One of the most unique stand-up comics working today, Canadian born Jeremy Hotz has quickly become a proven international success. With stellar performances at the Montreal Comedy Festival: Just For Laughs and his sold out Canadian theater tour "What A Miserable Tour This Is....”, as well as performances all over the United States, Europe and Australia, Jeremy continues to grab audiences with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy.
Originally from Ottawa, Jeremy began his career performing at local comedy clubs across the country.
In 1997, he performed at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and received a standing ovation after his debut performance at the festival’s prestigious television gala. He returned to the Just For LaughsComedy Festival in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005 (voted Best Performer by the “Globe and Mail”), 2007, 2008 (Chosen as Best in Fest by the “Montreal Gazette”) 2011 and 2012 where he was one of the hosts for the Just for Laughs TV series for The Comedy Network. Recognition came quick, as American studios and networks showed interest and Jeremy was offered his first of many major development deals.
Another highlight for Jeremy was his debut appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, followed by five appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jeremy has also appeared on Comedy Central with his own half hour special, and was on MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour. Jeremy filmed a one hour TV special "What A Miserable Show This Is..." for CTV, and his DVD “What a Miserable DVD This Is...” is a hit.
Hotz is a favorite in theaters and stand-up comedy clubs across Canada and the US, including the world famous Laugh Factory and Improv in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Jeremy has also headlined at HBO’s prestigious comedy festival in Aspen, Colorado.
Beyond his stand-up comic merits, Jeremy is also a talented actor who will be appearing in the fourth season of HBO Canada’s Call Me Fitz, and has appeared in the feature films My Favorite Martian (with Elizabeth Hurley) and Speed 2 (with Sandra Bullock and Jason Patric). He starred in the four-part mini-series Married Life on Comedy Central and was nominated for a Gemini Award for the CBC’s "OH CANA-DUH". He was the recipient of a Gemini Award for “Best Performance in a Comedy Show or Series” for his work in the celebrated series "The Newsroom" on the CBC and PBS in America.
Jeremy was also a staff writer and performer on the critically acclaimed "The Jon Stewart Show" (Paramount), and received a Gemini nomination for “Best Writing in Comedy or Variety Show or Series” for his half hour comedy special, "Whatever Happened to Jeremy Hotz?"
In 2008, Jeremy was honored with the Dave Broadfoot, Comic Genius Award at the Canadian Comedy Awards, which is the most prestigious comedy award in the country. Following that year, he was awarded Best Male Stand-Up 2009.
Most recently, after headlining the Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland Comedy Festivals, Hotz was awarded the Jury Prize- Best International Performer at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
Jeremy’s Magical Misery tour across Canada in February and March of 2013 was a smashing success.
Nominated, six times for an American Comedy Award, Dom Irrera's stand-up material was honed in a multi-generational Italian household in South Philadelphia with his mother, sister, grandmother, uncles and cousins all under one very big roof. A great-grandmother even lived across the street. Together there were three floors and four generations of family.
His first big break was his performance on Rodney Dangerfield's "Nothing Goes Right" comedy specials for HBO. In 1989 Irrera's own HBO "One Night Stand" earned him his first CableACE award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. In '95 he won a second CableACE for the Showtime stand-up series he hosted, "Full Frontal Comedy". That same year he received a second CableACE nomination in the writing category for his work on Comedy Central's animated series, "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist". He also starred in a solo stand-up special for HBO in '92 titled "Command Performance".
He has performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "The Late Show with David Letterman", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", "The View", and has made several appearances on "Oprah". Recent credits include an all-new stand-up special titled "Comedy Central Presents", which aired on the cable network this past summer.
As an avid sports fan, he hosted four seasons of Comedy Central's irreverent football show, "Offsides", where he conducted hilarious on-the-field interviews with football greats. He also hosted Comedy Central's "Behind the Scenes at the American Comedy Awards: specials in '98 and '99.
Irrera was a series regular on the '98 Fox comedy "Damon" starring Damon Wayans and his guest-star credits include "Seinfeld" (he played an annoying prop comic needling Jerry in the memorable episode), "Becker", "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "King of Queens". In addition, Dom voices the character Ernie, the demolitions expert, on Nickelodeon's "Hey Arnold".
His film work includes a featured role in Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle", a cameo in the Coen Bros. Film, "The Big Lebowski", "The Fourth Tenor", starring old pal Rodney Dangerfield, and he played himself in the Rodney Dangerfield / Dom De Luise film, "The Godson".
Dom has performed at Montreal's prestigious "Just For Laughs Festival" and the "Cat Laughs Festival" in Kilkenny, Ireland (he's made more appearances at both festivals than any other American comic). He also has performed at the "Melbourne Comedy Festival" in Australia, and at "Edinburgh Festival's" Assembly Hall. It was there that he received the "Herald Award" for artistic excellence.
In 2010, Dom continued his quest for international DOM-ination with a 10-day run at the Sydney Comedy Festival and his first ever one-man show, “Plugged, Unplugged then Plugged Again” played to sold out audiences in Montreal.
The best way to get inside Cathy Ladman's head is to see her live. As one of the country's top comedians, Ladman's show is a self-probing, anxiety-venting vehicle, which draws laughter from exposing personal neurosis. She has not only appeared on "The Tonight Show" nine times, but was also the only female comic to appear on the last two Johnny Carson "Tonight Show Anniversary" shows. Cathy has had her own HBO "One Night Stand" comedy special and, in 1992, was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comic. Most recently, Cathy was one of the three finalists in Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America.”
A native New Yorker, now living in Los Angeles, Cathy is successfully pursuing an acting career in television and film. Her film credits include roles in "The Aristocrats," "White Oleander," "What Planet Are You From?" "My Fellow Americans," and "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead." Her television pilots include "Caroline in the City," in which she had a recurring role, "Next Exit," "Carlos," "American Nuclear," and "Hot Prospects." She appeared regularly on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" and, when it was in production, Comedy Central's "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist." She has guest starred on Fox's "Titus" and CBS's "Everybody Loves Raymond."
Besides comedy monologue, Cathy's writing career includes developing original television treatments, episodic scripts, and feature-length screenplays. Cathy has been a writer on several shows, including "Roseanne," "Caroline in the City," "The Caroline Rhea Show."
In addition to stand-up, TV, and film, Cathy has been acting in live theatre. She recently appeared in a successful Off-Broadway run of, “The JAP Show: The Princesses of Comedy.” In 2004 –'05, she appeared in the 25th Anniversary Production of "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," which was nominated for a GLAAD Award. She developed her own show, " Scaredypants," with HBO, and took it to the Aspen Comedy Festival, and she's currently working on a new solo show, entitled, "Does This Show Make Me Look Fat?"
A standup comedian for over three decades, John Wing sails into 2013 with The Great Plains Comedy Festival, The Halifax Comedy Festival, the Ottawa Comedy Festival: ‘Cracking Up The Capital’, and his 12th consecutive Winnipeg Comedy Festival on the schedule. He is a regular performer on CBC radio’s ‘The Debaters’ and ‘Definitely Not The Opera’, where he was recently heard doing commentary on the 2012 U.S. election. John performs all over the world for Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise lines.
A much sought after corporate performer as well, John has done shows for Tim Horton’s, The Animal Rescue Foundation, Canada Steel, Investors Group, The Ottawa Arts Council, and many more. John has over 300 Television appearances to his credit, including six Tonight Shows, and nine Just For Laughs Comedy Galas. He is one of the few comedians who has done the Just For Laughs National Comedy Tour twice.
Unpredictability and liveliness are to be expected of any showcase headlined by Steve White. Steve's loud voice and vibrant personality assail crowds and dare them to keep up with his up-tempo style. Listed among his numerous movie credits are roles in "Coming to America", "Harlem Nights", "Clockers", "Do the Right Thing", "Jungle Fever", and "Mo-Better Blues." He's also surfaced on several Comedy Central productions, HBO, BET, and Fox television.
Steve White has appeared in such Spike Lee films as Clockers, Malcolm X and Mo' Better Blues as well as Panther, Open Season, Other People's Money, Harlem Nights, Coming to America and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.
White's television credits include Martin, Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, Living Single, Caroline's Comedy Hour, Def Comedy Jam, Comic Strip Live, Showtime At The Apollo and Yo! MTV Raps. White has performed his stand-up comedy routines at clubs all over the country.
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.
Lineup: Mario Joyner, Dom Irrera, Cathy Ladman, John Wing, Steve White, Jeremy Hotz
Stand-up for Mirman IV (Special Event Fundraiser)
A fundraising benefit for The Mirman School for Gifted Children. Come enjoy some of today’s funniest comics while raising money for this wonderful institution!