Gregory Dean (comedian)

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Gregory Verne Dean

(1952-09-15) September 15, 1952 (age 71)
Modesto, CA, USA
Other namesGreg Dean
CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationDegree in psychology
Alma mater
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Clown College
  • Comedian
  • Podcaster
  • Writer
  • TV personality
Years active1975-present
Spouse(s)Gayla Johnson

Gregory Verne Dean (Born September 15, 1952), known professionally as Greg Dean, is an American stand-up comedian, podcaster [1] [2], writer[3], comedy instructor [4] [5] [6] and TV personality.[7] Dean is the author of six books on stand-up comedy and teaches stand-up courses in Los Angeles. [8][9] Dean lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.[10]

Early life

Dean was born in Modesto, CA. He attended Mark Twain High School where he excelled in swimming and drama activities. Dean then went to Modesto Junior College for three years pursuing a psychology major before leaving to attend the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Clown College class of 1973 attending with famed magician Penn Jillette of Penn &Teller.


Greg Dean began his career as a juggling clown for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus before joining the Gatti-Charles Circus until 1975. He then moved to San Francisco where he began performing as a comedy and juggling act on the street as well as local comedy clubs. Eventually, Dean decided he wanted to try his hand at Hollywood. Dean took his solo stand-up comedy to nightclubs such as the Comedy Store where he became a paid-regular and his name is on the Wall of Fame. At the Comedy Store he helped develop an evening of improvisation and sketch comedy. He organized his own improv troupe, Good Co., which included Andy Garcia. The Comedy Store sent him to La Jolla, California to work on a similar evening of comedy, where he met and trained Whoopi Goldberg. In 1982, Dean began his Stand-up comedy workshop. Here he developed a proprietary process for developing jokes and a stage presence which he has continued to this day. [11]

Personal life

Dean and fellow stand-up comedian Gayla Johnson have been married since July 2, 2003, they currently live in Los Angeles, California.

Notable students

Since the beginning, Greg dean has helped launch the careers of Whoopie Goldberg, Anthony Jeselnik [12], Sherri Shepherd, Sean Carrigan, Gayla Johnson, Richard Villa, Loni Love, Tamer Kattan, Hanna Dickinson, Ali Cook, Don Stark and David Blatter.

In the media



  1. "Third Space a Journal of Feminist Theory & Culture". Third Space. Danielle Russell. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  2. "The Comedy Cast interview with American Stand-up Comedy Teacher Greg Dean". Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  3. "Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy". googlereads. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  4. "The Phenomenological Function of Humor". PDCNET. Jennifer Marra. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  5. "Greg Dean Stand-Up Comedy Workshop : Acting Class Finder". Acting Classfinder. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  6. "Faculty - San Francisco Comedy College - Americas Most Attended Stand Up Comedy Training". sfcomedy college. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  7. "Greg Dean". Amazon. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  8. The Psych 101 Series (PDF). California State University San Bernardino: Springer Publishing Co. 2011. ISBN 978-0-8261-0608-7. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  9. "The Art and Science of Comedic Timing". The Cut. Thomas MacMillan. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  10. "Greg Dean". Amazon. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  11. "Comedy Coach Greg Dean on Getting Your First Laugh". Stage Time. Stage Time Staff. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  12. Nathan, Rabin. "Anthony Jeselnik on roasting, ripping off Jack Handey, and giving the devil his own TV show". AVCLUB. Retrieved 4 January 2020.

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