Comics on Duty II
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Tom Foss - Comedian/Actor
Since 2005, as part of the Comics On Duty World Tour, Tom Foss has traveled around the world a dozen times and been on top of the world once! Foss is a true club comic, but has taken his talent into the field to entertain the Armed Forces.
Tom has performed for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Greece, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Africa, Haiti, Guantanamo Bay, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Greenland, Panama, Hawaii, and at installations across the United States. As THE most requested comedian among USN Personnel, Tom has performed aboard the USS Enterprise, USS Boxer, USS Winston Churchill, USS Harry Truman, USNS Comfort, USS Stennis, USS Nimitz, USS Cater Hall, USS Fort McHenry, USS Bataan.
While entertaining the troops overseas, Foss has managed to keep his foot in the door at clubs across the United States and is a regular at the Improv’s and Funny Bones and can be heard regularly on Sirius/XM Radio Comedy and The Bob and Tom Show!
Recently, Foss has ventured into the world of entertaining aboard luxury cruise ships with Carnival Cruise Lines. While the food, golf and poolside activities are an incentive for multiple voyages, Foss still prefers a six pack under the flight deck of a USN Carrier!
Steve Simeone - Comedian/Actor/Writer
Spending an evening with Steve Simeone is like catching up with your best high school friend. The infectious honesty that comes from his story telling won’t just have you laughing at his stories, but will have you doubled over in pain from laughing too hard. After spending time with Steve Simeone, you can’t help feeling like Steve is their new BFF.
Childhood is the central theme to Steve’s comedy and he often says he never wanted to grow-up. The competition for laughs with his brothers at the dinner table molded Steve into a natural on stage. His high energy approach to story-telling has made him a favorite at comedy clubs across the country. From stories about pizza night to staying up late with his brothers to catch a late night sporting event, everyone can relate to these sleep deprived memories.
Simeone is a seasoned comedy veteran and can be seen at clubs across the US and regularly headlines the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
Simeone has toured nationally with Pauly Shore, Andrew Dice Clay, The Playboy Comedy Tour and globally entertained the troops with Comics On Duty.
Steve Mazan - Comedian/Actor/Writer
Steve Mazan is a comedian who shot out of the famous San Francisco scene that produced comedy legends such as Robin Williams and Dana Carvey. He was born and raised in Chicago and lived aboard a submarine for 5 years before heading west to pursue his dream of making people laugh.
For more than a decade, Steve has done stand-up everywhere, from clubs and colleges across the country to corporate events, cruises, and many television and radio appearances. He won an Emmy for his work writing on The Ellen Degeneres Show. In 2011, the documentary “Dying to do Letterman” about Steve’s life was completed and began winning awards and inspiring people around the world.
Steve has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Bob & Tom Radio Show, Sirius/XM Radio and even done audience warm-up for shows such as Deal or No Deal. But of all the performances he has done, he is most proud of his seven trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to perform for our troops.
With influences ranging from Richard Pryor to Fozzie Bear, Steve has formed a unique style that bridges the gap between clever and goofy. His material offers layers that leave an audience howling and thinking at the same time.
A regular headliner at clubs across the US, Steve is also a favorite for corporate events, with a unique ability to write on the fly … and bring every audience to their feet!
Danny Villalpando - Comedian/Actor/Writer
Danny has been performing stand-up comedy for over sixteen years. He’s had the opportunity to work for many corporate events, charity organizations, and cruise ships. He has also had the privilege of working worldwide with the USO and Comic’s on Duty. His comedy has taken him such places as Japan, Singapore, Afghanistan, Panama, Honduras, Greenland, Iraq, Italy, and Greece.... just to name a few!
In addition to headlining comedy clubs across the United States, Danny has performed on television seventeen times. He’s been seen on NBC’s “Friday Night” as well as “The Latino Laugh Festival” and Comedy Central. Danny’s acting talents were also displayed as a bartender, on NBC’s “Meet My Folk’s.”
Most recently he completed an independent film with Second City called "Time Share." Danny’s comedy is based on his life experiences and fans described his act as the type of act you could do anywhere, it’s just funny!
John Bizarre - Comedian/Actor/Writer/Filmmaker
John Bizarre is a filmmaker and stand-up comedian who has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The District, The Drew Carey Show and loads of other shows on MTV, Showtime, A&E, FOX and Comedy Central. He has authored two books, Giving You The Stink Eye and It So Doesn’t Suck To Be You.
John’s directorial debut came with Buster & Salazar, which became an underground classic within the comedy club circuit. We Love You, Mrs. Bevins, a film about comedians entertaining the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, was John’s next effort, receiving high praise from NetFlix and Blockbuster renters. He followed this up in 2011 with Rise To Offend, MobWood, and The Direty Joke Show.
Through December 2011, John worked as Director of Photography for Visionary Films on their (as yet untitled) documentary about the looting of America by Wall Street. He just completed Finding The Funny, a documentary starring Don Barnhart that explores what it takes to become a stand-up comedian. John lives in Las Vegas with his beautiful wife Nancy Ryan (also a comedienne), enjoying the best years of his life.
James P. Connolly - Comedian/Actor/Host
Hailing from both Northern and Southern California (depending on who he is trying to impress), James P. Connolly is a stand-up comedian and radio/TV host known for his playful, confident style and unique sense of humor. James attended Harvard University on a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship, which left him feeling “wicked smart”, while possessing the skills to hurt people who are “actually” smart.
While serving in Desert Storm, he was ordered to write jokes for a Colonel. Understanding this to be a lawful and punishable command; James erred on the side of funny. Eventually making his way to Hollywood, he began to perform at the World Famous Comedy Store, the World Famous Improv, the Legendary Ice House Comedy Club and other major comedy venues with too many adjectives.
Soon James popped up on television, commercials, and in small films. In addition to having appeared on Comedy Central and HBO, James hosted VH1’s “Movie Obsessions” and more recently “Live From Here” on XM Radio for National Lampoon. He is recognized across the country as one of the most played comedians on the Sirius XM Comedy Channels and is a frequent guest on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show.
James has also made multiple trips overseas to entertain the troops.
His latest CD “The Master Plan” debuted to rave reviews on XM Radio’s Comedy Concert Series and has been called “captivating” and “laced with intelligent humor, edgy opinions” and “leaves them (the crowd) hanging on his every word!” James also wants you to know you he has a very manly voice.
Chris Alpine - Comedian/Actor/Writer/Producer
With over 20 years of laughs under his belt, Chris Alpine delivers laughs every time. The Miami Herald described one of his shows as, “…hysterical, fast-paced and fun” and the USO thanked him after a performance for the troops saying, “…the comic relief you provided our troops was an immeasurable boost to morale.” The Seattle Times has said, "Alpine deftly walks the line between goofy and genius. Quick, highly verbal and a real laugh maker."
Alpine’s television experience includes HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, MTV, A&E, America’s Next Big Star, and Comic Strip Live to name a few. He’s appeared on multiple syndicated radio shows and his creative mind has led him to produce numerous TV and Radio commercials.