The first every "Women in Film Awards" took place at The Sundance Film Festival in 2001. I was the MC. This was WAY before I ever started doing stand up. But that night, along with me having to introduce my movie "We Married Margo" to audiences, and several people who say me do both or one of these, talked me into finally doing stand up comedy. The main three being: Randi Siegel (Or Brillstien/Grey), Donna & John Moffit (John being a huge director of stand up shows for films and/or TV) and Robin Williams (Who needs. no introduction).
I have been offered three reality TV series and turned all three down. I was, however, on The Osbournes. But not by choice. (The Annoying Neighbor episode. Yeah, that's my friends and me) we did not know nor give them permission to use us in the episode. Uber LA Attorney Bert Fields wanted us to sue, due to it being a precedent setting case (use of voice) but we let it go.
"Pucked" was a stinker of a movie I co-starred in. The good guy is played by Jon Bon Jovi. Cary Elwes and I are the bad guys. The EP and I didn't get along so he had me cut out of most of the movie, just a couple of scenes of me remaining; Thank The Universes! (2005)
I was in several Independent movies no one has ever heard of and several theatre productions no one really cares about.
I have been a judge for several film, script and short story festivals including: The Roswell Short Story Award and Showing Film Awards.
I am a representative and sits on the board of TheCreators2030 UN SDGs Arts Initiative. It’s a sub initiative of ListenGive partner with the United Nations for Sustainable Development Goals. My main task is to head up the fight on Climate Change and mentor young artists on how they can use their stories to create positive change.
I am a member of Who’s Who in America. That is a pic of me and Richard Nixon at an event at his library with about 50 people and many dignitaries, including President Ford & his wife Betty and Henry Kissenger. I'm pretty sure I was the only non-Republican there. With my long hair and Bugs Bunny tie secrete service followed me around pretty much everywhere I went. Many funny stories I can tell about this event!
I have been asked to speak at many events and universities including Harvard Business School.
I have been interviewed on many TV & radio shows, including:
E!, Showtime, Comedy Central, IFC Bravo, MTV, PBS, The Mike & Juliet Show, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, Bizz Buzz, Movie Talk, MTV, The Bob & Tom Show, The Joey Reynolds Show on WOR
As stated, marketing is one of the two biggest evils on earth. But I am guilty of being involved in it in the past. I created the character and played it in a series of Sunkist Pistachio Nut Commercial. I was a crazy guy who believed I talked to aliens due to this tin foil safari hat with attachment to a blow dryer I made. Hmmm... Maybe that isn't a created character and really is me. Anyway, one of my commercials in this series went on to win just about all the big commercial awards that year, including: Best Commercial in the commercial section of the Cannes Film Festival (2005)
The Cristiano Ronaldo ad was one of the most watched ads online ever and people got some laughs and thrills from it. (2016)
In "The Strand Venice" I play an out of control & and out of his mind talent agent in this ensemble web series created, directed and executive produced by Dan Myrick (co-creator & co-director of The Blair Witch Project) (2004) This series was way ahead of it's time.
I’M with STUPID
THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2022
THE GILDED BALLOON
The world premier of I’M with STUPID was at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 3 August to 29 August 2022 in The Gilded Balloon.
Here are some of the articles & reviews about IwS and jD (Of course jD got some bad reviews but we ain’t putting them here. If you’d like, you can google “IwS sucked” or “jD Shapiro sucked”).
Bouquets & Brickbats 4.2 Star Review - From Philip Caveney (4.2 Stars)
Digital Journal (5 Stars)
On The Mike Interview
John Dingwall interview
Beyond The Joke Interview by Will Mars (3 Stars)
Hola friends, enemies and aliens like me. This is jD M. Shapiro. Many, many great things and even some magical things came from doing the festival.
Among them are:
I was fortunate enough to have several agencies from The USA & UK wanted to rep me after seeing my show. I choose to go with Mirth Control Comedy.
Having many people enjoy my show, laugh, be inspired and/or entertained.
My new found love of a place I’d never been: Edinburgh, Scotland. Fantastic architecture, Indian food, fish & chips, and the people; the glorious people of Edinburgh and Scotland! As well as many I had the honor to meet from other areas of Scotland, as well as those from other countries including: Ireland, whales, England, India, Australia, and The USA (Well, the ones from USA who weren't carrying guns).
I’d also like to thank the majority, but not all, of the WORKING STAFF at the Gilded Balloon; those hired by the owners (Not to be confused with the owners nor the heads of certain departments like say, tech). You were AMAZING! You were the backbone of the GB, all overworked and underpaid. From the box office staff, to those who ran the door of my show, to those who worked for the food vendors inside and outside of the GiB to to the press people... You were wonderful!! And in spite of having way to much put on your plates and being overworked & underpaid you handled it with true professionals, dignity and grace (While those in positions over you tried to strip many of you of your dignity) And you always, ALWAYS worked with a smile. From the bottom of my heart and soul I thank you for all you did for me and my show, the audiences who came to my show and how great you always made me feel. You fill my heart with joy and love and YOU inspire me.
Among the other great things that came from me doing. my show is the greatest gift one can every receive: Friendships. Ones I believe will last a lifetime…and beyond.