You have never seen anything like a Bryan Kellen performance. Bryan explodes onto the stage with physical antics that leave the audience laughing so hard they can barely catch their breath, and they can’t begin to understand how he can catch his. Moving from his pterodactyl dating match to his personal trainer lunge to a skeleton meltdown, Kellen will blow you away. A self-described dork and adversity-magnet, Bryan’s life is filled with uncomfortable moments. No stranger to television audiences, he was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing and appeared on The CBS Late Late Show, Comics Unleashed and Lopez Tonight. A hit in a multitude of venues, Bryan tours the country with George Lopez and headlines comedy clubs, cruise ships, colleges, special events. No matter what the venue or occasion Bryan Kellen will bend you into hysterics.
Kindred Throats is the musical comedy duo, Kevin Stafford and Todd Risenmay: Two throats, two guitars, one unforgettable bromance. Todd and Kevin met when they were newborn babies at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon where, upon meeting each other, they harmonized a musical note so powerful that the doctors on staff would go on to say it was, “pretty impressive for babies.” Ever since, they have grown and experienced life together through many successes, failures, fears, and love, and they’ve documented it all in two-part harmony. Kevin and Todd have performed in multiple national tours across the US and with The Second City at Sea, respectively. Kindred Throats performs comedy songs while also incorporating improvisation and audience participation to get you clapping to the beat, singing along, and possibly becoming the subject of an uncomfortably intimate serenading. www.kindredthroats.com
London born Matt Kirshen's precision wit has earned him an impressive reputation on the international comedy circuit. Most recently his appearances as a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing has earned him a whole new host of fans in the United States and a surprising number of other countries worldwide.
He has also recorded a half-hour special for the World Stands Up, Comedy Central, and has acclaimed festival appearances at Montreal, Kilkenny, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Amsterdam. His debut CD, "I Guess We'll Never Know" was named in Punchline Magazine's top 10 albums of 2009 and his hit appearance at the 2008 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal resulted in no fewer than 4 of his gags appearing in the Montreal Gazette's round up of their best jokes of the fest. Matt has appeared in and written for numerous television shows in the UK, including a charity gala featuring Jimmy Fallon, which resulted in Jimmy himself requesting Matt to open for him in a college tour to promote his new Late Night hosting slot.
His youthful looks disguise a veteran comic with almost a decade of experience, and a wealth of smart, funny and relatable material, making him a firm favorite with college audiences. While it's his prime-time NBC appearances that most American comedy fans will recognize him from, they are often surprised at the breadth and scope of his material, described by one reviewer as "intelligent, but with the emphasis firmly on the funny".
Lynne is a graduate of Troy State in Alabama. She moved to New York with theatre on her mind but turned to stand-up comedy after trying it on a whim. Now, she is one of America’s most sought after female comics - regularly headlining at major comedy clubs and colleges nationally. Lynne’s one-woman show Lynne Koplitz: Functionally Disfunctional premieres this Spring at NYC’s Beckett Theatre, and you will be able to see her co-starring alongside Joan River’s in We’s new reality series Mother Knows Best. Most recently, Lynne was seen starring Dina on IFC’s semi-scripted comedy series Z Rock and alongside Cheri Oteri as Fran on AMC’s interstitial web series Life Coach. Lynne has been featured on Tru TV’s The World’s Dumbest Criminals, TBS’s Bitcoms, and in a national commercial campaign for Midol. Lynne had her own Comedy Central Presents… ½ hour special, and co-hosted the syndicated TV talk show Life & Style (w/ Kimora Lee Simmons and Jules Asner). She has also performed at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and on The Nasty Show at the Montreal Comedy Festival. Lynne was the host of the popular TV dating show Change of Heart and the cooking show How To Boil Water on The Food Network. Among her other many television appearances are CBS’s Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and The Greatest Joke Ever Told (with Lewis Black) for The History Channel. She has had development deals for new sitcoms with NBC, 20th Century Fox and Carsey-Werner Productions/Warner Television. She currently lives in Greenwich Village in NYC with her Yorkie Aldo. You can always catch her ½ Hour Special at www.lynnekoplitzcomedy.com.
Dan LaMorte is a 20 year old NYC based stand-up comedian and comedy writer. Dan is one of the youngest comics on the scene but don’t let that fool you. His stand-up has been featured on FOX and he can be seen at multiple military bases working in-country shows for the USO. Dan has been featured in the Hoboken Comedy Festival, Hampton’s International Comedy Festival, Meadowlands Comedy Festival, and was one of 8 finalists for the Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland. In 2015 Dan was also the winner of the Yonkers Comedy Festival. Dan is also a popular act on the road. He has opened for Comedy Central’s Kathleen Madigan, internet superstar Vic Dibitetto, and the Reverend Bob Levy from the Howard Stern Show. Dan’s writing has been featured on CNBC, The Daily Meal, Metro UK, Someecards and AbsrdNews. Follow Dan on Twitter @DanLaMorte .
A former Assistant Director with the University of Georgia, Marc grew up in Pensacola, Florida. He started doing stand-up in college but stepped away from the stage after graduation to work as a university advisor. While Marc enjoyed working with his students, he missed performing and was soon back on stage entertaining audiences. Armed with a unique charm and generally ridiculous outlook on life, Marc’s comedy career is catching people's attention. Most recently, he was named to the Hot Comedy 2013 list in Campus Activities Magazine. He’s performed at the San Luis Obispo Comedy Festival , been seen on the Cartoon Network and the upcoming movie "The Spectacular Now". Incorporating real-life stories with his entertaining physical humor, Marc has quickly emerged as a favorite on the college circuit. In 2012, he was selected to showcase at the Central, Northeast and West NACA conferences. http://www.marclamotte.com/
Some recent quotes from Marc’s shows:
"Still blown away by how good Marc was last night! What an amazing way to kick off this semester!"Western New England University
"Marc was hilarious and I now know what sound an owl makes."Elgin Air Force Base
"Marc was entertaining and appropriate, which can be hard to find these days in a college-humor comic."East Carolina University
Smart, sexy, savvy, funny! Named one of New York’s 10 Hottest Comics stand-up comedian, Leighann Lord has appeared on many TV stand-up comedy shows including Lifetime, AspireTV, HBO, andComedy Central. She’s performed for U. S. troops stationed in Europe, the South Pacific, and the Middle East. Leighann’s comedy album, I’ve Got Connections, is played heavily on Sirius satellite radio. She’s a co-host on the Emmy nominated Star Talk with Neil de Grasse Tyson. As a writer, Leighann is a contributor to the Huffington Post and is the author of Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget available on Amazon (Volume One & Two). The paperback is available at DictJokes.com. Follow @LeighannLord at VeryFunnyLady.com
Who can turn the world on with her smile? Mary Tyler Moore.
But who can turn the world on with her hysterical stories,
original humor, and boisterous characters? Kerri Louise.
High-energy, commanding and versatile--but enough about
her sex life-- Kerri can entertain any audience with her
warmth and razor-edge wit. So it’s no wonder that NBC took
Kerri all the way to the finals in the show Last
Comic Standing with Jay Mohr. Kerri may not have
gotten in the house on the hit reality show, but she impressed
The Women’s Entertainment network for them
to make her the star of their new reality show call "TWO
FUNNY". You will surely get a laugh while watching
Kerri along with her husband and her twin baby boys this
spring on the WE Network. Kerri’s broad
appeal has made her a natural on television appearances
like NBC’s Access Hollywood, The
Apprentice, ABC’s The View, Comedy
Central, VH1, 20/20,
and New Joke City. Part Generation-X, part
Girl-Next-Door, Kerri Louise is a pleasure to watch. Her
movie debut in The Next Karate Kid addicted
her to show-biz, hence her move from her hometown of Boston
to New York City, where she quickly established herself
as a player in the top comedy clubs. These credits plus
her appearance in the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival
and the Montreal Comedy Festival has made
Kerri and attraction.
A former collegiate soccer player, Grant decided to pursue a career on stage instead of on the field. Recently, he won the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival beating out hundreds of comedians from all over the country. As well as performing in a number of other prestigious comedy festivals including The Great American Comedy Festival and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Grant has performed on the TV show Comics Unleashed, on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show, and has opened for names like Robin Williams and Dana Carvey. His film Interview Date was up for a short
film Academy Award in 2013 and his sketch videos have been featured on the home pages of Funny or Die, MSN, Huffington Post, and others. You might also recognize Grant from a number of national commercials including AT&T, Johnsonville Sausage, CiCi’s Pizza, Coca-Cola and more.
Nathan Macintosh is an award winning comedian from Halifax Nova Scotia, who has quickly risen to become one of the hottest young comics in the country. Nathan has already piled up a number of accomplishments including, taping his own "Comedy Now!" special for the Comedy Network/CTV, performing at the prestigious 2010 Just For Laughs Festival Homegrown Competition where he placed runner-up, winning a 2009 "Canadian Comedy Award" for best newcomer also taped for The Comedy Network, been a semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival, appearing at the Halifax Comedy Festival in 2009, taping an episode of CBC radio’s "The Debaters", winning the prestigious Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award 2007, which was taped for the Comedy Network as "The Cream of Comedy", he has appeared on MuchMusic’s "Stars Gone Wild", a guest spot on XM Satellite Radio’s "Chomping at the Bit" and "Laugh Attack" and a small role in the critically acclaimed film "The Wait" which premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Most recently he was named one of the "Top Five Canadian Comedians being Observed" by the Comedy Network and one of five of the New Generation of Canadian Funny Men by Sharp Magazine. He is also a favorite at comedy clubs right across the country, and is one of only five caucasian comedians to have headlined the "All Black Comedy Revue" that has been running for 16 years in Toronto. "lively and immensely likeable" - Eye Weekly "Cream of the crop in comedy" - Halifax Herald "New Generation of Canadian Funny men" - Sharp Magazine
Ever Mainard lives and works in Los Angeles, but she got her comedic start in Chicago, where she was one of the city's best stand-ups and a cast member of the esteemed Chicago Underground Comedy. Chicago Magazine credits her with being one of the top 100 comics, Metromix/ Redeye said she’s one of the Top Seven Acts to Watch in 2012, and Gapers Block named her as one of The Most Influential Women in Chicago Comedy. As seen on CNN, Jezebel and WBEZ, The Todd Glass Show, Daily Motion with Andy Daily. Ever Mainard has appeared in RIOT LA, San Francisco Sketchfest, Just For Laughs Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Chicago Sketchfest, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, and the Oddball Comedy Festival.
Adam Mamawala is a stand-up comedian based out of New York City. Named one of Funny or Die’s "Top 30 Under 30: Comedians to Watch", Adam recently appeared on MTV's Girl Code and has headlined over 200 colleges across more than 35 states, earning him the title of Campus Activities Magazine's "Fastest Rising Star" in 2013. In the past year, Adam has taken part in the Boston Comedy Festival and Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, was a semi-finalist in Carolines' New York's Funniest Competition (as seen on NBC's SeeSo app) and a finalist in the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival, finishing 5th out of 72 comics. He has been featured as Time Out New York’s "Joke of the Week", has been a Freelance Contributor to Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update and Someecards, and recently headlined Carolines on Broadway, one of NYC's preeminent comedy clubs!
Comedian/ impressionist Marcus first rose to public attention with his appearance on the hit NBC series, "Last Comic Standing", where he made it all the way to runner-up. Since then, Marcus has been touring the country consistently, performing at colleges, theaters and comedy clubs around the country!
In order to try and find a new way to display his talents, Marcus, who is also a gifted singer, co-wrote and produced a Musical Impression Show with his friend and fellow comedian, Guy Seidel. This one-of-a-kind show features dozens of spot on musical/singing impressions and songs & styles that range from Frank SinatrA to Jay-Z. It's a show that literally has to be heard to be believed!
Marcus is also the host, director and executive producer of a paranormal series he created called "Ghost Hopping", which follows Marcus around as he tours performing comedy,finding interesting places to ghost hunt while he's on the road. A completely unique, funny and often terrifying series, "Ghost Hopping" can be seen online at YouTube.com/GhostHopping.
Marcus is a multi-talented performer, one who should not be missed when he comes to your town, so make sure you keep up on all things Marcus by following him on Twitter @ComedianMarcus.
Comedian/impressionist Marcus (NBC's Last Comic Standing) and comedian/musician Guy Seidel (winner of Utah's Funniest Person) are a comedy duo unlike any other. Both nationally touring headlining comics, the two friends have come together to combine their talents into an unbelievable Musical Impression comedy show that literally has to be heard to be believed. Spanning decades, this incredible show pays tribute to the best voices, songs and artists from all genres from the last 50 years and features medleys, mash-ups, montages and dozens and dozens of amazing impressions! The two comics conceived and wrote the show because of their love for all music. Their eclectic taste and vast knowledge also lead to great discussions on their new and extremely popular DirtPod podcast. A funny take on all things music, the DirtPod has already gained a rabid following and dedicated fan base. Whether live on stage together or behind mics in a studio, these two are a hilarious duo unlike anyone else out there.
Will Mars is a British comedian living in New York and a former English Comedian of the Year finalist. He has achieved sell-out success eight times at the Edinburgh Festival and tours regularly across Asia, Australia, and Europe. His one-man shows have been nominated for prestigious awards on several continents and his jokes have been shortlisted by the DAILY MAIL (UK) 50 Funniest One-liners Ever, the SCOTSMAN (UK) Top 50 Best Ever Jokes at the Edinburgh Fringe and DAVE TV (UK) Top 10 Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe. Will is currently making his mark as an exciting new talent to US audiences and as such recently made his U.S. network television debut on FOX's Showtime at the Apollo. Anglophiles may also know him from appearances on BBC TV's Stand Up for Comic Relief, BBC TV's Joke Thieves (which he also created) and BBC Radio's The Comedy Club.
Jaye McBride has performed stand-up all over the country, sharing the stage with stars like Aziz Ansari & Jim Norton. In addition to stand-up, Jaye hosts "Planet Funny Radio" on iHeart radio and writes "The Comedy Blog" for the Albany's Times Union. As a public speaker and advocate for the transgender community, Jaye has even presented at Tedx Talks with her segment entitled 'Trans 102' Having transitioned in 2007, Jaye is uniquely qualified to talk about awkward first dates, strained family relationships and self-acceptance. Make no mistake though, Jaye McBride is not a gimmick or one-trick pony. She is one genuinely funny lady! "I can see a career for her for sure. She's gifted." – Aziz Ansari
Kevin McCaffrey is a comedian and writer based out of New York City. Originally from Chicago, he has been a contributing monologue writer for The Late Show with David Letterman since 2004. He has also appeared on the show many times as an actor. Currently Kevin appears on-air each week on TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest series where he comments on ridiculous videos, alongside countless "celebrities" (read: mostly quasi-famous felons). When asked to describe his exceedingly unique brand of comedy, Kevin says "What I do, is I try to say stuff that’s funny." That’s how avant-garde he is! As a performer, he's a storyteller who relies on content more than volume; he’s not the crazy angry guy, or the crazy props guy, or the crazy fat guy. At least not yet. Kevin has also written for MTV's Silent Library, Discovery's Cash Cab, National Lampoon, Whim Quarterly, and various shows on VH1 and Fuse. He hosts Technically Tomorrow, a morning talk show webseries found on Vimeo.com. He is featured in the upcoming feature film, "Virgin Alexander."
Alexandra McHale was thrilled to make her
network debut on NBC’s The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno. She’s also been seen on CBS’s
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Comedy Central’s
Premium Blend and New Joke City with Robert Klein on the
Metro Channel. After her appearance at
the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival,
The Hollywood Reporter cited Alexandra
as one to watch "who scored points with quick barbs." Alexandra
grew up in Connecticut before relocating to New York City,
where she became a lifetime member of the prestigious Actors’
Studio and studied with acting greats such as Paul Newman,
Sally Field and Ellen Burstyn. She is a frequent commentator
on VH1’s I Love The 80’s, Supersecret TV
Formulas and The 100 Most Cheesetastic Video Countdown.
In addition to appearances on network television, Alexandra
has headlined at over 300 colleges and was voted 2002 and
2003 Female Entertainer of the Year by the readers of Campus
Activities Magazine, been nominated for 2005 Female
Entertainer of the Year and was nominated Performer of the
Year by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.
Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer in New York. He is the newest correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody award-winning program ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’. A 2014 Just For Laughs ‘New Face’, he was recently selected by the Sundance Institute to develop his solo show and feature film at the prestigious New Frontier Storytelling Lab. A featured storyteller for The Moth his work has garnered acclaim in film, web, and television. He hosted the documentary special ‘Stand Up Planet’ produced by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His viral web series ‘The Truth with Hasan Minhaj’ has been featured in countless publications including The Huffington Post, Gawker, and New York Times. He has been seen on a variety of other television programs including Arrested Development on Netflix, HBO’s Getting On, and @Midnight on Comedy Central.
Brooklyn resident Eugene Mirman escaped the clutches of Russian communism at the age of
four when his family immigrated from Moscow to Lexington, MA (where along with Paul Revere and John Adams he kicked off the American revolution). He attended Hampshire College and designed his own major of Comedy – doing a one-hour standup act as his thesis (for which he was made fun of, don’t worry). Eugene currently stars as the voice of “Gene” on Fox’s hit animated series Bob’s Burgers. He is also known for portraying comedian/mobster Yvgeny Mirminsky on Adult Swim’s Delocated, Eugene the landlord on Flight of the Conchords, Dr. Eugene Mirman on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Eugene, the Russian foreign exchange student, on Home Movies. He is a frequent co-host of Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Eugene has also appeared on Archer, @Midnight, Inside Amy Schumer, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Russell Howard’s Good News, Late Night with Seth Myers, Broad City, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and more.
Eugene’s comedy special Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory aired on Comedy Central in 2012 and his most recent special, Vegan on His Way to the Complain Store, premiered on Netflix in 2015. In 2015 he also released a nine-disc vinyl box set on SubPop entitled I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome), which could also be purchased as a chair, a bathrobe, and a puppy. Eugene was named Best New York City Comedian by the Village Voice, one of “50 Funniest” by Time Out New York, and one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine. Eugene was also named by Rolling Stone as “Hot Twitterer” and keeps his 394k+ followers entertained daily.
JARON MYERS is an award-winning power house of unique and witty humor, combined with a gift of musical talent. His energetic stand up, his authenticity and likability, combined with sweet musical chops have given Myers momentum as one of America's rising young comics. Jaron's edgy but clean humor has kept him busy with a tour calendar of over 250 SHOWS LAST YEAR! His full hour show combines stand up comedy, audience participation, and hilarious songs! From relationships and the confusion of adulthood, to finding your girlfriend on Craigslist, Jaron's unique perspective on life is sure to have you rolling!!
Perfect for college students, Myers reminds us that our worth is not defined by our degrees, career paths, or relationships. That we are each unique. Sharing his story of finding joy and his struggle with depression and suicide, Myers reminds us that we can't take life, others, or ourselves too seriously
In its fourth consecutive year, NBC is proud to present another groundbreaking year of Stand-Up for
Diversity. Through this initiative comedians of diverse backgrounds have been launched to new career
milestones. Each year NBC selects 3-5 cities across the country and holds both auditions and live
showcases of the top diverse talent from that area. At the end of the search a handful of comedians are
brought back to Los Angeles to showcase for key industry players at NBC and industry-wide. Many of the
comics from last year's Best of Stand-Up for Diversity showcase signed with top Hollywood agents and met
with the entertainment industry's leading casting directors and executives. Three of the performers were
among the 20 comics selected to participate in the prestigious Aspen U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
Additionally, two of the three comics were sent by NBC to the NACA (National Association of Campus
Activities) National Convention where they booked a record number of nearly 60 college appearances
between them for the coming year and one lucky comic was signed to a talent holding deal with NBC
Universal. Due to the success and broad appeal of this initiative, NBC Universal is currently launching
a Stand-Up for Diversity nationwide college tour for 2008.
J Chris Newberg is funny. Ask him. He will disagree, but in a way that is probably humorous. He has performed on America’s Got Talent, but lost to dancers that sparkle. He has also been on the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live & Comedy Central. He has toured with Dane Cook and written songs for American Idol. He is in fact the funniest person that you have never heard of. Yet. Cedric The Entertainer agrees saying, “He has got an odd sense of humor and he is unique in his point of view. His quirkiness and his own kind of demeanor are things that can go a long way in this business. Talented folks will see it, and the industry will see it.” J Chris Newberg also writes jokes, a lot of them. Some of your favorite comedians have used his jokes on SNL, Late Night With David Letterman, Chelsea Lately and The Conan O’Brien show. J Chris Newberg is currently developing a show with Howie Mandel for NBC Universal. He doesn’t ask you to think. He’ll do that for you. Just watch and listen and then tweet your friends and pretend you wrote it. (twitter.com/thechrisarmy) @thechrisarmy
Brent Pella is a comedian, sketch player and actor who is emerging as one of this generation’s performers to watch. He’s risen through the ranks at the San Diego Comedy Festival, Sacramento Comedy Festival and the Burbank Comedy Festival, and he regularly performs at Mad House and the Comedy Palace in San Diego, Flappers and the Hollywood Improv. He has appeared on Comedy Time TV and MTV’s new hit series “Greatest Party Story Ever,” and he produces and directs his own music videos, many of which have been featured on Funny or Die and College Humor. Pella played basketball at UC Santa Cruz then transferred beaches to UC Santa Barbara where he became a sports panel host and contributor with the KCSB Student Radio Station, as well as Sports Editor for the UCSB Daily Nexus. He’s a graduate of the Upright Citizen's Brigade and currently studies with The Groundlings.
Dwayne was getting a lot of buzz for his recurring piece on NBC’s The Jay Leno Show entitled “Great White Moments in Black History.” His Comedy Central half hour special, a culmination of his talent and hard work, showcased his unique way of looking at life and his unparalleled ability to convey it in a hilarious manner. A Brooklyn native Dwayne Perkins has earned a spot in today’s elite class of standup comics as one of the Top 5 Comics to Watch in Rolling Stone Magazine with numerous appearances on Comedy Central, NBC’s Late night with Conan O’Brien and CBS’ The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Dwayne is part of The Bob & Tom Comedy Tour as well as headlining colleges and comedy clubs across the country. For more information about Dwayne, check out his website at http://www.dwayneperkins.com
Comedian Raneir Pollard is a rambunctious Miami Native that has been a notable class clown since he could remember. As a gay youth growing up in a traditionally Baptist Caribbean family, Raneir quickly learned to find the funny in this often times challenging world. His cynical views, naughty sense of humor and flair for physical comedy led him to a world of improv & sketch performance. He has toured colleges and universities as part of the 2012 NBC Stand Up For Diversity College Tour. He's currently a finalist in the HBO sponsored American Black Film Festival Comedy Wings Competition. His credits include an appearance on Comedy Central’s Tosh.O & a featured standup spot on the Showtime Comedy special, Pride Comedy Jam. He also recently completed a showcase at The Groundlings Improv school where he finished the advanced level improv classes.