The Masters of Standup - 21,000 Standup Shows & Counting!

The Masters of Standup - 21,000 Standup Shows & Counting!

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Great for Parents Night! What do you get when you add 21,000 Standup Shows + 310 TV Shows + 21 Tonight Shows + 4 Terrific Comics? You get 1 great evening of clean comedy & fun with The Masters of Standup.

Biography

Former Tonight Show head writer Jimmy Brogan brings together three of his best comedian friends for a great evening of fun and laughs.

The Village Theater raves, "these comedians had our sold-out crowd practically rolling in the aisles with laughter!"

* JIM BROGAN is the son of John and Anne Brogan. He was born in Boston, but at the age of six moved to Chicago and then to Cleveland. In a short period, he saved enough money with a paper route and a pyramid scheme to pay for his parents to join him.

Jim grew up in a Catholic family and went to Catholic schools all the way through. His parents sent him to an all boys high school (St. Ignatius) and an all boys college (Notre Dame).

It was a good life for the young lad, his Mom stayed home and made his school lunches and his Dad sold landing gear for a living. But Jim had other ideas of what to do with his life.

Armed with his degree in Sociology, he moved to New York City to pursue his dream of scaling skyscrapers with suction cups on his hands and becoming a Human Fly. His fear of heights quickly put an end to that dream.

While working day jobs as a tutor, a bartender and in advertising, Jim turned his attention to standup comedy. His first appearance on stage was with his Chinese-American friend, Larry Lee. They billed themselves as The Brogan Brothers. After one disastrous appearance, Jim struck out on his own.

His first act was an impression of a priest from Notre Dame. That lasted two performances. His second act was about going to an intellectual high school. That lasted six months and even longer for the audience.

After four years of doing standup comedy, Jim was taken under the wing of legendary comedy manager Jack Rollins (Woody Allen, Dick Cavett, Robert Klein, Nichols and May). Soon Jim was moving to LA to star as an Angel in an ABC sitcom called Out of the Blue. They made thirteen episodes and aired nine. They are evidently still saving four for the next sweeps period.

Jim continued to do his standup comedy and did guest appearances on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman.

He also got other TV jobs. He hosted Laffathon (Showtime), Comic Strip Live (Fox) and You Asked For It, Again (Family Channel). The perfectionist that he is, he won't be satisfied until he has been cancelled by all the networks.

Deciding that he could save a few dollars by not hiring a lawyer, he worked for nine years as an indentured servant on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His areas of responsibility included being a writer and talent coordinator (booking comedians for the show).

Since leaving the Tonight Show, Jim has been busier than ever. Besides doing his standup, he has written two movies and seen three others.

He also was a creative consultant on Yakov SmirnoffÂ’s one-man Broadway show, As Long As We Both Shall Laugh. He found out exactly how long we both shall laugh. It was 24 performances.

* MARYELLEN HOOPER - Though she was born on Long Island, Maryellen grew up in the Tampa, Florida area. She learned quickly that being funny was a good way to be accepted.

When acting in high school and community theater productions, she always got the funny parts; but it wasnt until 1985 that she truly considered comedy a career.

After entering (and winning) talent competitions at nearby comedy clubs, it wasnt long before she headed to New York.

Of course, she didnt give up her day job(s) right away... while learning the ropes of the New York comedy club scene by night, she earned rent money by cutting hair in an upscale Manhattan salon and working as a "rolling billboard" - complete with orange jumpsuit, helmet and skates - around Wall Street.

As an up-and-comer on the comedy circuit, Maryellen soon found herself in demand as an opening act for such talents as Jerry Seinfeld, Gilbert Gottfried, Tommy Davidson, Andrew Dice Clay (!), and Wynonna Judd.

A true original, Maryellen is a favorite at venues across the country. Whether you see her headlining at a Las Vegas showroom or your local comedy club, her patented style of silliness will have you falling out of your chair.

With her unique brand of storytelling and quirky physical humor, Maryellen Hooper leaves audiences exhausted from laughter.

Marital mishaps; personal grooming disasters; workplace catastrophes; and the challenges of home remodeling... through it all, Maryellen always maintains Dignity Under Duress.

Maryellen makes her home in Los Angeles.

* CATHY LADMAN - The best way to get inside Cathy Ladman's head is to see her live. As one of the country's top comedians, Ladman's show is a self-probing, anxiety-venting vehicle, which draws laughter from exposing personal neurosis.

She has not only appeared on "The Tonight Show" nine times, but was also the only female comic to appear on the last two Johnny Carson "Tonight Show An