Edwards has since earned a reputation as a headlining favorite at comedy clubs and colleges across the country. An international sensation, Dean has attended Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival twice and was chosen to perform at the Jozi, Cape Town and Durban Comedy Festival’s in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban South Africa, as well as Saudi Arabia in late, 2009. More recently, Dean completed a
tour of the Middle East, performing in front of more than 10,000 comedy fans: beginning in Cairo, Egypt and ending in Kuwait.
What are the chances? The odds certainly were against us but out of thousands of young women, two humble girls from a family of nine children were chosen to be featured singers and dancers on The Dean Martin Comedy Hour. Now, here we are walking the Red Carpet at the 2009 Grammy Awards ceremony with Dean Martin’s family.
They admit that their parents weren’t crazy about their proposed career path. Dean comes from a family of builders while Jack’s mum owns a cleaning business and his dad works in transport.
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts began in the 1973-74 season of The Dean Martin Comedy Hour as a way to revive the show as the ratings were flagging. At first the roasts took up half of the show; by ’74 they were the show, as NBC decided to continue with roast specials instead of the Comedy Hour (which had begun in 1965).