Host & Bios
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.
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.
Tara Conner joins the show as a field host in Season Two. Conner, an actress and model, is Miss USA 2006.
On April 21st, 2006, a worldwide television audience of millions watched as Tara Conner’s “biggest dream ever” came true as she was crowned Miss USA 2006 at the conclusion of the 55th Miss USA telecast live from Baltimore, Maryland. The Russell Springs, Kentucky native is the first woman from Kentucky to win the title of Miss USA. Throughout her year as Miss USA, Tara traveled all over the U.S. working with various breast and ovarian cancer charities and working with the United Service Organization (USO), lending her support to service men and women all over the world. She appeared on Lifetime’s hit show, “Project Runway,” competed at the Miss Universe pageant in Los Angeles (where she placed 4th runner up!) and made red carpet appearances at special events all over the United States. She resided with Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe in a Trump apartment in New York City.
After crowning the new Miss USA in Los Angeles, Tara decided stay in Los Angeles to pursue her career in modeling and hosting. She has hosted on several networks from E! to MTV, and has appeared on shows like Pageant Place, The Girls of Hedsor Hall, and Pretty Smart.