As programs like The Moth Radio Hour and This American Life turn more and more people on to the power of a well-told story, so comedian Al Madrigal becomes more and more popular. With good reason, as The Daily Show‘s “senior Latino correspondent” is perhaps the most hilarious storyteller to hit the stage since David Sedaris. His true-life tales have been featured on The Tonight Show, Conan, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel. And if that’s not enough for you to come out and see him live, he was named Best Stand-Up Comedian at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and recently taped an hour special for ABC and Univision that won the 2015 “Storyteller Award” at the Mixed Remixed Festival in Los Angeles. Now Madrigal, the man who “will make you howl until you spit expensive mineral water from your nose” (New York Post), headlines a venue near you. Based in New York, Madrigal also does comedy tours as a headliner in clubs across the country, including Stand Up NY.
Amy Schumer is one of the biggest names on the stand up scene today. She first garnered attention in 2007 when she was a finalist on the 5th season of NBC’s, Last Comic Standing. She has made appearances on Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Howard Stern, The View, and The Opie & Anthony Show. Her debut album, Cutting, was included on numerous Best Comedy Album of the Year lists. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Variety’s 10 Comics To Watch list. A comedic actress as well, she has guest-starred on 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Adult Swim’s Delocated. Since 2013, Schumer is the star, co-writer, and co-producer of the Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer, which has received positive reviews. The show has also been awarded the Peabody, and in 2015, an Emmy award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. In May 2015, Schumer performed at the famous Apollo Theater. Her performance will also be released as a stand up special and was directed by comedian, Chris Rock. In July 2015 Schumer starred in the comedy film, Trainwreck, along with Bill Hader.
Andrew Schulz is one of top young comics in the country. He turned to stand up after working at a restaurant near his college, UC Santa Barbara. The restaurant had a comedy night, and Schulz’s co-workers encouraged him to perform. After his debut, he quickly returned to the East Coast to dive into the NYC comedy scene. Within a few months, he began to perform shows at the Comedy Village along with some of the top New York comics. After the Comedy Village closed its doors, Schulz moved on to other clubs in the city – thanks in part to the support of comedian, Calise Hawkins. In 2008, Schulz performed at Scotland’s famous Edinburgh Comedy Festival. He now currently entertains audiences at the city’s top comedy clubs, including the Comedy Cellar, Stand Up NY, and the Village Lantern – the last of which he also hosts. He has written and starred in both the Rise of the Radio Show and The Apartmentship web series. Schulz has also served as the host of Certified on the Music Choice Network. Currently, he stars on both MTV shows Guy Code and Hip Hop Squares.
Andy Hendrickson is a comedian, writer and actor that built his career in New York City and now resides in Los Angeles. He has a clever, conversational style and has been engaging audiences for well over a decade. Since 2013, he’s had multiple TV appearances including: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Gotham Comedy Live. In LA you can catch Andy at The Comedy and Magic Club and in New York City, Andy appears regularly at the most popular venues including the world famous Comedy Cellar. Internationally, Andy has performed at clubs and festivals throughout the world, including Canada, England, Holland and Ireland. In 2011 he performed for our troops on Outback’s Feeding Freedom Tour that provided entertainment for the troops on military bases across Afghanistan. His 3rd comedy CD “Underachiever” recently released to rave reviews and debuted in the iTunes Top 40. Although living in LA, Hendrickson also performs in NYC at comedy clubs like the Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Stand Up NY.
Anthony Jeselnik is a New York based comedian. A Tulane University graduate, Jeselnik shot to fame after his appearances on Comedy Central’s Roast of Donald Trump and Roast of Charlie Sheen. He has performed on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Carson Daly, and became the first comic to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a show for which he also wrote monologue jokes. Jeselnik earned an Emmy Nomination for his writing on A Night of Too Many Stars concert special. He has also performed on HBO’s Down & Dirty with Jim Norton and John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show. He also landed a half hour Comedy Central Presents special and was named on Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch list in 2008. In 2010, Jeselnik released his debut stand up album, Shakespeare, which Laughspin rated as one of the top comedy albums of the year. In 2013, Jeselnik released his second stand up album, Caligula, which was also his debut stand up special, and starred in the Comedy Central series, The Jeselnik Offensive, which lasted two seasons. Jeselnik’s second stand up special, Thoughts and Prayers, will air on Netflix in October 2015.
Ardie Fuqua is a comedian and actor from New York. He has made appearances on BET’s Comic View and BET News. A veteran of the NYC stand up scene, he can be seen regularly at the city’s finest clubs, including Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Stand Up NY. Fuqua has given hilarious commentary as himself on VH1’s shows and Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He has also worked as a writer and performer on the P. Diddy Presents The Bad Boys of Comedy series. In 2009, Fuqua made over a dozen appearances on TruTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest, a popular long running series. Recently, Fuqua appeared on the 1st season finale of the critically acclaimed FX series, Louie, co-starring with comedian, Godfrey. Fuqua made a return appearance in the 2nd season of Louie, appearing as the Comedy Cellar emcee, a role he regularly fills with the club.
Artie Lange is one of the most beloved stand up comedians today. Artie is best known for an 8 year run as a regular on The Howard Stern Show, the most popular radio show of all time. He currently co-hosts The Nick and Artie Show with comedian, Nick DiPaolo. Artie started his career performing at New York City comedy clubs, quickly creating the popular comedy sketch troupe Live on Tape. He also had stints writing with sketch groups, The Improvables and Midnight Madness. Artie’s Live on Tape work enabled him to be cast as one of the original members of FOX’s Mad TV. The show proved to be a major success, and Artie was soon cast with comedian Norm MacDonald as stars in the popular film Dirty Work. As a film actor, Artie has appeared in countless movies, including Lost and Found, Mystery Men, Old School, and Elf, among others. Artie co-wrote and starred in his own film, Beer League, which earned rave reviews from critics. He is also a regular guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Artie has also made frequent appearances on Comedy Central’s Roast series. On television, Artie has also guest-starred in episodes of HBO’s Entourage and FX’s Rescue Me. As a stand up comedian, Artie has also entertained a sold out crowd at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall.
Aziz Ansari is one of the biggest stars in stand up comedy today. Having over 11 years of stand up comedy under his belt, Aziz has earned millions of fans across the world. He first burst onto the national scene as a writer and co-creator of MTV’s smash hit Human Giant, a sketch comedy series which ran for multiple seasons. Aziz was then cast in Judd Apatow’s beloved film Funny People, playing opposite Adam Sandler as Randy, a horrible and energetic comedian. Aziz also appeared in 4 episodes of the popular sitcom Scrubs. From 2009-2015 Aziz co-starred as Tom Haverford on NBC’s hit series Parks & Recreation, alongside Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, and Adam Scott. Aziz served as the host for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, where he shared the stage with the biggest stars in the world. His comedy special, Intimate Moments from a Sensual Evening, earned rave reviews and widespread acclaim from fans. Aziz’s follow-up Dangerously Delicious tour was released exclusively on his website AzizAnsari.com for $5 per download. Aziz Ansari’s Twitter account also has 7.5 million followers to date, proving his wild popularity in and out of the country. Aziz has performed at the biggest theater venues in the U.S., including the legendary Carnegie Hall.
Brian Scott McFadden is one of the most incredibly hilarious & frustratingly unappreciated actor/writer/comedians working today, a performer as remarkably gifted as he is inexplicably unacknowledged. After an undenyingly brilliant & insufficiently lauded performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Brian followed with an equally spectacular & similarly overlooked appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. He was most recently seen tearing up the big screen in Ben Stiller’s all star blockbuster “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” in a performance both stunning in its complexity & unfortunate in its brevity. Brian has also just released his new Comedy CD “What Women Want” which has been met with a deceptively small but optimistically moderate level of industry enthusiasm. McFadden regularly performs at Stand Up NY.
Bonnie McFarlane first made waves in Canada’s stand up scene after winning The Search for Canada’s Funniest New Comic. She then moved to New York, where she quickly became entrenched in the city’s comedy scene and earned her first half-hour special on Comedy Central. A comedic actress, McFarlane has been cast in starring roles for pilots on CBS, UPN, and HBO. In Los Angeles, McFarlane made stand up appearances on The Late Late Show, Friday Night, and Premium Blend. She also appeared regularly on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and earned a guest-starring role on The Drew Carey Show. McFarlane has served as a writer for The Man Show, Trigger Happy, and Spy TV, among other shows. She earned national attention as a finalist on the second season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. This appearance led to stand up spots on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. HBO also gave her a half-hour stand up special. Currently, McFarlane can be seen touring with her husband, Rich Vos, with whom she co-hosts the My Wife Hates Me podcast. In 2014, McFarlane starred in and produced the comedy documentary, Women Aren’t Funny.
Calise Hawkins is one of the most memorable acts on the comedy circuit. She first gained exposure as a featured guest on Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil on Comedy Central. NBC then named Calise a finalist in their annual Stand Up for Diversity competition. A festival favorite, she was named a semifinalist in the New York Comedy Festival’s Funniest Comic in New York competition. Calise has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing series. Fans might also recognize her from a coveted featured spot on Russell Simmons Presents Stand Up at the El Rey. In 2012, she was named on the New Faces Showcase on Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Recently, Calise made her late-night television debut with a stand up spot on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She can be seen nightly at the city’s top comedy clubs, including Stand Up NY and Caroline’s on Broadway.
Caroline Rhea is a comedian, actress, and voiceover artist. A native of Montreal, Quebec, she gained nationwide exposure as a star on the ABC hit series, Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Caroline also replaced Rosie O’Donnell as the host of her own syndicated talk show, which re-launched as The Caroline Rhea Show and ran for nearly 200 episodes. Caroline was named the original host of NBC’s hit reality series The Biggest Loser, and led the show for 3 successful seasons. An accomplished television personality, Caroline was also hired to host Cake Walk: Wedding Edition. As a voiceover artist, Caroline voices Linda Flynn-Fletcher on Disney Channel’s wildly popular Phineas and Ferb series. She guest-starred in the HBO special, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, which served as the springboard of the popular series which shares a similar title. As a television actress, Caroline made appearances on The Drew Carey Show and Sordid Lives: The Series. She also had a recurring role in Disney’s The Suite Life of Zach & Cody. Currently, Caroline performs frequently at Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Described as a high energy comic, Chris Distefano acts out a variety of characters derived from his life, typically leaving you on the edge of your seat wondering “Who the hell is that he’s talking about?”
Chris has worked at all of the top comedy clubs across New York City including but not limited to Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines on Broadway, and The Comedy Cellar. Chris has a Bachelors degree in Psychology to impress his mom’s friends, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy to impress his Moms friend’s Moms.
You can catch Chris all over MTV! He is a current cast member on MTV2s hit show “GuyCode”. You can also see him featured on MTVs “GirlCode” “Failosiphy” and “Money From Strangers”.
Chris was selected from hundreds of comedians across the country to be one of Comedy Centrals “Comics to Watch” as part of the 2012 New York Comedy Festival. He was selected as a finalist in “New York’s Funniest” as a part of the 2012 New York Comedy festival as well. On June 20th, 2013, Chris made his network Televison debut, on The Late Show with David Letterman, on CBS. Chris has opened up for comedy legends such as Richard Lewis, Gilbert Godfried, and Artie Lange.
Chris has been heard on Sirius XM radio and his left elbow was featured on a National Subway Commercial. It’s a good elbow. He would know. He loves elbows.
Chris Rock is a renowned actor, writer, and stand up comedian. Comedy Central named Rock one of the five greatest stand up comedians of all-time, sharing the honor with comedy legends like Richard Pryor and George Carlin. Rock started as a cast member on Saturday Night Live in the 90’s, where he gained immense popularity among viewers. He served as a correspondent on ABC’s Politically Incorrect, opposite host Bill Maher. Rock launched to worldwide fame following his HBO special, Bring The Pain, widely hailed as one of the greatest comedy specials ever recorded. He received his own HBO talk show, The Chris Rock Show, which garnered Emmy Awards and high ratings. He followed up his first HBO special with Bigger & Blacker and Never Scared, two separate one-hour specials that showed Rock’s versatility and depth as a performer. He also created and narrated the UPN/CW series Everybody Hates Chris, which ran for four successful seasons. Rock has hosted the MTV Music Video Awards and the 77th Academy Awards. He also made the acclaimed documentary Good Hair, which explores black women’s hair in society. Rock has won four Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards for his comedy, and recently made his Broadway acting debut in The Motherf**er With The Hat.
Christian Finnegan is a comedian and writer based out of New York. He first earned national attention as an original cast member on VH1’s Best Week Ever series. He also made a memorable appearance on Chappelle’s Show as Chad, the one white roommate in the Mad Real World sketch. Recently, Finnegan has made frequent appearances on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He is a regular on the Comedy Central shows Premium Blend, and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and has his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. Finnegan has also done stand up spots on Conan, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and even NBC’s The Today Show. Comedy Central Records released his first CD, entitled Two For Flinching, while Warner Bros. released his DVD special, Au Contraire! in 2009. Finnegan recently appeared on the TBS comedy, Are We There Yet?. Finnegan is based in New York City, with his wife Kambri, a rabbit, a Chihuahua, and a parakeet.
Colin Jost is a New York-based comedian and writer. Since age 22, he has been a writer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live. In 2009, Jost was named Writing Supervisor, and in 2014 he became a featured player as co-anchor on Weekend Update. For his work on SNL, Jost has earned three Writers Guild of America awards, five Emmy nominations, and a Peabody award. Previously, he was President of the venerable Harvard Lampoon and an editor for the Staten Island Advance. An accomplished writer, Jost has published pieces for the Huffington Post, New York Magazine, and New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs. In 2011, Caroline’s on Broadway named Jost a breakout artist performer. He has made appearances on TBS, HBO, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He was named one of the best new faces at the Montreal Comedy Festival, while he has also made several appearances on the Chicago Just For Laughs Fest. In 2015, Jost wrote the screenplay and had a minor role in the comedy film, Staten Island Summer.
Damien Lemon is a name you should know. A graduate of Clark Atlanta University, Damien honed his comedy skills throughout his educational upbringing. He then moved to New York City, where he quickly made a name for himself in the comedy scene. Damien has opened for Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall and Dick Gregory at Caroline’s on Broadway. He has hosted corporate events for companies including Interactive ONE, VIBE Magazine, and NIKE. On television, Damien has frequently appeared on VH1’s hit series Big Morning Buzz Live, providing pop culture commentary and hilarious insights. He is also a regular on MTV2’s Guy Code, helping the show become the most popular series in MTV2 history. Finally, Damien made his televised stand up debut on Russell Simmons Presents The Ruckus, which aired on Comedy Central. Damien can be seen performing all over New York City, including Caroline’s on Broadway, where he headlined a show as part of the Breakout Artist series.
Dan Naturman entered the stand up comedy world as a Fordham University School of Law student. Following graduation, he abandoned law and became a full-time comedian. Dan’s endearing, self-deprecating wit has earned him fans around the country. Dan earned widespread critical praise for his comedy album, Get Off My Property, with Punchline Magazine proclaiming Dan’s act has “universal appeal.” He was the favorite comedian of judges Drew Carey and Brett Butler on the second season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Dan has also made several appearances on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Naturman has also earned rave reviews for his stand up spots on Last Call with Carson Daly, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! He is a regular at all of the top New York clubs, including the Comedy Cellar, Comic Strip Live, and Stand Up New York. Currently, Dan is a co-host on the Comedy Cellar’s popular Live from the Table podcast. Dan lives alone on the Upper East Side of New York.
Dan Soder began as a stand up as a 21-year-old University of Arizona student. He worked all across the Southwest, playing casinos and comedy clubs. Eventually, Soder moved East to pursue comedy full-time as a New York stand up. He quickly landed a spot performing on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham series. A favorite on the festival circuit, Soder has performed at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and the 2012 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Recently, Soder performed at the New York Comedy Festival – where he was voted Funniest Comedian of the Fest. In 2012, Guiness hired Soder to serve as their brand ambassador. Soder regularly appears on Robert Kelly’s popular You Know What Dude! podcast, a cornerstone of the Riotcast podcast network. Recently, he has also appeared as a guest on Sirius XM’s The Opie & Anthony Show, one of the most popular shows in radio. Currently, Soder is a regular panelist on Greg Gutfeld’s Red Eye on Fox News. Soder is based in New York City, where he performs regularly at Stand Up NY.
Dan St. Germain is a comedian from New York. He has performed stand up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the College Humor Live national tour. St. Germain has also appeared on MTV’s World of Jenks, New Year’s Bash, and Hoppus on Music. Previously, he has been featured on Comedy Central’s Indecision 2010, Spike TV’s website, as well as Atom.com. An accomplished writer, St. Germain has written for the Onion News Network, the Onion Sports Network, and Silent Library, among others. He was also chosen for the Young Playwrights Festival in 2002. Lately, St. Germain has been featured on Sirius XM Radio and the wildly popular WTF with Marc Maron podcast. St. Germain is also active on the festival circuit – performing at the Eugene Mirman Fest, Boston Comedy Festival, Hoboken, Bridgetown, and South by Southwest to name a few. Notably, he was named one of the ‘Best New Faces’ at the 2011 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. In 2012, St Germain appeared in a Super Bowl commercial with Howard Stern promoting NBC’s America’s Got Talent series. He recently performed a two-man show with comedian Jared Logan, entitled, They Hated Each Other, at the UCB Theatre in New York.
Dante Nero is a comedian, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. A trained martial artist, Nero dabbled in various fields before turning to comedy. He earned a fencing scholarship to SUNY New Paltz, before working for a phone company and serving as a bouncer and an exotic dancer. In 2001, Dante turned to a different sort of performance: stand up comedy. He quickly made a name for himself, working with established and successful comics like Tracy Morgan and Mike Epps. He co-hosted The Black Phillip Show with Patrice O’Neal, a relationship advice show on Sirius XM Radio. Dante has appeared on The Opie & Anthony Channel, Hot 97, and Chappelle’s Show. An accomplished actor, Dante has appeared on Z Rock on IFC, Damages on FX, and the popular series Fringe on FOX. Recently, Nero had a role in the NBC crime drama, The Blacklist. Dante has performed at all of the New York comedy spots, including the Comedy Cellar, Stand Up NY, Comic Strip Live, Gotham Comedy Club, and Caroline’s on Broadway.
Darrell Hammond is a stand up comedian and impressionist. He is best known as the longest- running cast member in the history of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Darrell was in SNL’s cast from 1995 until 2009. He has made more SNL appearances than anyone else in the four-decade history of the sketch comedy show. Darrell left the show at age 53, which made him the oldest active cast member in SNL’s long history. Darrell has made multiple guest appearances since leaving the show as a permanent cast member. During his run, Darrell impersonated over 100 celebrities, most notably former President Bill Clinton. As an actor, Darrell appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and on television in FX’s Damages, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Darrell also landed his own half-hour special as part of the Comedy Central Presents series. In 2011, Darrell released his first memoir, God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked, which became a national best seller.
A lifelong New Yorker, Dave Attell graduated from NYU’s film school and promptly entered the stand up scene in the late 80s. He steadily worked his way up from open mic nights to regular club spots to touring across the country as a national headliner. Currently, Attell is the creator and host of the hit series Dave’s Old Porn, which airs on Showtime. Entertainment Weekly named Attell one of the ’25 Funniest People in America.’ In 2001, Attell created and hosted the acclaimed Insomniac with Dave Attell series, which aired on Comedy Central. The show followed Attell as he traveled to different cities seeking late-night entertainment. Attell described the series as Girls Gone Wild meets Cops. The Insomniac show ran for four seasons, which was followed by multiple hour-long Insomniac specials, where Attell traveled overseas to Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan. As a stand up, Attell continued to tour across America, embarking on a 35-city tour of theaters, which culminated in a two-hour Comedy Central stand up special in Las Vegas. This show also featured comedians Greg Giraldo, Sean Rouse, and Dane Cook. Attell has appeared on all of the top late-night shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, The Late Show with David Letterman, Howard Stern, and Last Call with Carson Daly. Attell also landed his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. A comedic actor, Attell has appeared in the hit Arrested Development on FOX, Ed on NBC, and the cult favorite PootieTang with Chris Rock. Attell can be seen regularly at the Comedy Cellar and Stand Up NY.
Dave Rubin is a stand up comedian and television personality. A Brooklyn native, Dave has over fifteen years of comedy experience, making him a veteran of the New York stand up scene. He co-created the public-access television series The Anti-Show, which had a successful run. Dave has also appeared on The Joy Behar Show, PBS, and CNN. Recently, Dave has gained tremendous success as a podcaster. Dave was the host of the podcast Hot Gay Comics for the LGBT-focused HERE! television network. He also hosted the television series of the same name. Dave went on to co-host The Ben and Dave Show podcast with award winning radio personality Ben Harvey. Following this stint, Dave hosted the comedy panel show Topical, which ran for a year on the HERE! network. Since 2009, Dave has co-hosted The Six Pack on Sirius XM Radio with Ben Harvey. The talk show has become one of the top-downloaded LGBT podcasts on iTunes. The show has received critical praise, earning write-ups in New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and Modern Tonic. Dave currently resides in New York City.
Dean Edwards is an actor and stand up comedian. He made waves as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live for two seasons. He earned fans with his dead-on impressions of Don Cheadle, Michael Jackson, and Denzel Washington. Dean has many television credits, including appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed. Recently, Dean performed on the Showtime series Comics Without Borders, which showcased some of the top multicultural stand up comedians. He made a name for himself on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. This successful appearance led to a featured stand up spot on Showtime at the Apollo. Dean was selected to perform at the Cape Town, Jozi, and Durban Comedy Festivals. He has also completed a Middle Eastern stand up tour, where he performed for more than 10,000 fans from Cairo, Egypt to Kuwait. Dean has loaned his vocal talents Dean’s debut comedy album RealTalk with Fake People, Vol. 1 debuted atop the iTunes Comedy charts. He recently starred in the independent film April Fools to strong reviews. Dean is a Bronx native, who served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He lives in New York City.
Donnell Rawlings is a stand up comedian on the rise. He entered public consciousness playing countless memorable characters, including Ashy Larry, on Comedy Central’s critically acclaimed Chappelle’s Show. Donnell served as both an actor and a writer for the series. He also hosted The Lost Episodes of Chappelle’s Show following Dave’s departure from the series. Donnell has made frequent appearances on MTV’s Hatin as well as E!’s Chelsea Lately. In 2010, Donnell released his first one-hour stand up special on Comedy Central, entitled Ashy to Classy. An accomplished actor, Donnell has appeared on NBC’s Third Watch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (CI), and most notably HBO’s The Wire, as Day-Day Price in a multi-episode arc. He has also landed several film roles, including a part in Spider-Man 2. Donnell co-created and starred in the From Ashy To Classy web series, which became one of the most popular shows on Heavy.com. An active radio personality, Donnell has co-hosted both Egypt and Ashy in the Morning on Power 105 as well as The Big Tigger Morning Show on WPGC Washington, DC. He also makes weekly guest appearances on Hot 97’s morning show. Donnell can currently be seen on MTV2’s new series Guy Code. He lives in New York City.
Dustin Chafin is one of the most talented acts in the New York comedy scene. Dustin has nabbed a featured spot at the New York Underground Comedy Festival, where he received an honor at the Laugh Factory’s Bill Hicks Tribute show. A favorite on the festival scene, Dustin has also performed at both the Chicago and the Las Vegas Comedy Festivals, where he was named ‘Best of the Fest.’ Based in New York, Dustin regularly performs at Stand Up NY, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Broadway Comedy Club. He created Uncensored Comedy, an acclaimed show which tours nationwide. Dustin has toured with the USO to perform in Japan, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. An accomplished writer, Dustin has served as a contributing writer for The Chris Rock Show, Chappelle’s Show, Dennis Miller Live, and Blue Collar TV. Dustin has endeared himself to radio audiences as a regular on Sirius XM Radio, with featured appearances on The Howard Stern Show, Jim Breuer Unleashed, Court TV Radio, Blue Collar Radio, and Raw Dog Comedy. Recently, he was featured in a national segment on ABC covering the New York Comedy Festival. Dustin earned fans across the nation for his killer performance on Showtime’s White Boyz in the Hood special. He also hosts the Hick Hop Radio podcast with comedian Kyle Grooms. Currently, Dustin helps run the Greenwich Village Comedy Club, a comedy club located in NYC’s, West Village.
Elon Gold is a comedian, television writer, and actor. A noted impressionist, Elon has made a name for himself with his pitch-perfect celebrity impressions, including Jay Leno, Howard Stern, and Jeff Goldblum. Elon first burst onto the scene as a cast member on ABC’s short-lived classic The Dana Carvey Show, which helped launch the careers of fellow cast members Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert, as well as staff writers Louis C.K., Charlie Kaufman, and Dino Stamatopoulos, among others. A standout on the show, Elon went on to star in the NBC sitcom In-Laws, with Bonnie Somerville and Jean Smart. In 2005, Elon co-starred with Pamela Anderson in the FOX sitcom Stacked, which ran for two seasons. An accomplished actor, Elon recently landed a recurring role on FOX’s hit series Bones, while he has also made guest appearances on NBC’s Frasier and CBS’s The Mentalist. Elon has done voiceover work on shows like American Dad and Clerks: The Animated Series, a Kevin Smith project that has aired on ABC, Comedy Central, and Adult Swim. A member of New York’s prestigious Friars Club, Elon is a veteran stand up comedian who performs regularly at Stand Up NY. In 2014 Gold’s stand up special, Chosen and Taken, was released on Netflix.
Gary Gulman burst onto the national comedy scene as a finalist on both the second and third seasons of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He has appeared on all of the top late-night talk shows, including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Gulman also earned great exposure as a co-star on HBO’s Tourgasm series with Dane Cook. Recently, Gulman landed a Showtime stand up comedy special, as well as a popular one-hour Comedy Central special entitled Gary Gulman: Boyish Man. A favorite on the festival scene, Gulman has performed at HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, and Madison Square Garden for the New York Comedy Festival. Gulman recently earned a spot on National Lampoon’s Rising Stars feature. A beloved Boston native, Gulman has also hosted the New England Emmy Awards, and also hosting New England Sports Network’s Comedy All Stars. Currently, Gulman is one of the most requested comedians for college appearances, playing over one hundred different colleges across the country.
A Bronx native, Gina Brillon is a comedian, actress, and writer. She earned a degree in Psychology and Creative Writing from Marymount Manhattan College, where she showed a passion for intelligence and original writing that would become the cornerstone of her stand up comedy. Gina even had a featured piece for the Fairfield County Woman entitled Think Out Loud. Recently, Gina has been featured in the New York Post and the New York Daily News. As a comedian, she has appeared on Comedy TV and Comedy Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham stand up series. She also performs regularly at Stand Up NY, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Gotham Comedy Club. Finally, as an actor Gina has also landed roles in countless independent films, including The Mime series, The Cyclist, Went to Coney Island, and Consequences.
Godfrey is widely regarded as one of the most versatile comedians in the business. He weaves sharp commentary with hilarious anecdotes, tapping into his unique Chicago upbringing with Nigerian parents to create an original comedy experience. Godfrey started his career as a warm-up comedian for The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby’s iconic 80’s sitcom. His other television performances include appearing as himself on Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed, Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and VH1’s I Love: Series, IFC’s Z Rock, NBC’s 30 Rock, the first and second seasons of FX’s Louie, and his own Comedy Central Presents special in 2005. Godfrey also earned praise for his performance in Zoolander, the wildly successful Ben Stiller comedy film. He made a splash as the famous 7-Up Guy, who repeated the catchphrase “Make 7 Up Yours” in a national advertising campaign. Godfrey has also landed acting roles in Soul Plane with Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart, Phat Girlz with Monique, The Cook Out with Queen Latifah, and Johnson Family Vacation. In addition, he has appeared in several comedy documentaries, including I Am Comic and Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedian documentary. Recently, Godfrey taped his first one-hour special, entitled Godfrey: Black By Accident, which was filmed in 2011 at New York’s Gramercy Theatre. In 2012, Godfrey made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Based in New York, Godfrey regularly performs at Stand Up NY and the Comedy Cellar.
A Bronx native, Greer Barnes is one of the most talented performers in the New York comedy scene. Upon turning thirteen, Greer received his Bar Mitzvah, thanks to his upbringing with his mother and Jewish stepdad. Greer was a high school baseball star, scouted by the San Francisco Giants, until he suffered a career-ending injury as an 18 year old. Following this injury, he pursued his backup dream as a stand up comedian. Greer has succeeded, piling up television credits, including Chappelle’s Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Last Call with Carson Daly, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and In Living Color. In 2009, he landed a half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. Recently, Greer merged his passion for baseball and performance when he appeared in For The Love of the Game, a successful sports film starring Kevin Costner. Greer has also appeared in commercials for both the NFL and the NBA. Based in New York, Greer is a regular at Stand Up NY.
Greg Warren is a stand up comedian rising to the top of the entertainment world. A St. Louis native, Greg did his first televised stand up performance, on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend series. Greg is a regular guest on the nationally syndicated radio program, Bob & Tom. He also appears once per week as a guest on Pittsburgh’s DVE Morning Show with Jim and Randy. He has appeared on CMT Comedy Stage, which aired on the CMT Network. In 2004, Greg produced his first stand up comedy album, Hit ‘Em With Your Flute. A versatile television personality, Greg provided color commentary for a college wrestling match on the Fox Sports Network. Greg appeared on CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He landed a half-hour Comedy Central Presents special, as well as a digital album deal released by Comedy Central Records. Greg performs regularly at The Improv and The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. In New York, Greg is a regular at Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Hadiyah Robinson is a comedian, writer, and actress. After entering the comedy scene, Hadiyah launched to recognition after she was named a semi-finalist in the Ladies of Laughter competition. She also placed as a finalist in NBC’s Stand Up For Diversity showcase. In 2005, Hadiyah had her television debut on BET’s Comic View. She has also appeared on BET’s One Mic Stand series and earned a featured spot on The Mo’Nique Show. Hadiyah has also provided commentary on BET’s Do’s and Don’ts of the Hip Hop Awards, MTV’s Yo Momma, and The Maury Povich Show. She has performed at the top clubs in New York City, including Gotham Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, Comix, and Caroline’s on Broadway. Hadiyah has appeared on Sirius XM Radio on Jamie Foxx’s Fox Hole Radio. Her other radio credits include Everyday Radio, DTF Radio, and 98.7 KISS FM Crank Squad. She recently appeared as a writer and director of The Grind web series.
Hannibal Buress is one of the top comics today. Since Timeout Magazine named him the ‘Funniest Person in Chicago’ in 2007, Hannibal has undergone a meteoric rise in fame. He has made stand up appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham series. These successful performances led to appearances on Lopez Tonight, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and a killer appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. This resulted in New York Magazine naming Hannibal as one of the ‘Top Ten Comics To Watch.’ Hannibal is one of the stars of Victor Varnado’s documentary on original black comedians, entitled The Awkward Kings of Comedy. In 2010, Hannibal released his debut stand up album, My Name is Hannibal, through Stand Up! Records, recorded at the Lakeshore Theater in Chicago. He has made primetime appearances on NBC’s 30 Rock and FX’s Louie, and recently served as co-star of Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show, playing an exaggerated version of himself. Hannibal has previously worked as a staff writer on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Currently, he hosts a weekly Sunday night show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, where he lives. Hannibal landed his first one-hour Comedy Central special, entitled Animal Furnace, which premiered in May 2012. In 2014, Buress performed another one-hour Comedy Central special, Hannibal Buress Live from Chicago. As of 2015, Buress stars on the Comedy Central series, Why? with Hannibal Buress.
Helen Hong is a talented comedian and television personality, and her quirky perspective and endearing persona has launched her to big-name status in the comedy world. The Huffington Post has named Helen on their ‘Favorite Female Comedians’ list, and she has also been profiled by The New York Times, which gave her exposure to millions of readers around the world. She has parlayed her stand up career into television appearances on the E! Network, TLC, and a regular hosting gig on the PBS talk show Asian America. Currently, she is the host of the Logo Channel’s Setup Squad, a reality dating series. As a stand up comic, Helen has been named a semi-finalist in New York’s Funniest Stand Up Competition in 2007 and 2008, and she was named as part of the ‘Emerging Comedians Showcase’ at the 2007 NYC Underground Comedy Festival. This showcase followed a semi-finalist slot at the Los Angeles Funniest Female Contest in 2006. Helen has performed all across America, including a spot for Puerto Rico’s Armed Services Entertainment and Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino. Recently, Helen created and hosted the wildly popular comedy and matchmaking event Laugh Match, which has received widespread media coverage. Based in New York, Helen performs regularly at Stand Up NY, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Following her 2005 graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Jamie Lee moved to New York to work at Comedy Central’s entry-level stand up publicist position. However, in seven short years, she has become one of the top comedians in New York City. Lee has performed at Caroline’s on Broadway, Comix New York, and the Laugh Lounge, and she has opened for comedy stars such as Jeff Ross and Zach Galifianakis. A favorite on the festival circuit, Lee has earned spots at the New Orleans Comedy Festival, Austin’s Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and the New York Underground Comedy Festival. She was also named the first runner-up at the Underground Festival’s ‘Emerging Comics’ contest, in addition to appearing on VH1’s Best Night Ever video podcast. She is a regular guest on the popular Keith and the Girl podcast, and appears frequently in CollegeHumor sketches, as well. Lee had a killer performance at UCB LA’s See You Next Tuesday show, with performers Jonah Hill and Judd Apatow. Following this performance, Lee was passed for Scott Aukerman’s famed Comedy Death Ray stand up showcase. Recently, Lee became a writer for The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes, which is scheduled to follow Conan nightly on TBS. Lee also produces a monthly show in Brooklyn to benefit BARC Animal Shelter.
Big Jay is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in comedy. A Philadelphia native, Oakerson moved to New York City to pursue stand-up, and has since become a fixture of the New York scene. Big Jay regularly performs at the city’s top clubs, including the Comedy Cellar, Stand Up NY, Comic Strip Live, and Broadway Comedy Club. A favorite on the festival circuit, Big Jay has performed at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, as well as Aspen’s HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Comedy Central Records released his first stand up album, An American Storyteller, which received rave reviews from comedy fans and critics. An American Storyteller, available exclusively in digital form, was recorded at Stand Up NY. In addition to being featured on the wildly popular WTF with Marc Maron podcast, Big Jay has also made several appearances on Sirius XM’s The Ron & Fez Show, mixing it up on one of the most popular shows in radio. In addition to these radio appearances, Big Jay has done stand-up sets on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and had his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. A comedian for all audiences, Big Jay has made multiple killer appearances on HBO’s P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy, and BET’s Comic View. However, stand-up is not Big Jay’s only speciality – he is an accomplished actor has well. He has a role on the IFC series Z Rock, playing Neil, the sexually ambiguous club owner. Recently, he has also made two guest appearances on FX’s Louie, most recently playing a strip club DJ in a scene with Louis C.K. and Robin Williams. You can listen to Big Jay on the popular Legion of Skanks podcast, available for free on iTunes.
A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, comedian Jay Pharoah quickly made a name for himself as an impressionist at an early age. When he was 15 years old, Jay began performing in Virginia comedy clubs, and soon began touring with comics Corey Holcomb and Charlie Murphy. Jay’s big break came in 2010, when his impression of Barack Obama went viral on YouTube. Jay’s Internet presence garnered the attention of Lorne Michaels, creator of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Michaels soon hired then 22 year old Jay to join the SNL cast in 2010. On SNL, Jay has debuted his skilled celebrity impressions, which include Denzel Washington, Jay-Z, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, and Michael Strahan, among others. In the fall of 2012, Jay replaced Fred Armisen as lead impersonator of President Obama, prior to the 2012 U.S. presidential elections. Also an accomplished actor, Jay appeared in FOX Searchlight’s Lola Versus, a 2012 independent film, as well as on The Late Show with David Letterman. Jay frequently tours as a stand up comedian across the country, performing at comedy clubs and colleges.
Jessica Kirson’s unique style and captivating stage presence captures the attention of audiences and club bookers everywhere she performs. Her wide variety of characters brings a diverse energy to her routine. Once you’ve seen her amazing talent, it’s easy to understand why she was selected to perform at the Hamptons, Toyota, Marshall’s Women in Comedy, Comedy Central’s South Beach, Montreal, and HBO’s Las Vegas comedy festivals. She was awarded “Best Female Comic” by the MAC association in New York City and recently accepted the Nightlife Award for “Best Stand-up Comedian” in New York City. Her YouTube channel “The Jessy K Show” has more than 100 videos with a combined total of over 2.5 million views. She recently launched her own podcast called “The Jessica Kirson Podcast.”
Jessica has been featured on various television shows, including, The Travel Channel, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “Fresh Faces,” Nickelodeon’s “Sixth in the Suburbs,” Noggin’s “LOL,” VH1’s “Awesomely Bad” Shows, Oxygen’s premier game show “Can You Tell?,” Bravo’s “The Great Things About Being,” The Women’s Television Network’s “She’s So Funny,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” Seasons 2 and 3, NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly,” NBC’s “Why We Heart Vampires,” Fox’s “The Dr. Oz Show,” The Travel Channel’s “When Vacations Go Bust,” TV Guide Network, AXS TV, two appearances on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” two appearances on ABC’s “The View,” Showtime’s “White Boyz in the Hood,” and NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” She also has a one hour special on the Logo Channel called “My Cookie’s Gone” and has appeared on “The Joy Behar Show” on CNN-HLN numerous times. She just made her big screen debut in Nick Cannon’s “School Dance” with Jim Breuer and George Lopez.
Jim Norton is one of the biggest names in comedy. A New Jersey native, Jim became a comedian after dropping out of school. He started his career by landing a spot as the opening act for Andrew Dice Clay, touring with the comic across the country. Through Dice, Jim appeared as a guest on The Opie & Anthony Show, eventually becoming the third co-host on the show, which airs on Sirius XM. Jim gained mainstream exposure as a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Since then, Jim has written two New York Times best-seller books, Happy Endings and I Hate Your Guts. Jim’s comedy specials include HBO’s Monster Rain, and EPIX’s Please Be Offended. He has made over 50 appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, making him one of the most-frequently appearing guests in the show’s historic run. Jim served as a correspondent for the short-lived The Jay Leno Show, which aired on NBC’s primetime schedule. He is a regular at the famous Comedy Cellar.
Joe DeRosa is an emerging force in the comedy scene. A Philadelphia native, DeRosa made his debut at Open Mic Night on a Wednesday at Philly’s Laff House. Within one year, DeRosa was a regular at the Laff House and all of the top clubs in the Philadelphia scene. Soon, DeRosa decided to make the leap to the New York comedy stage. He has done stand up spots on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly. DeRosa also landed a coveted spot on the New Faces showcase at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. He is a regular on Robert Kelly’s You Know What Dude! podcast, Sirius XM’s The Opie & Anthony Show and Redeye on Fox News. Joe recently taped his first half- hour Comedy Central Presents special. He released his debut stand up album, The Depression Auction, through Comedy Central Records. Receiving strong reviews, he quickly followed it up with Return of the Son of the Depression Auction, his second stand up recording. A constant performer, DeRosa has traveled as part of national stand up comedy tours, including Dave Attell’s Insomniac tour and Dave Chappelle’s Block Party Tour. An accomplished writer and director, DeRosa has made numerous short films – including Cheat, which co-starred Robert Kelly and Bill Burr, and screened at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. He has written and directed a web series for Atom.com, while also co-hosting the popular Uninformed podcast with Bill Burr. DeRosa is a regular at all of the New York clubs, and continues to tour as a headliner across the country.
A native of State College, PA, Joe Machi did not always plan to enter comedy. After graduating from Penn State University, located in his hometown, Joe became a customer service manager for a supermarket. It wasn’t until after stint as a human resources assistant that he decided to try his hand at stand up comedy. Joe moved to New York City in 2006, where his comedy career began. He quickly passed for ‘Late Night’ shows at the prestigious Comic Strip Live. Joe then passed at four other New York City comedy clubs, including the famed Caroline’s on Broadway and Stand Up NY. His success continues to grow, and in 2010, he won first place in the ‘Emerging Comics’ contest at the New York Underground Comedy Festival, and was also named a finalist at the New York Comedy Festival’s NY’s Funniest Person Competition. Joe has also been featured in the New York Daily News for advancing to the Elite Eight of Caroline’s March Madness Final Four Competition. After being named a runner-up for the Boston Comedy Festival’s New York Comedy Contest, he landed a performance at the Boston Comedy Fest. Recently, Joe has made his network television debut on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Joe Matarese is quickly becoming one of the hottest acts in the country. He has made appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, Craig Kilborn, and Jim Breuer Unleashed on Sirius XM Radio. Joe has done stand up on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and recently had his own half-hour special as part of the Comedy Central Presents series. He earned fans across the nation for his stint on Bravo’s Better Half reality series, where he taught his wife to do stand up comedy and helped her win the show’s $20,000 prize money. Joe has landed two network development deals and four performances at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. An accomplished actor, he has appeared on IFC’s Z-Rock and Howard TV’s Show in the Hallway, where he co-starred with Robin Quivers. Currently, Joe hosts the beloved Fixing Joe podcast, which is available for free on iTunes. Based in New York, he performs regularly at Stand Up NY, Caroline’s on Broadway, and The Stand NYC.
Joel McHale does comedy things. A lot of comedy things. Joel is perhaps most recognized as the host of E! Entertainment Network’s The Soup, which quickly became one of the most successful shows in the network’s history. A native of the Seattle area, Joel started in comedy as a cast member on Almost Live! a Seattle-based sketch comedy series that proved a hit with audiences. He then moved to Los Angeles and quickly made a name for himself as a comedic actor. Joel landed a huge break when Dan Harmon cast him in NBC’s Community, which has garnered a more fervent, devoted fan base than any television show in recent history. Joel has also appeared in Will & Grace, Sons of Anarchy, Pushing Daisies, CSI: Miami, and Robot Chicken. Joel also had a recurring role providing humorous commentary on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. In addition to acting, Joel works as a stand up comedian, touring his act to sold-out venues around the country.
John Fugelsang is a comedian and comedy writer. He has made appearances on Dennis Miller Live, Air America, CNBC, Fox News, and CNN. John has had his writing published on both The Huffington Post and Daily Kos. He also gained fans across the nation when he co-hosted Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve special. John also co-hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos. An accomplished actor, he has made appearances on Becker, CSI, Providence, Somewhere in the City, and Coyote Ugly. A festival staple, John has performed at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami, Las Vegas Comedy Festival, and the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. He received a Drama League nomination for his off-Broadway show All The Wrong Reasons. A Long Island native, John appeared more than 20 times on ABC’s hit show Politically Incorrect, where host Bill Maher called John “one of my favorite comedians.” Based in New York, John performs regularly at Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
John Oliver is an outstanding writer and stand up comedian. In 2006, John landed one of the most sought-after positions in comedy when he was hired as a writer and on-air correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. John became one of the core correspondents on the show, garnering him millions of fans across the country. In 2008, he wrote and starred in his first one-hour stand up comedy special entitled Terrifying Times, which is available on DVD. In 2010, John began hosting his own series on Comedy Central, entitled John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, where John performs stand up and features some of the top stand up comedians in the country. Thus far, the show has run for three successful seasons. John has won multiple Emmy and Writer’s Guild of America Awards for his work writing The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.Currently, John and writing partner Andy Zaltzman co-write and star in The Bugle, which is a satirical news podcast. John and Andy also co-created and hosted Political Animal, which aired on BBC Radio 4. John tours as a stand up comedian to clubs and colleges across the United States and England. As of 2014, Oliver hosts the late night HBO satirical news show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Jon Fisch is a rising star in the comedy world. He has performed at Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival on their New Faces showcase. Jon has also appeared on Dating It, the Club Series show. Following these spots, both the Montreal Gazette and the Hollywood Reporter labeled Jon a ‘standout’ comedian. He was also selected to perform at Aspen’s 2007 HBO Comedy Arts Festival. Currently, Jon hosts the wildly popular In the Tank podcast. A Boston native, Jon moved to New York to build a stand up career and has not looked back. He was named one of Comedy Central’s Fresh Faces and named to Backstage Magazine’s “10 Stand Out Stand Ups list.” Fisch earned fans across the nation for his performance on the fourth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, where he was selected as the New York Capital One Audience Favorite. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and the WE Network. In 2009, he was selected to open for stand up legend Jerry Seinfeld at Gotham Comedy Club. Jon is an audience favorite at Stand Up NY and the Comedy Cellar. He lives in New York City.
Jon Laster is a New York City based comedian who originally hails from Denver Colorado. He graduated with a BA from Colorado State University. Shortly after, Jon moved to New York City to realize his dream of being a Comedian. Jon quickly moved up the comedy hierarchy and established himself as one of the funniest comedians and most sought after host. After just six years, Jon has taped three season’s of BET’s Comic View, hosted the first and second Underground Comedy Festival held in New York City, completed a one year tour with the NACA showcase, and will soon appear on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. In addition Jon finds the time to host his own weekly comedy room in Clinton Hill/FT Greene Brooklyn, which also happens to be the longest running comedy room ever in Brooklyn.
Jon Rineman is a writer and stand up comedian. A 2005 Emerson College graduate, Jon has been a regular at Harvard Square’s Comedy Studio since 2004. Based in Boston, he became a freelance monologue writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, contributing daily jokes about current events to the top-rated show in late-night television. In 2005, Jon was published in the Improper Bostonian’s annual humor edition. After honing his craft for a few years as a writer and comedian, Jon was hired to be a writer for NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which replaced Conan O’Brien’s Late Night show. Jon has continued to serve as a monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon. Recently, Jon also appeared as a featured stand up comedian on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He appears regularly at all of the top New York City comedy clubs, including Caroline’s on Broadway and Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Jon lives in New York City.
Josh Rabinowitz is a 24-year-old stand up comedian and writer. He started stand up while a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Josh’s credits include Comedy Central’s Comics To Watch, Breakout Artist at the New York Comedy Festival, and MTV’s I Just Want My Pants Back. He has opened for John Mulaney, Bo Burnham, Rhys Darby, and Mike Birbiglia. Recently, he appeared on the New Faces Showcase at Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs Festival, performing alongside some of the biggest names in comedy. Josh has featured on Comedy Central’s established Live on Campus national tour as well as College Humor Live. In 2012, Josh debuted as the new spokesman for Apple, portraying an Apple Genius in their Genius Bar series of ads. Josh lives in New York City, where he performs at some of the city’s top clubs, including Comic Strip Live and Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He does not tweet too often.
Judah Friedlander is an unstoppable martial artist, a gifted athlete, a worldwide sex symbol, and an inspiration to children. He is also the greatest stand up comedian in the world. In 1989, Judah took a stab at stand up comedy and never stopped, becoming one of the most-respected names in the New York scene. Judah has made appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He appears at clubs all over New York, including Stand Up NY, the Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Broadway Comedy Club. An accomplished actor, he has appeared in over thirty films and countless television shows. He earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards for his part in the Sundance Award-winning film American Splendor. Recently, Judah has become a household name for his role as Frank Rossitano on NBC’s hit series 30 Rock, where he co-stars alongside stars like Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan. Since 30 Rock has entered syndication, Judah can be seen every night on Comedy Central as well as in new episodes on NBC Thursdays. Judah’s best-selling instructional karate book, entitled How To Beat Up Anybody, is an extension of his stand up persona with brand-new material.
Judy Gold is a stand-up comedian and actress in New York City. Judy is known as the star of the famed long-running Off-Broadway show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, where she earned a nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance at the 2006 Drama Desk Awards. The show won GLAAD’s Outstanding New York Theater award in 2007. As an actress, she also appeared on the Law & Order series. Recently, Judy served as a co-host on ABC’s hit show The View. She also hosted HBO’s At the Multiplex with Judy Gold. Judy appeared as a co-host on Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time series, while making regular guest appearances on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. She appeared in the beloved feature film documentary The Aristocrats. Judy also did stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Tough Crowd Stands Up. She has received half-hour specials on both Comedy Central Presents and HBO. She earned two nominations as Funniest Female Stand-Up from the American Comedy Awards. She released her comedy album, Judith’s Roommate Had a Baby, which is available on her website. Plus, she also won two Emmy Awards for both writing and producing for the wildly successful, The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Based in New York City, Judy performs at comedy clubs in New York and headlines clubs across the country.
Julian McCullough is a stand-up comedian and writer. As a student at Rutgers, Julian entered stand-up and quickly became House MC at the famed Stress Factory in New Jersey. Since this time, he has exploded onto the New York stand-up scene, quickly making a name for himself. He performs regularly at the top comedy clubs in New York, including the Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, Comic Strip Live, and Stand Up NY. Julian has opened for comedy superstars, including Colin Quinn, Kevin James, Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black, and Brian Regan. He recently appeared as a featured comedian on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He also nabbed a spot on NPR’s beloved This American Life radio program. Following an appearance on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Julian landed his first half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. He also appears regularly on MTV2’s hit series Guy Code. An established television personality, Julian has served as a talking head on numerous VH1 specials. Currently, Julian can be seen as host of the TBS series Very Funny News, which airs on Saturdays. You can find him on Twitter @JulezMac. Julian lives in New York City.
Justin Silver is a rising star in the stand up comedy world. He can be seen regularly at the Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. A Queens native, Justin is also passionate about animal rights. He spent over a decade rehabilitating and caring for abused animals before opening a full-service pet care organization in New York entitled The Language of Dogs. Justin recently founded the Funny For Fido organization, where comedians ‘stand up for homeless animals.’ The non-profit organization books fundraising shows to help support volunteer-based, no-kill animal shelters. Funny For Fido has lured some of the biggest names in the New York comedy scene, including Colin Quinn, Amy Schumer, Judah Friedlander, Big Jay Oakerson, and the late Patrice O’Neal. Currently, Justin mixes his love of both dogs and comedy into the reality series Dogs in the City. The series, which airs nationally on CBS, features Justin as the host and “dog guru.” Justin helps his clients solve their assortment of pet issues. Justin lives in New York City.
Brooklyn native Kareem Green is a three-time champion at Showtime at the Apollo, a multi-faceted entertainer, and comedian whose talents include stand-up, improv, acting, writing, and dancing. Green’s relatable comedic style has earned him television appearances on BET, NBC, and TV-One and headliner appearances at St. John’s University and Princeton University. Green has also been featured at New York’s finest comedy clubs, including Caroline’s on Broadway, Laugh Factory, and Comic Strip. He has received national recognition in nationwide comedy competitions such as Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots and The Salem Orb Contest. Green is trained actor through the Bob Goodman acting studio and also is an accomplished athlete. He performs throughout New York, Chicago, and Europe.
Keith Robinson is a stand up comedian and writer. A Philadelphia native, Keith burst onto the national scene as a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Prior to this gig, he earned a spot as a finalist on Ed McMahon’s Star Search series. Respected for his rebellious and honest comedy, Keith has appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and TBS’s family sitcom Are We There Yet?, showing his versatile range as a performer. Keith has been featured on Sirius XM Radio’s The Opie & Anthony Show. He is a constant performer, working at all of the top clubs in New York, including the Comedy Cellar, Stand Up NY, Gotham Comedy Club, and Caroline’s on Broadway. Keith’s off-the-cuff comedy has earned him praise from fans and comedians across the country. He landed a coveted spot as sidekick on the syndicated FOX series, The Wanda Sykes Show, which ran for one season. Keith has also appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NBC’s The Colin Quinn Show and E! Network’s Chelsea Lately. Recently, Keith was featured in the wildly successful Kevin Hart film, Laugh at My Pain.
Kevin Brennan was born in Chicago, Illinois to Charles and Ethel Brennan (his parents requested that we not use their real names to protect their identities). Brennan (although I’m writing this myself I’m using the 3rd person to pretend I paid a fancy publicist to do it) is one of the country’s top comedians. He was voted “Best Comedian” at the 2005 Aspen Comedy Festival which led to him taping his own HBO half-hour comedy special. Brennan started his career in Chicago but soon relocated to New York City to pursue his dream of being on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” He nailed his first Letterman set which led to bookings on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.” Brennan is a former writer/performer on “Saturday Night Live.” He recently taped a pilot for NBC called “Number One Son.” Kevin is one of ten children and became a stand-up comedian because he didn’t get enough attention as a child.
Kurt Metzger is one of the most talented writers and stand up comedians today. A Philadelphia native, Kurt started in the local scene with friends and comedians Kevin Hart and Big Jay Oakerson. Kurt moved on to New York, where he performs regularly at New York’s top comedy clubs, including Stand Up NY, Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, and the famed Comedy Cellar. A local favorite, he was accepted to Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs Festival, where he was a standout performer on their ‘New Faces’ show. Kurt has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, VH1’s Best Week Ever, CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Showtime’s White Boyz in the Hood. He has also guest-starred in IFC’s Z-Rock as well as Comedy Central’s ‘Important Things with Demitri Martin.’ A prolific joke writer, Kurt served as a writer for Chappelle’s Show as well as the Comedy Central Roast series. He also became a series regular on Comedy Central’s animated Ugly Americans series, providing the voice of Randall Skeffington. He has appeared on Kurt released his new album Kurt Metzger Talks To Young People About Sex to strong reviews from both comedy critics and fans. In 2012, Kurt taped his first one-hour special. Kurt lives in New York City.
Kyle Grooms is a New Jersey-native, and one of the most creative voices in comedy. A former graffiti artist, Kyle earned a degree in commercial art from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Kyle began doing stand up comedy and soon resigned his position as Art Director for a television network to pursue stand up full-time. Kyle has quickly made a name for himself on the stand up circuit, becoming one of the hottest acts in New York. He has appeared on BET’s Comic View, Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, Showtime at the Apollo, and Def Comedy Jam. Kyle also landed a spot as Information Guy on Straight Plan for the Gay Man. Recently, Grooms was featured on the final season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, where he impressed the judges, including fellow comedians Andy Kindler and Greg Giraldo. Kyle has taken his act abroad, where he has wowed audiences in Holland, England, and Montreal for their prestigious Just For Laughs Festival. Kyle performs at the top clubs in New York City, including Stand Up NY, Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, Comic Strip Live, and Broadway Comedy Club.
Leah Bonnema is becoming one of the best stand up comedians in New York City. She has appeared on The Black Phillip Show, with the late comedian Patrice Oneal. The show was broadcast on The Opie & Anthony Channel on Sirius XM Radio, exposing Leah to a broad audience. She is also a regular on the popular Keith & The Girl podcast. Not to mention, that she has opened for comedy stars like Gilbert Gottfried, Paul Mooney, and Pat Cooper. Furthermore, she was a finalist in New York’s Funniest Comedians Competition as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Also, The Huffington Post recently hailed that Leah is one of their “Favorite 53 Female Comedians,” while College Candy ranked Leah as one of the “10 Funniest Female Comics.” She has been featured on the BBC as well as Maxim Radio and OutQ on Sirius XM. Leah has performed on USO tours in Iraq and across the Middle East, and performed for U.S. Marines at the legendary Friar’s Club in New York. She appears regularly at the top comedy clubs in New York, including Caroline’s on Broadway and Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Lenny Marcus has been a stand up comedian in New York City for over a decade. He has performed at both the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada three times and HBO’s US Comedy Arts festival, in Aspen Colorado. Lenny has performed stand up on NBC’s Friday Night, NBC’s Comedy Showcase with Louie Anderson and MTV’s the Jim Breuer Show. A Condom Moment, Lenny’s debut as a film writer/director, has been shown at the PSNBC short film festival. He is currently the creator & co-star of Superstar Talent, an online sitcom now in its second season. This past year Lenny wrote and co-produced a show for Comedy Central’s web site called Crash Course in Comedy. You may also have seen him in commercials for the MTV Video Movie Awards, Wendy’s and Marriott or heard some of his radio characters in commercials for Southwestern Bell Telephone or Priceline.com. Lenny has written for national publications such as Us Weekly and Life and Style magazine and is a contributing writer for DailyComedy.com. Lenny’s first comedy CD, “You’re Getting a Zero” will keep audiences laughing for years to come.
Lewis Black is a stand up comedian, author, and playwright. He hosted Comedy Central’s hit series Root of All Evil, which ran for two successful seasons. Comedy Central named Lewis among the 100 greatest stand up comedians of all-time. Lewis first burst onto the national scene as a regular on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for a segment called ‘Back in Black,’ where Lewis humorously ranted about a topic he found particularly bothersome that week. Lewis has also won Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album in 2007 for The Carnegie Hall Performance and in 2011 for Stark Raving Black. Lewis is a prolific writer and performer, releasing ten comedy albums, including most recently The Prophet in 2011 and In God We Rust in 2012. He has landed four Comedy Central specials, plus two popular HBO specials. The HBO specials – Black on Broadway (2003) and Red, White, & Screwed (2007) – were critically acclaimed as some of the strongest stand up specials of the decade. He has published multiple best-selling books, including Nothing’s Sacred, Me Of Little Faith, and I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas.
Louis C.K. is one of the most influential comedians of all-time. His FX series, Louie, is one of the most beloved shows in the recent history of television. Louis serves as the sole actor, writer, director, and co-editor of the series, which has earned widespread praise from critics and fans. For the second season of Louie, Louis won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.” Previously, Louis served on the inaugural writing staff for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, served as head writer for The Dana Carvey Show, and wrote for The Chris Rock Show, for which he won an Emmy Award for writing. Louis’s first series, Lucky Louie, ran for one season on HBO prior to its cancellation. Louis followed this series up with his first HBO one-hour special entitled Shameless, which earned him tremendous praise from comedy fans. Louis then quickly released his second one-hour special Chewed Up, which aired on Showtime. While continuing to tour nationally, Louis released his third one-hour special Hilarious, as a concert film, which became the first stand up comedy performance to be accepted to the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Louis forever changed the distribution of stand up comedy specials when he self-released his latest stand up special, Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater on his website for only $5. Many comedians have followed suit, as Louis paved the way for comedians to circumvent general distribution in order to provide fans with better prices and artists with a greater share of their profits. Louis released an entirely different hour on a digital album entitled Louis CK: Word, which features material from his sold-out Carnegie Hall performance. He has appeared on Letterman, Leno, Conan, Fallon, Kimmel, Lopez, and countless other talk shows.He currently resides in New York City.
Luis J. Gomez is a stand up comedian, actor, and writer. Luis has appeared on MTV2’s hit series Guy Code, as well as Comedy Central’s Funaticos! A fixture all over television, Luis has also nabbed spots on IFC’s Z-Rock and Comedy Time Latino. A featured performer at the New York Comedy Festival, Luis co-hosts the popular Legion of Skanks podcast with comics Dave Smith and Big Jay Oakerson. Luis also created the popular Hammerfisting podcast on the Riotcast Network, which is devoted to MMA fighting. Luis is an experienced commercial actor, having appeared in ads for Gillette Fusion Proglide and The People’s Court Raw. An accomplished writer, Luis contributes pieces to MMA Outlook and Fox News Latino. He also co-wrote a Legion of Skanks pilot script that was featured in Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival’s Pitch ‘Til Your Sides Split’ event. Luis performs nightly at comedy clubs all over New York City.
A Brooklyn native, Marc Theobald is becoming one of the hottest acts in the stand up scene. Marc used to make jokes as he worked as a sales representative for a pharmaceutical company. He made doctors laugh constantly, so he decided to take his act to other people as well. Marc entered the stand up comedy scene and never looked back. He tours nationally, performing at clubs and colleges all over the country. Marc has landed featured spots on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed. Marc has also appeared in Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, BET’s Comic View and even Showtime at the Apollo, earning fans across the U.S. with his energy and sharp joke writing skills. He recently brought his act across the pond, appearing in the international World Stands Up special, filmed in London, England. In New York, Marc appears regularly at the top clubs in New York, including Stand Up NY, Laughing Devil Comedy Club, Gotham, and Caroline’s on Broadway. A respected writer, Marc co-wrote the films One Mic and Comic Groove for comedian and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan. Marc lives in New York City.
Marina Franklin is a rising star in stand up comedy. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly. An accomplished performer, Marina has also been a featured stand up comedian on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend as well as Showtime at the Apollo. Recently, Marina served as a correspondent for NBC’s The Jay Leno Show, giving her exposure to a primetime network audience. She has landed coveted spots on Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, as well as VH1’s Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins. Marina also appeared in Victor Varnado’s The Awkward Comedy Show film. A comedy festival staple, Marina has performed at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival as well as the New York Underground Comedy Festival. She tours nationally, appearing in comedy clubs and college shows across the country. In New York, Marina can be seen at the top clubs in the city, including the Comedy Cellar, Stand Up NY, Gotham Comedy Club, and Caroline’s on Broadway. You can find her on Twitter @MarinaYFranklin. Marina lives in New York City.
Marion Grodin is a both screenwriter and stand-up comedian. At the start of her career, Marion became a staff writer on It’s a Living, and Princesses, two network sitcoms. She landed a contract with Twentieth Century Fox, during which time she sold six separate screenplays. As she started her seventh script, she realized that she wanted to deliver the funny lines she was writing out loud, so she turned to stand-up comedy. Since this decision , Marion has become one of the biggest comedy acts in the country. She appears regularly at the top New York clubs, including Stand Up NY and the Gotham Comedy Club. Marion has toured with big names such as Lewis Black, Robert Klein, and Judy Gold. She has appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, ABC’s The View, and makes regular guest appearances on various MSNBC programs. Marion also had a stint working as the comedy producer for The Charles Grodin Show. Recently, Marion produced a series of fundraising events, which have featured Lewis Black, Martin Short, Regis Philbin, and Paul Shaffer. A breast cancer survivor and divorcee, Marion knows how to turn even the darkest subjects into comedy.
Mark Normand is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, where he started doing comedy. He then moved to New York, where he quickly made a name for himself. He has performed at comedy festivals in Portland, Boston, DC, and Seattle, and has earned a featured slot at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Normand also made an appearance on the final season of Last Comic Standing on NBC. Comedy Central included Normand on their “Comics To Watch” list at the 2011 New York Comedy Festival. Recently, Normand earned a spot on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show on Comedy Central. Currently, Normand performs at clubs across the country. He also hosts two New York shows, Hot Soup at UCB East, and We’re All Friends Here, both of which can be heard as podcasts on BreakThruRadio.com. He regularly performs at the city’s top comedy clubs, including the Comedy Cellar and Stand Up New York. Normand lives in New York City. Normand recently went on tour with comedian Amy Schumer.
Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, filmmaker, actor, and writer. He has earned fans across the world for his one-man show Sleepwalk with Me, which tells the story of Mike’s sleep disorder and relationship with his longtime girlfriend. The show is adapted from a story Mike originally told on NPR’s This American Life. The highly successful off-Broadway show was presented by Broadway legend Nathan Lane, who became a huge fan of Birbiglia after seeing his stand-up act. In 2011, Comedy Central Records released Sleepwalk With Me, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. Mike also released a book version of Sleepwalk with Me, which became a national bestseller. In 2012, Mike and radio host Ira Glass co-wrote a film adaptation of Sleepwalk with Me, which Mike directed and starred in. The film received glowing reviews and an enthusiastic Twitter campaign from fans helped bring Sleepwalk to hundreds of additional movie theaters around the country. Prior to Sleepwalk, Mike had appeared on more than 40 talk-shows, including Letterman, Conan, Fallon, Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, and Carson Daly. In 2007, Mike released My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of the Decade” by both USA Today and The Onion’s A.V. Club. Mike has had three Comedy Central specials, including the one-hour What I Should Have Said Was Nothing. Mike’s storytelling skills have been praised in countless publications, including The New York Times, Associated Press, and Time Magazine. Mike recently debuted his new one-man show, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, which he has performed off-Broadway and across the country, to rave reviews from critics. Mike is currently working on a film adaptation of the show.
Mike Lawrence is a comedian from South Florida. A former McDonald’s drive-thru employee, Mike much prefers working as a stand up comedian. In 2007, he moved to New York City, where he quickly became a regular at New York’s best comedy clubs, including Stand Up NY. In 2010, Mike landed a coveted spot at Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival. He fulfilled a lifetime dream when he performed at New York’s Comic Con. Mike also earned a ECNY Award nomination for ‘Best Male Comedian,’ as well as a featured piece in Time Out New York. In 2011, Mike made his televised debut with an appearance on Comedy Central’s New York Stand-Up Show, with host and The Daily Show correspondent John Oliver. In New York, he appears regularly at Broadway Comedy Club, Laughing Devil, Stand Up NY, UCB Theatre, and Caroline’s on Broadway. Mike has also performed overseas, appearing at both The Nasty Show in Montreal and the Fringe Festival in Scotland, where he performed in Edinburgh, New Castle, and Glasgow.
Mike Vecchione is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. An Italian-American Catholic, Mike divided his childhood between South Florida and Northeast Ohio. A former athlete, Mike played football and wrestled throughout his childhood and teenage years. Mike wrestled at Penn State University, where he also served as a tutor for fellow student-athletes. In 1995, Mike began counseling teens and children with mental health problems in Philadelphia after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He then received his Master’s in Special Education from Cabrini College. Mike has taught Special Education on the East Coast. He continues to serve as a teacher. As a comedian, Mike has landed spots on IFC’s Z Rock and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham series. Recently, he won the prestigious People’s Choice Award for ‘Favorite Comedian’ at the New York Comedy Festival. Mike has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Russell Simmons Presents Stand Up at the El Rey. Mike appears regularly at Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Mike Yard was born on the U.S. Virgin Islands on the beautiful island St. Croix, and moved to New York City in 1986. Mike braved the New York winters and the New York schools until, in 1993, he began his comedy career. He went to an Open Mic Night with the faint hope of not getting booed off stage. Needless to say, he was wildly successful. Today, Mike has become one of the biggest acts in stand up comedy. He appears regularly at Stand Up NY, Caroline’s on Broadway, The Comedy Store, Rascal’s, Laugh House, Mohegan Sun, and The Improv. Recently, Mike served as a writer and voice-over talent for Spike TV’s new animated series pilot. He also lent his writing talents and vocal skills to the Internet radio sketch series ‘Mo’ Funny Comedy Hour.’ Mike has appeared on Showtime at The Apollo, BET’s Comic View, Russell Simmons‘ Def Comedy Jam, and MTV’s Video Vixens. The Black Comedy Awards named Mike one of the most thought-provoking stand ups in the comedy scene today. Reverend Jesse Jackson invited Mike to perform twice at the national conventions for The Rainbow Coalition/Operation Push in Chicago and New York.
Both Back Stage Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter agree: Modi is one of the ‘Top Ten’ comedians in the business today. Lately, the rest of the industry has been taking notice. Modi has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New York Post, Time Out New York, and Lifestyles Magazine. Modi also has served as a contributor to “Fashion Police,” the US Magazine column. An accomplished actor, Modi has landed spots on HBO’s The Sopranos, as well as CBS’ CSI: New York, two of the biggest television dramas. He has also brought his acting to the silver screen, appearing in Stand Up, a 2006 feature film. Modi also appeared as a lead in Waiting for Woody Allen, which won the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2004. As a stand-up comic, Modi has appeared on E! Network’s The Howard Stern Show, Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Modi’s other spots include BET’s Comic View, NBC’s Friday Night, and Metro Channel’s New Joke City with comedy legend Robert Klein. Modi is a regular at the top clubs in both New York and Los Angeles, performing all over the country as a top-notch headliner. He has landed coveted spots performing at Montreal’s famous Just For Laughs Festival, as well as Washington DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Myq Kaplan is a writer and stand-up comedian. Myq began his comedy career in Boston, and quickly moved on to perform seven nights a week at the top comedy clubs in New York City. Myq earned fans nationwide as a finalist on the final season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, where he impressed judges and fellow comedians Andy Kindler and Greg Giraldo. Myq debuted on network television with a featured spot on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. He has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Conan, Live at Gotham, and a half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. Myq has performed on the “New Faces Showcase” at Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs Festival. In 2008, Myq was named “Best Local Comedian” by the Boston Phoenix. The following year, Myq won first place in the NY’s Funniest Stand-Up Competition. Myq’s debut album Vegan Mind Meld earned widespread critical praise, declared by comedy publications as one of the top comedy recordings of the year. In 2014, Kaplan’s comedy special, Small, Dork, and Handsome, was released on Netflix.