Born in New Orleans, Ocean moved to Los Angeles at any early age. Growing up in L.A. he was influenced by the raw talent of such comics as Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. Ocean went back to Louisiana to study theatre at Xavier University. He later returned to L.A., where he currently resides, to pursue a career in comedy and acting. Ocean is currently working nightly in the stand-up circuit, in addition to working on an untitled independent film, the Comedy Playground pilot, and a series of commercials for Match.com.
Raised in the urban city of Compton, California, Richard Villa always knew he wanted to make people laugh. After completing a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, Richard felt there was something more out there in stored for him. While driving home one night, the neon lights of the Irvine Improv called his name. Hey Richard!
Seizing the moment of amateur night, Richard grabbed the microphone, went on stage, and has not stopped since. Using stories of his childhood, Richard Villa turned what he thought were basic experiences into autobiographical satirical humor that depict life for Latinos and other minorities in the United States. Amid his newfound talent in improvisation, Richard was accepted to The Groundlings Theatre Group.
With his comedy and thorough understanding of his audience, Richard Villa became the first Latino to ever host the renowned Hollywood Improv on Friday nights. Sharing the stage with various other talent such as Jeff Garcia, Carlos Mancilla, Gabriel Iglesia, Mike Epps, Orlando Jones and Dat Phan, Richard Villa quickly took over co-host duties at the Ha-Ha in North Hollywood, and the Ontario and Brea Improv.
His ability to appeal to the audience earned him a special invitation by the U.S. Military to perform for the troops on the Combat Comedy Tour which included Iraq, Unit, May, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Djibouti, and Saudi Arabia.
In 2005 Vanguard Cinema released Richards 1st DVD, called
Richard Villa: Performing This Way.
Now being hailed as the leader for the new generation of Latino Comics, Richard Villa exemplifies dedication to making other people laugh. With his television appearances on Mun2s Loco Comedy Jam, HBO Latino and Los Angeles based LATV, Richard Villa has turned his talent into animation, becoming a writer and voiceover for MTVs Latin animation, Chico y Guapo.
In a personal project, Richard Villa is aiming at introducing his audience to Border Patrol Tales, a sketch comedy show depicting the social impact and influence of immigrants in the United States.
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At the age of 19, Auggie Smith moved from Billings, Montana to Portland, Oregon to pursue a carreer in stand up comedy. After a few years of toil and struggle, he first achieved acclaim by winning the 1994 Sam Adams Comedy Contest, who’s prizes earned him his first national exposure on the television show Evening At the Improv. Auggie truly found his comedy voice in 1997, when he placed second in the Seattle Comedy Competition to legendary comic Mitch Hedberg. This earned him an invitation to the 1998 Montreal Comedy Festival, where he performed a remarkable 12 shows, including New Faces, Danger Zone and The Nasty Show.
Keeping a continuous road schedule of clubs across the nation, Auggie introduced himself to a new legion of fans in January of 2004, with a now legendary appearance on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. The morning was a mix of signature rants and brilliant improv highlighting his sharp point-of-view. His outstanding debut has become one their most replayed treasures.
This led to performing in theaters acroos the country on the very popular Bob & Tom Comedy Tour, where audiences quickly became aware that the only thing better then listening to Auggie on the radio was sharing the energy he creates in his live performance.
In 2006, Auggie shot national TV performances for Comedy Centrals Bob & Tom All Stars, and Live at Gotham, where he was put in the honored status of headlining the first episode.
In 2007, Auggie made a brief but very memorable appearance on Last Comic Standing.
In 2008,, Auggie was invited to perform at the Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival, where he was voted Club Comic of the Year by club owners.
Auggie is the star of his own CD and DVD titled Cult Following. His comedy rants are on heavy rotation on both XM and Sirius satellite radio, and can be seen on several popular youtube videos, but none of these compare with seeing his live performance.
When Auggie takes the stage, audiences across the country quickly realize that they’re in for an evening of riveting, take-no-prisoners stand-up comedy. During Auggie’s set, pop culture and political targets are dissected piece by piece into intelligently written manic rants. His seamless rapid fire style has developed a loyal following across the country. He has spent most of the last two decades keeping a constant road schedule honing his craft and creating a truly memorable, relevant, and constantly evolving live experience.
Grant Cotter is a stand-up comedian, writer and host from San Diego, CA.
A staple in the LA comedy scene, Grant is a three-time winner of The Laugh Factory's Fresh Faces competition. Earlier this year, he made his TV stand-up debut on BounceTV's Off the Chain and OC Weekly named him one of the Top 5 Comics to Watch. Grant is the only comedian to perform on the Vans Warped Tour and is known for his high energy, quick wit and rapid fire delivery. He currently hosts his own segment on AXStv and his stand-up can regularly be heard on LA's KLOS '5 O'clock Funnies'. Grant is on of the stars of MTV's new prank show 'Jerks With Cameras' which premieres in early 2014.
For a full tour schedule check out www.GrantCotter.com.
Jill-Michele Meleán has been recently seen on SHOWTIME’s stand-up special “Hot Tamales” and was the first and only Latina Cast Member of FOX’s “MadTV”. You've also seen her on Comedy Central's "Reno 911" playing George Lopez’s girlfriend, FOX's "Til Death", E!, TBS, VH1, BET and was the host of SiTV's "Inside Joke".
Jill-Michele, AKA “Jilly”, is currently working with Emmy award winning Executive Producer, Sandy Chanley, on her one hour Stand-up Special. Chanley also co-wrote her One-Woman-Show “Rule Breaker”, which is now being turned into a screenplay. "It's an honor for me to be working with Sandy. She's produced specials for the greats such as Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Paula Poundstone, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Joan Rivers, D.L Hughley and so many more. I have to pinch myself daily to believe I'm next on her amazing roster". www.productionpartners.com
Not only is Jilly pro-active in her career but she is actively promoting awareness for Neglected Tropical Diseases www.gnntdc.sabin.org/ . Giving back is Jilly’s mission and another great charity she’s involved in is a mentorship program for teen girls www.suwn.org/ and of course she always happy supporting the animals www.strayrescue.org
For more updated news check in on her website www.jillyonline.com