Craig Shoemaker

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Craig Shoemaker
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Craig Shoemaker (2011)
Born (1958-11-15) November 15, 1958 (age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Medium Stand-up, television, film, books
Nationality American
Years active 1980–present
Genres Observational comedy
Subject(s) Impressions, everyday life, marriage, parenting
Spouse Nancy Allen (m. 1992–1993; divorced)
Carolyn Ann Clark (m. 1998–?; divorced)
Mika Shoemaker (m. 2008)
Children 4
Website www.craigshoemaker.com

Craig Shoemaker (born November 15, 1958) is an American comedian, writer, and voice actor.[1] He is best known for his baritone-voiced character, The Lovemaster, which he routinely portrays in his comedy act. In 1997 he was named Funniest Male Stand-Up Comic at the American Comedy Awards.

Life and career[edit]

Shoemaker grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Springfield Township High School.[1] He first attended Temple University, financing himself by working as a bartender and MC for comedy acts, but later transferred to California University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor of arts degree with majors in radio, television and theater.

His first acting role was a guest spot as an entertainment reporter on ABC’s Matlock. He later starred in a guest role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, portraying the ghost of a boxer. He has since been a guest on many TV series, such as Sliders, Spin City, Diagnosis Murder, Parks & Recreation, and The Bold & The Beautiful. He has also acted in several feature films, such as Scream 2, Safe House, Pleasantville and National Lampoon's Totally Baked: A Potumentary. Most recently Craig has been writing for the hit Netflix series Fuller House.

Shoemaker has also had several television stand-up specials on networks such as Comedy Central and Showtime (titled "Daditude"). His signature character from his stand-up, the lecherous, deep-voiced "Lovemaster" eventually inspired a film in 1997.

In 2003, he founded LaughterHeals.org, a nonprofit group dedicated to using laughter as a healing modality. In 2014, Shoemaker published a book, Lovemaster'd: a Digital Journey to Love and Happiness, which details a long correspondence between himself and a women known only as "Leah" about their struggles with divorce and relationships.[2]

Shoemaker currently hosts a weekly podcast & webcast, "Laugh It Off" available on his official website.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Shoemaker was married to actress Nancy Allen in the early 1990s.[4] He later married actress Carolyn Ann Clark,[5] and had two sons with her, Justin (b. 1998) and Jared (b. 2004), though they later divorced. He is currently married to Mika Shoemaker, with whom he has a son Jackson (b. 2009) and daughter Chloe (b. 2014).[2]

In 2012 he received an honorary doctorate in Humanities/Humanistic Studies from California University of Pennsylvania.[6]

Awards[edit]

Selected films[edit]

Selected television[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Shoemaker, Craig; Kushner, Sarah (illustrator); Novak, Robert; Bennett, Marc (2002). What You Have Now ... What Your Daddy Had Then. Bennett/Novak and Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0971345409
  • Shoemaker, Craig; Kushner, Sarah (illustrator) (2004). What You Have Now ... What Your Mommy Had Then. Bennett/Novak and Company, Inc. ISBN 9780971345423
  • Shoemaker, Craig (2014). Lovemaster'd: a digital journey to love and happiness. Victoria, BC: FriesenPress. ISBN 1-4602-4459-1. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lloyd, Jack (September 2, 1994). For Craig Shoemaker, Whimsy Runs In The Family. Philadelphia Inquirer
  2. ^ a b Shoemaker, Craig (2014). Lovemaster'd: a digital journey to love and happiness. Victoria, BC: FriesenPress. ISBN 1-4602-4459-1. 
  3. ^ http://www.craigshoemakershow.com/shows.html
  4. ^ Staff report (April 8, 1994). For Craig Shoemaker, comedy is good therapy. Sacramento Bee
  5. ^ Shoemaker deals big dose of 'Daditude'. San Antonio Express-News
  6. ^ Staff report (March 29, 2012). College graduation commencements announced. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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