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!
Grant Cotter is a stand-up comedian and writer from San Diego, CA. He was one of the breakout stars from the MTV prank show 'Jerks With Cameras'. He has appeared on NBC's 'Last Call with Carson Daly', 'Off The Chain' on Bounce TV, 'Mystery Diners' on Food Network and is the host of the Dr. Pepper 'One Of A Kind: Music Sessions' for SPIN Magazine.
In 2014, Grant was selected to perform on all 21 dates of the Funny or Die Oddball Comedy Tour with Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari and Hannibal Buress. You can also catch him on the upcoming season of HBO's smash hit 'Silicon Valley'. Grant is a staple in the L.A. comedy scene and can be seen performing regularly at The Laugh Factory and the Improv. www.GrantCotter.com
Ester Steinberg is hot off the Montreal Just For Laughs New Faces showcase. You can watch her every week on the hit reality series “Funny Girls” on Oxygen where she is mentored by Bill Burr and Margaret Cho. She started doing stand-up on the high school lunch tables in Tampa then moved to New York and attended NYU’s theater program where she spent her nights performing in the New York comedy scene. Ester currently resides in Los Angeles where she performs regularly at the Comedy Store, Hollywood Improv, and Meltdown. She hosts her own monthly show at Canter’s Kibitz Room frequented by comedians such as Bill Burr, TJ Miller, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, and Natasha Leggero. Ester has been featured in Time Out New York, Nylon, E!, Variety, Glamour, and Entertainment Weekly. She writes and stars in “Becoming LA,” a web series showcasing her talent for sketch and improv through an array of outlandish characters.Her festival credits include Montreal Just for Laughs, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Laughing Skull. Her style of comedy is smart and witty with immense energy, theatrical character act-outs and edgy one-liners.
Andy Ritchie is a stand-up comedian performing out of Austin, TX, and is a frequent performer at Cap City Comedy Club. He recently performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and you can see him on the upcoming season of Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham".
follow her on twitter. it's worth it: twitter.com/sbellelauren
Lauren Ashley Bishop has been making people laugh since the day she could pratt fall. She may look like a nice southern belle, as she is a proud native of Arkansas, but don’t be confused. There is a razor sharp wit behind her debutante smile that can carve you up quicker than her mom can shoot whiskey.
Lauren has performed at top clubs coast to coast, including The Improv, Zanies, The Ice House, Comix, & Gotham Comedy Club. She is currently touring colleges across the nation, recently being named a 2009 Hot Up and Coming Comic by Campus Activities Magazine. This year her tour also includes her second trip overseas to entertain the troops.
You might recognize Lauren from one of the numerous national commercials she made you laugh in this year: Mini Baby Bel Cheese, Arby's "Birthday Surprise", or performing standup comedy for Midol's newest campaign. She has voiced countless radio and TV ads, including her favorite, Popeye's Mama Slap Chicken.
Lauren is also an accomplished stage actress. She's played to rave reviews in Second City's Romeo & Juliet Musical @ Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues @ The Apollo Theatre, & the National Broadway Tour of Scrooge, The Musical. Lauren is a graduate of Northwestern University, a proud member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA.
He's also a comedian from Los Angeles who you will most likely find very funny, assuming you're not into that kind of comedy (you know what I mean.) He has a website as well as a blog and even, amazingly, a twitter account! So essentially, he is just like every comedian under the age of 75.
Brett Riley is a farm boy from Kansas with the heart of a soul singer which makes for a life full of unusual and out of place stories. It has been said "Brett Riley isn't a fish out of water, he is his own portable bowl." Realizing he was born to entertain, Brett took a Scholarship to Oklahoma City University for Music Theatre. He quickly learned he was meant to perform, just not music theatre. After sneaking into comedy clubs with fake IDs and getting booked as the house emcee and winning Wichita King of Comedy 2004, it became very obvious that he needed to hit the road and take it to the next level. Brett didn't waste anytime proving himself in LA, six months after arriving he claimed the title The Funniest Comic in the City 2007, which led to his appearance on Judge Joe Brown to collect the prize money. After a car accident almost claimed his life in September 2008, determined not to be forgotten Brett quickly bounced back to claim the title of Roc Da Mic Comedy Competition Compton 2009. He can most recently be seen headlining which will also be playing on Hulu.com under CandorTV.
With the future looking bright and the clarity of a second chance Brett Riley is more than ready to keep audiences entertained for years to come!
Thomas is a regular performer on E’s Chelsea Lately. In 2012, he was a standout in the New Faces showcase at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival where he returned to in 2013 to film his comedy for HBO Canada's Funny as Hell Series. On November 3rd, 2012, he made his late night debut when he performed standup on The Late Show With Craig Ferguson and has been featured in The New York Comedy Festival as well as The Bamboozle Music Festival, where he was named best comedian of 2007. You may have also seen him as a talking head on VH1’s 100 Sexiest Celebrities and 100 Greatest Child Stars.
Thomas Dale is one of the fastest rising talents in the United States today. It is from his world of colorful characters that Thomas draws the true stories he brings to comedy stages across the country. His ability to marry warmth and acceptance with brutal honesty and an acute awareness of his surroundings has won over fans and comedy insiders alike.
Barbara moved from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue comedy and she hasn’t looked back since. She’s performed at (super important) venues all over the city, as well as (super important) shows. She runs the monthly show Space Boners at the Silverlake Lounge. Every few months top comics grace her own living room for the not-to-be-missed One-Two Punch, a comedy show followed by a dance party, which was recently feature in the LA Times.
Her short film script ‘The Wrong Guys For The Job’, chosen from over 1400 submissions, is currently being produced by Lionsgate with the possibility of a feature film to come.
Barbara’s comedy ranges from obscene to absurd, and everything in between.
Follow Barbara’s Twitter @BabsGray for hilarious insights about life and pizza. (mostly pizza).
Originally from Virginia, Eddie now resides in Los Angeles. Don't worry Eddie will make no jokes about how he hates writing about himself in the 3rd person in his Bio, just understand that he does, I mean I do.
The “Hollywood Reporter” named Eddie Pence one of the Top New Faces of the Montreal Comedy Festival in 2004, he was also invited back to perform there again in 2006. In 2007 Eddie performed at the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival as well as HBO’s “The Comedy Festival” in Las Vegas. In 2010 Eddie was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. A favorite of the World Famous Improv, Eddie can be seen at clubs and colleges across the country. His credits include Comedy Centrals "Live at Gotham" and "Crossballs", "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", “Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfield” on Fox News, “History of the Joke” and “Surviving The Holidays w/ Lewis Black” on The History Channel and recently he appeared in the “Last Comic Driving” campaign on NBC.
Eli Olsberg is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor based in Los Angeles, CA. He performs at clubs and colleges across the country. He performed at the TBS’ Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2012 and has been seen on E!’s “Chelsea Lately.”
In LA, he co-produces (with comedian TJ Miller) the popular bi-weekly stand-up show “Performance Anxiety,” at The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood. He can be seen at local clubs and alternative venues and is a regular at The Laugh Factory and the Hollywood Improv.
He also co-hosts (with comedian Jake Weisman) the popular podcast “The Morning After… Podcast,” named Best New Podcast of 2010 by Laughspin Magazine. The podcast also records live episodes, along with video segments done at various premiers, red carpet events, and fan conventions.
‘an alternately confident and self-depricating style.. a man to watch if you are looking for comedic entertainment that is intelligent, incisive, and with a bit of an edge.” – LA Comedy Club Examiner
That quote had some big words in it, the person who wrote it clearly know what they’re talking about! Eli also loves dogs, cookie dough, and like everyone else, enjoys all kinds of music, except country.
Brandie Posey is a stand up comedian/writer/producer who has performed in venues all over Los Angeles from The Upright Citizens Brigade to The Hollywood Improv to the rec room of a section 8 housing development in Compton. She has also hit the road, making audiences laugh in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Phoenix & as a featured performer at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland. She has appeared on MTV, E! & Comedy Central's Tosh.0. Quickly making a name for herself, Brandie weaves complex stories and rants based on the quirky, everyday moments she finds herself in – epic tales from the mundane. She has been published on The Apiary and produces two hit shows in Los Angeles - Lady To Lady & Picture This - both at The Little Modern Theater. She is managed by The Collective. Please follow her on twitter @Brandazzle.
Jeremiah Watkins is one of those comedians that you can't forget. Born and raised in Kansas, he's literally been performing since the day he was born. (His mom brought him home from the hospital in a Santa Claus outfit) Throughout childhood, he acted, sang, and began honing impressions. In high school, Jeremiah was known for his comedic music videos, sketches, and broadcasting segments which he won multiple awards for at the state and national level. At 19, Jeremiah landed his first job in the industry as an on-air personality at a local Kansas City radio station.
A year later, he moved to LA to pursue his dream of becoming a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Since then, he has established himself as one of the most physical stand-up comedians in Los Angeles with his high energy and off-the-cuff style. He has appeared in multiple national commercials, and performs regularly at college campuses, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, The Improv, and more. His comedic dance skills have been featured on VH1, and he's had viral videos on Youtube, as well as videos featured on Funny or Die. He can be seen starring in the upcoming films i-Lived and Betting On Baker in 2015. He has also trained at Second City and The Groundlings, and has performed improv all over Los Angeles. No matter what size the audience, Jeremiah Watkins guarantees a memorable show experience like you've never seen before.
Justine performs regularly at The Comedy Store, Improv and opens for Jon Lovitz every Wednesday at his comedy club, appropriately entitled "The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club." She also runs a show there called Baked Goods where she serves up cupcakes along with hilarious comedy. She thinks you'd like it and suggests you visit www.JustineMarino.com for upcoming dates.
Jim Hamilton is the protagonist of "The Hamilton Patent Moon" by Hayden Carruth. Copyright law being what it is today, no portions of that story will be reprinted here. You can find it in the Harper's New Monthly Magazine from May of 1899. Actually, I don't think that's the same Jim Hamilton.
Ed Greer is a seasoned staple of the Los Angeles comedy scene.
The much sought-after comedian performs at Hollywood’s hottest venues including the Improv, The
Comedy Store, and the Laugh Factory.
He has been described as fearlessly dynamic, highly original, thought-provoking and completely hilarious.
CraveOnline describes his comedy as, “all at once intelligent and approachable, egalitarian and niche.”
Adding, “Ed stands out in his delivery, which borrows equally from the college professor and the street
preacher.” The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism says that, “his presence is one
that captivates the room.”
Greer hasn't met a crowd he didn't enjoy... or want to destroy.
Jon is an accomplished comedian, he has the following awards to his credit: 2011 Stand-Up Comedy Rookie of the Year, 2013 ranked #49 on Variety's Top Ten Comics to Watch & most recently the 2014 Most Underrated Comedian Developing a Chip on His Shoulder.
Jon loves working with friends. He had the pleasure of pitching jokes for his friends on NBC'S "UNDATEABLE" starring pals Chris D'Elia, Brent Morin, Rick Glassman (best friend) & Ron Funches. 4 amazing comedians on one show, man NBC sure is making a comeback! He also writes with his crazy hot wife, Allison Bosma, on TV shows and has had the pleasure of writing something insanely funny with and for his best pal, Lauren Lapkus. Hope it sees the light of day sometime, spoiler alert - she's really funny in it.
As a stand-up, Jon enjoys telling stories as his wife says, "while doing way too much with his hands."
Darrell La Montre is a Los Angeles native who began performing comedy in his hometown. He won a local stand-up comedy contest only four months into his comedy career. His original brand of humor is best characterized as sardonic, edgy, and thought provoking. No one is exempt from being the recipient of his venom (not even himself). Darrell's ability to recognize patterns among human behavior and deliver his observations in a clever and hilarious manner is exceptional. In addition, he expresses his personal, often relatable experiences in an equally funny and intelligent fashion. Darrell doesn't typically interact much with the audience, preferring instead to launch into one scathing, hilarious bit after another attacking such diverse subjects as: the homeless, obese people, slow supermarket checkers, aspiring L.A. actors and Mexican valet parkers.
Darrell is a regular at the world famous Laugh Factory and has been featured on radio and internet podcasts. Currently, he is the co-host ofthe Knuckles and Chuckles Podcast along with fellow comedian Bryan Dey. Prior to that, he was the co-host of The Bret Ernst Show. You can catch Darrell killing crowds at all the major clubs in the southern California area and in other states across the country. He is a rising comic to be taken very seriously.
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
Ken Garr grew up on the south side of Chicago. The son of a retired Chicago Fire Fighter and Homemaker, Ken proudly hails from three generations of fire fighters. The youngest of 4 children, Ken’s hilarious views on life are derived from growing up in a blue collar family with his own white collar aspirations.
Ken’s countless life experiences make his seemingly never-ending journey to fame and fortune a can’t miss experience.
A graduate of the world famous Second City Conservatory, Ken brings the influential characters of his life to stage with energy and zeal to produce a show that is nothing less than extraordinary.
Jake Weisman is a comedian in Los Angeles, CA. He has two podcasts, one called Cats and Pussy and another one called The Morning After...Podcast. He also has a sketch group called WOMEN. He loves cats and he thinks people are attractive.
Matt Ritter recently traded big law for the big stage. Matt can be seen in front of large audiences regularly performing at the Hollywood Improv, the Comedy Store and the Gotham Comedy Club as well has hosting various TV shows for AfterBuzz TV. His standup has been featured on “Man Up Standup” on the Maverick channel and has recently participated in the Big Sky Comedy Festival, the Ventura Harbor Comedy Festival and the New York Underground Comedy Festival. Matt has also starred in a national Sears commercial and a digital series about the law called “The Bottom Rung” that won multiple awards at the LA Web Festival. His viral video “Goldfellas” was featured on Comedy.com, Dealbreaker, Fierce Finance, the Wallstreet Journal online and WPIX News. Additionally, Matt is a contributor, host and writer: Matt has been a guest commentator on various programs (CBS News, Fox News “On the Record”, NBC, MTV.com, ComedyTime TV, and Askmen.com), has guest hosted (Sirius XM “Raw Dog” Comedy) and is a writer for various publications (Readers Digest, US Weekly (Fashion Police), Crushable, Post Grad Problems, Above the Law, Bitter Lawyer)
Behind the camera, Matt is a TV producer on various shows including A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” (highest rated unscripted show in the history of cable television) and “Fat N’ Furious” (Discovery Channel), and Orange County Choppers: American Xtreme. He is also the co-creator of the television series “Chained to My Ex” which premiered on MSNBC recently to rave reviews. Matt also tours the country at speaking engagements for colleges, corporate events, casinos, military shows and Jewish organizations. He graduated from the University Pennsylvania Law School and worked as a corporate lawyer at both Kirkland and Ellis and Mayer Brown before leaving the law to pursue a career in entertainment.
Egyptian-American comedian Maria Shehata’s sharp and original stand-up, combined with her quick-wit and crowd pleasing conversational delivery has brought her appearances in NY’s Arab-American Comedy Festival, the New York Underground Comedy Festival, The Los Angeles Middle Eastern Comedy Festival, as well as on Comedy Central’s The Watch List, Women’s Entertainment Network and numerous guest appearances on Sirius Satellite Radio. Maria has published essays all over the world, from the Italian magazine Stripped Stories to Kuwait’s Bazaar. Her comedy has taken her from suburban life in Columbus, Ohio, to New York City and now Los Angeles, where she brings to the stage a point of view that is unique, hilarious, and yet still universal. Watch out for Maria on Showtime’s Bridging the Gap to air June 2010!
A classically trained actress and gifted comedian, Heather Thomson has the kind of performance skills that make you wonder, “Is that girl acting or just crying in public?”
Growing up in Maine, she took the rural theater community by storm (I know, impressive). She continued studying theater, both design and performance, at Pomona College.
In 2005, she moved to Los Angeles and started performing stand up nightly. Her uniquely honest, tender and endearing presence on stage quickly earned her the nickname, “The Sweetheart of Stand Up.” In 2008 she won Best New Comer at the Southern California Comedy Scoomie Awards, and went on to win Most Adorable Comic the following year (yes, that is a real award and I took it by a landslide, thank you. Oh sorry, third person.) She is also the winner of the That’s the Light Comedy Competition, and a finalist in Uncle Clyde’s and H2F’s comedy competitions.
Among many other venues, she has performed at the Hollywood Improv, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, The Comedy Store, The Comedy Studio in Boston and with the People’s Republic of Komedy in Seattle. She has also studied Improv with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and the world famous Groundlings. Frequently raw, poignant, sad, sweet, honest and hilarious, her act recently prompted one fan to ask, “You’re really funny. Are you o.k.?” Heather is great, but she’s so glad you’re here to listen.
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.
Brenda Colonna is a New York native who you may recognize from Comedy Central's "The Showbiz Show with David Spade". Brenda attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City where she studied Theatre and Acting. She has been performing stand up comedy for four years all over Los Angeles and New York. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she performs nightly all over southern California.
Brenda has also appeared as the voice of Steve Schirrippa's mother in FOX's talk show pilot "The Steve Schirrippa Show".
When Ron Swallow was faced with the prospect of a talent show when he was 16, Ron felt he had no talent. But someone pointed out to him that he was funny and maybe he should try standup. Ron wrote some jokes about fluffy toilet seat covers and GI Joe, and the rest is history.
With Ron, you know you will be getting witty, biting, and hysterical portrayals of the life he has lived. Having lived the life of a nerd with a strange name has allowed him to observe his surroundings in a unique and fun way. From making fun of his name(I mean how could you not) to his opinions on the misuse and overuse of common sayings, Ron will cause enough laughter to possibly need tissues. Audiences will be shocked to learn that life as an outcast led him to the world of comic book geekdom, which led to his hilarious ideas about the differences between movies and the books they are based on. Then, once everyone is acquainted, with his views on commercials, the media, race, and class, Ron will weave a blanket of satire that will keep the audience in stitches. With Ron Swallow, one thing is for sure, hilarity will ensue.
Along with being a regular at the Improv in Los Angeles, and performing at clubs across the nation, Ron has had roles on television’s Ugly Betty and Mad TV.
In today's fast paced society we have a show giving you a taste of just about everything the constantly booming L.A. comedy scene has to offer for only $3 that's the run time of a regular show. Enter 2 Minute Set Sundays, a comedic smorgasbord where the possibilities are endless as some of the world's funniest people go up in 2 minute bursts of genius. You will laugh harder, and faster than you even knew was humanly possible at this live event, for one night only hosted by up and coming club favorite Jamar Neighbors!