Originally from the UK, Adam Burke began performing stand-up after writing a piece on comedy for a Chicago magazine. Before long, Burke became a fixture at Midwestern shows and showcases. His absurdist, verbose comedy is long on metaphor and analogy and short on common sense. He is a guest panelist on NPR's hugely popular "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" quiz show, as well as appearing on such podcasts and shows as Doug Loves Movies & The Benson Interruption, the Bob and Tom show, WGN 720 AM radio, Put Your Hands Together, and more. Adam has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland OR, as part of the Just for Laughs Chicago festival for four years running, and at the local stage of Funny Or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival. As well as being a headliner in his own right, he has opened for a wide variety of comedians including Marc Maron, Jeff Ross, Hannibal Burress, John Mulaney, Hari Kondabolu, Maria Bamford, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, John Oliver, Tracy Morgan, Aziz Ansari, and many more. Burke released his debut album Universal Squirrel Theory on A Special Thing Records in 2012. He was voted Best Stand-Up in Chicago by readers of the Chicago Reader in 2014. Adam works as a writer and comedy content creator at Touchvision.com
Amy Miller is a fast-rising talent on the West Coast and national scene. Originally from Oakland, California Amy found her comedy chops in the Bay Area scene and is still a favorite at the San Francisco Punch Line and Cobb's Comedy Club. After a move to Portland, Amy quickly rose to the top of that scene, winning Portland's Funniest Comedian in Helium Comedy Club's contest, as well as being voted Portland's Funniest 2013 and 2015 in the Willamette Week. Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her "a star" and a "contender for next alpha female comedian." Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of the "fiercest jokes he had ever heard." Amy is currently in Portland being alpha and fierce and getting rained on, but works comedy clubs and festivals around the country, working with headliners from Norm Macdonald to Arsenio Hall to singer Ryan Adams.
She's been seen on: - Last Comic Standing Semi-Finalist, Season 9 - Winner, Portland's Funniest Person, Helium Comedy Club - San Francisco Sketchfest - Bridgetown Comedy Festival - Riot LA Festival - Doug Loves Movies - NPR's Marketplace
Straight off the streets of upper-middle class Memphis comes Andy Fleming, a big bright shining young star of the Chicago comedy scene. Andy brings his perspective to the stage with an energy usually only seen in bathrooms where people are doing coke or in any conversation with Quentin Tarantino. Andy has opened for comics like Paul F. Tompkins, Rich Vos, and Vic Henley, not that he thinks you’d be shallow enough to care about these things. In 2009, Andy won Big Funny Productions’ “Funniest Person In Memphis” contest, a contest only slightly more important and legitimate than the Tallahassee Poetry Slam. Now in Chicago, Andy produces and hosts the smash shows The Two-Hour Comedy Hour and Comedy Secrets.
Andrew Healan leads an existence mainly comprised of too little sleep and too much whiskey. A Georgia native, he’s performed from coast to coast, as well as throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. He has appeared at Red Clay Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, Memphis Comedy Festival and Dallas Comedy Festival. He’s also opened for more bands than anyone ever should, and shown his acting abilities in several unaired pilots. He founded the Eiron Alliance which connects charities with comedians for volunteer opportunities. Healan lives in New Orleans, where he hosts the stand-up showcase Defense Mechanism, the storytelling event Close Me Out, the comedy pop psychology spectacle I'm Listening and the podcast That Sounds Reasonable.
Denver’s “Youngster Laureate” Ben Bryant began comedy at 18, like an idiot, a week into college. Now a wizened 22, after being groomed on the meanest streets of Denver, Ben is an accomplished stand-up, and the most attractive member of the sketch group Middlename. A loosely flowing absurdism and skillful riffing has established Ben as a Denver comedy staple. Ben has performed at some of the best known Denver venues, including Comedy Works, Denver Improv, and many of the alternative comedy shows, including Arguments and Grievances, and 7 Minutes in Purgatory . Due to a series of technicalities and bold booking choices, Ben has been a part of the Crom Comedy Festival, High Plains Comedy Festival, and Savage Henry Festival, and has worked with big dog comedians like Todd Glass, Ben Kronberg, and Josh Blue.
Brad Sativa, The Dirty Christian Comedian, brings his own quick-witted, crazy, & intelligent prospective to comedy. His humor is very much influenced by events in his own personal Life and He is Nashville Based! #BradSativa #SativaSense
Chris Sanders is both hilarious and intense with confidence and charm that keeps his audiences engaged. Drawing on his experiences serving in the Army and helping to end sexual violence in the military and on college campuses; Chris brings humor to subjects few people do.
He has performed for the troops all over the globe including Iraq, Kuwait, Germany and Japan. He has been a featured comic at festivals across the country including Arch City, Big Pine, San Diego, and North Carolina Comedy Arts. Chris lives in Chicago and looks just like that guy you know.
Chicago comedian Danny Maupin blends self-awareness with sharp-witted storytelling and his energetic performances have been featured at NYCF, Chicago Comedy Exposition, Hell Yes Fest, Orlando Indie Comedy Fest and many more. He is also co-creator of Late Late Breakfast, which tours extensively and recently expanded to the legendary Creek & Cave in NYC. He also kinda likes Santana.
David Philips is a stand up comedian and actual human being. His humor reflects the absurdity of life with a quick wit and sharp cynicism. He also tells fun jokes. Born in Iowa he has performed all over the country and was featured in the 2015 Memphis Comedy and Beast Village Festivals. He currently resides in Chicago.
Gabe Bravo is a quick witted comedian who contrasts short, potent jokes with a slow, apathetic style. Gabe has been called “Houston’s funniest comedian” by PaperCity Magazine, and his act was called “one of the best things I saw at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2014.” He has been on Oddball and toured with Todd Barry.
Geoffrey Asmus’ self-aware sense of humor has been heard all over the Midwest through appearances in the Limestone, Boston, Milwaukee and Cleveland comedy festivals. Geoffrey won Comedy on State’s “Funniest Person in Madison 2015,” Penguins Comedy Club’s “Funniest Person in Iowa 2015” and was a finalist in the 2015 Cleveland Comedy Festival. He has opened for Brian Posehn, Todd Barry, Mark Norman and Cameron Esposito among others.
When Geoffrey opened for Ryan Stout, a COOL dude, Ryan told Geoffrey to ‘tone it down a bit.’
Hey gang. I’m a New Orleans based writer and comedian. I write on the regular for Splitsider.com and Savage Henry Magazine. I co-host a great monthly pop psychology comedy show called I’m Listening. I’ve recently performed at Hell Yes Fest, The Savage Henry Comedy Festival and The East Texas Comedy Festival. I’ve been fortunate enough to open for some of my favorite comics, like Baron Vaughn, Mike Lawrence, David Huntsberger and Dan St. Germain. I’m also the founder of Casanova Magazine, a hand-drawn porno mag I created when I was in 4th grade.
J. Michael Osborne
J. Michael Osborne is a comedian, writer and illustrator in Chicago. Raised in assorted swamps behind driving ranges and trashcan fires throughout Florida, JMO eventually found his knack for writing comedy through writing silly poems at Florida State University. He started dedicating himself to stand-up comedy when he moved to Chicago in 2012. He now is a producer of long-running weekly stand-up showcase The Two-Hour Comedy Hour, as well as We Still Like You, a popular monthly comedy storytelling show and live podcast, for which he is also the resident "live artist." His comedy is silly and he shouts all his punchlines.
Jamie Ward is a comedian based out of Atlanta. He's pretty funny. He's Korean and was adopted by Southerners, so he looks like Tokyo Drift, but feels like Dukes of Hazzard. He's originally from Boston, but moved to Atlanta to purse comedy and has been touring full time for the last 3 years. His comedy has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite radio, Comcast, and "Laughs" on Fox. If you're not impressed by any of this, you might be his parents.
Jason Earl Folks
Jason Earl Folks is not going to be OK. Sure, he escaped the mean streets of Laurel, MD to become a beloved and signature voice of the Chicago stand up scene. That makes sense. His stage presence is hypnotizing, like watching a manic street side preacher whom you can't help but feel is right about everything. But his lifestyle of partying, tracking down Bigfoot, and drinking soup directly from the can is simply baffling. He is not afraid of anything, and he is here for you to learn from the beatings he has received in that process. He is Jason Earl Folks, and you should be, too.
Jennifer O'Neill Smith
Jen O'Neill Smith is an Atlanta based comic. She hosts and produces the Schlitz and Giggles Stand Up Comedy Showcase and the Hair of the Dog Comedy Brunch. She also co-hosts the BOMBED! w/Hollis and Jen podcast. Paste Magazine recently named her one of 8 comics to watch in Atlanta. Her style of comedy has been described as "dark and observational...yet likeable
Joe Fernandez is a half-Cuban half-Irish (or Cubish) comedian. Growing up in Texas he had an affinity for the sport of baseball and dreamed of one day playing for the Houston Astros. When his body didn’t grow up with his dreams, he moved to performing stand-up comedy where muscles aren’t necessary.
In his 8 years of stand-up, he’s taken his off-stage persona of intolerable presence and morphed it into his on-stage persona of lovable jerk. He satirizes through absurdity and is facetious to a fault.
He has performed in the Chicago TBS Just For Laughs Fest and was a finalist for the Andy Kaufman Award.
He’s opened for comics such as Natasha Leggero, Harland Williams, and Jon Lovitz.
He is currently head writer and cast member of Chicago based sketch comedy group Actual Murderers.
Described by a college freshman in a student newspaper review as “kind of prepared but unprepared at the same time,” Johan Miranda has performed in SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Small Town Comedy Festival, 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival, & North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. He can be seen performing stand up in FLOPHOUSE, the Viceland / HBO go show directed by Lance Bangs. Johan currently resides in Los Angeles where he is a co-producer & regular performer at the Chatterbox Comedy Night, which was recently named by Timeout Los Angeles as one of the “3 unconventional stand-up comedy shows you need to see now.”
After graduating with a philosophy degree Jordan moved from upstate NY to Nashville Tenessee to peruse comedy. After a year down south she is now relocating to New York City. Her sets are primarily stories about and the consequences of the people and places that have shaped her.
Kamari Stevens is a funked up voodoo child ready for the big payback. Kamari began telling jokes in Columbus, Ohio in 2012, just prior to the Mayan apocalypse that sadly never came to pass. After spending three years on stage in Columbus, Kamari took his quirks down to New Orleans. He has opened for Kyle Kinane, Dan St. Germain, Monroe Martin and Kurt Braunohler.
Described by the Chicago Tribune as "a physical expression of an exclamation point", Kevin White approaches topics like death, addiction and heartbreak with a cheerful cynicism and an urgent stage presence. His jokes have been used by Microsoft to promote their Windows phone, featured on the home page of RooftopComedy.com, and his writing won “Best Sketch Group” from the Reader for his work with Talk Hard. He currently produces the live show/podcast “Arguments & Grievances”, which the Reader hailed as “Excellent” and featuring "some of Chicago's funniest underground comedians.”
Comedian Kevin Yee and his original satirical songs have been making people laugh across America and beyond! He is a recovering Broadway chorus boy (MARY POPPINS, WICKED tour, and MAMMA MIA Canada), and a former member of Quincy Jones’s boy band YOUTH ASYLUM.
Recent news features include The Atlantic, Gawker, News & Observer, The Guardian, Out, Cosmopolitan, E! online, and the CBC.
Recent comedy festivals include NC Comedy Arts Festival (Headliner), Scruffy City Comedy Festival, San Diego, Burbank, Ventura, Sacramento, and Honolulu Sketch Festival.
Recent Pride festivals include Boston (Host, featuring Estelle and Mary Lambert), Washington (Host), San Diego, and Brooklyn.
Kristen Sivills is a native Virginia Beacher just trying to do funny things to support her daughter's apple juice habit. During the day she's the only black girl at work, but at night her and her fro have been seen doing funny things at places from the VB Funny Bone and Cozzy's Comedy Club in Virginia to the JSpot Comedy Club and The Comedy Store in LA. Her style is very 'mommy', very observational, and very funny.
Lainie Lenertz is a dynamic young comic with a song in her heart and a bee in her bonnet. Known for her sharp wit and irreverent storytelling, Lainie delivers a live show with equal doses of reality and tomfoolery.
Originally from Minneapolis, Lainie now lives and performs in Chicago. She is a rapidly rising star in the vibrant Chicago comedy scene. Lainie is a producer of Hoo Ha Comedy and a regular performer at Chicago Underground Comedy. She has also been featured at countless clubs and comedy festivals including The Chicago Comedy Exposition, The Memphis Comedy Festival, Green Gravel Comedy Festival, Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival and Hell Yes Fest New Orleans.
I am a 28 year old comedian from Monroe GA but now located in Atlanta GA. I have been doing comedy for 3 year and OI have become a regular at multiple clubs in the Atlanta area. I have done featured spot on Atlanta Top Comic at the laughing skull lounge. I have performed all over the Southeast as well as a featured spot at Laugh Factory in Chicago.
Leon Blanda is a stand-up comedian, writer, and producer from New Orleans who enjoys writing and producing comedy, almost as much as he hates writing and producing his own bios.
His self-reflective honesty and eagerness to perform “anywhere anyone will listen” has earned him featured spots in front of stand-up heavyweights—Bill Burr, Hannibal Buress, Kyle Kinane, Tom Segura, and Joe Derosa—and, in prestigious comedy clubs—Caroline’s on Broadway (NY, NY). More often, he performs in dirty bars with low ceilings and small, “alt” rooms with comedians you’ve never heard of. His festival appearances include Hell Yes Fest (New Orleans), Orlando Indie Comedy Festival (Orlando), Trill Fest (Houston), Redclay Comedy Festival (ATL).
Currently, Leon produces several, weekly stand-up shows in New Orleans, andis featured in the second season of the award winning MentalHealthChannel.TV’s web-series “Cracking Up”.
Mark James Heath
Mark James Heath is 1/5 of the International Hiphop Comedy Collective, Runnin' At The Mouth, whose debut album Wit My Woes, debuted at #2 on the Canadian Itunes Comedy charts in December. Mjh hails originally from Chicago and now makes his home in Toronto. A favourite at the 2014 Chicago Comedy Expo, Mjh has also been featured in JFL 42 and The Bridgetwon Comedy Festival. Runnin' At The Mouth also host a podcast on the the talk hole network, Canada's largest podcast network at www.talkhole.co
Mary Jay Berger
Mary Jay Berger is an awful person (her mom says she’s sassy). You don’t believe it because she’s so attractive but she is truly terrible. She hates sharing and loves telling people that she’s a doctor. Mary is not a doctor, but she does know more about Harry Potter than Neil deGrasse Tyson knows about anything.
Mary’s credits include: the Mary Watches Movies web series and being kicked out of a Titanic museum. She produces the monthly 'Flying With Jaybird' stand-up comedy show and tours the midwest and south east. See the reason Mary Jay Berger’s mom cries every day.
Mo Arora began performing standup comedy in Montreal and is now based in Atlanta. There he is a regular at the Laughing Skull Lounge, was the house MC of the Atlanta Improv, and now co-hosts the Schlitz and Giggles comedy showcase.
He has performed at the Cape Fear, Orlando Indie, Scruffy City (Knoxville), and Memphis comedy festivals and regularly tours the United States and Canada on his own and with the #WorkingRemotelyTour.
Mo’s conversational style of comedy manages to be both observational and personal, and comes from a unique perspective -- that is unless you know a lot of brown-skinned Canadians living in the South.
"After failing in his lifelong dream of becoming the hype man for the Wu-Tang Clan, Nate Burrows began his career in standup comedy. His energetic onstage
presence reflects his passion for the spotlight, and you can't help but get carried away in the fun. Nate's witty honesty on stage makes audiences feel like they're hanging out with an old friend. He currently performs all over the Chicagoland and Midwest areas."
Comedian and Youtube Sensation Roxxy Haze can only be described as what happens when you blend pseudo intellectualism with a Walt Disney fantasy and a comic book nerd’s dream girl. With a background in acting and film, Roxxy Haze captures the attentions of audiences immediately with her highly energetic performances and Amazonian stature. Through the blend of nerd culture with various light hearted topics such as literature, family and relationships, Roxxy Haze has built a small cult following and become a social media darling. Roxxy Haze has performed on the famed stage at Houston's Joke Joint Comedy Showcase and Improv Houston and can be found daily on her IAMROXXYHAZE Youtube channel.
"I'm a weird guy but I come by it honestly, because my Mom is a weird guy too." For quite some time now, Sean Parrott has been bringing his charismatic stage presence and a unique point of view to comedy clubs and bars all over the Southeast. Brought up on Bugs Bunny and Monty Python, Sean is an observational absurdist with a keen eye for finding the humor in everyday life; our language, our friends and our jobs (What is the DEAL with those?) He has acted in award winning animated films (one was on the Independent Film Channel), appeared at the Asheville and Memphis Comedy Festivals, and was picked as one of Nashville's Funniest Comics by Reader's Digest and East Nashvillian magazine. Energy, intelligence, and wry wit make Sean Parrott one of the best young comics working today.
Rising from small-town Wisconsin, Stephanie Hasz attacks the stage with the same vigor with which she attacks herself. Her raw honesty about being a single young woman with a propensity for short hair-cuts and tough-guy jackets has made her one of the loudest, most unique voices in the Chicago comedy scene. Stephanie’s fearlessness and specificity as she unravels her own life into a microphone resonates with audiences of all kinds, and has made her one of the most-discussed comedians in Chicago.
Stephanie has performed at clubs including Zanies and UP Comedy Club, as well as alternative rooms and venues such as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the Hideout, Chicago Underground Comedy, and The Creek and The Cave. The AV Club called her one of “the city’s most exciting up-and-comers,” and Time Out Chicago described her as displaying “a fury and vulnerability rarely seen from female comics.” She has also been featured yelling about things in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago RedEye.
Tim McLaughlin is a Stand Up Comedian originally from Indianapolis. He now lives in the Chicago. Tim has been on television a couple times and been in a ton of comedy clubs and festivals around the country.
Tyler Jackson is a standup from Chicago who has somehow wormed his way into a job where he has a lot of free time to write jokes, which he cobbles together into an act made up of absurd wordplay, non-sequiturs, and embarrassing personal details. He hopes this makes you feel better about yourself and your achievements, you monster. Tyler is co-creator of the bizarre monthly comedy happening The Late Late Breakfast and should probably be working instead of writing this.
Wes Corwin stands up and then he starts doing stand-up. From that point forward in the act, things can get fairly strange. Once he’s taken the stage, Corwin alternates wildly between whimsically dark one-liners and deeply pondered absurdist musings and rants covering everything from Service Industry Wizards to Existensial Horses to the best strategies while playing the board game Battleship. Corwin’s unique brand of humor has been featured everywhere he’s been welcomed, from cracked.com to LAFFest in Los Angeles to the Trill Comedy Festival in Houston to the New Orleans Comedy & Arts Festival in Louisiana. He started performing in Dallas in mid-2011 and most recently hosted two episodes of his podcast Feature Complete Alpha Podcast at GeekFest in Killeen, TX to packed rooms.
Wanjiko Eke is an Austin,TX native. Currently resides in NYC. Her style is a combination of high energy and story telling.
Whitney Wasson tells jokes at strangers in Chicago. A southern export, you might have seen her at the Blue Whale Comedy Festival in Tulsa, the Memphis Comedy Festival, or performing to vaguely interested crowds in smoky bars throughout the South and Midwest. She also participated in Nashville Comedy's Broken Record Comedy Show, which broke the Guinness World Record for longest standup show by multiple comedians in 2015. She co-starred in the documentary short, Stage Presence, which took the top prize at the 2015 CSWE Virtual Film Festival. She is a contributor to Sad Men For Lonely Women, a multimedia news site, a co-producer of Chicago Morning Dump, an online literary magazine meant to be read on the toilet, and a co-producer of Strip Joker, an inclusive standup show celebrating humor and nudity at the Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago.