Taking inspiration from soul greats, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, and folk legends, John Prine and Dave Van Ronk, Amos Lee directs his music with a spirit and presence rooted in American tradition. Amos delivers a unique brand of folk-soul music that aims to unite, uplift, and inspire. The "folk" side is reflected in his nimble acoustic guitar playing and the intimacy of his live performances. The "soul" strain comes through in the engaging song-poetry of his lyrics and in what the Philadelphia Inquirer described as his "easygoing voice" and "raw, unedited emotion."
The Hooters first gained major commercial success in the United States in the mid 1980s due to heavy radio and MTV airplay of several songs including 'All You Zombies' and 'And We Danced.' Their unique blend of ska, reggae and rock 'n' roll was a fresh and powerful sound.
Jo Koy is a regular on 'Chelsea Lately' and has had appearances on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' and 'The Tonight Show.' In addition to his late night talk show appearances, he has been seen on Comedy Central's 'Premium Blend,' BET's 'Comic View' and 'Showtime at the Apollo.' To add to Koy's rapidly-growing success, he has popular Comedy Central special, 'Don't Make Him Angry,' that is available on DVD.
Veteran comedian Ralphie May's popularity exploded after the success of the first season of NBC's hit reality series, 'Last Comic Standing.' Long-time fans of Ralphie's stand-up were joined by countless new fans when America thought he was robbed of the winner's title. Despite the show's outcome, Ralphie's special brand of comedy combines the familiar elements of hip-hop and topical comedy with a dash of southern, down-home flavor and quick wit. He has appeared on films like 'For Da Love of Money' and has a series of Comedy Central specials under his belt.
Cyndi Lauper was one of the biggest stars of the '80's MTV era, selling over five million copies of her album, 'She's So Unusual,' as well as scoring a string of Top Ten hits from the record, including 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' and 'Time After Time.' Her girlish voice and gleefully ragtag appearance became one of the most distinctive images of the time, which helped catapult her to stardom. Now, after displaying both longevity and versatility, Lauper is fondly regarded as one of the leading stateswomen of pop rock. Lauper received the 2013 Tony Award for her music and lyrics to the musical, 'Kinky Boots,' which won six awards including Best Musical.
Chris Hardwick is one of the best-known "geek" comedians working today. He started his career as the host of MTV's "Singled Out," moved on to acting in horror movies, and then became part of the comedy duo Hard N' Phirm (with Mike Phirman). From there Chris branched out on his own with his website Nerdist.com and hosts The Nerdist podcast and the "Talking Dead" aftershow on AMC and his weeknight game show @midnight on Comedy Central.
Don Rickles is considered by some to be the funniest man on the planet. Known to friends and fans as "Mr. Warmth," Rickles' signature blend of insults and one-liners has made him one of the most influential comedians around. He also remains relevant with all generations, including providing the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the "Toy Story" films, in addition to dozens of film and TV roles.
Though she's one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood today, Jane Lynch is anything but an overnight success. At age 50, she didn't come into her own until the last decade. Before she landed her role in "Glee," she battled alcoholism and anxiety, learned to embrace her sexuality, and accepted that life is sometimes a series of opportunities that come after what seem, at the time, like disappointments.
Emmy-nominated actor Kevin James, who starred in the hit CBS comedy, "King of Queens," for nine seasons and has also appeared in such hit movies as "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," "Hitch," "Grown Ups" and more, first made his mark in the stand-up world and is now returning to his roots with this national stand-up comedy tour.
No stranger to television, Chicago native Sebastian catapulted into the national spotlight with a 20-city tour for his one-hour Comedy Central DVD Special 'Sebastian Live!' On 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,' Sebastian has appeared as the unforgettable style correspondent providing hilarious grooming advice to unsuspecting airline passengers and churchgoers. While perfecting his routine on the stand-up circuit, Sebastian was handpicked by Vince Vaughn to be one of the four featured comedians in the critically acclaimed film, 'Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show.'