Born and raised in Southern California, Gary began his leap into comedy while studying Engineering at Cal State Long Beach. After receiving two degrees in aerospace engineering and working full time during the day as an engineer at McDonnell Douglas and working at night as an emcee at a comedy club in Hermosa Beach, CA, he decided to quit the steady income of the engineering job and go into stand-up comedy full time (of course his parents were pleased that his college education was being used to its fullest). If asked why one would forego engineering for stand-up comedy, Gary's answer is usually," I was tired of getting up early, and golf tee times are much easier to get during the weekdays".
Since his decision Gary and his observational humor has been featured on many comedy shows including NBC's "Friday Night", A&E's "Comedy on the Road", "An Evening at the Improv", and a PBS comedy special entitled "Can We Be Serious". In addition he has opened for the likes of Garry Shandling, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Paul Reiser, Harry Anderson, and many others. He also has travelled extensively all over the world for the USO and Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) entertaining our currently deployed troops.
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