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News Release - For Immediate Release
Aaron Kleiber’s ‘Grown @%$ Dad’ Comedy Special Premiers on Amazon Prime Video
Pittsburgh’s top comic’s special on now available on streaming service
PITTSBURGH – April 14, 2020 -- Comedian, actor and Steel Valley native Aaron Kleiber, has announced that his new comedy special, “Grown @%$ Dad” is available now on Amazon Prime Video. The audio album will also be released on iTunes and Pandora. The special was filmed in front of a live audience at the Carnegie Library of Homestead. Produced by Animal Inc. and Directed by Michael Killen, co-creator of ABC’s “Downward Dog,” the special used entirely local talent and crew.
Kleiber is raising his family in Pittsburgh while building his comedy career, taking his act national, touring with comedy legends Bob Saget, Jim Breuer, John Witherspoon and Harland Williams. Aaron has performed on Gotham Comedy Live, NUVO TV and along with guest starring roles on Nickelodeon, CBS and Showtime along with an upcoming Warner Bros. feature.
“Grown @%$ Dad” was scheduled to be released for Father’s Day 2020, but Kleiber and Killen decided to push up the release because they agreed that “everyone could use a laugh right now.”
“Going from performing all over the country to zero gigs, zero income and supporting a family of five, really knocked the wind out of us. It’s a weird, uncertain time,” said Kleiber. “When all you know is making people laugh, the only thing I could do was connect with friends and fans via daily Livestreams. People started asking about my comedy special so we decided to make it happen ASAP. I’m excited to offer some sliver of joy and laughter while we’re all home, a chance to relax and feel together during this tough time.”
Animal is a creative production company that has produced hundreds of commercials and many successful films. Animal’s work includes the Sundance Award-winning “Blood Brother,” as well as, “Almost Holy,” which debuted at The TriBeca Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2016. Animal’s first TV series, “Downward Dog,” debuted on ABC in 2017.
“Aaron’s career is proof you don’t have to be in New York or Los Angeles to find great success in the entertainment industry,” said Michael Killen, director of Kleiber’s comedy special. “Everyone at Animal knows that our city is a hotbed of creative talent and we are proud to bring Aaron’s voice – a Pittsburgh voice – to an international audience.”
The special is free to Amazon Prime Video subscribers and can be rented for $2.99 or purchased by digital download for $9.99. Audio album downloads will be available soon on iTunes, Amazon Music and Target Music -- as well as -- available on Pandora, Spotify, I Heart Radio, and Tidal streaming services.
For more information, please visit www.GrownAssDad.com
About Aaron Kleiber
Aaron Kleiber has been entertaining his entire life — from climbing atop his grandmother’s coffee table as a child and being voted class clown in high school, to ‘acting’ in front of a camera and taking the stage at comedy clubs across North America today.
Began his entertainment career producing, performing and writing indie films with high school friend Chris Preksta (Echo Torch, Pittsburgh Dad), garnering multiple film festival appearances and awards. A short stint at Second City, Chicago and the birth of his first daughter, led him to stay in Pittsburgh and try the ‘solo sport’ of stand-up comedy in 2009. In the same year, in his first two studio feature films, ‘Help Me, Help You’ opposite Sabrina Bryan (Cheetah Girls, Dancing with the Stars) and ‘Warrior’ for Lionsgate and director Gavin O’Connor.
Kleiber made his nationally-televised stand-up debut on 'Gotham Comedy Live' in 2013, in which his set was used as part of it's 'Best of Season 2' episode. Shortly thereafter he made his second on 'Standup and Deliver' on NUVO TV, filmed live during the Cabo Comedy Festival. Kleiber was named a top 5 finalist in the 2014 Big Sky Comedy Festival and appeared twice at industry favorite Limestone Comedy Festival. When out west, he is a regular at the Hollywood Improv, Comedy & Magic Club of Hermosa Beach and Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas. His podcast, with over 190 episodes, ‘Grown Dad Business’ has been streamed over a million times and can be heard on iTunes and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aaron has been a fixture in the city's booming comedy scene for the last decade; producing and performing hundreds of shows in the area, including the Pittsburgh Improv, selling out multiple headline shows, and Arcade Comedy Theater, where he served as stand-up programmer for 5 years. Also was named “Best Local Comedian” by Pittsburgh Magazine three times.
Aaron continues to work and reside in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and three children.
For more on Aaron, please visit: www.AaronKleiber.com.
About Animal Inc.
Animal, Inc. is a creative production company, focused on creating original content. In addition to producing hundreds of commercials for brands including Dannon, Purina, and Red Bull, Animal has produced five feature-length films, including the Sundance Award-winning Blood Brother as well as Almost Holy, which debuted at The TriBeca Film Festival and was released theatrically in May 2016. They have also partnered with networks such as the National Geographic Channel, designing the in-program motion graphics for ‘Brain Games’. Animal’s first TV series, ‘Downward Dog,’ debuted on ABC in early 2017. Co-created by Animal’s Michael Killen, and produced in association with Legendary TV, the series was named one of the best series of 2017 by the New York Times. For more about Animal, please visit: www.animalstudios.com.
"Aaron is a fine a standup comedian as he is a person. He's funny and he never touched me inappropriately."
- Bob Saget
"One of the serious rising stars."
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Magazine, March 2015
"Kleiber has come a long way from being the new kid in class at Steel Valley, which, he says, could be rough. 'You better be able to fight or be funny,' Kleiber says. 'I tried to fight, but I got knocked out cold. ... After that, I was all funny.' " - Read more
I talk Pittsburgh Comedy scene and more!
"Sure, he’s a family man, but he’s also Pittsburgh’s favorite comedian…" - FULL INTERVIEW by Jenna Moen
"Kleiber's next career milestone is a home game: On March 12-15, he'll become that rare Pittsburgh-based comedian to headline a full weekend, with six shows at the Pittsburgh Improv. 'A lot of people don't realize the path you have to take to be a headliner at a club two miles from your house...' " by Bill O'Driscoll
Post-Gazette, March 2015
The Buffalo News, December 2014
Pittsburgh Magazine, 2013
Aaron was voted the SECOND YEAR IN A ROW as "Best Comedian" by Pittsburgh Magazine!
Pittsburgh Magazine, 2013
I'm in Pittsburgh Magazine again! This time repping Arcade Comedy Theater! So proud of my talented friends! Pick up the June issue!
April Fool's Yelp Party, 2013
Pittsburgh City Paper, 2012
The Valley Mirror, 2012
'Laugh in the face of tryptophan' Pittsburgh Magazine, 2012
The Valley Mirror, 2012
Cover story from my home town in the Steel Valley area of Pittsburgh.
"best of the burgh" BEST local comedian
"Kleiber, who you’ve seen in commercials for the likes of Highmark and the Pittsburgh Power as of late, is one of the most likable acts on the scene, with a loud, energetic style that’s irresistibly funny."
- Pittsburgh Magazine
"Aaron is absolutely, positively one of the funniest individuals I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. The crowd was thoroughly entertained from what I was able to witness through my own tears of laughter."
- Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
"When Kleiber stepped on stage to warm up the crowd, everyone was a bit stiff. It didn’t take him long to win the crowd over though"
- Bloomsburg University
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