DF Sweedler is a skilled comedian and teacher of comedy. He has taught classes all over N Y and currently teaches a weekly class at the Comic Strip.
He has appeared on The Today Show, Comedy Central, The Comic Strip, Stand Up NY, The Comedy Store in LA, and the Improv in LA. He was a contributing writer for the Late Show with David Letterman and has been written up in the “New York Times:” DF continues to write for theater and television as well as making personal appearances.
Tommy Gallagher won the welterweight division in New York City’s prestigious Golden Gloves tournament in 1959. He joined the army and won the Seventh Army and V Corp welterweight championship. He was a member of the All-Army Europe boxing team in 1960 and 1961.
His career as one of the leading trainers in boxing began in 1967. Over the years Tommy has trained many world champions and leading contenders including, Doug DeWitt, Michael Dokes, Donny Lalonde,Vito Antuofermo, Mark Breland, Mike McCallum, Junior Jones, Lou Savarese, Michael Grant and Eddie Mustafa. He has also trained seven Golden Glove champions.
In 1988, Tommy was instrumental in putting together and orchestrating the format for the Donny Lalonde – Sugar Ray Leonard fight at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The 21 million dollar revenue from that fight makes it one of the most successful self-promoted events to date.
Tommy has received a number of Trainer-of-the-Year awards, as well as the coveted Rocky Marciano award from the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing.
He has appeared on Comedy Central, Court TV, and NY1, and choreographed fight scenes for the HBO series, “OZ”. He was a regular on the NBC series, The Contender.
He is a member of Ring8, the Veteran Boxers association of New York.
David Bianchini, born in Gloucester, Mass spent most of his high school years being chased by truant officers and girls. In college he excelled in English lit but was drafted and served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam as a (LRRP) Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol exhibiting an unusual aptitude for managing danger and for leadership. He was awarded 14 medals (including 3 Purple Hearts, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry). After Vietnam he married singer, composer Laura Nyro and became her manager. That marriage ended in divorce. He returned to Gloucester, became an adept stone sculptor (winning a Massachusetts Arts Grant) and also began dealing in marijuana in large amounts. He was arrested in 1990 and sentenced to 21 years in prison. His sentence was reduced to 10 years once the marijuana statute was changed.
In prison he once again was a leader and mentor. He honed his craft at art, painted the walls of the prison and taught portrait painting. After he was released, he began a construction company in Gloucester, where once again he excelled, hiring ex-cons and people who play golf almost as well as he does.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is a storyteller, poet, university lecturer, scholar, essayist, cultural interpreter, and a peace and human rights activist from the Lakota Nation. Tiokasin has been described as “a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator.”He spoke, as a teenager, at the United Nations Conference on Human Rights International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.” He is a maker of flute and drums as well as a master musician and has performed at Lincoln Center, the United Nations and Madison Square Garden. Tiokasin is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio.
Christopher Borg is an actor, director, writer and stand-up comic living in Manhattan and a member of the renowned New York New-Futurists as well as NY companies EAT and TOSOS. Originally trained at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC and the University of Utah but with a background in Improv, his indie theatre work has won him a 2009 New York Innovative Theatre Award, 2 OOBR Awards, and a nomination for a GLAAD Media Award. He originated principal roles in the Off-Broadway hits “Penny Penniworth” and “The Play about the Naked Guy.”
Emanuel Solomon is a banker, management consultant and amateur musician. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in international relations and economics, Emanuel moved to New York where he has enjoyed a long Wall Street career working in corporate lending, credit analysis, financial product marketing, eCommerce and as a project manager for firms including Citibank, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Bankers Trust/Deutschebank and most recently the New York offices of the French Investment Bank Calyon. He is single and is currently an independent management consultant living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In his spare time, he enjoys playing piano and guitar, reading and travelling.
Artie Sainsbury is a former NYPD Lieutenant who retired after 26 years of service and lives in Commack, New York with his wife Eileen and their two younger children. He has in recent years been working for Beau Dietl Associates as primarily an Armed Bodyguard/Security for Executives/Celebrity clients.