Barry Levinson is an Academy Award®-winning director, screenwriter, and producer who was awarded the 1988 Best Director Oscar® for Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. In 1991, Levinson’s Bugsy was nominated for 10 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director. As a screenwriter, Levinson has received three Oscar® nominations for And Justice for All, Diner, and Avalon. Other iconic films include The Natural, Good Morning Vietnam, Wag the Dog, and Sleepers. In 1998 Levinson became one of Variety’s “Billion Dollar Directors.” Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Levinson returned to his home town to film the television series Homicide: Life on the Street, for which he won an Emmy® for Best Individual Director of a Drama Series. Levinson also produced the critically acclaimed HBO series Oz. His latest film, Wizard of Lies, with Robert De Niro as financial con man Bernie Madoff, premieres in May.
Frank Santopadre has written award shows (The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, The TV Land Awards), celebrity roasts (The Friars Club Roast of Jack Black, The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne) and talk shows (The View, The Joy Behar Show, The Howard Stern Show). His work has been seen on CBS, FOX and HBO and in the pages of Vanity Fair and The New York Times.
As a famed comics comic, Gottfried puts aside political correctness for his live performance and fires an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries. Gilbert has notably been a cast member of SNL, made infamous by appearances in Beverly Hills Cop II, The Cosby Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, and his turn as the wise cracking parrot Iago in the Disney classic, Aladdin. Gottfried has made memorable appearances on Comedy Central Roasts and also appeared in the hit comedy documentary The Aristocrats, with Entertainment Weekly saying that "out of the 101 comedians who appear on screen, no one is funnier - or more disgusting - than Gilbert Gottfried." In addition, Gilbert also hosts the hit podcast Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast.