About Us

Laughing Hyena is an independent record label/brand licensing company. Founded by Arnie Hoffman, who has worked in the entertainment industry since 1971.

Before the Blue Collar Tour, before Jeff Foxworthy & Ron White were household names, Laughing Hyena recorded them, putting them in the public eye and on their way to fame.

No comedian has ever sold more albums than Foxworthy’s ‘Redneck Test’ on Laughing Hyena Records, 4 million at last count.

People trust the label becasue they know it will deliver the entertainment they want to listen to. We have sold millions of albums over the last 40 years, still selling at the original outlet, travel centers. We’ve recently become a global brand being available for downloading at iTunes & other web based sites.

Laughing Hyena is always searching for undiscovered talent to record & place along side other stars like Jay Hickman, Larry Pierce, John Fox, Jimmy Walker & Ollie Joe Prater.

Arnie Hoffman

When Arnie saw Rosanne Barr doing her set at a comedy club in LA, within minutes he knew she was going to be a hit. He walked out wanting a tape of the show, but didn’t act on it. When he saw Rodney Dangerfield in Vegas, he thought “Wow, this guy is going to be great!” Again no action.
Then he saw the newcomer Jeff Foxworthy & Arnie signed him. It launched new careers for Hoffman’s company, Laughing Hyena Entertainment & Foxworthy. Arnie was a big fan of comedy clubs in their early days, enjoying the shows, recognizing talent, but not putting it all together. That ended when he saw Foxworthy. Arnie found he had a pitch perfect ear for comedy. Travel Centers were the primary outlet for Laughing Hyena products. What started as tapes have become CD’s & now ITunes. Road Warriors & truckers can still find the entertainment they want at truck stops that line the highways across America. Comedy clubs boomed into the market in the early 80′s & Arnie was right there. He would visit Catch a Rising Star in NYC & sit through hours of acts, watching newcomers take the stage, hoping for their big break. Arnie states “I can judge in a minute if someone is going to make it. I have an ear for comedy.” These days Laughing Hyena’s base is Las Vegas. Arnie says he & his wife, Marianne, moved the business from Kansas City to the desert based on the recommendation of his allergist. Mold & pollen in Kansas City had made life intolerable for him. Las Vegas, the heart of entertainment & the desert seemed like the perfect spot to call home. Both love living in Vegas, the city offers so much more than just the ‘strip’. And the constant in their love is finding entertainers who can make people laugh. Arnie is a respected member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. He also is a Grammy voter.

MISSION STATEMENT
LAUGHING HYENA

Is dedicated to each comedian’s climb up the comedy ladder and reaching their full potential. Is committed to bringing the best comedy being performed today to our customers. Is the standard bearer in laugh-out-loud comedy, placing emphasis on our initiative, enthusiasm, integrity and creativity Owes some of our singular success to trust and responsibility in all our relationships. Measures our success not by how much money we make but how much merriment we bring to the lives of those we touch.