Rob Christensen is a Los Angeles comic from Brooklyn, NY. He's been a skateboarder, rapper, graffiti artist, and drug dealer; but, failing at all of that lead him to comedy. Rob's inexcusable behavior as a kid helped him develop a sharp, smart, and urban sense of humor. Rob is the 2013 winner of the WESTSIDE STANDUP SHOWDOWN in Santa Monica, CA.
In 2012, Rob wrote and starred in a TV pilot titled LOW LIFES and was passed as a regular at the ICE HOUSE and the HOLLYWOOD IMPROV. He's performed at the EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL, IO WEST SCRIPTED COMEDY FESTIVAL, AMFM FEST, WESTSIDE COMEDY FESTIVAL, BOSTON COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL, and COMEDY CENTRAL’S UP NEXT TOUR.
Rob loves bagels, DMX, and Wu-Tang Clan. Check him out at www.BrooklynRob.com or watch him in QUICKLAFFS on HULU.
It's noon and in Los Angeles there is one hilarious individual and right now he's sleeping. Yes, sleeping. It's noon. The temperature is rising. The Sun is starring daggers at us and this man, Detroit-native SANDY DANTO continues his slumber. Why is he sleeping? Because he can. The difference between the reader and him is that when he wakes up, he's not popping out of a dream. He's living in it. He's living it. Sandy on stage is like watching Lebron James try out for Freshman basketball at St. Vincent- St. Mary, they both had to take bathroom breaks.
Joking aside, Danto goes up everywhere. His resume is a who's who of legendary (and not so legendary) comedy clubs around the world. His actual life lends itself to the most unique stories that could be written for TV and film. He references tough times in his life that in no way, should be funny, but he pulls off the job. The reaction received from taking in his creativity isn't just a laugh or a "That's funny"; it's a thought process that activates inspiration and emotion and you'll be grateful for it.
Sandy moved to Hollywood after studying at Indiana University while taking summer classes at Second City in Detroit. He immediately started working at National Lampoon upon landing in Los Angeles. He is a character actor, but is equally comfortable playing himself and did so plenty during his stint with the Lampoon. In addition to his on camera work, he writes, directs and produces comedy shorts, which is what he was hired to do for National Lampoon in the first place. He's appeared on Mad TV and Comedy Central's Mash up. He goes on tour with 90's icon Pauly Shore all over the world and built a name for himself that he carries back to LA on his back and throws down at the steps of his apartment, where he gets back to work, writing jokes. Whether or not any success, paid gigs or applause fulfill him, isn't even relevant at this point. His presence on stage as a performer and friend is relevant in itself. Anything else is bonus and whether or not you laugh, isn't. He'll be fine because, after all, he's just dreaming.
Jamar Neighbors is a stand up comedian from Los Angeles, Ca. He's been doing stand up comedy for 8 years and improv for 9. He graduated from Pasadena City College with an AA degree. He then went to Cal State University Dominguez Hills where almost majored in theatre until he decided to call it quits and pursue stand up full time. Since then he's written for Adult Swim's Loiter Squad and few other presentation pilots. He's also appeared on Comedy Central's Tosh.O . With his unique, raw, and colorful perspective, Jamar continues to hone his stand up regularly in various clubs around the country. A club favorite!
Jade Catta-Preta has performed across the country with Bill Burr, Kevin Nealon and Bobby Lee. She is a regular at The Improv, Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. She was a cast member last year on Punk'd, and guest starred on "Two Broke Girls" and "The Office." You can watch her opposite Steve Rannazzisi in "Daddy's Knows Best," on Hulu's "The Morning After" and she just finished production on MTV's "Hot Mess." Recently, she made her television stand-up debut on TV Guide's "Stand-up in Stilettos." You can also see her on the upcoming season of Showtime's Californication.
Ed Greer is a seasoned staple of the Los Angeles comedy scene.
The much sought-after comedian performs at Hollywood’s hottest venues including the Improv, The
Comedy Store, and the Laugh Factory.
He has been described as fearlessly dynamic, highly original, thought-provoking and completely hilarious.
CraveOnline describes his comedy as, “all at once intelligent and approachable, egalitarian and niche.”
Adding, “Ed stands out in his delivery, which borrows equally from the college professor and the street
preacher.” The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism says that, “his presence is one
that captivates the room.”
Greer hasn't met a crowd he didn't enjoy... or want to destroy.
Shortly after graduating USC, Karl exploded onto the LA stand-up scene with the force of, at least, like, 75 M-80s. Performing relentlessly, he quickly made a name for himself as one of the best young comics in Los Angeles. He is now a regular at the top shows in town, and has performed at clubs, colleges and festivals all over the country, including Comix in New York City, the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta at which he was a Finalist, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland to which he will be returning this year. Karl also produces and hosts his own show, The Sunday Sunday Sunday Show, which regularly features the finest stand-up talent in the city and has been hailed as one of the best underground shows in LA. He also has a pretty solid afro.
Starting as an improviser at Chicago's IO Theater when he was 18, Dan spent the next several years doing long-form improv, writing high-concept political-mythology plays with Theater Oobleck, and doing solo performance at the Live Bait Theater. Eventually throwing these hats all into the stand-up ring, Dan spins whimsical flights of fancy with stories from his quirky life. He became a fixture of Chicago's Lakeshore Theater, where he opened for Paul F. Tompkins, Janeane Garofalo, and many more until he was booked as a headliner himself. Maria Bamford and Brian Posehn went on to take Dan on the road as their featured opener.
Paste Magazine dubbed him the "Best of What's Next" and went on to also list him as of the 10 Best Comedians of 2010. In April of 2010 Dan was featured on the front page of The Onion, who said Dan was "hitting Chicago's comedy glass ceiling."
His first CD, "Fossil Record," is a split release with Paul F. Tompkins and Greg Proops on AST Records. It was named one of the Best Comedy Albums of 2010 by The Onion.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Jersey, Jon got into acting after realizing how horrific he was at sports. While all the other kids would participate in their various athletic activities during recess he would entertain the lunch lady (Mrs. Ryan) with his impressions of various teachers and celebrities.
He spent his teenage years performing in musicals in high school (not getting laid) and doing open mics at The Comic Strip in NYC. Despite, his abysmal grades and SAT scores he was accepted to USC’s BFA Acting Conservatory after an audition that would be his ticket to the west coast. During his time there he was given the John Ritter Memorial Award For Outstanding Comic Performance by the School of Theatre faculty and chosen to be the BFA Commencement speaker by his fellow classmates.
Throughout school he continued to perform comedy regularly at The Groundlings, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Improv, and the Ice House. His senior year he won the Laugh Factory’s Laugh Bowl College Comedy Competition.
He recently had his TV debut on CBS’s Criminal Minds and continues to perform in shows around the Los Angeles area. Mrs. Ryan – The Lunch Lady and him are Facebook friends and she watches all his videos.
Description:Comedy Central is looking for the best new stand-up talent nationwide. In September, the Melrose Improv will host one of several preliminary showcases for the 2013 UP NEXT Talent Search. One comedian will be chosen from each CC: Certified Club to perform at one of four regional showcases. From those four regional showcases, eight comedians will be selected to perform at the Comics to Watch show at the New York Comedy Festival show in November!