With a dynamic energy and an almost tangible onstage presence, Dean Edwards remains one of the comedy
worlds most in demand performers across the globe. Armed with a razor sharp wit, an arsenal of characters
and spot on impressions, it’s no wonder that he’s become such a favorite, garnering media attention as well
as a legion of fans.
As one of the stars of MTV2’s hit show, GUY CODE, Dean has helped the show become the networks
most successful show in its history. He also just completed hosting TV One’s clip show, VIDIOTS and
serves as a correspondent on BET’s new program, DON’T SLEEP, hosted by TJ Holmes.
A talented Actor/Comedian, Dean Edwards has been making his mark in comedy following two successful
seasons as a cast member on “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE With such memorable impressions as Don
Cheadle, Michael Jackson and Denzel Washington, as well as such original characters as "Man in Elevator"
and "Cop#2", Dean always pushed himself to the limits of creativity and exhaustion. Always the multi-
tasker, Dean found the momentum to juggle his SNL career, his numerous standup appearances and
multiple television appearances.
Born in the Bronx and raised throughout New York, Dean's travels made it easy for him to communicate
with all walks of life. After dividing his college career between classes and a 6-year term in the U.S. Army
Reserves, Dean ultimately made the choice to devote his career to comedy. Although his fellow soldiers
loved his impressions of their drill sergeant, Dean spent many an afternoon doing push-ups to pay for his
comedic talent. That talent paid off and Dean found his career after participating in a college talent show.
Armed with a degree in communications, Dean became an in-demand comic, and landed his first big
break on Russell Simmons' “DEF COMEDY JAM.” Though the show is renown for it's blue humor, Dean
found a way to break the traditional mold with his mainstream appeal. Subsequently, he was a featured
comedian on “SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO” a few years later. Dean followed his TV appearances by
starring in numerous television commercials, and also worked with Spike Lee on the hit feature film “THE
ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY”.
Edwards has since earned a reputation as a headlining favorite at comedy clubs and colleges across the
country. An international sensation, Dean has attended Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival twice
and was chosen to perform at the Jozi, Cape Town and Durban Comedy Festival’s in Johannesburg, Cape
Town, and Durban South Africa, as well as Saudi Arabia in late, 2009. More recently, Dean completed a
tour of the Middle East, performing in front of more than 10,000 comedy fans: beginning in Cairo, Egypt
and ending in Kuwait.
Dean has made several late night appearances, including “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Last
Call with Carson Daly.” He is also a favorite and frequent guest on Byron Allen’s “Comic Unleashed,” and
is frequently providing comedic commentary on various VH1 highlight shows. Director Malcolm Lee also
chose Dean to finish Bernie Mac's voice/ADR work on "Soul Men" after the comedian’s untimely death.
He spent 2 years workshopping and creating the character of Donkey, leading up to Dreamworks’
SHREK THE MUSICAL on Broadway. Jeffrey Katzenberg was so impressed by Dean’s vocal talents
that he invited Dean to step into Eddie Murphy’s shoes to reprise the role of Donkey in Dreamworks’
new Halloween classic, “SCARED SHREKLESS”. Some of his feature credits include “SPIDERMAN
3”, “TONY –N- TINA’S WEDDING” and “UNIVERSAL REMOTE”. Dean’s first comedy CD, “REAL
TALK WITH FAKE PEOPLE, Volume 1” debuted at the top of Itunes comedy charts in 2009. As he
continues to ascend in the ranks of entertainment, Dean next plans to record a one hour comedy special in
the near future.
Upon graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005, Lee moved to New York City to fill the stand-up publicist position at Comedy Central. Today she is one of NYC's fastest emerging comedians. In addition to performing at top venues such as Comix NY, Caroline's On Broadway and The Laugh Lounge, Lee has opened/featured on road shows for headliners Zach Galifianakis and Jeffrey Ross.
She has performed at festivals such as the Out of Bounds Festival in Austin, TX, The New Orleans Comedy Festival and The New York Underground Comedy Festival. This year, Lee was one of ten chosen from a 200+ applicant pool to perform in the Underground Festival's Emerging Comics Contest, where she placed First Runner-Up. Based on her stand-out performance at "See You Next Tuesday" at UCB LA, alongside performers Judd Apatow and Jonah Hill, Lee was passed for booker Scott Auckerman's prestigious "Comedy Death Ray" showcase.
Lee appeared on the national cable show F'NMTV. She was a featured guest on VH1's "Best Night Ever" video podcast and has had multiple appearances on Keith and the Girl, the #1 comedy podcast on iTunes. She regularly acts in web shorts for Collegehumor.com.
Lee writes jokes for the "Fashion Slip-Ups" page of Life & Style Magazine. Lastly, Lee produces a monthly show in NYC to benefit B.A.R.C. Animal Shelter of Brooklyn.
It's noon and in Los Angeles there is one hilarious individual and right now he's sleeping. Yes, sleeping. It's noon. The temperature is rising. The Sun is starring daggers at us and this man, Detroit-native SANDY DANTO continues his slumber. Why is he sleeping? Because he can. The difference between the reader and him is that when he wakes up, he's not popping out of a dream. He's living in it. He's living it. Sandy on stage is like watching Lebron James try out for Freshman basketball at St. Vincent- St. Mary, they both had to take bathroom breaks.
Joking aside, Danto goes up everywhere. His resume is a who's who of legendary (and not so legendary) comedy clubs around the world. His actual life lends itself to the most unique stories that could be written for TV and film. He references tough times in his life that in no way, should be funny, but he pulls off the job. The reaction received from taking in his creativity isn't just a laugh or a "That's funny"; it's a thought process that activates inspiration and emotion and you'll be grateful for it.
Sandy moved to Hollywood after studying at Indiana University while taking summer classes at Second City in Detroit. He immediately started working at National Lampoon upon landing in Los Angeles. He is a character actor, but is equally comfortable playing himself and did so plenty during his stint with the Lampoon. In addition to his on camera work, he writes, directs and produces comedy shorts, which is what he was hired to do for National Lampoon in the first place. He's appeared on Mad TV and Comedy Central's Mash up. He goes on tour with 90's icon Pauly Shore all over the world and built a name for himself that he carries back to LA on his back and throws down at the steps of his apartment, where he gets back to work, writing jokes. Whether or not any success, paid gigs or applause fulfill him, isn't even relevant at this point. His presence on stage as a performer and friend is relevant in itself. Anything else is bonus and whether or not you laugh, isn't. He'll be fine because, after all, he's just dreaming.
Originally from Northeast Pennsylvania, I am now a writer and performer in LA. Standup is my favorite. I’ve been to a few festivals, won a few competitions and been on TV a few times. (Last Comic Standing, The Rotten Tomatoes Show, Fuel TV)
I’ve also traveled the world twice by ship and am embarrassingly good at devilsticks, thanks to a belief in high school that juggling would make me cool. Spoiler alert, it did.
Fantasy Comedy is a show that will feature the best comics in the business and will also be catered to Baseball/Football fans. Each show will include promotions and prizes from the LA Dodgers (still working on getting this), and in the fall will feature live Fantasy Drafts and Leagues.