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Jamie Masada

FOUNDER AND CEO, LAUGH FACTORY, INC.

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For Jamie Masada and comedy, it was love at first sight. Jamie’s passion for comedy started from age 6 when his father a cantor/accordion player rewarded him for being good by taking him to see his first moving picture in Iran. The two stood outside the window of a local TV repair shop mesmerized as they watched the Three Stooges. Although the TV wasn’t getting the best reception and the two couldn’t hear the movie through the glass, Jamie’s father invented his own clever story to the delight of his young son. Jamie stood with wide-eyed amusement transfixed to the screen and laughed until he cried.

In addition to his wisdom and insight, Masada also inherited his father’s comedic chops. At a wedding, almost a decade later in Israel, a Hollywood producer spotted Jamie doing The Stooges imitation and encouraged his father to send the young talent to America. Confident in his son’s abilities, Masada’s father pawned his beloved accordion to help raise the funds necessary to send his son to The United States.

Just 14 years old, Masada arrived in America with little more than the shirt on his back and his sense of humor as he slept in a garage and struggled through countless jobs to make money to send back to his family. However, none of these obstacles deterred him from his passion for comedy. He always recalled something his father told him, “making people laugh is the greatest Mitzvah of all.”

Though barely able to speak English, he mixed it with Hebrew and Farsi, and soon was working with professional comedians on the stage. Comedic geniuses, Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Redd Foxx, took Masada under their wings.

A dispute over comedy club owners in Los Angeles refusing to pay comedians drove Masada to create the Laugh Factory in Groucho Marx’s old building at the age of 16. With help from writer Neal Israel, he was able to turn his dream into reality, while simultaneously helping comedians. Recognizing Jamie’s passion, Richard Pryor was the first comedian to serenade the Laugh Factory stage in 1979. Masada offered to pay Richard, instead Pryor handed him a hundred dollar bill and wrote on it, “You need this for your rent, boy.”

A stroke of marketing genius brought the Laugh Factory national exposure on CNN. Masada organized a march down Pennsylvania Ave in Washington D.C. asking the President to send a comedian into space. Joined by Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Redd Foxx among many others he drew so much attention that President Reagan asked Hope to arrange a meeting with him. Masada’s marketing savvy has always merged good causes with national publicity. As the country was gripped with the fear of the AIDS epidemic, the Laugh Factory was the first business in America to provide condoms to its customers. His innovations when inaugurating a Latino Night, Asian Night, and Women Night have brought extensive national media coverage.

In 1983 he launched Laugh Factory Magazine. After two years of self-publishing, Warner Publishing began distributing the magazine nationally. He continued an association with Warner Brothers encouraging them to create a successful comedy channel and comedy awards show.

Recognizing the branding opportunities that radio and television offered, Masada launched Laugh Factory Joke of the Day in 1987. Syndicated on Premiere Radio stations, it reached over 29 million listeners a day during an 18 year run. Masada brought live comedy to network television with Comic Strip Live. Airing from 1989-1994 Comic Strip Live became the building block for the fledgling Fox Television Network. Masada has created and produced Laugh Factory… Very Funny for TBS, produced Full Frontal Comedy for Showtime, the late-night show Vibe with Quincy Jones and is currently the creator and producer of Supreme Court of Comedy for DirecTV.

FOX’s In Living Color, was immeasurably enriched by Masada’s perseverance. His championing of Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx to be part of the cast had a huge impact on the show’s success. He remains a huge mentor to countless superstars and industry professionals.

Masada produced the hit Disney film, Rocket Man, and the forthcoming film, Behind the Smile at The Laugh Factory with Damon Wayans. He is currently producing the feature film, Born Again with Paul Rodriguez. His knowledge and expertise has made him the leading authority on all things comedy and his advice is very highly regarded amongst the entertainment industry’s top power brokers.

Jamie Masada’s passion for comedy is closely matched by his charitable contributions. He opens his club every Christmas and Thanksgiving, dishing out free dinners to the homeless and struggling artists and offers free services during the High Holidays. In 1985 he created The Laugh Factory Comedy Camp for Underprivileged Kids and was awarded the NAACP Freedom Award. For his humanitarian efforts he was given The Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the ACLU Freedom of Speech Award, for his support of the first amendment, among many other prestigious honors.

Jamie Masada’s vision to spread laughter throughout the world will continue in 2008 with the opening of the Laugh Factory in several other locations.

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    Booking fees for Jamie Masada, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jamie Masada, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Jamie Masada?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jamie Masada for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jamie Masada for your next private or corporate function.
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FOUNDER AND CEO, LAUGH FACTORY, INC.

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Jamie Masada Biography

For Jamie Masada and comedy, it was love at first sight. Jamie’s passion for comedy started from age 6 when his father a cantor/accordion player rewarded him for being good by taking him to see his first moving picture in Iran. The two stood outside the window of a local TV repair shop mesmerized as they watched the Three Stooges. Although the TV wasn’t getting the best reception and the two couldn’t hear the movie through the glass, Jamie’s father invented his own clever story to the delight of his young son. Jamie stood with wide-eyed amusement transfixed to the screen and laughed until he cried.

In addition to his wisdom and insight, Masada also inherited his father’s comedic chops. At a wedding, almost a decade later in Israel, a Hollywood producer spotted Jamie doing The Stooges imitation and encouraged his father to send the young talent to America. Confident in his son’s abilities, Masada’s father pawned his beloved accordion to help raise the funds necessary to send his son to The United States.

Just 14 years old, Masada arrived in America with little more than the shirt on his back and his sense of humor as he slept in a garage and struggled through countless jobs to make money to send back to his family. However, none of these obstacles deterred him from his passion for comedy. He always recalled something his father told him, “making people laugh is the greatest Mitzvah of all.”

Though barely able to speak English, he mixed it with Hebrew and Farsi, and soon was working with professional comedians on the stage. Comedic geniuses, Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Redd Foxx, took Masada under their wings.

A dispute over comedy club owners in Los Angeles refusing to pay comedians drove Masada to create the Laugh Factory in Groucho Marx’s old building at the age of 16. With help from writer Neal Israel, he was able to turn his dream into reality, while simultaneously helping comedians. Recognizing Jamie’s passion, Richard Pryor was the first comedian to serenade the Laugh Factory stage in 1979. Masada offered to pay Richard, instead Pryor handed him a hundred dollar bill and wrote on it, “You need this for your rent, boy.”

A stroke of marketing genius brought the Laugh Factory national exposure on CNN. Masada organized a march down Pennsylvania Ave in Washington D.C. asking the President to send a comedian into space. Joined by Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Redd Foxx among many others he drew so much attention that President Reagan asked Hope to arrange a meeting with him. Masada’s marketing savvy has always merged good causes with national publicity. As the country was gripped with the fear of the AIDS epidemic, the Laugh Factory was the first business in America to provide condoms to its customers. His innovations when inaugurating a Latino Night, Asian Night, and Women Night have brought extensive national media coverage.

In 1983 he launched Laugh Factory Magazine. After two years of self-publishing, Warner Publishing began distributing the magazine nationally. He continued an association with Warner Brothers encouraging them to create a successful comedy channel and comedy awards show.

Recognizing the branding opportunities that radio and television offered, Masada launched Laugh Factory Joke of the Day in 1987. Syndicated on Premiere Radio stations, it reached over 29 million listeners a day during an 18 year run. Masada brought live comedy to network television with Comic Strip Live. Airing from 1989-1994 Comic Strip Live became the building block for the fledgling Fox Television Network. Masada has created and produced Laugh Factory… Very Funny for TBS, produced Full Frontal Comedy for Showtime, the late-night show Vibe with Quincy Jones and is currently the creator and producer of Supreme Court of Comedy for DirecTV.

FOX’s In Living Color, was immeasurably enriched by Masada’s perseverance. His championing of Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx to be part of the cast had a huge impact on the show’s success. He remains a huge mentor to countless superstars and industry professionals.

Masada produced the hit Disney film, Rocket Man, and the forthcoming film, Behind the Smile at The Laugh Factory with Damon Wayans. He is currently producing the feature film, Born Again with Paul Rodriguez. His knowledge and expertise has made him the leading authority on all things comedy and his advice is very highly regarded amongst the entertainment industry’s top power brokers.

Jamie Masada’s passion for comedy is closely matched by his charitable contributions. He opens his club every Christmas and Thanksgiving, dishing out free dinners to the homeless and struggling artists and offers free services during the High Holidays. In 1985 he created The Laugh Factory Comedy Camp for Underprivileged Kids and was awarded the NAACP Freedom Award. For his humanitarian efforts he was given The Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the ACLU Freedom of Speech Award, for his support of the first amendment, among many other prestigious honors.

Jamie Masada’s vision to spread laughter throughout the world will continue in 2008 with the opening of the Laugh Factory in several other locations.

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  • How to book Jamie Masada?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jamie Masada for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Jamie Masada, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jamie Masada or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jamie Masada?

    Booking fees for Jamie Masada, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jamie Masada, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jamie Masada?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jamie Masada for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jamie Masada for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jamie Masada or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jamie Masada or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jamie Masada is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jamie Masada for your event is available upon request. Jamie Masada generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Michael McDonald / actor, Dan Harmon, R "Ray" Wang, Adam Carolla and Hypnotist The Incredible BORIS. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jamie Masada for an upcoming event.

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