RUSSELL PETERS is an international comedy rock star who regularly sells out arenas all over the world. Russell is just wrapping up his fourth sold-out world-wide tour, The Almost Famous Tour, which celebrates 25 years in the business. His previous tour, Notorious, became the highest attended comedy tour ever in Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Lebanon, South Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and his home country of Canada. Among the many venues Peters has sold out are Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, LA’s Nokia Theatre, the Sydney Opera House and back-to-back nights at London’s famed O-2 Arena. Peters was the first comic to sell out Canada’s Air Canada center, which he has now done seven times and in November 2012, he became the first stand-up comic to perform at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre with over 13,000 fans in attendance. As a result, Peters is regular on the Forbes List of top ten highest earning comics, ranking as high as number three in 2013. His comedy has generated over 120 million views on YouTube.
Peters has transitioned into both small and big screens, having recently been a judge alongside Roseanne Barr and Keenan Ivory Wayans for NBC’s reboot of Last Comic Standing, and lending his voice to the animated feature, Ribbit, and to numerous episodes of the iconic animated Fox television show Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers. He was also awarded a Gemini Award, Canada’s version of the Emmy, for hosting the country’s Juno Awards Show. Other notable film roles include the recent Jon Favreau directed indie smash hit Chef, the 2011 sci-fi movie Source Code, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, the Canadian ice hockey hit Breakaway, where he also served as Executive Producer and the Eva Mendes indie, Girl in Progress alongside Mendes and Patricia Arquette. Peters has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jimmy Fallon Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Lopez Tonight, Craig Ferguson, the Queen Latifah Show and Def Comedy Jam.
Russell was recently featured in a Variety article celebrating his 25 years in comedy: http://variety.com/2015/biz/spotlight/russell-peters-25-years-in-comedy-1201539908/
B.J. Novak is an actor and writer best known for his work on the long- running and Emmy award-winning comedy, “The Office.” In addition to starring as Ryan, B.J. served as an executive producer of the series, as well as one of its most frequent writers and directors.
In film, he is widely known for his performances in Quentin Tarantino's “Inglourious Basterds” and Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” as well as appearances in “The Internship,” “Knocked Up,” and “Reign Over Me.” He will next be seen in the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Acclaimed as a standup comedian, B.J. has performed frequently at colleges and theaters across the country since 2002. B.J.’s debut collection of fiction, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, was published by Knopf/Random House in February of 2014 to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times identified Novak as “a genuine storyteller with finely tuned emotional radar.” Jen Chaney of The Washington Post designated Novak as “a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.” Caryn James of The Daily Beast wrote: “It’s a sign of his freshness that reviews, most with extravagant praise, have strained for comparisons.” TIME Magazine distinguished One More Thing as a book “you won’t want to miss in 2014.” The collection was an immediate New York Times Best Seller, debuting at #4 on the Hardcover Fiction list. Novak’s first book for children, “The Book With No Pictures,” was published by Dial/Penguin in fall of 2014.
Ian Edwards has appeared on Family Guy, Live at Gotham, and HBO's Bad Boys of Comedy. He can be seen weekly at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.
Edwards was born in England and has lived in Jamaica, New York, and California. When he was 21, he stopped working the drive-thru at Burger King to try his hand at comedy. Since then, he's appeared on Def Comedy Jam (twice) and Show Time at the Apollo. He's written for Saturday Night Live, the Lyricist Lounge show on MTV, The Boondocks for the Cartoon Network, etc., and was currently a cast member of the fifth season of Punk'd on MTV.
Skyler Stone is an actor, producer, comedian and writer from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has been on The Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and Comedy Central's Premium Blend. He has headlined in over 40 cities and 5 different countries and has opened for Jay Mohr, Damon Wayans, Christopher Titus, Dane Cookand Dave Attell. He had his own show on Comedy Central when he was only 25 years old called CON that he wrote, executive produced, and starred in. The show has found a cult following online and bootlegs of it are distributed frequently. In 2007, Skyler wrote, executive produced and starred in a prank show called Skyler's Revolution for FOX and in the same year he was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Short Film for a short that he directed. With producer Michael Abbott he made a video that went extremely viral called Hands Free Driving about the driving law that went into effect in 2008 in California.
Many top directors have cast Skyler in supporting roles in the last few years (Sir Christopher Guest, the Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, and Roger Avary to name a few). He has done guest stars on The Defenders, Rules Of Engagement, The Mentalist, CSI:NY, Dollhouse, Dark Blue, Zeke And Luther, and Lost. He has been the host of two Cartoon Network shows, two MTV shows and hosts his own live comedy show every month in LA at the Hollywood Improv called Skyler Stone & People He Pretends Are His Friends (it is one of their top-selling shows). Most remember him from his role as one of the cooks in the feature Waiting, he played opposite Dane Cook, Ryan Reynolds and Luis Guzman in his kitchen scenes.
Skyler just starred in his first leading role in a film called Housebroken with Danny Devito. He has also just been cast in a hilarious recurring role on Raising Hope for FOX (from My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia). It started airing September 21st of 2010 on Fox in the much sought after time-slot after Glee. Skylerstone.com has won several awards for its design and for its innovative use of Skyler's twisted comedy. He is just wrapped filming a lead role for the horror film Hostel: Part III. He has a dog named Sammy that goes with him everywhere.
Anthony Jeselnik is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Tulane University. Anthony is a stand-up comedian, most famous for THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF DONALD TRUMP and THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN, as well as THE JESELNIK OFFENSIVE, which he starred in and crated, airing for two seasons in 2013. Anthony has also performed on CONAN, THE TONIGHT SHOW, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE and was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON. Anthony has also written for LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON and received an Emmy Nomination for his work on A NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS: AN OVERBOOKED CONCERT FOR AUTISM EDUCATION. Anthony was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2008 and one of Comedy Central’s Hot Comics in 2009. In 2010, Anthony released his critically acclaimed debut comedy album, SHAKESPEARE, through Comedy Central Records. After the Comedy Central Roasts of Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and Roseanne Barr, Anthony released CALIGULA, his first hour long special, to critical acclaim.
RZA is riding a high after the critical and commercial success of “The Man With The Iron Fists”. He seems set for a long inning behind the camera. The Abbot, in his moment of glory, did not forget to remember his days as the head of the Wu-Tang Clan that trained him to direct people with different temperaments and sensibilities.
“[Wu-Tang] was actually the best training I could ever have,” he said. “I wasn’t conscious that all my trials and tribulations, good times and bad times with Wu-Tang would help me become this kind of psychiatrist of thinking towards other artists and talents. But also one of the biggest things that helped me is that I’m an artist. I understand the grind, the gripes. I understand right now we’re getting out early in the rain to sit here and talk to you about a film instead of on the bus, curled up warm. I understand how it feels, so I appreciate what an artist does.
As a director, I’m going to have compassion. There was a situation where we just had a problem, some of the producers were like, ‘push through it, push through it, push through it.’ I was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no. You’re not going to push through it. You’re not going til he’s ready.’”
Every month Skyler Stone (Raising Hope, Comedy Central's CON, Waiting, For Your Consideration) puts on an amazing evening of comedy and music. Except it is not what you might think. It isn't comedians going up and then musicians going up and doing their separate acts. NO! It is all integrated. Skyler only books comedians who use music in their acts (like Zach Galifianakis or Garfunkel & Oates) and comics who love to talk about music in their acts (think Brian Posehn ranting about metal music or Chris Porter gabbing about the Black Crowes).