COMEDIANS

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, Broadway Comedy Club, Caroline’s on Broadway, and the Laugh Lounge. Chris still lives in Brooklyn, NY with his Mom (punch line). 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. That kind of thinking got him on the SNY network as the host of the 2010 Fencing Masters at Hammerstein Ballroom. It also got him all the way to the Final 4 of the 2011 March Madness Comedy Competition at the world famous Caroline’s on Broadway. Chris also headlined at Caroline’s this month and recently opened for Gilbert Gottfried & Dustin Diamond. When he’s not making witty remarks (like the ones you’ve just read) or transforming into various personas on stage, you can find him stretching people’s hamstrings and getting yelled at to clean his room.
Originally from Oceanside NY, Lenny Marcus has been a mainstay of the New York City comedy scene for over for twenty years. He is currently a regular performer in every major comedy club in New York City. Most recently, Lenny appeared on TruTV on the show TruInside in the episode about the world famous Comedy Cellar in NYC where you can see him perform regularly. Recently, you may have seen Lenny on Louie, on the FX network, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central, or in the short film The Unimportance of Being Ernest. Lenny has performed stand-up comedy on television multiple time. he performed on The Late Show with David Letterman three times to amazing reviews. He has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, AXS Tv’s Gotham Comedy Live, NBC’s Comedy Showcase with Louie Anderson and MTV’s The Jim Brewer Show. Lenny has made multiple appearances on Tru-tv making fun of the worlds stupidest criminals, shoppers and drivers. You may also have seen him in commercials for the MTV Video Movie Awards, Wendy’s and Marriott or on the radio in commercials for Southwestern Bell Telephone or Priceline.com. He has performed at both the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada three times, HBO’s US Comedy Arts festival, in Aspen Colorado and the Great American Comedy festival in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comic and host of NPR’s nationally syndicated comedy, trivia show Ask Me Another where she interviews and plays silly games with Sir Patrick Stewart, Terry Crews, Awkwafina, Roxane Gay, Jessica Walter, Nick Kroll, Tony Hawk, Sasha Velour, Julia Stiles, Lewis Black, Uzo Aduba, Ethan Hawke and more. She has appeared on Comedy Central, This Week At The Comedy Cellar, The Late Late Show, The New Yorker Festival, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, HBO’s Girls, Gotham Live, The Today Show, and VH-1, and more Her comedy special Inside Joke is available on Amazon and iTunes. She also is a regular host and teller with The Moth and her stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and in their best-selling books, including the most recent: Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible. Ophira’s own comedic memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a feature film
“Edgy"," "honest," and "hilarious" are words to describe Kathleen Dunbar's comedy. Motherhood, aging, and family are some of the topics she tackles with razor-sharp sarcasm and quick precise timing. Kathleen keeps you laughing through her entire show. She started in 1999 and has taken the comedy industry by storm. In 2002 she made the move to Las Vegas and won the Las Vegas Star Search Comedy Competition, sponsored by KLAS TV 8 and Station Casinos. She auditioned and was accepted for the 2002 Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Producers were so impressed, in 2003 they made her tour manager. ​In 2003-2005 she starred on the Las Vegas strip in "Kathleen Dunbar's Divas of Comedy" at the Saraha Hotel.
Jimmy Dunn is an actor and stand-up comedian from Boston, who recently co-starred on the CBS comedy "The McCarthys" as Sean McCarthy. He got his start in the comedy world telling jokes at a bar in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he was paid in beer and fried clams. Since then, Jimmy has gone on to perform at some of the comedy industry's most prestigious events, including Denis Leary's Comics Come Home, Montreal's International Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and the Late Show with David Letterman.
As seen on Craig Fergerson Show, Comedy Central and Clubs throughout the country...You'll enjoy Ophira's brash outlook on the world
Jim Colliton has grown up in the suburbs and now lives with his wife and three children in the suburbs. What does he talk about? If you have ever been embarrassed about the contents of your recycling bin or tried to kill a flying bat in your house you will find Jim's comedy hilarious. If none of these things hits home, Jim has also stolen a school bus and everyone finds that story funny. Jim's love for performing comes out every time he takes the stage, whether performing for 30, 300 or even 3000 people (yes, this has happened a few times). Jim's comedy is funny, but also clean. This has helped him stay busy working all across the country. Jim has been seen on national television shows like Ed McMahon's Next Big Star, Comcast Comedy Spot Light, and Comedy Central Laugh Riots. Jim can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio's Comedy Channel.
Comedian Tom Cotter has taken the comedy scene by storm since finishing as runner-up and becoming the Breakout Star from Season 7’s "America's Got Talent." He lost to a dog act, but don’t hold that against him; Tom was the first comedian ever to be a finalist on the show and was the highest finishing human being on the show that year. In August 2013, AGT asked Tom back to perform as a special guest star (along with Train) and then again to host “The Season 8 AGT Snapple Viewing Party.” In January 2019 Tom was again invited back to the AGT stage - this time to perform against the best of the best “Got Talent” performers from other years and around the world in “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” In one the most talked about sets of the entire competition, Tom received a STANDING OVATION from the adoring crowd. Tom's other numerous television and radio credits include "The Tonight Show,” “Last Comic Standing,” his very own "Comedy Central Presents... Tom Cotter, "The Howard Stern Show, Comics Unleashed, multiple appearances on CBS’ "The Late Late Show" and Celebrity Host of “Gotham Comedy Live” on AXS-TV. You can find Tom headlining all of America's most famous comedy clubs including The Comedy Cellar, The Improv and Caroline's On Broadway just to name a few. Tom has also been featured at the Montreal "Just For Laughs" Festival, the HBO Comedy Arts Festival and headlining "America's Got Talent Live" show at the Palazzo, Las Vegas. And recently, Tom was on the dais and took part in the Friars Club Roast of Boomer Esiason at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Tom is also a regular on Fox News Channel and co-starred on an episode of CBS’ “The Good Wife.” In addition, Tom has performed in a wide variety of venues from Alaska to China. His appeal is truly international as he was summoned to London to tour and perform on British Television, and won The Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition and Boston Comedy Festival as The Boston Herald noted “winning by the largest margin of victory in the history of the event.” Tom came out with his first book, “Bad Dad: A Guide to Pitiful Parenting” (Willow Street Press) in February 2016 which is a collection of jokes, gags, one-liners and pithy bad advice for fed-up parents everywhere. It is this kind of versatility that has allowed Tom to excel in other areas of showbiz as well. So whether it be comedy, voice-overs, or acting, Tom Cotter gives it everything he's got. "If laughter is the best medicine, I yearn to be drugged."
Jon has appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the Late Show with David Letterman, has been featured in Maxim Magazine, and was the host of the widely popular podcast, “In the Tank”. A prolific monologist with universal appeal, Jon focuses on the idiosyncrasies of city living. Shortly after moving to NYC from his native Boston, he was chosen as one of Comedy Central’s Fresh Faces of Comedy and named one of Back Stage Magazine’s 10 Standout Stand-ups. His appearance on Last Comic Standing 4 – where he was the New York City Capital One Audience Favorite – earned him wide recognition and a new legion of fans. His other TV appearances include Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, VH1, Celebrity Apprentice, and 3 Men and a Chick Flick on the WE Network where he served as a host. Interestingly, the credit people seem most impressed by was that he was handpicked to open for Jerry Seinfeld in 2009 at Gotham Comedy Club Jon has performed at multiple festivals including the 2007 HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and the 2010 Great American Comedy Festival at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk, Nebraska. In addition, he was a critical favorite at the prestigious Montreal “Just for Laughs” Festival where he appeared in both the “New Faces” showcase and the Club Series show “Dating It.” Following his impressive performances, Jon was singled out by the Hollywood Reporter and the Montreal Gazette as a “stand out performer”. Most recently, he was invited to perform at this year’s TBS “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival in Chicago.
Here is a list of things that I call "accomplishments", but my Jewish mom calls "distractions from finding a wife" I’m a New York based comedian and a regular performer at Comic Strip Live, New York Comedy Club, Carolines On Broadway, Broadway Comedy Club and Greenwich Comedy Club, as well as New York's alternative rooms. I have performed at various festivals including The New York Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Festival, Laughing Devil Festival and Hoboken Comedy Festival. I've headlined Caroline's On Broadway three times. Hollywood Radio and Television Society named me "One of the hottest rising star stand-up comedians in New York". My audio clips have been featured on Rooftop Comedy's "Best Of" collection and have aired on Sirius XM Radio, Spotify and Audible. In 2016, I contributed material to The Comedy Central Roast Of Rob Lowe. Also in 2016, I was a semi-finalist in New York's Funniest stand up competition as part of the NY Comedy Festival. I continue to tour around the country, but still with all of this stage time, I am yet to have a year that financially tops my Bar Mitzvah year- if you book me you can help make this sad reality go away.
Actor/Comedian/ Brian Scott McFadden is one of the funniest stand up comics working in the industry today. A regular on the NY comedy club circuit, Brian has recently taken his act to a whole new level with his high energy performances & some of the most unique, incisive & hilarious routines around. After making his debut on The Late Show with David Letterman Brian followed that up with an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. A multi­dimensional performer Brian is both an accomplished stage actor, who has played Hamlet in New York, and a versatile voice over artist with a vast range of accents and character voices in his repertoire. Brian was recently seen on the big screen in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller & also performed in such films as Ice Age II with Ray Romano and Robots with Robin Williams & Halle Berry. Brian has just released his first live Comedy CD “What Women Want.”
Ray Ellin started his career as a standup comic, improviser, and writer in his teens. He is the host of the all-new Gong Show Live, a resurrection of the legendary ‘70s talent competition. Ray also hosted the popular LateNet with Ray Ellin, the first comedy/variety show to simultaneously combine both in-studio and interactive online audiences. The program features A-List celebrities, top comedians, and musical guests including Chevy Chase, Hank Azaria, Leonard Nimoy, Paul Shaffer, Fran Drescher, Gilbert Gottfried and more. In addition to LateNet with Ray Ellin, Ray has been the host and writer of the syndicated television shows The Movie Loft, New York Now, PremiumTV, and BrainFuel TV. He recently hosted/co-created the pilot for the tv game show Worth The Wait. Ray is the go-to-host for any occasion; he has hosted hundreds of live events; corporate, charity, sporting, fashion, and of course, comedy. He has a long list of television credits including appearances on HBO, FOX, VH1, DISCOVERY, ABC, NBC, and England's Mancs vs. Yanks. Ray was also profiled on Dateline NBC in which it was discovered that his blood pressure actually drops right before he goes on stage! Profiling the top three Latin comics in the country, Ray executive produced, directed, and wrote the film The Latin Legends of Comedy, which was distributed by Twentieth Century Fox. Ray co-created, produced, and wrote the animated series La Familia, featuring John Leguizamo, and the “Jack Daniel's Latino Comedy Series,” a 13-week comedy event in New York City. The enormously successful program was tapped by other major U.S. cities including Chicago and Miami. As an actor, Ray has taken on a variety of theater roles, He co-starred in the romantic comedy Killing Cinderella, and produced and co-starred in the short films Yellow, The Try-Out, The Face, Felix the Painter, and Felix’s Rhapsody. He has appeared in several television commercials including spots for Volkswagen, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, American Express, and a multi-part campaign for the Sci-Fi Channel.
Tony V started his stand-up comedy career in 1982 after attending several shows at Boston’s prestigious Comedy Connection. He wandered in one night, quite by accident, looking for a little stress relief from a high-pressure job as a caseworker at the Somerville Mental Health Center. Tony was working his way toward a Masters degree in social work having graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B. S. in Psychology. It was not long after that he took to the stage himself. Tony’s street wise humor tempered with a genuine feel for the human condition quickly propelled him to headliner status on the national comedy club circuit. In 1986 Tony V was named “Funniest Person in Massachusetts” by Showtime television. He followed this achievement with several performances on HBO, the Arts and Entertainment Network, Comedy Central and MTV. From 1987 through 1992 Tony V became the “spokesperson” for American Tourister Luggage. Remember the suitcase smashing gorilla? It was Tony that gave the ape it’s distinct voice and temperament. Touring extensively in and out of his high tech forty-five thousand dollar yak hair gorilla suit, both Tony and his alter ego had many interesting adventures. If you get a chance ask Tony about a meeting between The Gorilla, Spuds MacKenzie, and Ronald McDonald. You won’t believe your mind. Network television was next on the list for this Boston native. Spending time in New York and L. A. paid off with multiple highly acclaimed appearances on Late Night w/ Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd w/ Colin Quinn and several sit-coms including Seinfeld, Boston Common, The Single Guy and Dr. Katz Professional Therapist. Having proven himself a solid comic actor Tony then tackled dramatic roles on television working with such notable actors as Eric Roberts, Ice T and James McDaniels from NYPD Blue. Tony’s big-screen outings include State and Main, Celtic Pride, Housesitter, One Crazy Summer and Shakes the Clown as well as the independently produced By the Sea and Abracadabra. Tony has also produced and written on several shows for network and production companies. He is no stranger to benefits and fundraisers performing at functions for The American Cancer Society, Children's Hospital, The Boston Food Bank and many other charitable organizations. His corporate shows include Citizens Bank, The North East Lumber Association, Stop & Shop, American Express Corp. and Staples. Along with being a popular headliner at clubs and colleges all over the free world, Tony V has worked with Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Bobcat Goldthwait, Steven Wright, Adam Sandler and countless other friends and nationally known acts. Tony has opened for Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Beach Boys and Joan Jett. Tony also really believes that this is enough of a Bio and if you’re not convinced or impressed by now nothing is going to change your mind. So thanks for reading this far and good luck in all your endeavors.
Legendary Boston Comedian Lenny Clarke is back on the road with his “No holds barred” stand up comedy tour! Lenny was featured in the Dennis Leary FX show RESCUE ME and has also been in some great comedy movies; There’s Something About Mary, Fever Pitch, Stuck on You and Me, Myself and Irene to name just a few! Lenny Clarke spent several years as the host of the open-mike nights at the famous Ding Ho Comedy Club in Cambridge, MA and has traveled the world as a stand-up comic. His comedic abilities captured the attention of Rodney Dangerfield, who gave him his first big break, casting him in Nothin’ Goes Right. He and Dangerfield also worked together years later on Meet Wally Sparks. After years of hard work, Clarke was “discovered” at the Montreal Comedy Festival. He had his own series, the eponymous Lenny, which ran for 18 episodes. Other TV work includes The John Larroquette Show, hosting The Sunday Comics, and appearances on Touched by an Angel, Hollywood Square, The Job and The Love Boat: The Next Wave.
Andrew Schulz was a comedy prodigy, beginning to perform when he was still in college and jumping into the public eye on Guy Code. In addition to touring the country, Schulz co-hosts the popular podcast The Brilliant Idiots, appeared in IFC's Benders and will appear on the upcoming series There's... Johnny!
Chuck Nice is a Philadelphia native and a 18 year veteran of stand up comedy with a rich history in television and radio. For eight years he provided comic relief to the Radio Chick show, bringing the funny to New York’s radio air waves. From that time until present, Chuck has been equally busy making a name for himself on the small screen. He is the host of Buy Like A Mega Millionaire on HGTV, The Juice on Veria Living and The Hot Ten on Centric. Chuck is seen regularly on the Today Show, has guest hosted Joy Behar’s Say Anything and Co-hosted The View. Chuck maintains his radio presence as the co-host of Star Talk Radio with Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson where he provides humorous commentary on one his favorite subjects...science.
Paul Shaffer is a Canadian singer, composer, actor, author, comedian and multi-instrumentalist who served as David Letterman's musical director, band leader and sidekick on the entire run of both Late Night with David Letterman and Late Show with David Letterman.
"Washington has been the home of a number of very good comics and a few great ones (Wanda Sykes, Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black, Martin Lawrence). Erin Jackson could be next in line." —The Washington Post Armed with a megawatt smile and a pocket full of dreams, Erin Jackson is poised to conquer the world o...
Lynne Koplitz is an American stand-up comedian and actress. Koplitz was the host of Telepictures' nationally syndicated dating show Change of Heart, guest host on NBC's Later, co-host of the Food Network's How to Boil Water, and co-host of Sony Pictures syndicated talk show Life and Style. Her stand-up has appeared on a number of Comedy Central specials, including Premium Blend and Comedy Central Presents. She performed at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.
Mia Jackson is a bonafide Georgia peach (that's Georgian for “native”) and self proclaimed know-it-all. After graduating from the University of Georgia she hit the local comedy scene and has thrilled audiences since day one. To her credit she has appeared on NickMom's Night Out, Viceland and was a semi-finalist on Season 9 of NBC's Last Comic Standing. She has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and the movie Mother's Day. In 2017, she was named a New Face at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Atlanta's Creative Loafing named her the city's Best Stand-Up. Smart, funny, and versatile, Mia entertains all types of crowds.
Louise was a finalist on the second season of Last Comic Standing and has appeared on television programs such as Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and The View. Louise has performed at many of the leading comedy clubs throughout the world, including Caroline's, The TakeOut Comedy Club Hong Kong and The Comic Strip Live. Louise is married to Tom Cotter, who is also a notable stand-up comedian. They have worked together on different projects including Two Funny, a reality show on Women's Entertainment Network.
Don is considered the Godfather of Boston Comedy. He was one of the original founders of the famous Ding-Ho Comedy Club in Cambridge, MA (a launching pad for some of the funniest, brightest and most original comic talent in America.) Later, Don founded Nick's Comedy Stop & was a pioneer at the Comedy Connection. Don has toured every state of the union performing in clubs, theatres, festivals, colleges & corporate events. Don has performed in over 100 countries with his work with the USO & cruise ships. Don is lightning quick & a sure fire hit wherever he performs.
I grew up in North Carolina and Delaware, listening to George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, and Steven Wright. I moved to New York after college with a Theatre Arts degree in hand. I did some off-off-off Broadway shows while waiting tables and bartending. Comedy was always something I wanted to do but never followed through with so one day I woke up and decided to stop talking about it and actually do it. That night I went to an open-mic paid $5 for five minutes of stage time and I’ve been doing it ever since. I’ve been lucky enough to do some plays, a music video, a variety show “The Fringe”, some independent films and a couple of commercials. I was the regular warm-up for daytime talk shows The Revolution and Bethenny while also subbing in at Rachel Ray, The View and Dr.Oz I travel all over doing stand-up from Maine to New Mexico to Florida and the exotic Dakota’s as well as working on cruises all over the sea. I recently taped a Drybar comedy special which can be found on Drybarcomedy.com. It has been said that I have the southern roots to make me hospitable and enough New York in me to give me an edge.
After leaving a high-paying executive position at a computer company, Balan’s honed her comedy skills making the rounds at local New York comedy clubs. Using her quick wit and savvy sense of humor she soon found herself in high demand performing regularly at Carolines on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club and The Comic Strip Live. Los Angeles soon came calling Michele headed out west, where she was soon, are a regular fixture at the Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and the Hollywood Improv. As Michele’s popularity grew the press and Hollywood took notice. The New York Post’s Cindy Adams declared Michele “Dynamite” and soon NBC tapped her to appear on Last Comic Standing, where she was a finalist and also was The Last Woman Comic Standing on Season 4. Balan went on to appear on The Joy Behar Show on HLN, Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed, and the OUTlaugh festival on LOGO. Voted one of the “Top 10 Comics” by Backstage Magazine, Michele headlines across the country at comedy clubs, corporate events, JCC’s, country clubs and is a popular act for major Cruise lines. As an author, Michele is a contributor for many publications and has collaborated and written for many well-known comedians Michele currently resides in New York City.
As seen on TV and Stages from Broadway to the Las Vegas Strip, Steven Scott is a comedian, actor, and host whose unique and tasteful brand of comedy combines clever observations of his everyday life with his amazing vocal talent; which includes an array of characters, voices and sounds ranging from celebrities to musical instruments. Once described as a perfect mix between Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Carrey, Steven loves getting paid now to do exactly what used to get him into trouble as a kid. He has had the privilege of performing with some of the biggest names in show business, both onstage as well as on-screen where he has traveled to all 7 continents; performing comedy clubs, conventions, cruises, colleges, festivals, roasts, military bases and appeared on numerous TV and radio shows from Comedy Central, NBC, FOX, VH1, SiriusXM and his recent standing ovation appearances on America’s Got Talent. His multifaceted voice can be heard in many commercials and video games. He once had a deal with Warner Brothers and was cast as a series regular in a pilot for a hip sketch comedy show co-starring Tyra Banks and Jamie Foxx. He also performed and created a co-starring role in an award-winning Off-Broadway Musical, has been a frequent late-night Radio sidekick and recently filmed a TV pilot for his own comedy travel show for the Travel Channel. He is a longtime member and former Governor of the legendary Friars Club and enjoys donating his time and talent to various charities that promote healing through laughter.
As a stand-up comedian for 36 years, Joey Kola has performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout his career in the US, Canada, and England. His high energy, spot-on punch lines, and fast delivery assault an audience like a comedic freight train. Joey's topical and timeless material combine to always make his audiences laugh hard.
Adrienne Iapalucci from "Last Comic Standing 2010" is one of the comedians competing in Season 7 of the NBC reality competition series. She auditioned in New York. Born and bred in the Bronx, Adrienne Iapalucci's skewed look on life is reflected in her unique brand of intelligent comedy. Her dark sense of humor is enhanced by her political incorrectness and counteracted by her love of puppies. Adrienne won the 2009 first-ever People's Choice Opening Act Competition and got the opportunity to perform Adrienne Iapalucci Last Comic Standing Adrienne Iapalucci of "Last Comic Standing" MORE PICTURES at NYC's Town Hall Theater for 1400 people as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Adrienne was also a semi-finalist in New York's Funniest Stand-Up Contest, also part of the New York Comedy Festival, and was the runner-up in the 2009 New York Underground Comedy Festival's Best of the Boroughs contest. She has also been featured in the Daily News, New York Times, Stage Time and Reader's Digest.
Tony Woods kick-started his career in comedy on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam (HBO) and P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy. Working with some of comedy’s greats, Tony brings a lot more to the table than your average comedy veteran. His fans include loyal audiences from around the globe, with his videos on YouTube earning hundreds of thousands of hits. Tony is a regular performer on Comedy Central, NBC, and HBO, with multiple specials and guest appearances. He’s even made his way onto NBC’s Last Comic Standing, holding a respectable standing as one of the top 100 comics to ever try-out. While he may not have won his bid for television greatness on Last Comic Standing, he absolutely killed it in the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, along with HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.