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Owen Smith

If you have a television, odds are you’ve seen his face, and it was making you laugh. Maybe it was in the Chris Rock hit "Everybody Hates Chris;" or the TBS series "Glory Days" or maybe it was in one of his many memorable commercials. (Nicorette, McDon­alds, or Nationwide Insurance to name a few)This year, Owen added two new titles to his belt: Writer/Producer for the new hit TBS series, "Are We There Yet?" which was recently picked up by the network for an astound­ing 90 episodes. Based on the hit film of the same name, the series will begin its syndi­cation run in June 2012. Owen has never abandoned his first love, Stand-up comedy. He performs regularly in all the top comedy clubs in NYC and he just received a standing ovation on the new Com­edy Central Stand Up series, "Russell Simmons Presents: The Ruckus," which will air January 2011. Born in the Bahamas, raised in Prince George’s County Maryland, and a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Owen currently splits his time between Los Angeles and New York.

http://www.owensmithisfunny.com

Wil Sylvince

Wil Sylvince is one of the most explosive comedians performing around the world today. His comedic performances on BET's COMIC VIEW, HBO'S DEF COMEDY JAM, and SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO all garnered standing ovations by the audiences, a feat rarely seen accomplished by many performers. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Wil has honed his act in New York's top comedy clubs - the Comedy Cellar, Comic Strip Live, Caroline's on Broadway, Stand-Up NY and the Gotham Comedy Club. His unique perspective on political and social issues, with a twist of his West Indian Hatian culture makes Wil a comedian in high demand. He has been handpicked by comedian heavyweights Damon Wayans, D.L. Hughley, Chris Tucker, Kat Williams and Bill Bellamy to tour the country. When not touring with other comedians, Sylvince is a wanted commodity at college campuses everywhere. His versatility to work clean as well as edgy, make him one of the nation's top booked college comedians. In addition to his on camera work, Wil also prides himself on his exceptional comedy writing skills. His writing has been used and featured on The Fugees' album The Score and Wyclef's The Carnival. He was also a contributor to sketch shows Chapelle Show on Comedy Central and Damon Wayan's The Underground. His work definitely speaks for itself, leaving audiences in amazement and always wanting more. Wil Sylvince is definitely a rising star worth keeping an eye on.

Baron Vaughn

BARON VAUGHN plays Leonardo Prince, or "Leo", on USA's Fairly Legal, which is currently filming its second season and is due to wrap up in the spring. Baron also recently released his first album, Raised By Cable, produced by AST Records, is available at Amazon (mp3 and CD), and has debuted to a 5-star review on iTunes. Baron’s performed stand-up on Conan (below), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has made numerous appearances on Comedy Central, including Live at Gotham and The Awkward Comedy Show (DVD and soundtrack available). He’s performed in the 2006 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, The South Beach Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival, All Points West, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. He has also appeared in many shows on VH1, MTV, FUSE as well as the films Black Dynamite, Cloverfield, and The Other Guys.

www.baronvaughn.com

 

Victor Varnado

Expect the unexpected from Director/Comedian/Actor/Writer Victor Varnado. Prevailing over the unique adversity of being born an African American albino, Varnado has succeeded in becoming a nationally known and recognized actor/comedian. Best known for his roles in End of Days and The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Varnado quickly became well known and respected throughout the film community allowing him to branch into other fields of cinematic interest leading him to direct and act in recent film Twisted Fortune (2007) starring Charlie Murphy and Carole Alt and featuring Dave Attell. Given his stand up performances on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central and HBO; his role in Chicago City Limits; his awards for both Most Valuable Performer in the 2001 Montreal Just For Laughs Improv Championship and the 2002 Comedy Central Laugh Riots National Stand-Up Competition, it is safe to say that the cutting edge comedian has never let go of his comedy roots and continues to perform stand up on a regular basis.

 

Melissa Villasenor

Melissa Villasenor is a stand up comedian and voice impressionist. She grew up in Los Angeles and started stand up at 15 at Comedy Camp. She is a regular at the Comedy Store, the Improv comedy clubs, and the Comedy & Magic Club. Villasenor did her first television appearance doing her Ellen DeGeneres and Sarah Silverman impressions on Frank TV on TBS. She was also in the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival as part of the New Faces show in 2010. Recently, she played a part as Nora Ephron on Fox's Family Guy as well as various voices on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time. Villasenor wrote and will star in her one-woman show called, I'm Not Myself. You can catch Villasenor perform and her many voices in stand up shows all around Los Angeles and the country!

 

Sheng Wang

Sheng Wang is a Taiwanese Texan who developed and honed his comedy in the thriving standup community of the San Francisco Bay Area. He performs jokes based on personal experiences and observations and addresses common non-sense with honesty and ill logic. His refreshingly affable stage presence combined with a healthy penchant for absurdity and self-deprecation make his act hilarious and universally accessible. He has toured with the Comedians of Comedy and American Eagle’s ‘Campus Comedy Challenge.’ He has also appeared on Comedy Central’s ‘Live at Gotham' and at the 'Just for Laughs’ comedy festival in Montreal. Wang's half hour Comedy Central special aired in 2011. NBC also awarded him with a holding deal that same year. Wang's set on the John Oliver NY Stand Up Show aired in August of 2012. Recent TV appearances include Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

 

Myles Weber

Myles Weber is a Comedian on the rise. He handedly took first place in the 40th Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition. (Past competitors include Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Sinbad, Ellen Degeneres, Louis CK, and Dane Cook.) Weber was the second youngest to win the competition and one of only two comics to ever sweep the whole thing.

Myles has also acted as Host and correspondent for Portico TV and Popular Science, one of the biggest science websites in the world. Also able to flex his comedy writing muscle, Myles wrote for and Smosh Pit Weekly on Smosh’s YouTube Channel. (The biggest gaming channel in the world.) Myles' high energy crowd work has kept audiences in stitches all over the world. Blending together high octane improv, positive crowd interaction and story telling, seeing Myles Weber means you will never see the same show twice.

 

Cody Woods

Cody Woods treats audiences to a rare blend of a naturalistic narrative and sharp wit with a splash of spot on impressions and animation. At the age of thirteen his math teacher felt he had a natural ability for comedy and tried to get him on stage at the local comedy club with no luck. She did this despite sending him to detention that same day. At the age of seventeen he was taking classes at a community college and saw a campus open mic. He gave stand up a try and it went exceptionally well. Soon afterward he dropped out to pursue comedy. The next year he was a two time finalist in the Northern California Comedy Competition at the Improv. Later he was selected for Comedy Central’s Up Next Competition and Shaq All Star Comedy Competition. In 2013 he recorded an independent comedy special entitled “Free For All”.

 

Kevin Yee

Kevin Yee is a pop-comedy singer who performs a unique collection of sassy songs about random stuff. A gay performer and advocate for LGBTQ rights, he strives to create work that makes people laugh, dance, and think. He began his music career at the age of 15 when he signed his first recording contract with QWEST/WB records as a member of Quincy Jones’ boy-band YOUTH ASYLUM. As a theater performer, he has been seen in companies of WICKED, MAMMA MIA, and the original Broadway cast of MARY POPPINS. A social media addict, he has built an online following for his many youtube videos. His full-length stage work AN ASIAN AMERICAN BASKETBALL MUSICAL was an official selection into the ASCAP New Musical Theater Workshop with panelists Stephen Schwartz and Pasek & Paul, and his one man show THE KEVIN YEE SHOW won him a “Fruitee” award for Best Music Performance at the Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC. He shares his story in the IT GETS BETTER book created by Dan Savage. He has contributed to the Museum of Chinese in America (NYC), and has been inducted into the Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage for his contribution to visual arts.


www.kevinyee.com

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