While other children watched cartoons and played video games, Esther was watching Saturday Night Live at age 2, and was starving to see Second City shows every other weekend. Esther considers herself a "Theatrical Comedian" and has comedic obsessions and references from the LA comedy scene. Esther can be seen as a day-player on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
James Davis is hilarious and arguably one of L.A.’s hottest comedians. Born and raised in South Los Angeles, James was blessed with comedic inspiration from his friends and past classmates from Crossroads High School in Santa Monica. Still considered one of the fresh faces in Hollywood, James has appeared in Hell Date, Russell Simmons Presents Stand Up at The El Rey, Pit Boss and written for the last six BET Awards and last five BET Hip Hop Awards. He also was a writer for Season 2 of Hell Date and a consultant on The Tony Rock Project. When he’s not stealing the spotlight on stage, James also performs at colleges and universities across the nation. He has hosted rap/comedy concerts featuring Drake, Big Sean, J. Cole, and Ryan Leslie.
James is not only winning fans on stage and screen; he’s winning fans on the internet as well. His parody Baracka Flacka Flames – Head of the State was named #2 viral video of 2010 by AOL and has over 10 million views on the web. The popular spoof even landed James on Inside Edition and The New York Times. Since then, James has released numerous viral sketches on YouTube and become a regular on Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die website where he gained notoriety for his Kobe Bryant Parodies. James recently has become a regular on the E! channel’s Chelsea Lately, has a re-occuring role on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, and will appear in the return of Nick Cannon’s Wildn Out and Lil Duval’s “Ain’t That America” on MTV 2 this summer.
You may know Bob Wiltfong from his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or as “The World’s Greatest Spokesperson in the World” for Nationwide Insurance in TV commercials. Bob came up in improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City right when it started. His teachers included Amy Poehler and Armando Diaz. While there, Bob’s Harold team, Neutrino, invented a new improv form called the “Neutrino Video Projects” – which landed them headline slots at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and The Fringe festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2004, the Chicago Improv Festival awarded Neutrino its “Improv Group of the Year” award. Bob moved on to become one of the founding performers at The People’s Improv Theater in New York and his shows there helped grow The P.I.T. into what it is today. Bob is proud to say that he’s a graduate of The Conservatory program at The Second City in Chicago and he’s currently going through The Groundlings system here in L.A. If you like awards, Bob has them too! In his previous career as a TV news reporter and anchor, Bob won several Emmys for his on-camera work and was awarded the prestigious Edward R. Murrow and Peabody Awards as well.
Josh was born in Baltimore, Md. Since moving to LA in 2008, he has been featured on Comedy Centrals "Workaholics" and Spike TV. In 2013 he was selected as a "New Face" at the Just For Laugh's Montreal Comedy Festival.
He is also the host of The Goddamn Comedy Jam. A monthly show at the Lyric Theater.
Nate Craig is a nationally touring headliner and regular at The Hollywood Improv, UCB Theaters (NY & LA) and Nerdmelt Showroom. He was recently featured on AXS Gotham Comedy Live and has appeared on Comedy Central's Tosh.0 and "Mash-up" which he also wrote for. He currently writes for "Ridiculousness" on MTV and his new album Nate Craig "Eggshell" will be featured in the Pandora's "Comedy Spotlight" at Pandora.com. Nate has headlined both the "Laugh Your Asheville Off" and "San Francisco Comedy and Burrito Festivals" and been featured at the RIOT LA, Bridgetown and HBO Las Vegas Comedy Festivals. He's been featured on "You Made it Weird" with Pete Holmes, has written for "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor and has been featured on the "Best of the Bob & Tom Radio Show". Nate has also done theater tours with Bill Burr, he headlines all over the country and has multiple full length comedy albums available on iTunes and everywhere else.
Hello there. JC Coccoli is a comedian born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA to an Italian-Russian family. She began performing at the Pittsburgh Playhouse at the age of 9 before her acceptance into the Point Park Conservatory Theater and Dance school and a summer study program at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her BA in English Writing and Radio and Television Broadcasting from the University of Central Florida while starring in a nationwide television show for The WB entitled Big Man on Campus.
After moving to Los Angeles in 2005, she began touring as a stand-up comic performing at the LA improv, Laugh Factory and underground alternative venues (super hip). She was soon cast in a co-starring role for a FOX comedy pilot entitled Skyler's Revolution from the Executive Producer of Charlie's Angels and We are Marshall.
In 2006, she was hired as a comedy writer for THE WB, MTV, and VH1. She has written for actors and comedians that have appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, Chelsea Lately, CBS's Big Bang Theory, VH1's Best Week Ever and Late Night with Craig Ferguson. Her television appearances include G4, MTV, VH1, and WB. In 2009, she began editorial work for 944 Magazine which shifted to avid blogging for a site entitled Healthy Bitch Daily from the co-author and creator of the NY Times Best Seller Skinny Bitch.
Every Monday night she runs one of the hippest comedy rooms in Los Angeles Keep it Clean @ Public House http://www.laweekly.com/events/keep-it-clean-comedy-829945/ and presently resides in Venice Beach, CA where she embraces the serenity of yoga and continues to observe the hilariousness of human beings. Okay, bye!
Line up: Iliza Shlesinger, Adam Lustick, Esther Povitsky, Randy Liedtke, James Davis, Bob Wiltfong, Josh Adam Meyers, Nate Craig, Kate Berlant, Whitmer Thomas, JC Coccoli, Emily Heller
The Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival is the largest comedy festival in the world, and every year fresh talent is selected to perform at the prestigious festival. Come watch some of LA's best talent showcase their best material to see if they will be a part of this year's Fresh Faces in Montreal.