Carl Strong has shared the stage with such entertainment luminaries as Gladys Knight, Chaka Kahn, Dionne Warwick, Guess Who, and Smokey Robinson. His universal appeal is reflected by the varied venues in which he has performed. From “An Evening at the Improv,” and the BET Network to “Politically Incorrect,” “Comedy Central,” “Full Frontal Comedy” and MTV’s “Half Hour Comedy Hour,” Carl Strong has the ability to entertain…anyone!
Carl grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a Master’s degree in Psychology. Carl then went on to pursue his dreams as a stand-up comedian for 30 years, residing in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for 27 years.
In 2010, Carl was diagnosed with CHF (Congestive Heart Failure). Initially, he underwent an ablation, cardioversion, placement of a pacemaker and internal defribrillator.
All of which only helped for a short time. With his heart functioning only at 15%, Carl amazed his doctors by carrying on with his work, traveling across the country doing what he loves most, making people laugh with his unique brand of comedy.
With heart functioning continuing to deteriorate and the days on the waiting list for a heart transplant increasing, a benefit was held for Carl amidst a wave of prayers and support. On May 8, 2013, Carl underwent a second major surery, having his much-awaited transplant.
Almost a year and a half after surgery, Carl feels he has been given the greatest blessing imaginable and is deeply motivated to be reconnected with the national stage and sharing his comedic message of hope and inspiration.