Exciting things began to happen after Dick Hardwick became a comedy champion on Ed McMahon s "Star Search." He made an appearance in Jackie Gleason s last motion picture, "Nothing in Common," co-starring Tom Hanks, landed a role in "Reckless Kelly," a new motion picture for Warner Bros. and was invited by Bud Freidman to fill a coveted TV slot on A&E s "An Evening At The Improv." This midwesterner was off and running.
Since then, Dick has also made numerous appearances on both sides of the television camera. His stand-up has been seen on TNN s "The Statler Brothers Show" and "Music City Tonight," "Americas Funniest People," the Disney Channels "A Disney Family Album," VH1 comedy shorts, The Fox Networks "Comedy Express" and the Family Channels "Stand Up Comics Take A Stand." Hes also a wonderful live studio audience warm-up comedian with over 48 episodes to his credit for The Arthur Company at Universal Studios on their syndicated sitcoms "The Munsters Today" and "What A Dummy." The producers asked Dick to appear in featured acting rolls on both shows as well. The cumulative effect of this exposure resulted in more diverse applications of Hardwicks comedic talents. Dick has made several national and regional television commercials and he is regularly heard by millions of rush hour listeners on LA radio station KLOS with Geno Mitchilini on the "5 Oclock Funnies."
The industrial film and corporate entertainment markets discovered Dicks abilities. Hes just completed an innovative video tutorial, with a humorous slant, for Microsofts® WindowsTM and hosts the Reno/Sparks Convention and Visitors Authoritys new travel video. His charismatic personality has been sought out by many Fortune 500 companies. Pepsi had Dick stage a live talk show for their national bottlers called "Late Night With Pepsi." IBM entrusted Dick with their VIP clients at the Indianapolis 500 two years in a row before, during and after the race. He then starred in one of their major presentations at Comdex in Las Vegas. GTE has again booked Dick to host their Suncoast Classic Pro-Am Golf Tournament in Tampa, Florida. Versatility is key to his success.
Dicks comedy never misses. Hes headlined Canadas 10-day Calgary Stampede grandstand extravaganza, and has opened for countless major superstars including Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire and Ray Charles. This special brand of humor earned him the entertainment critics award for "Best Main Room Opening Act" in Reno, Nevada.
What makes Dick Hardwick unique? Hardwick will tell you with a twinkle in his eyes, "I can do an entire routine without using a four letter word." Thats a big part of why his wholesome, zany routines are in constant demand for conventions, meetings and Hollywood events. Working clean is very natural to this hard-working comedian.
Dick, also an accomplished musician, played on "The Missing Years," John Prines latest record which received the Grammy Award for "Best Folk Album." When doing his stand up, the audience is amazed at how many instruments he can skillfully slip into the performance.
Hardwick sharpens his legendary act by performing at the premier comedy clubs in the greater Los Angeles area including "The Improv," "The Ice House," "Igbys" and "The Coach House."
Hailing from Greencastle, Indiana, Hardwick never envisioned a career in comedy. He began his intended vocation playing drums at the age of eight. "As my interest in entertaining grew, I went from playing rock-and-roll at Depauw University fraternity parties to playing Dixieland at Mollys Irish Pub in the French Quarter of New Orleans."
His first big break came when he was hired as the interlocutor and Dixieland band leader aboard the oldest overnight passenger paddle wheel steamboat on the Mississippi River, the Delta Queen. This led to touring as drummer for Jerry Van Dyke, and every night he paid close attention to the veteran comics performances. "I really learned about the craft of comedy. It was a great firsthand education."
At the end of the tour with Van Dyke, a friend set up an audition at Disneyland. For the next ten years, Dick honed his talents at "The Happiest Place On Earth." Hardwick had no idea that after taking the retiring Wally Boag s place as the comedic star of the "Golden Horseshoe Review," (Disneys thirty one-year-old landmark show), he would
Admittedly, Hardwick is driven. A typical day includes rushing between airports, live performances and TV interviews. As Hardwick explains, "Youre either working or youre not." He makes no apologies for his regular paychecks. Considering the current status of his career, Hardwick jokes, "In this business, youre either making no money or more money than you deserve. Im the only guy whos in between. You shouldnt be able to afford me but you still can."