Since 1975, thousands of organizations have come to Comic Strip Live to hire our comedians and make their event the best it can be. Whether you're looking for talent for a major television show or corporate event, Comic Strip Live provides the widest range of talent with the highest quality comedians out there. Our comedians specialize in the following areas: corporate events, charity fundraisers, college events, association banquet dinners, holiday parties, conferences, private parties and the list goes on. Award winning shows such as “Saturday Night Live,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show,” “HBO,” “Comedy Central,” “VH 1” and “Conan O'Brien” have all handpicked their talent from our top of the line comedians. Now it’s your turn!
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I dropped out of West Point to become a comedian… probably the greatest service I will ever do for my country.”
The late 70’s were a different era, and West Point admitted a different kind of cadet when Ross Bennett was sworn in on July 8, 1975. But by 1977 Ross had decided that he wanted to take aim and fire jokes at nightclub audiences. So he undertook a giant career change, he dropped out of West Point, and landed right square in the middle of the comedy explosion that was taking America by storm.
For 30 years Ross has led a comedy attack. Armed with an expressive delivery and real life topics. Growing up with a Marine Colonel father (a nice mellow guy!), grade school snow days, disastrous golf games, and catastrophic water skiing outings. ROSS BENNETT is a high-powered performer who takes his act to the audience and comes back with a victory every-time!!
Growing up in North Carolina, David played Phyllis Diller and Jonathan Winters records until they were ruined and voraciously read Mad Magazine, even creating his own comedy magazine entitled "Icky." He made his stage debut at age 9 as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, and by college had appeared in over 50 plays.
After attending Furman University and Southern Methodist University, he moved to New York, appeared in several Off-Broadway and Regional theater productions, and did commercials and voice-overs. His New York theater career led him to remark, "I came to New York to be in the theater, but the theater said, 'we don't see you as an actor, we see you as an usher.'" However, he did appear on Broadway in the musical The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public in 1994, directed by Tommy Tune and Peter Masterson.
He became a director and directed plays (among them Candide, The Skin of Our Teeth, Waiting for Godot, Dark of the Moon, Noises Off, Jesus Christ Superstar and Molière's The Learned Ladies Off-Broadway) and taught theater in high schools and community theaters. In 1986 he became a stand-up comedian full-time.
David's comedy, a free-form conversational style featuring characters, stories, one-liners and social and political comment, has been seen at many venues worldwide. He has performed at many comedy festivals including Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival,HBO's US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, and the TBS Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.
He is featured as one of the stars of Laughing Liberally, a political comedy show that made its debut at New York's Town Hall in 2006.
His one-man show for the theater, "South Pathetic," in which he played himself and 10 characters, detailed his experiences directing the worst community theater in the South in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire. It was performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts, as well in New York and other regional theaters.
He has appeared on many television comedy shows, most notably his special Comedy Central Presents Jim David, and a two-year stint on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. The show featured many of the performers he worked with at the Greenwich Village club Comedy Cellar and is based on the freewheeling political arguments they had off-stage at the "comedian's table" at the Olive Tree Cafe, the restaurant above the club. Often featuring as much of the comedians "roasting" each other as discussions of current events, the show was cancelled in November 2004 despite a large cult following.
David also appeared on many television shows as a comedian or commentator, among them Comedy Central's Out On The Edge, Comic Cabana, USO Comedy Tour, Comic Remix and Friar's Club Roast Of Rob Reiner, Bravo's Queer Eye For The Straight Guy and Greatest Things About Being Queer, ABC's The View, A&E's Caroline's Comedy Hour and An Evening at the Improv.
New-York based Marina Franklin is emerging as one of the hottest comedians in the comedy scene today, with such notable appearances as, Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show, The Jay Leno Show, Awkward Comedy Show, Chapelle’s Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, NBC’s Last Comic Standing Season II, VH1’s Black to the Future, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and Showtime at The Apollo.
A native of Oxford, Alabama, Henley graduated from Auburn University and headed to Phoenix for a career as a stockbroker. His attention turned from finance when he entered and won a comedy contest at a local nightclub. He began working the comedy club circuit and eventually moved to New York which led to his first television appearance on the CBS "Morning Program". From there, he became a two-time winner on "Star Search" and has had numerous appearances on "Comic Strip Live", A&E’s "Evening at the lmprov", "Caroline’s Comedy Hour", and "Stand-up Spotlight" with Rosie O’Donnell. Other credits include: Late Show with David Letterman, the BBC's Stand Up in London, the Montreal Comedy Festival, HBO's U.S Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in Scotland.
When not on the road, Henley resides in New York with his wife, and currently pursues his interests in acting and writing.
You probably know Cory best from Season One of Last Comic Standing (NBC), but she’s been pretty busy since then. Take a look at the numbers; 3 appearances on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS), 2 Comedy Specials (Comedy Central & HBO), 7 Tough Crowd appearances (Comedy Central), 4 Politically Incorrect appearances (ABC), and she’s a regular on the Big Idea with Donny Deutch (MSNBC).
Currently Cory is a appearing on tour in off-Broadway’s critically acclaimed The J.A.P Show. The J.A.P. Show is a multi-media homage to the brilliant Jewish comediennes who paved the way for all women in stand up, presented by the top Jewish comediennes of today. You can also see Cory in the independent feature film Making Trouble, produced by the Jewish Women’s Archives. .
Cory conceived and developed The Radio Rita’s a nationally syndicated talk radio show for Greenstone Media; a company created by Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda to provide radio programming for woman.
She was featured in the 2005, 2001 & the 1998 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Her one-person show Having it all and other Myths premiered at the 1999 US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and was later produced as a half hour special for HBO. This lead to development deals with Warner Brothers and CBS.
Cory is the recipient of the ‘BACKSTAGE’ Bistro Award for best Comedian in NYC and Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award for 'Outstanding Female Comedian'
From the moment he was born, Macio has had a sense of humor. He had to! Being short, having a Caribbean accent, wearing his father’s clothes, and being made fun of at school, all attributed to Macio’s comedic personality. Once he lost his Caribbean accent and received some hip clothes from his cousin, things started to happen- A unique and animated comedian was born.
Macio began to observe and imitate people as well as his own idiosyncrasies. In his material, Macio, now, a father of three, confronts everything from raising his own children to his controversial views on religion. “Jesus did drink a lot of wine. You see the size of the cups in the picture of the Last Supper? --I would’ve thought I saw Jesus walk across water too,… after hanging out all night with Jesus!”
This intellect has been instrumental in leading him to starring roles in the hit syndicated comedy series, the “Uptown Comedy Club” which he wrote and produced, hosting NBC’s late night talk show “Later”, and starring in his self-entitled television pilot, “The Macio Show”, produced by Quincy Jones and David Salzman. Macio has also performed with other great comics including Chris Rock, Damon Wayans, Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, and DL Hughley.
Since 1994, Macio has written and starred in award winning television ads for major corporations such as Burger King, Pepsi, Lincoln, and AT&T. He is responsible for the popular 1 800 CALL ATT ads starring DL Hughley, Marlon Wayans, and Charles Barkley.
“There is no doubt that Macio is a great talent. I feel that children will be his ultimate audience, but he must first finish the job of entertaining his peers.” -Bill Cosby
Whatever the subject matter, Macio always delivers. His conversational style of humor has enough color and wit to take his audiences on a ride of fascinating observational intellect.
Actor/Comedian Brian Scott McFadden is one of the hottest stand up comics working today. Recently making his debut on The Late Show with David Letterman, Brian followed that up with a killer spot on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. Brian is a regular on the NY comedy club circuit & has recently taken his act to a whole new level with his high energy performances & some of the most unique, incisive, hilarious & most talked about routines around.
A multidimensional performer Brian is both an accomplished stage actor, who has played Hamlet in New York, and a versatile voice over artist with a vast range of accents and character voices in his repertoire. Brian has performed in such films as Ice Age II with Ray Romano and Robots with Robin Williams & Halle Barry. Brian is also well known as the voice of The #1 Sheep in the Award Winning Serta Mattresses TV commercials & has just released his new Comedy CD "What Women Want"
Voted one of the “Top 10 Comedians” in New York City by the Hollywood Reporter and BackStage, Modi is one of the comedy circuit’s hottest young comedians. Amelia David of BackStage raves, “Modi has a young Sid Caesar-esque talent for creating accents and characters, making him appeal to a diverse market.” According to the Los Angeles Times, Modi is “versatile and quick on his feet. He can read an audience in a beat and improvise so nimbly that he keeps any audience, regardless of age, race and gender, laughing.” Modi has been featured in the New York Times, TIME OUT NY, the New York Post, Lifestyles Magazine and the Friars Epistle. He has also contributed to “Fashion Police” in US Magazine.Modi has appeared on CBS's CSI: NY, HBO's The Sopranos, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Collin Quinn and The USO Live Tour, E! Entertainment’s Howard Stern Show, Oxygen’s Can You Tell, NBC’s Friday Night Videos, BET’s 10th Anniversary of Comic View, METRO Channel’s New Joke City with Robert Klein. Modi was also cast in a lead role in a pilot for Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor’s sitcom on CBS. Modi has played leading roles in two films: Waiting for Woody Allen, which won the 2004 LA Film Festival, and Stand Up, a feature length film released in 2006. According to Variety, Modi delivers a “naturally funny performance with a tremendous amount of energy on screen.” Modi has also appeared in Our Italian Husband with Chevy Chase and Brooke Shields; The Perfect Christmas with Queen Latifah; National Lampoon’s One, Two Many; and Ira & Abby. Modi is a regular at the New York and Los Angeles comedy clubs and headlines around the country. He has also gone on tour in the United Kingdom, Holland and Israel and regularly performs at comedy festivals and special venues, including Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. c o r p o r a t e e v e n t s and fundraisers
From roasting CEOs to launching a product lines, Modi performs for audiences at corporations and charities around the country, including Microsoft, United Way, AT&T, J.P Morgan Chase, Hoffmann-La Roche, Radio Disney, Time Warner, Juvenile Diabetes Association, UJA, Jewish Federation, American Heart Association, and Brady Gun Control Project. He is also a regular on the Chabad Telethon. Event planners are constantly raving about and referring Modi.
Born in the Great State of New Jersey, my comedy comes in large part from my unique background of being the only son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Both my parents have provided me with an enormous amount of material, usually unintentionally.
I was a practicing lawyer for several years until the other lawyers I worked with suggested I perform in the New Jersey Bar Association's funniest lawyer show. I am pretty sure that was their way of telling me to find a new career.
I recently had one of my proudest moments as a comic when I was awarded the first annual "Bill Hicks Spirit Award," for "thought provoking comedy" from the NY Underground Comedy Festival and the Hicks' family. The late Bill Hicks was a comedian who challenged the audience and made them actually think about political and social issues while making them laugh.
My new one man show entitled, "I Come in Peace," which is a comedic and truthful look at my life as an Arab-American in the post 9/11 world, recently ran as part of the 2006 NY Fringe Festival and had a successful Off-Broadway run as well.
Teddy Smith started his comedy career in Washington D.C., where he won the Washington D.C. comedy competition. He is currently performing nationwide, working on his feature script Macaroni, while raising his two sons and dealing with his crazy wife.