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!
Stuart Thompson is a comedian and writer from SanFrancisco. His honest and intellectual comedyhas entertained audiences nationwide, most notablyThe Punchline (Sacramento, San Francisco); The Improv (Brea, Hollywood, San Jose);Cobb’s Comedy Club; the Purple Onion; and The Comedy Store (Hollywood, La Jolla). He currently worksas a doorman and regular host at The Comedy Store in Hollywood.
Stuart authors the blog Newsweakly: Weak News, Strong Storiesand was a contributing writer for National Lampoon. He has opened for a variety of comics on the road, including Bobby Lee, Erik Griffin, and Ali Wong.
Analytical as far as her memory dates back, Christine Little invites you into her world of comedy. With an animated presence, Christine fires away at topics ranging from societal norms to her unique observations of our everyday activities. This Indiana native utilizes her education in psychology and unconventional way of thought to keep audiences thinking and laughing at the same time.
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.
Greg Santos recently performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival (2014) and RIOT LA Alt Comedy Festival (2014). Greg is also part of a sketch duo, Tunguska Yacht Club, which has been featured by Huffington Post Comedy, Funny or Die, Nerdist.com, CheezBurger, Men's Humor, International Songwriting Competition and many Eastern European sites that are questionable. He's also opened and featured for lots of comedians that he does not feel like name dropping to boost his image. You can check out his sketch videos here: http://www.YouTube.com/TunguskaYachtClub
Alex Mesrobian is a writer, stand-up comic and performer who resides in his birthplace, Los Angeles, CA. He has performed at colleges as well as several venues and festivals including the Comedy Store, Hollywood Improv, Ice House, Steve Allen Theater, Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Laugh Track Comedy Festival, among others. He currently co-produces a monthly stand-up comedy show, Matthew McComedy, and writes for the Emmy award-winning animation studio, Klasky Csupo Inc.
Derek Jones is a Writer/Comedian hailing from the seaside town of East Haven, Connecticut, nestled in the bosom of the Long Island Sound. Upon graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia, Derek moved to Los Angeles with a dream in his heart and stars in his eyes. Starting as a Page at NBC, like famed television personalities Regis Philbin and Willard Scott before him, Derek quickly began accelerating his television career, eventually finding himself writing jokes for one of TV's oldest institutions, The Tonight Show.
Having been a familiar face on the Los Angeles comedy scene the past several years, he can be seen performing at such viable comedy institutions as the weekly alternative comedy Mecca "What's Up Tiger Lily," Greg Barris' alt. brainchild "Heart of Darkness," as well as area mainstays such as The Hollywood Improv, Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater, The Ice House, The Second City and The Comedy Store, and clubs all across the country, including The Las Vegas Improv at Harrah's Hotel & Casino. And don't put it past him to show up at a number of area bars, Moose Lodges and any other hole-in-the-wall venues to bring his unique style of over-the-top, show-stopping comedy, which has been hailed as everything from "Brilliant!" to "Really, really loud."
Recently, Derek has been seen on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" as a featured performer playing everything from a male model for Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's new GTL clothing line, to a referee for Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno in a heated match of Frozen Turkey Shuffleboard.
He's all over the place. And wherever it is you see him, there he is.
Hosted by Improv favorite Jamar Neighbors, On The Edge is a showcase of young comics honing their craft, mixed with sets from seasoned veterans and the biggest names in the biz. Come see the past, present, and future of comedy!