Tim Hawkins

(Reprinted from www.TimHawkins.net)

Want clean comedy with an edge? Tim Hawkins brings the funny.

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Tim Hawkins
Tim Hawkins is a crowd pleaser for sure!

Hawkins has been accused of being equally gifted and twisted. Whatever your take, he has indeed become one of the most in-demand comics in the country. His arsenal is unique: high energy stand-up, physical comedy, slick guitar skills, a thousand faces and voices, improvisational chops. It all combines to create an insane comedy experience. And yes, the guy can really sing. “People think I live a rock-star life”, said Hawkins. “Believe me, Mick Jagger never gets lost in a Hertz parking lot looking for his Ford Focus.”

In 2010, Tim is on track for 120+ shows in churches and theaters across 30 states. A former All-American baseball player, he traded the sports stage for the comedy stage and never looked back. The St. Louis native taught himself to play guitar and tested the waters at area comedy clubs. But he determined early in his career that he did not want to focus on the comedy club circuit alone. “People love stand-up, but many choose not to go to comedy clubs. So we’ve gone underground, even counter-culture in a way. And it’s a blast.”

But over the next 10 years, working to support his family was full-time. Comedy was only part-time. By 2002, Hawkins was ready to launch his full-time career as a professional comedian. His art form was honed primarily in churches, with a brief 6-month stint performing in prisons as part of Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship. Since his shows ranged from little kids to youth groups to married adults, he had to develop material that would hit a wide age range. “Survival mode, pure and simple. I learned comedy in front of a lot of multi-generational audiences, so I had to find material that would cater to all ages. It’s a thrill to provide a family connection where they can share the experience… and then take a DVD home for another family comedy night. But really, I think my fans are probably just the same people who voted for Sanjaya.”

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In November 2007, Tim decided to test the “Google concept” and give away his comedy for free online. Within 2 years, his music videos and stand-up clips had received over 50,000,000 views on YouTube and Facebook alone. Fan favorites include “The Government Can”, “Cletus Take the Reel”, “Chick-fil-A”, “A Homeschool Family”, and “Things You Don’t Say To Your Wife”. Hawkins has 3 DVDs available: “I’m No Rockstar” (2008), “Bananas II” (2008), and “Full Range of Motion” (2006), as well as 3 CDs of comedy parodies and originals. His current DVD project, “Tim Hawkins Rockshow Comedy Tour”, includes comedian friends John Branyan and Bob Smiley and is scheduled for release November 2010.

With 4 kids of his own and a wife who is winning her battle with breast cancer, Hawkins gets new material daily from the perils of marriage, parenting, and homeschooling. But it must be difficult to work clean all the time, right? “Clean comedy is easy. Funny comedy is hard.” So does Tim think he’s funny? “I’m not bragging, but one time I told a joke in front of a dead bird, and it flew away. And you can Google that.”

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Thor Ramsey

Thor Ramsey
Comedy that doesn't make you feel like you stepped in something.

(Reprinted from www.ThorRamsey.com)

Thor Ramsey is a standup comedian and first-time author, which he is hoping to parley into a career of walking from the bed to his laptop.

He is best known for the best-selling “Thou Shalt Laugh” DVDs and the Sony-owned comedy series “Bananas,” which he hosts. His first book A Comedian’s Guide to Theology (Regal Books) is in stores now or you can order it at Amazon.

He is grateful to everyone who supports comedy that doesn’t make you feel like you stepped in something.

Biography
It doesn’t matter that Thor Ramsey happens to work clean. He’s funny. And funny is the thing that matters when you’re watching a comedian.

Thor had entertained thoughts of being a comedian since high school, thoughts he shared with a high school friend. “She had a dream one night that I did ‘The Tonight Show’,” he said. She told him that he “had a good set, which always stuck with me. I thought, ‘Well, if you’re not going to follow your own dreams, you might as well follow somebody else’s.’”

So, he followed her dream!

11/12/1987
Thor began his comedy career playing the basement lounge of a Ramada Inn in Des Moines, Iowa. (Because if you can make it in Iowa, you can make it anywhere — in Nebraska.) The Ramada’s basement ceiling was so low you could touch it while standing on the stage. Since he’d reached the pinnacle of showbiz in Des Moines, he moved to Chicago. Soon he was working forty-two weeks a year at major comedy clubs around the country. Then he moved close enough to Los Angeles to say that he lives there (but not according to the Post Office).

REVIEWS
His smart, sometimes loud and often opinionated brand of comedy has made him an audience favorite nationwide.

“…kept a crowd of hundreds rolling.”
— The Los Angeles Times

“…hilarious…”
— The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“…clever and pointed…”
— The Washington Post

TV CREDITS
The Comedy Shop—Featured Comedian—PBS (regional), 1990
An Evening at the Improv—Featured Comedian—A&E, 1993
Bananas—Comedy Special—GTN, 2004
Top3—Weekly Segment—JCTV, 2004, 2005
Comedy At Large with Thor Ramsey — Weekly Show — iLife, 2004
Bananas—Weekly Host—GTN, 2003
Bananas—Weekly Host—GTN, 2004
Bananas—Weekly Host—GTN, 2005
Bananas—Weekly Host—GTN, 2006
Top3—Guest Star—JCTV, 2006
The 700 Club—Guest Star—Family Channel, 2007
Rock the Boat—Host—Gospel Music Channel, 2007
Dove Awards—Segment Host—Gospel Music Channel, 2007
Smart Mouth—Comedy Special—JCTV, 2009

CLUB APPEARANCES
Improvs—Ontario/ Irvine/ Brea/ West Palm Beach/ Cleveland/ Tempe/ Miami
Caroline’s (Midwest Meets Manhattan)—New York
Funny Bone—Omaha
Zanies—Chicago/ Nashville
Stanford & Sons—Kansas City
Funny Farm—Louisville
Comedy Off Broadway—Lexington, KY
Crackers—Indianapolis

SPECIAL EVENTS & TOURS
Outrageous Comedy Tour—with Mark Lowry and Chonda Pierce, Featured Comic, 2003
Pure Comedy Tour — with Leland Klassen and Daren Streblow, 2004
Montreal Comedy Festival—”Just For Pitching”, 2004
Vancouver Comedy Festival—Letterman Showcase, 2004
Spirit West Coast—Del Mar, Featured Comic, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009
Spirit West Coast—Monterey, Featured Comic, 2005, 2007, 2009
Disney Cruise Lines—featured performer, 2005
Piece of My Mind Tour—with Chonda Pierce, 2006
David Phelps’ Christmas Tour—featured comedian, 2007 & 2008
Mason/Ramsey Comedy Expedition—with Taylor Mason, 2008

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