From Good Morning America, SNL
Also Featuring Liz Russo and Alex Botcha
A lot of comedians exaggerate about themselves when telling jokes. When Johnny Watson tells a joke about himself, his family, and his upbringing, no exaggeration is necessary. Watson, a white kid living in a series of black and Hispanic neighborhoods while growing up in New Jersey with two brothers and two sisters, couldn’t fight, so he told jokes to survive. And he’s still telling jokes to his legions of fans throughout the United States. And most of those (real) bits are about his family – “my father was a heroin addict and all my mother did was watch TV and smoke cigarettes”; or his upbringing in poor neighborhoods – “I was the poor kid on free lunch who always got my balls busted so since I couldn’t really fight, I had to be funny.” So funny that he was voted funniest and best story teller in grammar school and in high school. Turned out the “high school honor” was his only honor. Johnny graduated LAST in his class. His grandmother implored him to become a comedian because “you can’t do anything else right.” Watson started drinking when he was five years old and kept on going until high school. “I was burned out from drinking by the time I got to high school, so I became the designated driver before they had designated drivers,” he says. After briefly attending college in California, Johnny joined the Navy. Once he got out, he turned to comedy as a full-time profession. Watson has appeared throughout the United States at many of the biggest clubs, including The Laugh Factory in New York City and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He has also been in a host of TV, film and theater productions and does corporate engagements as well. When he is not on stage, Watson plays whiffle ball, cribbage and does other “exciting things.”
From Last Comic Standing , Conan O’Brian, The Today Show
Also Featuring Joe Fernandes and Rob Epple
“I’m up there talking about everything, just looking for the right topic, not developing into the same comic as all the others I have never been in or out of fashion because I prefer to unfold jokes with style and soul. I developed in NYC while tripping the light fantastic in the venues and streets and all those hidden rooms, basements and lofts and doors blocked by velvet ropes where celebrities play second to locals. I then chased a beautiful girl to Australia for romance that didn’t last, but I was able to reconstruct myself in the privacy of this continent, a lone man in a new country with perfect weather making jokes on stages from Sydney to Hong Kong with freedom that comes from knowing it’s a limited time experience. Three years to be exact. I got reestablished a while back and I am currently roaming the stages of NYC and the North East improving the topics and quality of my work and material while attending Rutgers in the city of Newark and living hidden in a suburb of New Jersey in my grandfather’s old office working out body and brain only coming out at night to prowl the stage. From NYC to Sydney and towns I no longer know the name of, train stations and long car drives and planes rides to a million memories blending together. A blurry multitude of television appearances from two seconds to fifteen minutes in The US, Aus., & UK*.Theaters, Rock Concerts, Colleges, an uncountable number of clubs have lain in my path, I’m not rich and famous but I have lived like others have dreamed mixed in with a touch of fever inducing nightmare”
From Showtime, Atlantic City, Fox
Also Featuring Clint Nohr and Keith Carnevale
In 2007, Jay Black left teaching to pursue writing and stand-up full time.
Since then, he has headlined at close to 300 colleges, scoring three nominations and one win as the nation’s top college comedian.
He has appeared as a comic on Showtime, A&E, Fox, the CBC, and NBC. Jay has also performed at some of the most prestigious clubs in the country, from the Comedy Stop at the Tropicana in Atlantic City to the world famous Los Angeles Improv.
Jay has opened for several celebrity comedians, including Joel McHale, Carlos Menica, D.L. Hughley, Sinbad, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Christopher Titus.
In 2010, Jay was given the opportunity to work with the US Army on the “I Am Strong” tour, traveling overseas to entertain the troops.
He’s met equal success as a writer, selling his first screenplay in 2008 and working heavily as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after “punch-up” writers, making your favorite movies even funnier.
Also Featuring Johnny Hollywood
A Comic’s Comic
Comedian Bobby Collins has an ability to truthfully translate the human condition. Audiences across the country relate to his comedic characterizations as he exposes the humor of day-to-day situations as well as serving up resplendent rants on world events. His true dedication to his craft is what keeps his vibrant shows consistently sold out. A native New Yorker, Collins possesses a confidence and genuine everyman likeability that can only be earned.
As a professional stand-up comedian, he’s worked alongside friends, Chris Rock, Ray Romano and Drew Carey, as well as many others. He has appeared on legendary shows like Letterman, The Tonight Show with both Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno. With such skillful dissection of everyday life, he weaves his uproarious storytelling with effortless flair and charisma as he successfully dismantles any and all socioeconomic, race and age divides. Bobby currently has 5 CD’s, 3 DVD’s and a new special slated for early 2015.
From The Tonight Show, An Emmy Award winner who tours nationally
Also Featuring Eric Haft
Nelson began doing stand-up in comedy clubs while a theater student at Nassau Community College. Nelson specializes in rubber-faced comedy characters. His most popular originals include Jiffy Jeff, a punch drunk prizefighter with a Gym in NYC; Eppy Epperman.
Bob Nelson was Rodney Dangerfield’s opening act for eight years of Mr.Dangerfield’s career. Bob was featured in two of Rodney’s HBO stand-up comedy showcases, alongside Jerry Seinfeld, Rosanne Barr, Rita Rudner and Bob Saget. That led to two HBO specials starring Bob Nelson, including “Nelson Schmelson”. Bob considers Rodney his ‘Comedy Godfather’. Nelson was also in a comedy group called “The Identical Triplets” with Eddie Murphy and Rob Bartlett.
Nelson has appeared several times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and various other talk shows, such as David Letterman. While he formerly incorporated profanity into his act, Nelson now works clean. He cites a meeting with Red Skelton, in which Skelton convinced him to stop using swear words. Since that meeting, Nelson claims he hasn’t sworn while performing.
Bob won an Emmy Award in Philadelphia for a children’s show he wrote and starred in, called “Double Muppet Hold the Onions”. He also had supporting roles in Nora Ephron’s directorial film debut This is My Life with Julie Kavner and Ivan Reitman’s Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bob also starred in the Zucker Brothers films Airplane!, The Naked Gun, and Brain Donors, the 1992 update of the Marx Brothers’ comedy A Night at the Opera. In the latter film, Nelson plays what would have been the Harpo Marx part.