When he was a kid growing up in Ridgecrest, CA, Dante knew he wanted to be a comedian... or possibly a pirate. Since jobs in the piracy industry were scarce (and he lacked the prerequisite peg leg), Dante opted for the former... and he's never looked back. Today, Dante is one of the top headlining comedians in the United States, appearing on numerous television shows and in films, and appearing to sold-out crowds across the country, as well as making regular stops each year at U.S. military bases around the world, entertaining the troops in every branch of the Armed Forces. He has been honored as the receipient of several comedy awards, including the $10,000 grand prize on America's Funniest People on ABC; he also still holds the record for winning the most comedy awards ever presented to a single comedian at the BET Comedy Awards. Dante was even the winner of Los Angeles' "Funniest Black Comic in LA" award... we're still not sure how he even qualified for that one!