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VAN JAM! with Kyle Kinane, Nick Thune & Laura Kightlinger

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VAN JAM! with Kyle Kinane, Nick Thune & Laura Kightlinger Friday, September 20, 2013 10:00 PM Hollywood Improv, Los Angeles, CA
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  • Ticket Price: $10.00
  • Door Time: 9:30 PM
  • Show Type: Stand Up
  • Showroom: Main Room
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
    Two items minimum
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  • Kyle Kinane

    Kyle Kinane

    Kyle is originally from Addison, Illinois, and has been performing for ten years. He has been seen on NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly, and the BBC’s The World Stands Up. He has performed in the Aspen, Los Ageles, Vancouver, DC, and Leicester (UK) comedy festivals. Now residing in Los Angeles, he is a regular at the Hollywood Improv and UCB theater. He’ll have you know he was rated #5 in the Top 10 Emerging Comedians list on AskMen.com. Check Kinane out on YouTube if you're ready for "a bleak, misanthropic Ernest Hemingway look-alike with a penchant for suicide jokes," as one British media outlet described him. But they're, uh, the happy kind of suicide jokes. Honest.

  • Jamie Flam

    Jamie Flam

    Jamie Flam sometimes wears suits, and always wears a smile. Dammit.

  • Vanessa Ragland

    Vanessa Ragland

    Vanessa is a comedian, actor, and writer - just like all the other people who live in LA! 


    She co-hosts Nerdist Network's Pop My Culture Podcast and solo-hosts her life, one jar of peanut butter at a time.

     

     

  • Laura Kightlinger

    Laura Kightlinger

    Laura Kightlinger stands out as a true original in the world of comedy. Her individual style and vision echoes through the incredibly popular characters on the hit NBC series "Will and Grace." In addition to her title as consulting producer on "Will and Grace," she's earned a recurring role on the show as "Nurse Shelia." Her first book, entitled "Quick Shots of False Hope," was described by the New York Times Book Review as a "memorable, disturbing and darkly comic debut." Laura is writing a TV pilot based on the book. Laura's unique talent has landed her film roles in "Run Ronnie Run" (with David Cross), "Pootie Tang" (starring Chris Rock), the Farrelly Brothers' "Shallow Hal," "Melvin Goes to Dinner," directed by Bob Odenkirk and the Eddie Murphy film, "Daddy Daycare." Kightlinger recently finished directing her first documentary, entitled "Sixty Spins Around the Sun," chronicling the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Laura garnered the Director's Award at the Black Maria Film Festival for a short film she also wrote and starred in called "Dependable People." In addition to writing for "Will and Grace" for the past five years, Laura has written for "Roseanne," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Saturday Night Live," where she was also a featured performer. Laura was a cast member of Roseanne's sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Special" on Fox. She has made guest appearances on "Tenacious D, the Greatest Band in the World"... [MORE] Laura Kightlinger stands out as a true original in the world of comedy. Her individual style and vision echoes through the incredibly popular characters on the hit NBC series "Will and Grace." In addition to her title as consulting producer on "Will and Grace," she's earned a recurring role on the show as "Nurse Shelia." Her first book, entitled "Quick Shots of False Hope," was described by the New York Times Book Review as a "memorable, disturbing and darkly comic debut." Laura is writing a TV pilot based on the book. Laura's unique talent has landed her film roles in "Run Ronnie Run" (with David Cross), "Pootie Tang" (starring Chris Rock), the Farrelly Brothers' "Shallow Hal," "Melvin Goes to Dinner," directed by Bob Odenkirk and the Eddie Murphy film, "Daddy Daycare." Kightlinger recently finished directing her first documentary, entitled "Sixty Spins Around the Sun," chronicling the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Laura garnered the Director's Award at the Black Maria Film Festival for a short film she also wrote and starred in called "Dependable People." In addition to writing for "Will and Grace" for the past five years, Laura has written for "Roseanne," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Saturday Night Live," where she was also a featured performer. Laura was a cast member of Roseanne's sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Special" on Fox. She has made guest appearances on "Tenacious D, the Greatest Band in the World" (HBO), "Dr Katz" and "Mr Show." As a stand up, Laura has been featured in two HBO specials and six Comedy Central Specials. Kightlinger recently created an animated series about standups in prison for Comedy Central, tentatively titled "Alternative Women Comics in Prison." Laura grew up in Jamestown, NY and attended Emerson College in Boston. She began honing her skills in Boston Comedy Clubs while at Emerson. Shortly after college, Laura moved to New York City and performed in clubs such as Caroline's, Stand-Up New York, Comic Strip and Catch a Rising Star. She now lives in Los Angeles and performs at local clubs.

  • Nick Thune

    Nick Thune

    NICK THUNE BIO

    Nick Thune, comedian / actor, hails from the Great Northwest (Seattle), where he spent his early
    years growing up. Nick’s absurdest view and deadpan wit combined with the soothing lull of
    his guitar, have distinguished his unique style of comedy. He has appeared on the Tonight Show
    8 times, and on each occasion, he won. Nick has also appeared on Conan, The Late Show w/
    Jimmy Fallon and has his own Comedy Central Special.

    Thick Noon, Nick’s debut album, was released on Comedy Central Records in 2010 and was
    included in amazon.com's "Best of 2010 Comedy Albums". Nick can be seen in Mike Judge’s
    movie “Extract” and the independent film “Highway 61 Re: Revisited” opposite Tobin Bell.
    Thune’s other film credits include “Spring Breakdown” and “Unaccompanied Minors”.
    Nick has created two web series for Comedy Central, "iThunes" and "NicksBigShow.com".
    Currently, Nick is touring the country changing lives one joke at a time. For more information,
    go to nickthune.com, eyethune.com or twitter.com/nickthune.

    A Town Called Denver from Nick Thune on Vimeo.

  • Tony Sam

    Tony Sam

    Tony Sam is a Comedian, a Writer, a Producer, and a Terrific Lover. That's right, TONY IS A COMEDIAN WHO QUICKLY BECAME RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF CHiCAGO'S MOST CREATIVE AND FUNNIEST PERFORMERS. HAILING FROM THE CHICAGOLAND AREA, HE NOW LIVES IN SUNNY, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AMONG THE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR OF LOS ANGELES. TONY COMBINES HIS UNIQUE LIFE EXPERIENCES IN THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD WITH HIS CREATIVE IMAGINATION, AND PLAYFUL NATURE THAT NOT ONLY ENDEARS HIM TO THE AUDIENCE BUT DELIVERS HUGE LAUGHS AS WELL. HE DELIVERS HIS JOKES AND COMICAL STORIES IN HIS OWN CRAZY WAY, WITH SUBJECT MATTER RANGING FROM HIS ECCENTRIC GRANDMOTHER TO HIS FEAR OF BEES. QUIRKY AND EXTREMELY LIKEABLE, HIS CHILDLIKE CHARM WILL QUICKLY GET YOU ON HIS SIDE, AND HIS MATERIAL WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO STAY THERE, PERMANENTLY. He also has an extensive array of characters in his stable of potent comedic weapons, which vary from Merlin the Angry Rant Wizard Comic, to Electroface the Heavywieght Comedy Champion of the World. OVER THE YEARS, HE HAS WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND PERFORMED IN SEVERAL SKETCH COMEDY SHOWS WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT GROUPS, AND IS DOING STAND-UP COMEDY ALL AROUND COUNTRY. HE IS VERY PROUD TO BE CO-CREATOR AND LONG TIME EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE HIT SHOW, CHICAGO UNDERGROUND COMEDY. IN ADDITION TO CHUC, HE ALSO CREATED TWO OTHER HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL "ALT-COMEDY" SHOWS, THE POP STAND, AND "MONEY MACHINE!". HIS STAND-UP PERFORMANCES HAVE INCLUDED CLUBS, SCHOOLS, AND ROCK VENUES ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY. HE WAS ALSO A FEATURED PERFORMER IN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED LIVE CHICAGO GAMESHOW, “DON’T SPIT THE WATER!” . TONY HAS STUDIED AND PERFORMED IMPROVISATION, SKETCH COMEDY, AND COMEDY WRITING AT THE WORLD FAMOUS IO-CHICAGO THEATER AND THE CHICAGO SECOND CITY TRAINING CENTER. HE HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE 2004 and 2007 CHICAGO SKETCHFESTS, THE 2006 NYC FRINGE FESTIVAL, THE 2005, 2006 CHICAGO SNUBFESTS, 2007 NEW YORK UNDERGROUND COMEDY FESTIVAL and the 2008 Bumbershoot Comedy Music and Comedy Festival in Seattle. OH!!! HE ALSO HOLDS A DEGREE IN MARINE AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY FROM FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY AND CO-AUTHORED A PAPER IN NATURE MEDICINE. WOW!! HE HAS HAD ALL SORTS OF NICE THINGS WRITTEN ABOUT HIM. YOU CAN VISIT THE PRESS PAGE TO READ ALL THE ARTICLES. ONE MORE THING, HE'S ALSO PROBABLY SMARTER THAN YOU, BUT HE WOULD NEVER BRING IT UP…DIRECTLY.

  • Hugh Moore

    Hugh Moore

     Hugh Moore's comedy journey began on the streets of NY where he was raised by his parents, a poor farrier and coppersmith team collectively known as the metallics.
    While performing on the NY comedy scene Moore, affectionately known as "Catwoman" was an immediate stand out. His low key, deadpan, yet regal demeanor enabled him to perform regularly at the premiere comedy club The Comic Strip. Moore honed his skills at the club nightly and he wrote daily.
    Working for Vibe led to him wearing normal clothing and writing on other shows such as MTV's The Lyricist Lounge Show, Fox's The Best Damn Sports Show Period and head writer on MTV's Nick Cannon Presents: Wildnout. The show that entered MooreÂ’s name into the history books for being the lowest paid head writer in the history of television. Moore continues to perform standup all over the country.
    His goals are to win an Emmy award and kick Tito Santana in the head.

  • Taylor Williamson

    Taylor Williamson

    Hi I’m Taylor. I’m a comedian and the recent SECOND PLACE winner of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT! I started performing stand-up comedy while I was a senior in high school in Del Mar, California. I now live in Los Angeles and travel the globe (if you don’t count countries other than America and Canada) telling jokes. I’ve performed at the prestigious JUST FOR LAUGHS COMEDY FESTIVAL in Montreal, Canada and I was the youngest comedian to ever perform on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON. I’ve also appeared on MTV’s TRL, COMEDY CENTRAL’S LIVE AT GOTHAM, and I was a semi-finalist on the final season of NBC's LAST COMIC STANDING. 

     

  • Special Guest

    Special Guest

Description: Van Jam is a true variety show featuring the biggest names in comedy and music doing stand-up, characters, storytelling, and playing original music and more with a house band featuring Grammy award winning musicians.  The weekly show is hosted by Vanessa Ragland and Jamie Flam, and will feature drop-ins from celebrity comedians and musicians and many other surprises.  Come join the fun!

Past Van Jam performers include:
Aziz Ansari, TJ Miller, Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, Ian Edwards, Jon Dore, Jake Weisman, Natasha Leggero, Zach Sherwin, Ricky Carmona, Ken Jeong, Nick Kroll, Clownvis, Missi Pyle, Mike O'Connell, The Sklar Brothers, Ron Funches, Jerrod Carmichael, Cole Stratton, Jay Larson, Brendon Small, Jerrod Carmichael, Karen Kilgariff, DC Pierson, Jeff Ross, Tony Sam, Rob Delaney, 5 Second Films, Dan Mintz, Kumail Nanjiani, Morgan Murphy, Sky & Nancy Collins, Harland Williams, Greg Barris, Tom Papa, Greg Proops, Jimmy Pardo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, TV Guide Theater, Steve Agee, Andy Kindler, Andrew Santino, Byron Bowers, Yassir Lester, Budd Friedman
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