With over 30 years of experience, Tim Grable is a veteran of the Speaker’s Bureau and Entertainment Agency industry. With a vast range of experience including concert promoter, marketing, merchandise development, career management, and development, agent (speaker, literary, entertainment, commercial and film), it is hard to find a side of the business he has not worked.
In addition to his continuously active contribution to the Grable Group Blog, Tim is a regular writer on a copious amount of other writing networks including, but not limited to: a regular Celebrity Access Column and the GoDaddy Blog as well as running his YouTube Channel.
Tim created and spearheaded several organizations including founding The Nashville Speakers Bureau, an event services agency whose success was recognized with a Music City Future 50 award. He also guided The Nashville Group in providing an invaluable network of entertainment resources for aspiring talent. He assumed the role of President of Nashville Agency, solidifying his reputation as an honest and capable leader with the experience and resources to deliver his vision of small-town feeling with very big results. He has an unmatched eye for career development, profit building and is an expert closer, consistently meeting expectations and enhancing future relationships.
Tim Grable founded The Grable Group, an organization dedicated to bringing agency representation back to its roots as a service focused on personal development and mutual benefit. His philosophy, which revolves around retaining a select group of comedians, entertainers, unique variety acts, talent and personally nurturing their careers, has successfully proven the viability of an ethical and genuine approach to vocational development. Tim utilizes a comprehensive background in business and entertainment sectors to locate and develop endorsements, licensing, and film and TV resources.
Slay has recently signed a development deal with ABC for a Blue Collar Single Mom comedy based around his childhood. Dusty was in invited to the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal as part of the 2018 New Faces and has appeared on several network shows including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBC’s "Last Comic Standing", the popular program "Laughs on FOX" and he was a featured comedian on "TMZ". Dusty's comedy is regularly showcased on many nationally syndicated radio programs including Sirius XM, Pandora Radio and "The Bob and Tom Radio Show".
After winning the Nashville Scholarship Challenge and qualifying to enter another 2018 Challenge for free, Heywood Banks out of Michigan made the most of his opportunity and won the entire thing in 2018!
Joining Heywood in the finals were Rodney Norman out of Salt Lake City, Amanda Cohen from Los Angeles, Mike James and Brian Kohatsu from Arizona.
This year's Carson City Clean Comedy Challenge was judged by Geechy Guy, Leslie Norris Townsend, Kat Simmons, Joby Saad, and Marty Simpson. Special appearance made by Joe Piscopo of SNL fame.
Rhonda Corey from Rhode Island won the 2018 Chicago Clean Comedy Challenge in near Chicago, Illinois at the Comedy Shrine. It was a great competition and showcased talent from all over the country! But in the end, Rhonda prevailed.
The 2018 Chicago Challenge was judged by Leslie Norris Townsend, Joby Saad, Rocky Laporte, Bill Gorgo, Marty Simpson, and James Wesley Jackson. Finalists were John Petlicki, Rhonda Corey, Karen Knotts, and Bo Schuster.
He hosts the morning radio program, AM 970. This is his talk show where he discusses many different kinds of topics that vary a lot in stories and guests. If you need to listen to a radio show during your morning commute, you really should try and have a listen to Joe Piscopo’s AM 970. This radio has got all of the current news covered, and you even get entertainment topics covered too. And you get to listen to Joe’s smooth voice and smart wit while tuning into AM 970.
AM 970 The Answer is a radio talk show that is hosted by Joe Piscopo, which airs every weekday from 6 to 10 AM in the mornings. So it could be the perfect radio show to listen to while you are going on your morning commute. Joe certainly has a lot going on the show, as he gives his opinion on the latest events that are occurring around the country and the whole world too. So you can be updated with the current news and any other political event that you want to know about through Joe’s The Answer radio show.
Joe also takes listener questions to the radio show, so you can give him a call if you want to voice your opinion on a radio station. The radio show is called The Answer for a reason. Joe will gladly take calls during certain segments of his radio show. So you can rest assured that you are going to get some time to speak on the show if you wish too. Mr. Piscopo entertains many guests, and that includes listeners on his show as well.
There are also a lot of guests on the show. Politicians, other actors, comedians, journalists, and anyone of note is invited onto AM 970 The Answer, to speak out about issues that are affecting them and the people. For politicians, Joe Piscopo has invited both democrats and republicans onto his radio show. Joe himself is a conservative, and so if your political views align with Joe Piscopo’s views, you should be listening to his radio show. You could learn a lot about the current party politics, and get entertained by Mr. Piscopo’s brand of raucous Italian humor.
You can listen to Joe Piscopo, without fail on his radio show every morning if you go to the radio channel AM 970. You can also tune into his radio show using the internet. There is also a SoundCloud page, where you can stream his radio show over the internet. This internet radio streaming makes it convenient for you to listen to Joe’s radio program. And you can listen to his program any time that you want. You could even check out his past shows of his The Answer program if you look through his archive of shows as well. You could listen for hours to his amazing voice over the radio.
HEYWOOD BANKS from Michigan wins the Clean Comedy Challenge Nashville 2018 at The Third Coast Comedy Club, Nashville, TN.
Leslie Norris Townsend, producer/COMIC brought, The Clean Comedy Challenge in it's 9 year of challenging all Comics to work Funny and Clean to Nashville Tenn. She had over 100 submissions and 15 were selective to compete. Other top 4 included Lee Hardin, TN. Brian Kohatsu, AZ.,Mike James, AZ., and People's choice, Christy Conder, TN.
The Competitors came from all over and participated in 3 days of a Comedy Bootcamp and Contest !!
Past years of the Clean Comedy Challenge Competition have been held in Pasadena, Ca. at the world famous Ice House and other venues included are ANDERSON Ind. Hoosier CASINO, Lima Ohio, Senoia Ga, St. Petersburg's Coconuts Club, FL.
This year there are 2 more upcoming competitions coming to Chicago's Comedy Shrine on July 19-21 with veteran Judges like Rocky Laporte and Dobie Maxwell and Carson City Nugget Casino NEVADA on Aug 9-11 with Joe Piscopo and Geechy Guy judging along with shows creator, Leslie Norris Townsend.
What on Earth is an Enviromedian?
Hint: it’s not a what – it’s a who. That ‘who’ is the uniquely hilarious James Wesley Jackson, this planet’s only Enviromedian:
en-vi-ro-me-di-an (en-vi ‘ ro-me ‘de-en) n. Taken from the words environment and comedian.
1. A professional entertainer whose work is humorous in his treatment of environmental theme and character.
2. An observer of the environment as in ecology, sociology anthropology, psychology, physiology and other ologies.
Jackson is one of the most beloved touring comedians of his era, and has been a fixture on the comedy circuit from coast to coast entertaining satisfied audiences in clubs, colleges and anywhere else that happens to have a microphone attached to a paycheck. Jackson has earned his stripes and earned a living – the hard way.
For years Jackson was the opening act for the legendary musical entity known as Parliament/Funkadelic or ‘P-Funk’, and toured the world over with one of the best live shows that ever stepped on any stage anywhere. The highlight of those shows was the actual landing of a spaceship known as “The Mothership”, which regularly sold out arenas of the highest order. James was a part of entertainment history.
He is also a part of standup comedy history. He finished third in the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition – the largest and most well respected comedy competition in the world – and was nominated for an Emmy award for his writing.
Jackson is a master at his craft, and has entertained audiences of a most diverse nature which is never easy. Only the true masters can do that consistently, like Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx and precious few others. Comedy is an art form.
With each audience as a new canvas, James Wesley Jackson continues to paint a hilarious picture of life to anyone who will listen – and many do! He has recorded a brand new DVD project called ‘The 21st Century Enviromedian – LIVE in Chicago’ and is about to set out on yet another live tour to promote it. Whether in person or on video, be sure and share some laughs with the world’s ONLY Enviromedian!
James Wesley Jackson is a one-man revolution in the field of contemporary entertainment. He’s also the only living, breathing enviromedian. James’ diversified background as a magician, teacher, lecturer, and counselor makes his enlightening comedic observations an entertainment treat for audiences of all ages. His brilliant timing and versatility ignites the audience, enabling him to work large concert halls and intimate rooms alike.
Rocky LaPorte’s appeal comes from his everyman, streetwise style of comedy. Delivering laughs in his trademark Brooklyn accent, he has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country, and he just recently appeared on on the season 8 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing! Rocky received 5th place out of 10 contestants. A former Chicago truck driver and dock worker, Rocky has accumulated a slew of performances throughout his career, including being a featured comic on Showtime‘s The Godfathers of Comedy, a special starring five of America’s most hilarious Italian-American comics. On the big screen, he has been seen in two Tim Allen movies – Crazy on the Outside and The Shaggy Dog.
Rocky traveled with Drew Carey to Iraq to entertain the troops and was seen on the Showtime special Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie. Rocky has filmed his own Comedy Central Presents special and was voted the network’s second most popular comedian in a nationwide poll. He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and appeared on A&E‘s Evening At The Improv and VH1‘s Stand-Up Spotlight, along with sitcom appearances on Cheers and his own NBC pilot called the Rocky LaPorte Show.
Rocky has opened for the likes of Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Louie Anderson, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers, just to name a few. His clean, blue-collar style of comedy continues to increase in popularity as he travels the country.
Kat Simmons is a 30 year veteran of the international comedy club circuit. You may have seen her at The Improvs, Catch A Rising Star, the Comedy Channel, Fox’s Comedy Tonight, or on Candid Camera. She has toured with The 3 Blonde Moms and won the eWomen Network's international talent contest in Dallas in 2009.
Kat has a unique talent for combining physical comedy with real life situations that everyone can relate to. She has been favorably compared to the masters of the craft, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and Red Skelton. She is one of a few physical comediennes working today. You may recognize yourself in some of her material as she honestly shares with the audience as though they were all long time friends. She delights in bringing to the stage the very things most people keep a secret. She speaks the truth, making it easier for the rest of us to be honest with ourselves.
Kat has a versatility and approachability that makes her perfect for large corporate functions, casinos, comedy clubs and private parties. She has a knack of incorporating the group at hand into her show and finding that common thread. She makes them part of her performance. She has performed for a wide variety of groups from tow truck drivers and fence contractors to doctors and engineers. She is a favorite at womens' events because she tells it like it is. Her humor is clean and elevates and enlightens her audiences.
She has appeared with Tim Allen, Kevin Nealon, Kenny Rogers, and most recently, legendary motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar. She is in high demand to headline corporate events. She is not only a comedienne, but an inspirational humorist making her a great choice for your keynote speaker as well. She loves to share her own spark to ignite yours.
Kat moved back from L.A. to the beautiful Carson Valley (just below Lake Tahoe) , to do what she loves in the area she loves. She came back to have her children and while not in the hub of LA, it provided her with new opportunities. She quickly began doing corporate events and she produced her own comedy show for 15 years at the Carson Valley Inn Casino, in Minden, Nevada. She also teaches comedy workshops and it is her greatest joy to help others find their empowerment through humor.