Adam Hunter
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What a great Saturday night. I went to Donnie B's Funnybone and checked out comedian Adam Hunters show. Adam was on the show Friday and was literally one of the funniest guests we have ever had. While hanging with him before the show he was still talking about Herpapatamous SaraJane who was unlike any one he has ever met during a radio interview. Adam told Mychelle and I before the show that we are the best morning show he has ever guested on so let me return the compliment by saying that he was FANTASTIC last night. Seemless transitions between the scripted and impromptu material plus his stage presence make this guy one of the biggest Stars in stand up today. He also has a face and personality that lets you know he will one day be bigger than just stand up comedy. Adam is also a thirty year old guy that of course can relate to the young but he has the ability to relate to 50+ year olds too with the same panache as a smart ass trouble making kid that you know has a potty mouth but you love him anyway. Its that same charm that a kid who easily calls his parents after being arrested and they bail him out with out any lectures.

Adam Hunter works a room brilliantly with pacing that usually saved for people who have been working the stage for much longer than he has and with people that usually go on to greater fame. Which is what he will do. My prediction is that this is somebody we will hear from for years and years on TV, Movies or HBO Specials.

Next time Adam Hunter is in town you should run out and get tickets because I dont know how long he will be visiting places like Springfield. 5 out of 5 Rating. - Ray Lytle


For the last few weeks, comedians have been invading our fair city. Last weekend was the fourth annual Comedy Festival, and before that the Last Comic Standing Tour visited the House of Blues, where this year's top five finalists performed live with Louis Ramey as emcee.
The line up for the Last Comic tour included Jim Tavarre, a British comedian who totes his upright bass to gigs and always wears a tux, the weakest link of the show, neon shirt-wearing Jeff Dye, the singularly-named Marcus and headliner Iliza Shlesinger. The winner of this past season, Shlesinger seemed to recycle a lot of material from her performances on the reality show, and though I was really looking forward to hearing her, the highlight of my night turned out to be off stage entirely: being introduced to Adam Hunter, Another Last Comic Standing alum who didn't make the cut for the tour because he finished just outside of the top five, Hunter invited me to check out his local show at LA Comedy Club at Planet Hollywood. One of the Vegas' best comedy venues, the club is perched on the second floor of Trader Vic's inside the Miracle Mile Shops with a gorgeous view of the Strip and the Bellagio fountains.
Hunter's act was fresh and entertaining, with very little old material from his Last Comic days. He managed to incorporate the audience in a way that wasn't overly critical, even complementing an audience member who made a hilarious joke in response to one of Hunter's questions.
Following his performance, I asked Hunter what it was really like to be in the comedy competition. He pointed out that like any other reality show, directors and editors gave Last Comic an overall vision and more or less created the characters they wanted people to see.
"The hard part about being on a reality show is they can take everything out of context," he said. "They cast who they want to cast. If they want that guy to be the good guy and that girl to be the good girl and that person to be the one from the broken home, then that's what they're going to do. The difference between being on a television show and being on a reality show is that if you play a bad guy on a television show, people think you're a really good actor, and when you're portrayed as the bad guy on a reality show, people think you're really an asshole."
Through the editor's magic scissors, Hunter was painted as "the cocky jackass" in the house. Left out were humanizing stories about Hunter volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house for years or how his father was in recovery for substance abuse addiction. Instead, they showed clips that portrayed him as the macho guy, always working out and seemingly arrogant.
Hunter explained, "The producers have it in their heads that we've had X, Y and Z win, so why don't we have this person win this time. It was a little disappointing to me, because it was a TV show first and a comedy competition second."
The concept of a comedy reality show is troublesome, Hunter noted, because "comics basically try to point out things that are wrong with us and society and make fun of that. So it's hard to say to viewers, 'Hey, like me so I can win $250,000.' It's kind of juxtaposed to what stand up comedy is really like."
Hunter points out that "some of the best stand-up comedians like Robin Williams were manic-depressive. Comedy comes from pain, which doesn't necessarily coincide with a family show."
Despite the behind-the-scenes politics, Hunter says he appreciated the chance to be on the show, and his appearance has spawned a new gig on Comedy.com. Called Kamikaze Comedy, the show is essentially sneak attack comedy when people aren't expecting it. Hunter described one stunt in which "they tape some girls who are expecting a stripper for their bachelorette party and instead they get a midget comic telling jokes."
The format is rooted in Hunter's early career when he used to do comedy in supermarkets and laundry mats. "It's kind of like Jackass meets comedy," Hunter says. Now, that's reality comedy. - Las Vegas Weekly written by Allison Duck




Adam Hunter's Comedy Is Good For The Soul

Watching the TV show Last Comic Standing a few weeks ago was such a disappointment because my favorite comic Adam Hunter did not receive enough votes to make it through to the finals. What is wrong with America? He was the funniest person on the show and I couldn't help thinking back to when I saw him perform last month at Fitzgerald's in Las Vegas. www.adamhunter.com

Adam Hunter was the featured comic at the Fitzgerald Hotel. The crowd went wild with his insane stories. He has a unique humor in telling stories about his dysfunctional childhood and spoke about when his mother was pregnant with him. She was on drugs which must have affected him a lot because he was born in 2 months and weighed 7 grams. Adam's psychiatrist advised him, "Live each day like it is your last, I tried that and now I have really bad credit". Adam then went on to say he met a homeless guy in LA, and when he asked how he was doing the man said he was doing great and was waiting for a call back for "Cops". Adam asked "Did you ever get so drunk that you felt like you were floating and it turns out that you have 2 bouncers holding you up in the air and carrying you out the door. The best is when they won't let you get into a club without girls and he said "If I had girls do you think I would be trying to get in here." www.myspace.com/comedian

Adam's boyish good looks and his timing skills are perfect and his hilarious views of the world are something that everyone can relate to. He is a bundle of energy and it is easy to see that he puts his heart and soul into his performance which grabs the audience's attention. Adam's act also includes audience interaction. Sitting in the front row, I was one of the people he chose to interact with as he admired my bling bling cell phone.

Adam Hunter with Nikki Artale


The funniest part of his show is this give and take with the audience because their responses are so funny and unpredictable. Adam brought the room to life for the entire show, creating non stop laughter. I love comics who are not trying to be funny but are just being themselves, because being natural is the best comedy.

I found Adam Hunter to be charming, good looking and an all American young man who I would be a great friend to hang around with. He is able to keep you laughing for hours and begging for more.

Adam has appeared on The Late Late Show, E Channel, White Boyz N Da Hood, Comics Unleashed and VH1 and has traveled and appeared on hundreds of stages. He said his day isn't complete until he gets up on a stage to do his stand up comedy act. Well, my day was not complete until he got up on the stage and delivered a fantastic performance.

You know that expression about comedy being good for the soul? It's true; and this comedian made my soul very happy.

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FINALIST ADAM HUNTER:
What was your first solo stand-up gig?
I was in NYC at Stand Up NY about ten years ago. The jokes were not going so well so I just dumped a beer on my head. I figured that always seemed to make my friends laugh in college. The crowd didn't necessarily laugh, but they were entertained. The other comics who went after me were upset that the stage was all sticky. I was hooked on stand up from that moment on. Stand-up comedy is my life. I love making people laugh. I love the high that I get from being on stage and the ability to communicate with people through jokes. The instant feedback that I get from the audience is amazing. I love being able to take the most painful moments in my life and express them in a comedic way. It's very therapeutic. I practiced stand up anywhere I could – from laundromats, to supermarkets, to donut shops. I would drive fourteen hours to shows and work for gas money just to be able to perform. As long as I get to finish the day doing stand-up comedy it's a great day.

What is your worst nightmare as a comic while performing on stage? Has it happened?
The worst nightmare for a comic is always having a crowd not laugh, and there is not a comic in this world that has not had that experience. The only way to improve is by trial and error. I've had a ton of rough sets in my life, but that is essential for growth. One time I had a huge show (it was the Montreal Comedy Festival auditions, the biggest comedy festival in the world) and there was a table of women that were at least 80 years old. I said something to the extent of "I like older women" and one of the women threw a plastic or cardboard menu at my head. This woman must have been the mother of Randy Johnson because it hit me square in the middle of my forehead. I tried to go back to my jokes but my head kept swelling up, it was really awful. It was that moment that I learned how to duck.

At what age did you realize you were funny? Why? Tell us the story.
When I was in high school I was in love with wrestling. I was a four-time New England Class A Champion. Wrestling takes 100% dedication. I was always cutting weight in college and I had to stay in my dorm room every Thursday night since the matches were on Fridays. I had little to do so I would spend the time prank-calling the local public access TV station. They would try and have serious discussions and I would call in with really dumb statements. I loved pranking people. Eventually they gave me my own public access show and I had the time of my life doing it. At that point I knew that I wanted to be in show business. After I stopped wrestling, I had a tremendous amount of unspent energy and put it all into being a stand-up comic. I was always a fan of stand-up comedy and loved the idea of making people laugh for a living. There are many similarities between stand up and wrestling – you have to rely on yourself, you have to keep getting up, you have to overcome a ton of rejection, and you have the ability to be as good as you want to be. Talent can only take you so far. Eventually, you reach the level where everybody is talented, but it's heart, persistence, and tenacity that separate the men from the boys. Or the women from the girls.

Who are your comic influences? What are your comedic influences?
Chris Rock is my favorite comic. He is honest, witty, edgy, and takes a million risks on stage. I love his delivery and his writing. I loved Rodney Dangerfield, he had an amazing style with an uncanny delivery. His jokes are timeless. Jim Norton is always hilarious, topical, and edgy. Dane Cook is an awesome comic as well.

What is the worst job you have ever had?
I used to work kids' parties and have to dress up as Spiderman, Barney, Batman, and other characters. One of my responsibilities was to paint the little kids' faces. They would be like, "Make me into Spiderman!" That was easy – all I had to do was draw lines on their faces. However one kid was like, "Make me into Buzz Lightyear!" And I hadn't seen "Toy Story" so I just wrote Buzz Lightyear all over his face. The parents were not too thrilled.

What are some of your favorite television shows? Movies?
I love watching reruns of "Seinfeld." I like "The Ultimate Fighter." Conan O'Brien always makes me laugh. Ali G is my all-time favorite. As far as movies are concerned, I loved "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Superbad," "Knocked Up," "Boogie Nights," "Snatch" and "Happy Gilmore." "Rocky" is my favorite movie of all time.

What do you hope to gain by becoming the Last Comic Standing?
I hope to gain more fans and more opportunities. Also, having more cash isn't a horrible thing.

Most embarrassing moment? Have you recovered?
One time I was bombing really bad in a biker bar and I said, "Does anybody wanna make out?" And this really hot girl jumped up on stage and we started going at it. Oh wait, you said "embarrassing moment." I thought you said "really cool moment." My most emba - Last Comic Standing


College Review


Students came to hear the humor of comedian Adam Hunter on April 17, in the Outpost. The crowd was small yet personal.

Hunter, who is from Los Angeles, really interacted with the audience during his show. Many people were walking in and out of the Outpost and Hunter made it a point to joke with each person coming in and out.

"He was really good at making people comfortable even though he was poking fun at them," Maggie Horam, freshman, Sheron, Mass. Since the room was filled with a crowd of about 35 people, Hunter made members of the audience feel like a part of the show.

"I thought he was funny and he had good interaction with the audience," said Raydhiri Hidalgo, sophomore, Bronx, N.Y.

Hunter used a lot of comedy that college students could relate to such as jokes about Myspace, relationships, celebrities, and family.

"I thought he was good. I was laughing the whole time and I even got tired because I was laughing so hard," said Andrew Sabia, senior, East Northport, N.Y.

Even when there were times that a joke only got a few laughs, Hunter was able to change the subject to something that the students found to be more humorous.

"I couldn't think of a better way then relax at the end of a rough day with the comedy he produced tonight," said Pete Donahue, junior, Melville, N.Y.

Hunter wrapped up the night by asking the audience if they had any questions for him. He also summed up the events of the night joking that even though the audience only had nine people, 77 people had walked in and out but the crowd was able to still have some good laughs.

- Cristin Colucci



BATH — More than a decade after graduating from the Hyde School, comedian Adam Hunter is using lessons he learned there on national television.

The 1996 alumnus survived the premiere episode of NBC's hit show "Last Comic Standing" — the "American Idol" for stand-ups — and is back for episode two, which airs Thursday night at 9:30 p.m.

This season's premiere aired May 22 and showed auditions in New York City and Tempe, Ariz. Comics who impressed two celebrity judges then moved on to try their hand at a live audience.

So far, the former Phoenix wrestler and lacrosse player has kept them laughing.

According to his Web site, Hunter turned personal tragedies — such as a family history of substance abuse and the fact that his mother abadoned him at the age of three — into a stand-up routine people can relate to.

He credits Hyde with helping give him the strength to do that.

"I learned at Hyde that what matters is not how many times you are knocked down in life, but how many times you get up," said Hunter in a school release. "I really had a hard time at Hyde; it was tough, but I learned to refocus my energy on my gifts. I use the lessons I learned on the wrestling mat and lacrosse field to get myself on stage."

The comic joked that resilience is necessary not only to persevere through life challenges, but to make a living with comedy as well.

"It is easier to get into this country than a nightclub," he said on the premiere episode of "Last Comic Standing" according to the Web site LAist.com. "They could solve the entire immigration problem by having the bouncers at clubs work the borders."

Hunter performed for the Hyde School community last year during a brief tour stop. He was featured on a Showtime program, "White Boyz in the Hood," as well as the NBC show "The Late Late Show" and the CBS sitcom "Yes, Dear." He opened for comedian Wayne Brady at the Improv in L.A., and joined the United Service Organizations Tours in Japan, Korea, and Guam. - The Times Record


Discography

NBC's "Last Comic Standing" Finalist
CBS's "Comics Unleashed"
TruTV's "Dumbest Criminals"
TruTV's "Dumbest Fans"
TruTV's "Dumbest Drivers"
TruTV's "Dumbest Shoppers"
E!'s "Chelsea Lately"
E!'s "30 Biggest Celebrity Feuds "
Showtime's "Whiteboyz in the Hood"
CBS's "Yes, Dear"
CMT's "20 Worst Videos"
CMT's "20 Sexiest Women"
CBS's "Craig Kilborn Show"
VH1's "Britney vs. Christina"
E!'s " Party at the Palms"
SiTV's "Funny is Funny"
Telemundo's "Loco Comedy Jam"
VH1's "Robbing the Cradle"
MTV's "True Life: I Am a Comedian"

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Adam Hunter is one of the hottest young comedians around today. He is full of exciting energy that makes the crowd go wild. He headlines all over the country, putting his heart and soul into every performance with an act that is brash, deep and hilarious. Adam is one of the hardest working comics around, performing every night of the week, usually 2 or 3 shows a night. Adam delivers a powerful message that keeps audiences on the edges of their seats.
Adam was a top 8 finalist on this season’s “Last Comic Standing.” He can be seen on Showtime’s “Whiteboyz in Da Hood,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” "Comic's Unleashed", 8 of TruTV's "The Smoking Gun Presents...." countdown shows, SiTV’s “Latino Laugh Festival”, Telemundo’s “Loco Comedy Jam” and has appeared in sketches on “Conan O’Brien”. He was on VH1’s “Baggin”, “Robbing the Cradle” and “Britney vs. Christina.” He has appeared on “30 Biggest Celebrity Feuds” and “Party at the Palms” on the E! network. He can be seen on “Weekend Extra” on TBS as well as two CMT specials. He had a guest starring role on “Yes, Dear”, and was the subject of the MTV show “True Life I am a Comic”. He is currently producing and starring in a shpw called “Kamikaze Comedy”. He has done over 100 colleges and performed for the US Military in Japan, Guam, Guantanamo Bay, Korea, Bahrain, and Africa.
On stage Adam talks about his issues concerning relationships, his dysfunctional family, and other life observations. He brings his most painful experiences –mother abandoning the family when he was 3, his family history with substance abuse, his issues with women, religion, pop culture and more to the stage in a hilarious matter in which everyone can identify with. Adam can bring down any house with his view of the world. Adam Hunter is a star in the making and you definitely want to catch his act.