Sam Tripoli views comedy as a calling rather a profession. It’s a passion that he’s been preaching to audiences at comedy clubs across the country and on television, including Comedy Centrals’ “Premium Blend” (receiving only one of two standing ovations in the history of the show), a frolicsome turn as a male escort for E! Entertainment’s “Party @ the Palms,” “The Late Late Show on CBS”, “Comic Unleashed” and as a co-host of Spike TV’s “Wide World of Spike,” a comedy-action cult classic. On stage he’s a force of nature, pacing the stage like a cyclone of funny as he questions authority and the conventions of our society one moment, then earnestly expresses his affinity for the bizarre the next. His comedy has no limits – its whatever he’s thinking about, and that’s usually what everyone else is thinking about, even though sometimes we don’t like to admit to it. “I like to think of myself as the little voice in everyone’s head, except I have a microphone and I’m funnier,” Sam says.
Born and raise in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jeremy began his interest in Stand-Up Comedy at the age of 8. Not really the class clown, he was more into evaluating ironic situations and pointing out inconsistencies in everyday life. This train of thought lead him to pursue a career in comedy as it was an appropriate medium to express such ideas.
Jeremy moved to Hollywood, California in 2010 to further his career beyond the midwest comedy circuit. Since then he has also established himself in the New York and Las Vegas comedy scenes. He performs at various comedy clubs and colleges throughout the country. He regularly can be seen at various Improvs and Funnybones all over the country as well as major Los Angeles clubs (Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, Flappers, etc...)
His style has been described as smart, sarcastic, witty and very specific. He has recently appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
Josh Filipowski: Comedian, Impresario and Profesor de ingles will crack you up with sex, drugs & math 'n science. Born in NYC, raised in Westchester, party schooled at UW-Madison, hosted his own radio show in Costa Rica, and now lives in LA.
Photos by Gijs van der Most, Chris Casaburi & Trina Nyx
Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer based in Los Angeles, California. He currently plays the role of ‘Seth’ on ABC Family’s ‘State of Georgia’ and is a series regular on MTV’s improv comedy show ‘Disaster Date’. Hasan has appeared on E!‘s ‘Chelsea Lately’, Fox’s ‘The Wanda Sykes Show’, and Comedy Central’s ‘Legend of Neil’. His debut album ‘Hasan Minhaj: Leaning on Expensive Cars and Getting Paid to Do It’ is now available on Itunes/Amazon.
Originally from San Francisco’s booming comedy scene he quickly became a regular at the world famous Punchline Comedy Club working with some of the nations top headlining acts. As the winner of Sierra Mists ‘Best Comic Standing’ he performed at LiveNation’s Wild 94.9 Comedy Jam, the nations largest comedy concert. In 2009 he was a national finalist in NBC’s Standup for Diversity and signed on to join their prestigious National College Touring Company. The same year he performed at the Aspen Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, and was featured in Punchline Magazine. In 2010 he participated in the CBS Diversity Showcase and the MTV Comedy Showcase.
Today, Hasan enjoys writing biographies about himself in the third person.
Shang, a transplanted New Yorker whose carefully nurtured evolution from stand-up comedy to socio-political satire gives heavy flight to the spoken and outspoken word. The 2009 Famecast Comedy Winner, has been seen on CBS’S THE LATE LATE SHOW, BET's COMIC VIEW , HBO 's DEF JAM, STARZ 1st AMENDMENT, Si TV, COMIC’S UNLEASHED, NBC’S “HEROES”, CBS’S “CSI” QUE’ LOCOS, & COMEDY CENTRAL, and is seen in his own 1 HOUR SHOW TIME SPECIAL. With over a Million fans signed up thru his website and sell out shows all across the country, Shang is one of the comedians to watch for.
“Provocative, Edgy, Political and Extremely Funny”-LA TIMES
“This guy kills, leaving the audience rolling!”-DVD VERDICT
A graduate of the San Diego State University Dramatic Arts Department and with training from the American Conservatory Theatre and The Groundlings, Ms. Soltanovich is extensively trained in every aspect of writing as well. "I loved living in the dorms at college because my father never let me have slumber parties as a kid. He said sleeping on the floor and eating from cardboard boxes was the reason we left Russia."
Recently, Kira optioned a 1/2-hour hybrid comedy with New Line Television starring Scott Baio. Based on her writing and acting, she was selected to be a part of the ABC Comedy Development Showcase where she was named "Hottest new writer". She has shot several pilots this year, including a Pilot Presentation for Comedy Central. You might also hear Kira as the voice of "Carla", a teenage know-it-all, on the animated series, Iggy Cool.
Kira has been a winner, finalist and semi-finalist in a myriad of comedy competitions and festivals, including Comedy Central's Laugh Riots, California’s Funniest Female, Seattle International Comedy Festival, and the Boston Comedy Festival.
I've lasted a smooth 34 years on this god-foresaken mudball and I've become absolutely nothing. Unless, of course, you're willing to listen and your opinion differs... You see, I've done this, that and the other in a variety of locales over a space in time - but - just like everyone else I'll be remembered by a certain amount of people for a certain period of time for only a certain few accomplishments (or sins). I could tell you what I've 'done' so far but, frankly, I'm sort of hoping that the things I will be remembered for have yet to happen. So why bore you with the story about the time I farted at a cop? Or the time I stole $10,000 in quarters? Or the time I saved a dog from a burning house. Or the time I spelled "HAPPENED" wrong (yeah, there are two E's) in the 3rd Grade Spelling Bee and it scarred me for life? There's nothing to see here. Yet.
In second grade, Mike Citera was being so disruptive the teacher asked if he wanted to lead the class. He said “yes,” and proceeded to spend 20 minutes teaching everyone where Brazil was. Mrs. Brown then called his parents and he cried.
Since that crowd debut, Mike has performed standup and improv comedy in clubs all over New York and Los Angeles, most notably The Improv, Laugh Factory, Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and Caroline’s. He’s also racked up a lot of buzz amongst Internet savvy 12-year olds with some of his YOUTUBE sketches.
Mike was also voted #2 college radio DJ in 2010 for his morning zoo show "Mikey Mike's Monday Morning Madness," a show with a title that was only accurate one day a week. You can currently see Mike performing standup all around Los Angeles and sketch with his group Pizza Party Weekend. He is pro-Jersey Shore.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE COMEDY RAP BATTLE GROWS SO BIG THAT IT CAN'T BE CONFINED TO ONE SHOW? WE START A BRAND NEW ONE OF COURSE! LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, B-BOYS AND B-GIRLS, WELCOME TO THE BAR EXAM AT THE HOLLYWOOD IMPROV!!!
It's comedy sets followed by freestyle rap battles. Like 8 Mile... but way funnier!
Hosted by Jamar Malachi Neighbors w/ Sam Tripoli, Jeremy Scippio, Chris "Chris_Please" Burns & Josh Filipowski featuring DJ JAM KINISON on the 1's and 2's.
Comediemcees competing: HASAN MINHAJ, SHANG FORBES, KIRA SOLTANOVICH, MATT DEVLIN, MIKE CITERA, DENNIS LAVENDAR, PUNKIE JOHNSON & JASON PICKAR!
w/ a whole host of Special Guests that you won't want to miss!
June 2, 2013, 9:30 @ The Hollywood Improv! $10 Cover, 18+/ID required. 2 item min.