Born in Ohio and raised in Small Town, Michigan, Banachowski started stand up comedy at the age 17 in a high school talent show (and won that shit).
Forced to go to college, and having to pay for it in cash, Banachowski worked as a tutor, busboy, waiter, dishwasher, landscaper, midnight receptionist, and television producer all while graduating from Second City Detroit and hanging out at comedy clubs and the dive-iest of bars throughout southeast Michigan (and wonders why he's never had a successful relationship that whole period).
After graduating with a degree in math at 21 (genius), he moved to Los Angeles where he's been doing comedy every night ever since (minus a year where he lived in Brooklyn, New York doing comedy and getting food poisoning in public where he vomited and shit himself on a train for an hour (not genius)). He's also graduated from LA improv schools such as the Upright Citizen's Brigade, The Groundling's Theatre, and regularly performs stand up at the Hollywood Improv and Comedy Store as well as clubs across the US.
Audience members have often compared his style to the likes of George Carlin, Bill Burr, and Bo Burnham (which I'm sure they'd all be thrilled to hear, "You know Bill, you remind me of this Polish kid I saw at that bar Big Fish in Glendale").
Michael Palascak (Pal-a-sack) made his first two network television performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno within 6 months of each other. His resume’ has grown since to include two appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a half hour special on the inaugural season of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. Most recently Rooftop Comedy released Michael’s debut comedy album Job Opening to the digital and audio world.
Michael is a biographical comedian--from his everyday experiences to his childhood memories, Michael conveys his stories innocently with a sarcastic edge. Marah Eakin, A.V. Club, calls Michael “A stand-up guy...He’s nice, charming.” Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader, writes, “In a lot of ways, he represents the ideal antidote to the sort of unbridled cynicism that pervades much of contemporary stand-up...Palascak, whose emotional scars run as deep as quarterbacking his high school football team to a winless season (‘We even lost some practices that year’), helps us to remember the escapist value of comedy.”
Raj Desai grew up in Arlington, TX and currently resides in Los Angeles. Raj was a runner-up in Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight 2007. He has performed stand-up on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Last Comic Standing 6,” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” Raj continues to write and perform regularly in L.A. and elsewhere. He really loves writing jokes.
Leonard is wildly known as a series regular on MTV's hit comedy show "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" and the critically acclaimed ESPN mini-series “The Bronx is Burning”. He has also made numerous appearances in commercials, television, films along the years. On “Wild ‘N Out”, Leonard is one of the few cast members to appear in every episode during the show’s 4 seasons. His work in “The Bronx is Burning” gained him praise from the critics and even cast members like John Turturro, Oliver Platt and Daniel Sunjata. The NY Post has said “Leonard Robinson as Mickey Rivers,…steals more scenes than bases…”
A throwback to the old school days here at the Improv, starting right after the 10pm show we open the stage to our seasoned Improv regular comedians who are hanging out at the club to work out their sets. Previous drop-ins include Russell Peters, Jeff Ross, Craig Robinson, Hugh Moore, Ryan Stout, KT Tatara, J Chris Newberg, Brent Weinbach and more!
The show is NO COVER and seated on a first come first serve basis and there is NO DRINK MINIMUM.
Come out for a fun, unpredictable show to end your Saturday night.