Sam Tripoli views comedy as a calling rather a profession. It’s a passion that he’s been preaching to audiences at comedy clubs across the country and on television, including Comedy Centrals’ “Premium Blend” (receiving only one of two standing ovations in the history of the show), a frolicsome turn as a male escort for E! Entertainment’s “Party @ the Palms,” “The Late Late Show on CBS”, “Comic Unleashed” and as a co-host of Spike TV’s “Wide World of Spike,” a comedy-action cult classic. On stage he’s a force of nature, pacing the stage like a cyclone of funny as he questions authority and the conventions of our society one moment, then earnestly expresses his affinity for the bizarre the next. His comedy has no limits – its whatever he’s thinking about, and that’s usually what everyone else is thinking about, even though sometimes we don’t like to admit to it. “I like to think of myself as the little voice in everyone’s head, except I have a microphone and I’m funnier,” Sam says.
Billy Bonnell, is a native of Texas. He started performing Stand Up in San Diego while in the Navy and quickly won San Diego's Funniest Person Contest in 2010 and then again in 2012. As a house regular at the La Jolla Comedy Store, American Comedy Co. and Mad House Comedy club, he has been the go to feature for some of comedies biggest names including, Jim Norton, Anthony Jeselnik, Adam Devine, Jeff Garlin, Jamie Kennedy, Doug Benson, David Allan Grear, Joe Rogan and Brody Stevens.
After nearly 10 years in the Navy, he decided to move to Los Angeles to peruse comedy full time. Since his arrival he has been a featured act on Season 2 of Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central and a guest on The Doug Loves Movies podcast with Doug Benson, The Deathsquad Podcast with Brian Redban and Joe Rogan and Put Your Hands Together with Cameron Esposito at the UCB theater. He was quickly named a Fresh Face to watch by The Laugh Factory and his comedy clips have been seen over 300,000 times by YouTube audiences. Also, he is the co-founding member of The Tunguska Yacht Club, an online sketch group that has over 2 million views on YouTube and Funny or Die where he is a featured contributor. He's is an electric performer who combines cerebral one-liners, with an uncanny storytelling ability for a unique experience that have left audiences of clubs and colleges throughout the United States wondering, "How did he think of that?"
Christina Pazsitzky (pronounced Puh-shit-ski) is a Stand-Up Comedian, Writer and Los Angeles native who spent her formative years in the food court of the Sherman Oaks Galleria. She’s been a regular Round Table guest and Writer on the E! show Chelsea Lately and is a series regular on Tru TV’s World’s Dumbest. Christina headlines clubs around the country and has entertained our troops in the Middle East, Africa and South Korea.
A long-time veteran of television, she’s also been featured on the E! Channel’s Wildest TV Moments. She hosted the FX series Hitchhiker Chronicles and was a cast member on MTV’s Road Rules Australia. She was a regional finalist on Season 6 and 7 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and is a featured Comedian on Animal Planet’s The A List. Christina has lent her voice and written on various animated television series, like Trolls and Dr. Doolittle and in the feature film TV: The Movie with the boys from Jackass. She received the “Up and Coming Writer” Award from Animation Magazine for her writing work. Most recently she was a Contributing Writer on the feature film Underground Comedy Movie.
You can hear her on the weekly podcast “Your Mom’s House”, downloadable on iTunes. Before becoming a Comedian, Christina studied Philosophy at Oxford University and attended Law School for two entire weeks.
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.