On Tour records staff
Owner / Founder
Ross was born and raised in Central Kentucky, and it shows. Ever the product of his environment, he loves thoroughbred racing, college basketball, and of course, a glass of bourbon that’s old enough to date.
Ross began his comedy career when he was 21 and still a student at the University of Kentucky. After graduating with a BA in Communications, Ross dove head first into his comedy career, playing gigs across the United States from the Florida Keys to Anchorage, Alaska.
After ten years of playing gigs that ranged from unbelievably fun to unimaginably bad, he decided to record a comedy album. Not knowing where to look, he did what any comic would do, and he shopped around. There was no shortage of labels, but none felt like the right fit.
In 2010, he founded On Tour Records with one goal in mind: to create the most artist-friendly label in the country. In doing so, Ross found his passion for comedy wasn’t limited to the bright lights of the stage. For him, the work on the other side of the microphone was much more fulfilling, so he gave up his road career and never looked back.
Having worked a decade on both sides of the business, Ross is in a unique position to understand the kind of support comedians need.
Ask any comic, and they’ll tell you that what they do is more than a job. It’s a way of life, a way of thinking, and it’s one of the toughest businesses in the world. The passion and hard work they pour into their act must be complimented by a label that’s working just as hard for them. Since starting On Tour Records, Ross has dedicated himself to helping comedians make the most of their careers.
When a comic is with OTR, they’re not only joining a label. They’re gaining a family.
Director of Marketing & PR
Sami is a Frankfort, Kentucky native who has made a career out of her love of comedy and the performing arts. Her passion for entertainment dates as far back as she can remember, and as a child she took part in countless school and community productions. The ability to connect with strangers, make them laugh, make them cry, make them think, has kept her captivated by the entertainment industry. As a young woman, Sami attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO where she studied Stage Directing and Public Relations. While there she also co-founded an improv comedy troupe.
Sami has appeared in multiple indie films as well as professional and amateur theatrical and comedic productions. Throughout her career, Sami has learned the power of effective marketing firsthand. Now she applies that skill set toward growing our artists’ national and global reach.
Whether she was writing or directing a play, building set designs, or running sound and lights, Sami has always understood how to make others look and sound their best. Her ability to bring out the most in others is what makes her an invaluable part of our team.
Sami has been behind the scenes at OTR for years doing freelance graphic design and social media marketing. She is excited to take on the role of Director and push the label to the next level.
Director of Talent Relations
Matt is a nationally touring comedian with a business background and a perfect addition to the On Tour Records family. Originally from Indianapolis, he has called Frankfort, Kentucky home since joining OTR as Director of Talent Relations in 2017.
Although he’s only worked with us a few years, Matt has actually been with On Tour since the very beginning. His debut album,"I'm in Show Business" (2010) was the first album produced by OTR, followed by "Acting My Age" (2015). All along, Matt has acted as an unofficial ambassador for On Tour Records, and has connected us with many other talented comedians.
Having toured professionally for over 20 years, comedy fans across the country have come to love his conversational performance style. With a relaxed and confident stage presence, Matt has a way of charming any audience. He's a regular performer in Las Vegas at Brad Garrett's Comedy Club, a favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show and a regular stand-in on the Anthony Cumia Show.
His knowledge and perspective of the ever-changing comedy world round out OTR to make us a comprehensive label that’s ready to meet our artists’ needs.