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.
Clint Hall is the winner of the 2019 Nashville Clean Comedy Challenge at Third Coast Comedy Club in Nashville.
Andrea Caspari Spears came to the world famous Ice House in Pasadena, California and outlasted all the competition to win the 2019 Pasadena Comedy Challenge.
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.
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.”
He has appeared on over a thousand national T.V. shows, from The Tonight Show to a seventeen-year stint appearing on and co-hosting The Jerry Lewis Telethon. Currently, he can be seen on Showtime in Billy Gardell’s Road Dogs. His numerous film credits include Joe Dirt with David Spade, Stephen Soderberg’s The Informant playing Matt Damon’s attorney. Currently starring with Eric Roberts in 23 Minutes to Sunrise. He also has a documentary about his 35-plus year career, Close But No Cigar.
Having performed in all 50 states & D.C., plus 7 countries from England to Israel, and headlining shows from Las Vegas to Atlantic City, he’ll bring years of experience and the FUNNY. No stranger to radio, he has appeared on the Bob & Tom Show with his Zany Report, plus numerous other radio stations across the country.
Comedian/Writer/Actress Erin O’Connor told her first joke for money in San Francisco 28 years ago and became addicted. She abandoned her career as an Advertising Copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather and hit the road. Her travels as a road comic took her to 41 states and eight countries: Japan, Korea, Germany, England, Denmark, Scotland and Canada. And during her travels, she fell in love with food.
In 1992 she married comedian Bob Zany and cut back on road work, allowing time for another passion, acting. Favorite jobs include a recurring role on In Living Color, a pilot co-starring her comedy idols Fred Willard and Martin Mull (just the three of them…improvising!!!!) and a quick but memorable flash as the Crazy Cat Lady (speaking of type-casting) in Green Day’s award-winning music video, Time of Your Life.
Over the last two years, Erin’s love of animals prompted her to once again ditch meat entirely and attempt to cut out dairy and eggs. The result was her 100 Day Vegan Challenge, designed to put a New Face on an Old Vegana. Can a part-time animal product-free lifestyle improve your health and dispel the myth of the beastly, hairy, Croc-wearing vegan once and for all? Follow her often hilarious, but determined ride and find out. (On FaceBook The Vegana Monologs and twitter @VeganaMonologs)
Why a monolog you ask? Because Erin has never required another person to carry on a conversation.
Currently, Erin and her husband co-host The Bob Zany Show with Erin O’Connor podcast, sitting down for thirty minutes of serious with comedians. Guests include The Unknown Comic, Last Comic Standing winner Alonzo Bodden and Teen Wolf Coach/Dream Boat Orny Adams. Erin is also tip-toeing back into stand up and working on a metaphysical fairy tale for kids, “Henry David the Rottweiler,” as well as a line of vegan dog treats.
Erin and Bob share their San Fernando Valley home with Rottweiler mix Henry, Dalmatian mix Frankie and five formerly feral felines. Spare time is filled with animal rescue, spay/neuter activism, The San Francisco Giants, cooking, movies, Jeopardy, the Pacific Ocean and lots of churchy stuff.
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.