Stephanie Miller is a comedienne with 25 years of broadcasting experience. Since September 2004, she has hosted her eponymous syndicated radio show, which has become one of the most popular in the progressive talk genre. In 2009, Talkers Magazineranked Stephanie as the country's fourth most important female radio talk show host, and 30th overall.
Stephanie is known for her quick wit and self-deprecating humor. She keeps the Stephanie Miller Show moving at a brisk pace, creating a program that’s more comedy than politics, though with plenty of insight, thoughfulness, and sincerity interspersed among the wackiness. Though Stephanie is definitely not an ideologue or policy wonk, her political insights and instincts shouldn't be dismissed; for example, she was a believer in Barack Obama's campaign long before most people gave him any significant chance of winning the nomination.
Jim Ward is the show's voice artist. His uncanny impressions and comedy bit writing skills are featured in the "Stand Up News" and "Tinsel Talk" segments, though he shifts into characters many times throughout each show. His fondness for absurd humor is highlighted by his offbeat "Guess the Quote" responses. He takes on a more earnest tone for his occasional "Conspiracy Corner" segments. In discussions during the show, Jim displays an extensive knowledge of languages and history.
James K. Ward was born in San Francisco on May 19, 1959. He lived in Santa Rosa briefly before his family moved to the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. His father was a professor of German and Folklore at UCLA, which enabled Jim to spend some time in Germany as well. Jim went to Grant High School and then on to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where he hobnobbed with future celebrities such as Tim Robbins and Daphne Zuniga. In developing his own mix of comedy, politics, and impressions, Jim was inspired by comedians like David Frye and Mort Sahl. Among more contemporary artists, Jim is a fan of Harry Shearer.
Chris Lavoie is the Executive Producer of The Stephanie Miller Show. He also serves as engineer (incredibly accessing anything in his audio archive within a second or two) and co-host (known for his distinctive laugh, described on one blog as a "Chris cackle"). Chris spends much of his day gathering sound clips for the following day's show, and often complains about having to sit through O'Reilly and Hannity each evening. He is also responsible for the wide variety of drops and bumper music that bracket the show's commercial breaks.
Chris was born January 13, 1969, in Pomona, California. His early childhood was spent in Claremont, California, where he was teased about his husky-sized Sears Toughskins. In the early '80s, he and his family moved to Hampton, Virginia, where his father was fire chief. He attended a private school in nearby Newport News and had a summer job at Busch Gardens which required him to dress in Bavarian garb including lederhosen (a photo is on the stephaniemiller.com website).
Hal Sparks was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, raised in Kentucky – a little town called Peaks Mill. Don’t strain your brain, you’ve never heard of it. He lived in the sticks, was a boy Scout, started taking karate there when he was 8 years old, saw The Shining when he was 7. Hal didn’t have a TV so he spent most of his life listening to comedy records – when he wasn’t at the movies.
Hal has always been a bit of a video game nut, and back then, that meant that you actually had to stand at a video machine for hours (you kids today!). When he was 14, Hal decided he’d had enough of “country livin’” and moved to Chicago to live with his Dad, where he went to New Trier High School, a huge school with a great theater department that, quite frankly, should have expelled him. But, much to their credit, they didn’t, and Hal was able to start doing standup at 15 years old.
Hal won the Funniest Teenager in Chicago contest when he was 17 years old, the same year he starred in Frog, starring Elliott Gould, Shelley Duval and Scott Grimes. Hal also hosted a game show called “Treasure Mall.”