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.
Kelly made her film debut at age 8 as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin-The Basement Re-enactment, which was shot on a hand held vhs recorder and received a very limited release…her parents VCR. 10 years and 36 family-videos later, she left her home in Maine to attend New York University, and upon graduating with a BFA in Theatre from the Tisch School of the Arts, Kelly immediately boarded a plane for Los Angeles.
Since moving west, Kelly has transitioned from her classical theatre background, to the raw anything goes world of stand-up comedy and has appeared at clubs across the country, including The Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv, Gotham NYC, and Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco.This versatile comedian, who is often seen with a guitar in hand, wowing crowds with her satirical spoof songs, has made a name for herself online.Kelly is known throughout cyber space as not only a comic but also as “The Vampire Babysitter,” having starred in Fred Figglehorn’s My Babysitter’s a Vampire Music Video. Kelly worked with Fred further, and had sketches she wrote, shot and directed air on NICKELODEON. Kelly is currently part of the sketch group “Pursued by Bear Comedy” and has been featured on Cracked.com and Funny Or Die. She continues to hone her craft on stage in LA and in improv classes at The Upright Citizen's Brigade.
If the adage is true — that tragedy plus time equals comedy — then Ryan Sickler has paid his dues on the left side of the equation. Born in Baltimore, Ryan lost his father when he was 16. After that, he bounced from one relative to another. And while his early years might have seemed rocky, that tumultuous childhood gave him both fodder for material and armor against the relentless onslaught that is life as a standup comic.
His television appearances include The Pete HolmesShow, Comedy Central’s Tosh.O, Live At Gotham, Cutman and The Late Late Show.
Beyond standup, Ryan Sickler is an engaging storyteller. You can catch him every Tuesday (Toozdee) on his podcast, The CrabFeast. Inspired by his hometown, the show celebrates the things Ryan loves most — storytelling, family, friends and laughter.
Nic Novicki has been performing for large crowds of people since age 8. As a kid, he would give comical speeches to organizations in order to raise money for the Little People of America. His achievements earlier on in his life led him into representing the youth leadership forum (YLF) for persons with disabilities. He spoke with Bob Dole in front of Congress at the 11th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, introducing Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. He was awarded an academic scholarship to Temple University's Fox school of business where he graduated cum laude double majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
During his first week of school Nic walked past a comedy club and decided to give stand-up a shot. He must have nailed it straight out of the gate because just 3 days later he was being paid for his work. His experiences in stand-up comedy soon led to an interest in acting. Wanting to learn more about his new found craft, Nic studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, School of Film and Television, and improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade.
This talented young man continued following his dreams of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. He joined a start up Production/Marketing Company called Instant Gratification Entertainment, and began a career in Producing. He's produced several independent movies, commercials, music videos, and developed Marketing campaigns for Sony, Universal and many other companies. In between producing projects he's managed to flourish as an actor appearing on HBO's hit show The Sopranos, ABC's Private Practice, Starz's Headcase, and on Saturday Night Live in a recurring role as "Alfie". Currently he has a recurring role on a new HBO show called “Boardwalk Empire” which is being produced, and directed by legendary film maker Martin Scorsese.
Suli McCullough is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. Most recently, he was a writer on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" & "Lopez Tonight". However, he’s probably best known for his role as “Mouse” on “The Jamie Foxx Show” or “Crazy Legs” (The dude in the wheelchair!) in the Wayans Bros. spoof, “Don’t be a Menace to South Central while Drinking your Juice in The Hood”. “Don’t be a Menace…” is one of those comedies that has a mighty “cult” following! Fans approach me all the time asking, “Where’s my wheelchair? Or will ask if I’ll do “Crazy Legs” signature laugh for them. "Don't be a Menace"...is one of those comedies fans love to watch over & over again!” Suli McCullough’s stand-up career began while he was still a student at UCLA. He opened for Jerry Seinfeld & was immediately signed by his managers. Since then, his comedy has been showcased on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “Last Comic Standing” & Comedy Central. He has also appeared in the feature films: “Scary Movie 2”, The Mr. Show movie “Run Ronnie Run”, “The Cable Guy” with Jim Carrey, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” & “Terminal Velocity” with Charlie Sheen. Television credits include: “Seinfeld”, “Angel”, “The Larry Sanders Show”, “My Wife & Kids” & “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”.
Julian McCullough is a stand up comic living in New York City. He does a little TV work, tour colleges, and perform in the city seven nights a week at clubs such as Caroline's on Broadway, The Comedy Cellar, Stand Up NY and others.
Lineup: Ryan Sickler, Kelly Landry, Jerrod Carmichael, Nic Novicki, Julian McCullough
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