Nominated, six times for an American Comedy Award, Dom Irrera's stand-up material was honed in a multi-generational Italian household in South Philadelphia with his mother, sister, grandmother, uncles and cousins all under one very big roof. A great-grandmother even lived across the street. Together there were three floors and four generations of family.
His first big break was his performance on Rodney Dangerfield's "Nothing Goes Right" comedy specials for HBO. In 1989 Irrera's own HBO "One Night Stand" earned him his first CableACE award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. In '95 he won a second CableACE for the Showtime stand-up series he hosted, "Full Frontal Comedy". That same year he received a second CableACE nomination in the writing category for his work on Comedy Central's animated series, "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist". He also starred in a solo stand-up special for HBO in '92 titled "Command Performance".
He has performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "The Late Show with David Letterman", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", "The View", and has made several appearances on "Oprah". Recent credits include an all-new stand-up special titled "Comedy Central Presents", which aired on the cable network this past summer.
As an avid sports fan, he hosted four seasons of Comedy Central's irreverent football show, "Offsides", where he conducted hilarious on-the-field interviews with football greats. He also hosted Comedy Central's "Behind the Scenes at the American Comedy Awards: specials in '98 and '99.
Irrera was a series regular on the '98 Fox comedy "Damon" starring Damon Wayans and his guest-star credits include "Seinfeld" (he played an annoying prop comic needling Jerry in the memorable episode), "Becker", "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "King of Queens". In addition, Dom voices the character Ernie, the demolitions expert, on Nickelodeon's "Hey Arnold".
His film work includes a featured role in Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle", a cameo in the Coen Bros. Film, "The Big Lebowski", "The Fourth Tenor", starring old pal Rodney Dangerfield, and he played himself in the Rodney Dangerfield / Dom De Luise film, "The Godson".
Dom has performed at Montreal's prestigious "Just For Laughs Festival" and the "Cat Laughs Festival" in Kilkenny, Ireland (he's made more appearances at both festivals than any other American comic). He also has performed at the "Melbourne Comedy Festival" in Australia, and at "Edinburgh Festival's" Assembly Hall. It was there that he received the "Herald Award" for artistic excellence.
Christina Pazsitzky (pronounced Puh-shit-ski) is a Stand-Up Comedian, Writer and Los Angeles native who spent her formative years in the food court of the Sherman Oaks Galleria. She’s been a regular Round Table guest and Writer on the E! show Chelsea Lately and is a series regular on Tru TV’s World’s Dumbest. Christina headlines clubs around the country and has entertained our troops in the Middle East, Africa and South Korea.
A long-time veteran of television, she’s also been featured on the E! Channel’s Wildest TV Moments. She hosted the FX series Hitchhiker Chronicles and was a cast member on MTV’s Road Rules Australia. She was a regional finalist on Season 6 and 7 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and is a featured Comedian on Animal Planet’s The A List. Christina has lent her voice and written on various animated television series, like Trolls and Dr. Doolittle and in the feature film TV: The Movie with the boys from Jackass. She received the “Up and Coming Writer” Award from Animation Magazine for her writing work. Most recently she was a Contributing Writer on the feature film Underground Comedy Movie.
You can hear her on the weekly podcast “Your Mom’s House”, downloadable on iTunes. Before becoming a Comedian, Christina studied Philosophy at Oxford University and attended Law School for two entire weeks.
Never a dull moment – Nick Cody is certainly a name to look out for.
Nick Cody is quickly becoming one of the funniest young comedians in the country. At 25 years of age, he’s already supported some of the biggest names in stand-up.
Nick’s brand of stand-up offers a unique combination of edgy, thought-provoking material ranging from brutally honest and uninhibited storytelling to rapid-fire and hilarious social comedy. In addition to two sold-out seasons at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with full-length solo shows It’s Not You, It’s Her (2011) and Lust Actually (2010), Nick has recently featured as a guest on Hughesy & Kate (NOVA100) and NOVA’s Summer Lovin’ with Ed Kavalee & Tony Martin.
Nick performs regularly around Australia on the comedy circuit and at private and social functions. While his stand-up has been featured on the ARIA-nominated DVD Dave Hughes Is Handy (Roadshow), he is looking to record his first CD/DVD later this year.
Born and raised on the south side of a small town called Chicago, Bethany Dwyer has had an itch for performing since she could spit up. She has studied acting and improv at Columbia College, The Groundlings, Annoyance Theater, and Carolyn Barry to name a few.
On stage, Bethany worked with independent film pioneer Henry Jaglom. Bethany acted in his play, “Always, But Not Forever” along with a cast that included Noah Wyle and Judd Nelson. She has also worked with other esteemed actors like Eric Roberts and Karen Black. Bethany is not only a stand-up comic but is also a writer, artist, musician, photographer and actor. She currently hosts the cutting edge comedy critique show “Trailer Trash”.
Bethany's TV credits include "The Fred Show," "The Office" and "Disaster Date," on which she is also a writer. On screen, she can be seen in the upcoming Paramount film "Destination Wedding." Bethany’s observational and sweetly twisted sense of humor are capturing audiences across the nation.
Ron Josol represents a new generation of comedy. With his modish comedy style and commanding stage presence, he is one of today’s hottest acts.
Ron has taken his comedy around the world and has performed in Canada, U.S., Pacific Islands, Persian Gulf, Asia, Central America, the Carribean and the in the Middle East.
In Ron’s 2nd year performing as a comedian, he won the coveted Craven A’s funniest Homegrown Competition at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Since then he has been performing regularly at various Festivals including, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs Festival, the International Comedy Fest 2K8, The Orange County Comedy Festival and the LOL Comedy Festival in Hollywood, California.
Indubitably, the most recognizable Asian comedian in Canada, Ron was profiled on the Comedy Network, ABS-CBN Asia, Showtime Dubai, CBC, Discovery Channel, Echo, Omni 1&2, MTV Canada, and recently the Biography Channel in Canada.
Ron has hosted his own television series on Omni 2’s network called, “FLIP”. He produced, co-wrote and starred as the lead of a short film based on his true story entitled, “Rolling Longaniza,” which aired on CBC Zflicks. He has written and performed on Much Music hit shows “Video on Trial” and “Much More Music”.
Ron has taped numerous stand-up comedy specials in his career, including, “Ethnical Difficulties” for CBC, “Comedy Now”, on CTV/Comedy network. He has been featured in ABS-CBN’s Slanted comedy taped at the San Jose Improv and recently recorded 2 comedy specials produced by Showtime Dubai. This lead to his first US television appearance on LOL Comedy Festival on Showtime USA.
Line up: Michael Quu, Ron Josol, Bethany Dwyer, Nick Cody, Christina Paszitsky, Dom Irrera
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