Entertainment, Pop Culture and Trend Expert Brian Balthazar is a writer, tv commentator, host and comic in New York City, not to mention editor of POP GOES THE WEEK. He’s developed several television shows for cable, and launched the fourth hour of the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. (He now frequently appears as a guest.) He began his TV career behind the scenes as a producer, then a comic, then a reporter, then an audience warmup comic, now he does all of those things at the same time. You may also have seen his name on the credits of the popular HGTV show ‘House Hunters,’ and ‘House Hunters International.’ two series’ under his leadership as a Programming Director. He also has supervised the direction, development and production of dozens of additional shows on cable.
Brian’s perspective on style and fashion in popular culture is featured in a series of short documentaries for Biography, and he is an expert on the Royal Family for A&E.
He has also been an emcee for many notable events and sponsors, including work as a brand ambassador for Bombay Company, judge for the Miss Teen Georgia USA pageant, and a red carpet host at the Daytime Emmy Awards. Brian also appeared in an A&E Biography about Jim Carrey. He also provided play by play of some of film’s greatest car chases for a documentary about, well, car chases. (Ask his family and they will tell you: NO one would have expected to see him in a show about cars. We’ll leave it at that.)
Brian also contributed to NBC’s New York NonStop, where his commentary about the SkyMall catalog got the attention of the SkyMall people. They’re not mad. (In fact, they have a pretty good sense of humor about themselves…anyone that sells statues of Sasquatch pretty much needs to have a sense of humor.)
Pat-Benatar-SplashBalthazar also spent years in new york as a standup comic, and has performed at all the iconic NYC comedy landmarks, such as Comix, Carolines, Gotham Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory and more. He’s also appeared as the studio host and warmup comic for several cable shows, such as “Fashionably Late with Stacy London” on TLC, “Man and Wife with Fatman Scoop” on MTV, and “Comedy Central Presents Russell Brand” on, well, Comedy Central.
Before ‘finding himself’ professionally, Brian was a singer on a ship, a publicist for a trance medium, an insurance customer service rep, waiter, bartender, activities director, substitute teacher, website programmer, pianist at a camp for spoiled children, and college mascot. None of them worked out. Let’s hope this does
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