Every so often, a comedian comes along who emerges as a triple threat: comedian, actor and writer/producer. Nick Swardson is one of the most exciting artists to have taken on this role. Most recently, Nick performed in Grown Ups 2 and Grown Ups. The road to success has been a steady climb for Swardson, who started his career in St. Paul/ Minneapolis, then on to New York and Los Angeles, where he first struck feature success in writing Warner Bros. Malibu's Most Wanted, which starred Jamie Kennedy. After catching the attention of Happy Madison Productions, he quickly became a fixture in the company, writing, co-writing or producing such projects as Grandma's Boy, Benchwarmers, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Nick also performs in movies such includng That’s My Boy, Blades of Glory, 30 Minutes or Less and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, which he wrote, acted, and produced. His first CD/DVD Party on Comedy Central Records went Platinum and was he followed with his first one-hour Comedy Central special, Seriously who Farted.
Jeff 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.
Adam Devine is best known for his role as Adam DeMamp on COMEDY CENTRAL’s hit show “Workaholics.” Already a growing success, the show ended its summer season with an average of 2 million viewers per show, establishing itself as the highest rated series in its timeslot among Men 18-24 and Men 18-34.
His sketch-comedy group, Mail Order Comedy, has headlined sold-out comedy shows all over the country. Devine acts, writes and produces all of Mail Order Comedy’s material, including “Workaholics.” Devine recently starred in the Universal comedy “Pitch Perfect,” which follows the competitive world of collegiate a cappella groups, along with Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson. Devine also performed in the “New Faces” show at the Montreal Comedy Festival, shortly after which he was cast opposite Jon Heder and Diane Keaton in the Warner Bros. movie “Mamma’s Boy.”
He appeared on COMEDY CENTRAL’s “Live at Gotham,” TBS’ “Frank TV” and ABC’s “Better Off Ted.” Additionally, Devine was a recurring guest-star on ABC’s “Samantha Who?
Skyler Stone is an actor, producer, comedian and writer from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has been on The Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and Comedy Central's Premium Blend. He has headlined in over 40 cities and 5 different countries and has opened for Jay Mohr, Damon Wayans, Christopher Titus, Dane Cookand Dave Attell. He had his own show on Comedy Central when he was only 25 years old called CON that he wrote, executive produced, and starred in. The show has found a cult following online and bootlegs of it are distributed frequently. In 2007, Skyler wrote, executive produced and starred in a prank show called Skyler's Revolution for FOX and in the same year he was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Short Film for a short that he directed. With producer Michael Abbott he made a video that went extremely viral called Hands Free Driving about the driving law that went into effect in 2008 in California.
Many top directors have cast Skyler in supporting roles in the last few years (Sir Christopher Guest, the Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, and Roger Avary to name a few). He has done guest stars on The Defenders, Rules Of Engagement, The Mentalist, CSI:NY, Dollhouse, Dark Blue, Zeke And Luther, and Lost. He has been the host of two Cartoon Network shows, two MTV shows and hosts his own live comedy show every month in LA at the Hollywood Improv called Skyler Stone & People He Pretends Are His Friends (it is one of their top-selling shows). Most remember him from his role as one of the cooks in the feature Waiting, he played opposite Dane Cook, Ryan Reynolds and Luis Guzman in his kitchen scenes.
Skyler just starred in his first leading role in a film called Housebroken with Danny Devito. He has also just been cast in a hilarious recurring role on Raising Hope for FOX (from My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia). It started airing September 21st of 2010 on Fox in the much sought after time-slot after Glee. Skylerstone.com has won several awards for its design and for its innovative use of Skyler's twisted comedy. He is just wrapped filming a lead role for the horror film Hostel: Part III. He has a dog named Sammy that goes with him everywhere.
Brad Williams possesses something that everyone can agree is funny: a disability. Brad is a dwarf. He has appeared on numerous TV shows including Mind Of Mencia, Live at Gotham, the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Pitboss. Brad has also performed for the troops all over the world because soldiers think dwarfs are funny too.
Brad was born and raised in Orange County, CA. He dropped out of college and started doing comedy at the age of 19. He toured as Carlos Mencia’s opening act for 5 years. Brad’s big break came when he would appear in numerous sketches on Comedy Central’s Mind Of Mencia TV show. Brad’s memorable roles on the show include playing a whore dwarf (“whorf”), the leader of an all dwarf basketball team, joining Mencia at a Renaissance faire, and giving a speech about his hatred of podiums.
Brad’s show is high energy. Robin Williams called him “Prozac with a head.” Brad’s ability to make humorous observations on disability, relationships, sex, and race are winning over audiences and proving that anyone can overcome their shortcomings.
Kevin Farley has truly established himself as a comedic presence both on the big screen and television.
Farley grew up in Madison, WI, as the fourth child of five children and he attended Marquette University where he earned a business degree. Farley then went to work for his father’s business, but eventually moved to Chicago and studied at the famed Second City and continues to be active as a key alumnus. Then it didn’t take long for him to establish himself as a comedic presence both on the big screen and television in Los Angeles.
He immediately began working with Adam Sandler in The Waterboy and also starred in the comedic films Black Sheep and Beverly Hills Ninja. Then Farley landed a starring role as “Doug Linus” on MTV’s sitcom 2gether where he was met with rave reviews. Farley has also been seen in numerous hit TV series such as That '70s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Joey, Just Shoot Me, Curb Your Enthusiasm, United States of Tara, True Jackson, VP and many more.
In the feature film An American Carol (Directed by David Zucker) Farley’s lead character is a spoof on director Michael Moore as the storyline moves into a satirical look at Hollywood and America’s politically correct culture. He is visited by three spirits who take him on a hilarious journey in an attempt to show him the true meaning of America. The supporting cast included Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, Leslie Nielsen and the late Dennis Hopper.
Farley moved behind the camera as co-writer and co-director of Hollywood & Wine, which takes an irreverent look at an actress struggling because she’s a dead ringer for a tabloid train wreck-type actress. Alongside Kevin Farley and co-writer John Farley this hilarious film stars a unique cast of comedians, (SNL alum) Chris Kattan, David Spade, Norm MacDonald, Horatio Sanz, Chris Parnell as well as Nicky Whelan, Chazz Palminteri, and Vivica Fox.
Next up for Farley is the feature film White Knight (released January 2011). Farley stars alongside Tom Sizemore and Stacy Keach. It’s about a Texas Ku Klux Klan member confronts everything he's been taught to hate when he's sentenced to three years of hard labor on a prison work farm. An unconventional love story develops that opens their eyes to the possibility of a different life. And a man who was a born and bred racist finds himself heading down a completely different path to salvation.
White Knight Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyqIroSjpBY
Listen in on iTunes Radio to the Farley Bros Radio show as Kevin and John (along with traffic cop comedienne Carissa Kosta) spin hilarious takes on life, love, family and more. Drawing on their long history in Improv comedy, the gang riffs on news-of-the-weird stories from all corners of the planet and their very own wild experiences in and out of the entertainment galaxy. From Madison to Hollywood and all points in between, it's a free-flowing conversation undeniably
Carlos Mencia is undoubtedly one of today’s most popular entertainers and comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide sold-out tours, or films, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a wide and diverse audience.
Mencia comes from a humble background, born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the 17th of 18 children. His parents sent him to the United States when he was about three months old, where he was raised in Maravilla Projects in Los Angeles, California by his aunt and uncle. In his early teens, Mencia moved back to Honduras because his family wanted him to avoid the destructive gang culture of East Los Angeles. When Mencia later returned to Los Angeles, he showed such educational prowess that he was immediately promoted to the tenth grade. Soon after, he successfully graduated from Garfield High School.
Mencia began his career doing stand-up on amateur night at the comedy club, Laugh Factory. He later showcased at The Comedy Store and became a regular, performing nightly. After he found success on the L.A comedy circuit, Mencia was named "International Comedy Grand Champion" from Buscando Estrellas (the Latino version of Star Search). This led to appearances on “In Living Color,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “Moesha” and “An Evening at the Improv.”
Mencia continued his journey up the comedy ladder by headlining “The Three Amigos” tour with Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco which sold out in record time around the United States. He was also featured in the independent films, “Outta Time” and “29 Palms” and starred in guest spots on “The Shield” and “The Bernie Mac Show,” among others. In 2002, he received a CableACE Award nomination for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special for his HBO special. That same year, Mencia was featured on “Comedy Central Presents.” Mencia remained busy and after the success of his solo dvd, “Carlos Mencia: Not For The Easily Offended,” “Mind of Mencia” went into development. The show was an instant hit and after the first season, Comedy Central signed Mencia back for his own original stand-up special, “Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached.” The special was the first Comedy Central Stand-up Special DVD to achieve Platinum sales status.
“Mind of Mencia” became one of the strongest shows in Comedy Central history, averaging about 1.5 million total viewers. “Mind of Mencia” was executive produced by Carlos Mencia and Robert Morton (“Late Night with David Letterman”).
Mencia starred opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in the Farrelly Brothers’ hit feature film, THE HEARTBREAK KID (DreamWorks). Mencia also starred in the family comedy OUR FAMILY WEDDING (FOX Searchlight) alongside America Ferrara and Forrest Whitaker.
Since 2007, every holiday season Mencia has embarked on a USO Tour to the Persian Gulf to entertain the troops serving overseas. For his 2008 trip, Mencia visited Kuwait to host “Operation MySpace,” an exclusive concert for American Troops in the Middle East alongside Jessica Simpson and The Pussycat Dolls.
Most recently, Mencia has gone back to his comedic roots, performing at a multitude of comedy venues – allowing him to share his newest material with a more intimate audience. His current tour, called the “C 4 Urself Tour,” has been making stops all around the country performing for eager fans.
Employing what he’s labeled “hard funny,” Christopher Titus has released three ninety-minute albums in as many years. That’s 270 minutes of material when most comics do the same act for years. He has three one-hour comedy specials currently running on Comedy Central. After years of experimentation with dark and personal storytelling, he debuted his one-man show “Norman Rockwell is Bleeding” at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles. It was from this performance that the dark comedy, “Titus,” was born on Fox. The show earned Titus a Writer’s Guild nomination as well as an Emmy nomination, and Newsday called him “TV’s most original voice since Seinfeld.”
His second show, “The Fifth Annual End of the World Tour,” was released in 2007 to rave reviews. Titus tackled such difficult issues as the Iraq war, racism, pedophilia and even his father’s unconventional and ridiculous funeral, where he, with his brother and sister’s help, spread his father’s ashes in a casino. These are issues most comedians would run from, but Titus never walks into the familiar.
Titus’ newest one-man show, “Love Is Evol,” deconstructs relationships in a way no comic has ever attempted. Titus wades into domestic violence, plastic surgery, custody and all aspects of the nightmare relationships that made him question the existence of God. Then, his new girlfriend helped him reconfirm it. This groundbreaking comedy special premiered on Comedy Central on Valentine’s Day. Titus claims that “this show will either fix your relationship or destroy it, and either way, you’re welcome. If my comedy ends your relationship, then it needed to end.”
Titus shone in 2007 as the lovable character, Brody, in ABC’s “Big Shots.” He shared the screen with Dylan McDermott, Michael Vartan and Joshua Molina as a successful CEO who had total control in business, and no control in his relationship.
Inspired by such greats as Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Cosby, who wrote, directed, produced and performed, Titus has sold ideas to NBC, ABC, FOX and Comedy Central. His pilot “Special Unit” which is about four disabled detectives, is edgy and laugh-out-loud funny. High Road Entertainment has optioned his script “Five Seconds”.
After watching Christopher Titus perform live, there is no doubt that he is one of the best comics working today. With the complete package of comedy, acting and writing, there hasn’t been someone like him in a long time.
Line up: Nick Swardson, Jeff Ross, Adam Devine, Skyler Stone, Brad Williams, Kevin Farley
Every month Skyler Stone (Raising Hope, Comedy Central's CON, Waiting, For Your Consideration) puts on an amazing evening of comedy and music. Except it is not what you might think. It isn't comedians going up and then musicians going up and doing their separate acts. NO! It is all integrated. Skyler only books comedians who use music in their acts (like Zach Galifianakis or Garfunkel & Oates) and comics who love to talk about music in their acts (think Brian Posehn ranting about metal music or Chris Porter gabbing about the Black Crowes).
***A portion of the show's proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to help with the Oklahomo tornado victims***