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From his many appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Show with David Letterman, to his weekly picks segment on the FOX NFL pregame show with Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson, comedian/actor/impressionist Frank Caliendo has been all over Television the past few years. (Last year He even performed in front of the Vice President of the United States broadcast on C-SPAN).
Known for "dead on" impressions of famous actors (like Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro), politicians (George W. Bush, Bill Clinton) and broadcasters (John Madden, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Jim Rome), Frank, a 7 year veteran of television sketch comedy (MadTV, Hype) has his own show "Frank TV" on the TBS network.
On the Stage, Frank's high energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories that build to a frenetic pace. Once described by the "Hollywood Reporter" as "a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey" Frank is one comedian that should not be missed.
Other places you might have seen Frank: "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", "Jimmy Kimmel Live", "Conan O'Brien", "The View", "Last Call with Carson Daly", Superbowl XXXIX, "Comedy Central Presents Frank Caliendo", "The Best Damn Sports show Period", and "Mike and Mike" on ESPN 2.
Bengt Washburn has appeared on TBS's Conan, Comedy Central and The Late Late Show on CBS.
Bengt is an Aquarius with Hazel eyes who prefers boxer briefs, solid deodorants, and Crest toothpaste. He is 5'9" tall, weighs about 149 pounds and can bench 150 pounds three times without a spotter. He has a vertical leap of 16 inches. 8 years ago a lump appeared on his right thigh. Its not visible from the stage but according to some kids at the water park, it looks creepy. Many people say Bengt looks kind of like a monkey.
Bengt Washburn was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but grew up in a large Utah town (1,200 people) as the fifth child in a small Mormon family (7 children). Bengt is married to an officer in the United States Air Force. They have lived in 6 different cities over the last eleven years. Most recently he moved to Springfield, Virginia (Washington D.C.) after living in Stuttgart, Germany for 3 years.
Bengt is a former winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He has been seen on The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusen, Live at Gotham on Comedy Central and most recently Conan on TBS. He was invited to perform at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, The Boston Comedy Festival, the Aspen Laff Festival and Gilda’s Laugh Fest in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He’s been heard on NPR, PRI and Bob and Tom. All three of his comedy Cd’s can be heard playing on XM Sirius radio.
Most people who know him would say Bengt is a logistically impaired ditz, but his comedy is described as intelligent, surprisingly universal considering the content matter and profoundly funny.
Dan’s unusual observations and unique autobiographical stand-up have earned him spots on The Tonight Show (both Conan and Leno have invited him over to the couch!), a Comedy Central half-hour and one-hour special, stand up appearances on The Late, Late Show, Conan, Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening, and on many other late night and cable programs. He was a cast member for the the last three seasons of the continually re-airing World’s Dumbest on TruTv, and has appeared on several other pop up commentary series, including VH1’s I Love the 2000’s.
Dabbling for a time in reality television, Dan also helped produce numerous shows such as Town of the Living Dead for SyFy, Duck Dynasty for A&E, Porter Ridge for Discovery, and several others. Leaving reality to try his hand at scripted television, he also wrote two episodes for season one of the 2016 Family Channel sitcom Raising Expectations, starring Molly Ringwald and Jason Priestly. In 2015 and 2016, Dan lived out his teenage self’s dream by hosting over 200 episodes of the hour long televised variety program, The Playboy Morning Show, MC’ing games with nude Playboy models, interviewing musical guests from G Love to Sir Mix A Lot and actors from Michael Shannon to the cast of Trailer Park Boys.
Always remaining focused on standup, his true passion, Dan recently released his fifth comedy album on Warner Brother’s Records, Don’t Wake The Bear, named a top ten album of the year by Sirius/SM Raw Dog and Dan’s first record to reach the top 5 on the Billboard Comedy Chart. He was also the first comic chosen to be spotlighted by Pandora, where with nearly 200,000 Dan Cummins stations created, he is one of their most-listened to comedians. His sixth album, Maybe I’m the Problem?, debuts on Pandora in early 2018. It will be the first standup album to debut on Pandora. Dan also rotates heavily on Sirius XM and Spotify, wrote a graphic novel called Daddy Bear: Three Rabbits Meet the Real World, is constantly on tour, and hosts the increasingly popular Timesuck podcast, a regular appearance maker on the iTunes top 100 chart for the most heavily downloaded comedy podcasts in the U.S. You can also listen to Timesuck on Spotify and on the Timesuck app in both the Apple and Google Play app stores.
BERT KREISCHER is a standup comic who performs to sellout crowds across the country. His latest stand-up special, Bert Kreischer: The Machine, premiered on Showtime on November 11. He is the host of the Travel Channel's Trip Flip and Bert the Conqueror, and previously hosted Hurt Bert. He is a regular guest on The Joe Rogan Experience and The Rachael Ray Show and has appeared on Late Night With David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His one-hour special Comfortably Dumb appeared on Comedy Central and his book Life of the Party, Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child shares the hilarious and outrageous stories that define his comedy and exemplify what has made him one of the best story-tellers of his generation.
Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Standups of All-Time,” actor and comedian Sinbad has had audiences laughing for over three decades. His storytelling style of comedy is profound without being profane. Sinbad has recently appeared on Disney’s Planes, Comedy Bang Bang, The Eric Andre Show, FX Television series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. Sinbad produced and starred in his own WE TV’s reality show, SINBAD: It’s Just family. He has done six one-hour comedy specials in his long comedy career, four on HBO and the last two on Comedy Central…and he’s not stopping anytime soon!
Sinbad is internationally recognized for his roles in hit movies like Jingle All the Way, in which he played opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Houseguest and his film debut, Necessary Roughness, where he did none of his own stunts. Sinbad starred in the television sitcom A Different World, which premiered in 1986, as well as his own series, The Sinbad Show, which ran in the mid-nineties.
In addition to his television, film and comedy work, Sinbad has also written a self-help book entitled Sinbad’s Guide to Life: (Because I Know Everything).
There is one part of Sinbad’s life that has been a well-kept secret: he is a closet nerd. This comes in handy as a Master of Technology during private corporate engagements for clients including Intel Corporation, Breakaway Technologies, Apple and Microsoft. He has served as a spokesperson for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), encouraging minorities to pursue studies in science, math and engineering. Sinbad established an academic scholarship in their name at the esteemed Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Showing his appreciation for our armed servicemen, Sinbad has also participated in USO tours and performed at the USO of Hampton Roads 2006 Patriotic Festival.
Comedian JOE MACHI was born and raised in State College, PA, the home of Penn State University. After college he held jobs at a supermarket and media company. MACHI moved to New York in 2006 to pursue comedy. He has been seen performing stand up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The CBC’s Just For Laughs Gala and has been a panelist on The Fox News program, Red Eye. MACHI was also one of 10 comics selected to perform at the 2012 Montreal Just For Laughs New Faces showcase. His comedy has also been mentioned in The New York Times, NY Daily News, NY Post and Time Out New York. Other highlights include winning the 2010 NY Underground Comedy Festival’s Emerging Comic’s Contest, finishing second in the 2011 New York Comedy Contest, being a two time finalist in the New York Comedy Festivals Funniest Person Competition and being a finalist for the 2012 Andy Kaufman award. MACHI has become a staple on New York Comedy Club and alt comedy shows as well as comedy festivals nation-wide.