Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kober has bounded onto the national stage - playing colleges, theatres and comedy clubs all over the country and bringing crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, story telling, and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. Leslie Berman of The SWLA Times writes,"Kober is one of the most talented comics of our time. I have been betting on her to find her niche and go national since the first time I saw her. I thought: Shes got to be our 21st Century Lucille Ball, and thats no exaggeration. If you’re twenty years younger than me, think hipper Tracey Ullman." Jen Kober currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where she continues to develop new material and travel the globe spreading mass amounts of laughter world-wide with both her stand-up and improvised comedy shows.
Jen loves Yoo-Hoo and ranch flavored Corn-Nuts and wonders why instant gratification takes so long.
Fans of the hit Comedy Central series “Workaholics” instantly recognize Erik Griffin as the show’s iconic series regular Montez. Erik also tours the country headlining popular comedy clubs and colleges every weekend. His debut comedy album, Technical Foul: Volume One, will be released this March. His Comedy Central Presents Half-Hour Stand-Up Special will premiere this year. Erik is a first generation American-born comedian/actor who made the decision in 2003 to quit his job and plunge headlong into making comedy his full-time occupation.
Erik first gained national exposure performing in the ALMA nominated “Payaso Comedy Slam” seen on Showtime and Comedy Central networks, “Live at Gotham” on Comedy Central, “Last Comic Driving” on NBC, “Comics Without Borders” on Showtime, nationally syndicated “Comics Unleashed;” He can also be seen featured in several national commercials, including the Emmy winning, Budlight “Swear Jar.” In 2008 at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, he received overwhelming reviews. Erik was featured at the 2008 NACA National Conference, the 2007 East Regional and 2006 NACA West Regional Showcases. He is currently headlining clubs and colleges throughout the United States and Canada.
Mostly recently, Erik was seen on “Surviving the Holidays” with Lewis Black on the History Channel, he was featured in the Tribeca Film Festival Documentary “Just Like Us,” and will be touring the world promoting the movie. Erik was also a guest star on the hit TNT show “Franklin & Bash.”
With his multicultural background, a Central American-Caribbean mother, a father of European decent, Erik blends well into the North American landscape particularly in this era of cultural diversity. With his routine full of hilarious observations about life, love and self evaluation, he brings together all ages and ethnic backgrounds, which makes for an uproariously good time.
Bill Santiago is the first born of at least four children. He became a standup after narrowly escaping a career in journalism, facing the fact that as a comedian he was funny, but as a reporter he was a joke. It’s been said he was born to Puerto Rican immigrants, which is technically untrue, as Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Although, he’s got an uncle who was once deported to the Bronx. While connecting solidly with his Latino fans, Santiago is just as as popular for his straight ahead mainstream material, reminiscent of George Carlin, and showcasing Santiago's journalistic roots, obsessions with language, and keen insights on everything from Current Events to Cats to Religion to Facebook. With the premiere of his first television special, “Comedy Central Presents: Bill Santiago,” he won over fans nationwide with his dead-on observations about Spanglish – “twice the vocabulary, half the grammar!” and his beloved catchphrase “¡Porque Because!” Which led to his first book, "Pardon My Spanglish" - the first humor book in Spanglish actually written in Spanglish all the way through (Available on Amazon). Santiago's second half-hour special for Showtime airs in 2011. Other credits include: Craig Ferguson, Conan O'brien, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Chelsea Lately, Good Morning America Now, ABC news, NBC TV Visiones, BBC World. NPR’s Latino USA.
I am originally from Puerto Rico, which I left in 1996 to pursue a career in acting. I moved to California and it stole my heart... even though I am not planning on moving back at the moment... I will always love Puerto Rico because it is filled with mi familia y amigos, and I miss the island on a daily basis... but, I love what I do and I know that I would not be able to do it anywhere else. My passion is the stage, the camera and being able to entertain. This is my calling.
When I first moved from Puerto Rico, I ended up in the Bay Area pursuing a career in Theater. It was a dream job since I had just received my degree in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico. I was only 21 years old, and I found myself in a strange land, filled with opportunities.
Because I am so driven, I felt unstoppable. The stage was like home. I worked as a theater actress for 9 years with companies such as Teatro Vision, Teatro Esperanza, Kaiser Permanente ETP and The Western Stage. I also taught improv and drama for an afterschool program named Opera Piccola, because I believe that a vital part of success is in community investment. During this period, I did several voiceovers for Mattel and Leapfrog as well. My work was steady, but there was still a missing piece to my career...
I wanted to try film and everyone knows that Los Angeles is the film capitol. I made the move and after a few tough auditions, I learned that I needed to embrace the art of improv.
It was the best move I ever made. I got my creative juices going and even though it was challenging, I found it very fulfilling. I began studying with IO west until a girlfriend invited me to try a stand up class in 2008. Pretty Funny Women became my platform for a stand up career...
Since then I have performed in clubs like The Comedy Union, Ice House, Haha cafe, Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, Flappers and my favorite of all, The Downtown Comedy Club. I currently run an all-female stand up comedy show once a month at the Restaurant La Fonda in Los Angeles. In the future I would like to be a part of a sitcom show and perform my act on the road.
Tammy Jo Dearen, comic, promoter, impressionist and empowered-female extraordinaire is heavily rooted in the comedy community. She has appeared on Mind of Mencia and Rikki Lake; worked with Garrett Morris, Greg Proops, Gina Yashere, Laura Kightlinger, Wendy Leibman and Julia Morris. She produces more shows in Los Angeles than any other independent producer and her shows create an underground vibe like no other.
She’s been called a comedic “jackhammer”. She entertains the audience with her fun loving charm, high-energy, surprising edge, and unique perspective. She will keep you laughing and engaged through her journey of comedy, story-telling and character portrayals. You are in for a wild ride of humor.
Tammy Jo Dearen is the face of comedy in Los Angeles...she is on the rise.
Line up: Tammy Jo Dearen, Brenda Lamberty, Camille Solari, Bill Santiago, Erik Griffin, Jen Kober
A red carpet + gifting lounge comedy event inspired by the popular comedy fashion blog www.glaminlalalnd.wordpress.com by comedian and former model Camille Solari as seen on Comedy Central, HBO, TMZ; brings us GLAM IN LA LA LAND at The Hollywood Improv.