New-York based Marina Franklin is emerging as one of the hottest comedians in the comedy scene today, with such notable appearances as Chapelle’s Show, NBC’s Last Comic Standing Season II, VH1’s Black to the Future, Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and Showtime at The Apollo. She is a favorite in Comedy Festivals across the world, like Montreal’s Just For Laughs, New York Underground Comedy Festival, Ireland’s Kilkenny Comedy Festival, and Nashville’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. Franklin’s career in entertainment wasn’t always in stand-up comedy; originally from Chicago, she made her acting debut at the Illinois Rep Theatre. She then quickly realized her love for acting and went on to pursue a MFA in acting at Syracuse University. Franklin is viciously likeable, if there is such a thing.
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.
Richie Redding is one of the funniest guys that you’ve probably never heard of. As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania it was unlikely that his comedy career start off in urban rooms and burlesque shows, but that’s how it happened. He left the corporate world determined to get paid to have fun which is obvious every time he takes the stage. His set is edgy, high energy and autobiographical, drawing on a lifetime of ridiculous true stories that can only happen to a recovering alcoholic Ivy Leaguer. His boy band looks and colorful word selection have gained him well-deserved attention. In 2012, he was selected to perform in Walter Latham’s Comedy After Dark and became a regular on HOT 97FM. In 2013 he beat out 32 comics from all over the world to win the Bermuda International Comedy Competition and also had his TV debut on AXS TV’s Gotham Live! He has headlined in six foreign countries and also had the honor of being selected to feature in a USO tour of South Korea, entertaining the 30,000 American troops stationed there. 2014 was a pivotal year, as he was hand picked by Katt Williams to be the official host of the Growth Spurt Tour and for the HBO special Priceless. Based on that success, Katt then asked him to be his featured act for the Born Again, Again Tour. His fanbase has grown rapidly since, as he was regularly killing crowds of 10,000 people or more! He continues to be a constant presence in New York’s top clubs, especially after command performances at both the Barclay’s Center and Madison Square Garden.
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
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.
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.
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 have seen her amazing talent, it is 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 NYC. Jessica has a strong social media presence. Her Youtube channel, "The JessyK Show" and her Facebook page, ComedianJessicaKirson, videos have over 10 million views. Jessica has been featured on various television shows, including, 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", "The Dr. Oz Show", "Why We Heart Vampires", "When Vacations Go Bust" on The Travel Channel, TV Guide channel, Two appearances on the "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. Jessica appeared in a movie written directed by, Nick Cannon, starring, Jim Breuer, and, George Lopez, called, "School Dance". She recently was on "The Nightly Show", on Comedy Central and "The Jim Gaffigan Show", on TV Land. She has been working with the Howard Stern show producing and starring in prank calls that are being played weekly on Sirius/XM radio. In 2017, she will be in Robert Deniro's new movie comedian. She is also a consultant and cowriter on the film.
Sean Donnelly is a comedian. Sean Donnelly grew up in NY and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and dog Rickles. Sean has a beard and loves making people laugh.
Ted Alexandro has been a comedian for twenty years. Time Out NY called Ted “One of the funniest comedians working today.” Ted has performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, The View and two half-hour specials on Comedy Central. Ted opened for Louis C.K. at Carnegie Hall. Ted has performed internationally in Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Jakarta, England, Holland, Israel, South Africa and Qatar. Ted has appeared on the television shows “Oz”, “Dr. Katz” and “Louie”. Ted collaborated with Hollis James on such videos as “Kiss Our American Ass” and “Nobody’s Dummy”, which can be found on Ted’s YouTube channel. Ted and Hollis' web series “Teachers Lounge” stars Ted and Hollis as a music teacher and janitor, respectively, in a NYC elementary school. Lewis Black guest stars as the Principal, Judy Gold as the Gym Teacher, Judah Friedlander as the Computer Science Teacher, musician Ted Leo as himself and Janeane Garofalo makes the P.A. announcements.
Michael tried standup comedy on a dare while a student at the University of Notre Dame. He was soon emceeing Fighting Irish pep rallies and growing 70's style sideburns to do extra work in "Rudy". Upon graduation, he moved to New York City and took a job in advertising but, when his neck became irritated from shaving every day, he re...
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.
Career Bio Letting laughter carry her through the day, Zainab Johnson shares with audiences how interesting everyday life can be, especially when you turn the day’s drama into serious comic relief. Whether she’s performing on stage, writing a script, or acting on screen, Zainab is making people laugh with her own engaging style. Zainab began her career in entertainment as an actress, having moved from home in New York City to the glitz and grit of Los Angeles soon after college. As she pursued roles for television and film, others saw in her a talent for comedy that she had never considered before. Her first appearance as a series regular on television for BET’s “Hell Date” led her to explore comedy in earnest, studying the craft with the Groundlings and IO West, two improvisational comedy groups. Zainab then went on to perform improv and sketch comedy with Troop Hollywood and the Black Hand Side. In 2010, Zainab took a leap of faith in her talent and did her first solo stand-up performance. Her success from that day and her talent for the craft have propelled her to working in top clubs throughout the country, from LA to NYC, including the Improv, Laugh Factory, Standup NY, and Caroline’s on Broadway. Zainab is a Last Comic Standing semi-finalist and has performed at the 2014 BET Experience at LA Live and the world famous Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She has also appeared on Comic View, the Arsenio Hall Show, and Gotham Live. AWARDS Winner, 2013, HBO’s American Black Film Festival Comedy Wings Competition Semi-Finalist, 2014, NBC’s Last Comic Standing
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!
Rachel Feinstein grew up outside Washington DC, in theÂ mean streets of Bethesda, MD.Â SheÂ maintained a healthy D+ average in school, while finding time to mock and imitateÂ her loved ones.Â Â Rachel moved to New York at 17 Â to start her career as an actress and slowly developed her character-driven stand-up act, whi...
Described as dry, quirky and hilarious, Sarah Tollemache has been a professional comedian for over a decade. Starting in Houston, Texas, Sarah quickly made a name for herself when she was named ‘Best Local Comedian’ by the Houston Press and later was the winner of the prestigious Houston’s Funniest Contest. After being featured on consecutive seasons of NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ Sarah took her talents to New York City. Since moving to New York, Sarah has been named one of the top 20 female comics to follow on twitter by the Huffington Post. In addition to performing stand-up comedy nightly in many of New York’s top clubs and alternative venues, Sarah can also be seen regularly performing at the Upright Citizen Brigade Theater where she is a writer and performing with her sketch group ‘Absolutely’.
In the history of NBC’s hit show, “America’s Got Talent”, only four stand-up comics have made it to the final ten. Gary Vider is one of them. Gary made his TV stand-up debut in 2014 on TBS’, “Conan”. Gary’s other TV appearances include AXS TV Gotham Live, and Comics Unleased with Byron Allen. He has been heard on SiriusXM’s The Jay Thomas Show and The Sam Roberts Show. He has performed nationally in comedy festivals such as Bridgetown and Laughing Skull. In 2014, Gary placed 1st in the Carolines on Broadway March Madness Competition where he beat out 63 of NYC’s best young comedians.
Yamaneika Saunders has been captivating audiences with her dynamic stage presence for over a decade across the entire country. Born and raised in Maryland, Yamaneika has since tackled both the New York and LA comedy scenes by combining her high energy improv skills with a unique vulnerable perspective on life. This mix forces her to go beyond the typical humor one would expect to hear, and allows her to connect to audiences from any background. Yamaneika is one of the stars of Oxygen’s “Funny Girls” series, as well as a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing, cast member of Comedy Central’s Insecurity and was featured on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live.
Rich Vos is an incredibly gifted comic who not only has sharp, insightful material, but he is also a master at working the crowd. Hisability to perform in front of any audience has landed him television shows as varied as being the first white comic on Def Jam to performing on the View. Rich was the breakout star of NBC's Last Comic Sta...
Â Kendra Cunningham is a Boston native who absconded to New York to become a comedic writing, filmmaking, stand up comedy performing, bartender with a Masters in psychology who whines too much in her dreams . She was the first runner up in the Ladies of Laughter Competition. She has participated in the Boston Comedy Festival, toured with 5 Funn...
Sean Patton is a comedian based in Los Angeles and New York, by way of New Orleans. He began doing stand-up in the Crescent City and have since performed in comedy clubs across the US and Canada, as well as The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2011), Just for Laughs Chicago (2013), Just for Laughs Toronto (2013), and Just for Laughs Montreal (2008, 2010, 2012). He's performed on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham (2009), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2010), and Conan (2011, 2013). 2013 also marked the release of his Comedy Central Half Hour. More recently, He's been on @midnight (2014, 2015) and will be on the second seasons of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (2015) and This Is Not Happening (2015, 2017), Showtime's Live from SXSW (2017) and TruTv's Comedy Knockout (2016, 2017) As for acting, He's appeared on IFC'S Maron, Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer and TruTV's Those who can't. Those are the things I’ve done that I’m proud of. For a list of things I’ve done that I’m not so proud of... yeah right, you ain’t never gonna know that! I love what I do, some of you will too (thanks!), and some of you will not (but thanks for coming). I want to share myself with you, whomever you are.
Yannis Pappas is a stand-up comedian. His Album “Let Me Be Yannis” was awarded Album of the Year for 2016 by SiriusXM Comedy. Yannis’ Half Hour Comedy Central Special aired in June of 2014 and is available on Amazon, iTunes, ComedyCentral.com and whenever Comedy Central re-runs it. In 2015, he was the host of the comedy sports show, Webby nominee and Media Synopisis Award winner for "Best Sports Digital Series”, AOL’s 2 Point Lead. Before that, he was the Co-Anchor of Fusion Live, a live, primetime, one-hour news magazine program which focused on current events, pop culture and satire. Fusion TV network launched in September 2013 as a joint venture of ABC and Univision. Yannis was also the co-host of MSG’s sports fan show, The Bracket. He has also been featured on AXS TV, TruTV, VH1 and Good Morning America. He was the first comedian to ever do stand up on the New Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon–It was a test show and didn’t air, but that’s kind of a cool thing. He is known for his popular characters Mr. Panos and Maurica. All his comedy shorts with Ditch Films can be found on YouTube. Go watch them, they are there.
I AM NIMESH PATEL. If you Google me, I am the first result. And most every other Nimesh Patel is a doctor. Which means if my parents Google me, they get their son, and then a list of everything they wanted their son to be. I AM NIMESH PATEL I like family, sarcasm, water, the Lakers, and dancing while drunk. I AM A WRITER I wrote for the 2016 Oscars with Chris Rock. I hope to write for you, too (if you pay me). I AM A STAND-UP COMEDIAN I say things people find funny. On stage. My idols are Larry David, Chris Rock, and Patrice O'Neal. I AM NOT AN ASSHOLE If you've not read David Foster Wallace's "This is Water," go read it. It guides a lot of my everyday life. There is more to me, but I am not unrealistic. I don't even want to write my biography, why would you want to read it? I hope you like me as a person so far.
With an inspired blend of lunacy that includes physical humor, impersonations, stylized caricatures of nightclub singers and his signature "man on the street" interviews. Emmy Award winner KEVIN MEANEY has been one of the country's most popular standup comedians for more than 25 years. Tom Shale's of the Washington Post said, "P...
Best known for his hilarious half-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central and his guest appearances on VH-1, NBC's Last Comic Standing and Chappelle's Show, Kyle started doing stand-up at a local Miami night club while holding down a day job as Art Director at the Spanish-language network Univision. After a few years honing his act in Miami, Kyle said goodbye to Spanish TV and returned to New Jersey, where he was born. Within just a few months, Kyle has become a regular on the New York City comedy scene. Kyle has performed at New York's top comedy clubs, including Carolines, Comic Strip, Comedy Cellar and Gotham. He delivers an honest and intelligent view of the world and gives an intimate look into his life experiences growing up in the American melting pot. Kyle has a sharp sense of humor that appeals to a broad audience. His first comedy CD, The Legend of the Jersey Devil, was named one of iTunes' Top 100 Comedy CD's of 2009. Kyle has been featured on several television, radio and Internet broadcasts, including P-Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy, Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, The Byron Allen Show, BET Comic View, Red Carpet Fashion, and for international flavor, Le Grande Journal in France. Kyle also has several appearances in national TV ad campaigns under his belt for companies including T-Mobile, Sears, Career Builders and Holiday Inn Express. Kyle continues to grow as an stand-up comedian, writer and actor and can be seen performing worldwide.
"MTV has ordered Backup Plan, an unscripted pilot starring Leonard Ouzts, a 23-year-old former IHOP waiter-turned-standup comedian. While he has had success — Ouzts was named a New Face at the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, he has performed stand-up on TBS’ Conan, and will be in this season of Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central — he is being practical, which is reflected in Backup Plan. Ouzts has seen what happens when people hit their 15th minute of fame and realizes he should be thinking about a more realistic career. Each episode of the show follows Leonard’s search for a backup job, just in case the one he has doesn’t work out. The pilot is produced by Triage Entertainment. Executive producers are Stu Schreiberg, Judi Brown-Marmel and Reg Tigerman of Levity Entertainment Group." Deadline.com
Once Joe moved to NYC, things started happening pretty fast for him. He became a paid regular at all the NYC comedy clubs and started honing his craft at a rapid pace by performing multiple times a night, 7 nights a week. His first big comedy audition was for a standup show called “Shut Up And Laugh” on MTV with Norm MacDonald slated to host and comedians Jim Breuer, Margaret Cho, and Andy Dick booked to perform stand-up sets on the show. While living in LA, Joe performed on his first late-night television show, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn on CBS. CBS took a liking to Joe’s standup and during his short time living in LA, he did standup on the show 3 times. Also during Joe’s time in LA, he found out that his show idea “The B Side,” which he wrote with “The Hughley’s” creator, Matt Wickline, about a guy searching for a wife and career happiness ultimately wasn’t being selected by NBC to air.
Keith Alberstadt is a nationally-touring comedian known for his sarcastic insight and playful delivery. He's been seen on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Judah Friedlander was born on March 16, 1969 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. He is an actor, known for 30 Rock (2006), The Wrestler (2008) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). I'm a comedian. I do mostly mainstream rooms and I do alternative rooms too, and I don't change my act at all. I'll do black rooms, I'll do Latino rooms. I've done gay rooms, I've done Asian nights, and I'll always just do my thing. I try to make my act so it works for everybody. It's not exclusionary. I'm not in any clique. I'm an outsider. I'm a comedian for the people. I'm not big on preachy. If I'm sending out any message, I like people to find it. I don't like to shove it down their throats. So my act's changed over the year, but it's certainly a comment on just how self-involved many people are.