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Elayne Boosler - Biography

Comedian/writer/animal activist Elayne Boosler is best known for her thoughtful and feisty political humor, and her love of baseball and animals, all sharing a big part of her act. For forty years, she seemingly has appeared on every talk show ever on TV, has produced and written five one-hour Showtime comedy specials, written and directed two movies for Cinemax, appeared on Comic Relief for years, on Politically Incorrect over thirty times, and has hosted specials, series, and events. She has done lots of baseball color commentary, and sung the National Anthem and/or thrown out a first pitch, many times for many teams.

In 1985 she financed her own comedy special “Party of One” (and no, she had no credit cards) when the cable networks would not let a female standup have a special. The success of that show blew open the gates of TV for female comedians. She recently spent years sitting in for Stephanie on Stephanie Miller’s syndicated radio show, and hosted the game show Balderdash for NBC in 2005-2006. She has traveled the world doing standup from Las Vegas to colleges to the London Palladium to the White House Press Correspondent’s Dinner for President Clinton, to clubs and theaters everywhere. She has performed for the Queen of England as well as the President and Congress at Ford’s Theater. She moderated the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate on C-Span for NOW, and is very active in animal protection issues. In 2012 she performed for the US troops all throughout the middle east, and Africa. In 2013, she wrote and narrated a piece for piano, cello, clarinet and comedian, called “Rescue – A True Story”. It made its world premiere with the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra on October 6th. She has written for TV, print and film, and you can find a current large body of her work at the Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/searchS/?q=elayne+boosler

Elayne has been involved in hands-on animal rescue and advocacy since 1996, and in 2001 founded, and runs, her own nationwide and beyond, all-species animal rescue and advocacy non-profit organization, (Elayne Boosler’s) Tails of Joy. See www.tailsofjoy.net. Tails of Joy has saved thousands of animals, made life better for thousands more, and advocates for better treatment of all animals throughout the world.

Elayne appears on any show where comedy, politics, and/or animal issues come together, and was a regular on Current TV’s Viewpoint with John Fugelsang throughout 2013. She does scores of animal rescue benefits each year, and is back on the road with a new standup show. She is currently working on several writing projects, including a book entitled “Big Fun”. She is also writing a second book with the 95 year old darling of twitter, @quiltingmuriel. And a third book, “Elayne Boosler’s Tails of Joy”. For daily up to the minute comedy from Elayne, follow her on twitter @elayneboosler, and on her several Facebook pages:

Her fashion philosophy: “If you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty”.

2013 Giant of Comedy Recipient: Budd Friedman

BUDD FRIEDMAN - Biography

The man who could well be called the father of the comedy club explosion was born in Norwich, Connecticut; moved to New York; fought in Korea and returned to Manhattan, where he obtained a degree in Advertising and Marketing from New York University. Less than enthralled with advertising, he hit upon the idea that was to become the Improvisation. And the rest, as they say, is history. He decided to establish a little place where the kids in Broadway shows could get up and sing after work. The IMPROV on West 44th Street was born with a bang ... a big bang.

The list of performers who got their feet wet working for the Improv's "benign dictator" reads like a "Who's Who of Comedy": Jay Leno, Bette Midler, Robin Williams, Lily Tomlin, Billy Crystal, Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Liza Minelli, Drew Carey, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey ... and the list goes on.

Ever the entrepreneur, Friedman produced a political/satirical theatrical revue in New York entitled What's a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like This? He became Jay Leno's and Bette Midler's first manager. And in 1975, he opened a West Coast version of the Improv on ultra-hip Melrose Avenue.

In the 80s, he produced and co-hosted An Evening at the Improv, a syndicated TV series which was so successful that over 350 one-hour episodes were aired. He also played a nightclub owner/MC in an episode of "Doc" with Steve Martin; a comedy club owner in Diary of a Comic, an NBC movie-of-the-week starring his discovery Richard Lewis; and the MC for a wet T-shirt contest in Bob Fosse's "Star 80."

He auditioned for and won the coveted role of "Budd Friedman" in Man on the Moon, the biopic about Andy Kaufman starring Jim Carrey and Danny DeVito. He also narrated the hit book on tape Lost in the Funhouse, the biography of the legendary Kaufman.

In 2002, Budd hosted and executive produced a one-hour primetime special for NBC celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Improv. Many of the stars whose fame and stardom he helped achieve were part of the show, and the special was a big hit, easily winning its time slot. He also co-created and executive produced National Lampoon's Funny Money for the Game Show Network. Naturally, he hired himself as announcer.

More recently, Budd once again reprised his role of "Budd Friedman" in Judd Apatow's Funny People.

He continues to bring stand-up comedy into the hearts and minds of everyone in the United States. As of 2013, The Improv boasts 25 locations in 12 states.
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