Stand-up comedian, humorist, and commentator Pete Dominick is on a stable trajectory to becoming a household name. He stormed the New York City comedy scene in the late '90s, quickly making a name for himself locally as an emcee all the Manhattan clubs wanted hosting their best lineups. Meanwhile, Pete was sought by colleges nationwide, performing on over 300 campuses in just four years. Pete's reputation for “working the crowd” led to opportunities to warm up audiences for live television tapings, including on programs for MTV, CNBC, and Comedy Central, as well as lots of work opening for fellow comedians like Artie Lange at major venues. After seeing Pete expertly soften up Jon Stewart's Daily Show audiences, Stephen Colbert brought him to the set of The Colbert Report as permanent audience warm-up from the pilot into the Emmy award-winning show's fifth year, when Pete left to pursue his own on-camera career. As resident “offbeat reporter” on John King USA, Pete's quick wit and attention-grabbing personality caught the eyes of CNN executives in 2010, leading almost immediately to his own half-hour news wrap-up show, What the Week. Pete, as show co-creator and host, blends tongue-in-cheek irreverence with an insightful look back at the real issues making and missing the headlines. Back in 2006, Pete's appearance on the New Faces stage of the Montreal Comedy Festival led to lots of interest, including the opportunity to try radio as host of a fast-paced live comedy hour on the Sirius network's Raw Dog Comedy channel. In early 2008, Pete made the leap to political commentary, starting his own talk show, Pete's Big Mouth. Pete continues to host a 3-hour daily discussion on both Sirius and XM, now called Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, which regularly features some of the biggest names in politics and journalism. The Huffington Post recently called Stand Up! “truly the best political talk show on the air today.” Hollywood Reporter listed Pete in an article featuring personalities to watch in talk radio
Owen Benjamin is a series regular on the TBS series SULLIVAN & SON, recurred on NICK SWARDSON’S PRETEND TIME, and has appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW, COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, PUNK’D and LIVE AT GOTHAM. He played Marvin the bartender in THE HOUSE BUNNY and can be seen in JACK AND JILL, BUCKY LARSON and ALL’S FAIRE IN LOVE. Owen was featured as a breakout comedian on COMEDY CENTRAL’S 2010 HOT LIST and currently tours the US with Vince Vaughn. Owen’s one-hour standup special HIGH FIVE ‘TIL IT HURTS premiered on Comedy Central in Summer 2013 to terrific reviews.
Jeff Ross is an actor, writer, director, producer, and comedian originally from Newark, New Jersey. His latest special “Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live From Brazos County Jail” premiered on Comedy Central on June 13. It’s perhaps his most dangerous roast yet. In fact, he has earned the title of The Roastmaster General skewering the likes of Justin Bieber, James Franco, Charlie Sheen, Pam Anderson and Donald Trump on Comedy Central’s wildly popular Roast franchise in which he also produces. He was recently seen on the big screen in Jeremy Garrelick’s “The Wedding Ringer” with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad and will soon be seen in “Flock of Dudes” with Chris D’Elia which premieres at the LA Film Festival this month. He also starred on ABC’s multi camera comedy pilot “Keep It Together", produced by Kevin Hart and “The Burn” on Comedy Central, a show which he created, starred in and produced. Jeff’s writing credits include the screenplay "The Comedian" (co-written with Art Linson) and the book, "I Only Roast The Ones I Love" published by Simon & Schuster.
Todd Glass (Born Kendall Todd Glass) is an American comedian from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a contestant on the second and third seasons of NBC's Last Comic Standing and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, the Sarah Silverman Program, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and his own Comedy Central Presents special. Todd also does a podcast titled Comedy And Everything Else with fellow comedian Jimmy Dore and Stefane Zamorano. Todd released a CD of live standup called Vintage Todd Glass and Other Crap and is also featured on the two CD set Comedy Death-Ray, a compilation of various stand-up comedians recorded at the UCB theater in Los Angeles, California. On the May 8, 2009 episode of Comedy and Everything Else, Todd mentions that he will have a new CD coming at the end of May on Comedy Central Records called "Thin Pig".
In just a few short years, Steve Byrne has risen through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s most innovative and sought-after performers. With his high-energy, physical style of comedy, Byrne has evolved throughout the years into an extremely versatile entertainer that delivers on a day-to-day basis. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Steve Byrne was born to a Korean mother and an Irish father. His unique background has given him the base comedic material for his first television show, Sullivan & Son. Byrne released a one hour standup comedy special, CHAMPION, on Netflix which then became a live show on the road, Steve Byrne & the Cast of Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour, along with his castmates: Ahmed Ahmed, Owen Benjamin and Roy Wood Jr.
After winning TBS’ cutthroat competition, the Myspace Standup or Sitdown Comedy Challenge, Byrne was hurtled into a brilliant television and film career. As his popularity began to expand, Byrne was featured in his very own half-hour Comedy Central Presents which was soon voted as one of the best specials of all time in the Comedy Central Standup Showdown. His hilarious standup has been seen on NBC’s The Tonight Show, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS’s The Late Late Show and BET’s Comic View. In 2008, Byrne’s first one-hour special, Steve Byrne’s Happy Hour, premiered on Comedy Central and further cemented his star status. Packing an impressively wide range of appeal, Byrne’s comedy soon landed him on the The History of the Joke on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel’s The Science of Laughter. He has since appeared on some of TV’s hottest shows including ABC’s The Middle, The Chapelle Show, G4’s The International Sexy Ladies Show, The Howard Stern Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, The Very Funny Show, The Byrne Identity on Comedy Central and was a series regular on NBC’s The Real Wedding Crashers.
A true international comedian, Byrne has performed to sold-out crowds around the world. He has been a featured comic at the Just for Laughs Festival (in Montreal, Toronto and Chicago), HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Las Vegas and the CanWest Comedy Fest in Vancouver. He has been part of several national comedy tours including The Jameson Comedy Tour, Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Tour, The Kims of Comedy, The Camel Cigarettes Sin City Tour, and his own national Myspace Comedy tour. Byrne even had the honor of opening for esteemed musical acts such as Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Modest Mouse, Puddle of Mudd, Spoon, Rev. Horton Heat and many more. As a big supporter of the US troops, Steve also headlined several USO tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan and Guam.
Byrne has appeared in the hit comedies The Dilemma, Couples Retreat, Four Christmases and The Goods: The Don Ready Story. His 2006 documentary, 13 or Bust, chronicles the attempt to perform 13 comedy shows in Manhattan in one night.
Byrne’s lack of ego and outstanding work ethic has helped him become one of today’s most respected comedians.
Every so often, a comedian comes along who emerges as a triple threat: comedian, actor and writer/producer. Nick Swardson is one of the most exciting artists to have taken on this role. Most recently, Nick performed in Grown Ups 2 and Grown Ups. The road to success has been a steady climb for Swardson, who started his career in St. Paul/ Minneapolis, then on to New York and Los Angeles, where he first struck feature success in writing Warner Bros. Malibu's Most Wanted, which starred Jamie Kennedy. After catching the attention of Happy Madison Productions, he quickly became a fixture in the company, writing, co-writing or producing such projects as Grandma's Boy, Benchwarmers, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Nick also performs in movies such includng That’s My Boy, Blades of Glory, 30 Minutes or Less and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, which he wrote, acted, and produced. His first CD/DVD Party on Comedy Central Records went Platinum and was he followed with his first one-hour Comedy Central special, Seriously who Farted.
Comics for Conservation Benefit Show for the Wyland Foundation’s water conservation efforts. Hosted by Pete Dominick (XM Radio’s Stand Up with Pete Dominick), the live comedy show will feature comedians from throughout the Hollywood Improv’s historic 50 years. Conservation advocate and founder of the Wyland Foundation, Wyland will unveil a site specific mural immortalizing 50 legends of comedy who have performed at the Hollywood Improv, several of whom will be on hand for the unveiling. The Comics for Conservation Benefit Show and mural unveiling are the first of several events planned to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Improv. Limited pre-sale tickets are available for $25 at hollywood.improv.com, which includes a reception hosted by The Hollywood Improv, Levity Entertainment Group, The Organic Cellar, M Café by Chaya and House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer.