This week, Ira spoke with Emmy award-winning comedian Craig Shoemaker, headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas September 15-18. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Craig talks about his difficult childhood and how he worked on his creative self to deal with it; getting arrested at age 13; why he learned to be resilient; how he developed the Lovemaster; why young comedians call him “OG”; teaches “guided laughitation”; when the pandemic caused him to become an even funnier comedian; performing in Harrison Ford’s backyard; and why laughter is essential for society.
Craig Shoemaker has had a career in show business spanning more than three decades as a stand-up comedian, actor, author, writer and producer. He was named Funniest Male Stand-Up Comic at “The American Comedy Awards” on ABC and has garnered two Emmy Awards.
Craig is known for his engaging, relatable standup and iconic baritone-voiced character, The Lovemaster (all time Top 10 list on XM Radio as the “Most Popular”).
He has designed a coaching program where he shares the shortcuts he’s learned to get over performance anxiety. He also founded LaughterHeals.org, a nonprofit group dedicated to using laughter as a healing modality.