As a native New Yorker, Des Bishop moved from Queens to Ireland in his mid-teens in 1990. He has since carved out a highly successful career in stand up comedy in Ireland as well as having had three acclaimed television series on RTE, Ireland – The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), Joy in the Hood (2006) and most recently, the award winning six episode comedy documentary series In the Name of the Fada (2008). The openness and honesty of his presenting style combined with his restless imagination and insightful comic observations make Des Bishop a “must-see” for fans of unique, enquiring and entertaining comedy. Undoubtedly one of the most enigmatic forces on the international comedy circuit Des continues to travel the world over with his stand up shows. His most recent stand up show My Dad Was Nearly James Bond received its premiere at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival winning rave reviews and playing to packed audiences. Des has gone on to perform this confronting and personal show at the Montreal Just for Laughs, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before embarking on a national tour of Ireland this winter. Des has released four stand-up DVDs including Des Bishop Live on DVD (2005), Tongues (2008) and Desfunctional (2009) which all secured positions in the top ten for the busy Christmas periods. As organiser and resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin, Des has also penned two stage plays in collaboration with Arthur Riordan. Funny, erudite and effortlessly delivered The Scotsman, UK One of the finest performers at this years festival. Fast paced and clever. A sure-fire winner The Sunday Age, Melbourne Charismatic, sincere, eloquent and always seeking the angle Chortle Edgy material snappy never sappy Bishop has judged this one beautifully The Age, Melbourne
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.
Cory Kahaney has been busy. She recently appeared The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, was a hit on the 2016 season of America’s Got Talent and was featured in Catskills on Broadway. Cory has been seen on The Late Show with David Letterman and performed a record 7 times on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Cory is also a regular on The View, Fox & Friends and The Moms. Ms. Kahaney is no stranger to reality shows from America’s Funniest Mom to Next Food Network Star even the Apprentice! But Cory is probably best known as a grand finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Cory Kahaney was named Best Comedian in NYC by Backstage and Best female comedian NYC by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. And even though she’s had specials on Comedy Central and HBO, her parents still wish she married a doctor!
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.
Hannah Berner emerged on the comedy scene by directing, editing, and acting in videos on Instagram and writing viral tweets. She now performs stand up around the country, and sells out venues for her podcast, Berning In Hell, in which she interviews her guests about their deepest insecurities, anxieties and fears. She is currently a cast member of Summer House on Bravo. Hannah is an advocate for mental health, napping, and fart jokes.
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.
Has been seen on Late Night TV, Comedy Central and Netflix
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."
Dov hails from a junkyard in Englishtown, New Jersey and now lives with his wife Jessica and their dog in Brooklyn. He also spent some time on an Ashram in Southern India as a child, and will never go back. As an actor, Dov played opposite Mark Wahlberg in the film Invincible, as well as ongoing roles on NBC’s Shades of Blue, and HBO’s Crashing. He’s also been seen on The League on FX, Raines on NBC, Law & Order, Boston Legal, and Maron. As a comedian he’s written and performed two one-hour standup specials for television and has appeared on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chappelle’s Show, Showtime, Comedy Central, and many others.
Ricky Velez is a New-York based actor and stand-up comedian who was named one of Variety's "Ten Comics to Watch." He currently appears as a correspondent on Comedy Central's THE NIGHTLY SHOW with Larry Wilmore and appeared on the Netflix series, MASTER OF NONE. Ricky was trained at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts where he received the Special Recognition Diploma in Drama presented to him by Kevin Spacey. As a comic, Ricky was named "New York's Funniest Comedian" by Caroline's Comedy Club and was featured in Comedy Central's and The New York Comedy Festival's Fifth annual "Comics to Watch."
Hilarious performer, Al has been seen on late night TV and plays clubs, colleges and corporate events around the world
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.
Christine Hurley loves what she does…making people laugh! Married to Jimmy Hurley and having five kids, Christine is never at a loss for comedic material. Like any great comedian, Christine has an innate ability to see humor in "everyday" situations. For years, she entertained family, friends and neighbors in their kitchens, at barbeques and the grocery store aisles. The only difference now is she uses a microphone and a stage. Christine’s maiden voyage into the world of stand up comedy was an open audition in New York City. The television network Nick at Nite was looking for "AMERICA'S FUNNIEST MOM." She figured if it didn’t go well, no one in New York would have known who she was anyway… Turns out it went well! Out of thousands of entries, Christine was selected to be a finalist on the nationally televised show. The producers of the show included Carol Leifer (Seinfeld show producer), Jeff Singer (talent scout, Montreal Comedy Festival), Jeffrey Ross (Comedy Central roast master) and actress Sandra Bernhardt. Her stories and views on motherhood and marriage are exactly what everyone is living through…people get it and love it! Christine Hurley has quickly become a favorite in the Boston comedy world. She works with and is respected by Boston's comedic legends. Among them being; Don Gavin, Lenny Clarke, Steve Sweeney, Paul D'Angelo, Paul Nardizzi, Patty Ross, Tony V, Loretta Laroche,…and her biggest fan and mentor Johnny Pizzi.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio and raised Italian American and Catholic. My father was involved in a family business and my mother was/is an elementary school teacher. As a family, we moved back and forth between northeast Ohio and South Florida throughout my childhood. Started playing contact football at age 9 in Florida and wrestling at age 13 in Ohio. My senior year of high school I placed second in the Florida AAA State Tournament and went on to college at Pennsylvania State University where I wrestled in 1991-1992 and tutored student athletes. Moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1995 with my bachelors degree in criminal justice. Began work counseling adjudicated teens and children with mental health issues. Started teaching special education in the Philadelphia School District in 1998. Received my masters in Special Education in 2001 from Cabrini College and continued to teach in both public school and residential school settings. Started stand up comedy in 2000 and moved to New York City in 2003. Was the 1983 and 1984 Spelling Bee runner up at Pine Grove Elementary School. I failed to advance to the national bee in Washington D.C. because of the complexity of the word roothless, which I still spell with two o's.
Hot off a killer run on this season's America's Got Talent (being only comedian to be voted into the semi-finals), Dan Naturman is also known to his fans as the "real winner" of Last Comic Standing 2, Dan was the favorite of celebrity "judges" Drew Carey and Brett Butler. Dan Naturman began performing stand-up co...
Pete Lee's comedy is candy coated with a dash of mean. Pete mixes cutting punchlines with an underdog perspective to absolutely roast himself on stage. His likable style and self-deprecating humor have made him one of the hottest acts today. He made his television debut on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Since then, he has been a standout at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. His comedy CD Gasmoney plays in regular rotation on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. He is a regular on the Bob and Tom radio show. Recently, he was selected as a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, filmed his own Comedy Central Presents special and played a doctor on CBS' As the World Turns. His growing popularity placed him 7th out of the top 100 comedians in Comedy Central's Standup Showdown. Pete also proved that his humor transcends demographic boundaries by winning Country Music Television's Next Big Comic. In addition to standup, Pete also loves writing, directing and editing web shows. A few years back, Pete created a web show called Unsportsmanlike Conduct, which attracted the attention of the NFL. This earned Pete a role in the NFL Network pilot titled After Further Review. Most recently, he created Pete Lee's Internet Freak Show, which earned him a spot as a cast member on the FUSE TV's new show, Special Videos Unit: Video on Trial. Pete can be seen weekly on the web and TV, as well as touring the country. If you haven't heard of Pete Lee yet, prepare to tell other people!
Greg Stone is a NYC based comedian who has been on AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live, America's Got Talent and is a regular on Sirius XM and NPR’s Snap Judgement
Aminah Imani is a stand-up comedian, host, and actor who lives in New York city. You can see her perform regularly at reputable comedy venues. She is known for her recent appearance of Showtime's Flatbush Misdemeanors Season 2 and her featured appearance on Comedy Central Short Sets as well as Hulu’s late night television show, Up Early Tonight. She has contributed online content with Scarry Mommy, Viceland, and Buzzfeed. She has performed at the world’s famous Apollo Theatre, the 208 Comedy festival, the DC Comedy Festival, and the Stand Up comedy special, Aint Ya Mama Heat Wave featured in the Environmental Film Festival.
Eric Neumann is one of the fastest-rising standup comedians in the United States. In February 2022, he made his late-night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC. He has recorded three albums/specials, Nervous Lover, Just A Phase, and, most recently, But Enough About Me: A Crowd Work Album. All three reached number 1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts and are currently playing on Sirius XM Radio. He has appeared on Season 3 of Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, as well as Season 1 of The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show on Netflix. In 2021, he was featured in The Jerusalem Post as “one of the Jewish comedians who stayed relevant during the Covid-19 pandemic.” He is currently on a headlining tour performing at major comedy clubs across the country. When not touring, Eric lives in Manhattan, where he is a regular at the Comedy Cellar.
Robert Kelly’s comedy is rooted in his early days as a kid growing up in Boston. His dysfunctional family, repeat trips to juvie and his honest take on his own life and relationships make his comedy clever, abrasive and funny, yet refreshingly vulnerable. Kelly has been winning over audiences for years while touring clubs, colleges, and theatres. He was featured on the HBO’s Tourgasm with Dane Cook and has been a highlight at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival for the last four years. Kelly’s has performed on Comics Anonymous, Comedy Central Presents, Premium Blend, Tough Crowd, The Carson Daly Show, The Jim Breuer Show. His acting credits include Louie, Inside Amy Schumer, NYC 22, Ghost Town, The Job, What Doesn’t Kill You, Good Luck Chuck and the upcoming Judd Apatow film Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer. He recently produced and starred in the short film “Cheat” which debuted at The Tribeca Film Festival. Shortly afterward Simon and Schuster published a book he wrote based on the film. He currently hosts the top-rated podcast “You Know What Dude?” that can be found on iTunes or riotcast.com.
Gina Brillon was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. The Puerto Rican actress, comedian, writer and mom has been a standup comic since she was 17 years old. Her sophomore 1-hour special Gina Brillon: The Floor is Lava (Amazon Prime Video) won a 2021 Gracie Award and was nominated for an Imagen Award. Her 1/2 hour special Easily Offended was one of the top shows from the Entre Nos franchise on HBO Latino, and streams on all HBO Digital Platforms. She’s made appearances on The View, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel Live. You have seen her on Kevin Can Wait on CBS and The Conners on ABC. In 2012, she became the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC’s Stand up for Diversity Showcase. The following year, she was a “New Face” at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Gina is a singer, published writer, and poet. Her pieces have appeared in the New York Post and Daily News, among others. Gina and co-host Katherine G. Mendoza dole out advice on their podcast Mess In Progress: The Homegirls Guide to Self-Help. Most recently, Gina was the first Latina comedian to be a Finalist in season 16 of America’s Got Talent.
The Chicago Tribune calls Jeff Arcuri “a joke machine,” but he’s not! He’s a person! Jeff has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and a plethora of comedy festivals around the country. Newly based in New York, Jeff works clubs and colleges across the US.
Gianmarco Soresi recently appeared alongside Tracy Morgan on TBS' The Last O.G. He's headlined Carolines for their Breakout Artist Comedy Series, Stand Up NY, Gotham Lounge, Yonkers Comedy Club, Comedy Sportz, Featured at Governor's Brokerage, Hu Ke Lau, del Lago Casino, and loves nothing more than to work out jokes at The Grisly Pear. As an actor, he's appeared on ABC's Deception, CBS' Blue Bloods, TruTV's Hack My Life, YouTube's Matza Pizza, and more. He just wrapped his Off-Broadway stand up play Less Than 50% at 59E59 Theaters.
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.
Ian Lara is really just a regular guy from Queens, New York. He started comedy right after college because he didn't feel like going to law school and he's loved every second of it. Usually you can catch him performing every night in some of the best and worst shows in New York City, or he's on the road at a club or college near you. Ian Lara might become a household name but really all he wants is to get big enough where he can wear those big hats Pharrell wears to awards shows. Peace!