About Eric Thompson
Over his long career performing as a magician and comedian, Eric Thompson has had the opportunity to work with some of the most famous and highly talented performers in show business. Whether the venue is large or small, the audience is of any demographic, or young or old, The Magic & Comedy of Eric Thompson is a perfect fit.
The Magic & Comedy of Eric Thompson has been performed before of a variety of audiences. From a small comedy club seating, only 100 to an auditorium seating more than 600 to a performing arts music hall filled with nearly 3,000 people, Eric’s act can be adapted for any audience or any occasion.
Eric has been the headline performer or the opening act during his long career as an entertainer. While there are far too many musicians and comedians with whom he has had the pleasure of sharing a stage, here are just a few of his favorites.
In addition to his twenty-two year hosting duties with The Tonight Show, Jay Leno is a huge draw at thousands of comedy clubs across the USA and Canada and has been since beginning his career in stand-up comedy in the early 1970’s.
Comedian, actor and screen writer Tom Arnold began his career as a moderately successful prop comic in comedy clubs during the early 1980s.
He began wringing for the very popular ABC-TV sitcom "Roseanne" in 1983. He went on to have a starring role on the show from 1989 until 1993. Tom Arnold was married to Roseanne Barr until their divorce in 1994.
Arnold starred in the short-lived sitcom "The Jackie Thomas Show" on ABC for two seasons. Some of his other television roles include spending nearly four years as host of "My Big Redneck Wedding" on Country Music Television; five seasons as co-host of the very popular FOX TV series "The Best Damn Sports Show Period" as well as numerous other television work including hosting "Saturday Night Live" three times, HBO's "Tom Arnold-The Naked Truth" comedy special; several made for TV movies, and guest appearances on many series including several episodes of "The Simpsons."
He has appeared in over 120 feature movies including "True Lies" with Arnold Schwarzenegger & Jamie Lee Curtis; "Nine Months" with Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, Joan Cusack, Jeff Goldblum, and Robin Williams; "McHale's Navy" with Dean Stockwell, Debra Messing and Ernest Borgnine; "Coneheads" with Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin; and so many others.
Tom's acting has seen him receive critical acclaim and recognition including a Golden a Globe for Best TV Comedy while he was a "Roseanne" producer; MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Comedic Performance in "True Lies"; Nominated For Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Comedy Role for "Happy Endings"; Peabody Award for public service; GLADD Media Vanguard Award winner; among others.
Tom's public service and charity work is close to his heart and a major focus in his life. He has established a writing scholarship and acting workshop for students at a Community College in Iowa. Tom is heavily involved in many charities such as Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Best Buddies, Camp del Corazon, Promises Foundation, Carousel of Hope, Arnold’s Inner City Games, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Special Olympics, USO and several others.
He authored "How I Lost 5 Pounds in 6 Years: An Autobiography" in 2003 in addition to several movies and screenplays.
He hosts a very successful weekly podcast which features his unique, comedic perspective on family, work and societal views followed by an in depth interview with some of the biggest celebrities from Hollywood, sports and politics. The podcast is titled "Tom Arnold. 100% True. Pretty Much."
In addition to his very full schedule as a husband and father, along with his acting works, he continues to tour as a popular draw with fans at comedy clubs and in theaters across North America.
This photo of Eric and Tom was taken backstage between shows at Hilarities Comedy Theater in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2016.
Sinbad is a comedian, actor and writer who has enjoyed a very long and successful career on comedy club and theater stages, as well as on television and in movies.
He began performing stand-up comedy in clubs during the late 1970s. His first widely recognized television appearance was in 1983 on the talent competition show "Star Search" with The Tonight Show's Ed McMahon. Sinbad made it all the way to the finals, beating a number of talented comedians along the way, including a Dennis Miller.
In 1986 Sinbad was cast in a starring role on the short-lived sitcom "The Redd Foxx Show." In 1987 he had a guest starring role on "The Cosby Show." The following year he became a member of the cast of the television sitcom "A Different World" until 1991. For the next few years, he kept busy with television and movie roles including "Necessary Roughness," "First Kid," "Houseguest," "Jingle All The Way," "Good Burger," and "Homeward Bound" among others. His many television appearances include "Saturday Night Live," "Cosby," "Celebrity Apprentice," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "Miss Universe" and several others, including a few award-winning HBO comedy specials.
Sinbad was listed at #78 on Comedy Central's 100 Best Comedians Of All Time list. He has been one of the most popular comedians on tour, selling out comedy clubs and theaters for four decades.
Paula Poundstone is a hilariously talented stand-up comedian, author and actress. Beginning in the late 1980s, she performed a series of comedy specials for HBO. She is a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and other variety talk shows. She is a frequent contributor and guest on several National Public Radio programs. Comedy Central Television rated her at number 88 in the top 100 comedians of all time. She tours extensively often selling out theaters and music halls across North America. Poundstone has written several books and released numerous comedy CDs and videos. In this photo, Eric and Paula are spending some time together following a show in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Theater in the fall of 2015.
Rain Pryor is a comedian, director, producer, actor, educator, activist, dynamic speaker, and mother. Pryor is a hilarious comedy writer, storyteller and headlining stand-up comedian in her own right. Although some of her stand-up act consists of stories about her father, arguably the greatest stand-up comedian to have ever lived, Richard Pryor, she has admirably forged out an entertainment career of her own identity.
She has headlined across the USA on her current tour, "The Joke’s On You Comedy Tour." Not trying to be her iconic father Richard Pryor, her comedy is about her, connecting with audiences with her ability open up her life and talk real talk. Growing up Black and Jewish gives Rain a unique perspective on race, religion, and spirituality. She shares her views and has lead panel discussions on diversity in education and in the entertainment industry at Princeton University, The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Baltimore.
“Fried Chicken and Latkes” is her award-winning solo show which is based on her own life. She has played to sold-out crowds and standing ovations every night at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, and repeated that success at the Culture Project in New York, Chicago, Ohio, Virginia, Texas, and in Scotland.
Rain’s theatrical stage credits are just as impressive and include playing the title role of Billy Holiday in the UK tour of "The Billie Holiday Story" and the title role of Ella Fitzgerald in the UK premiere of "Ella, Meet Marilyn."
Adding to her impressive resume, Rain also wrote her autobiography "Jokes My Father Never Taught Me - Life, Love, and Loss with Richard Pryor."
Her performances have not gone unnoticed by critics and peers alike as she has won many awards and honors including The Ovation Award For Best Solo Performance, NAACP Best Original Playwright Equity, NAACP Theatre Award, Best Female Performer Equity, African American Literary Awards (for the book about her father), NAACP Image Award, Best New Author, The Thurgood Marshall Award for Theatre Arts Education, National Business Women Award for Theatre Arts Education, among others
In addition to her constant schedule on theatrical stages around the world and selling out comedy club showrooms, she hosts the morning cable news show "Rise & Shine" on ARISE TV.
Sandra Bernhard began her comedy career in the mid-1970s at the infamous Comedy Store in Los Angeles with a class of comedians that included Jay Leno, David Letterman, Robin Williams, and many others who went on to great fame.
Her popularity quickly grew and she won a supporting role on the critically acclaimed "Richard Pryor Show" in 1977. After guesting on several talk shows including Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, she earned a starring role in Martin Scorsese's "The King Of Comedy" opposite Jerry Lewis and Robert Deniro. Bernhard won the best-supporting-actress award for her performance in that 1983 film.
While headlining comedy clubs across the United States she wrote, recorded comedy albums and starred in several one-woman plays that appeared both on and off broadway during most of the 1980s.
She was a constant guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show and many others.
In 1991, Bernhard joined the cast of the hit ABC television show "Roseanne" playing the part of Nancy. She was part of the ensemble cast through 1997.
During her long and varied career she has written and starred in a half dozen off-Broadway shows, recorded nearly two dozen comedy and serious musical albums featuring her beautiful voice, made over a hundred television appearances including "Will & Grace," "The Larry Sanders Show" with a Garry Shandling, "Law& Order," "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist," "Superman," "Ally McBeal," "Hercules," "Brooklyn Nine-nine," "Two Broke Girls" and many others.
Her film credits include Cheech & Chong's "Nice Dreams," Sesame Street's "Follow That Bird," "Truth Or Dare" with Madonna, "Zoolander" with Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell, and more, 38 in total.
Comedy Central Television rated Sandra Bernhard #97 on their list of "The 100 greatest Stand-Up Comedians Of All Time," placing her between #96, Joey Bishop, and #98, Louis CK.
In addition to her hilarious stand-up career and her many award-winning acting roles, she has also authored three best-selling books as well as articles and features for numerous publications including Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Conde Nast Traveler, The New Yorker among others.
W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell is an internationally touring stand-up comedian, sociopolitical comic, cable television host, podcast host, writer, producer and community/racial justice activist. The New York Times called W. Kamau Bell “...the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.”
Bell's full-time comedy tour "Laughter Against The Machine" and his one man shows "The W. Kamau Bell Curve" and "Solving Racism In About An Hour" play to sold out theaters across North America.
He is known throughout the world as the host of the former FX Cable Network series "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" and his current Emmy nominated CNN documentary series "United Shades of America." His television work has been recognized by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Award and was nominated for both a NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Award.
In addition, he is the host of several prominent podcasts and syndicated radio programs as well as a frequent guest, correspondent, and panelist on such shows as "WTF with Marc Maron," "Citizen Radio," and Current TV's "The War Room with Jennifer Granholm," MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" HBO's "Real Time with a Bill Maher," Showtime's "SXSW Comedy with W. Kamau Bell," NPR's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross and NPR's "This American Life" among many others.
Kamau was named the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador on racial justice. Bell was named to a seat on the advisory board of "Race Forward; The Center For Racial Justice Innovation," a think tank based in New York City and Oakland, California.
His comedy acts and political writings have appeared on Comedy Central, VanityFair.com, Salon, MSNBC.com, Buzzfeed, and The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, Essence Magazine, San Francisco Weekly, The New Yorker and many others.
He released his first full-length comedy album "One Night Only" to rave reviews in 2007. The 2010 recording "Full Face of Flour" was named one of the Top Ten a Comedy Albums by iTunes and Punchline Magazine.
His first full-length stand-up comedy album and live concert performance, "Semi-Prominent Negro" premiered on Showtime in 2016.
According to many comedians, W. Kamau Bell is one of the most hilarious comics touring today. Robin Williams called him "... ferociously funny..." And he is cited by both Dave Chapelle and Chris Rock as one of their favorite stand-up comics.
Comedian and actor Pauly Shore was raised in The Comedy Store, an L.A. comedy club owned by his parents. The club launched the famous and infamous careers of dozens upon dozens of comedians in the 1970s and 1980s. His father, famous comedian Sammy Shore toured extensively in supper clubs and theaters across North America. He was the opening act for an Elvis Presley for several years. Pauly's mother, Mitzi Shore operated the club, booked the comedians, mentored and represented the comedians and when they divorced, Mitzi took sole ownership of the club SMS made it into an iconic and historic powerhouse of comedy. Shore was mentored by Sam Kinison and opened several of his sets. While still a child he was befriended and taught by every comedian who worked and lived at The Comedy Store including special relationships with Andrew Dice Clay, Louie Anderson, Richard Pryor, Gary Shandling, John Belushi, George Carlin, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, and so many more. Shore's big break came as an MTV host from 1989 to 1994. He had an MTV network show titled Totally and hosted spring break parties each year for the music video network. His movies include "Encino Man," "Son in Law," "In the Army Now," "A Goofy Movie," "Jury Duty," and "Bio-Dome." In 2003 he produced, wrote, directed and starred in "Pauly Shore Is Dead" a semi-autobiographical mockumentary as well as various projects on the comedy website Funny or Die. Pauly Shore continues his first love of extensively touring comedy clubs across the United States and around the world with several shows each week.
Tammy Pescatelli is one of the funniest comedians to perform on stage or screen in the last twenty years!
Born in Cleveland, and raised in northeast Ohio, Tammy has won Comedy Central's StandUp Showdown and was a finalist on NBCs Last Comic Standing. Her 2016 comedy special titled Finding The Funny was released as a Netflix exclusive and immediately went to #3 on iTunes.
She has performed numerous times as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Call with Carson Daly, The Bonnie Hunt Show, The View, Comedy Central Presents, The Dennis Miller Show, The Talk, Comics Unleashed, and many others.
Pescatelli co-created, executive produced, wrote and starred in a reality television show on WE Television Network. The show titled A Standup Mother aired in 2011-2013.
Pescatelli is a regular guest on The Bob & Tom Radio Show, The Opie & Anthony Show, The Howard Stern Show and is a fixture on the comedy channels of Sirius XM Radio.
Her film appearances include roles in Made in Brooklyn, Single: A Documentary and Everybody Wants to Be Italian.
She has performed regularly for the United Service Military Organizations.
I was honored to have shared the stage with the legendary comedian Dick Gregory in the summer of 2016 at The Improv Comedy Club where, at the age of 84, he continued to entertain sold out venues throughout North America.
Born October 12, 1932, Dick Gregory is an American civil rights activist, writer, and comedian. After serving two years in the US Army, he moved to Chicago in 1956 to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. He quickly became part of a new generation of black comedians that included Nipsey Russell, Bill Cosby, and Godfrey Cambridge, all of whom broke with the minstrel tradition, which presented stereotypical black characters. For his comedy material, Gregory drew on current events, especially racial issues.
Gregory performed stand-up comedy in mostly black-patronized nightclubs while working for the US Postal Service during the day.
He was one of the first black comedians to gain widespread acclaim performing for white audiences. Gregory described the history of black comics as limited. He said, "Blacks could sing and dance in the white night clubs but weren't allowed to stand flat-footed and talk to white folks, which is what a comic does."
In 1961, while working at the Black-owned Roberts Show Bar in Chicago, he was spotted by Hugh Hefner performing racially based comedy before a largely white audience. Gregory attributes the launch of his career to Hugh Hefner. Based on that performance, Hefner hired Gregory to work at the Chicago Playboy Club as a replacement for comedian Professor Irwin Corey.
Early in Dick Gregory's career, he was offered a gig on The Tonight Show Starring Jack Paar which was a precursor to Johnny Carson’s and Jay Leno’s shows. Paar's show was known for helping propel entertainers to the next level of their careers. At the time, black comics did perform on the show but were never asked to stay after their performances to sit on the famous couch and talk with the host. Dick Gregory declined the invitation to perform on the show several times until finally Jack Paar called him to find out why.
Eventually, in order to have Gregory perform, the producers agreed to allow him to stay after his performance and talk with the host on air. This was a first in the show's history. Dick Gregory's interview on The Tonight Show spurred conversations across America. This was a huge step in opening doors for many other black entertainers in the United States.
Gregory is listed at number 82 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time.
Active in the Civil Rights Movement, on October 7, 1963, Gregory came to Selma, Alabama, and spoke for two hours on a public platform two days before the voter registration drive known as "Freedom Day" in October of 1963.
In 1964, Gregory became more involved in civil rights activities, activism against the Vietnam War, economic reform, anti-drug issues, conspiracy theories, and others. As a part of his activism, he went on several hunger strikes and campaigns in America and overseas.
Gregory began his political career by running against Richard J. Daley for mayor of Chicago in 1967.
Gregory unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party. He garnered 47,097 votes. His efforts landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents.
He released sixteen comedy albums between 1961 and 2016. During that time he also authored 15 books on subjects dealing with civil rights, health, politics, and comedy.
He and his wife, Lillian, were married in 1959 and had 11 children. As of this writing they had been married nearly 60 years.
Marsha "Roz" Warfield
Marsha "Roz" Warfield
Marsha Warfield is once again touring comedy clubs and small theaters with her own hilarious one woman comedy show. Warfield is best known for her 1986–1992 role of Roz Russell on the popular NBC sitcom "Night Court." Roz was a tough, no-nonsense bailiff in Judge Harry Stone's (Harry Anderson) court. She also starred with Richard Mulligan in the sitcom "Empty Nest" as Dr. Maxine Douglas (1993-95). She earned her comedy chops as a writer and performer on the first season of "The Richard Pryor Show" in 1977. Warfield appeared in feature films such as "D.C. Cab" (1983) and “Mask” (1985), "Caddyshack II" (1988), among others. She hosted "The Marsha Warfield Show" in the early 1990s and has made guest appearances on many television shows, including Riptide, Family Ties, Clueless, Cheers, Living Single and Star Dates. She has also made many comedy performance appearances. She hosted a nationally syndicated television show called “The Comedy Shop” from 1978 through 1981.
Kevin Farley is an actor, production designer, musical composer and stand-up comedian. Farley's work has been diverse and plentiful. He has appeared in such blockbuster films as "Tommy Boy" and "Black Sheep" with his brother, Chris. He had roles in "The Water Boy" opposite Adam Sandler and "Joe Dirt" with David Spade. Farley was cast in several national advertising campaigns for Dairy Queen and Hertz Rental Cars before returning to acting with parts in television and cable shows, including "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "That's So Raven" and "An American Carol" with Kelsey Grammer and Jon Voight. More recently Kevin has appeared on "Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "Rules of Engagement," "Hot In Cleveland," "'Til Death," "Superstore" and many others. In 2015, Kevin appeared in the documentary "I Am Chris Farley" alongside Adam Sandler and Dan Aykroyd. The film documented the life of his brother, comedian/actor Chris Farley. Beginning in 2017 he starred in the CMT series "Still The King" and Bill Burr's Netflix series "F Is For Family." On top of his many on-screen projects, Kevin Farley's live performances remain a huge draw as he sells out comedy club shows from coast to coast.
Award winning actor and stand-up comedian Steve Hytner is best known for his role as Kenny Bania on the NBC series Seinfeld. He has also appeared in episodes of Friends, Modern Family, The King of Queens, Two and a Half Men, Dharma and Greg, The X-Files, Lois & Clark, That's So Raven, George Lopez, CSI, Boston Legal, Mike & Molly, Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.
His movie roles include “In the Line of Fire” (Clint Eastwood), “Forces of Nature” (Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock), “The Marrying Man” (Alec Baldwin), “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” (Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz) , “The Haunted Mansion” (Eddie Murphy), “The Prophecy” (Christopher Walken), to name a few.
In addition to his many television and film appearances, Hytner performs hundreds of shows in comedy clubs, theaters and at corporate events across North America each year.
One of Eric's closest friends on the comedy entertainment stage is the wildly creative and hilarious comedian Bill Boronkay. The two have worked together, writing and performing shows in many comedy clubs over the past several years.
Born to immigrant parents, Bill grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. After college he quickly became one of the country's fastest rising sportscasters, enjoying stops in Clarksburg, WV, Evansville, IN, Kansas City, MO, and Cleveland, OH. Along the way, Boronkay won five Emmy Awards, one of which is proudly displayed in his mother's home behind a lamp. He worked his way up the industry ladder and was a runner up for an anchor position on ESPN's SportsCenter.
Continuing to work host various television programs, Boronkay started performing stand-up comedy on the side. Before long, he left his television career and moved to New York to pursue comedy full time.
Bill has appeared been on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, SportsTime Ohio, Fox Sports Ohio and Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. He's also been heard on ESPN Radio, the nationally syndicated, "Bob & Tom Show" and various radio stations throughout the country.
Showing his versatility, Boronkay was a finalist in the WNCX-FM Classic Comedian Contest and the 2014 Clean Comedy Challenge. Bill was also a featured performer at the 2015 Christian Comedy Association Conference. His highly acclaimed comedy CD "Comedy Night" has been a big hit with audiences across the United States.
Boronkay lives and works from his base of New York City, but his current multi-year tour schedule has him entertaining audiences in hundreds of comedy clubs and theaters across North America.
Jay Boc is a funny, creative and uniquely talented veteran of thousands of performances across North American comedy clubs, theaters, as well as movies and television. Jay has appeared on many television series including "C.H.I.P.s," "The Rockford Files," "Baretta," "Isis" and several movies including "Escape From New York" and "The Octagon."
Jay has also been a fan favorite at many comedy festivals including The Las Vegas Comedy Festival and The Cleveland Comedy Festival. He has served several tours entertaining the US Military on bases around the world.
Jay and Eric have performed together many times over the years.
Hannibal Buress is an internationally touring comedian and award-winning Saturday Night Live writer who may be better known to many television viewers as Dr. Lincoln Rice, DDS, from the Comedy Central series "Broad City."
He has also guest-starred on many television shows including "Bob's Burgers," "The Mindy Project," "Louie," and "30 Rock," among others.
He has appeared in more than a dozen films including "The Kings of Summer," "Neighbors," "Angry Birds," and "Baywatch."
He is highly awarded for both his comedy performance and writing. He has won "Funniest Person In Chicago" for his comedy club performances, an Emmy Award nomination for his writing on both "Saturday Night Live" in 2010 and "30 Rock" in 2012, and more.
He became infamous for making the rape allegation jokes against Bill Cosby in late 2014 which led to Cosby undergoing a media firestorm, followed by rape and molestation allegations made by dozens of women from Cosby's lengthy career on TV and movies. The moment of the joke was captured on a cell phone video and immediately went viral sending Cosby’s personal and professional life spiraling out of control. It had the opposite impact on Buress’ career as he immediately became one of the most sought after personalities for interviews, articles, and television appearances.
Buress released four best-selling comedy albums from his many live theater performances since between 2010 and 2015.
Comedian Basile is a comedic force with a worldwide fan base. He sells out shows across North America as well as around the world. Basile has entertained millions of comedy fans in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa. His unique blend of improvisation, characters and finely written jokes have made him one of the most sought after comedians in the entertainment industry.
Basile is a veteran of many television appearances around the world including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, HBO, Showtime, NBC, Comedy Central, A&E, ESPN, The Food Network and more. He is a regular on Armed Forces Radio, Sirius/XM Radio, among others. He is the voice of Bullwinkle J. Moose at Universal Studios Productions and The Cartoon Network. In addition, he voices many animated characters for Japanese television’s anime programming.
Basile was nominated for an EMMY AWARD for his work on ESPN’s 30 For 30 segment titled “The Legend Of Jimmy The Greek.”
Over his long and successful career, Basile has released more than a dozen best-selling comedy recordings and videos. The most popular have been the “Growing Up Greek In America,” series which sold well over one million copies, “Greeks Gone Wild,” and “A Pinch Of Basile.” When touring in Greek-speaking countries or before Greek audiences, Basile performs his show entirely in Greek.
Eric shared the stage with Basile during four sold-out shows as part of Basile’s two hundred city world tour titled “Dysfunctionally Yours.” In this picture, they are on stage together at The Funny Farm Comedy Club in Ohio.
Bonnie McFarlane is a veteran stand-up comedian. Her late night guest spots include appearances with David Letterman, The Tonight Show and The Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She was a guest on “Tough Crowd” with Colin Quinn, “Red Eye” with Greg Gutfeld and several others including being a finalist on the second season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” She starred in her own HBO Stand-Up Special and has many appearances on Comedy Central. Bonnie has been a guest star on “The Drew Carey Show” and on “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” She hosted Nickelodeon comedy special “Mom’s Night Out” and is a regular on Sirius/XM Radio. She is often accompanied by her young daughter, Rayna Lynn Vos, while on tour. Bonnie is married to comedian Rich Vos. Together they host and produce a highly rated and critically acclaimed weekly podcast called “My Wife Hates Me.”
In this picture taken after a show in a comedy club in Akron, Ohio, Eric is seen with Comedian Bill Boronkay, Comedian Bonnie McFarlane, and her daughter Rayna Lynn.
A career spanning over 25 years has seen Ohio native comedian Kenny Miller perform in nearly three dozen US states and seven other countries. From comedy clubs and college campuses to resorts and casino showrooms, Kenny Miller has shared the stage with such acts as Tim Allen, Bob Saget, Steve Harvey, Drew Carey and many others.
In addition, for nearly twenty years, Kenny Miller has headlined his own show on board the many cruise ships of Carnival Cruise Lines. Kenny has performed hundreds of shows for thousands of cruise line passengers all across the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
Some of the biggest laughs have come during the many shows that Eric Thompson and Kenny Miller have performed together. Here is a photo from one of Kenny's recent comedy club appearances with The Comedy & Magic of Eric Thompson and that shows opening act, Cleveland's own funny man Jay Jay Johnson.
As one of the funniest comedians ever, Jeni has appeared on The Tonight Show more times than any other comedian in history! He has had specials on Showtime, HBO and Comedy Central and has appeared in many movies including “The Mask” with Jim Carrey, “Platypus Man” and thousands of comedy club shows around the world.
Jimmie JJ Walker
Jimmie JJ Walker
Jimmie began performing in comedy clubs in 1969 and has never stopped. He is most famous for his role as J.J. on the CBS sitcom “Good Times” where he became well known for his catchphrase “Dy-No-Mite!”
Ritch Shydner appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Arsenio Hall Show numerous times. He starred in a HBO One Night Stand special. He was a guest on Comics Unleashed.
Shydner has authored several books including "I Killed" and "Stand Up Comedies." He was the focus of the documentary movie "I Am Comic" in which he traveled around the country interviewing various comedians.
He played Al Bundy's co-worker on "Married... with Children" and made guest appearances on many other TV shows such as "Designing Women," "Roseanne" and "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist." His film roles include "Beverly Hills Cop" with Eddie Murphey and "Roxanne" with Steve Martin.
Shydner was a staff writer on sitcoms as Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Becker, among others. He has also written for many other comedians and performers. Early in his career he wrote for MAD Magazine and National Lampoon.
I had the opportunity to share the stage with Shydner several times over the years, most memorably at the original Cleveland Comedy Club and at Tickles Comedy Club in Pittsburgh, PA., both in the early and mid-1980s. We stayed in touch through the years. This photo is from an evening together in Cleveland in early 2016.
Marc Price is best known for his role as Irwin "Skippy" Handelman on the NBC TV series "Family Ties" during the mid to late 1980s. In addition, Price had major roles in the cult classic "Trick Or Treat" starring opposite Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne. He starred with Kevin Dillon in the movie "The Rescue" in 1988. Beginning in 1989 he hosted the Disney Channel game show "Teen Win Lose Or Draw" until 1992.
He has been performing stand-up comedy in clubs across North America for more than twenty years. In 2006, he was a contestant on NBC's "Last Comic Standing." Price has toured with Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld as well as many other comedians. In addition, he has acted, written, produced and directed shows for Disney a Channel, Food Network, Animal Planet, GSN, Showtime, TBS and FOX Sports.
Jeff Blanchard started performing comedy in while a student at Kent State University in the late 1980s. Up until then he had been heavily involved in theater. After college where he majored in film and theater, he found steady work in improvisation, commercials, theater productions, and industrial trade films.
He was a founding member of the Cabaret Dada Improvisational Theater and The Something Dada Improv Comedy Company on West 6th street. He spent the next six years dividing his time between working the Caberet Dada Improv Theater, a regular contributor to Fox 8 in the Morning and the WOIO Browns per game TV program, Tailgate 19. He also spent nearly three years as half of the Scott & Jeff Morning Radio Show on Cleveland's WNCX.
During that entire time he regularly had stage time at The Cleveland Improv Comedy Club where he quickly worked his way up to headliner and crowd favorite.
With longtime friend and business partner, Blanchard has founded The Comedy Project Alliance, a conservatory for comedy on Cleveland's east side. The CPA teaches and regularly performs stand-up, sketch, improv, film and theatrical comedy.
Jeff has had roles in several motion pictures including "Facebook Faux Pas," "Striking Point," and "Renegade Force."
Blanchard is widely considered one of the funniest comedians in northeast Ohio and a favorite in clubs across the country. His shows are always fast paced, physical, unpredictable and hilarious.
Writer, comedian and television actor and veteran of thousands of performances in comedy clubs and cruise ships around the world, Tim has worked as a screenwriter on Nickelodeon shows “The Fairly Odd Parents” and “SpongeBob Square Pants” as well as his work on “Family Guy” and appearing as a recurring character on “The Drew Carey Show.”
Andrew "Dice" Clay
Andrew "Dice" Clay
Star of many HBO, Showtime and TV specials and shows as well as roles in over a dozen movies, comedian and actor Dice has made his mark on the world of comedy.
Angela has had roles on “Sex And The City,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Cosby Show” and has appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show” as well as being a best-selling author.
A writer for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show and appearances on NBC, CMT, NPR and The Bob & Tom Show are just a few of the credits touted by Chili. He also a hard working touring comedian working in thousands of comedy clubs across the USA.
Bill has had starring roles on many legendary TV shows like “Growing Pains,” “Just The Ten Of Us,” “Fernwood 2nite,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Frasier,” “Night Court,” “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night With David Letterman,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” HBO, Showtime and many others.
Prior to his fame as an actor (Full House) and TV host, Bob kept a busy schedule of touring comedy clubs across North America.
Bruce "Babyman" Baum
Bruce "Babyman" Baum
Bruce Baum’s credits include roles on TV shows such as “Growing Pains,” “Full House,” “Northern Exposure,” “The Simpsons,” “The Gary Shandling Show,” HBO, Showtime and dozens of Tonight Show appearances, as well as thousands of comedy club headlining slots around the world.
Lee Camp is a celebrated comedian, writer, actor and political activist. Roseanne Barr calls him, "Super impressive.” Dick Gregory says he is “Smart, clever, wonderful.” John Oliver describes him as, “An incredibly funny man" and comedian Janeane Garofalo says he is, “An amazing writer and a great political thinker.” Rolling Stone Magazine refers to his political comedy as "Hilarious... Spot on... Really gets the crowd roaring!" Lee Camp is the head writer and host of “Redacted Tonight” on RT America. Camp has been a guest on Showtime's “The Green Room" and was featured in the best-selling book “iSatiristas!” He was a writer and star of a Comedy Central's "Fresh Debate" and is a frequent contributor to The Onion. Lee Camp's talents have been widely featured on BBC’s “Newsnight," MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” "Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer” on Current-TV and several segments on ABC's "Good Morning America. Camp has also been seen on Al Jazeera English TV, PBS, MTV, E! Network, Spike tv, Sundance Channel, and Animal Planet. He was a featured performer at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and has authored four books, numerous articles, and three movies. In addition to hundreds of comedy club sell out shows he has performed more than 500 college shows. Lee Camp is a regular humor writer/video creator for The Huffington Post and a frequent contributor to numerous local and national radio programs. His show was voted Best Political Comedy by Comedy Smack, "Best of The Fest” at Montreal Comedy Festival, was named a finalist in New York Comedy Festival’s Funniest Comic Contest and topped both The Hollywood Reporter's list of best comedians and Variety Magazine's list of favorite comedians. He is honored nearly every year with a headlining spot at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival in Scotland. Lee Camp hosts a web series and podcast, both titled "Moment of Clarity." He has released three full-length DVD comedy specials and two comedy CDs. He has acted opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in her Sundance Film Festival official selection "Dealbreaker." He has also appeared on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU.
Murray Langston (The Unknown Comic)
Murray Langston (The Unknown Comic)
With over 150 appearances on television, including “The Sonny & Cher Show,” “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” “The Redd Foxx Show,” “The Midnight Special,” “Candid Camera” and others, Langston will always be loved and remembered from his numerous appearances as The Unknown Comic on “The Gong Show.”
After performing in comedy clubs for a few years, Dan went on to become one of the most successful writers and producers in television history. He has worked on Cheers, Frasier, Modern Family, The King Of Queens, Suddenly Susan and Newhart, among others. Dan has earned more than a dozen Emmy Awards, Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for his writing and producing work.
With appearances and guest roles on “Seinfeld,” Comedy Central, Showtime and A&E Evening At The Improv, Adam Leslie solidified his comedic role as a show business funny man.
Krish Mohan is a socially conscious Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges and other venues across the country. He focuses on idea-based stand-up comedy, tackling race, religion, immigration, relationships, political and social issues. With his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor, Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds. Over the years, Mohan has shared the stage with many nationally touring superstars of comedy. He has been featured on NPR and as part of The Fringe Comedy Festival and The Arch City Comedy Festival. Krish is a regular contributor to the Indie Bohemians, heard worldwide on iHeartRadio. Krish is also the host, writer of the weekly satire web series “Fork Full of Noodles." Krish also hosts a highly rated podcast called “Taboo Table Talk” where guests discuss socio-political topics. He recently released his fifth comedy CD and has been featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers including The Washington Post, which called him "... Brilliant!"
Before his own TV show and game show hosting fame, Drew was the house emcee at The Cleveland Comedy Club and toured comedy clubs across the USA.
In addition to performing in thousands of comedy clubs across Europe and the USA, Phillips has had roles in many TV shows including “Miami Vice,” “Dr. Katz,” “Space Ghost” and many others including Letterman, Leno and Arsenio Hall.
Dom Irrera is a legendary stand-up comedian. He has sold out hundreds of comedy club dates across North America since first taking the stage in the early 1980s. He has made numerous appearances on entertainment talk shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Conan O'Brien Show. During his 35+ year career he has appeared on many network and cable television shows, most notably The Drew Carey Show, The King of Queens, Becker, Everybody Loves Raymond, Home Improvement, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Seinfeld, Russell Peters' Best Night Ever, Caroline in the City, Boy Meets World, The Golden Girls, The Best of Just For Laughs, and Lois & Clark, among others. His movie roles include the Cohen brothers' The Big Lebowski, Rodney Dangerfield's The Godson, Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle, and others. He also does voice acting including Nickelodeon's Back At The Barnyard (Duke the sheepdog) and Hey Arnold (Ernie Potts). Irrera is a regular performer at many comedy festivals around the world including more than 15 appearances at The Cat Laughs in Kilkenny, Ireland, Just For Laughs in Montreal, Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia, and at Edinburgh Festival's Assembly Hall in Scotland. His HBO stand-up specials have earned him two CableAce Awards and he was nominated more than half a dozen times for an America Comedy Award. He is number 79 on Comedy Central's list of the top comedians of all time.
Glen has appeared on Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV, The Tonight Show, Letterman and thousands of comedy club stages in his long career.
Along with his famous movie roles and many Hollywood awards, Jim Carrey is first and foremost a stand up comedian having worked in thousands of comedy clubs around the world.
Mark has starred on Nickelodeon’s “Weinerville,” “Saturday Night Live,” Showtime, HBO, Sesame Street and as several characters on “Dora The Explorer.” He has also appeared on many comedy club and theater stages throughout the USA.
Comedian and humorist Pat Paulsen, best known for his recurring roles on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” and “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In” as well as several other TV shows in the 1960’s and 1970’s including “The Odd Couple,” “The Monkees,” “The Wild Wild West,” “Get Smart,” “Love American Style,” “The Bob Hope Show” and many others. Paulsen ran for president in 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1992 and 1996. Paulsen also appeared in nightclubs, theaters, and conventions throughout the country.
Phil Van Tee
Phil Van Tee
Phil has been performing in comedy clubs and theaters for a very long time. His hilarious talent has led to roles on several TV shows.
His TV credits include Showtime, “The Phil Donahue Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “Seinfeld,” “The Drew Carey Show,” and others. He is a huge draw at thousands of comedy clubs across the United States.
David Brenner was a stand-up comedian, actor, and author. He holds the title as the most frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1970s and 1980s and was a pioneer of observational comedy. He guest hosted, filling in for Johnny Carson over 70 times. He was named by Comedy Central TV as one of the top 100 stand-up comedians of all time. He authored five books, produced over a hundred TV documentaries and toured the world as a comedian. In the 1970s and 1980s, he appeared on TV with Ed Sullivan, Mike Douglas, David Frost, Larry King, David Letterman, Bill Maher, Howard Stern and many others.
Best known as the wise-cracking waitress on the ABC sitcom “What’s Happening,” Hemphill was one of the hardest working and most respected comedians performing in comedy clubs in the United States.
Comedian, author, actor and producer Chad Zumock grew up a native of northeast Ohio. While enrolled at Kent State University, Zumock was actively involved with Last Call – a popular late-night sketch comedy show airing on the student-run campus TV network. After graduating from Kent State in 2001, Zumock continued his involvement with Last Call as it transitioned into the wildly popular sketch comedy troupe Last Call Cleveland. Although no longer a regular, Zumock does continue to work with its current members, including comedian Mike Polk. In 2005, Zumock moved to Los Angeles to further his career in stand-up comedy. He went on to open for several major acts, including Dave Attell, Daniel Tosh, Nick Swardson, Jeff Ross, and Sarah Silverman, among others. Zumock also served as a writer for shows on the Comedy Central Cable network including The Roast of William Shatner. He also does work for XM Satellite Radio's National Lampoon Comedy Radio. Chad coauthored the humor book "Look at My Striped Shirt!: Confessions of the People You Love to Hate" which was published by Random House in 2006. In 2009, he released his first of several comedy albums titled "Accomplishing Nothing." Zumock helped produce an hour-long TV special devoted to Cleveland sports miseries which aired on Fox Sports as part of the '09-'10 NBA season kickoff. Zumock returned to Cleveland when he was hired on as co-host for the popular afternoon talk show airing on Cleveland rock station WMMS, 100.7 FM. He was very popular with thousands of listeners and fans who enjoyed his parody online videos and running gags. Cleveland Magazine selected Zumock as one of its "Most Eligible Singles" for 2011. Also in 2011, Zumock served as Grand Marshal for the Kent State Homecoming Parade and released his second self-produced comedy album: "Adventures in Argyle," a reference to his trademark sweater vests. Chad left WMMS to devote more time to his long-planned stand-up tour beginning in 2012. In between playing comedy clubs across North America in 2013, Chad began a new broadcasting venture titled, "The Sit Down Zumock Podcast! With Chad Zumock. He also signed with WLFM Cleveland to do a Sunday night radio show. In late spring of 2015, Zumock became a recurring guest host on widely heard Bob & Tom Show Radio Show, a syndicated US radio program heard on hundreds of radio stations across the United States. Zumock and Eric Thompson have shared the stage at several comedy shows. Zumock is among those comedians who consistently bring Thompson to uproarious laughter. Thompson has been a long time fan and promotes Zumock's work with each new project.
Comedian Tim Cavanaugh's Comedic song parodies first received national exposure on the Dr. Demento Radio Show in the 1980s. Tim has been featured on Sirius XM and the BBC as well as radio stations in nearly every market in North America.
In 1997, Tim released his first CD, "Sounds Like Fun!" By then he had become a regular guest on "The Bob & Tom Show," a nationally syndicated radio show heard in 130 markets. Since then Tim has released four CDs of comedy songs and music parodies.
Tim has performed on Comedy Central, ABC, NBC, Showtime, WGN America, and HBO. He is a contributing writer of the book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes. He also authored another book titled "Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian Soul." That book is now in its sixth printing. Tim has made well over 200 appearances on The Bob & Tom Show.
Tim regularly tours the United States and Canada performing in comedy clubs and theaters as well as the Caribbean as a headlining entertainer on Carnival Cruise Lines.
Gallagher began touring in comedy clubs in 1969. He made several appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in the 1970s and 1980s. He performed nearly two dozen one-hour comedy specials for Showtime Cable, HBO, and Comedy Central. Gallagher is consistently rated as one of the most recognizable comedians, making Comedy Central's Top 100 Comedians of All Time. His signature sketch is a pitch for the "Sledge-O-Matic," a large wooden mallet that he uses to smash a variety of food items and other objects, culminating with a watermelon, which sprays the entire audience to their delight. Gallagher famously uses wordplay in his act, pointing out the eccentricities of the English language.
Todd Bridges is an accomplished stand-up comedian and iconic actor in movies and on television. Bridges appeared on "The Waltons," "Little House on the Prairie," and the landmark miniseries "Roots". He was a regular guest star on the "Barney Miller." But it was playing Willis Jackson, on the long-running sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" that made his a household name.
Bridges defeated Vanilla Ice on a 2002 episode of "Celebrity Boxing." In the mid-2000's, Bridges appeared as a contestant on a celebrity episode of "Fear Factor" and the Fox reality show "Skating with Celebrities." He has appeared on "TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest.." as a frequent guest star and commentator. He made a guest appearance as a contestant on "Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling" on the CMT Network. Over the years Bridges has had rolls on such iconic series as "Love Boat," CHiPs," "The Facts of Life," "The Ben Stiller Show," "L.A. Heat," "The Young & The Restless," "Dr. Oz," "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Everybody Hates Chris" among others. From 1978 until 1986 Bridges starred alongside Gary Coleman in 196 episodes of "Diff'rent Strokes," one of the most popular sitcoms of the era.
In addition to his numerous television sitcom work, he has appeared in nearly fifty movies, mostly small budget, independent films.
Bridges wrote a book titled "Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted" in which he openly discussed his childhood abuse, drug addiction, criminal charges, and life struggles.
In addition to working on several television pilots and scripts, Bridges is currently touring comedy clubs and theaters across the United States where he performs hundreds of stand up comedy shows each year in addition to his one-man show. The venues are always full, usually sold out audiences.
The Amazing Randi
The Amazing Randi
James Randi is a stage magician and scientific skeptic best known for his challenges to paranormal claims and pseudoscience.
He has written about the paranormal phenomena, skepticism, and the history of magic. He was a favorite guest of Johnny Carson and appeared on The Tonight Show and other TV shows several dozen times. He is also a frequent guest on television programs hosted by magicians Penn & Teller.
He began his career as a magician and escape artist in 1946. Shortly afterward, he adopted the name “The Amazing Randi” and continued to use that name until the end of his long career.
He appeared on numerous television programs of the day including, NBC’s TODAY SHOW, where he broke Houdini's record of being submerged in a metal coffin in the deep waters of a hotel swimming pool for 104 minutes. This was done live on the NBC morning TV show.
He went on to amaze audiences on stage and on television with stunts like escaping from a straight jacket while suspended upside down over Niagara Falls, all live on television. He worked closely with rocker Alice Cooper on several props and gimmicks for his tour including a guillotine and several other illusions used during Cooper’s stage shows.
The Amazing Randi is the author of nearly a dozen books on conjuring and magical arts, among other topics. He has logged hundreds of hours on television and radio discussing and performing magic and illusion.
Randi holds several titles and records in the Guinness Book of World Records. He has won many awards for his work in magic and the performing arts including 1986 MacArthur Foundations Fellowship, Academy of Magical Arts Lifetime Achievement Fellowship, The prestigious UK Magic Circle Highest Order Gold Star and many others.
With thousands of performances in sold-out theaters around the world, Doug Henning is easily one of the greatest magicians in history. His Broadway shows “Merlin” and “The Magic Show” ran for more than six years. In addition to numerous TV guest appearances, he starred in many television specials featuring his magic and illusion.
Johnny "Ace" Palmer
Johnny "Ace" Palmer
Palmer’s achievements in the world of magical entertainment are legendary. Johnny has won the Grand Prix of Magic twice, World Champion of Magic, and the Society of American Magicians “Magician Of The Year” Award. He has appeared on “Late Night With David Letterman,” Dick Clark’s “Masters Of Illusion,” and many other TV shows. He regularly performs at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
Magician Steve Simpson has performed magic, escapes, and illusion for more than thirty-five years. He has appeared on several television shows and is listed in The Guinness World Book Of Records for several escapes and illusions. He has won several magic industry awards.
An experimental New Wave band in the early 1980’s, The Waitresses scored several Billboard Magazine top 100 hits during the decade including “I Know What Boys Want,” “Square Pegs” and “Christmas Wrapping.” The band released six albums during their career and found popularity and fame in both the United States and The UK.
With four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of The Year, 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Humperdinck is one of the most successful and famous entertainers in the history of the world. His 60+ years of performing and touring all over the world make him one of the best-selling and most prolific performers ever. He has sold more than one hundred million albums.
As part of the folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, Peter Yarrow has a performance and political activist resume too long to list. He is a member of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and has performed for over fifty years and on every continent. Yarrow’s recordings have sold several million copies. His music has touched millions of lives and provided the soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement and helped to end the Vietnam War.
This is a photo of Eric with award winning rock & roll musician Michael Stanley. It was taken backstage on New Year's Eve, 1986, at The Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, (Cleveland) Ohio. Eric performed for members of the band, the crew, their friends and family backstage following the sold out concert.
The Michael Stanley Band was formed in 1974 with singer-songwriter–lead guitarist Jonah Koslen, former Glass Harp bassist Daniel Pecchio and drummer Tommy Dobeck from the band Circus. By 1982 the group had evolved into a seven-piece band.
Nicknamed MSB by their fans, the band set several attendance records at Cleveland area venues including a record 20,320 at a single show at The Richfield (Cleveland) Coliseum in 1979 and a record 40,529 for two Coliseum concerts on New Year's Eve, 1981 & New Year's Day,1982. One of the band's greatest achievements was a total attendance of 74,404 during a four-night stand at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls (Akron) in late summer of 1982.
MSB released well over a dozen studio albums a couple live albums as well. The band saw seven single from those albums reach the Billboard Top 100 charts during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their biggest hit was the 47th video played on the very first day that MTV debuted in august of 1981.
Stanley recorded a few solo albums as well. One of the records featured fellow musicians Bill Szymczyk of The Eagles, guitarist and singer Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, J. Geils, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills and jazz great David Sanborn, among others. This early album led to Stanley being featured on a Don Kirshner's Rock Concert network television show.
In 1998 he appeared as himself on ABC TV's "The Drew Carey Show." He has spent nearly two decades as a classic rock deejay on the popular Cleveland radio station WNCX. He has hosted several local television shows in Northeast Ohio.
In addition to his busy schedule of radio, television and charitable fundraising, Stanley continues to tour regionally as Michael Stanley & The Resonators.
With Grammy, Emmy and Academy Awards, Kenny Loggins is one of the most recognized names in music history. From his early days with Loggins & Messina to his legendary solo career, his more than twenty album releases and tens of millions of albums sold show his talent and popularity with fans for more than forty years.
In March of 2005, Eric had the opportunity to perform for Musician Harry Manx at The Hippodrome in northeast Ohio.
Harry Manx is a musician who blends blues, folk music, and Hindu classical music, blending Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, gospel, and some compelling grooves. Manx has mastered the electric, acoustic, 12-string & slide guitars, harmonica, six-string banjo, Mohan veena and the stomp box.
He has released more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums and is a favorite with fans in Canada, The United States, Japan, India, and Europe. Manx regularly tours and performs across the globe, with a concentration in his native Canada.
His addictive music and compelling lyrics are a favorite of critics, earning him wide recognition and many awards, including seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist, CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007 and The Independent Music Award nomination.
Beasley is often referred to as “a musical renaissance man” by fans and peers alike. He is an acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, and best-selling contemporary jazz recording artist. Walter has released more than fifteen albums since 1990 and has earned many awards including Outstanding Jazz Artist, Jazz Album Of The Year, and scored many Billboard Top 20 hits with his music. He is one of the best-selling saxophonists in the world and has recorded and performed with the top names in the history of music.
Prolific and versatile acoustic guitarist and songwriter Peter White has released 15 solo albums since 1990. Prior to that, White collaborated with rock singer and songwriter Al Stewart for many years. He co-wrote and recorded several albums with Stewart including “Time Passages” and the multi-million selling album “Year Of The Cat.” Peter White has numerous awards including Smooth Jazz Musician Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Guitarist four years in a row. Over the years he has collaborated with Queen, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Grover Washington Jr., Dave Koz, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Al Jarreau, Bob James, David Sanborn and a host of others. His work has sold millions of copies over four decades.
Known in jazz circles as “The First Lady Of The Flute.” She is one of the best-selling female artists in the fusion, jazz-funk and soul-jazz styles With more than one dozen solo albums featuring her performances with such musical greats as Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Bob James, Duke Ellington, among others, Bobbi has solidified her standing as one of the most talented and sought after jazz performers of her time. Playing concerts before sold out crowds at Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, The Hollywood Bowl, Monteux Jazz Festival, Russian River Jazz Festival and theaters and arenas around the world has earned her much recognition from the likes of Ebony Magazine, Billboard Magazine, Grammy Award Nominations and numerous jazz awards.
Peaches & Herb
Peaches & Herb
The disco and soul inspired vocal duet of Peaches & Herb recorded and had top ten hits with many songs including “Groove Thing,” “Close Your Eyes,” “I Pledge My Love” and their monster ballad hit “Reunited.”
Sly & The Family Stone
Sly & The Family Stone
The funk and rock band gained wide popularity in the late 1960’s with a string of hits including “Dance To The Music,” “Different Strokes,” “Everyday People” and “Thank You (falletinme be mice elf, agin).” The band was named by Rolling Stone Magazine #43 of the top 100 greatest artists of all time.
Amanda Beagle is an amazingly talented soprano. Her career has taken her around the world performing in musical theater productions from Lincoln Center in New York City to extensive tours crisscrossing Europe and the Mediterranean as a featured vocalist and performer in the Holland America Showroom at Sea productions. She studied and performed Italian opera at a prestigious school in Lucca, Italy. Amanda won the title of Miss Ohio in 2004 and while she did not win the Miss America pageant she did win the talent award. She regularly tours the United States performing in a variety of venues including stock theater and festivals as well as successfully coaching voice and pageant students. Her debut best selling CD featured her amazing vocal talents on Broadway musical works. She also recorded a Christmas CD that was critically acclaimed and sold well.
Contemporary Jazz impresario Mindi Abair two time Grammy Award nominated saxophonist, vocalist, writer & producer. She is a proud National Trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Mind attended The University of North Florida jazz program before transferring to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1991. By that time she was already earning a living playing in several jazz and rock bands.
Through the next decade she toured extensively with as a saxophonist/singer and keyboardist with comedian Adam Sandler, new-age/pop musician John Tesh, South African R&B/Jazz Fusion singer-songwriter-guitarist Jonathan Butler, jazz, funk, R&B diva Teena Marie, and multi-award winning smooth jazz trumpet player and producer Rick Braun.
She was the featured saxophonist for several seasons of American Idol. She performed with the rock band Aerosmith during their 2012 tour. Mindi performed with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at the Beacon Theater. She performed with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra several times on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Abair spent nearly two years touring with The Backstreet Boys as their saxophonist, keyboardist, and percussionist during their Millenium World Tour. She has collaborated with a who's who of nearly every genre of music including John Taylor of Duran Duran, Luther Vandross, Steven Tyler, jazz great Peter White, Matchbox Twenty, Billy Joel, B. B. King and others.
In 2013, Abair collaborated with the very best artists in the history of jazz, including Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, and Gerald Albright on the album "Summer Horns." The album was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Her 2014 album "Wild Hearts" was nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in the 2015 Grammy Awards.
Her solo career has seen her create nearly a dozen solo albums, producing ten #1 radio singles, two #1 Billboard Jazz CDs, and four more solo CDs that have landed #5 and above on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. Her work has bed rewarded with numerous honors including Grammy Awards. She has collaborated with dozens of wildly talented artists on scores of recordings, radio and TV appearances.
As if her phenomenal music career doesn't keep her busy enough, Mindi Abair authored the book “How To Play Madison Square Garden – A Guide To Stage Performance.” The book covers the rules and concepts of being a great performer, developing your personal stage presence, teaching techniques used by multi-platinum artists.
Mindi began designing a jewelry line that would reflect her unique rock ‘n’ roll style mixed with her own luxurious sensibility. the line is called Mindi Abair Jewelry - Jewelry That Rocks.
Eric opened for Mindi Abair as part of "The Peter White: I Can't Wait For Christmas" concert series at The Tangiers Supper Club. Since 1948, some of the greatest entertainment in northeast Ohio has been featured on the stage at The World-Famous Cabaret, The Tangiers has been a local showplace for top-name entertainers such as Tina Turner, The Temptations, Charlie Daniels, The Righteous Brothers, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, and So many more. To have performed on the stage shared by so many superstars of entertainment is an honor Eric will never forget.
The Legends Of Folk (Jim Gill, Jim Ballard, Tim Cole, Alex Bevan)
The Legends Of Folk (Jim Gill, Jim Ballard, Tim Cole, Alex Bevan)
Jim Gill has shared the stage with legendary musical geniuses of folk and jazz, including Tommy James & The Shondells, Mary Gauthier and Michael Stanley. He has won songwriting competitions in Texas, Pennsylvania and toured extensively through the Midwest and New England. He has been invited to be a featured performer at the Village Folk Festival. Jim has released more than a half dozen albums during his career. Jim Ballard wrote music, recorded albums and toured for over thirty years, working with Gordon Lightfoot, Pete Seeger, Pure Prarie League, Poco, 10,000 Maniacs among others. The audience response to his twelfth album release, Ask John Steinbeck, was so posititve that he has returned to touring and live performance to mostly sold out venues. Over the last five decades, Tim Cole has been creating new and exciting art for both the eye as well as the ears. He has collaborated with scores of legendary folk, rock and jazz artists throught the years. Tim is perhaps best known as the drummer of the high energy theatrical 1970’s rock & roll act Molkie Cole. Their shows rivaled that of glam rockers Ziggy Stardust, T Rex, Mott The Hoople and Kiss. They had legions of fans and toured extensively throughout the Midwest and eastern corridor. He has recorded many solo albums and is constantly in demand to appear on recordings with other musicians. Alex Bevan is an Emmy and Grammy award winning musician and singer. He has released more than two dozen albums and shared to stage with Jimmy Buffet, The Clash, Billy Joel, Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates, and scores of other great musicians. He has constantly toured since the early 1970’s. His hits include Grand River Lullaby, Skinny Little Boy From Cleveland Ohio and dozens more.
The Spinners are a rhythm and blues vocal group that formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1954. They enjoyed a string of hit singles during the 1960s and 1970s. The group released nearly three dozen albums throughout their seven decade career. With hits like “I’ll Be Around,” “One of A Kind Love Affair,” “Then Came You” (with Dionne Warwick, “Games People Play,” “Rubber Band Man,” “Working My Way Back To You Girl,” “Cupid,” and so many others, The Spinners have been recording albums since the 1950s and touring for more than sixty five years. They were nominated to The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2015 and elected to The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.