Stand-Up Comedian, Actor and Television Host
Louie Anderson is one of the most entertaining corporate comedians of his day. Louie Anderson’s career began as a dare. One evening Louie Anderson and a group of friends visited a comedy club in his native Minneapolis where Anderson declared he thought he was as funny as any of the comics they were watching. The…
Louie Anderson is one of the most entertaining corporate comedians of his day. Louie Anderson’s career began as a dare. One evening Louie Anderson and a group of friends visited a comedy club in his native Minneapolis where Anderson declared he thought he was as funny as any of the comics they were watching. The group dared him to go up onstage and prove it. Surprisingly enough, he did and he has been proving it over and over again ever since.
Within six months of his first performance, the urge to write and perform comedy became so strong that Anderson gave up his career counseling emotionally disturbed children to pursue comedy professionally. He worked local Minnesota clubs without pay just to get the exposure and, when his unique sense of humor caught on, he started performing professionally on the Minnesota college circuit. From there, Anderson branched out into clubs in Chicago and Kansas City.
By 1981, Anderson was a winner in the first annual Midwest Comedy Competition, hosted by Henny Youngman. From this meeting, Youngman and Louie Anderson became good friends and Youngman hired him as his personal writer. He also encouraged better-known clubs to hire Louie as a performer. Youngman’s enthusiastic endorsement literally “lit the fuse” on Louie’s career, making him one of the most sought-after new comics of that time.
By 1982 Louie Anderson made the decision to go West and seek his fortune in California. After his first audition at Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip Comedy Store, Louie was asked to be a featured regular there. Anderson’s career continued to rise in 1984 with appearances in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and major clubs around the country.
On November 20, 1984 Louie Anderson made his national television debut on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, who showed his enthusiastic response by calling Louie out for a second bow — a compliment rarely known to Tonight Show guests. This one appearance changed Louie’s career. Since then he has appeared on every major national television talk show, had parts in such feature films as Coming To America, Quicksilver and Ratboy, and has hosted his own comedy specials on the HBO and Showtime networks. At present, Louie is at work on a new 1-hour special for Showtime which he’ll be taping later this year.
A creative artist in many areas, Louie Anderson turned author in 1989 and penned his first book, Dear Dad. a collection of hilarious, poignant, and frequently angry letters written by Louie Anderson to his late alcoholic father. Published in hardcover by Viking and paperback by Penguin, Dear Dad became a national best-seller and an inspiration to the millions of adult children of alcoholics.
The laughs ring true with Louie Anderson because his comedy is based on genuine experience…and the world can always use a little more levity,. “Louie-style”.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
An Evening With Louie Anderson
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