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Biographies on Famous Comedians: Past and Present

By Thomas J. Strang

Published by Thomas J. Strang at Smashwords

Copyright 2014 Thomas J. Strang

Smashword Edition, License Notes

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Good quotes are often powerful words of wisdom that inspire, educate and even motivate a person to take action. They usually share common themes such as: positive thinking leads to positive outcomes; failure is a stepping stone to success; help yourself by helping others. Determination, initiative and persistence are the foundation of success.


I thought it would be appropriate to include a biography. I have always loved quotations and have tried to live by them. This, of course, includes The Holy Bible as well. We live in a world where so many bad things happen, I would prefer to uplift people rather than tear them down Anyway, I am a veteran of the accounting and computer professions. My father told me to enter it many years ago and you will never be out of work. He was right! He also said, The U.S. economy is rapidly becoming a service economy where products will be made somewhere else. This was a man with a 6th grade education who worked for United States Steel Corporation for 42 years. He was an auto mechanic, plumber and carpenter. He could handle just about anything mechanical. Well, after 30 years in the professions I decided to open my own practice. Sounds easy! Just remember, you have to be willing to work 80 hours a week for yourself so you won’t have to work 40 hours a week for someone else. I have been married for 15 years to Jennifer. We have 2 children, Michael and Gracie. Michael is a computer technician and Gracie is a dental assistant. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to help the poor. This will help people get back on their feet again. More to follow.

About this Ebook:

The following quotations have been collected over a period of many years.

The Ebook consists of the following authors (18): Amy Schumer, Andrew Dice Clay/Confucius/Dana Carvey, Don Rickles/Eddie Murphy/George Burns,

George Carlin/Joan Rivers, Judy Tenuta/Paula Poundstone/Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Rodney Dangerfield, Roseanne Barr/Tina Fey/W. C. Fields and Woody Allen.

About the Authors:

This ebook consists of a list of comedic quotations from some of the classics. Short biographies are included to enchance the experience. My favorite, no doubt, is Don Rickles, since his act is quite different than the others. He uses insults to make you laugh. At 86, he is still with us. I would love to be insulted by him. I sure miss George Carlin (although some say he was too dirty), Rodney Dangerfield, George Burns, Richard Pryor and Robin Williams.

Amy Schumer:

Amy Beth Schumer (born June 1, 1981) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. She placed fourth on the fifth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and she placed second on Comedy Central's Reality Bites Back. In 2012, she held a recurring role on the Adult Swim series Delocated. She is the star of the comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, which premiered on Comedy Central on April 30, 2013.

Early life:

Amy Beth Schumer was born on June 1, 1981 in Manhattan, the daughter of Sandra (née Jones) and Gordon Schumer. She has a younger sister, Kimberly. Her father is Jewish and her mother is from a Protestant background. Schumer was raised Jewish. She grew up on Long Island, New York. Her family went bankrupt when she was nine, and her parents divorced a few years later. She attended South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York and was voted both Class Clown and Teacher's Worst Nightmare upon graduation in 1999. Schumer graduated from Towson University in 2003 with a degree in theater. She moved to New York City after college, where she studied at the William Esper Studio for two years and worked as a bartender and a waitress.


Schumer portrayed a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer in the off-Broadway black comedy Keeping Abreast. She started doing stand-up comedy on June 1, 2004, when she first performed at Gotham Comedy Club. She recorded a Live at Gotham episode for Comedy Central before appearing on Last Comic Standing; she said in August 2012 that she thought of the episode as her big break.

After not passing an audition for an earlier season, she advanced to the finals of the fifth season of the NBC reality television talent show Last Comic Standing and placed fourth. Schumer said in April 2011, Last Comic was totally fun. I had a great time because there was no pressure on me; I had been doing stand-up around two years. I wasn't supposed to do well. So every time I advanced it was a happy surprise. I kept it honest on the show and it served me well.

She co-starred in the Comedy Central reality show Reality Bites Back in 2008. In 2009, she appeared in an advertising campaign for Butterfinger.

Schumer is a recurring guest on Fox News late-night program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Her first Comedy Central Presents special aired on April 2, 2010. She served as a co-host of A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus (later titled Hoppus on Music) in 2011. She has also written for Cosmopolitan.

Schumer did an episode (#154) of WTF with Marc Maron podcast on March 3, 2011, in which she discusses her early life in more detail.

She has appeared in roles on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock, the Adult Swim mockumentary series Delocated, and the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm and Girls. She acted in three films in 2012: the independent comedy Price Check, the comedy-drama seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and the independent comedy Sleepwalk with Me.

Schumer also appeared on The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen in September 2011, and The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr in August 2012.

Her debut standup comedy album Cutting was released on April 25, 2011. Her standup comedy special Mostly Sex Stuff premiered on Comedy Central on August 18, 2012 to positive reviews.

Schumer said in February 2012, I don't like the observational stuff. I like tackling the stuff nobody else talks about, like the darkest, most serious thing about yourself. I talk about life and sex and personal stories and stuff everybody can relate to, and some can't.

In June 2012, Schumer began work on a sketch comedy series for Comedy Central. The show features single-camera vignettes of Schumer playing heightened versions of herself. The vignettes are linked together with footage of Schumer's stand-up. The show, titled Inside Amy Schumer, premiered on Comedy Central on April 30, 2013. Inside Amy Schumer was picked up for a second season that began in 2014. A behind-the-scenes miniseries titled Behind Amy Schumer premiered in 2012.

In 2014 Amy embarked on her Back Door Tour to promote the second season of her show. The show featured closing act Bridget Everett who Amy cites as her favorite live performer.

Personal life:

Schumer has dated professional wrestler