Monday, January 23, 2012

Bobby Collins is bringing his "stress busting" laughter to the StarDome January 27-29!

Bobby Collins has a job that people always laugh at. As one of today's leading and most sought-after comedic talents, his heartfelt humor engages audiences with a clever blend of characterizations and hilarious observations that everyone can relate to.

He takes the funny business very seriously -- from starring in his own Showtime Special and being Rosie O'Donnell's predecessor pick to host VH1's "Stand-up Spotlight," to opening for such names as Cher, Dolly Parton, Julio Inglesis and Tony Bennett, to name a few. Topping Collins' first comedy CD "On The Inside" that showcased his wide-ranging observational material, his second "Out Of Bounds," earned a Grammy nomination. While live stage performances in New York, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City are forever expanding his list of faithful followers, he has also appeared in five feature films and numerous television shows. Growing up in a large family in a rough neighborhood of Queens, NY, Collins knew he wanted to be a comedian when everyone gathered to watch the Ed Sullivan show and the laughs never ceased. "At school I was a total class clown," he recalls. "I used my wit and humor to get out of fights and doing homework."

One could say comedy was Collins' destiny. He was named after his father's favorite comedian, Bob Hope. "I've never seen Bob Hope perform. But when I was appearing in Philadelphia for the first time, a newspaper reporter from New York City caught my act and liked it so much he decided put me on the cover of the paper's weekend section. Lost in the cover's corner was a tiny picture of Bob Hope. While I was visiting with friends in the local restaurant, a black limousine pulled up and the driver handed me a manila envelope. Inside was a signed photo of Bob Hope along with a note saying 'how dare you get top billing on a weekend,' with a happy face written in. I still have it to this day," he said.

Collins has a way about him that commands attention and exudes confidence. Tall, with dark, curly hair, his gift of gab landed him a job with Calvin Klein when a company executive saw Collins sell Klein's wife some jewelry at the Garment Center in Manhattan. One year later, at age 26 he was atop the corporate ranks as vice president for the fashion company, all the while moonlighting as a comic.

Breaking into the comedy circuit came when, after chatting up the bartender at Manhattan's premiere comedy club, Collins found himself on stage at Catch A Rising Star. He continued to hone his skills until finally arriving on the Las Vegas scene. He gave up Calvin Klein to realize his passion as a comedian, and it's been a riot ever since. "Making someone laugh for a few minutes of their day is a very gratifying experience," Collins says. "They may be going through a difficult time in their life and may not have laughed for quite awhile. I appreciate those moments when I help make a difference by connecting in a positive way." With reverence to his favorite entertainment icons, he describes his comedic style as a combination of the physical movement of Jerry Lewis, the sleek, good looks of Dean Martin, and the heart of George Burns.

Collins hopes to continue doing what he loves -- performing. Whether its clubs or corporate gatherings, it's non stop laughter. He says,"Laughing can be a stress reliever. And when I interact with the audience, they see new things about their everyday world that make them smile. It's a release."

Plans for a network sitcom are in the process, but for now Collins gets pleasure from spreading laughter and being a dedicated family man residing in California with his wife and two young children. An avid basketball player, he hits the hard court whenever time allows.

ON JANUARY 27-29, 2012


Friday, January 20, 2012

Greg Morton brings his elastic wit to the StarDome through January 21st!

Greg Morton had only two choices in schoolyard conflicts. Learn the ways of the force, or use his wit to diffuse the situation. That wit would lead to winning first prize in the, ‘So You Think You’re Funny Contest and the beginning of his career as a stand-up comic.

Greg has been described as having an "animated presence." Not surprising when you read his credentials. As a graduate of animation, Greg worked as an animator on such shows as the Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show and the New Flintstones for Hanna Barbara. His voice-over talents can be heard on such shows as Robocop and Police Academy, (the cartoon series). He has directed several Saturday morning cartoon hits including ABC's Hannerman (based on MC Hammer) and The Legend of White Fang which appeared on HBO. Finally he had found his voice. A voice he would later use to direct and voice over twenty Saturday Morning cartoons.

At the age 16, he combined his love of music with comedy skits to become Greg Morton, That Crazy DJ. A cadre of costumed characters and animated antics coaxed people onto the dance floor and became his signature style. A style dubbed by Las Vegas Magazine as completely entertaining.

In 1985 Morton ventured into the world of stand-up comedy. Since then, he has worked throughout the US, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He has opened for numerous celebrities, including Celine Dion, Dionne Warwick, and Harry Connick Jr. He has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio program, The Bob & Tom Show, and he regularly appears in Las Vegas and Atlantic City showrooms. Greg was one of the featured performers at The Just For Laughs, Comedy Festival in Montreal in summer of 2001. His two-minute rendition of the Star Wars Trilogy and his show-stopping finale of pop star impersonations,(described by many club owners as the best closer in the business), are two highlights that should not be missed. This former mobile disc jockey who used to play songs at weddings, now sings song parodies on nationally syndicated radio shows, like the Bob and Tom Show.  His song Obama Man, sung to the tune of Candy Man has racked up over 4 million hits on YouTube.

Greg Morton-Shark Attack

ON JANUARY 17-21, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Uninformed logic was never this funny... Bill Burr is bringing it to the StarDome!

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Bill Burr is an American comedian who grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts and did fairly poorly in school, despite the fact that he applied himself.

Having first gained notoriety for his recurring role on the second season of Chappelle's Show, Bill developed a comedic style of uninformed logic that has made him a regular with Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon.

On November 11, Bill received a standing ovation for his sold out show at Carnegie Hall and the following night he received the prestigious Comedian of the Year Award from the Boston Comedy Festival; previous recipients include Steven Wright, Denis Leary and Lewis Black. Bill is selling out theaters internationally and just returned from his second theater tour of Europe playing to standing ovations and rave reviews in London, Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Stockholm.

Bill was just seen in two episodes of the hit AMC-TV show, Breaking Bad and he was a contributing writer for the 2011 ESPYS hosted by Seth Meyers.

In April, Bill's short film, Cheat, had its World Premiere at The Tribeca Film Festival and in July the film screened at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Bill produced, co-wrote and stars in the film with fellow comedians Joe DeRosa and Robert Kelly. Based on a true story, the film follows three friends on a mission to pull off the perfect score.

One of the most popular comedy podcasts on the web, Bill's Monday Morning Podcast, is an off-the-cuff weekly rant that has become a fan favorite. Bill began the podcast in May of 2007 and has produced more than 200 episodes.

Bill's second hour Comedy Central special, Bill Burr: Let It Go, premiered on September 19, 2010 to rave reviews and was released on DVD and as a digital audio download. The unedited version of the special is now available on Netflix. The special was recorded in December 2009 at The Fillmore in San Francisco and captures the comic at the peak of his skills.

Bill can be seen in the Steve Carell & Tina Fey feature, Date Night, and his first hour special, Why Do I Do This?, premiered on Comedy Central in the fall of 2008 to rave reviews and is now available on Netflix, CD and DVD.

FEBRUARY 8, 2012


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wrestler Mick Foley is still busting guts... only now it's funnier!!

American semi-retired professional wrestler, author, comedian, actor, voice actor and former color commentator. He has worked for many wrestling promotions, including WWE, WCW, ECW and TNA. He is often referred to as "The Hardcore Legend", a nickname he shares with Terry Funk. He is currently signed to WWE. Throughout his wrestling career, Foley has wrestled both under his real name and under various personas (most notably Dude Love, Cactus Jack and Mankind).

He is a four-time World Champion (three WWF Championships, and one TNA World Heavyweight Championship). He is an 11-time Tag Team Champion (eight WWF Tag Team Titles, two ECW Tag Team Titles, and one WCW World Tag Team Championship). He was also the first WWF Hardcore Champion, and held the TNA Legends (now Television) Championship once. Following his retirement from wrestling full-time, Foley appeared occasionally with WWE as a special guest referee and later as a color commentator for the SmackDown brand. Upon his departure from WWE in 2008, he signed with TNA, where he was a storyline stock holder of the company. All totaled, Foley has won 17 championships between WCW, ECW, WWF/E, and TNA.

In addition to wrestling, Foley is a multiple-time New York Times bestselling autobiographer. He was also a subject of the documentary Beyond the Mat, which followed him at the peak of his career. More recently, he appeared in Bloodstained Memoirs, another wrestling documentary.

ON JANUARY 12, 2012