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.
Tony Sam is a Comedian, a Writer, a Producer, and a Terrific Lover. That's right, TONY IS A COMEDIAN WHO QUICKLY BECAME RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF CHiCAGO'S MOST CREATIVE AND FUNNIEST PERFORMERS.
HAILING FROM THE CHICAGOLAND AREA, HE NOW LIVES IN SUNNY, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AMONG THE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR OF LOS ANGELES.
TONY COMBINES HIS UNIQUE LIFE EXPERIENCES IN THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD WITH HIS CREATIVE IMAGINATION, AND PLAYFUL NATURE THAT NOT ONLY ENDEARS HIM TO THE AUDIENCE BUT DELIVERS HUGE LAUGHS AS WELL. HE DELIVERS HIS JOKES AND COMICAL STORIES IN HIS OWN CRAZY WAY, WITH SUBJECT MATTER RANGING FROM HIS ECCENTRIC GRANDMOTHER TO HIS FEAR OF BEES. QUIRKY AND EXTREMELY LIKEABLE, HIS CHILDLIKE CHARM WILL QUICKLY GET YOU ON HIS SIDE, AND HIS MATERIAL WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO STAY THERE, PERMANENTLY.
He also has an extensive array of characters in his stable of potent comedic weapons, which vary from Merlin the Angry Rant Wizard Comic, to Electroface the Heavywieght Comedy Champion of the World.
OVER THE YEARS, HE HAS WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND PERFORMED IN SEVERAL SKETCH COMEDY SHOWS WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT GROUPS, AND IS DOING STAND-UP COMEDY ALL AROUND COUNTRY. HE IS VERY PROUD TO BE CO-CREATOR AND LONG TIME EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE HIT SHOW, CHICAGO UNDERGROUND COMEDY. IN ADDITION TO CHUC, HE ALSO CREATED TWO OTHER HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL "ALT-COMEDY" SHOWS, THE POP STAND, AND "MONEY MACHINE!". HIS STAND-UP PERFORMANCES HAVE INCLUDED CLUBS, SCHOOLS, AND ROCK VENUES ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY. HE WAS ALSO A FEATURED PERFORMER IN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED LIVE CHICAGO GAMESHOW, “DON’T SPIT THE WATER!” . TONY HAS STUDIED AND PERFORMED IMPROVISATION, SKETCH COMEDY, AND COMEDY WRITING AT THE WORLD FAMOUS IO-CHICAGO THEATER AND THE CHICAGO SECOND CITY TRAINING CENTER.
HE HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE 2004 and 2007 CHICAGO SKETCHFESTS, THE 2006 NYC FRINGE FESTIVAL, THE 2005, 2006 CHICAGO SNUBFESTS, 2007 NEW YORK UNDERGROUND COMEDY FESTIVAL and the 2008 Bumbershoot Comedy Music and Comedy Festival in Seattle.
OH!!! HE ALSO HOLDS A DEGREE IN MARINE AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY FROM FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY AND CO-AUTHORED A PAPER IN NATURE MEDICINE. WOW!!
HE HAS HAD ALL SORTS OF NICE THINGS WRITTEN ABOUT HIM. YOU CAN VISIT THE PRESS PAGE TO READ ALL THE ARTICLES.
ONE MORE THING,
HE'S ALSO PROBABLY SMARTER THAN YOU, BUT HE WOULD NEVER BRING IT UP…DIRECTLY.
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!