Bret is considered one of the best comedians in the business today, and has been written up in trade magazines like THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and VARIETY, as well as being mentioned in national magazines like MAXIM, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, and ROLLING STONE. His COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS was voted one of the Top 5 specials of 2011 by Comedy Central viewers, and his comedy album “AMERICAN COMIC” broke the top 10 on ITUNES the first week of it’s release in 2012. He has made celebrity appearances on CHELSEA LATELY, ABC’s COMICS UNLEASHED, the TOP TEN on E! and THE SPORTS LIST on FOX. Bret first gained national notoriety starring in the feature film VINCE VAUGHN'S WILD WEST COMEDY SHOW, which documented Ernst with Vaughn & three other comedians as they performed in a 30 night-30 venue tour across America. Bret had a recurring role on the hit SHOWTIME series WEEDS, was seen on CSI: NY, and also appeared in Artie Lange's movie, BEER LEAGUE. Bret hosted the Oxygen Series LOVE GAMES: BAD GIRLS NEED LOVE TOO as well as WRESTLING SOCIETY X on MTV. His stand-up has been featured on THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS, COMEDY CENTRAL'S PREMIUM BLEND, the SHOWTIME series COMICS WITHOUT BORDERS, LOPEZ TONIGHT on TBS, and was most recently seen on the KEVIN HART series ONE MIC STAND on BET. Born in New Jersey, Ernst went to high school at Plantation High in South Florida, played collegiate level football at C.W. Post in New York, and currently resides in Los Angeles. Bret performs internationally and to sold out crowds in top clubs across America.
Comedian and writer Theo Von is the host of TBS’s hit weekly hidden camera prank show Deal With It, the network’s highest rated unscripted series. Executive Produced by Howie Mandel, the show’s second season premieres on Wednesday, March 19th at 10:30PM ET/PT, and will feature celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne (Fashion Police), Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent), Kendall and Kylie Jenner (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), and Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother) teaming up with Theo to help members of the public pull over-the-top pranks on their unsuspecting companions. If they agree to it, participants must obey all instructions given by Theo and his celebrity co-host through an earpiece from a secret control room nearby. With the opportunity to prank their way to cash and prizes, these everyday people are shown no mercy as they are tasked with pulling off some of the most ridiculous behavior ever caught on hidden camera. The first season of Deal With It premiered on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, and featured celebrities such as Joan and Melissa Rivers (Fashion Police), Adam Carolla (The Adam Carolla Show), and Josh Gad (1600 Penn, Love and Other Drugs).
Theo also hosts Yahoo!’s wildly popular daily recap show Primetime In No Time. One of the most successful video series on the web, the show averages over one million views per day. In addition to hosting, Theo is currently developing an animated show with Comedy Central, and his half hour standup special, which premiered on the network on June 1, 2012, was one of the highest-rated of the season. Theo is also the mastermind behind CrankTexts.com, a website where he texts random cell phone numbers and gets into conversations with total strangers. CrankTexts was featured on CollegeHumor.com, has had 10 million page views, and averages 18 clicks per visit.
Theo has garnered numerous accolades for his many appearances on TV. He was voted “Fan Favorite” as a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing, was the winner of Comedy Central’s Reality Bites Back, and has hosted The Comedy Sideshow podcast – consistently one of the most downloaded video podcasts on iTunes. He has written for Laughspin.com, and has appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show, E’s Chelsea Lately, G4’s The Top 100 Video Games of All Time, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and Yahoo’s OMG Insider. Theo headlines clubs across the country, and has performed internationally at The South African Comedy Festival and for the troops at Guantanamo Bay. He has appeared stateside at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, The Chicago Just For Laughs Festival, and Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival.
Theo Von has been entertaining TV audiences since 1999 when he captured hearts as the loveable 19-year-old Southerner on The Real World/Road Rules Challenge franchise. In 2003, the Louisiana native traded in endurance challenges for the comedy stage and never looked back. Since then the multi-talented standup, host, and writer has been blowing away critics and fans with his unique brand of refined deep-southern comedy.
It's noon and in Los Angeles there is one hilarious individual and right now he's sleeping. Yes, sleeping. It's noon. The temperature is rising. The Sun is starring daggers at us and this man, Detroit-native SANDY DANTO continues his slumber. Why is he sleeping? Because he can. The difference between the reader and him is that when he wakes up, he's not popping out of a dream. He's living in it. He's living it. Sandy on stage is like watching Lebron James try out for Freshman basketball at St. Vincent- St. Mary, they both had to take bathroom breaks.
Joking aside, Danto goes up everywhere. His resume is a who's who of legendary (and not so legendary) comedy clubs around the world. His actual life lends itself to the most unique stories that could be written for TV and film. He references tough times in his life that in no way, should be funny, but he pulls off the job. The reaction received from taking in his creativity isn't just a laugh or a "That's funny"; it's a thought process that activates inspiration and emotion and you'll be grateful for it.
Sandy moved to Hollywood after studying at Indiana University while taking summer classes at Second City in Detroit. He immediately started working at National Lampoon upon landing in Los Angeles. He is a character actor, but is equally comfortable playing himself and did so plenty during his stint with the Lampoon. In addition to his on camera work, he writes, directs and produces comedy shorts, which is what he was hired to do for National Lampoon in the first place. He's appeared on Mad TV and Comedy Central's Mash up. He goes on tour with 90's icon Pauly Shore all over the world and built a name for himself that he carries back to LA on his back and throws down at the steps of his apartment, where he gets back to work, writing jokes. Whether or not any success, paid gigs or applause fulfill him, isn't even relevant at this point. His presence on stage as a performer and friend is relevant in itself. Anything else is bonus and whether or not you laugh, isn't. He'll be fine because, after all, he's just dreaming.
“Big Irish” Jay Hollingsworth started his stand-up career in Boston, MA where he was recently named “Best Comedy Export” by the readers of the Boston Examiner. Since leaving Massachusetts, Jay has starred in the movie Comics BBQ and has been a finalist in multiple comedy competitions including the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition, The Shades of Laughs Comedy Competition, Magners USA Comedy Festival and the Bend International Comedy Competition.
Jay is the creator and host of the hit live show True Story which features comedians presenting their stand-up, followed by a take-no-prisoners Q&A that examines which elements are true and what’s been manipulated for comedic effect. By fusing the forensic with the funny, Hollingsworth illuminates the back-stories behind the tall tales, offering a rare glimpse inside the craftsmanship of comedy. The True Story show has been featured at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival as well as the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.
As a featured guest on some of the top rated podcasts in the country – including multiple appearances on Greg Fitzsimmon’s Fitzdog Radio and Doug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies – Jay has made his mark as a comics’ comic. He made a special appearance on Benson’s Doug Loves Movies: Live In the PacificNorthwest podcast, which rose to #1 on the iTunes comedy album chart. In 2012 Jay started his own podcast entitled The HollingsWorthless Podcast which has been met with rave reviews.
Catch Jay when you get a chance, he is a true drinking man’s comic.
What others have said about Jay Hollingsworth:
RICHARD LEWIS: (Comedian, actor & author) – “He’s sensational. He’s great. This guy is going to be big. He’s already on his way. He’s a big star and he will be a big big bigger star.”
D.L. HUGHLEY: (Comedian, The Hughleys, The Kings of Comedy, CNN) – “Jay is funny, original & edgy.”
LOUIE ANDERSON: (Comedian, 2-time Emmy Award winner) – “Jay is a great joke writer.”
GREG FITZSIMMONS: (Comedian, 4-time Emmy winner, television writer/producer, author & radio host ) – “Big Irish Jay is a massive 6’8″ ill-formed host of the Parlor Live. He’s a master of several martial arts and a good comedian. Solid guy, positive energy. I can’t imagine he has a lot of sex…”
CHRIS FRANJOLA: (Comedian, writer & roundtable member on Chelsea Lately) – “Great Dude. The real deal, which is always great to see. Young guy who is really funny and great stage presence. This won’t be the last time we work together.”
Ian Edwards has appeared on Family Guy, Live at Gotham, and HBO's Bad Boys of Comedy. He can be seen weekly at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.
Edwards was born in England and has lived in Jamaica, New York, and California. When he was 21, he stopped working the drive-thru at Burger King to try his hand at comedy. Since then, he's appeared on Def Comedy Jam (twice) and Show Time at the Apollo. He's written for Saturday Night Live, the Lyricist Lounge show on MTV, The Boondocks for the Cartoon Network, etc., and was currently a cast member of the fifth season of Punk'd on MTV.
Fahim Anwar is a Los Angeles-based standup comedian, actor and writer. He has performed as one of the “New Faces” at the JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL in Montreal. A regular in the L.A. comedy scene, and a finalist at NBC-Universal's Stand-Up for Diversity Showcase. In 2010 Fahim made his television debut with a large guest starring role on NBC's CHUCK. Most recently, he's recurred in season 3 of FOX’s LIE TO ME. Fahim was a series regular on season 2 and season 3 of MTV's DISASTER DATE, appeared on Comedy Central's RUSSELL SIMMONS PRESENTS: STAND UP FROM THE EL REY THEATRE and in season 4 of CALIFORNICATION on Showtime. He also recently provided commentary on various CELEBRITY OOPS! specials on E! Entertainment. Fahim continues to write and star in his own series of internet shorts and has had multiple shorts go viral, with many being featured on Break, Digg and Reddit.
Egyptian-American actor, comedian, producer, and director Ahmed Ahmed is one of the most diverse, multi-faceted talents in the entertainment industry today. In 2014, he can be seen starring as “Ahmed” on TBS’ hit comedy series Sullivan & Son. Executive Produced by Vince Vaughn, the show follows Steve Sullivan [Steve Byrne], a corporate lawyer who surprises his parents when he leaves his job to take over a bar owned by his father in Pittsburgh. Ahmed made his first appearance as unlucky in love, tow-truck driver [and best friend to Steve] “Ahmed” in season one, and joined the cast as a series regular in season two, quickly becoming a fan favorite. Ahmed is currently the only Arab-American actor playing a non-stereotypical role on a comedy sitcom, today.
Born in Helwan, Egypt and raised in Riverside, California Ahmed immigrated to the US when he was one month old with his family. When he was 19 years old he made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first big break was in the suspense, action film Executive Decision alongside Kurt Russell, Steven Segal, and Halle Berry in 1996. Ahmed went on to appear in a handful of blockbuster and cult hit features including Swingers, Iron Man, and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan. On the television front, Ahmed has appeared on top series such as Tracy Takes On, Weeds, and Roseanne to name a few.
In 2011, Ahmed made his directorial debut with his groundbreaking documentary Just Like Us. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and went on to be selected at 30 international film festivals, winning several “Best Director” and “Best Documentary” awards. The documentary, a celebration of culture and comedy, follows Ahmed and ten American comedians through Dubai, Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, performing in front of over 20,000 Arabs and Muslims across the region. Just Like Us garnered Ahmed attention on the political front, and he was invited to The White House to have dinner with President Obama, and was also invited to The State Department to have dinner with Hilary Clinton- as they commended him on creating a project that made an effort to break down barriers and encourage cross-cultural dialogue. Ahmed is currently in post-production on Just Like Us Too, which takes place in Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Oman.
While working in film and television Ahmed’s profile in comedy continues to rise, being hand picked by Vince Vaughn for his Wild West Comedy Tour [2005-present]. Vaughn is currently producing the first ever Wild West comedy festival in Nashville, TN where Ahmed will hold the roll of Comedy Ambassador, performing and hosting shows. In 2005, Ahmed cofounded and performed in the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour which aired on Comedy Central as the first ever Middle Eastern stand up comedy special. Ahmed is also the winner of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for Ethnic Comedy at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in Scotland.
Ahmed is currently a paid regular performer at the world famous Comedy Story in Hollywood, The Laugh Factory, and the Comedy Cellar in New York City. He regularly tours nationally and internationally, and in summer 2014, Ahmed will hit the road for the Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour with his cast mates from the series, hitting 20+ markets across the country. Ahmed is a true believer that laughter heals, and that comedy can bridge the gap between communities across the world.
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