MASTERS OF STANDUP COMEDY – Standup Comedians
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Four of the best headlining comedians in the country have teamed up to do an hilarious evening together. The Masters of Standup Comedy, who have appeared on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman, have been called “terrific”, “superb”, “amazing” and “priceless.”
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 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.
Brad Upton first stepped on stage in 1984. This former fourth-grade teacher quit teaching in 1986 and has never looked back recently surpassing his4000th show in the past 20 years. Brad quickly rose through the comedy ranks and has headlined nearly every comedy club from Anchorage to Miami. The Seattle Times said:
“Brad Upton has mastered the nearly impossible task of appealing to people from the ages of 18 to 80.”
Personally, he believes it’s more like 15 to 90, any older and they don’t hear so well. He is the past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and has opened for many stars like Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton,The Smothers Brothers, Rodney Dangerfield, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Rita Rudner and Tim Allen.
His ease and likability on stage have made him very popular with corporate clients and the cruise ship industry where he is a headline performer for Royal Caribbean, Holland-America and Norwegian cruise lines. Brad has been seen on A&E, MTV and SHOWTIME and was heard around the country making nearly 100 appearances as a regular guest on National Public Radio’s REWIND program between 1997-2002. His interview and CD entitled, Where’s the River? is also heard around the country on All-Comedy Radio.
Brad makes his home in Seattle where he and his wife have two grade school aged children and a cat named Tiger.
Mary Ellen Hooper
Though she was born on Long Island, Maryellen grew up in the Tampa, Florida area.
She learned quickly that being funny was a good way to be accepted.
When acting in high school and community theater productions, she always got the funny parts; but it wasnt until 1985 that she truly considered comedy a career.
After entering (and winning) talent competitions at nearby comedy clubs, it wasnt long before she headed to New York.
Of course, she didn’t give up her day job(s) right away… while learning the ropes of the New York comedy club scene by night, she earned rent money by cutting hair in an upscale Manhattan salon and working as a “rolling billboard” – complete with orange jumpsuit, helmet and skates – around Wall Street.
As an up-and-comer on the comedy circuit, Maryellen soon found herself in demand as an opening act for such talents as Jerry Seinfeld, Gilbert Gottfried, Tommy Davidson, Andrew Dice Clay (!), and Wynona Judd.
A true original, Maryellen is a favorite at venues across the country.
Whether you see her headlining at a Las Vegas showroom or your local comedy club, her patented style of silliness will have you falling out of your chair.
With her unique brand of storytelling and quirky physical humor, Maryellen Hooper leaves audiences exhausted from laughter.
Marital mishaps; personal grooming disasters; workplace catastrophes; and the challenges of home remodeling… through it all, Maryellen always maintains Dignity Under Duress.
Maryellen makes her home in Los Angeles.
The best way to get inside Cathy Ladman’s head is to see her live. As one of the country’s top comedians, Ladman’s show is a self-probing, anxiety-venting vehicle, which draws laughter from exposing personal neurosis.
She has not only appeared on “The Tonight Show” nine times, but was also the only female comic to appear on the last two Johnny Carson “Tonight Show Anniversary” shows. Cathy has had her own HBO “One Night Stand” comedy special and, in 1992, was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comic.
A native New Yorker, now living in Los Angeles, Cathy is successfully pursuing an acting career in television and film. Her film credits include “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Aristocrats,” “White Oleander,” “What Planet Are You From?” “My Fellow Americans,” and “Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead.” Her television pilots include “Caroline in the City,” in which she had a recurring role, “Next Exit,” “Carlos,” “American Nuclear,” and “Hot Prospects.” She appeared regularly on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” and, when it was in production, Comedy Central’s “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist.” She has guest starred in several sitcoms, including “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Titus” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Cathy most recently appeared in the 3rd season of Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America.”
Besides stand-up comedy, Cathy’s writing career includes developing original television treatments, episodic scripts, and feature-length screenplays. Cathy spent seasons writing on “The Caroline Rhea Show” (2002), “The Wayne Brady Show” (2001), “Caroline in the City” (different Caroline altogether – 1997), and “Roseanne” (1996). She recently wrote on the pilot episode of Bravo’s, “Situation Comedy.”
In addition to stand-up, TV, and film, Cathy has been doing more live theater: She just completed a successful run Off-Broadway in, “The JAP Show: The Princesses of Comedy;” she was in the 25th Anniversary Production of “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” in Los Angeles; she and HBO developed her solo show, “Scaredy Pants,” and took it to the Aspen Comedy Festival; and she’s currently working on a new solo show, “Does This Show Make Me Look Fat?”
Cathy’s comedy focuses on family, growing up, relationships, and real life from a very personal perspective. The Los Angeles Times put it best “… Ladman has such clever, well-written material and such a breezy, unassuming delivery that it would be easy to overlook just how good she is: Her act seems effortless.”
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