Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz

Industry Standard w/ Barry Katz

United States

A one-of-a-kind insiders look at Hollywood from a totally different perspective. This inspirational weekly series provides an “all access pass” to the entertainment business through the eyes of comedy manager/producer Barry Katz and the industry's biggest "behind the scenes" players who candidly reveal the risky decisions they made that led to the most groundbreaking internet, television, radio, music, and film content in the world. Combining humor, insight, and motivation; Katz provides the blueprint for the audience to take their careers to the next tier, while showcasing each guests’ extraordinary journey from humble beginnings to the highest levels in their field.


176: Tony Cox  

TONY COX has been featured in a wide range of amazing projects, spanning some 30 years and has put him alongside some of the most respected directors and distinguished actors of our time. Tony’s box office successes have led to a total worldwide gross of over $1 billion, with scene stealing roles In the films “Bad Santa,” “Star Wars,” “Me, Myself and Irene,” “Date Movie,” “Disaster Movie,” “Beetlejuice,” “The Warrior’s Way,” And “Oz The Great And Powerful” just to name a few. He has also been featured prominently in hit TV shows like “Rescue Me” And “Martin,” as well as music videos with respected artists like Eminem, The Foo Fighters, and Snoop Dog. He is perhaps best-known for his lead role in Bad Santa, where he played Marcus, the brains of a safe cracking team, alongside Billy Bob Thornton, and for reprising his iconic role for Bad Santa 2, which just opened in nearly three-thousand theaters for the upcoming holiday season.

175: Daniel Kellison  

Daniel Kellison is an Emmy-nominated TV producer/writer and co-founder of Jackhole Industries with partners Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla. Among their many shows, he co-created “Crank Yankers” and “The Man Show” and was the original executive producer of "Rosie" and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and before that, he spent eight years as a producer for “Late Night with David Letterman” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” He has also executive produced and co-created shows with Quincy Jones, David Blaine, and Kanye West, amongst others.

174: Gary Gulman  

GARY GULMAN always loved late night television and dreamed of being a guest one day.  That dream came true and he has appeared on every late night talk show: "The Tonight Whow with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Craig Kilborn," “Conan,” "Late Night With Seth Myers," "The Pete Holmes Show," "Last Call with Carson Daly," and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."  His brand of clever, original comedy was singled out by the "New York Times” who recently wrote that Gary is "One of the country’s strongest comedians.”  Gulman’s breakthrough success came after appearing on the second and third season of NBC’s stand-up showcase, "Last Comic Standing," where he was one of the runners-up in season three, and guest starred in season four. The following year, Gary was invited to join Dane Cook’s “Tourgasm" Tour, and was also featured in the series on HBO. Next up, Gulman served as host and writer for the New England Sports Network’s "Comedy All Stars Series."  Gulman has performed three times at the Nascar year end awards show, at Madison Square Garden as part of the New York Comedy Festival, HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Gulman guest-starred on "Inside Amy Schemer” and his body of work includes a half-hour Showtime Network Special, two hour Comedy Central Specials, a Netflix Special, and four comedy albums.

173: Jonathan Groff  


172: Lisa Lampanelli  

If Don Rickles were a woman with a slight weight problem and a well-documented fondness for having sex with African-American men, he'd sound an awful lot like comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, comedy's lovable queen of mean. Lampanelli studied journalism at Syracuse University and Harvard, and briefly enjoyed a successful career in the magazine industry, working at 'Popular Mechanics," "Spy Magazine," and was contributor for "Hit Parader" and "Rolling Stone." Deciding journalism was not for her, she quit and became a party DJ in 1990, entertaining partygoers via the microphone. Following a trip to a comedy club, she took a course in improvisation, which led to her first successful stand-up performances in New York City in the early 1990s. Lampanelli's real rise to fame began in 2001, where she made a stand-out appearance on Comedy Central's Friar's Club Roast of Hugh Hefner and was invited back in 2002 as the only female comedian invited to roast Chevy Chase at the New York Friars club which would air on Comedy Central. One of the few white comedians to perform on BET's comic view, she became a regular guest on Howard Stern's radio show, produced her first stand-up special, "The Queen of Mean" in 2002, and her first album, "Take it Like A Man," tied into another cable special with the same title in 2006 peaked at #6 on the comedy charts. In 2006, Lampanelli made her movie debut along side fellow comic Larry the Cable Guy in his film "Health Inspector," and issued her second album, "Dirty Girl," in early 2007, with the simultaneous release of a concert DVD featuring the same material, which reached #4 on the charts and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album of the year...culminating in being named "Maxim Magazine's" Bachelorette of the year. In 2008, she served as roastmaster for the Larry the Cable Guy Roast, and also performed at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. In 2009, Lisa published her first book, a memoir "Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat, and Freaks." Lampanelli's other comedy albums include "Long Live the Queen," "Tough Love," and most recently this year was again nominated for a Grammy Award-her second- for "Back to the Drawing Board." She was a contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice," where she raised $130,000 for gay men's health crisis. Lampanelli is currently performing in the world premiere of her off-broadway play, "Stuffed," which explored the complexity of women's relationship to food and body image through her signature comedic style. At the Mcginn/Cazale Theater at 2162 Broadway at 76th street.


171: Best of Comedy Central  

BEST OF COMEDY CENTRAL (highlights of 3 impactful interviews): Doug Herzog is the president of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, he oversees MTV, VH1, Logo TV, Comedy Central, Palladia, Spike, and Epix. Before that he was the President of MTV, Comedy Central, Fox, and USA where he was instrumental in launching multiple Emmy winning shows like “South Park,” “The Daily Show,” “Colbert Report,” “Malcom in the Middle,” and “Monk.” // Jonas Larsen, is Comedy Central’s Senior Vice President, Talent and Specials, who oversees the production and development of original specials and tentpole events such as the Emmy-nominated “Comedy Central Roast” franchise “Roast Battle,” “Adam Devine’s House Party,” “This Is Not Happening”; the upcoming “G-d Damn Comedy Jam,” and a diverse slate of specials like the Emmy Award-winning “Night of Too Many Stars” benefit, the critically acclaimed “Jeff Ross Roasts Prisoners: Live at Brazos County Jail, ” and the Peabody Award-winning “DL Hughley: The Endangered List.”// Kent Alterman is the President of Content Development & Original Programming AT Comedy Central and oversees the development and production of all original content produced by the # 1 brand in comedy, where he is responsible for incubating new voices and concepts across all the network screens. Since taking over in 2010, Alterman and his team have more than doubled the amount of original series on the air than at any time in the history of the network…creating bona fide groundbreaking franchises series for Comedy Central, including “Workaholics,” “Kroll Show,” “Brickleberry,” “Nathan for You,” and the Emmy winning “Key & Peele,” Drunk History,” and “Inside Amy Schumer” 

170: Milt Larsen  


MILT LARSEN is best known as the legendary creator and owner of historic The Magic Castle, a private club for magicians and enthusiasts in Los Angeles. Larsen (who is also a writer, actor, performer, lyricist, magician, and entrepreneur ) and his brother, the late Bill Larsen Jr., were both in television and grew up in a family of magicians. In 1936 Larsen's parents published Genii, the Conjurors Magazine, which is still in publication. In 1999, Magic magazine selected the Larsen Family as one of the 100 most influential magicians in the 20th century. Milt also created the Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica, California (a Victorian British music hall featuring live stage shows), The Variety Arts Theatre - Los Angeles, and Caesars Magical Empire at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Over 50 years ago, Larsen was a writer for the classic Ralph Edwards audience participation TV show "Truth or Consequences" starring Bob Barker and wrote the "Malibu U" television series (an audience participation shows starring Vin Scully and Jim Nabors). In 1956 Larsen produced his first all-star magic revue "It's Magic!", with a new edition playing West Coast performing arts centers annually. He appeared as the back and hands of actor Raul Julia as Gomez Addams, performing his tablecloth yank at the end of Gomez and Morticia's Tango dance in "Addams Family Values" (Paramount Pictures ). Larsen hosts a weekend radio show on CRN Digital Talk Radio called "Hear Them Again for the First Time," featuring rare antique personality recordings from his vast collection of 78 rpm recordings. He is a member with gold star MIMC of London's Magic Circle; Lifetime Achievement Award Academy of Magical Arts; President's Citation Society of American Magicians; Member International Brotherhood of Magicians; Blackstone Award, World Magic Awards; Lifetime Achievement Award Los Angeles High School; Entertainment Arts Award, Hollywood Arts Council; Drama Logue Publishers/Critics Award, Lifetime Achievement Award by Los Angeles High School; In 2013 he was honored as one of the "Heroes of Hollywood" by the Hollywood Chamber Foundation and the Pacific Pioneers Broadcasters "Diamond Circle Award." In one of his proudest moments, Milt and his brother Bill were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. 


169: Jay Mohr  

JAY MOHR is a comedian, actor, best-selling author, executive producer, radio and TV host...with a career that has spanned several decades. After landing his dream job of "Saturday Night Live," 2 years later, he was cast opposite Tom Cruise in "Jerry Macquire" and that same year co-star with Jennifer Anniston in "Picture Perfect." Jay has appeared in over 25 films with some of the greatest actors and directors of our generation including "Go" (with director Doug Liman and actress Sarah Polley), "Pluto Nash" (with Eddie Murphy), "Suicide Kings" (with Christopher Walken), "Simone (with Al Pacino), "Playing by Heart" (with Ellen Burnstyn and Angelina Jolie), and "Herafter" (with director Clint Eastwood  and actor Matt Damon). He also starred in his own groundbreaking TV series produced by Joel Silver and the late Ted Demme ("Action") for FOX and starred in the critically acclaimed CBS scripted comedy "Gary Unmarried." Additionally, he wrote the best selling book "Gasping for Airtime" and "No Wonder my Parents Drank," which was optioned by ABC for development of a sitcom based on its content. Jay has guest starred in over 50 different television dramas and comedy series episodes and is currently hosting the LA Rams live pre-game show on ABC in Los Angeles, "Jay Mohr Sports" which is part of a murderers row of Jay, Dan Patrick, Colin Coherd syndicated all over the country in over 150 markets, and his own top-rated podcast, "Mohr Stories" which has been downloaded 40 million times. 


168: Kevin Hart  


After an electrifying performance at amateur night in a Philadelphia comedy club, Kevin quit his shoe salesman job and began performing full time. However, it was his first appearance at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival that led Hart into roles in feature films. In 2009, Hart’s one-hour Comedy Central special, “I’m A Grown Little Man,” became one of the highest rated specials for the network and in 2010, Hart’s DVD “Seriously...Funny” was one of the fastest selling DVDs, going triple Platinum, aided by the Comedy Central special of the same name, which was the highest rated comedy special of 2010. In 2011 Hart released “Laugh At My Pain” the feature film version of his comedy tour, which grossed over $7 million and was 2011’s most successful film of those released in less than 300 theaters, catapulted Hart’s to the number one comedian on Ticketmaster, and helping him to sell out the Nokia Theater for two nights in a row, breaking the record previously set by Eddie Murphy. This lead to the LAMP DVD hitting double platinum in February 2012, after being on sale for only a month. His next comedy tour, “Let Me Explain” took him to 90 American cities along with Europe and Africa - resulting in him becoming the second American in history to sell out London’s O2 Arena. Hart spent most of the rest of the year filming two movies back to back (“About Last Night” and “Ride Along”).  Additionally, Kevin starred in huge blockbusters like “Barbershop,” “Undeclared,” “Little Fockers,” "Death at a Funeral," "Fool’s Gold," Steve Harvey’s “Think Like A Man,” and “Judd Apatow’s “Five Year Engagement” and "The 40 Year-Old Virgin." Hart then embarked on the multi-city domestic and international “What Now?” comedy tour. Domestically, he sold out 8 tri-state area arenas, including Madison Square Garden, Barclays, Prudential Center and Jones Beach, selling over 100,000 tickets in the NY market. Internationally, he sold out over a dozen arenas in the European market, selling over 150,000 tickets, and sold out arenas across Australia, selling 100,000 tickets. All in all, Hart’s hit comedy tour grossed over $ 100 million worldwide. Hart’s recent movie projects include the biggest grossing live action comedy “Central Intelligence,” “Ride Along 2,” “The Wedding Ringer,” and “Get Hard.” The consummate worker, Hart is also a force in television, executive producing the show, Real Husbands of Hollywood which just wrapped production on Season 5. Hart’s recent movie projects include the biggest grossing live action comedy “Central Intelligence,” “Ride Along 2,” “The Wedding Ringer,” “Get Hard,” the animated film "The Secret Life of Pets," Universal Pictures will release the feature version of his comedy tour “What Now” (coming out in this month—October 14th, 2016), documenting how he was the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium, selling over 50,000 tickets in one show. 

167: Barry Crimmins  

Former Air America radio writer and correspondent (2003-2006), social justice activist, internationally renowned political satirist and author of the acclaimed seven stories press book 'Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal' helped bring the Boston comedy scene into the modern age when he founded two of Boston's most fabled clubs: The Ding Ho and Stitches. Such acts as Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Meaney, Jimmy Tingle and many, many others cut their comedic teeth in the rooms Crimmins started at shows he produced. As the years went on, he became an activist of sorts, travelling to Nicaragua to perform political satire about the U.S. government and the Contras. The brilliant, multi-talented Barry Crimmins is also an actor, known for The Young Comedians All-Star Reunion (1986) When Stand Up Stood Out (2003), and Call Me Lucky (2015) which documents in detail his traumatic early childhood experiences of being raped my a next door neighbor in the basement of his own home. Crimmin's satirical writing and comedy routines have focused through the years on the need for political and social change. Crimmins received the "Peace Leadership Award" in 1991 from Boston Mobilization for Survival. The award was presented by Noam Chomsky. Additionally, he was honored by Community Works with the "Artist for Social Change Award" for his years of activism. In 1994, Howard Zinn presented Barry Crimmins along with Maya Angelou "The Courage of Conscience Award" from Wellesley College and the Life Experience School at the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Barry's friend Howard Zinn did the presenting that day. His work as an activist, journalist and performer has taken him everywhere from the American campaign trail to war zones in Central America to Camp Casey on the perimeter of the George W. Bush compound in Craw-Ford, Texas. On June 4, 2016, Barry shot an hour special in Lawrence, Kansas for Louis C.K.'s Pig Newton Productions. Barry is a true American comedy legend who never rests on his laurels, instead building each performance on a lifetime of remarkable experiences and a comic mind that has made him into the one-of-a-kind comic you really need to see.

166: Shep Gordon  

In 1969, SHEP GORDON founded Alive Enterprises, a personal management company and over the years, Gordon and Alive have been responsible for managing the careers of Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, Anne Murray, Ben Vereen, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Blondie, Manhattan Transfer, Burton Cummings, Yvonne Elliman, Midnight Star, George Clinton, Luther Vandross, Rick James, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Kenny Loggins, Gipsy Kings , the Pointer Sisters, and many more, who have sold a total of over 100 million albums worldwide. 

Gordon and Alive set many precedents in the music industry including the first television production of an album (Alice Cooper’s “Welcome to My Nightmare”), the first long form rock video produced for home release (Blondie’s “Eat to the Beat”), and one of the first concert television series (“Rock and Roll Tonight”), all of which inspired a new generation of music video and theatrical rock concert productions. 

In the mid 70’s, Alive ventured into the movie business where its first production Ridley Scott’s “The Duellists”  won the Best Debut Film award at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival.  After several studio productions, including “Roadie” and “Endangered Species,” Gordon co-founded with Chris Blackwell and Island Records, Island Alive and Alive Films, for the production of independent feature films. Their commitment to artistic freedom attracted influential filmmakers and has been responsible for the production and/or distribution of the Academy Award-winning “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” Academy Award-nominated “Betty Blue,” “Marlene” and “El Norte,” Lindsay Anderson’s “The Whales of August,” Alan Rudolph’s “Choose Me” and “The Moderns,” John Carpenter’s “Prince of Darkness,” “They Live and Village of the Damned,” Wes Craven’s “People Under the Stairs,” Sam Shepard’s “Silent Tongue,” as well as 40 other movies.

In 1975, Alive expanded into the restaurant industry with the opening of its first restaurant, Carlos ’n Charlies, which became a Hollywood institution for 20 years and then in the late 1980’s, Alive partnered with Robert DeNiro to open Tribeca Grill in New York City.  Alive’s restaurant business is still active having opened approximately 40 restaurants thus far, the most current being a founding partnership in Jean-Georges’ Spice Market in New York City.

In the ‘90’s, Gordon’s started focusing on food as entertainment and chefs as entertainers, founding Alive Culinary Resources, which was designed to bridge the gap between the public and the world’s most sought-after chefs.  From its inception, his client roster read like a who’s who of the culinary world, including legendary French Chef Roger Vergé, Alice Waters, Wolfgang Puck, Charlie Trotter, Emeril Lagasse, Dean Fearing, Nobu, Todd English, Charlie Palmer, Larry Forgione, Paul Prudhomme, Jimmy Schmidt, Stephen Pyles, Robert del Grande, Daniel Boulud, Michel Richard, and 100 more of today’s most famous chefs.  

Gordon was inducted into the Hawaii Culinary Hall of Fame and has also won numerous other industry awards, including being named one of the 100 most influential people in Rolling Stone magazine.  Anthony Bourdain/ECCO will be releasing his newest book – “They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass To The Amazing World Of Film, Food, and Rock ’N’ Roll” in September of 2016.

165: Mona Scott-Young  

MONA SCOTT-YOUNG is a successful talent manager, television producer, publisher, TV host and CEO and Founder of multi-media entertainment company Monami Entertainment, home to Grammy Award-winning artist Missy Elliott, publishing imprint Monami Books and VH1’s most popular docu-franchise "Love & Hip Hop". Scott-Young is executive producer of "Love & Hip Hop" and the highly rated spin offs "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta", and "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood", the latest addition to the successful franchise. Scott-Young has also executive produced the related series, "Chrissy & Mr. Jones" and "K. Michelle: My Life", as well as numerous reunion shows and specials for VH1 where she also served as on-camera host and narrator. Monami recently announced the pickup of two new series, "Money Power Respect" (WEtv) and "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta spinoff", "Stevie & Joseline Take LA" (VH1). Scott-Young’s additional credits include consulting executive producer for VH1’s Amber Rose talk show and executive producer for VH1’s "Hip Hop Honors" and "Love & Hip Hop After Party Live" in addition to "Cocaine: History Between The Lines", "This is Hot 97", "The Gossip Game" and "The New Atlanta". Scott-Young’s business and philanthropic achievements have garnered recognition from a variety of organizations and publications. In 2015 alone, Scott-Young was recognized in the 2015 and 2016 Realscreen Global 100, The Hollywood Reporter’s Reality Power List, Variety’s Reality Television Impact Report, Billboard’s TV’s Top Music Power Players and MultiChannel News named her VH1’s Reality Superstar. Scott-Young was also honored at the 2015 Toast to Urban Entertainment Executives event and was named one of the Top 40 Music Industry Social Media Influencers of 2015 by Synchblog. Scott-Young’s previous accolades include being honored with awards from the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music Entertainment, ASCAP’s “Woman Behind the Music” Award, “Marketer of the Year” by Ad Age, and she was recognized by the National Congress and Convention of Haitian-Americans for her philanthropic work. Essence magazine also named her a “21st Century Renaissance Sister.”  When not in the office, Scott-Young is enjoying time with her family and serving on the board of The Haitian Roundtable, The RSQ Foundation and The GrassROOTS Community Foundation. 

164: J.B. Smoove  

J.B. SMOOVE is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian, and voice actor, who grew up in the projects and launched his career on Def Comedy Jam in the early 1990s. Although he spent three years at SNL as a writer and bit performer as well as being a series regular on the Fox sitcom “'Til Death” and the CBS show “The Millers,” he is best known for his amazing role of Leon on the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Smoove's film credits include “With or Without You,” “Pootie Tang,” “Date Night,” “Hall Pass,” “The Sitter,” “We Bought a Zoo,” “The Dictator,” “A Haunted House,” “Clear History,” and “Mr. Deeds.” In 2012, his first televised comedy special, “JB Smoove: That's How I Dooz It,” premiered on Comedy Central. In the summer of 2014, Smoove hosted the eighth season of the NBC Emmy nominated reality series “Last Comic Standing” and in July 2016, Smoove appeared on comedian Jerry Seinfeld's critically acclaimed web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

163: Scott Aukerman  

SCOTT AUKERMAN is an Emmy winning creator, producer, host, writer, and creator, known for launching and successfully sustaining the parody talk show "Comedy Bang! Bang!. The show's 5th season premiered on June 3, 2016 on IFC with Weird Al serving as bandleader, with the 2nd part of season 5 coming back to IFC in October 2016. Past guests include Zoe Saldana, Paul F. Tompkins, Jon Hamm, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogen, Thomas Lennon, Zach Galifianakis, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, and Michael Cera. This past year, Aukerman wrote the hilarious 67th Primetime Emmy Awards with Andy Samberg. Aukerman's production company, CBB Productions, is currently developing multiple projects for a variety of networks and NBC Universal’s Seeso has added two shows run by CBB and executive produced by Scott, including the highly-anticipated reality spoof show "Bajillion Dollar Propertie$" and "Take My Wife.” In addition, Aukerman is also the co-creator, co-producer, co-writer and a director of the Funny or Die web series "Between Two Ferns with Zach GalifIanakis. The faux talk show, has featured interviews with Brad Pitt, James Franco, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams, just to name a few. The series received worldwide attention for a recent installment featuring President Barack Obama, for which Aukerman won an Emmy and in 2015 won again for the episode featuring Brad Pitt. Aukerman began his career as a writer and performer on the Emmy nominated HBO cult classic "Mr. Show" and came full circle when he recently wrote and starred in Bob Odenkirk and David Cross' new Netflix show called “With Bob and David.” In 2010, Aukerman co-founded the Earwolf Podcast Network as an umbrella to a number of podcasts including the one he hosts, "Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast". As a writer, Aukerman worked on the DreamWorks picture "Shark Tale", which was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Animated Feature” in 2005 and  recently, Aukerman  added comic book writer to his ever-growing resume penning such comics such as "Deadpool" and "Secret Wars Journal #3" for Marvel. 

162: Lance Burton  

LANCE BURTON is widely considered by his peers to be the greatest stage magician of the past century. Born in Louisville, KY, his first break came in a debut appearance on the “Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” and through the course of Burton’s career he was invited back for a total of ten appearances while Johnny was host and another ten appearances during Jay Leno’s tenure. Additionally, Lance has racked up appearances on Letterman, Leno, The View, Ferguson, The World’s Greatest Magic, Hollywood Squares, and guest starring roles on “Knight Rider’ and “Las Vegas.” In 1996, Lance Burton’s first TV special, “Lance Burton Master Magician; The Legend Begins,” aired on NBC and was quickly followed by a series of 4 TV specials. He also hosted specials for the history channel, Discovery, Animal Planet, The Family Channel, Discovery, Animal Planet, The Family Channel, and many more. While successful on TV, Burton’s greatest accomplishments have been made in live performance, working primarily in Las Vegas, performing an astounding fifteen thousand shows in his 30-year career. His longest running show, “Lance Burton Master Magician,” opened at the brand new Monte Carlo Hotel in The Lance Burton Theater. This was the first time any entertainer in the history of Las Vegas has a theater built and named for him… and ran for 14 years. Throughout his career, Burton received numerous awards and accolades from his peers including in 1980 as the fist magician to be awarded the gold medal from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, in 1982 as the first American and youngest magician to win the Grand Prix (World Championship) from The Federation Internationale Societes Des Magiques, and The Academy of Magical Arts (Ama) has honored Lance with awards many times, including; Best Stage Magician of the year (twice). He is currently working on a number of documentary and narrative film projects and is finishing “Billy Topit Master Magician,” which will mark his debut as a film director. Recently, Lance worked on “Oz The Great and Powerful” an a magic advisor and taught magic to James France, who he now considers his number one student

161: James Dixon  

JAMES “BABYDOLL” DIXON is an American talent agent for some of the biggest household names in comedy and television today, like Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Adam Corolla, Carson Daly, and Jon Stewart just to name a few. Dixon started out at the William Morris Agency in what is known as the mail room training program, infamous within the industry, where you can find Ivy League graduates literally sorting the mail. Eventually he became a talent agent for WMA and spearheaded the agency’s comedy division from 1985-1999. In 2000, he then moved later on to being an agent for creative artists agency as well as leading the comedy arm of Michael Ovitz’ artists management group. In 2001, James developed the New York-based boutique firm, Dixon Talent Inc, which has amassed an enviable roster of clients throughout the years. After 14 years with his independent talent agency, William Morris Endeavor and IMG acquired Dixon’s firm while allowing Dixon to succeed at remaining as a separate entity altogether for his clients. At the time of the acquisition, WME- IMG Co-CEO proudly stated that, “James has built his business on two core philosophies that are intrinsic to WME: A belief in great talent and applying an entrepreneurial approach to representation.” In addition, Dixon has been involved with several successful television series such as “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “King of Queens,” “The Man Show,” “The Colbert Report,” and “The Daily Show.”

160: Howie Mandel: 3rd Anniversary Show -- Live from Montreal  

HOWIE MANDEL is an actor, producer, host, comedian, voice actor, writer, and creator. He started his career on the comedy game show "Make Me Laugh," which led to multiple talk show appearances and a role on the award winning NBC drama "St. Elsewhere." Soon after, he created the Fox Emmy-nominated animated children series "Bobby's World," voicing the role of the main character and others, as the show ran for 8 seasons. He was nominated for an Emmy and Daytime Emmy Award for NBC's "Deal or No Deal" and is the president of his own production company, Alevy Productions, where he has executive produced hit series for NBC, TBS, and Fox, including "Take it All," "Howie Do It," "Deal With It," and "Mobbed." Currently, Howie is serving as a judge for his 7th consecutive season on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

159: George Wallace  

GEORGE WALLACE is an award-winning stand-up comic and renowned Vegas headliner, having also established a successful T.V. and film career that has spanned four decades. One of his first jobs in the entertainment field was working as a writer for legendary comedian Redd Foxx and on the big screen, he made the most out of supporting roles in such films as “Things are Tough All Over,” “Punchline” (starring Tom Hanks and Sally Field), “A Rage in Harlem,” with Gregory Hines and Forest Whitaker, and the Coen Brothers film “The Ladykillers” as well as appearances on such T.V. shows as “Seinfeld” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” In 1995, he won the American Comedy Award for Best Male stand-up performer- the same year he appeared as the mayor of Gotham City in “Batman Forever.” Additionally, he was features in his own HBO “One Night Stand.” In 2004, Wallace appeared as the headlining star of his own show at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas for a 30 day run. Sin city showed its admiration by extending Wallace’s contract indefinitely and nicknaming him “The new Mr. Vegas.” Wallace was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 “Soul Train/ Centric Comedy All-Start Awards;” and won Best Stand-Up Comedian at the prestigious American Comedy Awards after four consecutive nominations. His first book, “Laff It Off!” (Chaite Press), now in its third printing, was published in 2014 and is a tome of life’s wisdom, humor, and insight from a lifetime of his observations. 

158: Jayson Dinsmore  

JAYSON DINSMORE serves as executive vice president of development for CMT, where he leads growth and programming of all original series and oversees the development teams in the network’s Los Angeles and Nashville offices. Since joining the network in February 2011, Dinsmore has redefined the brand’s creative filter, doubled the number of series in development and launched the most successful shows in the network’s history. Under his leadership, CMT saved“Nashville” and notched the network’s highest ever ratings for an original series with the scripted comedy “Still The King” (2016). In unscripted, Dinsmore launched some of the brand’s biggest hits including “Broken Skull Challenge” (2014), “Party Down South” (2014) and “I Love Kellie Pickler” (2015). Additionally, he created a critically acclaimed documentary division (“Urban Cowboy: The Rise of Fall of Gilley’s,” “Johnny Cash: American Rebel,” “The Bandit,” and “Chicken People”). Dinsmore spent over a decade at NBC Entertainment where he served in several capacities including Senior Vice President, Alternative Development, and Vice President of Alternative Programming & Development (“Deal or No Deal,” “The Sing-Off,” “Minute To Win It,” “The Restaurant” and “Three Wishes”) and was an Executive Producer on such shows as “Last Comic Standing” and “I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!”  On the specials front, Dinsmore has overseen production on the Tournament of Roses and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades, Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, and the Golden Globes.  The Hollywood Reporter named Dinsmore as “one to watch” in their 2012 “Reality TV: THR’s 50 Most Powerful List,” and in 2015 he was named to Variety’s Music City Impact Report for his influence on Nashville.

157: Garry Marshall Re-Release  

GARRY MARSHALL was a national treasure--a 50 year show business veteran who created, wrote, produced, and acted in some of the most beloved projects in history. The legendary Hollywood icon worked on a plethora of huge hit TV series, such as "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Happy Days," "The Lucy Show," "Laverne & Shirley," "Mork & Mindy," and "The Odd Couple," as well as 20 blockbuster films, including "Pretty Woman," "Beaches," "Runaway Bride," "The Princess Diaries," and "New Year's Eve." He was an extraordinary man. I will miss him dearly and so will the rest of the world.

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