Growing up in Nashville Tennessee, Joby read of Harry Houdini, the stage and was performing children's magic shows most weekends by age 12. Joby say's "Dad would build the props, and mom would give me props". His dad worked at WSM television building sets and his mother was the staff artist, assist art director at Opryland Theme park designing everything Opryland.
When the tricks didn't work the laughs started flowing giving Joby the outlet to do what he really wanted, comedy.
Being beat up too often on the basketball court by his High School classmates for going for laughs instead of points for the team drove Joby to compete as a bodybuilder winning the Mr Mid Central USA Title at age 19.
Returning to the stage it was comedy writer Mike Price and Disney Star Jim Varney that encouraged him to leave Nashville to pursue stand up after becoming a regular at Zanies Comedy Club. Zanies and Zanies manager Lenny Sisselman gave Joby the opportunity to perform with the top comedians at the time, Tim Allen, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Rob Schneider, Paula Poundstone. Concert promoter Steve Moore hired Joby to open for his concerts, Steve Moore later becoming head of CMA Association. Soon Joby was headlining all the top Comedy Clubs and was a regular guest on Nashville Networks Ralph Emery, Crook and Chase and many others.
George Shapiro of Shapiro/West Management (Jerry Seinfeld's management) took notice of Joby's talents at a performance at the Ice House in Pasadena California. "George made calls, and the next thing I know I'm auditioning for network sitcoms, say's Joby". In 2001, Joby was unable to gain regular sets at the Melrose improv, so he set up a showcase show at Caffe Luna on 7463 Melrose located in between the famous Improv comedy club and even closer to the Groundlings Theater where all the top comedians started. "The Village Idiots" as the shows were titled and promoted were an instant success selling out all their shows. Thor Ramsey, Charles Viracola, were also regulars. Joby went out on tour as the Village Idiot, Other Comedy classes popped up in Hollywood, touting themselves as teaching Village Idiot styled improv. Caffe Luna closed in 2004.
Two years later Caffe Luna on Melrose re opened as the Village Idiot restaurant, but Joby Saad is the original.
Joby's big break came from his starring role on an episode of the family friendly television series Bananas Comedy in 2005. Then in 2006 came the Warner brothers "Thou Shalt Laugh" starring Patricia Heaton from "Everybody loves Raymond". Featuring seven of the nations top clean comedians it went on to become the highest selling Comedy DVD.
Joby has honed his skills on the west and east coasts, he was a regular on Jay Davis's Dublins on Sunset with Dane Cook, and simultaneously wanted to get to know the east coast New York crowds by performing at Stand-up NY, Carolines, Gotham Comedy Club and more.
Joby launched his own television series titled "Vidiots" "It's silent comedy. I love being able to tell a story and reach an audience of all ages and all languages. The humor is universal and continually reaching an international audience. Having been broadcast on cable, its DVD's quickly sold over 100,000 copies.
Known for his expressive, rubbery face. Makes sense that he's a big fan of physical comedians such as Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, and Tim Conway.
His stand-up, like his films, involves a lot of physical comedy.
Joby has had the honor of performing for our troops in Honduras, entertaining the children of 101st airborne, Fort Campbell Ky, The children and families of St. Jude Hospital, and Le Bonheur children's Hospital in Memphis is what I'm most proud. Five years on the stage at Lifest, the largest Christian music festival in Oshkosh Wisconsin.
Recently Joby has performed on several Moth shows in Santa Monica Ca. which is that gold standard for storytelling and launching storytalks.org with fellow comedian Alyse Kenny in New York City.
Radio/Live performances. Frequent guest on the syndicated "Daren Streblow comedy show" on I-heart Radio.
Most recently Joby was chosen out of hundreds of comedians to be featured on a new television series "Stand Up Neurotica" that follows the behind the scenes exploits of a comedy club staff, Joby being the night club comedian. Shot on location at New York city's famed "Stand Up New York' on the upper west side, where Sienfeld and many others built their reputations.
Joby can currently be seen on Casino Boss playing the role of Jimbo, the former x boxer turned floor manager on Spectrum TV. He is co producer and performer for the annual Clean Comedy Challenge along with Leslie Norris Townsend which promotes Clean Comedy for younger comedians as well as veterans.
His DRYBAR Comedy Special just released was to positive reviews, the short clips quickly garnered 100k views. More to come...
Vidiots Television Comedy. One of the hottestselling DVD's Features Ice Cream ep 1, Laundry Day ep 2, Flying Pooper Scooper 3, Toliet De France, episode 4.
we are currently preping episode 4. Stay tuned.
So proud to have toured all over entertaining out troops. Brandy Austin, Al Lubel, Donna East and Joby Saad