Jamie Alcroft was working as a disc jockey at a Florida radio station in 1979 when he got a note from somebody named Mack Dryden suggesting they get together. "Youre one of the funniest men in town," read the note "Im the other one."
To make a wild and colorful story short, they worked up an act and hit the road after building a plywood platform over the passenger seat so one could drive while the other slept.
In New York, they took the comedy club circuit by storm. Their clean, physical, musical, anything-can-happen style left patrons begging for mercy and club-owners begging for bookings.
Theyd been working together for less than two years when the call came from The Tonight Show. Johnny Carson and his audience howled at their fast-paced bits, parodies and impressions of everybody from a tipsy wine connoisseur to Sean Coney, and they were asked back almost immediately.
That and other TV appearances led to their own syndicated show called "Comedy Break", where they taped 125 half-hours in about six months ("I was reading my dreams off cue cards," said Jamie). The guest performers they worked with reads like a Whos Who of Hollywood: Leslie Nelson, Betty White, Julia Duff, John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Paul Reiser and many, many, more. Their memories from the show sometimes seem surreal. Mack and legendary comedienne Ruth Buzzi once smeared food all over each other in a memorably messy scene, and Jamie and Vanna White once locked in a passionate stage kiss while dressed as roaches.
Since then, theyve been seen on dozens of TV shows, most recently on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Theyve also performed on "An Evening at the Improv," "Carolines Comedy Club," "VH-1."Their "News and Ugly Rumors" segment that opened ABCs "Into The Night" was a big hit on the show.
They starred in Dino deLaurentisfeature film "Million Dollar Mystery" as bumbling FBI agents. As originally written, their roles were serious, but Mack & Jamie convinced the director that their unique brand of skewed humor could play well. After deLaurentis saw the resulting scenes--which the duo wrote as well--he ordered six more scenes starring "Bob an Fred," including a long scene that played under the credits.
For two seasons, Mack played the part of Scotty the bartender on ABCs "Paradise," starring Lee Horsley, and as Keith Carradines best friend in an ABC Movie of the Week, "My Father,My Son." In 1997 Bill Maher personally asked Mack to be a staff writer on Politically Incorrrect which he accepted. This year, Macks acting career have included roles in the soon released films: Simpatico, Landers and the t.v. series J.AG.
Jamie--the Man of Many Voices--is heard constantly on movie previews and radio and t.v.commercials. He was the voice of the famous (and award winning) Whiskas parakeet. This year Jamie has starred in the hit theatrical show "Lets Get A Divorce".
The team has appeared in national commercials for such companies as MCI and General Mills, and their off-the-wall commercials for WCKG Radio in Chicago brought offers from other stations across the country. Their commercial for a How-To-Use-Your-VCR videotape won a Clio award.
Mack &. Jamie are no strangers to the casino stages in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, either having performed with such headline artists as Diana Ross, Michael McDonald, and Melissa Manchester. Theyre even big abroad, having wowed audiences in Sydney, Australia, on the Queen Elizabeth II out of London, and twice on "The Des OConnor Show ,"Great Britains version of the "Tonight Show."
Mack & Jamies voices are heard every week on more than 500 radio stations that subscribe to the "Premiere Radio Network." Their "Audio and Julio" characters ("Julio, I accept your condiments with deep humidity") are favorites in more than 200 cities ("it goes without staying, and thats not just a finger of speech").
Mack & Jamie have become favorites on the corporate circuit because theyre clean ("Weve worked for Bible salesmen"), hilarious ("My cheeks hurt" is a common complaint"), flexible (they once performed for twenty executives sitting around a campfire and 8,000 nurses in 24 hours) and creative customizers ("The reason we work for folks like Nissan, General Motors and others over and over is because we know how to come up with material thats special for their group--they love that").
One of their specialties is hosting award shows. Ask any group why theyre having Mack & Jamie host their annual ceremony---often for the second or third time---and youll get basically the same answer: the duo can turn a dreaded evening of polite applause and long walks to the stage into a night of pure fun.
They also write and perform in dozens of in-house videos, most recently for The Gartner Group, Sony, Infiniti, Isuzu, Embassy Suites Hotels, and Kraft Foods.
Their new play "Two For All" garnered rave reviews in Hollywood. The show was a Critics Choice of the L.A. Times, which said Mack & Jamie are "the smoothest, most engaging paring since Bob Hope met Bing Crosby." At this writing, the show is being developed toward a national tour and Broadway.
Mack and Jamies first comedy book "Remember When," is currently being published and this September will be in stores nationally.