features some of the biggest names in politics and journalism. The Huffington Post recently called Stand Up! “truly the best political talk show on the air today.” Hollywood Reporter listed Pete in an article featuring personalities to watch in talk radio
Owen Benjamin is a series regular on the TBS series SULLIVAN & SON, recurred on NICK SWARDSON’S PRETEND TIME, and has appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW, COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, PUNK’D and LIVE AT GOTHAM. He played Marvin the bartender in THE HOUSE BUNNY and can be seen in JACK AND JILL, BUCKY LARSON and ALL’S FAIRE IN LOVE. Owen was featured as a breakout comedian on COMEDY CENTRAL’S 2010 HOT LIST and currently tours the US with Vince Vaughn. Owen’s one-hour standup special HIGH FIVE ‘TIL IT HURTS premiered on Comedy Central in Summer 2013 to terrific reviews.
Jeff Ross is an actor, writer, director, producer and comedian originally from Newark, New Jersey. He is the creator and star of "The Burn With Jeff Ross" on Comedy Central as well as a producer and star of that network's wildly popular celebrity roast franchise. He also debuted his new comedy special on Comedy Central entitled "Jeff Ross Roasts America: which takes Jeff across the United States and into Canada speed roasting the people, places and things that make this country so unique. Recent writing credits include the screenplay "The Comedian" (co-written with Art Linson) and the book, "I Only Roast The Ones I Love" published by Simon & Schuster. Jeff also tours the world performing live as "The Roastmaster General".
Todd Glass (Born Kendall Todd Glass) is an American comedian from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a contestant on the second and third seasons of NBC's Last Comic Standing and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, the Sarah Silverman Program, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and his own Comedy Central Presents special. Todd also does a podcast titled Comedy And Everything Else with fellow comedian Jimmy Dore and Stefane Zamorano. Todd released a CD of live standup called Vintage Todd Glass and Other Crap and is also featured on the two CD set Comedy Death-Ray, a compilation of various stand-up comedians recorded at the UCB theater in Los Angeles, California. On the May 8, 2009 episode of Comedy and Everything Else, Todd mentions that he will have a new CD coming at the end of May on Comedy Central Records called "Thin Pig".
Steve's Comedy Central Presents Half Hour Special premiered in 2006 and was voted the seventeenth most popular Comedy Central Presents by fans as part of the Standup Showdown on comedycentral.com. He also was the winner of the MySpace Standup Or Sitdown competition on TBS. He has had small parts in several films: The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, starring Jeremy Piven and was produced by Will Ferrell; Four Christmases, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon; and Couples Retreat, starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. On July 16, he appeared on Conan. He has become a regular on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno recently and has done it 9 times. He's filming his third hour special Feb. 8th in New York City in 2014.
Byrne created with Rob Long and is starring in the comedy Sullivan & Son on TBS that premiered in the summer of 2012. After a very successful summer run with Season One, TBS gave the go ahead for a second season that aired in summer of 2013. The show proved to be a hit with an average of 2.4 million viewers per episode and is being brought back for a third season with 13 episodes slated for summer of 2014. Byrne will once again hit the road with the other comedians and co-stars of the show Owen Benjamin, Ahmed Ahmed and Roy Wood Jr. in support of Sullivan & Son that same summer.
Every so often, a comedian comes along who emerges as a triple threat: comedian, actor and writer/producer. Nick Swardson is one of the most exciting artists to have taken on this role. Most recently, Nick performed in Grown Ups 2 and Grown Ups. The road to success has been a steady climb for Swardson, who started his career in St. Paul/ Minneapolis, then on to New York and Los Angeles, where he first struck feature success in writing Warner Bros. Malibu's Most Wanted, which starred Jamie Kennedy. After catching the attention of Happy Madison Productions, he quickly became a fixture in the company, writing, co-writing or producing such projects as Grandma's Boy, Benchwarmers, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Nick also performs in movies such includng That’s My Boy, Blades of Glory, 30 Minutes or Less and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, which he wrote, acted, and produced. His first CD/DVD Party on Comedy Central Records went Platinum and was he followed with his first one-hour Comedy Central special, Seriously who Farted.
Comics for Conservation Benefit Show for the Wyland Foundation’s water conservation efforts. Hosted by Pete Dominick (XM Radio’s Stand Up with Pete Dominick), the live comedy show will feature comedians from throughout the Hollywood Improv’s historic 50 years. Conservation advocate and founder of the Wyland Foundation, Wyland will unveil a site specific mural immortalizing 50 legends of comedy who have performed at the Hollywood Improv, several of whom will be on hand for the unveiling. The Comics for Conservation Benefit Show and mural unveiling are the first of several events planned to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Improv. Limited pre-sale tickets are available for $25 at hollywood.improv.com, which includes a reception hosted by The Hollywood Improv, Levity Entertainment Group, The Organic Cellar, M Café by Chaya and House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer.