Manny Maldonado was born in Modesto,CA. His journey to comedy wasn’t planned. Manny’s goal was to play professional football. The problem was he was to damn short! After high school, he attended junior college to pursue a dream in sports broadcasting. While in college he participated in speech debate and found his speeches were always funny. Short after he dropped out of college to try stand up comedy. Ten years later Manny Maldonado is recognized as one of the hottest rising Latino comics in the country. Manny has worked overseas and from coast to coast in some of the best comedy clubs in the country. He has worked with Dave Chappelle, Dave Attell, and George Lopez. Manny’s TV credits include BET comic view, Latino Laugh Festival, Comics Unleashed, and Que Locos to name a few. In 2007 and 2008 Manny was selected to perform on the "Crown Royal New Latin Kings of Comedy Tour" with comic legend Paul Rodriguez. He recently appeared on comedy central's comedy rehab, and was a guest panelist on Dr. Phil.
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.
Grant Cotter is a stand-up comedian and writer from San Diego, CA. He was one of the breakout stars from the MTV prank show 'Jerks With Cameras'. He has appeared on NBC's 'Last Call with Carson Daly', 'Off The Chain' on Bounce TV, 'Mystery Diners' on Food Network and is the host of the Dr. Pepper 'One Of A Kind: Music Sessions' for SPIN Magazine.
In 2014, Grant was selected to perform on all 21 dates of the Funny or Die Oddball Comedy Tour with Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari and Hannibal Buress. You can also catch him on the upcoming season of HBO's smash hit 'Silicon Valley'. Grant is a staple in the L.A. comedy scene and can be seen performing regularly at The Laugh Factory and the Improv. www.GrantCotter.com
If the adage is true — that tragedy plus time equals comedy — then Ryan Sickler has paid his dues on the left side of the equation. Born in Baltimore, Ryan lost his father when he was 16. After that, he bounced from one relative to another. And while his early years might have seemed rocky, that tumultuous childhood gave him both fodder for material and armor against the relentless onslaught that is life as a standup comic.
His television appearances include The Pete HolmesShow, Comedy Central’s Tosh.O, Live At Gotham, Cutman and The Late Late Show.
Beyond standup, Ryan Sickler is an engaging storyteller. You can catch him every Tuesday (Toozdee) on his podcast, The CrabFeast. Inspired by his hometown, the show celebrates the things Ryan loves most — storytelling, family, friends and laughter.
Andy Ostroff was born the second of two boys in the town of Natick, Massachusetts just outside of Boston. He grew up as a curious and conscientious young boy once telling his mother not to drink and drive while she was driving her station wagon and holding a Pepsi. At the age of 13 Andy had a kick ass Bar Mitzvah, which prompted his mother to say “you are the most handsome Bar Mitzvah boy ever.” This is the young boy who has blossomed into the man you see today.
Andy haphazardly ventured through the Natick public school system (where NFL quarterback Doug Flutie went!) with much success including winning the inaugural Mr. Natick High School beauty pageant. If you ask nicely, Andy might let you email his mom and she will be happy to tell you all about it. However, Mr. NHS was the first point in Andy’s life where he actually thought, “being on stage performing might be more fun than basketball…even when we win.”
After, high school, Andy’s next stop was The George Washington University in Washington DC. He ended up majoring in American Studies with a minor in Theatre Arts. He was also a manager for the athletic department meaning that someone actually put him in control of a multi-million dollar training facility. That was sweet! Anyway, Andy continued acting and liked it more and more. He did pretty well in class too. This is despite the fact that when reading his senior thesis project, on how sports help Spanish speaking Americans become part of American culture, Andy’s professor said, “You have a very amusing writing style that makes me laugh out loud when reading your work.” That’s quite a compliment, but not so much when what you have written is supposed to be a serious academic endeavor. Hmm. Somehow he managed to graduate with honors. This, my friends is still a mystery.
After college Andy really had two choices. Choice one was to follow his father’s footsteps and go to law school. Choice two was to move to LA and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Luckily, Andy’s father told him that if he went to Law School he was crazy.
Vic Alejandro is a Comedian/Actor based in Denver, Colorado. Vic has appeared on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" and is published in the book "The Complete Idiots Guide to Jokes".
As a regular at the Comedy Works in Denver, Vic has the privilege of working with esteemed national headliners such as; Kevin Nealon, Kathleen Madigan, Brian Regan, Jake Johannsen, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jim Gaffigan, Wendy Leibman, Daniel Tosh and more.
He headlined the Calgary Comedy Festival; was a finalist in the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and is a winner of the Comedy Works/Comedy Central Comedy Contest in Denver. He is also a five time winner of absolutely nothing and a three time runner up in the Darwin Awards.
His likeable but edgy style is guaranteed to keep you on your toes.
JR Redwater is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Like a jolt of comedy lightning, JR takes audiences by storm with his fearless style of raw funny. “JR’s pain is the audience’s gain” as he spins the bitter hardships of reservation life into huge laughs. They call him the “Reservation Sensation” for good reason; he is one of the most requested motivational speakers in Indian Country today. This master storyteller delivers wall-to-wall laughs that connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. A member of the Nashville Speakers Bureau, JR has been the subject of numerous national radio interviews and he has performed at top comedy venues including the Ice House and the Hollywood Improv.
Most recently, JR was feature on Showtime’s “Native American Comedy Jam” and has another special due for Television and DVD release in 2011! JR is on the rise and you are sure to see him in your area SOON!
Comedian Willie Barcena, a 18-year comedy veteran, never shies away from a challenge. He just completed a two year run with The Morning Show on KSFM 102.5 Sacramento. During that time The Morning Show shot to the number one spot in this highly competitive market.
Willie’s talent has garnered him 10 appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Jay even invited Willie to perform for the troops in Afghanistan. Barcena helped provide much-needed laughter to that part of the world.
Willie’s numerous jobs prepared him for his comedy career. His security guard, plumber, roofer, and limo driver gigs gave him a background for his humor about everyday life. After 12 years of stand-up road work Willie is now ready for new challenges. He has written and performed a one-man show entitled “Cry Like a Man.” This highly acclaimed performance demonstrates the struggle of a blue-collar comic in today’s society.
In addition to being a comedy road warrior, Willie has appeared on many TV shows including: “Moesha,” “The Wayans Brothers,” and he was chosen to be the host of the popular Si-Tv production “Latino Laugh Festival – The Show.”
He’s also made multiple appearances on tours such as “Que Locos,” “Latino Laugh Festival,” “Montreal’s Just for Laughs,” and “Crown Royal Latin All Stars Comedy Explosion.” Most recently, Willie had his one hour Comedy Central which was received with raved reviews.