Orientation

Jen Kramer

Bio: 

Jen Kramer is magic. She turns the impossible into the impossible-to-ignore – and always does it with a smile.

She enamoured PENN and TELLER on TV's "FOOL US" as she will your audiences.

Magic legend David Blaine called Jen “hugely gifted” and described her as “one of the most talented and most promising young magicians anywhere.”

One of America’s most celebrated young magicians, Jen has been wowing audiences around the globe for over a decade with her contagious smile and world-class sleight-of-hand. A recipient of the prestigious Merlin Award, Jen was named 2016 Female Magician of the Year by the International Magicians Society. She currently headlines her regular show at Wyndham’s Grand Desert Resort and Marriott’s Grand Chateau in Las Vegas. Jen graduated with honors in Theater from Yale University, where she served as Founder and President of the Yale Magic Society. Her performances are full of comedy, audience participation, and jaw-dropping fun.  As a fun fact, in addition to English, Jen speaks French, Spanish and Swahili and has performed magic in all of these languages.

Avi Liberman

Bio: 

Avi Liberman's quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. Born in Israel, raised in Texas, having gone to college in New York, and now living in Los Angeles, his style is a winning combination of life experiences and topical issues told through a varied blend of characters and voices with worldwide expertise.  He is CLEAN, SMART, and naturally funny.

Avi has performed stand-up comedy on CBS's "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and "Make Me Laugh" as well as NBC's "Friday Night!" His acting credits include "Dave's World" CBS, "Boston Common" NBC and "Andytown U.S.A." Comedy Central.  Avi can be seen regularly on E! as one of their frequent guests on their very popular countdown series. He has also guest starred on "Movies At Our House," as well as having shot a pilot titled "Through the Keyhole" both on AMC. He has also been heard on radio stations across the country.

A successful commercial actor, Avi has appeared in spots for "Mercedes," "L.A. Cellular," "Miller Lite" and most recently "Starbucks" and "Net Zero." He has appeared at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.Since 2001, Avi has successfully arranged widely acclaimed stand-up comedy tours in Israel to help boost morale while donating all of the proceeds to a charity. The successful "Comedy For Koby" tour is now a bi-annual event, benefitting the Koby Mandell Foundation.

Credits: 

The Late Late Show, NBC, CBS, E! Network, Premium Blend, Comedy Central, Andytown U.S.A., Boston Common, Dave's World

Caryl Stern LaRosa

Bio: 

Caryl M. Stern, a longtime child advocate and civil rights activist, was named the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in May 2007. Preceding this, she served as Chief Operating Officer and then Acting President for a short time. She is responsible for providing leadership to all aspects of the day-to-day work of the organization in the National Office as well as the five Chapter Offices. Prior to this, Ms. Stern served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

A leader in anti-bias education, training and outreach, as well as providing a voice on behalf of the rights of children, she served as the ADL’s Director of Education and founding Director of its award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute. She is the co-author of Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987). A frequent contributor to magazines and journals, she regularly appears on national news programs and is quoted by the media.

Caryl has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and in Israel, where she has conferred with leaders in civil rights, government and education. She has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice in crafting national education policy, and has participated in several White House education and anti-bias initiatives. Caryl is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at over 300 conferences, conventions, meetings, and classrooms in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the former Soviet Union.

Earlier in her career, Caryl spent a decade in higher education administration and teaching. Serving on the faculty of Manhattanville College’s Graduate School of Professional Studies, Stern also served as the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University (New York) and National Chairperson of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), an organization representing over 1,000 colleges and universities. She was a recipient of the Founder’s Award, the NACA’s highest professional honor, and the New York City Harmony Award. She is a former chairperson of the Borough of Brooklyn's Unity Task Force. Currently, Stern serves on the Boards of the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation and the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation.

In addition to her professional experience, Caryl is married with three sons (Brian, Lee and James) and one granddaughter, Annabelle. She was named as one of “25 Moms We Love” by Working Mother Magazine and honored as a Women of Empowerment by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs

Playfair

Bio: 

Over 400 shows every year!!!

PLAYFAIR, winner of the NACA Novelty Entertainer Of The Year Award is the #1 freshman orientation program on college campuses today. PLAYFAIR reaches out to audiences, celebrating the diversity of each and everyone of us in an atmosphere of non-competitive play allowing new students to meet one another in a very positive and supportive environment. It has been proven that laughter and play help the body stay healthy. Playfair has taken their college show and brought it into corporate America. Playfair has been featured in People magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and featured on a PBS special. PLAYFAIR is a great program to have outside, it works equally as well in a large indoor space. Give your incoming freshman class a gift they will always remember.

PLAYFAIR is the most popular campus attraction in history for New Student Orientation Programs.

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The BLACKPACK All Laughs Matter

Bio: 

ALL LAUGHS MATTER- SOLD OUT Diana Wortham Theater- ASHEVILLE NC!  In addition a full room for pre show workshop on race and daily life

Comedy, Audience Participation, Issues that face all of us in a comedy setting.   Theaters, Colleges, Clubs.

"It's a year later and the students are still talking about The BLACKPACK's comedy tour.  On our predominately white campus this show brought in a mixed crowd and sent a positive message about diversity. Not only was it entertaining, the show had a big learning aspect to it. Conversations were started that normally never happen and those dialogues are still continuing." The Universtiy of Georgia

The Blackpack presents “#All Laughs Matter”

Vince Morris, BT, Billy D. Washington, Three headliners. One stage.

Celebrating our differences one joke at a time.

At some point in our career…each of us has been accused of not being true to our heritage…our culture…and our profession. Too Black for one venue. Not Black enough for another.

But, funny is funny. Right?

We are here to celebrate our individualism.Our motto: Be Yourself. Because Everybody Else Is Already Taken.

Join us as we chip at the walls of racial and social stereotypes.

Credits: 

Comedians have been featured on: HBO, Comedy Central, CBS, NBC, A&E, Showtime, UPN, MTV, ESPN, VH1, FOX & B.E.T.

The audience was VERY responsive and VERY impressed with what these guys did. It was a mixed audience, more white than black by a long shot, which surprised me a bit.

These guys are as nice and congenial, as flexible and cooperative as anyone ever. A presenter couldn't ask for a more pleasant "work day." Their material is SO spot-on, just to the perfect "edge" in every way - with never going over or too far. They're very, very smart in reading their audience. They know where they can take them, they know where they can create a crack in prejudices or stereotypes, and they do so with a humor and warmth that just brings everyone closer and closer - not only to them but to each other. In that way, their work is truly "medicinal," in the best sense of the word.
Thalian Hall- Wilmington NC

 "This was by far, one of our best shows! We will definitely be spreading the word that SELLOUT is a must see".   CAB Program Advisor Univ. of West Florida. Yes we had an amazing turnout, the guys were great, the students loved them and so did I! I really enjoyed them!

Residence Life Coordinator

University of Indianapolis

"Funny, current, and real. SELLOUT brings to the stage all that and more. The Black man's perspective with a twist."
Director, Performing Arts Center

Earlham College

Tom DeLuca

Bio: 

Voted Entertainer of the Year for 4 years by colleges across the country, Tom DeLuca opens the windows to the imagination by combining the power of suggestion with his volunteers' innate creativity. Tom was also voted Performing Artist of the Year.  From small private colleges where 100's attend to large university where more than 7000 fans flock to see him on a regular basis at the University of Virginia, Tom DeLuca is the biggest draw on college campuses.

The Tom DeLuca  Show is often imitated but never replicated- all hypnosis shows are not the same. 

Tom is Original, SAFE, Educated(masters in psychology) and always innovative.

National media agree that DeLuca presents hypnosis like no one else in the world!  He is the only college performer to be featured on NBC's "Dateline" as well as the front page of The Wall Street Journal. His appearance on daytime talk shows; Maury Povich, CNN, MTV, Showbiz Today, ABC News, PBS's Charlie Rose Show; and feature articles in Rolling Stone and People magazines.  DeLuca is the only hypnosis show that is popular and appropriate for both college campuses and the general public.

What sets Tom's show apart from others is that it gives the audience insight into common traits that we all share. "His approach is to forgo the gimmickry in order to reveal the fun and wonder hidden in the attics of his volunteer's minds. There are moments of joy and happiness on stage" (Rolling Stone Magazine). With Tom's show, hypnosis truly goes beyond entertainment--to reveal how powerful people's imaginations can be.

"The results of Tom's show are fascinating, hilarious, at times even poignant. Don't miss him" (The New York Post).

ANT

Bio: 

See ANT on CBS's The Doctors where he asks for help with weight and discloses his history of addicitions.  Spin off show to follow!

"We had ANT on campus for his comedy show one night followed by his Bullied, Bashed, and Not Broken lecture the next day. It was an amazing experience to see the effects of both shows on our students and how he tied everything together in the end about loving oneself. If you want a show (or two) that will truly make a difference at your campus, ANT is the perfect choice!" - RHPB and The University of Akron!

Hyper, irreverent, and just downright fabulous, ANT (spelled in caps) has steadily climbed the comedy hill to become one of the most successful comedians of our time. A regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tyra Banks show, ANT is the only comedian to appear on all five seasons of NBC's hit series Last Comic Standing. He is recognized as the host VH1's  Celebrity Fit Club and in the LOGO series, "U.S. of ANT."  ANT ventured out of his comfort zone, appearing in  "Celebri-Cadabra." a competition show featuring magic and celebrities. His hit stand-up DVD, "ANT: America's Ready" and comedy CD "Follow my ass!" have sold tens of thousands of copies and are available in stores nationwide and online at every CD/DVD retailer including amazon.com.  ANT's daily video blog, "The ANT Colony," has taken the web by storm. Consistently rated as one of the top 10 celebrity blogs on MySpace and at mirror site www.nbc.com/ant, www.nbc.com/ant. The ANT Colony garners over a million visitors per month. www.antcomic.com/blog

The lecture- BULLIED BASHED BUT NOT BROKEN

Floundering in life for years, ANT moved to Los Angeles seeing fame and fortune.  He began to run with a fast, party crowd and soon his world started unraveling.  BULLIED at school for being different- gay, of immigrant parents, having funny lunches (everyone can fill in their own blanks) and peer pressure highlighting the need to fit in lead him into a dark dance with the devil.  Years of alcohol, Meth.,and Heroin abuse brings him to the brink of  insanity.  Almost homeless, desperate for a way out, he chooses suicide.  But life had another plan.

ANT's amazing journey will take you through - self-doubt, internalized homophobia, depression  and chemical dependency.  And when he hits rock bottom...The light – inside all of us - began  to shine.

What follows next is an unforgettable journey from hell to happiness.  A visitor from above or the most vivid dream he's ever had, lead him to the path of recovery. His is a story of hope and redemption.   He'll reveal how each of us has an infinite power and infinite potential within us. 

The ability to command into existence anything we desire. Tears, Laughter and Triumph.  Your change starts now.   

Currently ANT lives in Los Angeles and has been  clean and sober for nearly 6 years.

And most powerfully of all, they hear Ant tell the story of his longtime relationship with his partner, and of the mix of funny and sad moments that seasoned his last year, before dying of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

“I’m sharing the pain of my true experiences with you not only to honor him, but also to show that I’m willing to put it all up on the stage, just like I’m asking you to,” says Ant. “If you bring real truth to the stage about who you are, it will be unique and funny and heartfelt and memorable.”

Credits: 

I have never dealt with a nicer celebrity than Ant. He was so humble and grounded which made my job much easier. He barely requested anything and he was more than happy to meet people and sign autographs. He asked as many people as he could to go out to dinner with us after the show. At dinner he was just as funny as he was in his show and he gave us students genuine advice. He bought everyone at dinner drinks and he was even respectful at 5 am when I took him back to the airport. I would love to have him back anytime. I wanted to send him a thank you note. Can you send me his address so I can send him the thank you note, or can you send me your address so you can send him the thank you note? I greatly appreciate your sincerity and professionalism on Ant.

Comedy Coordinator
Western Michigan University

I wanted to let you know that ANT was a hit here at the UCCS campus! I have heard nothing but good things from students you attended the show. ANT is an awesome guy and too much fun to hang out with. He is nothing but generous and sweet. Thank you for all you did to help us have ANT perform on our campus. Have a great weekend!

Council Co-President
Office of Campus Activities
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN with ANT
We had a great event in Chicago this past weekend. Thank you for all your help, and please extend a big thank you to ANT on behalf of everyone here at HRC.We had over 800 event attendees.

ANT was the best. Not only was his comic set stellar, but everyone (from staff to volunteers) loved working with him. He put on a truly great show… What a pro. We look forward to his taking part in future HRC
events.

Deputy Director for Membership Outreach
Human Rights Campaign

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