Ian Abramson is from Moreno Valley, California, where he learned to walk, read, and drive, but not in that order. His stand-up is a mix of precise wordplay, longer emotionally absurd jokes, and larger conceptual pieces. In 2014 Chicago Magazine named Ian “Best Experimental Comedian” and also listed him in a separate article as one of the “16 Comedians You Should See This Fall.” In 2015 Ian was LA Weekly’s Best Up-and-Coming Comedian and a New Face for the world renowned Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada.
Ian Abramson is a regular contributor to The Onion and also the creator and host of the buzzed-about Comedy Central digital show 7 Minutes in Purgatory where comedians perform to a camera in one room while the audience watches in another room. He was also a creative consultant for Funny or Die’s digital series Our Fascinating Planet starring Demetri Martin. Ian has appeared on CONAN, SeeSo’s The Comedy Show Show, Hulu’s Coming to the Stage and performed at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Pemberton Music Festival in Canada, SXSW and Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, New York Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, The Onion/A.V. Club festival in Chicago and Funny or Die’s Oddball Festival. Recent TV credits include appearances on History Channel’s Join or Die and on ABC’s The Middle.
Too lazy to shoot hoops and too tall to model, Marcella Arguello stands over 6 feet. Although she may be taller than most men, the only thing more intimidating than her height is her comedy. Marcella mixes a combination of genuine reason with a sexy suggestion of street. Deemed as “sexually and ethnically ambiguous” she appeals to everyone and is not afraid to tell you how she really feels about subjects concerning race, gender, politic, relationships, family, work, music, pop culture and whatever else is on her mind that day.
Time Out Magazine deemed Marcella an “LA Comedian to Watch in 2017” and is a fan favorite on Comedy Central’s @midnight. Most recently, she won her appearance on TruTv’s Comedy Knock Out and can be seen on The UCB Show’s upcoming second season on Seeso. She was featured on Viceland’s Flophouse, and in 2015 on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly; her stand up has been highlighted on rapper Tyler, The Creator’s mobile app and on Fox’s The Real. Her Twitter account (@marcellacomedy) has been featured on CNN, TIME.com, HuffingtonPost.com and various entertainment websites. Marcella just wrapped a stint as a write on the series “Bill Nye Saves the World” for Netflix on which she did some on-camera work as well.
She is a regular opener for Last Comic Standing Winner Felipe Esparza as well as NBC Superstore’s Nico Santos. She has opened for David Alan Grier, Norm MacDonald, J.B. Smoove, Hannibal Buress, Ron Funches, Godfrey, Bryan Callen, Aries Spears, Hasan Minhaj, Al Madrigal, Joey Coco Diaz, Melanie Comarcho, Melissa Villaseñor and has shared a stage with Bill Burr, Paul Mooney and Robin Williams. She has worked at The Improv Comedy Clubs all over the country and is a regular at The Punch Line Comedy Clubs in Northern California. She has performed at San Francisco Sketchfest, Riot LA Comedy Festival, overseas for American troops and comedian Sean Keane referred to her as the “finest export from Modesto since George Lucas.”
Kyle Ayers is a comedian, writer, actor, and all of that sort, living in New York City, by way of his hometown near Kansas City, Missouri. He brings his satirical look at growing up in the small town to the big city, with a unique viewpoint on his generation, our childhoods, and daily life. He has performed in the Brooklyn Comedy Festival and the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival.
He has written for the Roasts on Comedy Central and Friar's Club Roasts. He's written / writes for CBS and its Untitled Sports Show, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, BBC, Wired, Post Grad Problems, Buzzfeed, Yahoo's front page, and more. He also writes for the satirical sports website Korked Bats.
Once a month he hosts Game Night, a Comedy Show, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The show has been featured in the New York Times, Village Voice, and more, and kicked off the inaugural Brooklyn Comedy Festival.
He was the tweeter behind the internet sensation #roofbreakup, where he stumbled upon a couple breaking up on his roof in Brooklyn, and the entire world joined in. #roofbreakup was viewed over 10 MILLION times worldwide, appeared on NPR, BBC, Yahoo, Buzzfeed (2+ million views), and was even reenacted by Jerry Springer.
He also founded, constructed and runs the heralded underground sketch-acting-theater production-weirdness comedy show, "First Comes Love," where comedians and actors act out anonymously written adult film scripts from actual aspiring adult film writers, solicited via Craigslist. The show consistently draws crowds larger than its venue, and performs under various themes, such as "Mad Men adult film scene night."
Joel Kim Booster is a Chicago bred, Brooklyn based comedian, writer and playwright. Born in Jeju, South Korea, Joel was adopted at a young age and moved to the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Both homeschooled and evangelical, Joel has read the bible literally dozens of times, but has no idea where the state of Oregon is on a map. As a comedian he has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and @midnight, Logo’s Comedy Cabaret and truTV’s Comedy Knockout. His writing credits include Billy on the Street and the Comedy Central pilot Problematic with Moshe Kasher.
Joel has performed at numerous comedy clubs, bar basements and festivals all across the country and the world. Most recently and notably he was a New Face for the world renowned Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada. Additionally he has featured at Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, Riot LA, The Mardi Gras Comedy Festival in Sydney, Australia, SXSW and The Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Esquire Magazine recently listed Joel on one of their 10 Comedians to Watch in 2017 and Brooklyn Magazine has named him one of their "50 Funniest People in Brooklyn" saying, "his unbridled honesty feels less like the set-up for a punchline and more like an act of selfless catharsis the rest of us are lucky to witness in real time.”
He was the most recent winner of The Andy Kaufman Award and was named a "Comic to Watch" by Comedy Central, which later presented his live one-man show Brett Davis Is Not Real.
He also is the increasingly frustrated and disturbed host of The Podcast For Laundry where he portrays a laundry obsessive who "forces guests to sit through the truest ramblings of a madman. He wrote, produced and starred in IFC web series Boy Band, the Comedy Central web series Autumn With Dracula and the short film BANANAZZZ.
He has also appeared on The Chris Gethard Show, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Animals, Our Cartoon President, Comedy Central, Adult Swim, MTV, He has also been on The Best Show, in the films Clara's Ghost (Sundance) and Long Nights, Short Mornings (SXSW), and in numerous music videos.
He has previously co-hosted the erroneously titled comedy showcase, The Macaulay Culkin Show at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium before it closed, and hosts and puts on wild shows around NYC like The Lethal Lottery and The Annual Illuminati Orgy. He was a featured act at SF SketchFest, New York Comedy Festival, The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival (NYC), High Plains Comedy Festival (Denver), Crom Comedy Fest (Toronto, Denver), Fest (Gainesville), Lincoln Calling and the Brooklyn Comedy Festival.
Originally from Boston, SAM JAY was a standout of the 2017 JUST FOR LAUGHS NEW FACES. Sam is currently the host of RICKING MORTY, the Rick and Morty post show on ADULT SWIM. She recently made her late night television debut on ABC's LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY KIMMEL. Her half hour stand up special will premiere this fall on COMEDY CENTRAL. She was named to the Comedy Central COMICS TO WATCH list in 2015, and has since performed at the New York Comedy Festival, Portland's Bridgetown Festival, The Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and Boston's Women In Comedy Festival. Her credits also include COMEDY CENTRAL's WHITE FLIGHT, THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL, MTV's SAFEWORD, and VICELAND's PARTY LEGENDS.
Jackie Kashian's standup has been described as “like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered.” Her new album I AM NOT THE HERO OF THIS STORY is critically acclaimed and debuted at #1 on iTunes/Amazon and #3 on Billboard. This year she again did standup on CONAN, opened for Brian Regan at Carnegie Hall, and performed on HBO’s 2 Dope Queens.
She hosts The Dork Forest podcast; with over 8 million downloads, the show is a safe space for dork-on-dork dialog, with Jackie interviewing anyone and everyone about what they LOVE to talk and think about.
Jackie is also a co-host to a comedy podcast on the Nerdist Network called The Jackie and Laurie Show. www.jackiekashian.com has links to it all.
Maggie Maye loves candy almost as much as she also loves performing comedy. She made her late night debut on Conan and was featured on Last Call with Carson Daly and AXS TV presents: Gotham Comedy Live. She has also been a featured panelist for Rooster Teeth “What Do You Know?” and has written for the New Yorker. Maggie has performed stand up in festivals such as Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest (as one of the Sketchfest Dozen), FunFunFun Fest, Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, SXSW, and the All Jane Comedy Festival. She’s opened for Hannibal Burress, Paul Rodriguez, Gladys Knight, and Earth, Wind and Fire. She’s had her name in comedy articles in the Huffington Post, Variety, LaughSpin, the New York Times, Splitsider, who named her among the 2015 top up-and-coming comics and an “On the Verge” comedian, the Austin American Statesman, who named her as one of 2015’s People to Watch, and the Austin Chronicle, who named her 2016’s Best of Austin Stand up Comic. She performed improv comedy with her troupe Damn, Gina! and in various sketch and improv shows around Austin before moving to Los Angeles. Her comedy is described in the same way she is: sassy, charming, and smart. Also, a 6-year-old once told her she was the funniest person ever. And kids rarely lie.
Amy Miller is a fast-rising talent on the West Coast and national scene. Originally from the East Bay, Amy found her comedy chops in the Bay Area and is still a regular at the SF Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club. After a move to Portland, Amy quickly rose to the top of the Pacific Northwest comedy scene, winning Portland’s Funniest Comedian in Helium Comedy Club’s contest, as well as being voted Portland’s Funniest 2013 and 2015 in the Willamette Week. Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her “a star” and a “contender for next alpha female comedian.” Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of the “fiercest jokes he had ever heard.” Amy is currently in LA and works comedy clubs and festivals around the country, working with headliners from Norm Macdonald to Arsenio Hall to singer Ryan Adams.
Amy’s debut album Solid Gold is available on Kill Rock Stars, and was named one of the top 10 comedy albums of 2016 by the Interrobang. You may have also heard her on NPR, Doug Loves Movies, or the Bennington Show.
Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Brandie Posey is a stand up comedian, writer, & producer who calls LA's comedy scene home. She has been featured as a performer at the New York Comedy Festival, RIOT Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, FEST in Gainesville, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Tig Notaro's Bentzen Ball, among many others. She has opened for the legendary punk band Against Me! and has appeared on MTV, E! and Comedy Central. Brandie made her feature film debut in the indie dark comedy, "The Worst Year Of My Life" directed by Jonathan Smith and her first stand up record Opinion Cave debuted at #1 on iTunes and #12 on Billboard.com.
Brandie tours the country, headlining every dark corner with a microphone. She is the co-creator and host of Picture This, a popular comedy-animation show with franchises in LA, Portland, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Picture This is currently in development with TruTV. At the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and The Hollywood Improv, Brandie co-hosts Lady to Lady alongside Barbara Gray and Tess Barker. Lady to Lady is also a celebrated weekly podcast on the Maximum Fun Podcast Network with over 3.5 million downloads and loyal fans around the world.
Shane Torres is a New York based standup comedian, writer, and actor originally from Fort Worth, TX. Having made his late night debut on Conan in 2016, you may have also seen him on Last Comic Standing or on IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang. He was featured at the Montreal Just For Laugh’s festival as a New Faces in 2013 and was one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch in 2012.
Shane has performed at many festivals all over the country including JFL, Outsidelands, RIOT LA, SF Sketchfest, Moontower, High Plains, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and many more. Shane has appeared on popular podcast such as Savage Love and Comedy Bang Bang. He tours across the globe at comedy clubs, rock venues, and theaters.
Right now, you can catch Shane in his Comedy Central half hour and album, released in fall 2017.
Los Angeles-based comedian Dave Waite is a charismatic oddball whose shows are non-stop fun. Thanks in part to stellar performances on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Comedy Central’s “Not Safe with Nikki Glaser” and “Last Comic Standing,” comedy fans everywhere are enthralled by the Kentucky native’s offbeat outlook on life. Dave is a beloved guest on several top-rated podcasts and radio shows, including Doug Loves Movies and the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show. His highly anticipated album “Dead Waite” by On Tour Records is available now on Amazon & iTunes, and his previous albums can be heard frequently on SiriusXM and Pandora. In addition to maintaining a healthy tour schedule, Dave also co-produces The Secret Show, a popular comedy night at The Blind Barber in Culver City, CA.
Danielle Arce is a comedian originally from Phoenix, Arizona now living in Los Angeles, California. She started doing stand-up comedy in 2011. She has performed in various venues all over the country as well as overseas in Japan and Australia. Her witty and sincere comedy is guaranteed to please. She's hard-hitting, real, and relatable, and always an audience favorite. Notable clubs Danielle has performed at: - The Comedy Store (LA) - Flapper's Comedy Club (Burbank & Claremont) - The Nerdist Showroom (LA) - The Ice House (Pasadena) - Levity Live (Oxnard) - The Mad House Comedy Club (San Diego) - The Comedy Palace (San Diego) - Comedy Heights (San Diego) - House of Comedy (Phoenix) - The Velveeta Room (Austin) - The Comic's Lounge (Melbourne) - Tokyo Comedy Store (Tokyo) - Stand-Up Tokyo (Tokyo)
She is all over social media and YouTube, and you can find all info and links on her website: www.daniellearce.com.
Tony B has been performing for over 6 years. He started in improv and eventually found stand up where he uses his skills in improv to create a performance that is spontaneous and high energy. Tony is a regular at Rick Bronson's House of Comedy and The Comedy Spot in Scottsdale, AZ and has performed in comedy clubs and festivals across the country.
Sari Beliak is a writer and comedian from Phoenix. Her writing has been featured on sites like Reductress, ClickHole, National Lampoon, and McSweeney's. She is a regular contributor at The Hard Times where she gets paid to write about her love for Morrissey. She is currently living in Chicago completing an Apprenticeship with The Onion and is probably complaining about how cold she is at this very moment.
Tristan Bowling is a 19-year-old local comedian coming out of Buckeye, Arizona. For the past almost three years, he has been doing comedy all around the valley, getting to go up at shows big and small. He can't wait to see where his dumb jokes take him.
Gabe Bravo is a quick witted comedian who contrasts short, potent jokes with a slow, apathetic style. Gabe has been called “Houston’s funniest comedian” by PaperCity Magazine, and his act was called “one of the best things I saw at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2014.”
Gabe has done Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Houston Whateverfest, Come & Take It Comedy Takeover, and a number of other festivals. He has worked with many comedians of note, including Pete Holmes, Tom Segura, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kurt Braunohler, Myq Kaplan, T.J. Miller, Ari Shaffir, Sheng Wang, and many more. Also, he has toured with Todd Barry.
Robert Buscemi has two original hour-long albums on Rooftop Records: "Palpable" and "One Pretty Peacock."
He appears in the Netflix film TODD BARRY: THE CROWD WORK TOUR, and KONG: SKULL ISLAND director Jordan Vogt-Roberts filmed Buscemi’s stand-up film (T)WIT: ROBERT BUSCEMI LIVE IN CHICAGO.
BUSCEMI did an epic 2.5 hour interview on Pete Holmes’s "You Made It Weird” podcast, and before he moved to LA the Chicago Reader named Buscemi “Best Comic” in the city.
Buscemi is a veteran of the 2017 Bird City Comedy Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Fest (4 times), San Francisco Sketchfest, the Chicago Improv Fest, and the Rooftop Aspen Comedy Fest, and is a two-time Andy Kaufman Award semi-finalist.
As an actor, Buscemi recently acted opposite Jon Voight and Liev Schrieber in RAY DONOVAN; Hugh Laurie in the HULU thriller CHANCE; and Martin Starr, Fred Melamed and Deborah Ann Woll in the forthcoming indie film SILVER LAKE. He’s also acted in MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER on ABC and PITCH on FOX.
He’s run the monthly LA house-party comedy show “SURPRISE w/ Rob & Sofiya” for five years.
Jimmy Callaway is a comedian originally from San Diego, California, now making his home in L.A. (short for Los Angeles). In fall of 2015, he published his first novel, Lupo Danish Never Has Nightmares, to the delight of tens.
Jamie Carbone is a comedian whose jokes are a combination of nerdy experiences and faking adulthood that have helped him find a voice for himself, originally in West Virginia, now in Chicago. He has been a featured performer for festivals across the country, including Boston's Thunderfest and Columbus' Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival, and is a past winner of West Virginia's Last Comic Standing. In Chicago he has produced Stupid Smart Comedy and Snack Attack, a show where delicious snacks and hilarious jokes come together. With his free time, he gets into arguments about Frasier on the internet.
Bianca Cristovao is an international stand up comic. She was last year Laugh Factory's Funniest Person in the World finalist as well as this year HBO Comedy Wings finalist and appeared on Czech Late Night television show. When she doesn't perform stand up comedy she writes and directs (WhoHaha, channel 101) She also hosts a podcast (Mixed Up with Bianca and Madison) and produces her monthly comedy show the Iron Curtain. She's been recently seen at the Second City Comedy festival in Hollywood and Baron Vaughn's residency at the Hollywood Improv.
Lisa Curry is a nationally touring comedian and TV writer who began her career as part of Second City Hollywood's house improv ensemble. She has appeared on The Mystery Hour on FOX and was recently profiled by PBS for their docuseries, 'Angeleno'. Lisa has written for Mtv, Comedy Central, Fuse, and most recently, Comedy Knockout on TruTV. Her standup is dark, smart and deeply personal.
Andrew Deacon has performed comedy all across the country. He’s spent six years honing his craft at comedy clubs, festivals, bars, laundromats, La Quinta Inn ballrooms, public park gazeebos, weddings and wakes. His humor comes from weird observations, an affinity for wordplay and complaints about his tiny hands.
He has opened for several successful stand-up comedians, such as Maria Bamford, Michael Ian Black, Kyle Kinane, Karen Kilgariff, Joey Diaz and more. All of them complimented Deacon on punctuality. He’s also performed on 7 Minutes in Purgatory, Julian Loves Music, Late Late Breakfast and Naked Roast Battle at Skankfest NYC.
Anthony Desamito is a seven-year stand-up comedian and taco enthusiast from Arizona. Anthony has appeared on "Laughs" on FOX and on The Doug Stanhope Podcast. He is the Winner of the 1st Annual AZ's Funniest Person with a Day Job.
Anthony co-hosts an amazing show at the Hollywood Improv Lab called Ya Feel?, he is a 2016 Finalist in the Scriptapalooza TV Sitcom Writing Competition and his comedy has been featured on The Advocate and Inverse. He co-hosts a podcast in which he recaps episodes of the Golden Girls called, "Thank You for Being a Podcast."
Anthony is also a ghost, trapped on among the living looking for his chopped manboobs. Late at night, in the Renaissance Hotel, you can sometimes hear him through the halls calling out, "Moooooooobs."
Trejon Dunkley is a Phoenix-based stand-up, actress and storyteller. She is currently the host of Grand Ave Pizza Company's open mic, and Great Exposure, a monthly show where comics raise money for charity by showing what their mamas gave em.
Trejon has performed for Untidy Secrets, Barflies, both monthly storytelling events in Phoenix, has appeared as co-counsel on The Storrs Objection, and can be seen at various open mics across the Valley. Trejon featured as Rayna Dollins on the upcoming sitcom "Buddies", set to premiere in 2018.
When she's not working, Trejon is trying to live a life that will trick her niece into thinking she's cool.
Jasmine is a Austin based comedian originally from Dallas Texas, she has been featured in the Blue Whale, Out of Bounds, ATX Sketch Fest, Comedy Wings and East Texas comedy festivals. Jasmine can be seen on the upcoming season of PBS' Stand Up Empire.
Mike Enders, without a doubt, is one of the fastest rising comics on the scene today. With an explosive delivery and new age point of view, Mike continues to win the hearts of audiences with an honest look at who he is and how he fits in today's world.
Mike moved to the Valley after racking up numerous parking tickets and offending numerous bartenders in the city of Chicago. He quickly made a name for himself, placing as a finalist in Arizona's Funniest Comedian. He has had the privilege of working with talented comedians such as Mark Normand , Dov Davidoff, and Jerrod Carmichael.
He cohosts a weekly podcast, Please Send Nudes with fellow comedian Charles Engle. Together, they break down a wide variety of topics pertaining to the modern dating world. PSN has amassed a loyal following and is available on iTunes and Stitcher.
Alex Falcone is a comedian and writer living in Portland, OR. He’s been on the IFC show Portlandia a handful of times and he’s appeared at bunch of comedy festivals including Bridgetown, Bumbershoot, Sketchfest, and the Brooklyn Comedy Festival. His writing has been quoted in Rolling Stone, VOX, Boing Boing, and been featured on the front page of Reddit multiple times. In early 2017, he published his debut novel, a young adult romance called Unwrap My Heart about a girl who falls in love with a sexy mummy. Publisher’s Weekly called it “unfortunate.”
And one time, Salt & Straw even named an ice cream flavor after him ("Falcognac") and it was delicious. Despite these modest accomplishments, he’s somehow remained totally down to earth and approachable.
Ella Gale is a comedian and comedy writer in Los Angeles, California. A former engineer and unpaid intern, her comedy has been described by the Austin Chronicle as “exceedingly clever”. A witty writer, she tries to keep her nerdiest jokes a little dirty, and vice versa. She’s been a favorite with Austin comedy juggernaut Master Pancake, and has performed at the Bridgetown and Limestone comedy festivals. She writes satire for Reductress and The Hard Times, and hosts the Hard Times Live in Los Angeles.
Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Kerrilynn Gallagher prides herself on her east coast roots. Her comedy stems from her 30-something experiences with family and friends as well as commentary on current events. You can catch her performing on local Phoenix comedy shows, and she has featured for Mark Normand and Ryan Singer.
Jason is the host of The Broken Hearts Podcast where each week a new guest picks up the pieces of their broken heart to share their stories of lost love, failure and humiliation. As a stand up comedian Jason shares his own heart breaks, shortcomings and insecurities with random strangers who are trying to laugh. It can all lead to some heavy awkward moments, but isn’t that the best time to make a joke?
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Amanda Hurley is a fun and flirty feral dog. She is also a comedian from Arizona who now lives in New York City. She is a regular at Caroline's on Broadway and she recently performed in the Women in Comedy Festival, Beast Village Comedy Festival, Bird City Comedy Festival, Big Pine Comedy Festival and Tucson Comedy Arts Festival.
Tyler Jackson is a standup from Chicago who has a short attention span, a bad memory, and an off-kilter sense of humor. He cobbles his act together out of a thousand little bits of absurd wordplay, non-sequiturs, groan-worthy puns, and embarrassing personal details, clinging to the hope that the whole of his comedy is greater than the sum of its bizarre parts.
Tyler has been a part of several prestigious comedy festivals, like High Plains, Bridgetown, Laughing Skull, Limestone, and the New York Comedy Festival. He is also a producer of the wild comedy happening Late Late Breakfast and the fantastical roast series Character Assassination. He is writing this on his lunch break at work.
Jessie "Jetski" Johnson is a Phoenix, Arizona native who, in mid 2017, moved to HOLLYWOOD BABY! Funny story: back around 2015 she changed her stage name to "Jetski" Johnson and after a few months and some major legal battles later, Kawasaki forced her to change her name back. She won a jetski out of the settlement and rides it often in her luxurious beach house on the pacific ocean.
Michael Paul Kohn is a stand-up comic from Phoenix, Arizona. At first glance, he may appear to smell of corn dogs. But rest assured, he is 100% showered, all the time. Michael first graced the stage in 2013 with his confusing combination of husky-yet-trim, smart-but-stupid. He is quite the nice guy, but he will never ever help you move or drive you to the airport. Although he is in the beginning years of his thirties, he has been described as looking "at least 40". In his spare time, which is all the time, MPK likes to craft intricate pieces of modern art out of fast food. It is an ever-expanding gallery entitled "Kohn Admires Art", and contains such pieces as, "Halloween masks made of Arby's" and "Wind chimes made of Panda Express". Michael has been on the Big Pine and Bird City comedy festivals. He has been runner-up in a few comedy contests, just like he has been runner-up for most things he has ever tried.
Jess Lane is a stand-up comedian, writer, director, actor, and improviser.
As a stand-up, she's performed all over New York and Los Angeles: Power Violence, Sleepaway Camp, Holy Fuck, Future Forms, The Macauley Culkin Show, The Hard Times Showcase, The Cinder Block Comedy Fest, and Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans, only to name a few. In Los Angeles, she was the co-host of Not For Nothin’ with Erin Lampart at Echoes Under Sunset and Extra Credit with Christian Spicer at The Clubhouse.
As an actress, she has appeared in The Special Without Brett Davis, Adult Swim’s Fart-Copter, the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare, and various sketches on Funny or Die, UCBComedy, and Nerdist.
As a writer, she has contributed to Billy on the Street, Reductress, Conan's TeamCoco.com, and ComedyCentral.com. She was a staff writer for Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist.com, Cameron Esposito's She Said on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, the UCB LA Digital Writers Room, and UCB Comedy's unscripted series Shooting Strangers.
As a writer & director, her original pilots Mizz Miraculous and The Brothers Sisters screened at NYTVF in 2014 & 2013, she has directed videos for truTV, Funny or Die, The Hard Times, Nerdist, The Special Without Brett Davis, and Da Snack Boys, and her web series Queer Bones, Punks, My Dead Lesbian Ex-Girlfriend and many others have screened at Channel 101 in both New York and Los Angeles.
As an improviser, she was on the UCBLA Harold Team Mister Town City, Mess Hall Team LaserDisc, the LA indie-darlings Varmint, the Magnet Theater's Featherweight, and was a host of Mach Improv.
She can also play the guitar, is learning how to play the drums, and owns no less than 7 differently colored motorcycle jackets.
Bill started comedy in 2014 and hasn't looked back since, winning a best of festival at big pine comedy festival 2017. Bill also cohosts the meat sweats podcast, and has featured for touring headliners at clubs and bars alike, with a gruff but loveable style audiences love. His favorite food is beer, and when you ask "hey man do you want a salad?" He thinks you mean a mix of marijuana strains in the same bowl.
Teresa Lee is a stand-up comedian that has written for Cracked and MTV’s “Middle of the Night Show”. She’s been featured on NBC Asian America and was a semi-finalist on Standup NBC. She has played in festivals including the Laughing Skull Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Crom Comedy Festival, and The Comedy Comedy Festival. She has also performed at notable venues and shows such as The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, Upright Citizen's Brigade, The Punchline in SF, The Comedy Store Main Room, Laugh Factory Chicago and more. She was featured on Elizabeth Banks’ emerging comedy website WhoHaha as a Funny Lady of the Week. Teresa has written comedy for Funny Or Die, College Humor 2, Reductress, and Splitsider. She attended New York University where she received her BFA in Dramatic Writing and currently lives in Los Angeles with a rescue dog that can see ghosts.
Phoenix-native turned Brooklyn-local Matt Levy does it all. The former Onion intern performs stand up at hostels, bars and clubs all over NYC, writes and directs sketch for his own Shark Jumper Productions and even finds the time to eat entire jars of peanut butter in one sitting. Levy's credits include writings in AmNY, the Luke's Lobster semi-annual magazine and multiple interviews on the nationally syndicated television show "Right This Minute." You can find Matt either eating peanut butter or on Twitter at @MattLevy51
Danny Maupin blends unapologetic self-awareness with sharp-witted storytelling, and his energetic performances have been featured at the TBS New York Comedy Festival, TruTV's High Plains Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival and many more.
He is also co-creator of Late Late Breakfast which tours extensively and maintains residencies at The Hideout in Chicago, The Creek & The Cave in NYC and The Silverlake Lounge in Los Angeles.
Rana May’s deadpan delivery, punk rock sensibility, and fascination with science make her comedy stand out like a shoe on a pizza. Rana was persuaded to try stand up comedy after doing “informational speeches” at backyard barbeques and in basements for a year or two. Her background is in social work, dog rescue, and used book stores, where deadpan is considered a strength.
Rana has been featured locally in the City Pages, Star Tribune, Minnesota Daily, MPR, and was picked as one of five comics to watch by Growler Magazine. You can see her performing all over the Twin Cities producing and hosting PSSY CTRL or MRDR ROOM. She’s opened for Maria Bamford, Kyle Kinane, Jonah Ray, Mary Mack, Tim Harmston, Neil Hamburger, David Bazan and way more musicians and comedians.
Rana is the winner of the House of Comedy 2014 Funniest Person with a Day Job Contest and has performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Crom Comedy Festival, Chicago Comedy Exposition, All Jane Festival, Hell Yes Fest, and 10,000 Laughs.
Kelly is a writer, actress, and comedian from in New Jersey. She now lives in Los Angeles, California. She has been featured on WhoHaha, Comedy Cake, and Funny or Die.
She has been in several television appearances, online sketches, web series, live sketches, and plays. She currently has a recurring role on the web series Porn Soup.
Currently she performs stand up on a regular basis throughout the Los Angeles area. She has also traveled and performed across the North America including the US and Mexico, as well as in festivals like the Lady Laughs Comedy Festival in Madison, WI; Black Box Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA; Blue Whale Comedy Festival in Tulsa, OK; Big Fire Comedy Festival in Santa Clarita & Helendale, CA; Big Pine Comedy Fest in Flagstaff, AZ; and the Boston Arts Comedy Fest. In 2015, she also co-hosted and co-produced a biweekly stand up comedy show called Permission Slip at Koda Sushi in Los Angeles, CA.
Matt Micheletti is a stand up comic working out of Phoenix, AZ. Originally from California, he is immune to Korn songs and has a +5 to sunburn defense. He is also a huge fan of mac and cheese and the band 311. Matt is the creator of Comedy on Fire and The Comedy Avengers, an annual benefit comedy show. Matt is a dog person and tolerates cats. Matt has been doing comedy for 5 years. He also wrote this bio.
Allison Mick is an Oakland-based comedian and writer originally from Rochester, NY. She draws from her upbringing and personal experiences to address topics like race, gender, and serial killers. She’s performed at SF Sketchfest, the Boston Women in Comedy Festival, and the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival. In 1997, she was featured in the book “Humor Works” by Dr. John Morreall, the founder of the International Society for Humor Studies and has managed to stay very grounded despite this fame.
By day, Rory is a (WHO CARES DAY JOBS ARE BORING) but by night, his banal persona falls away as he fights the forces of sadness and boring grown-up life with a sword of silly observation and a cudgel of no-YOU’RE-a-boring-doofus. You can tell Rory likes himself as his jokes are mostly about himself and he wrote this whole thing in third-person (he’s very proud of this fact, as he loves to point out). He likes himself so much, he hopes you seek out his performances at the myriad Tucson shows he regularly appears at like BrewHaHa at Borderlands Brewery, Laffs Comedy Cafe, The Switch, Caffeinated Comedy, and even his own fledgling showcase and open mic every Tuesday at 7 at The Loudhouse Rock'n'Roll Bar.
Lou Moon is a disabled, autistic comedian and, despite that, has been told he's a funny person. He hosts Moonlight Mesa, a comedy show every Saturday at Comedy Off Main St, the podcast Ghost Boys, and he performs regularly across Arizona.
Mike Mulloy is a comedian, originally from Boston, who made the move to Los Angeles a few months back. Mike has been seen in the Boston Comedy Festival and RiotLA Festival as well as hosting a monthly show at the Nerdist Showroom called On Deck.
Steve was born in LA, and moved to Phoenix in 1993 to escape the riots. He started performing stand-up at 43, in lieu of a Porsche or a trophy wife. In addition to comedy, Steve is also a film fanatic, avid music collector, and father of an adorable tortoise named Tojo. He is also very active in the Phoenix nerd community, and co-hosts a popular trivia panel called Um... Actually at Phoenix FanFest every year.
Buck Newman is a writer and standup comedian, born and raised in Lima, OH but living in Phoenix, AZ since 2009. He is a co-founder of Drift Compatible Productions and a Producer of the Big Pine Comedy Festival in Flagstaff, AZ. His mother describes his sense of humor as “Norm Macdonald in a Far Side cartoon.” He also just bought a minivan to stay humble.
Danielle Perez is a Los Angeles based stand-up comedian best known for being the woman in a wheelchair, with no feet, who won a treadmill on The Price Is Right. Her hilarious reaction to winning the awkward prize earned her a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Danielle has opened for Maria Bamford and has been named Comic of The Week on “The Jackie & Laurie Show”. This Fall she was profiled by CNN’s “Great Big Story” and Elizabeth Bank’s WhoHaha to promote the Amazon original series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. Danielle's 2016 profile by Refinery 29 went viral and the accompanying photo series won an American Photography Award. In addition to performing at comedy clubs and festivals across the country, Danielle has written and stared in videos for BuzzFeed, Funny or Die, Channel 101, and Snarled. Danielle is a founding member of Thigh Gap Comedy and produces GENTRIFICATION, a monthly comedy show in Highland Park. This year, Danielle will star in the web series "Thank You Come Again".
Originally from Omaha Nebraska, Zach Peterson creates thoughtful and different comedy with uncommon takes on common subjects. When Zach is not touring the country with the likes of Dave Ross, Mary Mack, or Timmy Williams from The Whitest Kids you Know, he makes his home in Los Angeles CA. In Los Angeles, Zach helps run the Arguments and Grievances comedy debate show that was named "Best Variety Show" by Chicago Magazine and has been featured at LA's Nerdmelt Theater and on Audible.com. He was an organizers of the Comedy Exposition Chicago’s, wildly successful DIY stand up festival. Zach performs at clubs all around the country with comedians like Tom Papa, Joe DeRosa, and Matt Braunger. He also has been featured at numerous comedy festivals including The High Plains Festival, The Laughing Skull Festival and Limestone Comedy Festival.
Blaire Postman is a high energy, storytelling stand up comic with no chill. Her unexpected material includes tales of living with recovering alcoholics and the history of Super Bowl half time shows.
She has been an officially selected performer at the Cape Fear Comedy Festival, SheDot Comedy Festival (Toronto), Chicago Women's Funny Fest, NC Comedy Arts Festival, ut of Bounds Comedy Festival (Austin) & Hell Yes Fest (New Orleans) - and SF Sketchfest in January 2018.
She's featured for amazing headliners including Arsenio Hall, Erin Foley, Andy Hendrickson, Eddie Ifft, Janelle James, Laura Kightlinger, Aparna Nancherla, Emo Philips, Ben Roy, Sara Schaefer, Jenny Zigrino and Joe Zimmerman, among others.
Blaire has featured and/or showcased at wonderful venues including Goodnight's (Raleigh); Dead Crow Comedy Room (Wilmington, NC); the Richmond Funny Bone; The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC); Comedy Cabana (Myrtle Beach, SC); Coconuts (St. Pete Beach); Gregory's (Cocoa Beach, FL) & other alt spaces & clubs around the southeast & mid-Atlantic.
She is also producer & co host of My Fantasy Wife, the weekly sports meets comedy meets pop culture podcast, now in its third year.
Bri Pruett is a stand-up comic and improviser from Portland, Oregon, living in Los Angeles, California. In 2017, she was featured on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. In 2016 she won the Willamette Week reader’s poll for Best Comedian in Portland. Splitsider.com has named her a “comic-to-watch.” She also has proven you don’t have to be that smart to do a TedxTalk.
Iesha Renee has 4 years of professional comedy experience. Discovered as a fresh face to the comedy scene by the one and only Jamie Masada Founder of the Laugh Factory. Iesha does motivational speaking, commercials and performs throughout the valley in various forms of entertainment including musicals. Iesha is playful on the mic, easy on the eye, engaging and relevant. Check out her website ieshareneecomedy. com for more details.
Jen Saunderson brings to the stage an imaginatively whimsical and sometimes dark style of humor. Her bizarre upbringing, tales of a baby-obsessed mother and an unwavering desire to stay independent all play a part in making this 5’1’’ spitfire one of the most unique stand-up comedians around!
Saunderson is the creator and host of the new IFC web series called, “The Filling is Mutual,” along with her best friend and co-host Jenny Zigrino. The two create unique dishes based on their favorite comedian’s jokes.
Saunderson has toured international performing in Reykjavik, Edinburgh, London, and Prague.
She’s been a judge’s favorite on Season 6 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, which took her to Vegas, can been seen on Comedy Central’s AtomTV and each season of FOX’s Laughs. Saunderson was featured in the movie Kuso (2017) that premiered at Sundance. Seattle Weekly also named her Seattle’s Best Comedian.
She is survived by her husband, two cats and dog named Gandalf... who may or may not be a wizard.
After receiving an expensive MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, Mishka Shubaly promptly realized he was more interested in playing music in dive bars than writing. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring non-stop, and shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Decemberists among others. He’s become a cult favorite, opening nationally for comedy iconoclast Doug Stanhope, penning the soundtrack for The Unbookables documentary, and headlining the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour. Adrian Grenier played drums for a new single and Shubaly’s most recent record “Coward’s Path” has won praise from Johnny Depp and Joe Perry.
In 2011, Shubaly began publishing a series of hit mini-memoirs via Amazon Kindle Singles (six #1 bestsellers, more than 200,000 copies sold in five different languages). Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote the foreword for his collection. His account of getting shipwrecked for The Moth was broadcast nationally on NPR and around the world. Shubaly’s full-length memoir I Swear I'll Make it Up to You (Hachette) was published in 2016 and has garnered praise from The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, GQ, Men’s Journal, and Brooklyn Magazine. His roadwork— 145 shows in 5 countries last year— has won him accolades from Portland, OR to New York to the UK. His writing workshop at Yale has been hailed by students as ‘transformative.’ He has appeared on Warped Tour with Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die) and recently achieved his highest honor and became a clue on Jeopardy!
The comedy of Arish Singh, with its unique fusion of absurdist humor and political commentary has been praised by many, and described by many others as “yeah, not my thing.” Singh is a Chicago-based comedian who has opened for acts like Hasan Minhaj, Tim Heidecker, Janeane Garofalo, and Kamau Bell, and has performed on notable stand-up showcases like Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, Andy Kindler’s Particular Show and Chicago’s Comedians You Should Know. Singh has been featured in various comedy festivals including the Chicago Comedy Exposition ('16), the Bridgetown Comedy Festival ('17), and the Limestone Comedy Festival ('17), and was a semifinalist for the Standup NBC competition ('17). Singh can be seen on Netflix in the current season of the original series Easy cabbing around a semi-fictionalized Chicago. In real Chicago, Singh runs Monkey Wrench, a monthly comedy show that is little more than a leftist plot against the ruling class and the world view they underwrite.
Chris Thayer is a stand-up comic who has spent most of his career in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and NYC, and is currently living in Tucson, AZ (what, why?). He has appeared on Comedy Central’s Adam DeVine’s House Party, VICELAND’s Flophouse, and TBS’ The Pete Holmes Show; written for Comedy Central’s CC: Studios, Funny or Die, TBS, and JASH; performed at numerous comedy festivals, including SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown, and Riot LA; been a featured on dozens of podcasts, including 2 Dope Queens, The CrabFeast, Yo, Is This Racist?, and Terrified; been a recurring guest on the You Made it Weird podcast; toured the country extensively with Pete Holmes; opened for Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Michael Ian Black, Demetri Martin, Chris Hardwick, Rory Scovel, and many others; and embarked on a couple of self-booked tours spanning thousands of miles each.
Recently ranked as Arizona’s 99th Best Comedian, Mary has been making Arizona laugh for the past 5 years. She started as a main stage performer and instructor with Jesterz Improv in Mesa, then dove into standup in 2015. She was a finalist in Airizona’s Funniest Person with a Day Job and although she kept her day- job Marystill loves performing all over the valley for free drinks and chicken & waffles. Mary’s style of comedy is delightfully self-deprecating and full of energy.
Mo Urban is a Tucson comedian who runs a weekly open mic comedy show at Café Passe every Wednesday. She currently produces The Dating Game with alternating hosts such as Gabe Wing (aka Natalia Flores) and the comedy variety show “What Now” along with Amber Frame at Tucson Improv Movement. Mo also produces Mo produces the all-female showcase “C*nts Being C*nts Talking About C*nts with Steena Salido. She has performed all over Arizona and hosted for Laurie Kilmartin, Steve Gillespie, Brian Scolaro and Kevin McDonald.
Mo performed and organized the all-female portion of Tucson Improv Movement's Cactus Flower Comedy Festival in 2017 and 2018. She has produced several shows in Bisbee because it's a dope town and she also performed in Big Pine’s 2017 Comedy Festival. Mo has even had a story published! It was in the Female Storytellers' first publication. and her story involves getting caught with her pants off by a cop.
Mo likes her dog, Christmas lights, fresh water and being an idiot to entertain herself.
Jake and Alex Yardley
Jake and Alex Yardley are stand up comics that study improv and sketch writing at Upright Citizens Brigade and Groundlings in Los Angeles. They are originally from Philadelphia but based in Arizona, performing all arpund the valley. After creating Tempe Late Night, at ASU they now run a biweekly stand up and improv show in Mesa AZ called The Aftermath.
Matt Ziemak is a comedian from Tucson AZ, but he swears he’s moving this year. Matt has preformed stand up comedy all over the country. He is lucky enough to have been apart of some great things such as Bird City comedy Festival, Fly over comedy festival, and Big pine comedy festival as well as being a finalist in the 2016 Arizona’s funniest comedian contest. Matt also runs Brew Haha @ Borderlands Brewery, it’s one of the longest running stand up comedy shows in Tucson.
Matt's comedy draws you in with it's sweet outer shell and keeps you hooked with it's inner grittiness. Kinda like a crispy M&M, which I think we can all agree is the best M&M and we are grateful for M&M and the whole Mars company for bring the crispy M&M back into production. Almost as grateful as you will be to yourself for checking out Matt Ziemak.
Originally formed as an improvised teenage dramedy in 2011 that used long-form improv to create a would-be episode of a Dawson's Creek or Boy Meets World type show, Dawson's Queef has since become a sketch comedy troupe with most of it's original members in tact. Dawson's Queef uses bizarre and irreverent comedy as a defense mechanism against an unjust world.
Detention is a house sketch team at The Pack Theater.
Detention is: Erika Curry Michael Goldenberg Will Hagle Carli Lind Dylan McGrath Justin Otis Tim Palmer Matthew Park Jas Sams Michael Skarsten Jacob Slesinski Michael Sopczynski Sam Weller
Marv N' Berry
Marv n' Berry is a Canadian sketch comedy posse consisting of Mike Robertson, Chris Borger, Sam Stralak, Quinn Contini, and Nikki Hulowski. All members are also improvisors in Edmonton Alberta’s Rapid Fire Theatre ensemble, and thus Marv n’ Berry was formed at RFT's annual Bonfire Improv Festival (a celebration of experimental improv formats). After creating an hour-long sketch showcase in a week, they emerged fully formed as a quintet of dedicated sketch performers. Since then, Marv n’ Berry has been traveling throughout North America doing improv and sketch: recently performing in Hell Yes! Fest in New Orleans, Vancouver Sketch Festival in British Columbia, Canada, Charm City Comedy Festival in Baltimore, Sac Comedy Fest in Sacramento, California and many more. Additionally, Marv n’ Berry had a critically-acclaimed four-star sold-out run at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival in 2016 with their show “Marv n’ Berry presents: Is Everyone Ignoring Me or Am I Just a Ghost?” and did it again in 2017 with a new show called “Imagination”.
From high concept to low brow, Marv n’ Berry performs with no boundaries, dippin' their fingers in all the comedy pies. Their shows feature sturdy sketch premises that contain some silly improvised riffing, as well as some absurd character work and some fourth-wall breaking audience interaction sketches. Their show is generally minimalist, with barely any props or video cues; just lights, sound effects, chairs, and jokes.
Ryan Gaumont has been producing sketch comedy since he was 15 years old. That's longer than he's been sexually active! He spent 10 years with the troupe Bully Mammoth that performed new shows regularly at venues like Space 55 and the Tempe Center for the Arts and also performed at two Big Pine Comedy Festivals and the first Bird City Comedy Festival. He's also been in the foreground and background of a couple commercials on television. Now entering his 30s, Showmont is his first solo sketch venture. A one man tour de force of videos produced and edited by him, live sketches that sometimes include friends, and music that he sometimes has talented friends help him with. Showmont is the culmination of Ryan's years doing sketch comedy in fancy theaters, stinky art galleries, hot black box theaters, dart board corners of bars, coffee shops, empty record stores at 2pm, weird fusion restaurants, movie theaters, and once even at a Mormon church.
A founding troupe of The Torch Theatre, Apollo 12 attempts to play to the top of their game as well as the audiences intelligence. Delving deep into literature, mythology and pop culture, Apollo 12 builds up ideas intellectually and then gleefully rips down those ideas bit by bit with a ruthless sense of playfulness. Apollo 12 has been performing for over ten years in Phoenix, Arizona. Some of our festival highlights include: The Phoenix Improv Festival, Southern Improv Festival, Out of Bounds Improv Festival, Gila Monster Improv Festival, Del Close Marathon, Twin Cities Improv Festival and the Dallas Dallas Comedy Festival.
Pizza Party is a Phoenix-based two-man improv troupe celebrating the intricacies of life through pizza. Sam Lowy and Michael Margetis have been performing improv and sketch comedy around the Valley for the past nine years. They have performed many places throughout the country including Second City Hollywood in LA and UCB New York as part of the Del Close 72-Hour Improv Marathon. Michael Margetis has two AriZoni Awards and is a Venezia Pizza Eating Champion. Sam Lowy is a proud pet owner.
Founded in early 2015, The Riveters is an all-female long form improv troupe from the Tucson Improv Movement (aka TIM). From a brief opening these hilarious ladies will create a montage of fun, fast, and smart comedic scenes right on the spot. The Riveters is comprised of Esther Brilliant, Clare Shelley, Jessica Peck, Catherine Bartlett, Jessica Hill, and Jessica Gregg.
Spearmint has been performing together since January 2014 and is a Harold team at the Torch Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Spearmint has performed in the Del Close Marathon in NYC in 2014 and 2015. They have also performed at the 2016 and 2017 Phoenix Improv Festival.
Verizon Qwest is Marisol Chavez and Jose Gonzalez. Our goal each show is to do as many improvised scenes as possible in any given time slot. The chaos that results causes the scenes to merge and overlap into a show that is unique and high energy.
We Bought a 'Zoo
Formed in the heart of battle, Evan Fairbanks and Cody Walker were fast friends who shared a love of music. Particularly, of the kazoo variety. They knew they needed to change the course of history and so the duo set out to buy a kazoo. After minutes of searching, they boughtthe 'zoo at a party supply store. And thus began... We Bought a 'zoo. Evan picked up the other 'zoo from a garden gnome who granted him one wish. Now Evan and Cody roam the lands, Kazoos in hand ready to perform long form improv in all it's forms especially as three time champions of the Torch Theatre's CageMatch Series.