A professional Showcase featuring comics from "Late Show with David Letterman", "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon", Conan on TBS, Comedy Central, HBO and various TV shows and films.
Featuring Chloe Hilliard, Gregg Rogell, Dean Obeidallah, Kareem Green and Vladimir Caamano!
Born in Long Island, Gregg Rogell quickly rose through the club ranks and established himself as one of the top working stand ups in the country. Within a year of his debut, Rogell won "The funniest person in Long Island" contest, as well as the WKGR South Florida Laugh Off. Within three years, his list of television credits included "Evening at the Improv," "Caroline's Comedy Hour," "The MTV Half Hour Comedy Hour," "Comic Strip Live," "VH1 Stand Up Spotlight," "E! Stand Up Sit Down with Robert Klein," "Two Drink Minimum," and many others. He has since made several appearances on "The Tonight Show," and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." He can also be recognized from his appearance as "Kenny" on the CBS sitcom, "The Nanny." His success has earned him sitcom development deals from NBC and Disney. He has toured, opening for Dolly Parton, Wynonna Judd, and Dave Chappelle, and has appeared with Bob Hope and Bill Cosby on several NBC specials.
In 1999, Gregg won Backstage Magazine's "Bistro Award" for "Best Comedy Performer." In 2002 he entertained the troops at Guantanamo Bay on "Comedy Central's USO Comedy Tour". He also taped his own half hour special for "Comedy Central Presents," and in 2005 made his third appearance at the Gala, in "The Montreal Comedy Festival."
Gregg performs regularly at all the New York City comedy clubs and tours nationally as a headliner at clubs, colleges, corporate and charity events. He also performs in Europe, where he has appeared on several popular television programs. He recently completed a documentary with the BBC in association with Comedy Central, and in 2005 was one of the featured performers in the critically acclaimed film "The Aristocrats."
Born in the Great State of New Jersey, my comedy comes in large part from my unique background of being the only son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Both my parents have provided me with an enormous amount of material, usually unintentionally.
I was a practicing lawyer for several years until the other lawyers I worked with suggested I perform in the New Jersey Bar Association's funniest lawyer show. I am pretty sure that was their way of telling me to find a new career.
I have appeared on various national and international televisions shows, including Comedy Central's "Axis of Evil Comedy" special and "The Watch List," ABC's "The View," PBS documentary "Stand Up: Muslim Comics Come of Age," CNN's "American Morning" and "Wolf Blitzer's Reports," Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd," Showtime Arabia, NY1, PBS' "Newshour with Jim Lehrer," ABC's "20/20," CNBC's "The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch," Japan's NHK, CNN International's "Inside the Middle East" and "Your World Today," as well as in numerous sketches on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." I can also be seen in the DVD bonus material for Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911" in the section entitled, "Arab-American comedians.
I was very proud to recieve the first annual "Bill Hicks Spirit Award," for "thought provoking comedy" from the NY Underground Comedy Festival and the Hicks' family. The late Bill Hicks was a comedian who challenged the audience and made them actually think about political and social issues while making them laugh.
Check out the Comedy Central.com Internet show I'm featured in and co-producing with my friend Max Brooks. The show is called "THE WATCH LIST" and its the first show ever produced by a major American entertainment company starring comics of Middle Eastern-American heritage.
I'm also proud to serve as the Co-Executive producer of the annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival and the Amman Stand Up Comedy Festival.