Hailing from the glamorous streets of Hollywood, CA, Clownvis Presley has accomplished more in the past few years than most entertainers achieve in their whole careers. In addition to hosting his own monthly variety show and MCing countless events, his charisma, quick wit, and superior singing voice have earned him opening slots on quite a few high-profile shows. He has toured extensively and performed with superstars such as Little Richard, Neil Hamburger, the Dresden Dolls, Jewel, and The Goo Goo Dolls to name a few -- all of which has earned him the title "King of Clowns."
Thanks to a controversial appearance on NBC's America's Got Talent, Clownvis is now familiar to millions of people around the planet. His phenomenal audition must be seen to be believed (maybe even more than once). Clownvis also made a hilarious appearance on BET's Judge Karen's Court in 2010.
The King of Clowns is a staple of the current Los Angeles comedy and music scene. Much more than just a party clown, this showman does it all. In addition to hosting music awards, festivals, fundraisers and burlesque revues, Clownvis is also a good guy, donating his talents to charity events and non-profit organizations.
Barry Rothbart is one of the young rising stars in comedy today, appearing recently on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, starring in the new season of MTV’s “Punk’d” and landing a role as “Ben” on TNT’s “Men of A Certain Age”. He also co-wrote and starredin the IFC Channel show “Do Whatever”, as well as a series of national commercials including: Taco Bell, Honda and Miller Light. He was also named a “New Face” and “Best of the Fest” performer at the 2011 Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Fest. In addition to stand up he has performed sketch and improv for several years at the UCB Theater in NY and LA and a one man character show in 2010. As a writer/director, in addition to several shorts, he has recently completed shooting on his first feature length film entitled “Hungry”.
Andy grew up in Elkhart, Indiana where he enjoyed his mother's cooking, and all the advantages of living in the motor home capital of the world. After graduating high school, he attended Saint Louis University where he earned degrees in Environmental Science and Geology. They look amazing hanging on the wall of his office.
In 2004 Andy won the St. Louis leg of the Laugh Across America Contest and was invited to perform at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. In 2005 Andy’s unique sense of humor won him the Carnival Comedy Challenge in Chicago, and later that same year inspired a man in a Boston bar to beat the stuffing out of him. In 2008 Andy won the Butterfinger Comedy Showdown. In 2009 Andy has received invitations to perform at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, and the Great American Comedy Festival at the Johnny Carson Theater. He currently lives in Chicago and spends his time traveling the country performing stand up comedy, avoiding bar fights, and missing his moms cooking.
ALI WONG is a stand-up comedian living in Los Angeles, CA. After SF Weekly selected her as “The Best Comedian of 2009″ and the SF Bay Guardian awarded her “Best of the Bay,” she decided that it was finally time to depart her hometown. In 2010, Comedy Central listed Ali Wong as one of 7 “Comic’s to Watch.” In 2011, Variety Magazine named her as one of the “10 Comics to Watch” , and Ali appeared in the 2011 and 2012 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, QC. Since then, Ali has performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, the new season of “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show”, Dave Attell’s “Comedy Underground”, “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, appeared in Oliver Stone’s “Savages”, hosted the Golden Globes live coverage on E! and starred as “Link Lark” in the ABC drama “Black Box” with Vanessa Redgrave and Kelly Reilly. You can catch her on Chris Hardwick’s late-night game show @Midnight, the new season of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy.” She is also a writer on ABC’s new comedy “Fresh Off the Boat.”
Originally from Chicago, Aarona has been performing on stage since age 5. Whether in plays or in person she always displayed a delightfully twisted view on the world, which has now become her comedy act. Aarona, who calls herself "the beauty with the brains" is working her way to become America's favorite funny-girl with thought-provoking, high-energy comedy material.
Before comedy, Aarona made a name for herself on the Chicago and Champaign, IL Spoken Word scene. Performing at various coffee houses and theaters - including the KRANNERT THEATER OF PERFORMING ARTS (Urbana, IL) and SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO ON TOUR at Virginia Theater (Champaign, IL). She has more than 50 poems registered and copywritten by the Library of Congress.
In 2006, Aarona exploded on the comedy scene with her personified self-portrait which takes the audience on a ride into her exciting world. She began enhancing her skills behind the mic with improv classes from Second City-Chicago, The Annoyance Theater and later iO West (Los Angeles). Less than six months after she began stand-up comedy, Aarona became a working comic and was selected as a "New Face" in Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA. Aarona's other notable accomplishments include:
*2007 LaffJam Comedy College Tour
*2008 California's Funniest Female Competition Quarter-Finalist
*2008 NBC Standup For Diversity Semi-Finalist
*2009 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition Semi-Finalist
*2009 Uncle Clyde's Comedy Competition Winner
*2010 NBC Stand-up For Diversity Semi-Finalist
*2010 Martin Lawrence 1st Amendment Standup: 5th Season
In 2008, Aarona became an international comic by traveling to the UK performing at The Drum Centre (Birmingham), Jonguleurs (Birmingham) and The Bernie Arts Centre (London)
In 2010, Aarona was featured in her first national television program, Season 5 of Martin Lawrence's First Amendment Standup on the STARZ Network (Episode #507). Then, Aarona also got the chance to act in her first professional teleplay called, "Lord All Men Can't Be Dogs" starring Vivica A. Fox, Christian Keyes, Elise Neal and Johnny Gill.
Aarona continues to captivate audiences across the country with her powerful stage presence and witty words of wisdom at clubs and colleges including but not limited to:
*Caroline's on Broadway (New York)
*Riddles Comedy Club (Chicago)
*Jokes and Notes (Chicago)
*The Miami Improv
*Bonkerz Comedy Club (Daytona Beach, FL)
*The JSpot (Los Angeles)
*Comedy Store (Hollywood)
*Tommy T's (Concord, CA)
*Laff House (Philadelphia)
*Loyola University (Chicago)
*Unversity of Illinois @Urbana-Champaign
*Chicago State University
*Curry College (Milton, MA)
*California State University Northridge
*Travis Air Force Base (Fairfield, CA)
Aarona has a sassy, enlightened perspective that evokes laughter and demands attention. One of the cutting edge new faces of comedy, Aarona combines her observational humor, poignant characters and personal opinion to create a memorable show.
Aarona is influenced by Margaret Cho, Roseanne, Robin Harris, Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock.
A throwback to the old school days here at the Improv, starting right after the 10pm show we open the stage to our seasoned Improv regular comedians who are hanging out at the club to work out their sets. Previous drop-ins include Russell Peters, Jeff Ross, Craig Robinson, Hugh Moore, Ryan Stout, KT Tatara, J Chris Newberg, Brent Weinbach and more!
The show is NO COVER and seated on a first come first serve basis and there is only a 1 ITEM MINIMUM.
Come out for a fun, unpredictable show to end your Saturday night.