Craig Shoemaker

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Craig Shoemaker
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Craig Shoemaker (2011)
Born (1958-11-15) November 15, 1958 (age 56)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Medium Stand-up, television, film, books
Nationality American
Years active 1980–present
Genres Observational comedy
Subject(s) Impressions, everyday life, marriage, parenting

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 attended Temple University, majoring in radio, television and theater, but transferred to California University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor of arts degree before pursuing his career.

Award-winning actor and author

In 1986, Shoemaker won two Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for his work as a writer and actor on PRISM.[2] Shoemaker toured with musician Kenny Loggins for the full year of 1989. During that time, he developed his Lovemaster character offstage.[1] He moved to the West Coast in 1990, where he began doing stand-up comedy regularly in local clubs.[3] In 1998, Shoemaker was hired as sidekick with host Magic Johnson on The Magic Hour, but left the show because the chemistry between him and Magic was so bad he was canned during a commercial break. When the commercial was over he was nowhere to be found.[4][5] In 2001, he performed the one-man show Who's Your Daddy?, which explored his growing up without a father.[6] His 90-minute comedy special Daditude premiered on Showtime in November 2012. He had his own syndicated radio show that, after only 10 months on the air, won the prestigious Communicator Award "Crystal" prize. Two stand-up bits made it to the all-time Top 10 list on XM Radio; with his "Lovemaster" routine honored as the "Most Popular." The "Laugh it Off!" podcast is at an impressive #35 on iTunes and has soared in popularity, due to Craig's great sense of humor, depth of conversation and incredible in-studio guests. It can be seen/ heard at

Voted Elevate Film Festival's "Best Supporting Actor," Craig's film, TV and recording credits are extensive, He recurs as the head of the local Tea Party in NBC's Parks and Recreation, has a recurring role on The Bold and The Beautiful, was Neve Campbell's teacher in Scream 2, and appeared in MTV's hit show Awkward. As a voiceover artist, Craig's dead-on impression of Don Knotts and narration was featured in the film Pleasantville and has voiced many characters in numerous animated series, including all voices (and title song) for the new BBC cartoon, "Big Foot, Little Foot.”

His very first Comedy Central show was voted by viewers as one of the "Top 20″ specials of all time. His second, "Unzipped" aired to mass acclaim and the live CD was on the Billboard Top 20 for six weeks. Craig also stars in Universal's cult hit, Totally Baked, which he also wrote and produced. Currently he is producing a series of animated shorts, a documentary called Laughter Heals, and developing a web series. Craig's comedy style has earned him numerous awards, including "Best Male Standup" at the American Comedy Awards on ABC. His work as a writer, actor and producer for the regional TV network, PRISM, earned Shoemaker two NATAS Emmy awards. Rev/Doc Shoe is passionate about going beyond the comedy, officiating weddings of "HaHa-trimony," as well as assisting people in mastering love & happiness. In 2003 he founded, a nonprofit group dedicated to using laughter as a healing modality.

Craig Shoemaker performing his famous stand-up

Personal life[edit]

Craig is happily married to his wife Mika, and is father to three sons, Justin, Jared and Jackson. He also has a daughter, Chloe, born in 2014.

Shoemaker was married to actress Nancy Allen in the 1990s.[7] He later married actress Carolyn Clark.[8] In 2012 he received an honorary doctorate in Humanities/Humanistic Studies from California University of Pennsylvania.[9] He currently hosts a weekly podcast & webcast, "Laugh It Off" available on his official website.[10]


Selected films[edit]

Selected television[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


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