Jeff Ross is an actor, writer, director, producer and comedian originally from Newark, New Jersey. He is the creator and star of "The Burn With Jeff Ross" on Comedy Central as well as a producer and star of that network's wildly popular celebrity roast franchise. He also debuted his new comedy special on Comedy Central entitled "Jeff Ross Roasts America: which takes Jeff across the United States and into Canada speed roasting the people, places and things that make this country so unique. Recent 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. Jeff also tours the world performing live as "The Roastmaster General".
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.
With appearances on TOSH.0, The Late Late show, The Smoking Gun Presents, Conan and his own half hour special on Comedy Central Jay has come a long way since he moved to Los Angeles in 2000. After flunking out of college, then finally getting accepted back after many attempts, Jay threw away his diploma to pursue a career in Stand Up comedy. After living in a condemned house for 14 months, I mean who hasn't, Jay started opening for comedy greats such as Nick Swardson, Daniel Tosh and Pablo Fransisco. He soon became known as a comedian with a whacky, original voice who tends to get a little weird. Since those early days Jay has continued climbing the ranks with multiple TV appearances, many internet short films and his first album, "Self-Diagnosed". His voice continues to grow as he has delved into the world of interacting with strangers and creating conflict with people he doesn't know. Jay is a fantastic storyteller, showcased weekly on his podcast, "The Crabfeast" on Jay Mohr's Fake Mustache Studios. With TV projects in development, be sure to catch Jay now before he ignores everyone...forever...seriously...he will.
Jerrod Carmichael is an LA based standup and performer originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has been crafting his standup for over three years and this year was featured 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.
Jerrod is a regular around some of LA’s favorite standup shows, including Meltdown, The Improv, Laugh Factory and many alternative rooms.
Comedian Jerrod Carmichael is getting his very first standup special, and it's going to be a big one: an hour-long special for HBO. The untitled special will be taped May 7th, 2014 at The Comedy Store, and it will air later this year. Carmichael's HBO hour is being produced by Funny Or Die and directed by Spike Lee. This will be only the second standup special Spike Lee has directed, following the 2000 standup concert film The Original Kings of Comedy.
In an interview with us back in 2012, Carmichael discussed plans to do a special:
"I have an idea [for a special]. I think it's a good idea. It's very specific to me … If you do a special, you want to do it not just to do a special. You want to do it because you have something to say, and you think it can be impactful. So, what I want to say is coming out more, and I'm excited about that."
It's very rare for HBO to give an hour special to a comedian as new as Carmichael, who, although he's been doing standup since 2008, has never done a set on TV. Most comedians start with late night spots or a half-hour Comedy Central special, so Carmichael getting an hour on HBO, which is a prestigious and sought-after gig in the industry, as his first televised performance says a lot about how much faith HBO has in him.
Carmichael, who ranked first in a 2013 poll we conducted amongst LA bookers and hosts to determine their favorite up and coming standups, has appeared on Fox's The Goodwin Games, the upcoming movie Neighbors, and created and starred in a sitcom pilot that's currently in development at NBC.
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!