When he was a kid growing up in Ridgecrest, CA, Dante
knew he wanted to be a comedian.. Dante is now one of
the top headlining comedians in the United States,
appearing on numerous television shows and in films, and
appearing to sold-out crowds across the country, as well
as making regular stops each year at U.S. military bases
around the world, entertaining the troops in every
branch of the Armed Forces.
He has performed for the US
troops more than any other comedian since Bob Hope. Dante has been a comedian since 1986. Most people know
him as a cast member on season 5 of NBC's Last
Comic Standing. On Last Comic Standing he received
every audience favorite award and got the first standing
ovation at the Semi-finals.
He has been honored as the recipient of several comedy
awards, including the $10,000 grand prize on America's
Funniest People on ABC;
he also still holds the record for winning the most
comedy awards ever presented to a single comedian at the BET
Comedy Awards. Dante was even the winner of Los
Angeles' "Funniest Black Comic in LA" award... we're
still not sure how he even qualified for that one!
Beginning his career in San Diego at the La Jolla Comedy
Store, Dante has since made a name for himself as one of
the few comedians working today who are able to cross
over to any crowd and still be just as funny. He is the
rare sort of performer who can perform at an urban
comedy club, do another set in front of a Latino crowd
later that evening, and then still bring down the house
at a Beverly Hills country club benefit show after that,
all in the same night... and he has!
While he travels across the country, as well as abroad,
today Dante calls Los Angeles his home, where you can
catch him regularly at The Comedy Store and the Laugh
Factory. In his comedy journey, Dante has had the honor
and pleasure of working with some of the greats in the
entertainment business, including Richard
Pryor, Robin Williams,
Milton Berle, BB
King, Santana & Macy
Grey... as well as Weird
Al Yankovich (who may or may not qualify as
one of the "greats" - but he IS a heck of a lot of fun!).
Dante can be seen in Byron Allan's ENTERTAINERS as
well as in the book I KILLED.
He co-wrote and co-produced the Schticky Commercial and the movie
The InAPPropriate Comedy for Vince Offer The Shamwow guy.
He produced the The Gay List Comedy DVD and Dante's One Man Comedy Hour.
He is a writer for E! Fashion Police.
With his sold-out club shows & recent television
appearances, as well as his almost nightly standing
ovations, Dante is one act that's hard to miss!