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
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!
"Dante is one of those comedic talents that is multifaceted , I guess
more of a triple threat, not only is his funny but he is an actor and is a
screenplay writer but that's not all you will find him directing and behind
the camera as well, he is one definite entertainer to keep an eye out for as
he expands his horizons, - Louis Velazquez , UCW Radio Show