Gary began making people laugh in San Francisco but soon moved to LA. After a short time in LA things started happening. He was soon working at all the Southern California Improv clubs, was a regular host at the Hollywood Improv, consistently emceeing shows with some of the biggest names in comedy.
His amazing crowd skills, high energy and ability to jump-start an audience enabled Gary to transition his skills to a television warm-up comic. Anyone visiting LA and seeing a show tape in front of an audience has probably met Gary. He sets the tone before and during the show creating a fun atmosphere and making audiences enjoy their time especially when many shows can often take hours to tape.
Gary Cannon began his stand up career in San Francisco back in 1998. He quickly began working the Punchline honing his craft as one of the breakout new faces on the scene. Comedy Central took notice and Gary was one of ten comics selected to perform in their Laugh Riots competition.
In 2002 Gary packed his bags and moved to LA where he was soon working at the top clubs. Because of his high energy and ability to jump start a crowd, Gary was a regular host for some of the top shows at the Hollywood Improv. Many headliners would request Gary to open for them on the road.
Gary has entertained crowds from Los Angeles to New York and everywhere in between. Recently Gary was passed at the world famous Comedy Cellar in New York City which for a comic is a big honor.
But he is most proud of his tours for the USO and the military. Gary has performed for the troops in Kuwait, Iraq, South Korea and Okinawa to name a few.
Gary is involved in a great program called https://www.standupwithcomedy.org/ helping kids learn the art and gain confidence doing stand up comedy. After the eight week program the kids get to go on stage and do their acts in front of friends and family.
Before Gary became a comedian he spent several years working in the sales industry. Selling everything from copiers to long distance service.
Gary’s background in sales make him the perfect comic host for Corporate Events, Sales Meetings and Christmas parties. His fresh approach makes the whole corporate sales experience fun, entertaining, and memorable!
Recently Gary was hired to host a three day corporate sales gig for Colgate in Miami. Since Gary has been to many sales events he knows what it takes to make an audience upbeat and leaving them wanting more. Gary’s approach to corporate events is personability. Finding out as much about the company and it’s environment and it’s people before the event begins.
As a corporate entertainer, Gary has an outstanding ability to interact with a very wide of audiences. His comedic style combines improvisation and workplace appropriate humour, delivered with a polished and professional edge. Every corporate gig is different and tailored for each specific company. Gary spends many hours preparing to make sure each event is unique and every client satisfied.
Pre-work and research is vital to the relevance and success of his routine for every corporate event. Gary gives it his all to ensure that when you book him he is on the mark with his customized and original material, that promises to wildly entertain your group.
Welcome to the Gentlemen’s Dojo – a weekly podcast Gary does with his good buddy and fellow comic Steve Byrne. Steve and Gary met years ago when Gary was doing warm up on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and Steve was a guest doing stand up. After the show Steve said if he ever got his own show he would want Gary to do the warm up.
Fast forward years later Steve did in fact get his own show. A sitcom on TBS called Sullivan & Son which ran for three great seasons. After each season wrapped Steve and the other comics from the show would hit the road touring and promoting the show. Gary was their opening act and over the course of three summers Gary and Steve became very close friends.
Their relationship is a fun brotherly one with Gary constantly busting Steve’s balls. Relentlessly. This has translated to their successful podcast where they welcome a variety of guests from the world of comedy, sports and movies. Gary and Steve do the show weekly at the very popular All Things Comedy studio in LA but hope to start bringing it on the road and doing it live more often. Check out the DOJO on iTunes.
what people are saying about the podcast
Steve and Gary are great. This podcast cracks me up! Plus, the interviews are great, too.
What happened to Gary’s shirt? Did he have to return it to Kohls?? Why does Steve look skinny in a suit and fat and in everything else? This podcast is the best 30 minutes you’ll never get back.
Enjoying the Dojo!
Good Podcast : -) Comedian Steve Byrne (from TBS Sullivan & Son, Several 1 Hr. specials, headlining touring comedy career etc.) and fellow comedian & friend, Gary Cannon have a fun show. Listening to these guys goof on each other is hilarious and they have had good call in and in studio guests discussing interesting topics. Stand-up Comedy fans help spread the word for your favorite comedians.
Keith J. from Brooklyn NY
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Love this podcast & love Steve and Gary. The podcast always makes me laugh & smile. It’s friendly banter and fun stories. Keep up the great work. Much Love from a proud member of the Byrne & Cannon Auxiliary Librarians & PTA group