If the adage is true — that tragedy plus time equals comedy — then Ryan Sickler has paid his dues on the left side of the equation. Born in Baltimore, Ryan lost his father when he was 16. After that, he bounced from one relative to another. And while his early years might have seemed rocky, that tumultuous childhood gave him both fodder for material and armor against the relentless onslaught that is life as a standup comic.
His television appearances include The Pete HolmesShow, Comedy Central’s Tosh.O, Live At Gotham, Cutman and The Late Late Show.
Beyond standup, Ryan Sickler is an engaging storyteller. You can catch him every Tuesday (Toozdee) on his podcast, The CrabFeast. Inspired by his hometown, the show celebrates the things Ryan loves most — storytelling, family, friends and laughter.
Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian and the author of the book, “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself,” which became an instant New York Times Bestseller when it was released in April 2013.
You’ve seen Jen on her regular appearances on Comedy Central’s @midnight. She’s done stand up on many late night shows: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,Conan, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
Jen was a long time writer and round table guest on Chelsea Lately. Jen is also well known for her roles as the narrator in many episodes of the web-turned-TV series “Drunk History” which aired on Comedy Central. Jen also voiced many characters on the Cartoon Network cult classic “Home Movies.”
Jen has released two stand-up albums Hail to the Freaks (released March 2011) which hit #13 on the Billboard Charts. Her debut album was 2006’s “Self Help.”
Entertainment Weekly said in 2012, “If you like Louis CK, check out Jen Kirkman’s hyper self-analytical humor.” Jen has a weekly podcast, “I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman”, which is often in the top 100 in comedy on iTunes. Jen tours as a stand-up but is based in Los Angeles. She is currently working on her second book to come out through Simon & Schuster.
Andrew Santino is most known for starring in ABC’s comedy MIXOLOGY. Currently, Andrew can be seen in YAHOO’S first digital series, SIN CITY SAINTS, which he stars in along side Tom Arnold and Malin Ackerman. Andrew recently hosted the red carpet for COMEDY CENTRAL’S ROAST OF JUSTIN BIEBER and was one of COMEDY CENTRAL’S 10 COMICS TO WATCH. Santino headlined at Montreal’s JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy festival as well as SXSW. Andrew got his start acting and writing on the final season of PUNK’D for MTV and his stand up television debut was on ADAM DEVINE’S HOUSE PARTY. Since then, he has been on CONAN, and has guest starred on ADULT SWIM'S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, on NETFLIX'S ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, HBO’S FAMILY TREE, NBC’s THE OFFICE, and FX’s THE LEAGUE.
Matt Knudsen (Kah-nood-son) was born in Hawaii, raised in the Mid-west and sailed around the world as a merchant marine. After trips to Africa, Europe and The Far East, he eventually put down his sea bag, picked up a microphone and began performing stand up comedy all across the country.
As an actor, you may have seen Matt share the big screen with Oscar winner Sean Penn in the Warner Brothers feature Gangster Squad or you may also recognize him from his appearances in Emmy winning TV shows like Big Love, Boston Legal or Malcolm in the Middle just to name a few. Matt’s also been a part of several high profile commercial campaigns for Volkswagen, Apple and GE; which have aired during the Superbowl and The Olympics.
As a stand up, he’s appeared on Conan, The Late Late Show and Last Call as well as several festivals, including The San Francisco Sketchfest, Bridgetown, Laughing Skull, High Plains and the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal; where he was named a “Best of the Fest.”
His critically acclaimed albums The Comedy Stylings of Matt Knudsen and American are top downloads on iTunes, heard regularly on SiriusXM radio and “Mix droll observation with a dry, almost hypnotic delivery,” (The Onion A.V. Club); and with Knudsen’s unique style, “The personal feels universal, and the universal feels personal. The only explanation for this phenomenon is that it's all finely crafted comedy from a strong central voice…a great stand up album.” (The Huffington Post)
Line up: Matt Knudsen, Andrew Santino, Jen Kirkman, Ryan Sickler