A Minnesota native, Louie Anderson has performed stand-up across the country for years. He also created the cartoon Life With Louie, hosted Family Feud, and wrote three books. Along with appearing on numerous television shows and specials, he now performs regularly in Las Vegas where he spends most of his time, though he frequently returns to his home state.
Rocky LaPorte is an actor and a performer of stand-up comedy. In 2005 he had his own stand-up special on Comedy Central Presents. After Tim Allen watched Rocky on The Tonight Show, he claimed Rocky as his “favorite new comic” and brought him on to play in his movie, The Shaggy Dog. Rocky visited Iraq with Drew Carey and the trip became a Showtime movie called “Patriot Act: a Jeffrey Ross Home Movie” which played on Showtime.
Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) wrote ad copy in New Jersey while also writing jokes for comedians such as Morty Gunty. He performed his own jokes in 1971 at New York’s Improvisation and Pips. After appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1974, he continued to tour and hone his act. His film “Diary of a Young Comic” aired in the “Saturday Night Live” time-slot. His work on cable “I’m in Pain” for Showtime in 1988, “I’m Exhausted” earned a nomination from American Comedy Awards for Funniest Male Performer in a Television Special (for HBO); “I’m Doomed” (HBO) won him a second Ace Nomination for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. His “Magical Misery Tour” was filmed at NY’s “Bottom Line” in December, 1996. In December 1989, he performed to an SRO crowd at Carnegie Hall.
Arj Barker (@ArjBarker) appeared on Premium Blend in 1997, followed by appearances on the shows Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Glass House. He twice hosted Comedy Central Presents. He was featured in Comedy Central’s animated series Shorties Watchin’ Shorties. He appeared on the Australian show Thank God You’re Here. Arj appeared in the HBO sitcom Flight of the Conchords, playing Bret and Jemaine’s indifferent friend Dave. Arj has enjoyed success in Australia for a number of years since first appearing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2000, and presently resides there.
Paul Oster (@BetterQualified), an expert in how major credit bureaus operate, is the owner of Better Qualified, a credit repair and protection company based in New York City. He’s also a professional speaker and has spoken at numerous financial and banking conferences.
NOTE: This is technically episode 48, but nobody noticed the numbering error until it was too late. Thus there will officially be two episode 47s.
Jake Shannon (@JakeShannon) is a financial expert (M.Sc. Financial Engineering, author, and radio host). His forthcoming book ‘ENDonomics’ predicts the end of the United States as we know it by 2025. He is also an expert in libertarian political theory. Current Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Utah and author. Predicted that the Tea Party movement would be co-opted by the GOP in the acclaimed ‘TEA-O-CONNED: The Hijacking of Liberty in America’.
Ali Wong was named the SF Weekly’s “The Best Comedian of 2009″ and the SF Bay Guardian awarded her “Best of the Bay”. Since then, Ali has performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, the FOX series “Breaking In”, E!’s “50 Super Epic TV Moments”, and can be seen in Oliver Stone’s “Savages” to be released September 2012. In 2010, Comedy Central listed Ali Wong as one of 7 “Comic’s to Watch.” This year, Variety Magazine named her as one of the “10 Comics to Watch” for 2011, and Ali appeared in the 2011 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, QC.
Originally from La Crosse, WI, Shane Mauss moved to Boston in 2004 to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a standup comedian. In less than three years, Shane caught his big break when he was awarded Best Standup Comic at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. Shane’s TV credits include three appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien,plus one appearance on the Conan on TBS, an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Showtime’s Comics Without Borders, Two appearances on BBC’s The World Stands Up, and in what is easily his strangest television appearance to date: Playboy TV’s Night Calls.
Frank Caliendo is an American comedian and impressionist, best known for his work on the Fox Network television series MADtv, and as the in-house prognosticator for Fox NFL Sunday. In 2007 and 2008, he performed his impersonations on his own show, Frank TV, which aired on TBS. He is known for his impressions of Charles Barkley, NFL color commentator John Madden, sportscaster Jim Rome, comedian Robin Williams, actor William Shatner, and United States Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and for his frequent appearances on The Bob & Tom Show.
Formerly the mayor of St. Joseph, Minnesota at the young age of 23, Richard Carlbom is now the campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, a pro-gay marriage organization.