Today, we’re featuring some of the out-of-town comedians coming to Burbank for the festival!
When did you decide to pursue comedy? Why? Right out of College. I saw Sinbad at the University of Alabama and knew that day that I wanted to be a professional stand-up comedian. I was also a smart ass all my life.
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? What is a termites favorite type of cookie? An OAK Mill cookie. Camp talent show. Made the other 9-year-old’s laugh. Know your audience.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? I was performing over seas in Tokyo when a lady who’s mother had just died a few weeks prior from a long painful drawn out battle with cancer…told me that while watching me perform I made her laugh for the first time in over a year and because of it she felt like she could get own with her life.
Marvin’s Scheduled Appearance:
Comedy Grab Bag – Friday, Aug 22, 9 pm – Hosted by Jimmy Shubert (Tickets HERE)
Late Night TV Showcase – Thurs, Aug 21, 9:30 pm – Hosted by Darren Carter (Tickets HERE)
Comedic Influences: Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Hicks, Bill Burr
Grew Up: Vaslui, a small town in Romania.
Current Residence: I mostly live in Bucharest, Romania.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment?
Getting laughs from people in cars, while I was holding a ‘Public Parking’ sign in Santa Monica for my job last year.
Why do you perform?
I like being liked even more then I like weed. I also think it’s a good way for me, to get a young wife when I’ll be 50. And if I can make people laugh at mean stuff in the meantime, I would call that a perfect life.
What are you looking forward to most about the Burbank Comedy Festival?
I’m looking forward to mingling with the comedians from Los Angeles. I’m also curious of the atmosphere from an international comedy festival. But mostly looking forward to hear laughs during my sets.
Radu’s Scheduled Appearances:
99% Funnies – Monday Aug 18, 9:30 pm – Hosted by Jimmy Dore (Tickets HERE)
Comedy Free For All – Friday, Aug 22, 7 pm – Hosted by Jimmy Shubert (Tickets HERE)
Comedic Influences: Bill Cosby, Kathleen Madigan, Jeff Garlin
Grew Up: West Hollywood
Current Residence: Both Traverse City, Michigan and Chicago
When did you decide to pursue comedy? Why? Never actually decided to pursue comedy. It just happened. I had no choice!
Why do you perform? Therapy….and maybe a date and a plane ticket one day.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? My proudest comedic accomplishments are my monthly gig at the Comedy Store with Crazee Cindy and at Flappers….and being part of the Chicago comedy scene.
Ellen’s Scheduled Appearance:
Ladies of Laughter – Wednesday, Aug 20, 8 pm – Hosted by Wendy Liebman (Tickets HERE)
Senior Sillies – Thursday, Aug 21, 7:30 pm – Hosted by Brent Lowrey (Tickets HERE)
Stay tuned for more “Featured Comedian” posts! We’ll profile at least six showcasing comedians each week between now and the festival, coming August 17th!