Jay Leno –
Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included more than two decades of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, winning every consecutive quarter of his hosting over the past 19 years.. After resuming hosting the 11:35 PM program following its one-time interruption, he made it once again the consistent ratings leader for late night, once again leading all of the ensuing quarters handily. In the process, he has been honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series.” The Tonight Show has also taken home the trophy for “Favorite Late Night Show” in the annual TV Guide Awards determined by voting viewers, and he will shortly in installed in the Television Academy’s Broadcast Hall of Fame. As if night-time dominance were not enough, Leno has also succeeded in the newest entertainment arena. “Jay Leno’s Garage” – at Jaylenosgarage.com – has gained an international following on the Web, not to mention an Emmy Award and two additional nominations for Outstanding Special Class–Short-Format Nonfiction Programs. Leno produces the NBC creation with Robert Angelo. His “everyman”-style and personality have helped him earn millions of fans worldwide, especially in the regions where people relate to his personable style and work ethic. In addition to traversing the U.S., he has entertained in various countries, including Bosnia, where he performed for military troops associated with the war in Afghanistan, and Aviano, Italy, where he performed for troops associated with the peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia. He remains passionate about performing in front of live audiences, including the military, and appears regularly in Las Vegas, on college campuses around the United States and in other venues. Moreover, he is committed to using his amalgam of talents to help those less fortunate. Each year, he serves as Master of Ceremonies and does numerous benefit performances, including shows for those whose lives were devastated by the 9/11 tragedy, the tsunami in Thailand, hurricanes in the gulf, and the severe economic downturn in Detroit. He leads the annual Love Ride in California to benefit numerous humanitarian organizations serving people with autism, muscular dystrophy, and Special Olympics, among many others. Leno was born in New Rochelle, New York, and raised in Andover, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Mavis, live in Los Angeles.
Tom Cotter –
Tom Cotter has taken the comedy scene by storm since finishing in 2nd place on America’s Got Talent in 2012. He lost to a dog act, but donʼt hold that against him; Tom was the first comedian ever to be a finalist on the show and was the highest finishing human being on the show that year. On August 21st 2013, AGT asked Tom back to perform as a special guest star (along with Train) and then again to host The 2013 AGT Snapple Viewing Party on the Sept 11th episode. Tom is currently shooting a TV pilot for NBC and Freemantle Productions to host a reality series set to air in the winter of 2014. Tom’s other numerous television an radio credits include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, his very own special Comedy Central Presents… Tom Cotter, The Howard Stern Show and, most recently, a third appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Tom also plays in America’s most famous comedy clubs including, The Improv (chain), Catch a Rising Star, The Gotham Comedy Club and Caroline’s On Broadway just to name a few. Tom has also been featured at The Montreal “Just For Laughs” Festival, the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival and headlining “America’s Got Talent Live” at The Palazzo Las Vegas. Tom has performed at over 300 colleges and in a wide variety of venues from Alaska to China. His appeal is truly international as he was summoned to London to tour and perform on British Television, and won The Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition and Boston Comedy Festival as The Boston Herald noted “winning by the largest margin of victory in the history of the event.” Versatility has allowed Tom to excel in other areas of showbiz as well. His voice has become a familiar staple in commercial voice-overs for many high profile clients including NBC, MTV, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Chevrolet and Converse. Whether it be comedy, voice-overs, or acting Tom Cotter gives it everything he’s got. “If laughter is the best medicine, I yearn to be drugged.”
Caroline Rhea –
Caroline Rhea, stand-up comedian and actress, brings a fresh, smart and spontaneous approach to all of her work. In 1989, Caroline ventured to New York to start her career in stand-up comedy. She studied in the stand-up program at the New School of Social Research and trained at the comedy club, Catch a Rising Star. With nightly gigs at New York’s venerable clubs, Caroline’s status quickly grew and she became an integral part of the city’s comedy scene. Her career was further boosted by numerous appearances on “MTV’s Half-Hour Comedy Hour,” “Comic Strip Live” and “Caroline’s Comedy Hour.” For the last seventeen years, Caroline has continued to perform to sold-out audiences in top comedy clubs all over the country and in Canada. Her feature credits include, The Perfect Man, with Heather Locklear, a supporting role in Man on the Moon, the story of the late comedian Andy Kaufman, co-starring Jim Carrey, Christmas With the Kranks, opposite Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the wrestling film, Ready to Rumble, opposite Oliver Platt, David Arquette and Scott Caan. Caroline’s television career has taken off since she first starred as Aunt Hilda on The WB’s sitcom Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. She starred in Lifetime’s made for television movie Fat Like Me, and was the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. She was last seen in a one hour stand up special, part of Bravo’s Funny Girls, entitled “Rhea’s Anatomy,” which aired on Halloween 2006. Other credits include; host of The Caroline Rhea Show, regular guest on Whoopi Goldberg’s Hollywood Squares, Drew’s girlfriend on The Drew Carey Show, the made for television movie Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire, Pride and Joy on NBC, Comedy Central’s Pulp Comic, Comic Relief 8 and One Night Stand 2005. She also appeared in the pilot of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, written by Larry David. A Montreal native, Caroline currently resides in New York and Los Angeles.
Lucie Arnaz –
Lucie Arnaz has had an extremely diversified career spanning over 45 years in show business. She has starred on the New York stage in They’re Playing Our Song (Theatre World, LA Drama Critics and Outer Critic’s Circle Awards), Lost in Yonkers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grace and Glorie; in the London premiere of The Witches Of Eastwick; in the Coconut Grove Playhouse premieres of Once Removed and A Picasso; in national tours of Seesaw, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Social Security and My One And Only (Sarah Siddons Award); and in regional theatre productions of Wonderful Town, Master Class, Cabaret, The Guardsman, Annie Get Your Gun, I Do! I Do!, Educating Rita, Vanities, and Mack And Mabel, to name just a few. She has appeared on television in The Lucie Arnaz Show, Sons And Daughters, The Black Dahlia, The Mating Season, Who Gets The Friends?, Washington Mistress, Death Scream and six seasons of Here’s Lucy; on the big screen with Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Oliver in The Jazz Singer (Golden Globe Nomination), Down To You, Second Thoughts, Billy Jack Goes To Washington, The Pack, Wild Seven and has lent her voice to the new animated fantasy about the NY Yankees,Henry And Me. Lucie has performed the opening number on the Academy Awards (1981) and at The White House several times. She was Executive Producer of the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special (Emmy nomination), and Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie(Emmy winner 1993). She produced two CD ROMS. She recorded her first album for Concord Jazz, “Just In Time,” and her newest CD, “Latin Roots,” is a celebration of just what the title says. Lucie has been traveling the country and the world with her various concerts for over 20 years. With her brother, Desi, she manages Desilu, too, LLC. With her husband, actor Laurence Luckinbill, she manages five grown children. Lucie invites you to visit her online at luciearnaz.com.