Speakers' Gallery: Comic Relief

Michael Loftus
Previously a writer on the hit ABC show The George Lopez Show, and currently a writer/producer on FX’s Anger Management and a regular on TruTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents…, Michael Loftus is an energetic comedian with a winning brand of off-the-cuff comedy. Known for being easy to work with, Loftus can speak on a wide variety of topics for corporate audiences, and has been described as “incredible” and “amazing” by previous clients. BigSpeak, (805) 965-01400, bigspeak.com

Amy Sedaris
Amy Sedaris is a household name. The actress, comedienne, and best-selling author of such books as I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, has made a name for herself as “America’s most delightfully unconventional hostess.” She played Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central TV series Strangers With Candy, and has appeared in numorous other TV shows and films, including Sex and the City, Elf, and Bewitched. Sedaris is a regular collaborator with her older brother — comic author David Sedaris — and is a frequent guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. In fact, Letterman once said of Sedaris: “What you have to understand about this lovely woman is, in addition to being a fine actress and a wonderful comedienne, she’s peculiar. That’s what makes her special. That’s why we embrace her. But, you know. She’s not hooked up right.” The colorful, eccentric Sedaris is most recently the author of Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People. Hachette Speakers Bureau, (866) 376-6591, www.hachettespeakers-bureau.com

Susie Essman
Known for her role as Susie Greene on all eight seasons of the critically acclaimed HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, Susie Essman is a stand-up comedian, actress, writer, and producer. On the HBO show she’s known for her “withering sarcasm,” “inhibited insults,” and “streetwise vernacular” (according to her bio), but in real life Essman can speak movingly of her tough road to comedy stardom — both as a woman in a male-dominated industry and as a struggling, depressed person who found success and healing through comedy. Her quick wit and sharp tongue will have audiences doubled over with laughter while her subject matter connects with them in ways they might not expect. Greater Talent Network, (212) 645-4200, www.greatertalent.com

Peter Sagal
Perhaps best known to public-radio audiences for his work as host of the hit weekly news quiz Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! on NPR, Peter Sagal is an adept and hilarious emcee. His quick wit allows him to make colorful commentary and deliver quick jokes and uproarious one-liners while keeping the conversation flowing. Sagal is also an author, his first book being The Book of Vice (Naughty Things and How to Do Them), and this spring became the host of the new PBS series Constitution USA with Peter Sagal. 
Greater Talent Network, (212) 645-4200, www.greatertalent.com

Jeff Civillico
A consummate entertainer, Jeff Civillico is a Las Vegas-based juggler and comedian with boundless energy. He has his own dinner show at Caesars Palace and serves as membership chair for the National Speakers Association of Las Vegas. Civillico recently helped found the nonprofit Win-Win Entertainment, which pairs performers willing to volunteer their time and laughs with nonprofit organizations looking for entertainment. A zany entertainer who’s inspirational and fun, Civillico holds a world record for bungee jumping on his unicycle off a cliff in New Zealand. SpeakInc, (858) 228-3771, www.speakinc.com

Greg Hahn
Greg Hahn is a favorite guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, CBS, ABC, FOX, MTV and CMT. Known for his slapstick humor, one-liners, and energetic style, not to mention his tendency to dream big — his propensity for shooting half-court shots as a college basketball player got him benched — Hahn is self-deprecating and hilarious. He is also highly motivated and disciplined, having served as a captain in the Marines Corps. SpeakInc, (858) 228-3771, www.speakinc.com