Gina broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10. She is also know in the US for her regular, hilarious appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC), as Madame Yashere, The Surly Psychic.
What you don’t know is that Gina Yashere’s sellout live appearances are legendary. Her bombastic delivery, infectious personality and cheeky observations have wowed audiences not just in the UK and the US but also in Japan, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and all over Europe.
Gina hails from London via Nigerian parents and shoots from the hip. Her unique take on being both a cultural insider and outsider never fails to raise the roof. Following an early career as a elevator engineer, Yashere made her comedy debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996. The show sold out almost immediately and overnight both audiences and critics were smitten.
Since those early heady days, Gina has continued to take the comedy world by storm and is now one of the most highly sought after comics in the UK and the US, selling out theatres all over the UK, releasing her critically acclaimed DVD ‘Skinny B*tch’, and making numerous appearances on TV, radio, and the big screen.
Her TV appearances have included her own 1 hour Comedy Special 'Skinny B*tch '(SHOWTIME), The Jay Leno Show (NBC), The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC), Last Comic Standing (NBC), Chelsea Lately (E!), Live at Gotham (Comedy Central), Def Comedy Jam (HBO), Comics Unleashed (ABC), The Mobo Awards (UK Host), Mock The week (BBC UK), The Lenny Henry Show (BBC UK), and The Celebrity Fame Academy (BBC UK). Radio shows have ranged from her own BBC Radio London Show to critically acclaimed radio Sketch show-The Powder Room (BBC Radio UK).
Feature films have included Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mr. in Between. She has also appeared on the West-End stage in The Vagina Monologues.
She has also performed numerous times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto, and at HBO and TBS’s The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. It’s a wonder she found the time to pick up her 3rd award in a row for “Best Female” at the recent Black Entertainment & Comedy Awards (UK).
Gina recently played a principal character in the TV series in the UK entitled 'Married Single Other' which is currently being aired on ITV in the UK, and in Australia.
Gina currently resides in Los Angeles and tours non-stop around the world.
Guy Branum is a writer and comedian best known for serving as “Staff Homosexual” on Chelsea Lately and his performance as Natalie Portman’s sassy gay friend in No Strings Attached. Noticing a trend? He’s appeared on E!, MTV, G4, CurrentTV and lots of other channels you’d need to upgrade your cable to watch. He’s written for Punk’d on MTV and Fashion Police on E!. That means he’s watched the Grammys at Joan Rivers’s house. Jealous? Guy also writes for the “Gay Voices” section of The Huffington Post and occasionally makes web vidoes where he dances around without his shirt on. But mostly, Guy is very, very beautiful and good at having sex.
RACHEL is a nationally touring comedian and actress who is best known for playing with gender and ethnic stereotypes. Her past credits include THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE, HBO’s LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, co-hosting THE VIEW on multiple occasions and several appearances on INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, TOP FIVE and TRAINWRECK. Most recently, Rachel joined the cast of the Steven Soderbergh AMAZON series, RED OAKS, in a recurring role.
Lady Scoutington aka Scout Durwood is a Los Angeles based chanteuse and comedienne as well as a founding member of Mighty Little Productions. A Kansas City native, she came to New York City via Amherst college where she received cum laude honors for her first solo sow, Adym and Stevie, earning her degree in Political and Social Activism Through Theatre. Her one-woman musical, Hi, How can I Help You? debuted in August 2010 at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was developed thanks to a grant from Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Her work has been featured on The Howard Stern Show, CBS Radio, The Miss America Pageant, The Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv, Flappers, Comix Comedy Club, Gotham NY, Joe’s Pub, La Mama, Duane Park, Galapagos Art Space, and just about every venue in New York City with a stage and a mic. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is the host of Whimsy! A Night of Musical Comedy at The Hollywood Improv.
PAUL CASE: is a Los Angeles based-via New York- comedian/actor/producer, known for his dry, sarcastic and honest observational humor. He has performed across the country and in Canada to shell-shocked audiences on a weekly basis for nearly 7 years.
He was the co-host of the here!TV podcast, "Bent" and appeared on the network's TV special "Hot Gay Comics, LIVE," as well as several other here!tv programs. He has been a guest on Sirius Satellite Radio's "The Judith Reagan Show," "The Derek and Romaine Show" and "The Frank DeCaro Show" as well as "D-Listed Radio with Daniel Nardicio," NYC's own "The Barry Z Show" and the popular podcast "'The Six Pack' with Ben Harvey and Dave Rubin". He co-starred in the acclaimed webseries "Brooklyn is for Lovers," available on itunes (yes, for free! but NSFW). Other work has been seen on NBC, MTV, AMC, PBS, the Oxygen Network and the Discovery Channel.
Paul has also been seen in NEXT and HX magazines, the German magazine "Du und Ich" and was featured in "'Metro NY's"' Joke of the Week,' as well as the popular blog "thegayplaces.com". He is currently working on his first book- "Cerebral Paul-sey," a collection of essays- many of which were part of his first solo-show "I Love and Hate You All" which sold out in New York City and is slated for a Los Angeles run in fall, 2011.
As a producer, Paul has co-presented the twice sold-out "Miss Fag Hag Pageant- a benefit for the Hetrick-Martin Institute," featuring the likes of John Cameron Mitchell, Caroline Rhea, Leslie Jordan, Hedda Lettuce and the "Village Voice" legend Michael Musto. He was also the co-producer of "The Back Room"- staple weekly comedy show at New York's "Comix" comedy club that ran for four years.
When he's not performing, Paul likes a good Pinot Grigio, Adidas track pants, 80's girl bands, diet coke, Rachel Zoe, gift bags and making out. Find out more or ask him out at www.paulcase.com
Jennie McNulty has traveled the world doing comedy. Literally. In addition to headlining in comedy clubs all over the US and Canada, she has entertained the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. She's also done comedy in more peaceful settings as one of the favorites of Sweet Travel and Olivia Cruises and Resorts. Jennie spends her summers doing her show nightly in Provincetown. And, she's been a regular act at Harrah's Casino in Las Vegas. She's had smash performances at the Dinah Shore Event in Palm Springs and she's been a hit at countless Gay and Lesbian Comedy Festivals. Jennie can currently be seen on the LOGO TV special "One Night Stand Up." And you can see her every other week hosting her "Walking Talk Show" Jennie McNulty Presents: Walking Funny With...on AfterEllen.com Jennie was featured on 10 episodes as a physical trainer on the 3rd season of the hit NBC Show "Starting Over."
Line up: Jennie McNulty, Paul Case, Shelagh Ratner, Scout Durwood, Rachel Feinstein, Guy Branum, Gina Yashere
Erin Foley presents Gays R Us, featuring the best gay, gay friendly, questioning, curious, funniest comics available that night. Now in it's third year at the Improv, Gays R Us continues to pack the house on the first Wednesday of each month.