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Mario

Mario Cantone

The celebrated New York stage actor and stand-up comedian, Mario Cantone gained critical acclaim with his Tony-nominated one-man show Laugh Whore, from its appearance at the Cort Theatre on Broadway to the Showtime special. The previous theatre season saw Cantone starring in the Tony-winning Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Both of hit shows were directed by four-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello.  An accomplished stage actor, Cantone has appeared on Broadway in the role of “Buzz”in Terrence McNally's award-winning dramatic comedy, Love! Valor!Compassion!; and “Stephano” in Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Public Theater. Off Broadway, Cantone was the original “Terry” in The Crumple Zone, and played “Benny” in June Moon and “Grumio” in the Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew.  He starred in the June release of Sony's animated film, Surf's Up, and appeared in the hilarious film The Aristocrats. On television, Cantone can currently be seen as Anthony, Charlotte's wedding-planner-with-attitude, now that HBO’s Sex and the City is in syndication on TBS, while Cantone is also a frequent guest on The View. On Comedy Central, Cantone's performances have been featured on The USO Comedy Tour, Chappelle's Show, and Premium Blend as well as his own special, Comedy Central Presents: Mario Cantone.Cantone has performed his irreverent stand-up comedy at a wide range of venues, including Carnegie Hall, where he warmed up jazz great Shirley Bassey, to performances at Atlantic City "Resorts," and Caroline's on Broadway. Peter Marks of The New York Times wrote of his work, "In the realm of outrageously joyful stand-up, there is the shrieking, windup-toy sensibility of Mario Cantone, a comedian of extravagant tantrums and extravagant gifts...he is a proponent of the comedy of outrage." Over the years his routines have included musical parodies of Judy Garland, Jim Morrison, Peggy Lee, Bruce Springsteen and Liza Minnelli.

        

Jackie

Jackie Hoffman

Emmy nominee Jackie Hoffman most recently portrayed the much-acclaimed role of Mamacita in FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, along- side Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. She received rave reviews for her recent role on Broadway as the comical Mrs. Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A staple on television, Ms. Hoffman’s numerous credits include Rucchel Epstein in Difficult People, Gilmore Girls, I Shudder, Girls, Six by Sondheim, The New Normal, The Good Wife, Inside Amy Schumer, Raising Hope, Melissa and Joey, On We Go, 30 Rock, Starved, Hope and Faith, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Strangers with Candy, TV Funhouse, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Soulman .A distinguished voice actress, she has also appeared in the cartoons High School USA, Family Guy, Dilbert, PB & J Otter, and the film Robots.In film, Ms. Hoffman has appeared in memorable roles in Birdman, Kissing Jessica Stein, Decay, The Sitter, The Extra Man, How to Seduce Difficult Women, A Dirty Shame, Garden State, Legally Blonde II, and Mo’ Money.On Broadway, Ms. Hoffman has co-starred in On the Town, The Addams Family, Xanadu, and Hairspray, for which she won a Theatre World Award. Off-Broadway, she starred as Princess Winifred in the Transport Group’s Once Upon a Mattress, and received a Drama League Award Nomination for her performance. Her additional theater credits include A Chanukah Charol, The Gingerbread House, Straightjacket, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob (Lincoln Center Festival), and One Woman Shoe. Ms. Hoffman has per- formed in regional theater as well, in Chicago at the MUNY and The Sisters Rosensweig at the Globe Theatre. She starred in six revues at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, where she won the Jeff Award for Best Actress. Her solo shows at Joe’s Pub have received critical acclaim. They include The Kvetching Continues, Jackie Five-Oh!, Chanukah at Joe’s Pub (Bistro Award), Scraping the Bottom, and Jackie with a Z. In 2009 Ms. Hoffman received the Mac Award for Best Female Stand-Up. Her show Jackie Hoffman: Live from Joe’s Pub is available on disc.
Susan

Susan Lucci

Actress, television host, author and entrepreneur, best known for portraying Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama All My Children from 1970 to 2011. Nominated almost every year for an Emmy, Ms. Lucci won the  Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in 1999. The character is considered an icon, and Lucci has been called "Daytime's Leading Lady" by TV Guide. In 1996, TV Guide ranked Lucci number 37 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. In 2005, she received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006. She was named one of VH1's 200 Top Icons of All-Time and one of Barbara Walters's Ten Most Fascinating People. She has also played roles in made-for-TV movies, hosted many shows and guest starred on television comedy series, including Saturday Night Live and Hot in Cleveland. hosted Deadly Affairs, and starred as Genevieve Delatour in the Lifetime television series Devious Maids. In 2015, Lucci was inducted as a Disney Legend.

Eugene

EUGENE PACK

Creator of the  hit comedy sensation “Celebrity Autobiography” which won him the Drama Desk Award in the category of “Unique Theatrical Experience.” The show runs in NY at the Triad theatre, now in its fifth year, and has toured internationally including the West End, Scotland, and the Sydney Opera House. Pack is also an Emmy Award-nominated writer and Producer.  He was nominated for Outstanding Writing for Variety, Comedy or Music for the special “America: A Tribute to Heroes,” which won the Emmy for Outstanding Special.  Pack is the creator and executive producer of the popular CMT series “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team,” now in its record-breaking tenth season, “Back to the Grind” (TV Land), “What I Hate About Me” (Style Network), “Signs of Life” (VH1) and the Bravo special “Celebrity Autobiography” in which he also appeared.  He has written and performed the critically acclaimed one man comedy shows “The Senior,” “Something Flexible With Meaning,” and “Undisputed: My Night with the Queen of Soul.”   His full-length play “Hitherto" is slated to open in NY next year.  His play  “Columbus and Amsterdam” was workshopped with the Naked Angels at Vassar College’s NY Stage and Film Company.  Pack collaborated with Motown founder Berry Gordy on the autobiographical musical “To Be Loved.”  He is a graduate of NYU where he studied with David Mamet and the Practical Aesthetics Workshop and Playwrights Horizons.
Dayle

Dayle Reyfel

Dayle Reyfel is a winner of the Drama Desk Award for her work on the critically acclaimed sensation, "Celebrity Autobiography." She has developed  "Celebrity Autobiography" along with Eugene Pack since the  beginning of the project. Ms Reyfel has performed in, directed and launched  the touring companies in  New York, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, London’s West End and in Australia, at The Sydney Opera House. She has  also performed at San Francisco’s Sketchfest, the HBO Workspace, Long Wharf, Old Globe, London's Leicester Square Theatre,  and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. Dayle is an artistic director and performer  of EP New Works production company and has performed in numerous plays presented at Guild Hall , Naked Angels, NY Stage and Film and Cherry Lane Theater.  Her television credits also include executive producing  the critically acclaimed Bravo special  "Celebrity Autobiography", in which she also appeared, E! Entertainment’s "In Their Own Words", in addition to her work on Bravo’s "A list Awards"  and the G4 Network.  Dayle is also an award-winning playwright for her plays “Slip/Knot” and “Mayhap “

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Alan Zweibel

An original “Saturday Night Live” writer, Alan has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television, which also includes “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” (which he co-created and produced) “The Late Show With David Letterman and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.  A frequent guest on all of the late night talk shows, Alan’s theatrical contributions include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play “700 Sundays”, Martin Short’s Broadway hit “Fame Becomes Me”, and six off-Broadway
plays including “Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy” which he adapted from his best-selling book. All told, Alan has written eleven books including the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel “The Other Shulman”, the popular children’s book “Our Tree Named Steve”, the novel “Lunatics” that he co-wrote with Dave Barry, and most recently a parody of the Haggadah titled “For This We Left Egypt?” which he wrote with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach. Alan’s humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine. He has also penned a best selling e-book titled “From My Bottom Drawer. The co-writer of the screenplays for the films “Dragnet”, “North”, and “The Story of Us”, Alan has received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York and because of the diversity of his body or work, in 2010 the Writers Guild of America, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award. Alan is currently preparing “Bunny Bunny” for a return to the New York stage, is writing a cultural memoir titled “Laugh Lines – 40 Years Trying To Make Funny People Funnier” for Abrams Books and is adapting his novel “The Other Shulman” as a TV series for Sony.

In addition to the talk shows, Alan’s also appeared in episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Law & Order”, and can currently be seen in the documentary “The Last Laugh” about humor and the Holocaust; Judd Apatow’s “Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” on HBO, as well as “Gilbert” about the life of Gilbert Gottfried. Most recently, he executive produce  a documentary titled “Love, Gilda” that premiered this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival and this season is appearing in four episodes of CNN’s “History of Comedy.”

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