Growing up in Fresno, CA, Don was a bright and somewhat hyperkinetic baseball fan who idolized Willie Mays and dreamed of someday playing centerfield for the San Francisco Giants. Unfortunately, being a late bloomer who couldn’t hit a curve ball, Don’s dream died an early and relatively unceremonious death at the Bullard High School tryout camp.
Fortunately, he also idolized Bill Cosby. As a child, Don would check out Cosby’s albums from the library, memorize the routines, and wear them out on whoever he could get to listen (mostly his kid sister.)
After college he began doing stand-up and rose to become a national headliner, and in 1999, he won the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, the same competition that helped launch the careers of Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sinbad. He the competition a second time in 2005.
He has a concert DVD called “Inexplicable,” which was performed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Crest Theater in Sacramento.
Location: Los Angeles
Where to find him
Link to his DVD: Don Friesen, Inexplicable