Jim Jefferies, hailing from Australia, headlines around the globe this year with his most recent tour self-titled simply JIM JEFFERIES. In keeping with his reputation for being brutally honest, Jim cleverly subverts our expectation as he takes on topics such as fatherhood, love and education as well as his favourites: religion, porn and politics.
On the heels of his third one hour wildly successful comedy special, FULLY FUNCTIONAL (EPIX, Fall 2012), he is currently starring in his own sitcom LEGIT with each episode centered around stories from his stand up. He stars in, writes and produces the show which premieres on FX January 17, 2013.
One of the most sought after comedians, Jim returned this past summer to sold-out performances at Montreal’s Just For Laughs and Edinburgh’s Fringe Comedy Festival. Previously, Jim was seen in his Showtime one-hour comedy special ALCOHOLOCAUST and his debut JIM JEFFERIES: I SWEAR TO GOD on HBO. Jim’s bold and painfully honest commentary captivated all who tuned in. Jim has also been seen on HBO’s “Down and Dirty with Jim Norton” and he hosted “Live at Gotham” for Comedy Central.
THEO VON is the host of TBS’s hidden camera show DEAL WITH IT from Howie Mandel –the third season premieres later this month. He was the longtime host of Yahoo!’s popular daily recap show PRIMETIME IN NO TIME, one of the most-watched shows on the web with nearly one million views per day. As a standup, Theo had the highest rated half hour special on Comedy Central in all of 2012. His website CrankTexts.com has had over 10 million page views and averages 18 clicks per visit. Theo was voted “Fan Favorite” as a semi-finalist on LAST COMIC STANDING.
Michael Palascak (Pal-a-sack) made his first two network television performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno within 6 months of each other. His resume’ has grown since to include two appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a half hour special on the inaugural season of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. Most recently Rooftop Comedy released Michael’s debut comedy album Job Opening to the digital and audio world.
Michael is a biographical comedian--from his everyday experiences to his childhood memories, Michael conveys his stories innocently with a sarcastic edge. Marah Eakin, A.V. Club, calls Michael “A stand-up guy...He’s nice, charming.” Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader, writes, “In a lot of ways, he represents the ideal antidote to the sort of unbridled cynicism that pervades much of contemporary stand-up...Palascak, whose emotional scars run as deep as quarterbacking his high school football team to a winless season (‘We even lost some practices that year’), helps us to remember the escapist value of comedy.”
With just under a few years into stand up, Nick Guerra has won over crowds from all walks of life. Whether it is performing from clubs to colleges to any place with a stage, Nick has shown that dedication and continuous work has paid off. His style balances all topics. Current events, relationship humor, and personal stories have become his arsenal when given a microphone. Many times the crowds never knew what to expect with Nick but were rarely disappointed.
Nick was a writer, asst. director, actor and story producer for the Mun 2 reality show “Pitbull’s La Esquina” (2nd season), performed on Comedy Central's "Gabriel Iglesias Stand Up Revolution" (2nd season) and just filmed for Nuvo TV's "Stand Up & Deliver" (2nd season).
At an early age, Jay was naturally doing comedy at his family functions having his great Uncle Raymond laughing so hard he almost fell out of his wheelchair. Jay moved to Los Angeles to pursue film acting. He booked a few national commercials, a bad B movie, the lead in a Disney after school special and a couple of featured roles on television. Auditions were few and far between so Jay realized he should start doing stand-up comedy professionally.
Davis, craving stage time decided to create his own comedy night on the Sunset Strip at an Irish Pub. This Comedy night became one of the hottest and most talked about comedy rooms in comedy history. Comedians Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Alonzo Bodden, Tommy Davidson, Andrew Dice Clay, Jamie Kennedy, Rosanne Barr, Darrell Hammond, Pablo Francisco, Jay Mohr, Darren Carter, David Allen Grier, Paul Rodriguez were some of the many talented comedians that would frequent the show, or popped by to do a set. Since the closing of the Irish Pub Jay has moved his comedy producing skills into the World Famous Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip.
Davis produces/hosts the hottest comedy show in Los Angeles, Every Tuesday night, The "Life of the Party" Show from 10pm to 12:30am. He just wrote/produced/starred in an award winning "Best Comedy" short film for the 168 film festival. Jay has appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live and one of the stars of Dane Cook's movie "8 Guys", and just finished a 30 day comedy tour filming a documentary series, Dane Cook's "Tourgasm" with Robert Kelly and Gary Gulman, 9 episodes starting June 11th on HBO. Jay is currently auditioning for television & feature films as well as touring clubs & colleges across the country. Check his myspace page for upcoming shows at: www.myspace.com/jaydaviscomedy
Erik Knowles did his first stand-up set in the fourth grade at a summer camp talent show. Even at just nine years old, his two minutes of Nickelodeon jokes killed. His next performance was in 1999 while he was in the Marine Corps. One of his superiors, noticing Erik’s ability to make his peers laugh, ordered him to do a stand-up routine at the upcoming squadron Christmas Party talent contest. Erik won the contest by making fun of the Commanding Officer. After he got out of the Marine Corps in 2003, he did his first open mic at the Comedy Store in La Jolla. After that, there was no stopping him. Over the next few years he went on to perform with such headliners as Sarah Silverman, Pauly Shore, Bobby Lee, Zach Galifianakis, John Lovitz, Bobby Slayton, Gene Pompa, Joey "Coco" Diaz, Carlos Alazraqui, and many, many more. He was a finalist at the California Comedy Festival, The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas (2010), and has performed in comedy clubs and casinos, and military bases all over California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. Erik’s show leaves everyone satisfied. He looks back nostalgically, at his younger days in the Marines, boot camp, partying, and even a few war stories from his time in overseas in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then contrasts that with a witty look at his adult life full of responsibilities, becoming a father, and his uncontrollable desire to challenge social stigmas. His comedy is refreshing and edgy without being filthy. Erik Knowles fits nicely into any lineup and is a perfect fit for any comedy club in the country.
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.
Forrest Shaw made his television debut on Conan in 2014. He has performed in numerous festivals such as, Comedy Central's South Beach Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, & the Big Sky Comedy Festival and was awarded 2013's Ultimate Miami Comedian. Forrest is featured in season 2 of the FX show Legit and has also appeared on Animal Planet. Forrest is co-writer (and lead actor) of the award winning web series "Labor Days" & is co-creator of the weekly "What's What Podcast”. He can also be heard on Sirius/XM Satellite radio, Pandora, and Spotify. His debut album ‘Mister Grizzly’ was released on November 18, 2014 on Comedy Records. Find more information at forrestshaw.net
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