CRAIG SHOEMAKER – Corporate Standup Comedian
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Named Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards on ABC, Craig Shoemaker’s half-hour Comedy Central special has been voted by viewers as one of the network’s “Top 20” stand-up specials of all time.
Craig’s feature film credits include the box office hit Scream 2, co-starring opposite Patrick Stewart in Safe House and his featured role opposite Daryl Hannah as her love interest in 2007’s Dark Honeymoon. Last year, Craig won Best Supporting Actor at the Elevate Film Festival. His own film The Lovemaster (with Farrah Fawcett), won “Best Film” honors at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
Craig began his career in his hometown of Philadelphia, where he honed his comedy and characters winning the “Best of Philly” Award while working as a bartender and attending Temple University. As a voiceover artist, Craig’s dead-on impression of Don Knotts was featured in the film Pleasantville (which he also played the narrator) and has voiced many hit animated series including Teamo Supremo, Monsters, and I M Weasel.
Craig’s small screen credits include his one-hour special on Comedy Central titled, The Lovemaster… Unzipped, co-hosting duties on HBO’s Comic Relief 2006, roles on numerous prime time series and he was actually Joy Behar’s first guest in her Comedy Corner on ABC’s The View.
As a scribe, Craig most recently wrote, produced and starred in Totally Baked, a movie which was conceived from his own son asking if his dad had ever smoked marijuana. The film was distributed world-wide by Universal and can be found in all major retail outlets, including WalMart. Totally Baked was asked to be a featured film in the Austin Film Festival and was nominated for the 2008 High Times “Stony Award.” It was recently re-released as a “Doobie Feature” packaged with a stand up DVD Shoemaker produced called, “420 Comedy Hour.” Craig’s writing credits also include ABC’s Just The Ten of Us, and Real Funny. He also wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed one-man show, Who’s Your Daddy? at the Coronet Theater.
Inspired by his children, Craig has also published two hit children’s books, now in their third printing, entitled “What You Have Now…What Your Daddy Had Then” and “What You Have Now… What Your Mommy Had Then.”
Additionally, Craig Shoemaker has had his own nationally syndicated radio show, which after only ten months on the air, won the prestigious Communicator Award “Crystal” prize. Two of Craig’s stand-up comedy routines made it to the Top 10 list on XM Radio, with “Playing Army” ranking #1. His “Lovemaster” routine was voted Most Popular Comedy on XM Radio’s Big Schtick Awards.
In 2004, Craig opened a comedy compound and retail outlet inspired by his nonprofit organization LaughterHeals.org. The Laughter Store is a place to find all things funny – pranks & gags, CDs, books, DVDs – anything to make you laugh!
Craig’s new stand-up DVD and CD, The Lovemaster… Unzipped was released by Universal worldwide in early 2008. The CD was featured on the front page of iTunes and was in the Billboard Top 20 for six straight weeks.
Inspired by laughter, Craig has created a new forum ‘Laughter Heals’ where he combines his two decades of stand up into an uplifting seminar and humanistic forum to help those battling and suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases use the gift of laughter for self -healing universal wellness.
In June 2010, Craig received an honorary doctorate in Humanities from his alma mater, California University of Pennsylvania, recognizing his humanitarian work he has performed over the last several years.
Currently, Craig is producing and writing a feature documentary called Live to Laugh along with Mark Harris (Crash, Gods & Monsters) and Dr. Michael Beckwith (The Secret, Oprah).
Craig co-hosted the Magic Hour with Magic Johnson and was taken off the couch in the middle of the show on day three, making television history!
He toured with Ray Charles and Kenny Loggins. When Kenny was about to open the show at the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway, he was informed one of his singers was sick. Shoemaker did his stand-up and then came out on stage again to be one of Loggins’ backup singers, learning the vocals over dinner!
Craig has performed the National Anthem several times, including at Dodger Stadium and the Oakland Coliseum.
At Comic Relief 2006 (The 20th Anniversary), Craig was honored to be asked to co-host (with Wayne Brady) the portion from New Orleans, which benefited the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
As an entrepreneur, Craig, along with 2 friends from elementary school, created and developed the idea of advertising messages on the telephone hold system. The company, now called Audiomax, still remains at the top of its field and boasts over 10,000 clients worldwide.
Dedicated to spreading the word about the healing powers of laughter, Craig formed a non-profit LaughterHeals.org. Although the organization is currently on hiatus, he’s working on a new documentary called Live to Laugh! Along with his partners, Oscar winner Mark Harris (Gods & Monsters, Crash) , and Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith (The Secret).
In 1996 and 1999, he did his standup routine in front of 70,000 at the University of Florida’s “Gator Growl.” Virtually every famous comedian has performed at this event from Richard Pryor to Robin Williams to Ray Romano, but Shoemaker is one of only three comics to be asked to come back a second time. The other two comics were comedy legends Bill Cosby and Bob Hope
Currently Craig is the CEO and founder of TheLaughterStore.com, an online retail outlet, that sells gifts that make you grin, giggle and guffaw. From fart machines to funny books to DVDs, the Laughter Store has it all.
Along with his Laughter Store venture, Craig is launching an online comedy channel out of his studios in Oxnard, CA.
When given the lead in the first college play he ever auditioned for, Craig wet his khaki pants in front of a sold-out crowd while attempting to nervously sing “Something’s Coming” from Westside Story.
Craig’s primary focus is parenting his three boys, Justin, Jared and Jackson. Whether it is coaching little league or telling bedtime stories, it is being a father that is most rewarding.
Travels from: Los Angeles, CA
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