Ross is an actor, writer, director, producer, and comedian originally from Newark, New Jersey. His latest special “Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live From Brazos County Jail” premiered on Comedy Central on June 13. It’s perhaps his most dangerous roast yet. In fact, he has earned the title of The Roastmaster General skewering the likes of Justin Bieber, James Franco, Charlie Sheen, Pam Anderson and Donald Trump on Comedy Central’s wildly popular Roast franchise in which he also produces. He was recently seen on the big screen in Jeremy Garrelick’s “The Wedding Ringer” with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad and will soon be seen in “Flock of Dudes” with Chris D’Elia, which premieres at the LA Film Festival this month. He also starred on ABC’s multi camera comedy pilot “Keep It Together", produced by Kevin Hart and “The Burn” on Comedy Central, a show which he created, starred in and produced. Jeff’s writing credits include the screenplay "The Comedian" (co-written with Art Linson) and the book, "I Only Roast The Ones I Love" published by Simon & Schuster.
Originally from Chicago, Tony has written and produced on several shows including Cooking Channel's "Food: Fact or Fiction?" w/ Michael Mckean, Super Fan Builds on the Awe Network, MTV’s Ridiculousness, A&E’s show Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job, CNBC’s Jay Leno’s Garage and A&E’s Storage Wars: Barry Strikes Back.
He’s also been paid to write for MTV2’s Guy Code Blog, MTV News, Funny or Die, Playboy, and Smosh.
He’s been privileged to perform at prestigious comedy festivals all over the country like Seattle’s Bumbershoot, RIOT LA, Just For Laughs – Chicago, SF Sketchiest Bridgetown Comedy Festival , NY Underground Comedy Festival, NY Fringe, and more.
His debut comedy album, “Scaredy Cat,” with Stand Up! Records was heralded by the Huffington Post.
Jay Larson is best known as a stand up comedian with multiple appearances on The Late Late Show, four appearances on Conan and his own half hour special on Comedy Central. Jay's style is completely original and his ability to connect to an audience through storytelling is unmatched. As a storyteller his "Wrong Number" story went viral after climbing to #1 on Reddit and was also featured on "This American Life" with Ira Glass claiming, "Perfect Comedy, Perfect Storytelling…" Jay's Story telling has also been featured on Comedy Central's "This is Not Happening" and can be heard every Toozdee on his wildly successful podcast, The CrabFeast. Jay's first album, "Self Diagnosed" was released in 2011 by AST records and his follow up album, "Human Math" is set to release in the fall.
While stand up is his first love Jay wears many hats and recently co-hosted two seasons of "Best Bars in America" for the Esquire Network. This Spring Jay made his Movie debut in the critically acclaimed Thriller, "The Invitation". The Karyn Kusama film has launched Jay in a different light and led to a role in the highly anticipated second season of Twin Peaks, set to air on Showtime in 2017. Between stand up, podcasting, hosting and acting Jay has also found time to write and create two television shows for NBC Universal. Though neither show was made Jay is on the hunt for the next one! But at the end of the day the job that Jay gets the most satisfaction out of is being a father to his two kids.
Jerrod Carmichael is an LA based standup and performer originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was featured last year in Variety as being one of the top ten comics to watch, as well as being one of the New Faces at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He recurred on Fox’s The Goodwin Games and can be seen in Universal’s upcoming feature Townies. Jerrod is currently working on an untitled comedy pilot for NBC that he wrote and will star in and produce.
Jerrod is a regular around some of LA’s favorite standup shows, including Meltdown, The Improv, Laugh Factory and many alternative rooms.
Line up: Ricky Carmona, Tony Sam, Karen Kilgariff, Jay Larson, Jerrod Carmichael, Jamie Flam, Vanessa Ragland
Van Jam is a true variety show featuring the biggest names in comedy and music doing stand-up, characters, storytelling, and playing original music and more with a house band featuring Grammy award winning musicians. The weekly show is hosted by Vanessa Ragland and Jamie Flam, and will feature drop-ins from celebrity comedians and musicians and many other surprises. Come join the fun!