Ryan Stout is a well-crafted and seasoned comedian who has performed all over the world. A regular guest on CHELSEA LATELY, Ryan has also appeared on CONAN, Comedy Central’s LIVEAT GOTHAM, and his own half-hour special: COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS… RYAN STOUT. While still in college, Stout was already performing over 300 shows per year when, at age 22, he won the Boston International Comedy Festival's stand-up comedy competition. He went on to perform at HBO’s The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festivalin Aspen, the prestigious Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival in Montreal, and the very hip SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Within six months of moving to Los Angeles, he booked his first pilot, hosting a game show for MTV. That project established him as a go-to host for any occasion and over the next few years MTV booked Ryan to host nearly 50 pilots, specials, and episodes of random television. He even hosted the iconic MTV SPRING BREAK. In December 2011, his debut comedy album, Touché, was released by Comedy Central Records and reached #7 on the iTunes comedy charts. Currently, Ryan Stout can be seen every Monday thru Thursday on AXS TV, hosting the network’s one-hour flagship show, AXS Live.
PETE is the newest featured player on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. This past summer, he shot a small fun role in Judd Apatow’s film TRAINWRECK and was named one of VARIETY’S TOP TEN COMICS TO WATCH for 2014. He starred opposite Justin Long and Nick Frost in the pilot SOBER COMPANION for FOX, with Don Scardino directing. His standup has been featured on ADAM DEVINE'S HOUSE PARTY on Comedy Central, and his late night stand up debut aired this past spring on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE. Pete has been featured on Nick Cannon's WILD N OUT reboot and GUY CODE on MTV, and he was a New Face at Just for Laughs Montreal in 2013.
Joe DeRosa started stand-up comedy by hitting the Wednesday night open mic at the Laff House in Philadelphia, PA. Within a year, he was a regular there and at all the major clubs in the surrounding area. It was not long before Joe made the jump to New York City to take up comedy as a full time gig. He quickly began working frequently at New York venues such as Caroline's, Stand-up New York, the Laugh Factory, and Gotham Comedy Club. He also made appearances on "Last Call with Carson Daly," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," and the "New Faces" showcase at the Montreal Comedy Festival. In addition, he's performed on national tours such as Dave Chappelle's "Block Party Tour" and the "Insomniac Tour" with Dave Attell. Joe continues to perform constantly, making television appearances and headlining clubs and colleges both in and out of the country. It was not long before Joe made the jump to New York City to take up comedy as a full time gig. He quickly began working frequently at New York venues such as Caroline's, Stand-up New York, the Laugh Factory, and Gotham Comedy Club. He also made appearances on "Last Call with Carson Daly," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," and the "New Faces" showcase at the Montreal Comedy Festival.
Multi-award winning Felicity Ward is one of Australia’s most exciting comic performers. Since her stand up comedy debut in 2008, she has rapidly gained an international reputation as a remarkable live comic. A s a comedic actor, Ward recently appeared in Working Dog’s feature film ‘Any Questions for Ben?’ and is a cast member in the ABC comedy game show, ‘Randling’. Following her explosive season of ‘The Hedgehog Dilemma’, in which she was the only Australian comedian ever to be nominated for four Best Comedy Awards at each festival she performed, and winning two, the show was ranked in the Top Ten star-rated shows of the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She also performed sell out shows in London’s Soho Theatre and Los Angeles. A deft MC and a powerhouse headliner, Felicity has toured Australia, NZ, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK, and is currently developing new projects for TV.
Dan Madonia is a Los Angeles-based standup comedian, actor and writer. Raised in upstate New York, Dan moved to Hollywood at a young age and has been performing for over five years in clubs around the country bringing laughs to a wide variety of audiences. Madonia has been featured on the SyFy Network, High Times Magazine and performs regularly for the Wounded Warriors Project. Drawing from his own life experiences, Madonia not only makes the masses laugh, he makes them think.
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.
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