Fr 5/14: Mike Myers, Tom Dreesen on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS . More about Tom Dreesen.In September 1969, Tom Dreesen went on stage for the first time. This year he will be celebrating his 40th year in Show Business. According to Tom, “All of my dreams have come true and as the song goes, “The Best Is Yet to Come”. A consistent performer in all the main showrooms in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno and Atlantic City and for 13 Tom years toured the nation as the opening act for Frank Sinatra. When not in those venues he’s in constant demand from corporations throughout America either as a headliner or working with acts from Bon Jovi to Elton John.
Tom has made over 500 appearances on national television as a standup comedian, including 61 appearances on the Tonight Show. He’s a frequent and favorite guest of David Letterman and even hosted the show during David’s absence. He’s also hosted The Late, Late Show that follows Letterman.
He has written and performs in a one-man play called “Shining Shoes and Sinatra” a retrospective of his life that opens with him as a young boy shining shoes in a bar while Sinatra is singing on the jukebox, and ends with him many years later as a pallbearer at Frank’s funeral.
Growing up in a suburb on the South side of Chicago, Tom has never forgotten his early, less affluent days. He has come a along way from his hometown of Harvey, Illinois where as a lad he shined shoes and sold newspapers on the corner. That suburb has since honored him by naming the street after Tom.
Dreesen gives generously of his time helping struggling comics devoting a great deal of time to charities and benefits. He founded a “Day for Darlene”, to benefit Multiple Sclerosis research. The occasion is named for his late sister who was afflicted with the disease. An ex GI, Tom performs on military bases all over the world and recently performed for our troops on bases throughout Iraq. On May 15, 2005 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award for his humanitarian services to his country.
Tom Dreesen’s unique and engaging style is tailored to the specific dynamics of each audience and his sense of continuity keeps the evening flowing smoothly and always on time whether he serves as a comedian, master of ceremonies or motivational speaker.
Daily Variety wrote, “Dreesen is one of the most respected comedians of our time”.
Frank Sinatra said, “Tommy is the “Master,” Master of Ceremonies.”
Larry Wilde author of the book, The Great Comedians said “Excellent material, superb delivery, impeccable timing. Tom Dreesen is the quintessential comedian”.
Fr 5/7: Amanda Peet and Nick Griffin plus Wale on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS. Amanda Peet, Born on January 11th, 1972, Amanda Peet grew up in New York and made a decidedly unconventional debut into showbiz: At three-years-old, a thoroughly uninvited Peet jumped onto a stage during the middle of a play. Despite the auspicious beginning, Peet treated acting as more of a hobby than anything else, and only began to consider it a potential career after her drama professor at Columbia University encouraged her to audition for renowned acting teacher Uta Hagen. Peet studied with Hagen for four years, during which time she participated in the off-Broadway revival +Awake and Sing. Though she would eventually be voted one of the year’s 50 most beautiful people in a 2000 issue of People magazine — not to mention participate with the likes of Susan Sarandon, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jack Nicholson — Peet worked as a waitress during the first few years of her acting career. The sloe-eyed brunette made her onscreen debut in Craig Singer’s Animal Room (1996). That same year, she could also be seen in an episode of Law & Order, and went on to play a role in Grind (1996), a crime drama starring Billy Crudup. Before long, Peet landed a small role in the Michelle Pfeiffer-George Clooney romantic comedy One Fine Day. Since then, the actress has continued to build both her film and television credits: in 1997, she appeared in the AIDS drama Touch Me, and the following year she had sizable roles in South Boston crime drama Southie with Donnie Wahlberg and Rose McGowan, which won the American Independent award at the 1998 Seattle Film Festival. On television, she could be seen guest starring on a number of shows including Seinfeld and Ellen Foster. In 1999, she got her own television show, Jack & Jill, on the WB network. That same year, she could be seen playing Sean Patrick Flanery’s fiancée in Simply Irresistible and then acting as his bedmate in Body Shots, another in the long line of explorations into pre-millennial twentysomething dating fear. After starring in director Neil Turitz’s debut Two Ninas, Peet landed a leading role in Peter M. Cohen’s independent comedy Whipped. While the film itself performed dismally, Peet met her boyfriend, Brian Van Holt, on the set. Despite it’s independent status, Whipped was given a solid amount of mainstream marketing, and Peet was praised for a game performance in the face of an admittedly weak script. After a small role in 2000′s Isn’t She Great with Bette Midler and Nathan Lane, Peet was finally recognized by critics and audiences alike in The Whole Nine Yards. Though the film itself did not fare particularly well, Peet was praised for holding her own against Hollywood heavy-hitter Bruce Willis, which certainly didn’t hurt her when it came time to audition for Saving Silverman, which placed her opposite Jason Biggs while he was still reeling from the success of American Pie. In 2002, Peet played a considerably less vicious wife in Changing Lanes with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson, and won no small amount of praise for her performance as the heroin-addled mistress of Kieran Culkin’s godfather in Igby Goes Down. Peet would go on to star opposite film veterans Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson in Nancy Meyers’ Something’s Gotta Give, in which she stars as Nicholson’s scandalously young girlfriend, as well as James Mangold’s psychological thriller Identity with John Cusack. In 2004, Peet signed on for the sequel to The Whole Nine Yards (aptly titled The Whole Ten Yards), and acted alongside Will Ferrell, Chloë Sevigny, and Josh Brolin in the Woody Allen feature Melinda and Melinda. The next year, Peet starred alongside Ashton Kutcher in the romantic comedy A Lot Like Love, before joining the cast of the politically charged thriller Syriana. Then, in 2006, the actress accepted a recurring role on the one-hour drama Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip. The Aaron Sorkin written series received major critical acclaim but was cancelled after just one season. Undeterred, Peet next teamed up with John Cusack for the quirky, heartfelt drama Martian Child.
The other guest: Nick Griffin was born in Barnet and grew up in Halesworth in rural Suffolk, England. Initially educated at two Suffolk private schools, St Felix School (in Southwold) and Woodbridge School, Nick studied history and then law at Downing College, Cambridge and boxed while at Cambridge and was awarded a full blue for representing the University against Oxford three years running, losing the first year on points and winning in the next two with first round stoppages. Nick graduated with an honours degree in Law. Nick is married to Jackie, a specialist nurse, living in Wales. They have four children, now more or less grown up. All are bi-lingual in English and Welsh. Mr Griffin was elected to lead the BNP by a large majority vote of the membership in a secret ballot in September 1999, and re-elected with nearly 90% of the vote in 2007.