Jim Labriola’s story is easily relatable for modern-day Americans. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Jim grew up in a household that only paid marginal homage to their ancestral religious traditions.
As a Roman Catholic, his family believed in God but rarely attended church. At the age of eight however, Jim stumbled across a Bible at a friend’s house and began to read it. He came across a passage which revealed that God is accessible to those who earnestly seek Him in prayer.
The revelation affected him deeply and impelled him to become steadfast in daily prayer, a commitment which he continues to honor. During those formative years, his faith was tangible yet lacked the substance necessary for radical, gut-level change. Without a guiding force leading him to greater truths, he remained childlike in his faith. As a young boy, Jim had a natural flair for comedy. Although many kids his age spent their time listening to music, Jim’s instinct and natural sense of humor led him to delve deeply into comedic arts. Jim spent endless hours listening to comedic routines from legends like Pat Cooper, George Carlin and his personal hero Don Rickles. Even if it meant driving an hour and a half for a five minute slot, Jim accepted all opportunities to perform.
As Jim’s gift blossomed, patrons responded and clubs took notice. His burgeoning popularity led to regular gigs in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and eventually he became a favorite in comedy clubs across the nation. In 1989, Jim opened for Tim Allen at the Governor’s Comedy Club on Long Island. This fortuitous meeting sparked a close friendship and a big boost for Jim’s career. He was given an opportunity that morphed into the recurring of donut-loving freeloader Benny Baroni on ABC’s hit show Home Improvement. Jim went on to guest star in various other network sitcoms and motion pictures including Disney’s massive hit, The Santa Clause. Like most comedians, Jim’s early routines were steeped in adult themes and vulgarity.
However, Ephesians 5:4 led him to reassess his core values and contemplate serious changes for his life. This led him to a “Heart Improvement,” which became the title of his latest CD. He eased into his newfound persona by exclusively performing clean comedy at local churches and charity events. Armed with a new fundamentally transformed purpose, Jim travels the country speaking at business meetings and motivational seminars. Despite his expanding political activism and unwavering reverence for God, one indispensable fact remains true – Jim Labriola is ridiculously funny and never passes up the opportunity to elicit laughter when two or more are gathered together.
Charles C. Johnson is an investigative journalist and author. He is a contributor to the Daily Caller. Most recently, he is author of Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America’s Most Underrated President (Encounter Books).
He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Criterion, The American Spectator, The Claremont Review of Books, City Journal, Reason.com, National Review Online, Tablet Magazine, The Weekly Standard, Powerline, and The New York Sun.
His work has been featured on Real Clear Politics, the Drudge Report, Hotair.com, The Blaze, Breitbart.com, Rush Limbaugh’s Show, and the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web. He has been on Fox News with Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, and Lou Dobbs and numerous radio programs, including Larry Elder, John Batchelor, Rusty Humphries, Dennis Prager, Larry Elder, Mark Levin, and Larry Kudlow.
To date, he is the only person to have won both the Robert F. Bartley Fellowship and the Eric Breindel Collegiate Journalism Award, which came with a $10,000 prize and an internship at the Wall Street Journal after he exposed a pro-Hezbollah, pro-Hamas professor at his alma mater. He has also won the Robert F. Novak Special Alumni Fellowship from the Phillips Foundation and the Publius Fellowship at the Claremont Institute.
Charles has worked for Alan M. Dershowitz at Harvard Law School, Seth Lipsky at the New York Sun, Carl Schramm at the Kauffman Foundation, and Charles Kesler at the Claremont Review of Books.
Wayne Dupree is a well-known social media/media personality under the moniker of “The News Ninja – Assassinating liberals lies with documented facts. He served eight years in the United States Air Force.
Wayne gained direction and focus after speaking to Andrew Breitbart in February 2012, two weeks before Breitbart’s passing. Wayne used that brief exchange to consolidate and cultivate his message and ideas to reach out and be heard, and he hasn’t stopped yet. Over the last year he has spoken at Tea Party rallies and special events, spreading his personal story of leaving the Democrat Party and learning he had been lied to for many years.
Wayne’s flagship headquarters website (WayneDupreeShow.com) has brought in over 2.2M unique views in just under two years of operations, and reached 1.1M views in December 2013 alone. Wayne’s popularity has grown through social media and his radio show – The Wayne Dupree Show – located on FTRRadio.com on Sun-Mon at 9-10pm ET. Wayne also has a successful webcast on Tues-Fri nights at 7-9pm ET.
Wayne gets his message with great results. He has built up his popularity through grassroots activism. Wayne has over 49K Twitter followers, 46K Facebook followers, his YouTube channel have been viewed over 1M times and he keeps moving along. He has been on various national radio shows such as Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Steve Malzberg and Bill Post, while also participating in TV shows via The Sean Hannity Show and Glenn Beck Show.
Donlyn is a Tea Party Express Spokesperson and Director of New Media. She is a conservative political commentator, radio host and writer. She was the Executive Editor of Damn Straight Politics and has been published by Breitbart, Washington Times Online, Right Wing News, The Shark Tank and is currently an op-ed columnist for the Daily Caller.
She is a frequently sought after guest for varied radio programs across the country and has appeared on the Glenn Beck program on The Blaze TV.
Donlyn is also a motivating political speaker reminding audiences of the importance of protecting our founding ideals and freedoms and fiercely warning of the dangers of Government dependence.