Jim Brogan is the son of John and Anne Brogan. He was born in New England, but at the age of six moved to Chicago and then to Cleveland. In a short period, he saved enough money with a paper route and a pyramid scheme to pay for his parents to join him.
Jim grew up in a Catholic family and went to Catholic schools all the way through. His parents sent him to an all boys high school (St. Ignatius) and an all boys college (Notre Dame).
It was a good life for the young lad, his Mom stayed home and made his school lunches and his Dad sold landing gear for a living. But Jim had other ideas of what to do with his life.
Armed with his degree in Sociology, he moved to New York City to pursue his dream of scaling skyscrapers with suction cups on his hands and becoming a Human Fly. His fear of heights quickly put an end to that dream.
While working day jobs as a tutor, a bartender and in advertising, Jim turned his attention to standup comedy. His first appearance on stage was with his Chinese-American friend, Larry Lee. They billed themselves as The Brogan Brothers. After one disastrous appearance, Jim struck out on his own.
His first act was an impression of a priest from Notre Dame. That lasted two performances. His second act was about going to an intellectual high school. That lasted six months and even longer for the audience.
After four years of doing standup comedy, Jim was taken under the wing of legendary comedy manager Jack Rollins (Woody Allen, Dick Cavett, Robert Klein, Nichols and May). Soon Jim was moving to LA to star as an Angel in an ABC sitcom called Out of the Blue. They made thirteen episodes and aired nine. They are evidently still saving four for the next sweeps period.
Jim continued to do his standup comedy and did guest appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman. He recently was in the movie Bridesmaids.
He also got other TV jobs. He hosted Laffathon (Showtime), Comic Strip Live (Fox) and You Asked For It, Again (Family Channel). The perfectionist that he is, he won't be satisfied until he has been cancelled by all the networks.
Deciding that he could save a few dollars by not hiring a lawyer, he worked for nine years as an indentured servant on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His areas of responsibility included being a writer and talent coordinator (booking comedians for the show).
Since leaving The Tonight Show, Jim has been busier than ever. Besides doing his standup, he has written two movies and seen three others.
He also was a creative consultant on Yakov Smirnoff’s one-man Broadway show, As Long As We Both Shall Laugh. He found out exactly how long we both shall laugh. It was 24 performances.
Steve's earned a rep as one of the best comedians around... He started touring in 1980 and has kept audiences laughing ever since.
Comic Relief producer, Bob Zmuda: "One of the funniest I've worked with."
Appearances on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson & Jay Leno and on David Letterman.. Led to Showtime specials, (Laff-off winner), HBO and on almost every standup show out there.
Seasoned: Steve headlines country clubs, casinos, corporate events and private parties of all kinds: Birthdays, anniversaries, awards ceremonies, fund raisers, weddings, bar / bat mitzvahs and holiday shows. He can mc, customize material and work the crowd.
Steve's worked with: Leno, Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Drew Carey, Ellen, Bill Maher and many more.
Seinfeld: 'Mittleman is always funny !' - Steve Martin: 'He's funny!' Johnny Carson: 'My kind of comedian!'
Variety: 'Mittleman is so funny!' People: 'One funny guy!' Chicago Tribune, Allan Johnson: 'Mittleman's forte, clever jokes delivered in a totally charming, manner.' the LA Times, Duncan Strauss: 'Clean, clever material.'
Routines On: Traveling, newlyweds, marriage, dating, cruises, Europe, LA, sports, fishing, restaurants, family, his ex, getting engaged, birthdays and being a class clown. When you hire Steve, you'll hear more and be glad you did.
Steve consented to be a star on ABC's Extreme Makeover: 'Who knew ABC stood for 'a bigger chin?' 'My worst fear? They cancel the show in the middle of my surgery.
Steve's been on numerous sitcoms and movies, ie. The beloved hit film 'Roxanne' (as Ralston, one of the firemen) with Steve Martin... And about 50 commercials.
Mittle-Math: Steve's honed his skills over 25 years, thousands of shows and millions of laughs.
A Peabody award winner and a lifetime member of the WGA and Television Academy. Joel started out life as a stand-up comic. Having done the whole circuit of clubs and colleges in the eighties, Joel found as much fun writing jokes for others as performing them himself. One of those comics happened to be Rosanne Barr and she hired Joel to be a writer on her hit sit-com. From there Joel has gone on to create his own shows “Malcom and Eddie” & “Bruno The Kid’” as well as do rewrite work and “Set Punch-Up” on Judd Apatow projects. He has had the good fortune to work on films, television, and animation, in both comedy and drama genres. Most recently Joel was a writer/producer on the hit HBO series “Crashing.”
Monica Piper is an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and comedian. She’s written for Roseanne, Mad About You, and was the head writer of the #1 children’s animated series Rugrats.
She starred in her own Showtime Comedy Special, No, Monica, Just You and was nominated by the American Comedy Awards as one of the top five female comedians in the country.
Her critically acclaimed one-woman play, Not That Jewish, ran to sell-out crowds in LA, before a hit 200 performance run Off Broadway.
Not Many Comics...
Well known in the entertainment industry as Hollywood’s top warm-up comic, Robert’s a veteran of over 1,500 episodes of such shows as The New Adventures of Old Christine, Just Shoot Me, Becker and The Drew Carey Show. His job is to keep countless audiences entertained for hours between scenes and costume and set changes with rapid-fire ad-libs and humorous interviews.
No stranger in front of the camera either, Robert has been seen on the Bananas Comedy series, Showtime's The Joke's On Thee, VH1's Stand Up Spotlight, Comic Strip Live and a variety of roles on such sitcoms as Wings and Perfect Strangers.
Robert has combined his Christian world view with his Monty Python sensibility and written many Veggie Tales videos such as “Little Joe,” “Gideon” and “Sheerluck Holmes.”
To top it off, Robert just released his latest comedy project, “Wisenheimer” and just finished post production on “Can I Get A Witness Protection?” a full length faith-based screwball comedy feature he wrote and directed.
For over 30 years, Lou Deck has been, "The Comic in Red Shoes." He was a Comedy Store Original Alumni. He performed in 100 cities a year in 10 different years! He's a Peabody Award Nominee (google it!) and he's done USO Military Shows in 15 different countries!
Lou will be serving as a celebrity judge in Pasadena.
Backed by over 20 years of experience, Leslie Norris Townsend is easily one of the funniest, most entertaining comediennes working today. Her blend of stand-up comedy, music and audience participation will move your audience from tears to laughter, while motivating, mesmerizing and captivating each one.
Whether booked at a corporate function or as the opening act for superstars like Neal McCoy, Lonestar or Dwight Yoakam, Leslie brings her unique blend of “church clean, club funny” comedy material. That’s why major corporations like Shell, Mattel, Mobil, Pepsi, and more have chosen Leslie as their featured entertainer.
Leslie 30+ television appearances include Comedy Central, A&E's “An Evening at the Improv” and sketches seen on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” She was even a Grand Finalist on "Star Search".
Leslie left behind a promising acting career to create a better life for her children. In the classic fish-out-of-water tale, she moved from Hollywood to rural Ohio to live on her family's 100 year old farm. This only added new material to her already hilarious routines.
Let Leslie Norris Townsend help you reach your laughter potential with her witty, humorous, laugh-till-you-cry comedy show!
Growing up in Nashville Tennessee, Joby worked in the family business assisting his father in the collection of used motor oil. We were part of the earliest Environmentalists although were we’re called other names. Joby read of Harry Houdini, the stage and was performing children’s magic shows most weekends by age 12. Joby say’s “Dad would build the props, and mom would give me props”.
When the tricks didn’t work the laughs started flowing giving Joby the outlet to do what he really wanted, comedy.
Being beat up too often on the basketball court by his High School classmates for going for laughs instead of points for the team drove Joby to compete as a bodybuilder winning the Mr Mid Central USA Title at age 19.
Returning to the stage it was comedy writer Mike Price and Disney Star Jim Varney that encouraged him to leave Nashville to pursue stand up after becoming a regular at Zanies Comedy Club. Zanies and Zanies manager Lenny Sisselman gave Joby the opportunity to perform with the top comedians at the time, Tim Allen, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Rob Schneider, Paula Pondstone. Concert promoter Steve Moore hired Joby to open for his concerts, Steve Moore later becoming head of CMA Association. Soon Joby was headlining all the top Comedy Clubs and was a regular guest on Nashville Networks Ralph Emery, Crook and Chase and many others.
Living in Los Angeles, working as a comedian, Joby Saad started a company called Village Entertainment. He instructed his roommate to answer the phone that way — “Village Entertainment” — whenever anyone called.”Frequently, what would happen is, the phone would ring and Rob would answer and say ‘hello.’ And I, in the background would shout, ‘You idiot!’ And then the caller would say, ‘Let me speak to the Village idiot.’”
“My father used to give me a hard time. He would always call me an idiot. Or, sometimes, he’d say, ‘You’re a fool,’ and I’d get upset. ‘I thought I was an idiot?’… ‘Well, you’re both!’ ‘Great! Now I have to redo my résumé.’”
Thus a concept was born. Saad became the Village Idiot. He was destined for it, he says, thanks to his dad.
George Shapiro of Shapiro/West Management (Jerry Seinfeld’s management) took notice of Joby’s talents at a performance at the Ice House in Pasadena California. “George made calls, and the next thing I know I’m auditioning for network sitcoms, say’s Joby”. Joby’s big break came from his starring role on an episode of the family friendly television series Bananas Comedy in 2005. Then in 2006 came the Warner brothers “Thou Shalt Laugh” starring Patricia Heaton from “Everybody loves Raymond”. Featuring seven of the nations top clean comedians it went on to become the highest selling comedy DVD within its genre.
There were moments in my career that may not seem that significant to others but mean a lot to me. Like being introduced by Jay Davis at Dublins on Sunset blvd and having to follow Dane Cook, or just to hold my own in the same room with the same audiences with so many of the best comedians of the day.
From that Joby launched his own television series “Vidiots” ”It’s silent comedy. I love being able to tell a story and reach an audience of all ages and all languages. The humor is universal and continually reaching an international audience. Having been broadcast on cable, however its popularity on youtube is what has gotten Joby stopped and recognized on the streets of New York city.
Known for his expressive, rubbery face. Makes sense that he’s a big fan of physical comedians such as Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, and Tim Conway.
His stand-up, like his films, involves a lot of physical comedy. He frequently closes his shows with an inspired bit where, in pantomime, he removes one pair of pants after another, becoming a new character each time. But everything he does is clean.
“The smartest dumb guy comedy I’ve seen- comedycritic.com
Joby has had the honor of performing for our troops in Honduras, entertaining the children of 101st airborne, Fort Campbell Ky, The children and families of St. Jude Hospital, and Le Bonheur children’s Hospital in Memphis is what I’m most proud. Five years on the stage at Lifest, the largest Christian music festival in Oshkosh Wisconsin.
Recently Joby has performed on several Moth shows in Santa Monica Ca. which is that gold standard for storytelling and launching storytalks.org with fellow comedian Alyse Kenny in New York City.
Radio/Live performances. Frequent guest on the syndicated “Daren Streblow comedy show” on I-heart Radio.
Most recently Joby was chosen out of hundreds of comedians to be featured on a new television series “Stand Up Neurotica” that follows the behind the scenes exploits of a comedy club staff, Joby being the night club comedian. Shot on location at New York city’s famed “Stand Up New York’ on the upper west side, where Seinfeld and many others built thier reputations. Look for “Stand Up Neurotica” in 2016 on Netflix.
Joby’s is constantly growing and touring and challenging himself with new ideas to bring to his audiences. This is a show from someone who loves his mother and has lived and breathed comedy.