Jim Jefferies, hailing from Australia, headlines around the globe this year with his most recent tour self-titled simply JIM JEFFERIES. In keeping with his reputation for being brutally honest, Jim cleverly subverts our expectation as he takes on topics such as fatherhood, love and education as well as his favourites: religion, porn and politics.
On the heels of his third one hour wildly successful comedy special, FULLY FUNCTIONAL (EPIX, Fall 2012), he is currently starring in his own sitcom LEGIT with each episode centered around stories from his stand up. He stars in, writes and produces the show which premieres on FX January 17, 2013.
One of the most sought after comedians, Jim returned this past summer to sold-out performances at Montreal’s Just For Laughs and Edinburgh’s Fringe Comedy Festival. Previously, Jim was seen in his Showtime one-hour comedy special ALCOHOLOCAUST and his debut JIM JEFFERIES: I SWEAR TO GOD on HBO. Jim’s bold and painfully honest commentary captivated all who tuned in. Jim has also been seen on HBO’s “Down and Dirty with Jim Norton” and he hosted “Live at Gotham” for Comedy Central.
Nominated in 1999 for an Emmy Award for his memorable role as Dennis Finch, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant on “Just Shoot Me,” David Spade became a household favorite during his five-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” The comedian was also nominated for a Golden Globe in 2000, an American Comedy Award in 1999, for his work on “Just Shoot Me”. Spade’s television and film career continues to grow.
Most recently Spade was seen starring in Sony Pictures’ GROWN UP’S 2 alongside Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Kevin James. The film is a follow up to the 2010 hit comedy about a group of childhood friends who reunite years later. The film was released on July 12, 2013 and grossed $42 million opening weekend.
On the small screen, Spade was recently seen on the seventh and final season of the CBS comedy “Rules of Engagement.” The show was produced by Sony’s Happy Madison Productions and centered around three men, in different stages of their relationships: married, engaged and single. The half hour situational comedy stared Spade as the content bachelor and serial dater, as the comedy follows this unique friendship. The show enjoyed excellent ratings throughout all seven seasons.
Last year, Spade was heard as the voice of the ‘Griffin invisible man’ in the animated feature, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA alongside Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, and Andy Samberg to name a few.
In 2010, Spade was seen on the big screen in the Happy Madison/ Sony comedy GROWN UPS alongside Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Steve Buscemi. The film grossed $268 million worldwide.
Spade was also seen on “The Showbiz Show” for Comedy Central from 2005-2007. Spade created, executive produced, hosted and wrote the show along with pal Hugh Fink (former “SNL” writer). The critically acclaimed half hour comedy spoof on Hollywood, a la Spade’s famed “Saturday Night Live” sketch “Hollywood Minute,” featured Spade’s biting comedy and quick wit and he once again became a favorite among fans and industry peers.
Spade starred Sony Pictures’ box office hit BENCHWARMERS about a trio of guys who try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard little league squads. The film which also stars Jon Heder, Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider opened at #1 in April 2006, making over 20 million in its first weekend.
In 2003, Spade starred in Paramount’s DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR, which he co-wrote with Fred Wolf. Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company produced the film, which enjoyed a #1 opening weekend slot at the box office. In it he plays a struggling actor who hasn’t seen the light of fame since puberty. He fixates on a movie role that will bring his career back to life, but in order to get it, he has to re-live his childhood. He proceeds to rent a family in order to learn how to be a normal kid. DICKIE ROBERTS has the same smart, dry comedy as all of Spade’s movies, but also has an incredible heartwarming effect as you watch him grow with and learn from his “rented” brother and sister.
In 2001, Spade starred in Columbia Tristar’s JOE DIRT of which he also co-wrote. In this Happy Madison production, Spade portrays ‘Joe’ a man searching for his parents who abandoned him as a baby at the Grand Canyon. JOE DIRT enjoyed enormous success at the box-office and continues to be a top selling DVD.
Spade co-starred with “SNL” alumnus Chris Farley in the films TOMMY BOY and BLACKSHEEP, and the pair won a 1996 MTV Movie Award for ‘Best On-Screen Duo’ for the former. His other feature credits include REALITY BITES, LIGHT SLEEPER, and CONEHEADS. In 1999, Spade starred the romantic comedy LOST & FOUND, for which he also co-wrote the screenplay.
In addition to “SNL,” Spade has guest-starred on the critically acclaimed “The Larry Sanders Show” and appeared in HBO’s “13th Annual Young Comedians Special.” In 1999 he headlined his own HBO special, “David Spade: Take the Hit.”
Born in Birmingham, Michigan, and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Spade began his career by performing stand-up comedy in clubs, theaters and colleges across the country. He made his television debut on “SNL: and was soon named the Hot Stand-Up Comedian of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine. Some of Spade’s memorable characters on ‘SNL,” where he served as both a writer and a performer, included the sarcastic “Hollywood Minute” reporter on “Weekend Update” and he also started the catch phrases “And you are…?” and “Buh-Bye!”.
Brandon T. Jackson
Brandon T. Jackson is a multifaceted young actor carving his own path in Hollywood. Earning critical praise at every step, he started out in stand-up and has evolved into a burgeoning young film star. This past winter Fox studio’s released the third incarnation of the highly profitable “Big Momma’s House” franchise. Jackson starred opposite Martin Lawrence as the two went undercover to solve a murder. In 2010, Jackson starred in “Lottery Ticket” for Warner Bros. The action-comedy surrounds a group of friends living in the projects. After winning the lottery, they must find a way to survive a holiday weekend before they can cash in the winning ticket.
Also in 2010 Jackson co-starred in the FOX box office hit “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” He received rave reviews for his role as the satyr Grover Underwood, the best friend and protector of Percy Jackson.
Jackson is perhaps best known as Alpha Chino from the high-concept runaway hit “Tropic Thunder.” The ensemble cast also included Ben Stiller,
Robert Downey Jr. and Black Jack. The role earned Jackson a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Black Reel Awards and Daily Variety named him one of “10 Comics to Watch.”
Jackson won Black Reel’s 2006 Best Breakthrough Performance award for his part in “Roll Bounce” for FOX Searchlight.
Jackson’s talent for entertaining was apparent early on. By the age of 14, he was performing at his father’s church and was soon invited to perform at the famed “Showtime at the Apollo” and BET’s “Comic View.”
From there, Jackson and BET launched the “Teens of Comedy Tour,” showcasing the nation’s funniest teen comedians. He also hosted the “Up Close and Personal Tour,” featuring Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Lil Wayne. Jackson would later host his own sketch comedy special, “The Brandon T. Jackson Show,” on The N Channel and was a series regular on Nick Cannon’s MTV sketch comedy show “Wild ‘N Out.” Jackson grew up in Detroit with seven siblings and parents who were both pastors. He credits his sense of humor to both his father and his life straddling the fence between suburbia and the inner city. He now lives in Los Angeles.
Originally from Dallas, Iliza moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Emerson College. She is the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC'S Last Comic Standing. Most recently her debut one hour comedy special, War Paint reached #1 on the iTunes charts and was named one of the “Top Ten Albums of 2013” on iTunes. It is currently available on Netflix. She was the host of CBS's syndicated comedy dating show Excused, in which she filmed 230 episodes. Iliza's TV credits include TBS’ Deal With It, Comedy Central Presents, as well as NBC'S Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, E! Network's Chelsea Lately and The Soup, TBS’ Who Gets the Last Laugh?, and Showtime's Pauly Shore and Friends and Bridging the Gap Comedy Festival. She is featured in the comedy documentary I Am Comic. Her live stand-up résumé also includes performing at the coveted Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, hundreds of clubs and colleges, and in various countries for our troops overseas. Iliza loves the troops and was honored to participate in The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's personal USO Tour throughout the Middle East and Europe.
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At an early age, Jay was naturally doing comedy at his family functions having his great Uncle Raymond laughing so hard he almost fell out of his wheelchair. Jay moved to Los Angeles to pursue film acting. He booked a few national commercials, a bad B movie, the lead in a Disney after school special and a couple of featured roles on television. Auditions were few and far between so Jay realized he should start doing stand-up comedy professionally.
Davis, craving stage time decided to create his own comedy night on the Sunset Strip at an Irish Pub. This Comedy night became one of the hottest and most talked about comedy rooms in comedy history. Comedians Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Alonzo Bodden, Tommy Davidson, Andrew Dice Clay, Jamie Kennedy, Rosanne Barr, Darrell Hammond, Pablo Francisco, Jay Mohr, Darren Carter, David Allen Grier, Paul Rodriguez were some of the many talented comedians that would frequent the show, or popped by to do a set. Since the closing of the Irish Pub Jay has moved his comedy producing skills into the World Famous Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip.
Davis produces/hosts the hottest comedy show in Los Angeles, Every Tuesday night, The "Life of the Party" Show from 10pm to 12:30am. He just wrote/produced/starred in an award winning "Best Comedy" short film for the 168 film festival. Jay has appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live and one of the stars of Dane Cook's movie "8 Guys", and just finished a 30 day comedy tour filming a documentary series, Dane Cook's "Tourgasm" with Robert Kelly and Gary Gulman, 9 episodes starting June 11th on HBO. Jay is currently auditioning for television & feature films as well as touring clubs & colleges across the country. Check his myspace page for upcoming shows at: www.myspace.com/jaydaviscomedy