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JONAH RAY & Friends Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:00 PM Hollywood Improv, Los Angeles, CA
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  • Ticket Price: $18.00
  • Door Time: 9:30 PM
  • Show Type: Stand Up
  • Showroom: Main Room
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
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  • Jonah Ray

    Jonah Ray

    Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Jonah Ray came to Los Angeles in 2001 to play and tour in indie rock bands, but later started to focus on writing and performing comedy.
     
    Ray started his TV career as a writer's assistant for The Andy Milonakis Show, before being fired then immediately being re-hired as a full time writer. Since then Jonah has written and performed on shows such as HUMAN GIANT, SUPERNEWS, WEB SOUP, THE SOUP, and has appeared as a stand up on CONAN, LIVE AT GOTHAM, and COMEDY CENTRAL’S MASH UP.
     
    Ray hosts a weekly comedy show called The Meltdown with Kumail Nanjiani, which has been called the best comedy show in Los Angeles by the LA WEEKLY and has been featured on LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY.   The success of the show prompted COMEDY CENTRAL to shoot THE MELTDOWN PILOT where Jonah is both an Executive Producer and on-camera host.  He is also one of Chris Hardwick's co-hosts of The Nerdist Podcast which is also a show on BBC AMERICA.
     
    In addition to all this Jonah Ray can be seen touring the country as a solo stand up supporting his latest comedy record from AST RECORDS “Hello, Mr. Magic Plane Person, Hello.” which debuted at number one on the iTunes Comedy Charts.  He recently filmed his half hour special in Boston for COMEDY CENTRAL’S THE HALF HOUR SERIES which aired in May of 2013.

  • Dana Gould

    Dana Gould

    I was born and raised in the ironically-named town of Hopedale, Mass. I started performing stand-up comedy at the tender age of 17. As a performer, I was too young to be any good. As a person, I was socially inept and looked weird. Let’s skip ahead! I moved to Los Angeles in the halcyon days of “The Comedy Boom”, and in quick succession, I performed in several HBO specials, numerous appearances on Conan and Letterman. I recorded the CD Funhouse, which was called "a comedy CD" by Billboard magazine, and an actor, appeared on Seinfeld, The Ben Stiller Show and the series "Working" (which wasn’t, and was soon cancelled). After writing the pilot "World On A String" (with Jay Kogen), I co-created MTV’s late, lamented, Super Adventure Team (with Rob Cohen). I then joined the staff of The Simpsons, where I squatted for seven years. Stand up remains a big part of my career, and I continue to perform regularly. I recently appeared in the film "The Aristocrats". and am preparing to record my next stand-up CD. I live in Los Angeles with my wife and a bunch of kids and dogs, several of them ours.

  • Jerrod Carmichael

    Jerrod Carmichael

    Jerrod Carmichael is an LA based standup and performer originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has been crafting his standup for over three years and this year was featured in Variety as being one of the top ten comics to watch, as well as being one of the New Faces at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.
     
    Jerrod is a regular around some of LA’s favorite standup shows, including Meltdown, The Improv, Laugh Factory and many alternative rooms.

    Comedian Jerrod Carmichael is getting his very first standup special, and it's going to be a big one: an hour-long special for HBO. The untitled special will be taped May 7th, 2014 at The Comedy Store, and it will air later this year. Carmichael's HBO hour is being produced by Funny Or Die and directed by Spike Lee. This will be only the second standup special Spike Lee has directed, following the 2000 standup concert film The Original Kings of Comedy.

    In an interview with us back in 2012, Carmichael discussed plans to do a special:

    "I have an idea [for a special]. I think it's a good idea. It's very specific to me … If you do a special, you want to do it not just to do a special. You want to do it because you have something to say, and you think it can be impactful. So, what I want to say is coming out more, and I'm excited about that."

    It's very rare for HBO to give an hour special to a comedian as new as Carmichael, who, although he's been doing standup since 2008, has never done a set on TV. Most comedians start with late night spots or a half-hour Comedy Central special, so Carmichael getting an hour on HBO, which is a prestigious and sought-after gig in the industry, as his first televised performance says a lot about how much faith HBO has in him.

    Carmichael, who ranked first in a 2013 poll we conducted amongst LA bookers and hosts to determine their favorite up and coming standups, has appeared on Fox's The Goodwin Games, the upcoming movie Neighbors, and created and starred in a sitcom pilot that's currently in development at NBC.
     

  • Brendon Small

    Brendon Small

    Brendon Small (born Feb. 15, 1975 in Springfield, Illinois) is a stand-up comedian and co-creator, writer, star, and music writer for UPN's and later Cartoon Network's Home Movies which has now completed production. Small graduated from the Berklee College of Music, where he began his love affair with speed guitar. In Home Movies, he portrayed the lead character, an 8-year-old aspiring filmmaker, also named Brendon Small, and a number of other, more minor characters. Early episodes of the show featured squigglevision, a style made famous by the cartoon Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, produced by Soup2Nuts, the same company that produced Home Movies. In April 2005 the Sci Fi Channel announced Small's latest show, Barbarian Chronicles, a half-hour animated ensemble comedy. It will be produced by Small and Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Small is also working on the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse, which premiered August 6, 2006. He is also doing several voices in Season 2 of The Venture Bros. Small posed for a pictorial that appeared in the (cover-dated) April 2006 issue of Playgirl magazine, as part of a humor-themed issue. AdultSwim.com (the official website of Cartoon Network programming block Adult Swim, on which Home Movies airs) reported on March 7, 2006, that Small posed wearing "nothing but a Viking helmet"; the Playgirl website further described a "strategically placed Viking helmet", indicating that Small's genitals were not exposed in the pictorial. Brendon Small currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his dog, Ernie.

  • JC Coccoli

    JC Coccoli

    Hello there. JC Coccoli is a comedian born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA to an Italian-Russian family. She began performing at the Pittsburgh Playhouse at the age of 9 before her acceptance into the Point Park Conservatory Theater and Dance school and a summer study program at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her BA in English Writing and Radio and Television Broadcasting from the University of Central Florida while starring in a nationwide television show for The WB entitled Big Man on Campus.

    After moving to Los Angeles in 2005, she began touring as a stand-up comic performing at the LA improv, Laugh Factory and underground alternative venues (super hip). She was soon cast in a co-starring role for a FOX comedy pilot entitled Skyler's Revolution from the Executive Producer of Charlie's Angels and We are Marshall.

    In 2006, she was hired as a comedy writer for THE WB, MTV, and VH1. She has written for actors and comedians that have appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, Chelsea Lately, CBS's Big Bang Theory, VH1's Best Week Ever and Late Night with Craig Ferguson. Her television appearances include G4, MTV, VH1, and WB. In 2009, she began editorial work for 944 Magazine which shifted to avid blogging for a site entitled Healthy Bitch Daily from the co-author and creator of the NY Times Best Seller Skinny Bitch.

    Every Monday night she runs one of the hippest comedy rooms in Los Angeles Keep it Clean @ Public House http://www.laweekly.com/events/keep-it-clean-comedy-829945/ and presently resides in Venice Beach, CA where she embraces the serenity of yoga and continues to observe the hilariousness of human beings. Okay, bye!

  • Hampton Yount

    Hampton Yount

    I was born in Virginia, started comedy in DC, aged four years, and now live in Los Angeles. I won the DC Improv Comedy Competition in 2008 and other lesser important comedy contests in VA. I soon made a name for myself as the premiere contest winner and cheater of DC. I am very proud of the peer group I started out with in DC and think they will all be comedy heros! You must feel foolish for not having seen them. I've been invited to the Bridgetown Comedy Festival twice now and picked out of 600 hundred comics to compete in the Laughing Skull Festival where I made it to the semi-finals. The webcomic that I make with my brother Clay Yount www.robandelliot.com has an awesome fanbase and has been a critics' favorite on occasion. We've been doing it for 6 years. If it were a child it would finally be of the age to realize the world is fucked up.

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Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Jonah Ray came to Los Angeles in 2001 to play and tour in indie rock bands, but later started to focus on writing and performing comedy.

Ray started his TV career as a writer's assistant for "The Andy Milonakis Show", before being fired then immediately being re-hired as a full-time writer. Since then Jonah has written and performed on shows such as "Human Giant", "Supernews," "Web Soup," "The Soup," and has appeared as a stand up on "Conan", "Live at Gotham", and Comedy Central's "Mash Up."

Ray hosts a weekly comedy show called The Meltdown with Kumail Nanjiani, which the L.A. Weekly called the best comedy show in Los Angeles. Jonah is also one of Chris Hardwick's co-hosts of "The Nerdist Podcast," which was recently turned into a television show for BBC America.

In addition to all this, Jonah Ray can be seen touring the country as a solo stand-up supporting his latest comedy record from AST Records "Hello, Mr. Magic Plane Person, Hello.," which debuted at number one on the iTunes Comedy Charts.

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