Claude Stuart Takes over The Grove!!!
From packing comedy venues across the globe to regular television appearances on shows like "The Tonight Show" and "Last Comic Standing", veteran comedian Claude Stuart has come a long way from his down home southern roots. By his own admission, he was "paddled on more than one occasion for being the class clown." Claude's explosive, in-your-face, rapid-fire, madman stage style is truly an exhilarating assault on the senses and has evoked comparisons to golden era physical comedians such as Steve Martin, Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. Claude's unique brand of Don Rickles-esque crowd interaction, coupled with clever and well-written jokes, makes him not only the world's first physical insult comedian…but a "comedy triple threat"!
Claude's decision to pursue a career as a comedian was not well received by his family. Born in deep south tugboat town, Greenville, Mississippi, Claude's attorney father and school teacher mother were not initially thrilled their only son chose stand-up over law school. Growing up, there was a lot of judgment. "Most kids got in trouble; I got cross examined. I would often hear, 'This is what you did wrong and here's why,'" says Claude. Instead of taking the criticism personally, he transformed the experience into the unique style his fans have come to know and love. He likens his comedy to legal arguments focused upon proving a point, which clearly comes from growing up in a family full of lawyers. Now, even his parents agree: Comedy was the right choice.
Claude's natural comedic flair was recognized early on. As a teen, he interned at a local radio station. Though he wasn't supposed to be on the air, one of the DJs thought he was funny and let him call in as celebrities and random characters. When the boss found out all these voices and jokes were coming from Claude, he offered him a job writing and co-hosting the morning radio show, which was broadcast to 35 cities nationwide. Next he won the title, "Funniest Person at SMU". After a pit stop in Houston where he developed his stand-up act, he naturally ended up in L.A. This led to an extremely successful stand-up career; as well as myriad appearances in feature films and television, including starring with Jay Leno on the wildly popular "Undercover Jay" skit segment of "The Tonight Show".
Many people recognize Claude Stuart from hilarious national commercials he did for products such as Honda, Heineken, Jeep, Grapenuts, Doritos and even Midol. He has appeared on "That 70s Show", "Scrubs", "The Late, Late Show", "Will & Grace", "Comics Unleashed", "Agent Carter", "Melissa & Joey", "Last Man Standing" with Tim Allen, "The Best Damn Sports Show, Period!", "Oblivious!", "Talk Soup", and as a regular on "The Bob and Tom Show". He has been in feature films such as Starship Troopers, Man On The Moonand Adam Carolla's Road Hard. He also created a show for The Tennis Channel that he wrote and hosted called "Game, Set & Laugh!"
Claude most recently co-created and is starring in the critically acclaimed sketch series "High Land Parking" on Amazon Prime. Claude has also been writing for the popular comedy game show "Funny You Should Ask" starring Howie Mandel, Tiffany Haddish, Louie Anderson and Jon Lovitz; and during the first season, he got 200 jokes on the air.
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Born to a white mother and a black father, Jason had to learn how to be funny or fight! Like most comedians, finding a way to be silly in class was a way to get attention from class mates and teachers! Some teachers were amused others had no sense of humor.
Every Saturday night, Jason’s Family would have a family party with chips, candy bars and watch SCTV and SNL. Watching the different characters on TV, Jason would try to imitate them, that’s when he started creating voices and doing little skits for family and friends!
Watching Eddie Murphy And Richard Pryor, Jason could recite their lines throughout the whole show. He says, “I remember watching Jim Carry on Evening At The Improv and thinking how cool he was and saying to myself how I would love to be a comedian.”
His first real taste of the stage was in high school where he was picked to host a school talent show. Jason even asked some of the teachers if he could do an impression of them on stage, they said, "No"! Having felt so comfortable up on stage he began to think, ”Maybe I could do stand-up!”
Jason’s comedy style is silly, full of different characters and unforgettable facial expressions. His strong personality and explosive energy lets audiences know right from the start that this is going to be a ride! Never using dirty language, his show is a cross between Richard Pryor, Jim Carey and his high school Gym teacher Mr. Clacus!!
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