Day: March 18, 2019

365 Comedian Portraits with Dan Dion

When I started focusing full-time on comedy, I could count the number of full-time comedy photographers on one hand. Mindy Tucker was there with me from the beginning. Seth Olenick set up interesting shots in New York City, while Robyn Von Swank did the same out in Los Angeles. The digital comedy boom has also been a boon for photographers, and you can see it in the headshots and portraits and show shots that flood our Instagram and Facebook feeds. Dan Dion is one of the OGs, if not the Oest of Gs, in the comedy photography game. The...

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Episode #251: Yakov Smirnoff

Yakov Smirnoff got his big break in America thanks to Mitzi Shore, who not only put up the Soviet immigrant in her home behind The Comedy Store in 1977 but also gave Yakov’s father a full-time job, too. Smirnoff himself became a big star during the Reagan years, starring opposite Robin Williams in Moscow on the Hudson, recurring on NBC’s hit sitcom Night Court, and getting his own Showtime special and short-lived sitcom. What a Country! He also performed several times for Ronald and Nancy Reagan, including a headlining gig at the 1988 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. In the...

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