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Funny Stop Comedian

August 4
The Dirty Show

One Night Only!

Enjoy a unique ensemble of comedians headlined by Jeremy Sheer and featuring Ryne DiPerna, John Burton, Chris Clem, Marv Conner and more.

So why call it the Dirty Show?

Well, no one could get the initials SDBCC from the comedians' last names to spell out anything cool, so this was the best that anyone could come up with on short notice.

It's a "One Night Only" show, so be sure to come out so you can say "Yes, I was there when..."

 

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

August 5
Marv Conner

One Night Only!

The Funny Stop is proud to welcome funny man Marv Conner for a "One Night Only" headlining appearance at the club.

Marv's career highlights include appearing in the very successful "American Gladiators- Rejected Auditions" and "Man Gets Ass Beat By Cop", which have been seen by millions of YouTube viewers.

When not padding... err... polishing his resume, Marv Connor has performed in the HBO internet series Runaway Box, and Man In The Box. Marv's television credits include the new (Tony) Rizzo Show on Fox 8 Cleveland as well as multiple appearances on The Mike Polk Jr. Show.

Marv Connor has written for the late Mike Veneman and owes his comedy insight to Mike as he was Marv's first teacher in comedy and also was a valuable alibi witness.

To find out what is going on in Marv's life (or just his head), visit his Facebook page linked HERE or follow his MadMarvComedy account on Twitter... then make your reservation for this "One Night Only" show now by calling the Funny Stop Box Office at 330-923-4700!

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

August 6-8
Dustin Diamond

Three Nights Only

Not long after his last appearance at the Funny Stop, Dustin Diamond got LOTS of publicity from TMZ and the national media. It wasn't for his acting or his comedic skills, but those with a knife, when defending his lady at a bar in Wisconsin.

Thankfully, those matters seem to have been resolved and it is our pleasure to welcome Dustin Diamond back for a 5th consecutive year at the Funny Stop!

He played the bad guy on Celebrity Fit Club and has been hailed as the "Dark Prince of Comedy".

Dustin Diamond is a pop culture icon, and is best known for his role as Screech on Saved by the Bell. Dustin played Screech through all 10 seasons of the show, and to this day, Saved by the Bell is still seen in syndication 16 times per week in 105 countries.

For the past 17 years, Dustin has toured the world as a stand-up comedian. His act is suitable for the now grown-up fans of Saved by the Bell. It is adult-oriented, hilarious, and definitely not the same squeaky-clean, Saturday morning comedy that he spent 10 years doing as Screech. In his act, Dustin touches on life's most important topics   -   grandma porn, farts, and the secrets of the female sex.

In addition to stand-up comedy, Dustin has been involved in reality television, indie movies, and numerous other projects. Most recently, he played himself in Better Reach Screech, The Nerdist's parody of Breaking Bad. He appeared on the British reality series Big Brother, and was also seen on Oprah's Where Are They Now?, in which he touched upon topics such as his tell-all book Behind the Bell, and other previous media stunts.

Dustin's other interests include playing video games, following all things "nerdy" and playing the bass guitar.

For more on Dustin and to hear what he has to say, you can follow him on Twitter, @DustinDiamond.

For the past several years, Dustin Diamond has toured the country with a comedy stage show that continues to play to big audiences and receives critical acclaim from the press and the fans.

Make your reservations today to see Dustin Diamond at the Funny Stop by calling our Box Office at 330-923-4700.

TRIVIA FACT:
In 2003, Dustin Diamond and his band, Salty the Pocketknife, released their first and only self-titled album.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

August 11-15
Kevin Downey, Jr.

with TBA

The Funny Stop is proud to welcome another headliner who is making his first appearance at the club. Please welcome Kevin Downey, Jr.

Comedian, columnist Kevin Downey, Jr. has been recently labeled "refreshingly bizarre" by fellow comedian Joe Mulligan. Kevin headlined small rooms all over the U.S. and enjoyed a cult following (that means only 28 people dug him) until his frequent and on-going bookings at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino's "Comedy Stop" in Las Vegas and Atlantic City brought him to a new level of notoriety.

Recently Kevin Downey, Jr. was a finalist on NBC's show "America's Got Talent". Kevin now works "A" clubs everywhere, to larger and larger audiences.

The Early Years:
Whereas most comedians will lie about where they grew up in an effort to gain street cred, comedian, columnist and all around swell guy Kevin Downey Jr. actually did grow up in Detroit, Michigan. He made his TV debut at age 6 on CKLW's "The Bozo Show" where he won a hockey stick, a 12-pack of Orange Crush and some Tootsie Rolls playing The Bug Game. Like all kids in Detroit, Kevin attempted to play ice hockey but his first and only season was cut short when the coach realized Kevin was too small to skate while wearing all the gear, thus clearing the way for Wayne Gretzky to top Gordie Howes achievements.

Bright Lights burnin' Gonna set your Soul on Fire:
Kevin moved to New York City looking for fame and fortune. He instantly landed a part at Macy's Santaland as an elf (some call it the longest running show on Broadway). Kevin was decimated to learn all elves were fired after the Christmas Eve shift. Shortly thereafter, Kevin went to his first comedy show at New York's "Comic Strip Live" and realized his calling; however, it would be three years until he had the stones to get on stage himself.

Money for nothing and your chicks for free:
Today Kevin is headlining clubs everywhere in the U.S. and can be heard regularly on "The Bob and Tom Show" as well as Sirius and XM Satellite radio. Kevin is also a proud member of Armed Forces Entertainment and he travels the world performing for the troops. Some of the bases he's been to include: Pearl Harbor, Guam, Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Singapore and Diego Garcia.

Back at home, Kevin performs at clubs, colleges, casinos and theaters all over the U.S.

He's also appeared on "Comedy Central", "What Not to Wear" and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" where he got a much needed haircut. Kevin appears at the Trop's "Comedy Stop" in Las Vegas at least four times a year. He truly appreciates his ever-growing fan base who come to see him again and again.

Kevin authors a column called "Drinking on $11 a Night" which can be read in "Bachelor Pad Magazine" and "GC" magazine and online at usedwigs.com.

Kevin's song, "Secret Garden of Dirty Little Whores (who think they're better than me)", can be heard on college and traditional radio stations throughout the country. His nationally-released DVD called, "I'm not Gay, but Don't Stop" can be found on both Amazon.com and Netflix.

...And no, Kevin Downey, Jr. is not related to Robert Downey, Jr.

Call our Box Office at 330-923-4700 to book your reservation to see Kevin Downey, Jr. in his first ever appearance at the Funny Stop.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

August 18-22
Michael Oddo

The Naughty Hypnotist

Michael Oddo's interest in entertainment began at age 6 when he was taught how to make sponge balls appear and disappear.

As a teenager, Michael became interested in hypnosis and began his studies to become a certified Hypnotherapist (Hypnotist). Michael achieved this title through the National Guild of Hypnotist in 2001. Michael decided to polish up his skills as a stage hypnotist by attending a workshop with Las Vegas Hypnotist Marc Savard on Stage Hypnosis.

Since then Michael has been seen entertaining audiences across the country by performing outrageously funny magic and hypnosis for public, private, and corporate events.

With Michael's skills as a magician and hypnotist, he has been able to capture people's attention by entertaining them with his humor and wit.

Through the years, Michael has also appeared on television and radio programs such as the WDJQ, WQMX, KEKB, KREX-TV (Colorado), The Fox Kids Club, WBNX Channel 55, State of the Arts, and Public Access Channel, just to name a few.

The Funny Stop audience got their first ever opportunity to see Michael Oddo on our stage in 2014 and he has developed quite a following. Demand was so strong that Pete has brought him back for a pair of multi-night bookings later in the year.

The Funny Stop is proud to bring back Michael Oddo for another appearance in 2015, so you will not want to miss the chance to see "The Naughty Hypnotist" himself, live and in-person by calling the club's box office now at 330-923-4700 to make your reservation.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

September 1-5
Bill Squire

with TBA

Here is a true "local guy does good" story as the Akron area's Bill Squire returns home.

Who knew, when Bill fell out of a plastic swimming pool at the age of 6, broke his arm, but got a huge laugh that the event would eventually lead to a life as a professional comedian. At least he can always say that he was bitten by the comedy bug at a very early age.

With his unique point of view, sharp writing, and high energy Bill Squire is one of the best young comedians on the scene today. Bill has earned the respect of his peers by performing fearlessly at venues from "hole in the wall" bars to 2,000 seat theaters where he always puts on a show to remember.

A coast-to-coast tour in 2008 lead to an appearances on Comedy Central where he won the network's "Open Mic Challenge" and "Show Us Your Best" contest in 2009.

Bill Squire is also a cast member on the YouTube webseries "Man in the Box" which has over 30,000 subscribers, generated nearly 200 episodes, and was aired on Cinemax OnDemand.

His hard work ethic and natural comedic talent has made Bill Squire one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world today and his performances are always non-stop laughs.

Here's your chance to see Bill Squire during this weeklong appearance at the Funny Stop.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

September 15-19
Gemini

Five Nights plus Special Saturday Afternoon Family Magic Show

There was a time, not so long ago, when only friends and by passers walking down a New York street saw bright promise combined with energetic talent when entertainer Gemini strutted his stuff.

Several Las Vegas, Palladium, Atlantic City, and hundreds of comedy clubs later, Gemini's magic and ambience are changing things.

Everything about Gemini and his show is a cut above fantasy. His magic, his jokes, the way he reads the audience easier than a front page headline. Because of his unique style of showmanship he not only keeps the show in motion with his jokes, he has several magic sets as well.

The "Maestro of Magic & Laughter" is also an accomplished ventriloquist, with several "friends" that keep the audience in the palm of his hand.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, his streetwise sense of humor and wit came in handy throughout his life "in the neighborhood." As he says, "I do a little bit of comedy and a little bit of magic. What you laugh at, that's the comedy. What you don't, well, that's the magic."

A Special Family Magic Show will be offered Saturday, September 19th at 2:00PM - Call 330-923-4700 for reservations.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

September 22-24
Thaddeus Challis

3 Nights Only

The Funny Stop is proud to bring yet another fresh face to the comedy fans of Northeastern Ohio.

Thaddeus Challis made his debut headlining performance at our club last September in a "One Night Only" appearance. Now we have the chance to get him back for you, but just for a few more nights.

Come out and see a unique comedy attitude from this former heavy metal rocker out of Cincinnati, OH.

This son of longtime road comedian, Chili Challis, Thaddeus has already shown signs of comedy brilliance during his recent finish as one of the finalist on the Bob and Tom Radio Show's national comedy contest.

Here is your chance to see a young comedian whose star is on the rise, in a limited, 3 night only appearance.

Make your reservation to see Thaddeus Challis perform by calling the Funny Stop box office at 330-923-4700.

 

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

September 25-26
Chili Challis

Two Nights Only

After son Thaddeus has warmed up the crowd with his 3 night headlining appearance, the Funny Stop is proud wrap up "Challis Week" at the club with the dad... Chili Challis.

Hollywood Entertainment may have stated it best when they wrote:

"Thank the comedy gods that Chili is back doing the clubs! We might hear some original humor again."

For decades, comedy has been Chili Challis' world.

Most fans would not know of his time behind the scenes on television as a NBC staff writer who went on to become a writer for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".

Even fewer are aware that Chili Challis was nominated for a regional Emmy ® for his writing and direction of Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Mike Peters.

Many of Chili's fans first became exposed to him as a voice on the radio as one of the cast of guests who entertained audiences on morning radio's "The Bob & Tom Show" which was based in Indianapolis but was heard in syndication in many parts of country.

Click HERE to give a listen to this early clip (back when he was known as Bert Challis) from the "Bob & Tom Show".

While Chili Challis enjoyed much television and radio success, comedians feed on (and are fed by) live audiences. That's why he has traveled the country all of these years and continues today doing stand-up for folks in clubs from coast to coast.

Always thinking outside the box, Chili was not afraid to take on the whole "Vagina Monologues" craze a few years back with his original creation... UNZIPPED: "The Woody Monologues".

You can check out "Comedy-Dojo" and more background on "Uncle Hippie" by visiting Chili's website ChiliChallis.com

If you enjoy a truely unique comedy mind, you don't want to miss Chili Challis as he appears this weekend on the stage at the Funny Stop Comedy Club.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

October 6-7
Chad Zumock

Two Nights Only

Chad Zumock was headed down "Priority Lane" in life but, twenty-five (or is it up to 26 now?) firings and at least that many disastrous relationships later, found himself on "Screw-up Blvd".

Fortunately, Chad's many-times humiliating experiences with work, woman, and booze have translated into the kind of material that has made him into one of the brightest up and comers in stand-up comedy.

The former 2.4 GPA Kent State college graduate captivates audiences with his brutal honesty and quick-slacker wit. His likeability and always-candid appraisal of the tattered ruin of his life is what connects him with all kinds of audiences.

Chad likes to laugh at his own misfortune, and so will you.

Zumock performs all over the US and recently contributed and helped co-write a humor book called, "Look at My Striped Shirt!: Confessions of the People You Love to Hate".

Chad's professional life has included appearances in numerous commercials, time as a regular on Spike TV's "The Playbook", as well as live appearances from the Muni Lot prior to Cleveland Browns home games during WOIO-TV 19's "Tailgate 19" pregame show as a tie-in to his weekday afternoon gig on the Alan Cox Show on 100.7 WMMS radio in Cleveland.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

October 8-10
Jim Florentine

Three Nights Only!

Jim Florentine is the co-host of VH1 Classic's hit heavy metal talk show series, "That Metal Show." The program is a round table talk show where legends of rock hang out and discuss their past and current projects in front of a live studio audience. Rolling Stone Magazine just dubbed "That Metal Show" one of the 50 Best Reasons to watch TV.

He is also best known as the voice of Special Ed from Comedy Central's Crank Yankers and as the guy who spends his days turning the tables on Telemarketers. His latest live comedy CD/DVD and Metal Blade Records Cringe 'n' Purge Debuted at #5 on the Comedy Billboard Charts.

He most recently participated in The Roast Of Zakk Wylde and has been seen on the Apprentice, The Joy Behar Show, Chelsea Lately, Down and Dirty with Jim Norton on HBO, Red Eye on Fox News Channel, Meet The Creeps, Comedy Central's "Mother Load," HBO's "Inside the NFL," Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Howard Stern Show, Spike TV's Video Game Awards, MTV Music Video Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, VH1's "The List," and Louie Anderson's "Comedy Showcase." He can also be seen in the dramedy "A Little Help" with Jenna Fischer.

Don't miss out on this return appearance by Jim Florentine. Make your reservations today by calling the Funny Stop Box Office at 330-923-4700.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

October 14-17
Dave Landau

with TBA

Working the road nonstop since his 21st birthday, Dave Landau has grown into a true comedic juggernaut. Finding himself much in-demand among audiences and club owners due to his deadpan demeanor and those jokes - my God, those jokes - that fluidly fly forth with breakneck pacing and perfect timing.

Dave Landau, it can be said with all due respect, is a throwback to another era of comedy. The entertaining everyman. Innocent enough at first blush; as he states his case, you begin to see where you and he have quite a bit in common. A wife, a house. An odd sense of calm in an increasingly crazy world. You're on a tour of the familiar and prosaic, with Dave Landau as the bus driver.

Then he drops his foot on the accelerator. And things start to get wild. You see, Dave Landau might appear to be just like you, but he's not really. His mind goes to places that angels would fear to tread, and he has no problem telling you about it. The mark of a great comedian, it is said, is the ability to find jokes where others would find tears.

Dave find jokes everywhere; with his own foibles and faults, to his family, to pop culture and the state of the world today. Cutting his comedic teeth as a teenager in Detroit in the Second City's Conservatory, Dave Landau has risen to become one of the most in-demand headliners working today.

He's appeared on Comedy Central's "Live At Gotham" as well as being featured prominently on two consecutive seasons of NBC's "Last Comic Standing."

Dave Landau has become a regular on the nationally-syndicated "Bob & Tom" radio show and was honored as one of the top 21 club comics of today at HBO's Las Vegas Comedy Festival.

Learn more about Dave and even see some video of his stand-up act by visiting his appropriately named website, DaveLandau.com, then call the Funny Stop box office at 330-923-4700 to book your reservation to he him live and in person on our stage.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

October 22-24
Rich Vos

Three Nights Only!

Best known from NBC's hit reality show "Last Comic Standing", Rich Vos is one of the most exciting comedians in the country.

Back Stage Magazine says of Vos, "He has an uncanny 'everyman' ability to likeably bond with anyone in the audience."

A Rich Vos show features a unique, no-holds-barred perspective on relationships, divorce and parenthood.

From his rock solid material, to his lightning fast crowd work, Rich Vos proves each show why he was one of the last comics standing.

On Comedy Central Rich Vos has appeared in his own half-hour special, Comic View Premium Blend, and as a featured panelist on its "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" show. He was also the first white comedian to perform on Def Comedy Jam.

Rich Vos has been a regular guest on the "Opie and Anthony" and "Bob and Tom" radio shows, writes for Comedy Central Roasts and FOX Promo's as well as preparing material for Chris Rock's appearance has host of the Academy Awards.

Here is your chance to catch the unbelievable talent of Rich Vos in a limited, return appearance at the Funny Stop Comedy Club.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

November 12-14
BASILE!

3 Nights Only

BANG - you laugh! POW - you grab your sides! CRUNCH - you try to catch your breath!

Once you've seen this comedian's rough and tough opener, it's hard to believe that off-stage he's also the voice of Universal Studio's beloved "Bullwinkle Moose."

Critics call his opening bit the funniest in the country when he appears unplugged and in concert to sell-out crowds in comedy clubs and theatres across the U.S.

A pinch of Basile turns the ordinary into the extraordinary! Basile's spicy blend of improvisation and characters make for a great recipe for your entertainment pleasure.

Yes, he has a soft side - but this "teddy bear" is stuffed with high explosives that will blow the audience through the roof!

Click here and here for Basile's website(s).

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

November 20-21
Tammy Pescatelli

Two Nights Only

Growing up with all brothers will give a girl from Cleveland two things: a great sense of security and an even greater sense of humor. Indeed, comedienne Tammy Pescatelli got her fair share of both, but her sense of humor is what has made her one of America's funniest and hardest working women of comedy.

Beating out thousands for the enviable spot as part of the Final Five on NBC's "Last Comic Standing 2 ," catapulted Tammy's career and won her a slew of new fans, solidifying her as one of the sharpest women in the comedy world. Tammy has appeared twice as a guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and "Dennis Miller" and has been a featured comic on PAX's "Balderdash", National Lampoon's "Funny Money", NBC's "Last Comic Standing: The Best of the Best" and Comedy Central's "The World Stands Up!"

Tammy also recently appeared in her own half-hour special for Comedy Central, "Comedy Central Presents: Tammy Pescatelli". She has also performed on the "Jerry Lewis Telethon" several times. More recently, she has performed on "TBS's Evening at the Laugh Factory," "Last Call with Carson Daly," and has been a guest a number of times on the syndicated show "Comics Unleashed", and chosen for their "Best of the Best" world wide top selling DVD!

Tammy's current schedule is jam-packed with headlining appearances at top comedy clubs and venues across the country, as well as adding her comedic observations to specials on VH1, E!, G4, A&E, Country Music Television, and TV Land.

She also was featured weekly as part of the "Fashion Police" panel for US Weekly. And giving pros a run for their money in the poker department, Tammy recently participated in the GSN poker series "Poker Royale: Comedians vs. Pros," making it all the way to the finals. Tammy also co-stars in the upcoming indie films Everybody Wants to Be Italian, Single: The Documentary, and Made in Brooklyn.

Most recently, she has been writing for TBS and performing all over the country.

Tammy's new material comes from her recent marriage, living around family and giving birth to a boisterous baby boy. When people ask her "Where do you get your material?" Tammy famously replies, "I wake up!"

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

November 27-28
Mike Polk

Two Nights Only

Mike Polk Jr. is a Cleveland based comedian best known for his viral internet videos such as "The Cleveland Tourism Video", "The One Semester of Spanish Love Song", and the web series "Man in The Box" which combined have over 50,000,000 views on YouTube.

Polk has been performing stand up and sketch comedy for over ten years and has won both Scene Magazine and Cleveland Magazine's "Best Comedian in Cleveland" distinctions on multiple occasions.

Mike recently authored the popular book: "Damn Right I'm From Cleveland: Your Guide To Makin' It In America's 47th Biggest City (that now has distribution as far away as the Canton-Akron Airport gift show. Wow!!!)

Mike Polk Jr. can now be seen on Fox 8, where he contributes to "New Day Cleveland", "The Rizzo Show", and produces his own monthly comedy special (which, ironically, Fox 8 likes to air weekly), "The Mike Polk Jr. Show".

Mike's stage show is a unique combination of traditional stand up, music, video, and audience involvement that makes for a truly original comedy experience.

Check out his work at MikePolkJr.com and come see him LIVE and IN PERSON on the Funny Stop stage in this limited, "Two Night Only" appearance.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

December 11-12
Jimmy "JJ" Walker

Two Nights Only!

The term "maximizing one's potential" could have been coined to describe the life of Jimmie Walker, who strode out of the New York ghetto first to educate himself and then to become one of the best-known television personalities in the United States.

Walker was born June 25, 1947, in the depths of New York's South Bronx, famed for burnt-out buildings, pervasive neglect and disrepair but, to a very young boy, it was nothing more than "the neighborhood."

Life in the Projects centered around basketball courts and ignoring school. Jimmie never thought of performing as a potential occupation. It was basketball that held his interest, but Jimmie at fifteen was only six feet tall and weighed in at 129 pounds. He left school before graduating and worked a number of odd jobs, eventually landing a delivery job at the Grand Union Market at a salary of $47 per week - before taxes.

Making an arrangement with his boss to end each shift early, Jimmie worked all day, then attended Theodore Roosevelt High School at night until he received his diploma and information from a teacher about SEEK, the federally funded Search for Education, Evaluation and Knowledge which accepts students who need an educational "half-way house" before college. SEEK arranged for Jimmie to study the art of announcing and the trade of radio engineering at the RCA Technical Institute. Jimmie started as an engineer, which required a first-class license available only by study and by passing a test. Within a year he had earned his first-class ticket to the future.

Jimmie walked into a small radio station, WRBR, and was immediately hired as a part-time engineer at a salary of $100 per week. He continued to study at SEEK, learning about mathematics and literature. At 19, Walker had some major grammatical stumbling blocks, but his writing became stronger when he began writing for a class in Oral Interpretation - and Jimmie discovered he was a FUNNY writer. He penned a piece, delivered it to his SEEK classmates, and they howled! Asked one appreciative teenager, "Are you a comedian?" Said Walker, "I guess I am." And he was.

Now defined, Jimmie lost no time in finding his first professional gig. It was 1967, and he had left SEEK and traded up his "day job" to working at WMCA radio for $250 a week. A mutual friend then introduced him to The Last Poets. The group, dedicated to performing militant poetry, needed an opening act. Following a successful audition, Walker opened for the Poets at the East Wind in Harlem on New Year's Eve, 1967. He did five minutes, floored the crowd of 350 and stayed with the Poets for 18 months while he gained confidence and built an act.

By 1969 Jimmie performed at the African Room in Manhattan along with a few other new talents, including Bette Midler, David Brenner and Steve Landesberg. David Brenner got his break and then helped Walker and the others, moving them all to Budd Friedman's Improv in New York where they occasionally got on stage. Brenner and his "disciples" got hot at Budd's and became onstage regulars.

In those days, doing "The Tonight Show" was direct line to the Big Time. Brenner made it first, followed by Landesberg, Midler and Freddie Prinz, but by 1972 Jimmie still hadn't scored that "big break." Then Brenner, Landesberg and Midler, scheduled for the then-powerful "Jack Paar Show", refused to guest unless Walker was given a spot, and the Paar staff gave in. Jimmie's first guest shot was successful beyond anyone's expectations. Dan Rowan, who had seen the show, called for Jimmie to fly to Los Angeles to guest on a "Laugh In" special. This followed with a second guest spot on the "Jack Paar Show", and a contract with CBS to perform his act each week as the audience warmup for "Carlucci's Department" a sit-com.

The flush of success gave Walker the confidence to give up his day job in 1972. Jimmie was now working regularly in clubs. Spotted by Norman Lear's casting director, Jimmie accepted a part in a new comedy series, "Good Times". "Dyn-o-mite!" was the phrase and it was made famous nationwide. Time Magazine named him Comedian of the Decade.

It was a heady existence. The fame grew. Walker did the comedy album, "Dyn-o-mite!" and it was a best-seller, but stand-up comedy was still his first love. When the series ended a six year run in 1979, Aaron Spelling offered Walker a starring role in the short-lived "B.A.D. Cats" and returned to cast him again in 1983 in "At Ease", an ABC series about a bunch of United States Army misfits.

Walker currently tours the country 25-30 weeks a year doing his stand-up comedy, and also performs on late night T.V. and game shows. In his spare time he writes scripts for T.V. and movies.

You can also check out more information about Jimmy JJ Walker at his official website, DynomiteJJ.com

 
 
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