Morgan started making a name for herself on the LA comedy scene while still a student at Loyola Marymount University. Shortly after she graduated, she appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call w/ Carson Daly. While still in college, she wrote on the sketch pilot The Offensive Show created by BJ Porter and Scott Aukerman and after graduating was a staff writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Morgan was recently named one of Variety's Top Ten Comics to Watch and appeared in this year's Fresh Faces Showcase at The Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Morgan just returned from touring in Europe and she can currently be seen in the movie "Sleeping Dogs Lie," directed by Bobcat Goldwait.
Comedian/actor Eric Andre is the creator/host of THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW on Adult Swim. New episodes are on Thursdays at 12:30 am on Adult Swim. He will be touring with THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW live in November (after an extremely successful cross-country tour last year). Beyond his show, he has performed stand-up at clubs, colleges and festivals all around the country. Eric was most recently on ABC’s DON’T TRUST THE B IN APT 23 and on the big screen in THE INTERNSHIP with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
Theo Von is the host of TBS’s new hidden camera show “Deal With It” from Howie Mandel. He also currently hosts Yahoo!’s popular daily recap show “Primetime in No Time” - one of the most-watched shows on the web. Theo had the highest rated half hour special on Comedy Central last year. He is a contributing writer for Laughspin.com and the genius behind CrankTexts.com, a website where he texts random numbers and gets into conversations with total strangers. CrankTexts was a weekly featured column on CollegeHumor.com. and has had 10 million page views and averages 18 clicks per visit.
Theo has garnered numerous accolades for his many appearances on TV. He was voted “Fan Favorite” as a semi-finalist on “Last Comic Standing,” was the winner of Comedy Central’s “Reality Bites Back,” and has hosted The Comedy Sideshow podcast – consistently one of the 10 most downloaded video podcasts on iTunes. He was also featured on G4’s “The Top 100 Video Games of All Time” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” In addition to headlining clubs across the country, Theo has performed internationally at The South African Comedy Festival and for the troops at Guantanamo Bay. He has also appeared at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, the Chicago Just For Laughs Festival and Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival.
Mo Mandel is a talented young comedian and actor who regularly appears on the hit show CHELSEA LATELY. Mandel has also made appearances on HAPPY ENDINGS, CASTLE, MODERN FAMILY, CONAN, LOVE BITES, CRAIG FERGUSON, had his own highly rated COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS and starred opposite Hank Azaria in FREE AGENTS on NBC. Mandel's first CD, "THE M-WORD" comes out soon onComedy Central Records. Come see him now before he becomes successful enough to justify having a full blown drug addled meltdown.
Ronnie Ray, Chicago’s own brings hilarious real life moments to the stage! He found his true passion for comedy at the age of six, thanks to Eddie Murphy and Saturday Night Live. Ronnie began perfecting his craft by listening to his family and the world around him.
A Real Underdog of Comedy, Ronnie has studied comedy from every avenue. He began his training at Second City Chicago, ETA Creative Arts Foundation; Chicago, IL., and Act One Studios; Chicago, IL.. He polished his verbal creativity and ability to write sketches by performing with comedy ensemble OBN “Oui Be Negroes” and Nation of Improv.
Ronnie has been entertaining audiences for over 16 years as comic, actor, improvisor and writer. Because of his unique comedy style gave him the opportunity to become the first comedian to perform on Playboy TV (Canoga Park and Totally Busted) & Nickelodeon (Victorious)
In 2012, Ronnie Ray did an episode of the television shows, “Grey's Anatomy”, "Private Practice” and Nickelodeon “Victorious”. He has done an independent film that has been distributed by LIONSGATE "C'mon Man" starring comedians Tony Rock and Rodney Perry. But Ron’s acting career started in 2001 with a role in the Paramount pictures “Save the Last Dance” starring Kerry Washington from ABC Number one Drama “Scandal”. He used his talents for the animated film "Gangs of LA 1991" and worked with Director John Landis on the award winning comedy from "Jib Jab's Shawshank in a Minute". But, Ronnie Ray’s passion lies on stage as a comedian knowing the importance of laughter and what it means to people in the world.
Jeff MacKinnon is a comedian who continually refines the art of stating his opinions as facts. Blending clever wordplay, biting sarcasm, inventive wit, and in-the-zone improv Jeff delivers dynamic and energetic performances to any audience with an attention span. His off-the-cuff style leaves many to wonder what was prepared and what was created on the spot.
For the past six years, he has proven himself to fellow comedians, audience members, and indifferent alcoholics at comedy clubs, bars, VFW’s, coffee shops, college auditoriums and/or cafeterias – even a two-month stint opening for an Illusionist at the Denver Civic Theater in front of crowds aged 4 – 104 years old. He was a finalist in countless subjective contests to determine comedic supremacy - 2004 – 2006 Comedy Works New Talent Search (Denver, Colorado), 2005 Wiseguy’s Rocky Mountain Laugh Off (Salt Lake City, Utah), 2008 Valley of Laughter Festival (Westfield, MA) – as well as the winner of the 2005 Stand-Up Comedy Battles (Denver, CO) and the 2006 Survival of the Wittiest (Westminster, CO).
His fanbase went international when he hosted numerous pop-culture and music-based shows on the 24-hour internet network ManiaTV.com. Hired to provide comedic relief and “edgy” misguided insight to various network shows, Jeff hosted shows as “Weekend Surf” (music-video requests), “Citizen Journalism” (video-blogs), “Wassup” (free-form comedy talk show), and “Wake the Hell Up” (morning talk-show), he moved quickly to show creator with “Loudmouths On Latenight” – their first exclusively political-comedy talk show.
Most recently, he provided comedic commentary for NBC’s The Doctors and Kurt the Cyber-Guy as well as created lasting memories with Drew Carey as a Showcase Showdown “comeback kid” on the The Price Is Right. Off-screen, he’s become a staple at nationally-renowned clubs such as the Ice House, Hollywood Improv, and the Comedy Store. He is also a founding member of Groundlings-bred Hot Ice! Sketch Comedy and the comedy supergroup Ryan James’ Ponies, rapidly growing a fanbase with the groups hysterical performances at the Los Angeles Comedy Festival and theaters around the city.
Fueled by insecurity and plenty of caffeine, Jeff continues to gain attention with the fresh material he consistently delivers from his small body and big mouth. Bringing Jeff to you is a no-brainer! Although, he would appreciate if you brought your brain to the show.
At the tender age of three, Chicago native Lance Allen’s mother noticed that there was something different about him. After numerous doctor visits and tests he got a clean bill of health, and the doctor’s medical opinion was that he had “a different kind of soul.” Growing up, Lance’s love of comedy blossomed as he watched shows like In Living Color, Saturday Night Live, and (secretly watched) Def Comedy. Though not the best student, Lance happily used his sense of humor to entertain his class mates. With his childhood friend, Lance would make sketch comedy tapes and pass them around his school and neighborhood. In high school, Lance was a member of the drama club, and his future in entertainment was sealed when he was voted “most likely to have his own show.” During college, Lance began his stand up career and soon won awards for stand up and sketch, including an NAACP Axel award for a sketch featured on his website lanceandjason.com. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue his stand up and acting career, Lance quickly made an impression on the comedy scene and he performed in the CBS Diversity Showcase.
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
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.
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: ERIC ANDRE, THEO VON, MO MANDEL, LONDON BROWN, RONNIE RAY, JEFF MACKINNON, KANISHA BUSS & LANCE ALLEN!
w/ a whole host of Special Guests that you won't want to miss!
July 7, 2013, 9:00pm @ The Hollywood Improv! $10 Cover, 18+/ID required. 2 item min.