Vinny Fasline is a fast up in coming stand up comedian currently based in Los Angeles.
He started his comedy career in the Pittsburgh, which also gave its start to such legends as Billy Gardell, Dennis Miller, Steve Byrne, and Eddie Ifft.
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor and having surgery in 2000, Vinny found an outlet for his experiences through stand up. He then became the face for Gilda's Club in Pittsburgh, an organization started by Steve Martin for comedy legend Gilda Radner & husband Gene Wilder for people living with cancer, their families and friends. Vinny quickly became a regular at the Pittsburgh Improv, and soon there after, moved to Los Angeles. In 2013 he started the live stand up comedy show "Socially Awkward" that is now featured every month at the famous Hollywood Improv Comedy Club and regularly sells out! The show not only features Vinny, but has also featured some of the biggest names in comedy such as: Bill Burr, Erik Griffin, Chris D'Elia, Anthony Jeselnik, and more. In addition to stand up, Vinny is also an up in coming actor that trained & studied at John Rosenfeld Studios in Los Angeles, as well as Steel City Improv, Donna Belajac Studios in Pittsburgh, and currently studying at UCB.
Jessimae Peluso is “a bottle rocket with a pulse,” headed in only the expected, upward trajectory of a firecracker, and ready to explode. The self-proclaimed "insecure narcissist" has founded a solid comic reputation in New York City and beyond, slaying audiences with her unequivocal, straightforward, ravishingly raw humor. Slamming listeners with her stances on everything from her roots in Syracuse New York, her fear of children to her infatuation with John Stamos, Jessimae will lay her hook in you from the moment she hits the stage. The dynamic Jessimae Peluso is an artist in the truest sense of the word, persistently out to challenge herself and her audience.
With roots in Syracuse, Jessimae sought comedic pastures first in Boston where she performed improv with “The Tribe,” laying the sod for what would become a burgeoning spontaneous brand of original comedy. In 2008, Jessimae began to bud on stages in the mighty five-borough metropolis. She's finding her voice while paving her own way through the comedy scene. Jessimae has also leapt onto the small screen with appearances on “The Tyra Banks Show” and Tru TV’s “All Worked Up” to compliment her extensive commercial work, which includes an international Nintendo ad campaign. She was featured in the Boston Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy&Arts Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, NYC’s Funniest Comedian Contest and has opened for Doug Stanhope. On a yearly basis, with increasing triumph, Jessimae returns to the ‘Cuse to host her “Hometown Humour Tour” at the Palace Theatre with 300+ people in attendance. She was also chosen to perform for Stand Up Norge Summer Series, a prestigious comedy festival in Oslo Norway that only invites one American comic per year. She has contributed to Playboy.com, MadeMen.com, and has been featured in the Huffington Post as one of the funniest comics to follow on twitter. To keep on her toes, Jessimae stays busy in NYC with her weekly comedy show, "Comedy Punch" and can be seen regularly at Cringe Humor's swanky new comedy club, The Stand. Watch for Peluso on MTV's "Failosophy" and MTV's "Girl Code".
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.
Aparna Nancherla has an intimidating name, but don't be scared! In fact, she's quite approachable onstage, from a heckler's perspective. She enjoys seeing the world through awkward contact lenses. Her credits include Last Comic Standing 6, 2007 NBC Stand Up for Diversity Finalist, NPR’s “Tell Me More,” The Washington Post Magazine, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival (2009-2010), the 2009 Bentzen Ball, the 2010 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, the 2010 Great American Comedy Festival, Reader’s Digest, and Slate V.
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 Ferrell; Four 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.
Andrew Santino Andrew is currently a lead on ABC's new series MIXOLOGY, written and produced by the creators of THE HANGOVER. Andrew was recently named comedy central's top 10 comedians to watch and performed at the Montreal for the 2013 JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy festival. He also recently Guest Starred on Adult Swim's CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, on Netflix's ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, HBO's FAMILY TREE, and NBC's THE OFFICE. Andrew was also a Series Regular on the final season of PUNK'D for MTV.
Chris Millhouse can be seen coming up on Comedy Central & Netflix on Owen Benjamin's 1 Hour Special "Huge Pianist!" He has been seen on CBS, SiTV (NuVo TV), VH1, Hulu, Comedy Time TV & more!
Chris is also a regular at multiple clubs in NYC & LA, and can be seen regularly in both cities. For videos & live dates, check his website at: www.ChrisMillhouse.com
Chris is the Host & Producer of the live stand up comedy show "Hot Comedy Action," which has been featured at the Improv Comedy Clubs for over 7 years! The show features the BEST comedians in stand up which is why the show often has SOLD OUT audiences!
For FREE TICKETS to a "Hot Comedy Action" show, email: HotComedyAction@gmail.com (please include the number of tickets you'd like, along with your first & last name
Sorry but Free Tickets are no longer available in Irvine.
Socially Awkward is a stand up comedy brand that is new to the Hollywood Improv! With the best comedians in the industry today you will not be disappointed. Hosted and a produced by Vinny Fasline, he defines himself as socially awkward. If you think about it, stand up comedy is socially awkward. An individual stands in front of a room of strangers and attempts to break their judgement and make them laugh, by sharing insecurities and judging others -- all of this to obtain self gratification. It's messed up right? Well... that's what makes it funny. Wait, there's more. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Come on people... that's awesome. We can't wait to see you there!