Today we’d like to introduce you to Dante Rusciolelli.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Dante. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born on a navy base named China Lake in the Mojave desert in California, to parents who loved the entertainment industry.
By the time I was seven years old, I started doing stand-up comedy at my school with my friend Jarred. At 14, my parents had moved me to San Diego and I began my career as a standup comic at the comedy store in La Jolla.
During that time I also attended University at USIU also in San Diego.
In 1991, I finally turned 21 and decided to move to Los Angeles and start working at the comedy store on sunset as a doorman and Comedian. I have been lucky enough to open for Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Milton Berle and more.
In 1992, I appeared on a TV show on BET called comic view. From there, they asked me to appear about 20 more times, gave me a sitcom and I won a ton of BET awards. Throughout the 90s I was probably the most famous white comedian on BET. That year I also won the grand prize on ABC’s AMERICAS. FUNNIEST PEOPLE.
In 2003, my ex-wife and I had my daughter Willow! The light of my life. So that I could stay in Los Angeles more instead of performing on the road as much, I decided to start a comedy night at a bowling alley near my home. It was called Canoga Park bowl, now the Winnetka Bowl. The shows were inside the bar every Sunday, Monday Tuesday and Wednesday. Some of the biggest names and Comedy got their start in that room. We also started the US comedy competition that year. This year we are in our 16th year and we are one of the largest Comedy competitions in the entire world. The shows we’re inside the bar every Sunday Monday Tuesday and Wednesday. Some of the biggest names in comedy got their start in that room. We also started the US comedy competition that year. This year we are in our 16th year and we are one of the largest comedy competitions in the entire world.
In 2006, I became a cast member on NBC‘s last comic standing. I got the first standing ovation at the semi finals ever. Within that year, I met my current wife, comedian and actress Rebekah Kochan.
Rebekah Kochan is my rock.
Over the past ten years, she and I have traveled the whole world together performing. It’s the happiest I have ever been. Over that period of time, I also directed and wrote many commercials and Films.
About ten years ago, I lost my brother to a heart attack, and then I lost my sister to cancer a couple of years later. And then in 2015, I lost both of my parents back to back. I was broken and devastated. In some ways, I still am.
Also in 2015, Rebekah and I started Golden Artists Entertainment. We were about to produce and direct a film called Unfallen starring myself, Michael Madsen and James Hong. We needed to form a company and as Rebekah was going through the forms she realizes that our company could also be a management company. Many celebrities had asked me to manage them I had just never taken it seriously until that moment.
It’s five years later and we now have ten employees. We have produced a couple of films and commercials. We run The Secret Comedy Club at Sals on Melrose. We now produce the Portland comedy festival and the Portland international comedy contest at Harveys Comedy Club in Portland, Oregon. We are also the booking agent for a couple of comedy clubs and casinos. And I now manage over 80 actors, comedians, writers and celebrities.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There are always obstacles. Especially in Hollywood. People like to say they have money when they don’t. People like to say they will do something when they won’t. Getting something actually made in Hollywood is quite the feat!
In the 1990’s I was famous on BET as a white comedian. That was filled with obstacles along the way. But obstacles are there for us to hurdle and gain strength from.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Golden Artists Entertainment – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We started Golden Artists Entertainment about five years ago. We are a full-service entertainment company. We make movies TV shows, comedy specials, produce live shows and festivals and we manage actors and celebrities.
Right now, we are best known for our strength in the Stand up comedy world. We are very well known for running comedy contests and festivals. Every year in Los Angeles between October and February we run the US comedy contest at the secret comedy club inside of Sals on Melrose. In May, we produce the Portland international comedy contest and in October, we produce B Portland comedy festival. All of these are yearly events. This year our company is making comedy specials.
We are also known for our talent. Our company is the wave of the future. Our home in Hollywood has become our office. We used to have an office on Highland but during renovations, we decided we didn’t need an office anymore. All of our employees were happier at home and the work did not suffer.
I think what sets us apart from other entertainment companies is that my wife and I own the company and we are both successful comedians and actors. Celebrities already knew us before we started the company. Once we started, they started asking to join us.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
This year our company is producing stand-up comedy specials. I would like that to become one of our specialties. We also have plans for producing more films this year.
My wife and I have also started a YouTube and Instagram TV show called the joys of Alzheimer’s. It’s about us taking care of her father while trying to run a business. We get tips and tricks that we have learned and ask for those from others.
- Website: www.goldenartistsentertainment.com
- Phone: 8186357910
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @goldenartistsla
- Facebook: @goldenartistsla
- Twitter: @goldenartistsla
- Other: @dantethecomic on all social
Black and white images Stephen Collins; Headshots Airic Lewis.