Fr 5/14: Donald Trump, the Jonas Brothers on theTHE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. One of the most popular teenaged groups of the 2000s, the Jonas Brothers crafted hook-filled power pop anthems in the vein of McFly, Hanson, and the Modern Lovers. The young New Jersey natives (while readying their 2006 debut, brothers Joseph, Kevin, and Nicholas Jonas topped out at 16, 17, and 13, respectively) were reared in the city of Wyckoff under the tutelage of musical parents. Nicholas showed a particular flair for singing; by the age of six, he’d already begun a modest career as a Broadway performer. The young vocalist also took an interest in songwriting, even co-writing a Christmas tune in 2002 alongside his father. Several years later, his soulful voice had wowed enough executives at Daylight/Columbia Records to warrant a solo album, and Nicholas began writing original material with help from his two brothers. The siblings’ songs impressed the president of Columbia, who ultimately signed the trio in 2005. The Jonas Brothers’ full-length debut, It’s About Time, was released in August 2006. Featuring the songwriting talents of Desmond Child and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, the album peaked at number 91 on the Billboard charts and earned the siblings a modest audience, particularly among fans of Radio Disney. Nevertheless, the Jonas Brothers were dropped from Columbia’s roster in early 2007. They bounced back by signing with Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned label that helped the group exponentially expand its fan base. An eponymous sophomore album, Jonas Brothers, arrived in August 2007, supported by a number of Jonas Brothers appearances on the Disney Channel’s various programs. The band also toured in support of the record, selling out shows coast to coast — including a stop at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, which was the fastest sold-out show in the venue’s history. The reality television show Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream documented the band’s life on the road, and the band’s TV presence was furthered along by Camp Rock, a 2008 Disney Channel television movie that featured the brothers and up-and-coming star Demi Lovato. The movie was watched by nearly nine million viewers and launched the Jonas Brothers’ next single, “Burnin’ Up,” which helped whet demand for the release of A Little Bit Longer later that year. In 2009, the trio released Music from the 3D Concert Experience, along with a live concert film of the same name. Later that year, they released their fourth studio album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times
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”.
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