Host & Bios

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Born on February 11, 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho, Palin moved to Alaska with her family at the age of three months when her father took a teaching position in Skagway, Alaska, before eventually settling in Wasilla. A graduate of Wasilla High School, Palin was the co-captain and point guard of Wasilla’s 1982 state championship women’s basketball team. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987.

She is married to Todd Palin, a lifelong Alaskan, who worked as a production operator on the North Slope and is a four-time champion of the Iron Dog, the world’s longest snowmachine race. They have five children and two grandchildren. The Palins are commercial fishermen in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. They enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, road trips, running, kids’ sports, and everything in the great outdoors.

Sarah Palin first made history on December 4, 2006, when she was sworn in as the first female and youngest governor of Alaska. In August 2008, Senator John McCain tapped Palin to serve as his vice-presidential running mate in his presidential campaign, making her the first woman to run on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket.

Benny Spies

Benny Spies

Benny was born and raised in South Dakota and is a passionate outdoorsman who is entertaining, sincere and most importantly, authentic. His fans see him as the everyman who is “just like us”. Off screen, Spies’ creativity and perseverance made his dream of creating and hosting a TV show a reality. Benny has earned degrees from both South Dakota State University and Florida State University and also garnered extensive TV experience working for Conan O’Brien, NBC, VH1, PBS, VERSUS, NBCSN, Animal Planet and Sportsman Channel. He premiered in 2010 and ran for three seasons on VERSUS / NBC Sports Network and he recently co-hosted a special on Animal Planet that ran in May ‘13. He also writes a monthly column for Outdoor Life Magazine and is a blogger on their site. At the end of the day, he’ll always maintain that he’s just a guy from South Dakota with a genuine obsession for the outdoors and a passion to entertain.

Jerry Carroll

Jerry Carroll

Jerry Carroll found humor growing up on his family’s farm. From the time he could walk, Jerry joined his father and uncle to farm 130 acres of flue cured tobacco, 500 acres of corn, 500 acres of small grain, 500 acres of soybeans, 40 head of cattle, and 5,000 hogs per year.

Spending 14 hours a day in a tractor cab gave Jerry plenty of time to think about his life’s dream of entertaining people and making them laugh. Since beginning stand-up comedy in 1993, Jerry has performed for crowds in venues ranging from local cattlemen’s association banquets to the Ministers of Provincial Parliament in Toronto, Canada.

Along the way, Jerry has opened concerts for music artists such as Michael Bolton, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, and Larry Gatlin. Everywhere he goes, he leaves audiences roaring with laughter. When he’s not on the road making people laugh, Jerry still works the fields of his family’s farm in Willow Spring, NC.

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark is also well known for his role as “Big Mike” on the NBC hit series Chuck. He was featured prominently in the popular series’ final year with Warner Brothers submitting him for several nominations in the 2012 Awards Season.


He has appeared on many hit television shows including Glee, Heroes, Seinfeld, My Name is Earl and Martin.


Mr. Lawrence’s dramatic theater work in 2012 has earned him 2 separate nominations for the prestigious Craig Noel Award for “Outstanding Male Lead” for performances in both Top Dog/Underdog and A Raisin in the Sun.

On and off camera Mr. Lawrence is a deeply genuine and endearing person. He supports many noteworthy causes and charities including Act Today, Operation Smile, Reading, Writing Its Exciting!, The Riley Foundation and many more. He is an active citizen and participant in the community.

Mark regularly headlines Comedy shows around the country, and was one of the most in-demand comics of 2012.

Mark also hosted a successful monthly Comedy show at House of Blues San Diego, bringing in headline comics and musical performers from around the country.


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