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Bob Zany

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Bob on "The Gong Show" In 1977, Bob Zany started his career where most performers want to end up --on national television. At the tender age of fifteen, the native Southern Californian appeared on the infamous Gong Show. Halfway through his stand-up routine, which he read from a piece of paper, he was pulled off the stage by a man dressed like a nun wielding a net. Welcome to Show Biz, Bay-bee! Eleven years later, Zany made a triumphant return to The Gong Show, this time as a celebrity judge. Though the initial experience was painful, it marked the first of over 100 appearances on national television.

In 1981, while attending Mt. San Antonio College, he applied for a job as a newcaster at the campus radio station but was turned down. Later that year, he auditioned for the owner of The Ice House in Pasadena. The audition took place in the middle of the afternoon in a club that seats 300. From the only occupied chair came the voice of the owner, "You're not ready." Zany looked around the empty showroom and said "Neither is your club!" Undaunted, he talked the owner into letting him produce his own show so he could have the stage time, and for the owner, an audience. The result was The Bob Zany Show. The shows sold out consistently-- with everyone Zany knew from his hometown, West Covina, and then some--in attendance. The shows featured such newcomers as Garry Shandling, Yakov Smirnoff, Robert Wulh, Kevin Nealon, and Nia Peeples. After one show, Zany was approached by Frazier Smith, the host of a top-rated radio show on KLOS/LA. After a short time doing guest spots on Frazier's show, Zany was hired by KLOS as a personality with his own show on Saturday mornings.

His other accomplishments include the creation of Bob Zany's Comedy Outlets, with over 50 locations throughout California and Nevada; a comedy album "Hi Home, I'm Honey", on Laff Records; a soon-to-be published diet scrapbook, "Laugh at Fat, Bay-bee!", which chronicles his 175-lb weight loss (an accomplishment in itself!); numerous roles in feature films, including a starring role opposite Linda Blair in Up Your Alley; and the highlight of his career to date, being hired by his idol, Steve Martin, to appear on George Burns' Comedy Week.

Zany's stage persona has evolved over the years, but the dramatic weight loss in 1991 caused the need for a major overhaul...along with the 175-lbs, he lost 30 minutes of his act! He spent the following year doing late night spots at Hollywood clubs, trying to "reinvent" himself. The result is the cigar-smoking, audience-interactive crowd favorite Bob Zany we know and love today. The transition also led to appearances on Rodney Dangerfield's HBO Special, and as a semi-finalist on Star Search.

Zany continues to work in television and film, including recent guest-starring roles on Roseanne and The Drew Carey Show, and headlines at comedy clubs wordwide, with recent tours in England and Denmark. He is married to comedienne/actress Erin O'Connor, and they live in Los Angeles with their three dogs and three cats.

Bob and "The Nun"
It's just business, Bay-Bee!


Joe Dirt Cameo Columbia Pictures
Up Your Alley Lead IVE Entertainment
Repossessed Cameo Carolco
The Adventures of Babyman Co-star Jendyl Productions
I Crave Rock-n-Roll Cameo Carmen Santa Maria


Over 100 national appearances including:

The Tonight Show Featured NBC
The American Comedy Awards Featured/Nominee ABC
The Drew Carey Show Co-star ABC
Roseanne Guest Star ABC
George Burns' Comedy Week Guest Star CBS
Life in the Fat Lane Featured NBC
Rodney Dangerfield's Really Big Show Featured HBO
Full Frontal Comedy Featured Showtime
Half-Hour Comedy Hour Featured MTV
Evening at the Improv (7 appearances) Featured A&E
Caroline's Comedy Hour Featured A&E
Stand-Up Spotlight (Best of Show) Featured VH-1
Star Search Semi-Finalist Syndicated
The Jerry Lewis Telethon (3 appearances) Featured Syndicated


Over 300 live appearances including:

The Bob & Tom Show Regular Call-In Guest (Current) WFBQ-FM, 94.7
Indianapolis, IN
(27 Station Affiliates)
The Bob Zany Show Host 2 years KLOS/LA
Bob Zany's Comedy Report Host 2 years KMDY/LA
Saturday Night Fraze Recurring KLSX/LA
Danny Bonaduce Show (Chicago) Recurring WLUP
John DeBella Show (Philadelphia) Recurring WYSP
Stevens & Pruet (Houston) Recurring KLOL


Kenny Loggins' Christmas Special Writer, Executive Producer
Travel Shoppin' (Pilot) Writer, Segment Producer
David Spade's Hollywood Minute(Saturday Night Live) Contributing Writer
New Times Contributing Columnist
Smoke Magazine Guest Columnist
Laugh Factory Magazine Associate Editor


Selection from more than 500 comedy clubs worldwide

The Improv Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas
The Ice House Pasadena
The Laugh Factory Los Angeles, Chicago, Memphis
Caroline's New York
The Comedy Stop Las Vegas, Atlantic City
The Riviera Las Vegas
The Maxim Las Vegas
Bally's Las Vegas
The Aladdin Las Vegas
The Laff Stop Houston, Austin, TX
The Comedy Gallery Minneapolis
The Comedy Zoo Copenhagen, Denmark
London Jam London, England


Carlsberg Brewing Company, Denmark Los Angeles Police Department
Oil Can Harry's, Pacific Northwest Mervyn's Department Stores
California Democratic Party Convention Water Buffalo Club
Make A Wish Foundation Senator Bill Lockyear
Sony Friar's Club
Disney Wizard Magazine



Jay Leno UCLA
Rodney Dangerfield UCLA
Garry Shandling Loyola Marymount
The Oakridge Boys University of Hawaii
Leon Russell University of Michigan


Bob Fisher The Ice House
Budd Friedman The Improv
Jamie Masada The Laugh Factory, LA
Mark Babbitt The Laff Stop
Bob Kephart The Comedy Stop

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