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Craig Gass (born February 15, 1970 in Mount Vernon, NY) is an American stand-up comedian known for his impressions of celebrities.

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Biography

Craig Gass has been performing stand-up comedy since 1993 when he decided to get revenge on a group of comedians who had ridiculed him for attempting to perform at an open mic." [1]

He acquired his peculiar talent of impersonation, as he has noted in countless interviews, by learning to speak as a child from watching television. Both his parents and sister are completely deaf. With his family unable to serve as a model for how to speak, Gass grew up imitating the voices he was exposed to on television as a child..

Career

Radio work

Craig Gass has made many appearances on different radio stations imatating celebrities. He has been heard on several radio programs like The Howard Stern Show, "The Dan Lebatard Show,The Kidd Chris Show (Philadelphia), The Steve Dahl Show (Chicago), KRQQ, The Frank Show, The Mikey Show (San Diego), The Marconi Show (Portland), 92 KQRS Morning Show (Minneapolis/Saint Paul), The BJ Shea Morning Experience (Seattle), Bob Rivers Twisted Radio (Seattle), The Johnny Dare Morning Show (Kansas City), The Pugs and Kelly Show (Dallas), Bobby Bones Show (Austin), Drake and Zeke in the Morning (Memphis), Toucher and Rich (Boston), Roger and JP (Long Island NY) and The Chunga Show (Salt Lake City). On Friday, November 20, 2009, Craig was live on AM1130 KFAN Sports Talk Radio station in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He performed Tom Arnold, Christopher Walkin, Tracy Morgan and more on The Power Trip Morning Show with Mike Morris, Cory Cove and producer Chris Hawkey.

Familiar characters Gass performs include:

A Howard Stern fan favorite is Gass's impersonation of Gary Dell'Abate, also known as Baba Booey

Television work

In 2002, Gass found work on HBO's Sex and the City. He claims to have put on over 30 pounds for his role as Tom "Big Boned" in the episode "Cover Girl". On the Howard Stern Show in December of 2007, Gass told of some intimate details about the time he spent with Cynthia Nixon, with whom he had to perform a sex act for 19 hours his first day on the set of the show.

He co-starred with Alec Baldwin on NBC's Las Vegas in early 2005 where he played a comedian, "Richie Phillips," who would begin his act by stirring people's drinks with his penis. Gass has related stories about his time on the set telling jokes to Baldwin, James Caan and Josh Duhamel. On "Las Vegas", Gass and Baldwin conspire to rob the casino, only to get caught by James Caan.

In 2004, Gass was hired by Kevin James to play the new driver in the episode "Entertainment Weakly" on King of Queens. On the show Gass was the new beloved employee at the shipping company, doing impressions for all the fellow employees in the break room. Kevin James' character became very jealous because he wanted to be the "funny guy" at work. In the end, Kevin james sent Gass' character out on a fake delivery route which got Gass into a bad neighborhood where he got beat up and put in a hospital.

In 2007, Gass competed on the television show The Next Best Thing, performing as an Al Pacino impersonator. While Gass was chosen as a semi-finalist, he was eliminated in the first semi-final round. More recently, Gass roasted Gene Simmons on A&E Network.

Gass has recently been hired (as of December 2008) by the animated Fox shows "Family Guy" for his impersonations during dream sequences and other things on the show. In the summer of 2009, his voices started being added to storylines on FOX shows "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show".

Other television highlights include a guest spot on Law & Order as "Mark Grandy," and some commercial work for AT&T and Smirnoff.

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