Barnhart laughing it up with Gino Michellini and Brad Garrett










Award-winning comedian Don Barnhart is one of the top comedians working today.  You may not know Barnhart by name but you’ll recognize his face as you’ve seen him on TV and film as well as headlining the top comedy clubs in Las Vegas for years.  He is also a favorite at the top comedy clubs across the country and cruise ships around the world.


Barnart won the grand prize in the Levity, Talenthouse and Improv Comedy Club's search for the next great comedian and stars in the new film, Finding The Funny featuring Brad Garrett, Louie Anderson and Marty Allen.

In 2010, Don Barnhart received the International Performing Artist’s “Bob Hope Award” for his continued service performing and producing comedy shows for the troops stationed overseas.  Barnhart has been performing and producing comedy shows for the troops around the world since his first USO tour back in 1992.    He’s been everywhere from Bosnia to Afghanistan.


In a recent interview Don stated,  “I’m blessed to be able to make a living doing what I love and I consider both an honor and a privilege to entertain our men and women serving in the military.  I’m kinda like the water boy on the Super Bowl team”.


Don got his start in comedy as house emcee, manager and talent coordinator at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA.  It was during the comedy boom of the 80’s that Barnhart opened for, learned from, worked with and forged friendships with today’s comedy legends:  Seinfeld, Leno, Jim Carey, Louis Black, Drew Carey, George Wallace, Louie Anderson, David Spade, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and more.


Leno’s advice to Barnhart, “You wanna be great?  Go on the road”.  And Don did.  He left the security and lucrative job to pursue comedy full time and since 1987, Don averages 250 days year on the road.  Barnhart’s comedy career really gained national attention in 2007 when he won the American Idol Underground’s Best Comedian Award and was named their, “Artist to watch” and Entertainment Business Journal named him one of the, “Top 100 comedians to see” three years in a row. 


Audiences say, “Barnhart has the wit and insight of George Carlin with the energy, delivery and characters of Robin Williams”.  The NY Times wrote, “Hilarious”.  The LA Times called Don, “One of the best” and Howard Stern said, “That guy is funny”.


Don just shot his new comedy special, “I’m Not Just Eye Candy” now available on DVD and he’s been seen, heard and featured on numerous TV, Radio and Film projects:  ABC, CBS, MTV, FOX, NBC, ABC Morning Show, Good Day Sacramento, Good Morning Northwest, Star Search, Evening At The Improv, Comedy Central, Ocean’s 13, Lunar Madness, In The Army Now, Apollo 13, The Ice House 50th Anniversary DVD, The Bob & Tom Show, XM/Sirius Satellite Radio and


As if this were not enough to keep Barnhart busy, Don is also an accomplished filmmaker, television producer, published author and director.  The Freedom of Speech Comedy Series, which Don produced, hosted and directed aired on cable and is now available on Amazon along with his 2 CD’s and comedy DVDS.  Don’s company also produced the Ice House Comedy Club’s 50 Anniversary DVD.


Don was selected to showcase and present his show at The Montreal Comedy Festival in 2008 and that same year Don released China Dolls, his first feature film that he wrote, directed and starred in.  The indie action thriller helped Barnhart to increase his ever growing fan base and the film got great audience reviews.  Don used the power of social networking and huge web presence on Facebook and Twitter to self-distribute the project and to build its core audience.


Barnhart just completed writing the new comedy film, Freeloader.  “It’s the story of a returning Vet who ends up homeless in Las Vegas and uses comedy to find his way back.  I always try to use comedy as a way to shine light on current social issues and this is a sort of a modern day Robin Hood Story”, added Don.  The film is already in pre-production and will begin filming later this year with Barnhart directing and starring in the comedy.


Don is also a published author as well as a contributing writer on the book: I Killed:  True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comedians.  Barnhart is a Second City Conservatory Graduate as well as Certified Hypnotist who in his free time does a separate Improv as well as Comedy Hypnosis Show.  Don and his producing partner and wife Linda Vu continue to produce comedy shows for the troops around the world and their company, Don Barnhart Entertainment is the number one consultant and independent producer for comedy clubs as well as comedy concerts around the globe.


When Don does get spare time, he teaches comedy and improv from his home studio in Las Vegas sharing his vast knowledge of the comedy business helping craft the next generation of young comedians.


For more information or to set up interviews:  Please contact Don Barnhart Entertainment at 702-449-1763 or


Freeloader Guy Don Barnhart Entertainment
Finding The Funny Himself Don Barnhart Entertainment
China Dolls Lead Don Barnhart Entertainment
Ocean's 13 PR Guy Steve Soderberg
Lunar Madness Brock Albery Pyun
Apollo 13 Ground Control Imagine Entertainment
Dead Air Cop Fred Walton (II)
Sorority House Masacre Student Carol Frank
Full list available on request...    
Good Morning Sacramento Guest Sacramento, CA
Good Morning Northwest Guest Tri-Cities, WA
Good Day Honolulu Guest Honolulu, HI
The Bob & Tom Show Guest Syndicated Worldwide
Ice House 50th Anniversary Special Stand Up IBN Entertainment
Freedom of Speech Show  Comedy Series Host Don Barnhart Entertainment
American Idol Underground Comedy Contest Grand Prize Winner Internet
Genisis Wars  (pilot) Capt. Zigaroff Deadfish Productions
Five O'Clock Funnies All Star Show Stand Up Don Barnhart Entertainment
MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour Stand Up MTV Films
Evening At The Improv Stand Up A&E
Comic Slams (pilot) Comedian Levity Entertainment
Star Search - Finalist Stand Up CBS
Friday Night Stand Up NBC
Unsolved Mysteries Sleazy Guy/Dead Guy A&E
American Bandstand Dancer Dick Clark Productions
Full list available on request...    

Nominated 2011, 2010 & 2009 "Best Comedian" & "Best Comedy Hypnosis Show"

Las Vegas - LV Review

Winner Interrnational Performing Artists 2010 "Bob Hope Comedy Award"    
2008 Montreal Comedy Festival    
Featured Comedian MySpace 2008    
American Idol Underground Comedy Contest 2007 Grand Prize Winner  
Second City Conservatory Program Graduate  
Certified Hypnotist Hypnosis Motivation Institute  
Full list available on request...    
Marine Corps League Scholarship Fund Honolulu, HI  
USO - Celebrity Entertainment World Tours Isreal, Japan, Korea, Spain, Bosnia, Egypt,  Jordan, Turkey, France, England, Germany, Greenland, Finland, Iceland...

“You are now the new "A" team for the Comedy tours! You are the best!!!!!” - Betty Naylor USO Comedy Break Tour Producer


Comics On Duty - World Tours Afghanistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Panama, UAE, Qatar, Djibouti, Persian/Arabian Gulf, Carrier Tours and domstic tours... "One of our top performers" - Rich Davis
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Worldwide

“Absolutely fantastic!” Mark – Cruise Director, "Amazing” – Paul - Cruise Director, “Outstanding”  Kieron - Cruise Director, “Great job! Gio - Cruise Director

Princess Cruise Lines Worldwide  
Holland American Cruise Lines Worldwide  
NCL Cruise Lines Worldwide  
DARE Corporate Stand Up Show  
Iowa Concrete Paving Association Corporate Stand Up Show  

Texas Motor Transportation Association

Corporate Stand Up Show "Don did a great job. His interaction with the crowd was perfect. We had numerous folks come up afterwards talking about how much they enjoyed the show." Lance Shillingburg
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Corporate Stand Up Show

"Thank you so much. I cannot count how many times people have told me how much they laughed! By the way the owner of the course-and lots of other things has asked me for your contact info, he would like to book you for a couple things he has coming that is awesome!  - Montisa Phelan Lopez - Executive Director, Foundation & Public Affairs

Blease Financial Group Corporate Hypnosis Show  
Armed Forces Entertainment Stand Up Comedy Show

"The accolades we continue to receive from the installations you visited are testimony to your commitment and dedication to ensure our troops' morale remain high by providing quality entertainment to our uniformed service members overseas. Without a doubt, your performance has made a lasting impression on the troops and installation." - Edward F. Shock, Col, USAF Chief, Armed Forces Entertainment

Battery Alliance Corporate Stand Up Show

 "Thanks Don. Great Show!"

 Sam Fox - VP Battery Alliance, Inc

Prudential Corporate Speaker  
PartyPoker.Com Corporate Speaker  
ALANON Corporate Speaker  
Recovery Shows:  NA/AA Corporate Speaker  
South Bay Crisis Center Corporate Speaker  
Brea Rotary Club Corporate Speaker  
Orange County Fire Dept. Corporate Speaker  
Colleges-NACA Full list avail  
Full list available on request...    


The Improv Comedy Clubs All Franchises "Don's been a great asset to our franchise and he's funny"  Budd Friedman
Comedy & Magic Club Hermosa Beach, CA "Don is pure funny.  He doesn't need any gimmicks" - Mike Lacey
The Ice House Pasadena, CA "Great job" - Bob Fisher
Harvey's Portland, OR  
The Punchline Atlanta, GA  

Full list avail on request.

China Dolls Feature Film  
Freeloader Feature Film  
The DeEvolution of Man Show One Man Show  
What Are The Odds? Short Film  

I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comedians

Contributing Author  
The Simpsons Spec Script  
Seinfeld Spec Script  
Sleepytown Origianl Sitcom  
Moving In Original Sitcom  
The South Bay Boys Sketch Show  
Confidential Joke Writer/Punch Up Several Top Comedians Punch Up Writer  
The Monkey Trials Punch Up Writer  
Numerous Published Articles    
Full list available on request...    
The DeEvolution of Man Show Coming Soon  
The South Bay Boys  - TV Show Syndicated Cable  
The South Bay Boys - Stage Show The Improv Clubs  
Beware of Big Whitey Second City/The Improv  
Red Monday Second City/The Improv  
The Mulit-Vitamins The Improv  
The Three Headed Comedian The Improv With Doug Benson and Jim Hope
Tag Team Comedy Show The Improv With Doug Benson and Jim Hope
Full list available on request...    
Bob & Tom Show Regular Guest Syndicated Worldwide
XM Regular Guest Syndicated Worldwide
Sirius Regular Guest Syndicated Worldwide
The Perry & Price Show Regular Guest Honolulu, HI
KLOS Regular Guest Los Angeles, CA
Full list available on request.    
Hypnosis Motivation Institute Certified Hypnotherapist Los Angeles, CA
Second City Conservatory Graduate Second City Training Center Los Angeles, CA
Improv/Sketch Writing Second City Training Center Los Angeles, CA
Film Acting Mark Lonow Los Angeles, CA
Commercial, Theatre and Film Acting Vince Chase Los Angeles, CA
Full list available on request...    

Certified Hypnotist, Improv, Hosting, Emcee, Joke Writing, Surfing, Volleyball, Rollerblading, Golf, Fitness Training,

Ice Hockey, Jet Ski, Snow Ski, Water Ski,

Characters, Voices, Dialects...