Brian Dunkleman is a comedian and host best known for hosting American Idol. Brian began doing stand-up comedy in 1992, winning the title Buffalo’s Funniest New Comedian. Since then he’s performed at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, appeared on NBC’s Late Friday, TBS’s Very Funny at the Laugh Factory, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and recently had his own stand-up comedy special air on SHOWTIME. He’s also made several guest-starring appearances on popular TV shows such as Friends, That 70s Show, NYPD Blue, Ghost Whisperer, Las Vegas, and My Name Is Earl, and most famously hosting the first season of American Idol. He has voiced characters on the animated shows Family Guy, Proud Family, and voiced the role of Sanford on the cult favorite MTV show 3 South. Brian can be heard weekly on The Dunk Tank podcast, and can be seen doing stand-up regularly in Los Angeles at the Laugh Factory and Improv, as well as comedy clubs and colleges all over the country.