• Craig Shoemaker

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  • ABOUT CRAIG SHOEMAKER

    "SHOEMAKER IS INSIGHTFUL AND AMUSING...WE ARE MOVED BEYOND LAUGHTER TO TEARS."
    -- THE LOS ANGELES TIMES.

    You might know Craig Shoemaker as the unmistakably engaging, iconic, baritone-voiced character, The Lovemaster. Maybe you were one of millions who saw him in his decades of successful stand up comedy. Or you may have seen one of his specials aired on Showtime, HBO, ABC, CBS, NBC and just about every other major network. Perhaps you saw him in a TV show or movie like Parks & Recreation, The Bold and The Beautiful, or in Scream 2? 

    Or maybe you just recognize his voice: Pleasantville, many characters in numerous animated series, and all the voices (and even the title song) for the BBC cartoon, Big Foot, Little Foot.

    But he's far more than just The Lovemaster...

    What you may not know (yet!) is that Craig Shoemaker is dedicated to using laughter as healing modality. Yep, the Lovemaster is a peace-loving new-age hippy dedicated to using laughter to heal the world. Who knew! With his retirement from standup comedy scheduled for the end of 2014, he's now focusing his efforts on his new organization dedicated to the cause, Laughter Heals. With a weekly showmovie and book coming soon, Craig hopes that he can bring The Laughter Movement to the mainstream.

    “Shoe,” as he's often called, began his career in his hometown of Philadelphia, where he honed his comedic skills and characters while bartending and attending Temple University (winning the “Best Comedian” award from Philly Magazine). A natural storyteller with sharp observational instincts, Craig’s performances are often based on the hilarious -- and sometimes shocking -- twists and turns of his own life.

    Craig is happily married to his wife Mika and is a father to three sons, Justin, Jared and Jackson, and brand new daughter Chloe.

    For those of you who love trivia, here's some Craig-trivia to make your day:

    CRAIG...

    • filmed his latest 90-minute standup special, "Daditude" in front of a SRO Webb Theatre audience in Anaheim, CA (which later aired prime time for three months on SHOWTIME Network)
    • recurs as the head of the local Tea Party in NBC’s Parks & Recreation
    • has a recurring role on The Bold and The Beautiful
    • was Neve Campbell’s teacher in Scream 2
    • Appeared in MTV's hit show Awkward
    • Co-hosted Magic Hour with Magic Johnson
    • has appeared in over 100 TV shows and films - IMDB
    • has written two beloved children’s books 
    • has performed for four U.S. Presidents
    • has a doctorate degree from Cal U of PA (Dr Shoe!)
    • is an ordained minister
    • is credited for co-creating On Hold Advertising
    • had his own syndicated radio show that, after only 10 months on the air, won the prestigious Communicator Award “Crystal” prize
    • has 2 stand-up bits made on the all time Top 10 list on XM Radio; with his “Lovemaster” routine honored as the "Most Popular
    • was voted by Comedy Central viewers as one of the "Top 20" specials of all time
    • aired his second special, “Unzipped," to mass acclaim, with the live CD on the Billboard Top 20 for six weeks
    • made an impressive #35 on iTunes store with his "The Craig Shoemaker Show: Laugh it Off!" vodcast / podcast with guests like Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Harrison, Adam Carolla, Tom Bergeron and Hall & Oates, REO Speedwagon, Illeana Douglas and many more
    • was voted Elevate Film Festival’s “Best Supporting Actor
    • gave his voice as a dead-on impression of Don Knotts and narration  in the film Pleasantville
    • has voiced many characters in numerous animated series, including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and all voices (and title song) for the new BBC cartoon, “Big Foot, Little Foot.”
    • appeared on Broadway
    • stars in Universal’s cult hit, Totally Baked, which he also wrote and produced
    • is currently producing a series of animated shorts, a documentary, and is developing a web series.
    • earned "Best Male Standup" at the American Comedy Awards on ABC
    • earned Shoemaker two NATAS Emmy awards for his work as a writer, actor and producer for the regional TV network, PRISM
    • is passionate (or ordained minister Rev Doc Shoe) about going beyond comedy and officiating weddings of “HaHa-trimony,” as well as assisting people in mastering love & happiness
    • founded LaughterHeals.org in 2003 to start The Laughter Movement and use laughter as a healing modality.