The Late Night Show with Jon Dore, Scout Durwood, Jak Knight & more!
The Hollywood Improv presents The Late Night Show, hosted by Stuart Thompson and Luke Schwartz. Stuart does his best to host an honest show while Luke, who plays the role of hype-man/adversary, simultaneously builds it up and tears it down. Together, they transport the audience and guests to a late night TV set that is as authentic as it is chaotic and silly. Catch The Late Night Show every month in the Lab! Past guests include Laurie Kilmartin, Joe Rogan, Jerrod Carmichael, Bobby Lee, Quinta Brunson, Kirk Fox, Brandon Wardell, and Justin Hires.
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Stuart Thompson is a 26-year-old Los Angeles based stand-up comedy phenom. Getting his start at age 18 in rooms around San Francisco, he relocated to Los Angeles following graduation from college and has been pursuing stand-up ever since. He has written for National Lampoon and most recently for the 2015 CBS Diversity Showcase. He is a graduate of the UCB improv and sketch writing programs. Otherwise, he is a regular host and performer at The Comedy Store and the Hollywood Improv; placed 3rd in the 2015 San Francisco International Comedy Competition; and has recently opened for Iliza Shlesinger, Steve Rannazzisi, and Russell Peters.
Named one of "10 comics to watch" by Variety Ottawa-born comedian host and actor Jon Dore is renowned for his offbeat humour and unique bait-and-switch style.
Dore is a favourite on the comedy club and festival circuit in Canada and the United States. He has hosted theJust for Laughs Festival Homegrown Comedy Competition on a number of occasions and has enjoyed sold-out runs at the Festival's Montreal and Toronto locations at comedy festivals in Halifax Vancouver Portland and Washington DC and at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester Tennessee.
From his humble beginnings as the co-host of the cable talk show Daytime Ottawa (Rogers Television) and the irreverent roving reporter on Canadian Idol (CTV) Dore recently starred in the critically acclaimed ABC-TV series How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) opposite Sarah Chalke Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett.
Dore is the host of HBO Canada's Funny as Hell a series showcasing bold and uncensored comedy from the fastest rising comedians at the Just For Laughs Festival currently shooting its' fourth season.
He is the star of his own award-winning 'mockumentary' series The Jon Dore Television Show documenting his hilarious and outrageous debates on life's challenges and changes from weight loss to gender. He also served as co-creator co-producer and writer on the series proving he is just as comfortable behind the camera. The series ran for a successful two seasons on IFC and The Comedy Network.
Dore starred in the stand-up specials Comedy Central Presents...Jon Dore and Comedy Now! (CTV/The Comedy Network); appeared on a number Comedy Central's specials including Live At Gotham CC: Stand-Up: The Bonnaroo Experience and Mash Up; made guest-starring turns on How I Met Your Mother (CBS) and Scare Tactics (SyFy); and was the lead in the CBS pilot My Life As An Experiment.
A regular on late night talk shows Dore has the honor of being the first stand-up to appear on Conan (TBS).
Dore's feature film credits include the indie drama Gus opposite Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III) and the comedy Stag with Donald Faison (Scrubs) and Eva Amurri (Californication) which picked up two awards - Best Ensemble and Excellence in Filmmaking - at the LA Comedy Film Festival.
TV Guide Canada called Dore one of the "rising stars of the future" and Toronto weekly NOW Magazinenamed him Best Male Stand-up. He is the recipient of four Canadian Comedy Awards including: Best Taped Live Performance (2010) for Just for Laughs; Best Performance by a Male in a Television Show (2009) for The Jon Dore Television Show; Best Writing on a Series (2008) for The Jon Dore Television Show; and Best Stand-up Newcomer (2006). He is also a two-time Gemini nominee (2008 & 2009) for Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for The Jon Dore Television Show.
Lady Scoutington aka Scout Durwood is a Los Angeles based chanteuse and comedienne as well as a founding member of Mighty Little Productions. A Kansas City native she came to New York City via Amherst college where she received cum laude honors for her first solo sow Adym and Stevie earning her degree in Political and Social Activism Through Theatre. Her one-woman musical Hi How can I Help You? debuted in August 2010 at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was developed thanks to a grant from Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Her work has been featured on The Howard Stern Show CBS Radio The Miss America Pageant The Comedy Store The Hollywood Improv Flappers Comix Comedy Club Gotham NY Joe's Pub La Mama Duane Park Galapagos Art Space and just about every venue in New York City with a stage and a mic. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is the host of Whimsy! A Night of Musical Comedy at The Hollywood Improv.
Banachowski is an LA based comedian from Small Town, Michigan. The son of a nurse and auto worker, youngest of three, he started his stand up career winning a high school talent show. He went to a small school for a degree in mathematics to be a teacher, all the while performing stand up and improv around Metro Detroit. He did all of this on top of working jobs ranging from busboy to tutor to dishwasher to television producer to midnight receptionist to landscaper and even maintenance work at a rehab center for nuns. Since 2010, he has lived in NY and LA performing and working odd jobs (including accounting at a synagogue), where he continues his love of educating himself and others as a volunteer tutor for homeless children.
Banachowski is a graduate of Second City Detroit, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and the Groundlings theater in Los Angeles. He has opened for David Alan Grier, Steve Rannazzisi, Paul Reiser, Gilbert Gottfried, Todd Glass, Eddie Ifft, and shared stages with Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Arsenio Hall, Adam Devine, Craig Robinson, and many others.
You can catch him regularly at the Hollywood Improv and Comedy Store in Los Angeles, CA.