Operation Punchline Live
Operation Punchline Live brought military audiences a live virtual comedy show from George Wallace, Alonzo Bodden, Tammy Pesctaelli, and Slade Ham.
About George Wallace
By the age of six, George Wallace knew he wanted to be a comedian. He always enjoyed making people laugh, but he also knew the importance of an education. He attended the University of Akron, Ohio, and upon graduating with degrees in Transportation, Marketing/Advertising, plus advanced studies in Radio and Television from Columbia School of Broadcasting. Literally, a rags‐to‐riches story, Wallace went from selling rags to VP of Advertising. Still, his dream of being a comedian had a strong hold on him. Within a week of leaving the advertising field, he began to perform stand‐up comedy and was offered a job writing for “The Redd Foxx Show.”
Wallace was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Soul Train/Centric Comedy All‐Star Awards; and won Best Stand Up Comedian at the prestigious American Comedy Awards after four consecutive nominations. As a veteran radio personality, he has also made appearances on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” and is a charter member of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.”
In 2004 Wallace appeared as the headlining star of his own show at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas for a 30-day run. Sin City showed its admiration by extending Wallace’s contract indefinitely and nicknaming him “The New Mr. Vegas.” Unlike any other comedy show in Las Vegas, Wallace gave away a number of prizes every night including CDs, DVDs, diamond necklaces, dinner at prestigious restaurants, gourmet chocolates, tropical cruises and even a new car. He celebrated his 10th Anniversary headlining at the Flamingo in March 2014, announced he was closing the show to head back out on the road. Wallace regularly performs in comedy clubs across the country and is an ambassador for the United States government, performing at military bases all over the world.
His first book, LAFF IT OFF (Chaite Press) was published in 2014. A tome of life wisdom, humor and insight from a lifetime of observation, the book is in its third printing.
Wallace’s most recognized material is his “I Be Thinkin’” lines and jokes about everything from conversational thoughts to political aspirations. Each show he engages members of the audience in comical banter. If provoked, he might even throw out a few of his signature “Yo Mama” jokes. He shows his gratitude to the audience by signing autographs and taking photos after every show.
Audience members never know what will happen at the George Wallace show. Wallace is an evolving comedian, which is why his show is different every night. He’s always thinkin’.
About Alonzo Bodden
A regular panel member on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Alonzo Bodden has been making audiences around the country laugh for more than 20 years.
In August 2019, Alonzo starred in his fourth stand‐up special, Alonzo Bodden: Heavy Lightweight, which premiered exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. In the special, he touches upon a range of topics from slavery, cell phones and the #MeToo movement, to millennials, Kanye West and Taco Bell.
Alonzo’s first big comedy break came when he was on the “New Faces of Comedy” showcase at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. However, it was as the season three winner of NBCʼs Last Comic Standing, where Alonzo was first introduced to America. Since then, he has starred in two comedy specials for Showtime: Historically Incorrectand Who’s Paying Attention. His television appearances include ABC’s Dr. Ken and Fresh Off the Boat, Dr. Phil, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and Californication.
A car and motorcycle aficionado, Alonzo hosted Speed Channel’s 101 Cars You Must Drive and America’s Worst Driver on the Travel Channel. He’s also joined Jay Leno for several off‐road trips on his CNBC series Jay Leno’s Garage. Alonzo was a field correspondent on Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson and a contributor on the Science Channel’s How to Build Everything.
Alonzo released his fifth comedy CD titled Man Overboard in 2018. He currently hosts the podcast Who’s Paying Attention? (part of All Things Comedy) where he gives his unique take on what’s going on in the world.
About Tammy Pescatelli
Arguably one of the hardest working women in comedy today, Tammy Pescatelli brings brassy sexiness with a female voice of witty sarcasm to her audiences, holding her own on the topics of sports, television, dating, and family life using tongue‐in‐cheek humor.
Tammy Pescatelli’s After School Special, her new special, was filmed in early 2018, and was a highly anticipated follow up to her award winning, one hour Netflix special, Finding the Funny.
Tammy has had recent big appearances on The View, Guy’s Grocery Games: Comics Compete and The Howard Stern Show and was chosen by Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg to be a part of their Dirty, Sexy, Funny franchise that included a hilarious all‐female slate of standup comedians on EPIX/ Hulu, a touring show and a pilot for A&E.
With a slew of other accolades under her belt – including co‐creating, executive producing, writing and starring in her own reality show, A Stand‐Up Mother, on the WeTV Network – Tammy has appeared on a number of television shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (twice), A&E's Donnie Loves Jenny (twice), Bravo’s Rocco’s Dinner Party, CBS’s The Talk, NBC’s Last Comic Standing: The Best of the Best, her own Comedy Central Presents special that won that year's Comedy Central's Standup Showdown, and many, many more.
Tammy’s career jumpstarted after appearing and making the Final 5 on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Her season played out to more than 17 million viewers, garnering her a mass of loyal new fans that found themselves alongside the others she had created by years of touring the comedy clubs. It solidified her as one of the sharpest women in the comedy world!
Pescatelli also guested a number of times on the syndicated Comics Unleashed and was chosen for their Best of the Best DVD. Internationally she also was featured on The Best of the Just for Laughs in Montreal, Quebec Canada and The World Stands Up & The Laugh Factory in Europe and Australia.
Tammy’s material is a currently a fixture on the comedy channels of Sirius XM Radio and she is a regular guest of: The Howard Stern Wrap Up Show, Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty, Sexy, Funny (where she often co‐hosts), TapOut, Opie and Anthony (Jim)and Bennington. She has made frequent appearances on the syndicated The Bob & Tom Show.
Her film credits include: Made in Brooklyn, I Am Battle Comic, Single: A Documentary Film and Everybody Wants to Be Italian. Also a regular on USO Comedy tours, Tammy is honored and humbled to have been privileged to have entertained our troops all over the world.
About Slade Ham
Hailing from Houston and averaging more than 200 shows a year, Slade has performed in fifty-four countries on six different continents over the last twenty years. Whether in Amsterdam, Toronto, or Texas, he cuts right to the heart of what makes the audience tick. A seasoned headliner across the United States, Slade closed Sirius/XM’s Best of Texas special. He is featured prominently in Jordan Brady’s I Am Battle Comic, has also been seen at Just for Laughs, was a staff writer for the African Film Critics Awards, and most recently appeared on A&E’s Flipped Off alongside Survivor’s Russel Hantz. You even saw him in ring at Wrestlemania XXV. Ok, that last part is a lie.