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COMEDY & COCKTAILS with Iliza Shlesinger, Esau McGraw and Steve Byrne

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COMEDY & COCKTAILS with Iliza Shlesinger, Esau McGraw and Steve Byrne Thursday, September 26, 2013 08:00 PM Hollywood Improv, Los Angeles, CA
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  • Ticket Price: $10.00
  • Door Time: 6:00 PM
  • Show Type: Stand Up
  • Showroom: Main Room
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
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  • Steve Byrne

    Steve Byrne

    Steve's Comedy Central Presents Half Hour Special premiered in 2006 and was voted the seventeenth most popular Comedy Central Presents by fans as part of the Standup Showdown on comedycentral.com. He also was the winner of the MySpace Standup Or Sitdown competition on TBS. He has had small parts in several films: The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, starring Jeremy Piven and was produced by Will FerrellFour Christmases, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon; and Couples Retreat, starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. On July 16, he appeared on Conan. He has become a regular on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno recently and has done it 9 times. He's filming his third hour special Feb. 8th in New York City in 2014.
    Byrne created with Rob Long and is starring in the comedy Sullivan & Son on TBS that premiered in the summer of 2012. After a very successful summer run with Season One, TBS gave the go ahead for a second season that aired in summer of 2013. The show proved to be a hit with an average of 2.4 million viewers per episode and is being brought back for a third season with 13 episodes slated for summer of 2014. Byrne will once again hit the road with the other comedians and co-stars of the show Owen Benjamin, Ahmed Ahmed and Roy Wood Jr. in support of Sullivan & Son that same summer.

  • Bill Devlin

    Bill Devlin

    “He endears himself to crowds from the moment he steps on stage… funny as hell”
    LA Comedy Examiner

    Bill Devlin (comedian, actor and writer) was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota. The youngest of eight children in an Irish Catholic community, serves as fodder in a good deal of Devlin’s reservoir of comedy.

    In addition to touring around the country, Bill has also performed at all the major comedy clubs in Southern California. He appears, hosts and produces shows regularly at the world famous Hollywood Improv Comedy Club. Devlin’s long running Comedy & Cocktails show has featured comedy greats Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Margaret Cho and Drew Carey just to name a few.

    Hollywood took notice when Devlin performed nine one-hour comedy shows in a two day period at a maximum-security prison. He wrote a first person story of the experience, exclusive to the Los Angeles Times, which was featured on the front page of the calendar section.
    This got Devlin his first major feature film development deal.

    His unique comedy style is routinely written about in the Irish Herald, The Irish News and The Irish American Post. Did I mention he’s Irish? Devlin has also been profiled on NBC’s Today in LA and on National Public Radio.

    He was commissioned to produce, write and host (before a live studio audience) his own TV talk/variety show The Un-Invited Guests with Bill Devlin; which starred comedy legend Dom Deluise.

    As an actor, Devlin has been in dozens of television commercials and has starred in several independent feature films (Blood Predator, The God Complex) including the cult hit Rectuma; which screened at the Cannes film festival.

    He has worked with such film veterans as Faye Dunaway (Chinatown, Bonnie & Clyde), Sean Young (Blade Runner) and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters).

    Devlin has performed improv & sketch comedy for many years and trained with the father of improvisation himself, Del Close.

    He is also an accomplished professional photographer and percussionist
     

  • Esau McGraw

    Esau McGraw

    Kansas City, Missouri native Esau McGraw is one of the original members of the improv group PCP (The Phat Comedy Players) where he often played up to eight characters in one night. Audiences adore his quirky down-to-earth characters, making him one of the most sought-after comics in the country. Esau currently hosts Chocolate Sundaes, one of the most popular comedy shows in Los Angeles at the world famous Laugh Factory. His television credits include Showtime's Big Black Comedy Show, BET'sComic View and One Mic Stand, Jamie Foxx Presents, Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam and Martin Lawrence presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up to name a few. He made his film debut in Idlewild as the character Stuttering Sonny, has appeared in Dance Fu directed by Cedric the Entertainer and was featured in the hit stage play What My Husband Doesn't Know.

  • Cocoa  Brown

    Cocoa Brown

    If you took a dab of Richard Pryor’s honesty, a teaspoon of Clair Huxtable’s educated fervor and a cup of Pearl Bailey’s girl next door sassiness, you’d get a dynamic dish known as CoCoa Brown. Not only a comedian but educated and well-rounded women with a Masters in Education that will make you laugh as you are getting 'schooled" on a variety of topics!
     
                With animated facial expressions, body gestures and the material to back it up, audiences are taken on a hilarious voyage through the eyes and mind of Brown.  Whether she’s talking about herself, relationships or the world we live in, Brown offers a variety that appeal to all.  One-dimensional she is not and you will never see the same set twice.  “Once I get rolling, I feed off of my crowd, I love bringing them into my world,” explains Brown.  “I believe in being able to give the crowd what they want and I’m able to take my set in any direction at the drop of a dime.”  Versatile Brown can deliver on command a squeaky clean ‘there’s-deacons-in-the audience’ type of show and then make a 360-degree turn and give a show that would make even Don Rickles blush.
     
                Delivering an honest and humorous show, Brown has generated a large and loyal following all over the world.  Audiences are treated to Cocoa’s thought-provoking humor, in which she declares “I don’t tell jokes, I tell the truth!” Not only do they get a great show, but they feel as though they have gained a friend.  She has a style that relates to both women and men and an energy and warmness on and off the stage that has earned her the respect and love of crowds and colleagues alike.
     
               
    Brown has performed in front of a variety of audiences including Kennedy Center Honors Richard Pryor, Def Comedy Jam Tour and on Bill Bellamy’s “Who’s Got Jokes” competition on TV1.  She has appeared on nine consecutive seasons on BET’s Comic View, twice being voted “Funniest Female” on the popular show and was reigning champion in the Comedy TKO on Showtime at the Apollo, and she has appeared on the Starz in Black comedy series “The 1st Amendment”, produced by Martin Lawrence.  She has also been featured on Comedy Central’s “Comic Groove” with Tracy Morgan and was a featured comedian on BET’s stand up show, “One Mic Stand”.
     
    Her film credits include “Lakeview Terrace” with Samuel L. Jackson, “American Carol” with Kelsey Grammar, “Hittin’ the Bricks” with Dr. Dre, “Blue Moon”, “Friendship” with Seann William Scott (Stifler from American Pie), “Robbin’ in da Hood” and “Mahogany Blues”. She also appeared in the cutting edge comedy “Biting Personalities” at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Cocoa completed filming this past spring the new film, “Quiet”, with Emmy winning director Lauren Fash.  In the wonter of 2012, Cocoa landed one of the coveted leading roles in the new Tyler Perry film, Single Mom’s Club, which is doe in theaters May 2014.
     
    Cocoa has worked on many TV projects in which she always brings her unique personality through in all her characters. Her television credits show the wide range Cocoa is capable of playing. From concerned parent on “The Young and The Restless,”,   to the sassy  receptionist on NBC’s “Las Vegas” to the baker with allergies to chocolate on “ER”, to the cheeky mail lady on AMC’s “Breaking Bad” . But Cocoa will always stay true to her love for “funny” and sketch comedy.  She’s been Star Jones on Nick Cannon’s “Short Circuitz”, a “spooky” beautician on Ashton Kutcher’s “Room 401" and a Judge from hell on “Next”, all on MTV, to Morgan Freeman’s Mom and Barack Obama’s BIGGEST fan on Frank Caliendo’s sketch show, “Frank TV”, to the queen of ghetto beat downs on the news sketch show “Chocolate News”, created by David Allen Grier, on Comedy Central. Cocoa has also appeared on the hit CBS show “2BrokeGirls”, created by “Sex in the City” creator, Michael Patrick King, and as the loveable nail technician Chardonnay, on the ABC show, Good Christian Belles. And not one to forget the kiddies, you can catch Cocoa as Nurse Vickers on the hit Nickelodeon show, "Victorious", and as Security guard Janice on the new Disney show, Austin & Ally.  
    She currently stars as the “too funny and too real” character “Jennifer” on the hit Tyler Perry sitcom, “For Better or Worse” on TBS and has recurring roles on the new Byron Allen produced sitcom, “The First Family”.
     
    Commercially she has appeared in a wide range of national and regional advertisements. Cocoa was the 2006 spokesperson for SBC-AT&T Wireless internet she made you choose Foster Farms chickens after choking an imposter in the Foster Farm campaign and as the cell phone obsessed Mom for Albertson’s supermarkets. Currently you can catch Cocoa massaging Super Bowl Champion, Troy Aikman's head in the very funny NFL on Fox promos.
     
                            Cocoa has also a sharpened her columnist chops, writing for publications like Honey and In the Mix magazines on a monthly basis, and has written numerous half hour comedy scripts, including the smash hit webisode series “The Raynecat Show”, in which Cocoa played the crazy character  “ LaTanya”. Her episode, “Church in a Box” can be seen on the popular outlet, YouTube, which is getting major hits each day. 
     
               
    Cocoa is a somewhat of a renaissance artist, producing, writing and directing 2 stage plays, “Judgment Day” and “Dear Hollywood”,  both featured and receiving rave reviews at the 2009 NAACP Theatre Festival (excerpts of both plays can be seen on www.youtube.com). She’s also developing a sitcom and sketch comedy show for TBS, with major producers already attached.  She is also currently writing her book and preparing her one-woman show, “Confessions of a Suicidal Diva ®” and “Comedy Cookin’ with Cocoa®”.  Also, Cocoa hosts and executive produces with her husband, actor Bubba Ganter, her own weekly Blog, Bitter2Bride©, on YouTube and Face book, where she gives the world a weekly dose of TRUTH about today's issues. 
     
    Whether you need a stand-up comedian for your next corporate event or your Grandmother's birthday party, or a motivational speaker to get your message across, Cocoa Brown is just that versatile to connect to your crowd and bring you funny all the same time. 
     
     
    For Appearances/bookings, please call:
    Stephney Thomas
    S. Riley, Thomas & Associates
    I'MERGE PR, Houston
    www.srileythomas.com
    info@srileythomas.com
    srileythomas@aol.com
    832-326-6171 cell

  • David Race

    David Race

    Fans of David Race have come to love his smart, edgy, and inventive stand up comedy. David's material manages to be dark and evil, without being X-Rated.

    On stage David talks about his adoption, finding out as an adult that he's half Latino, his radio career, and his unique take on his daily life experiences.

    David has performed in numerous stand up comedy festivals, and can be seen frequently on stage at the world famous Hollywood Improv.

    Prior to embarking on his stand up career, David spent nearly a decade as a radio personality. David was a rock radio DJ, and an FM talk host, at K-Rock in New York, WBAB on Long Island, and WMMR in Philadelphia, amongst others.

    David has appeared on the Howard Stern Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC-TV, and Sirius/XM's Raw Dog Comedy Channel. He has hosted TV and game shows, including "Celebrity Eulogy" (CelebrityEulogy.com). David has also acted in films, and live sketch comedy shows.

    David was featured in the book "Howard Stern A to Z", by Luigi Lucaire, and has written jokes for many well known morning radio personalities around the U.S.

    David Race is based in Los Angeles, California.

    More at DavidRace.com

  • Ben Morrison

    Ben Morrison

    One part nerd and one part attention-whore Morrison has spent his whole life making people laugh. Now living in Los Angeles, Morrison regularly tours the country delivering his electrifying act that includes live multimedia and photography. On TV you’ve seen Morrison on Last Comic Standing, as the lead on the final season of MTV-hit Punk’d, and as a regular contributor on Al Gore’s CurrentTV. He is also the humour columnist for both Mutineer and Crohn’s Advocate Magazines.

    This spring sees the release of two comedy albums on New Wave Dynamics – Theater Degree, his hilarious debut stand-up record and Pain in the Butt – A Comedy about Crohn’s, his long-running one-man show about poopin’. You should be buying them right now.

    In addition Morrison works with a wide-range of charities having hosted and produced over 20 comedy-charity events last year alone. His efforts have helped raise awareness among the comedy community and over 2 million dollars for the various causes he represents.

    He is a graduate of NYU’s TISCH School of emoting. And boy does he emote.

    Everything you’ve ever needed to know about him is available on his website www.benmorrison.org

Description:

Comedy & Cocktails, a perfect mix! Delicious liquor and the most hilarious stand-up comedians in the country! Show host Bill Devlin has been hosting his Irish Comedy Nights at the Hollywood Improv since 2004. In addition to a stellar monthly line up, celebrity drop-ins have included Chris Rock, Drew Carey, Dave Attell, and more. Come early to have dinner and a drink at the World Famous Improv Bar.
 

 

 

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