Farmer, comedian, and host of TV’s Amazing America, Jerry Carroll, harvests a bumper crop of hilarity in his fast-paced, high-energy presentation. His entertaining and relatable topics about everyday life crack up the most hard-to-please crowds.
Jerry found humor growing up on his family’s farm. From the time he could walk, Jerry joined his father and uncle to farm 130 acres of flue cured tobacco, 500 acres of corn, 500 acres of small grain, 500 acres of soybeans, 40 head of cattle, and 5,000 hogs per year.
Spending 14 hours a day in a tractor cab gave Jerry plenty of time to think about his life’s dream of entertaining people and making them laugh. Since beginning in 1993, Jerry has performed for crowds in venues ranging from local cattlemen’s association banquets across the United States to the Ministers of Provincial Parliament in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
In addition to corporate events and conventions, Jerry has opened concerts for music artists such as Michael Bolton, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, and Larry Gatlin. Everywhere he goes, he leaves audiences roaring with laughter.
When he’s not on the road making people laugh, Jerry still works the fields of his family’s farm. This experience makes him one of the nation’s most sought-after farm speakers for agribusiness events.
Make your next event a huge success with this easy-going, down-to-earth, and hilarious farmer.
Jimmy Burns is a recovering elementary school teacher. His act covers school life from both sides of the teachers desk; that of a student AND his ten years of being an elementary school teacher. "Our best education comes from life!"
Mr. Burns talks about marriage, divorce, being raised Catholic and how our perspective of life changes as we get older. "Our homework never ends kids and our life lessons are painfully hilarious!"
Jimmy has toured nationally with Brad Garrett, George Lopez, Arsenio Hall and was the audience warm-up for The Arsenio Hall talk show 2013-1014. He is also the house emcee at The Legendary Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, CA. He co-hosted the radio show “Live from Here” on The National Lampoon Comedy Radio Network, hosted “Show Me The Funny” on the Wealth Network, and has had a few TV commercials. Oh, and he shot a pilot for the Food Network called, "Stand-up & Grill!" No, you’ve never seen it.
Dave is the author of How To Be A Working Comic: An Insider's Guide To A Career In Stand-Up Comedy, (Backstage Books, NYC), and Comedy FAQs And Answers: How The Stand-Up Biz Really Works, (Allworth Press, NYC), and Comedy Workshop: Creating & Writing Comedy Material for Comedians & Humorous Speakers, (North Shore Publishing)
His credits include Talent Coordinator for the television show A&E's An Evening At The Improv, and the Hollywood and New York City Improv Comedy Clubs, and Assistant to Improv founder Budd Friedman.
With The Improv in Hollywood and New York, Dave coordinated talent showcases and auditions for major television shows, networks and film studios. Included in this list are The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, In Living Color, The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, The Great Lakes Comedy Festival, Disney, Paramount, MTV, VH-1, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HBO, Showtime and more.
Dave is also a former manager of The Cleveland Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant. He's worked in the comedy industry for over two decades and decided to do one workshop in 1994. They've continued since...
Dave has extensive experience within the New York, Hollywood and Cleveland / Midwest regions as a college and corporate booking agent, (comedians, speakers and variety acts), talent manager, publicist, radio host, entertainment journalist and award-winning newspaper humor columnist. In addition to his comedy workshops and comedy business seminars - which have been held in major cities from New York and Philadelphia, to San Francisco and Los Angeles - Dave has designed and instructed courses in communications and presentation skills for Cleveland State University and other "halls of higher learning." Yes, he really can be called The Nutty Professor!
As a consultant, trainer and keynote speaker on the topics of communication and presentation skills, Dave presents Talking For Success for businesses and special interest groups. These programs focus on the value of employing humor and personal creativity as conversational tools to build professional and personal relationships, increase networking skills, and improve customer service. He also teaches these skills to students grades 6 -12, colleges and universities, via video conferences through The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). Dave is a Pinnacle Award Winner for excellence in learning programs.
As a pop culture historian (and fan!) Dave is the author of The Beatles At Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert and The Beatles In Cleveland: Memories, Facts & Photos About The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts. Both have charted in the National Top 40 for Biographies and Memoirs on Amazon.com and The Beatles In Cleveland hit No.1 for Items Sold In Northern Ohio. Adding to his career as a corporate and college speaker, his live program, The Beatles: A Multimedia Pop Culture Presentation is a magical, musical, and educational history tour through the 1960's for corporate events, junior and senior high schools, colleges, universities, festivals and special interest groups.
He has been interviewed on numerous national and regional television and radio programs including The Beatle Years, Breakfast with the Beatles and Beatle Brunch. He was also a featured author at the New York Metro Fest for Beatles Fans and Abbey Road On The River.
As a comedy coach, author and consultant, Dave has been featured on PBS Television and Radio, Chicago Tribune, Ohio Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Cleveland Plain Dealer, U.S. News & World Report, InsideBiz.com Magazine and many others.
His humor book, Father's Days... And Nights: Humorous Tales From The Frontlines Of Fatherhood, includes 20 laugh out loud articles on parenthood from his award winning newspaper column, Something To Laugh About!
Bill's career in entertainment has been a regular buffet. While performing standup remains his first love, he has written 3 plays and a television series, acted in half a dozen stage productions, is an award winning storyteller, has been active in talk radio, and conducted classes in the art of comedy. No wonder he always seems tired.
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.