- Showtime Specials
- SF Int’l Comedy Competition 2-Time Winner
- “Just For Laughs” Festival
Don Friesen began doing stand-up at open mics in Los Angeles. Don realized that the best way to continue growing as a comic was to go on the road, so in January of 1995, he loaded up his Chevy Nova and began tirelessly touring America. Friesen’s first year on the road, he logged over 50,000 miles on his car, and slept in it countless times, but it definitely turned out to be worth it, as he discovered that the combination of non-stop writing and non-stop performing were quickly enabling him to find his comic voice.
Since then Don’s career has soared. He quickly became a national headliner, and in 1999, he won the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, the same competition that helped launch the careers of Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sinbad. He returned to San Francisco in 2005 to win the competition again, becoming the only comedian in the 30-year history of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition to win it twice.
Other career highlights include getting such a great response on his first network TV appearance—<em>The</em> <em>Martin Short Show</em>–that they actually held the audience over and had him perform a second set, opening for the Counting Crows and Goo Goo Dolls for crowds of 8,000 and 10,000, playing the Pacific Amphitheatre with Bill Engvall and Craig Shoemaker, and taping his concert DVD, <em>Inexplicable</em>, in front of a sold-out crowd at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. He has also recently taped <em>Live at Gotham</em> in New York and performed at the “Just For Laughs” Festival in Montreal and TBS’ “The Comedy Festival” in Vegas. He can be heard regularly on the KLOS 5:00 Funnies and XM Sirius satellite radio.
Friesen currently lives in S. Pasadena, CA, literally 20 minutes from Hollywood, but maintains a very normal home life, spending as much time as he can with his wife and kids. And despite not yet having that big Hollywood “break” to point to, Don’s career continues to thrive, keeping him in constant demand in comedy clubs, theaters, Las Vegas, cruise ships, and corporate events. Thousands of fans come to see him again and again (and drag their friends along with them,) because they know that he is always writing new material, and has an incredibly fresh, energetic show that will have them crying every single time.