NORFOLK, Neb. — Officials of the 12th Annual Great American Comedy Festival recently announced the names of headliners for the Friday Showcase and Saturday Gala at the Johnny Carson Theatre.

Dave Coulier, perhaps best known as “Joey” in the hit ABC-TV series, “Full House,” is the headliner for the Friday, June 14, Comedy Showcase. Paul Reiser, nominated for multiple awards over his 30-plus year career, will headline the Saturday, June 15, Festival Gala.  

The festival kicks off Thursday, June 13, with the traditional family Comedy Magic Show. All  shows are at 7 p.m. at the Johnny Carson Theatre except an Adults-only Late Night Show at Divots Friday at 10:30.

The 12th annual Great American Comedy Festival is presented by Nucor Steel Nebraska, Nucor Cold Finish Nebraska, Nucor Detailing Center, and Vulcraft Nebraska.

Coulier’s “Full House” aired for 192 episodes from 1987-1995. It can now be seen on “Nick at Nite.” Additionally, the show runs worldwide, syndicated in over 100 countries. Coulier followed this success by hosting his second prime-time hit series, “America’s Funniest People,” which ran on ABC for four seasons. He is also co-starring in “Fuller House,” which began on Netflix in 2016.

He has also hosted ABC’s “World’s Funniest Videos” and his own series, “Out of Control,” for Nickelodeon. Dave hosted “Animal Kidding” on the Animal Planet Network. He also appeared on VH1’s #1 rated series, “The Surreal Life,” and hosted multiple seasons of “America’s Most Talented Kids” for the i Network.

Coulier also starred in two movies, “Shredderman” for Nickelodeon and “The Family Holiday,” which aired on Lifetime, and co-starred in The Disney Channel’s highest rated movie, “The 13th Year.” He has also had great success doing voice-overs for TV, including many Saturday morning cartoon favorites and HannaBarbera’s “Scooby Doo” and Jim Henson’s “The Muppet Babies.”

He has performed his clean stand-up on “The Tonight Show,” HBO’s “Detroit Comedy Jam” and HBO’s Comic Relief at Radio City Music Hall. He continues to sell out shows at colleges, corporate events, casinos, nightclubs, and theaters. He lives in Los Angeles.

Reiser has been voted one of the Comedy Club’s Top 100 Comedians of all time.  He co-created and starred in the critically-acclaimed NBC comedy, “Mad About You,” which garnered him multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations. More recently, he earned acclaim for his supporting role in the 2015 Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-winning film, “Whiplash.”

He co-created and produced the seven-episode, “There’s … Johnny!” on Hulu. The series intertwines authentic footage from “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” with the story of a 19-year-old Andy from Nebraska who stumbles into a job at the iconic show. “Decider,” an entertainment and pop culture site about streaming entertainment, described “There’s … Johnny!” as an “antidote to 2017 cynicism.”

Reiser joined the cast of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” for the series’ second season, which was released in October, and recently renewed for a third season. In a role created with him in mind, Reiser played Dr. Owens, a high-ranking member of the Department of Energy brought to a small town to investigate supernatural situations.  

He has also collaborated on the critically-acclaimed hit Amazon series, “Red Oaks,” in which he plays Doug Getty, president of a New Jersey country club in an ‘80s-themed setting. His performance was described as “one of his absolute finest, not just of late, but of ever.” The show’s third and final season premiered in October.  

Additionally, Reiser has been cast in the Amazon mini-series, “The Romanoffs,” centered around the modern-day descendants of the mysterious Romanov dynasty.  

Reiser also co-stars in the action-comedy, “The Spy Who Dumped Me.” Other movie credits include “War on Everyone,” “The Book of Love,” “The Little Hours,” “I Do….Until I Don’t,” “Diner,” “Bye Bye Love,” “The Marrying Man,” “Aliens,” “One Night at McCool’s”, and “Beverly Hills Cops I and II.”

His book, “Couplehood,” sold over 2 million copies and reached the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list. He has also authored two other bestsellers, “Babyhood” and “Familyhood,” about his life as a father. A music graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, he co-wrote the “Mad About You” theme song, “The Final Frontier.” He also released an album of original songs with British songwriter Julia Fordham called “Unusual Suspects” in 2011.  He and his family live in Los Angeles.

“We couldn’t be happier with our headliners for the Friday and Saturday Great American Comedy Festival shows,” said Lisa Wattier, executive director.  “With their long reputations of providing good, clean entertainment, we are really excited to welcome them to the Johnny Carson stage.”

The annual festival opened in 2008 to honor the legacy of Norfolk’s favorite son, Johnny Carson, who was host of NBC’s “Late Night Show Starring Johnny Carson” for over 25 years.

The Great American Comedy Festival is also made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

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