Myq Kaplan is a comedian named Myq Kaplan (pronounced “Mike Kaplan” when done correctly or however you like, he’s not picky). The Comedians magazine calls him “a comedy machine, in the best possible way. The way that some machines vend soda or prevent other machines from killing future revolutionaries – that’s how Myq Kaplan does comedy: relentlessly, methodically, unblinkingly.” Myq just made his debut on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” and his half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” special will appear in 2010 (a year for which Punchline Magazine says to watch out for Myq). He has also appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” at the New Faces show of the 2009 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, was voted 2008’s Best Local Comedian in the Boston Phoenix, and won the 2009 NY’s Funniest Standup Competition. A Jewy-ish vegan atheist who spells the name “Mike” weird, Myq enjoys words, social justice, Netflix, and comic books. Also non-comic books, ping-pong, and being great with women. And grammar and run-on sentence fragments. And of course, being hilarious to his demographic, which is anyone who might know the word “demographic.”
Josh Filipowski: Comedian, Impresario and Profesor de ingles will crack you up with sex, drugs & math 'n science. Born in NYC, raised in Westchester, party schooled at UW-Madison, hosted his own radio show in Costa Rica, and now lives in LA.
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In 2004 Brian Moote's mother said to him in her usual Irish sarcasm, "Well, if you think you are so funny, why don't you become a comedian then mister?" Shortly thereafter, mostly out of spite, Brian first stepped on stage and thoroughly entertained 3 people at an 11pm open-mic show. To his surprise, his stubbornness had just opened the door to his dream job and he worked as a professional comedian throughout his college studies. Since that night, he has worked at comedy clubs and colleges across the country. He has an energetic and conversational style that promises no two sets are exactly the same, and his goal when he performs is to facilitate good time for everyone in the room, or seriously injure himself trying. The latter of which has yet to happen to him, and a bit dramatic. He was a part of Comedy Central's Open Mic Fight and the Maxim/Bud Light Real Men of Comedy Tour featuring Joe Rogan. He is "just a barrel of fun" says his mother, who to this day takes credit for launching him into the world of show business. He recently recorded a 50 min album entitled “Paying for Graduate School” at Wiseguys Comedy Club in Salt Lake City, UT.
Sarah Tiana has been a “working” comedian/ex-waitress in Los Angeles since 2003. Originally from Calhoun, GA, Sarah’s act emphasizes the thrills of growing up after “The War Of Northern Aggression” and trying to survive in the current battle of the sexes. She doesn’t call herself “single,” (she’s too old for that), she prefers to be called “sexually active.”
Sarah’s big break came after she was recognized for her “breakout performance” as Carmen in four episodes of Reno 911!’s 7th season. In 2005 she helped create a sketch comedy company called The Strait Jacket Society as a way to help young actors in Hollywood accelerate their stage time and gain exposure while still having fun (she has currently put over 500 actors through the program). A downright ‘Merican, Sarah has done over 10 tours of comedy for the troops including Germany, Singapore, Afghanistan, Guam, Okinawa, and several Wounded Warrior Facilities.
A trip to Iraq at the beginning of the war is highlighted in the documentary film, “We Love You Mrs. Bevins.” Sarah recently wrote and starred in “The Burn” with Jeffrey Ross for 2 seasons on Comedy Central. She is currently a correspondent on “The Soup Investigates” and a regular on the “Chelsea Lately” roundtable.
An avid sports fan Sarah wrote for the ESPY awards and the Rob Riggle NFL segments on Fox. She can also be seen at The World Famous Comedy Store, Twitter, and numerous unhealthy relationships in and around Los Angeles. She will never be seen in the three pilots she taped last year or be caught dead in the dress she wore on Craig Ferguson (it no longer fits).
Julian McCullough is a nationally touring comedian, host and actor. He has appeared on INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and co-starred with Whitney Cummings on the E! series LOVE YOU, MEAN IT. Julian is a frequent panelist on Chelsea Lately and contributor to The Soup Investigates. He also has his own COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS stand-up special and has appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON. In addition to his television appearances, Julian has been featured at the Just For Laughs Festival and also won the "New York's Funniest" comedy competition in 2008.
david nieker’scalm delivery can’t hide a tenacious spirit that’s surprising stand up comedy fans and gaining him notoriety across the U.S.
Based in Los Angeles, he’s knocking out audiences at festivals like the 2014 Black Box Comedy Festival in Atlanta, the 2013 Salt Lake City Comedy Carnivale, the 2013 World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, and at comedy clubs across the country,
His common sense approach to everyday dilemmas sheds hilarious light on unseen details, unusual problems, and unplanned consequences.
He is a regular performer at Flapper’s Comedy Club in Burbank and m.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. As an actor, look for him in the upcoming short film “Textisms” by D. Jeremy Bolton. He’ll also play Prince Fasha in the independent thriller “King Saud,” scheduled to be filmed by director Mark Toma in 2014.
Stories about his back are both hairy and hilarious.
Often described as an "outburst comic", Nick Cobb's comedy is emotional and thoughtful with a physical rant always right around the corner. While a native Memphian, Nick attended Indiana University where he majored in Psychology. After graduating, he traveled Australia working odd jobs, like selling water filters door-to-door. Upon his return home, Nick started hitting the local comedy club because it was always his dream. In no time, Nick won a stand-up competition and moved to New York City. He headlines at clubs, colleges, benefits and corporate events all over the country. Nick recently returned from a college tour throughout the South and has been doing commentary for MTV videos. He has also been featured on AMC's "Date Night". When not performing, Nick dominates Sudoku.
“Top comedians face off.” - NBC's Today in LA
“The one early-spring elimination competition that actually matters.” -LA Weekly
See the final four and past champs live at the Improv!
MARCH COMEDY MADNESS 2014
In honor of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, 100s and eventually 64 bracketed comedians will go one-on-one in the 8th Annual March Comedy Madness single elimination comedy competition refereed by Josh Filipowski of Like2Laugh.com. In the first round, two comedians perform their best minute of stand-up head-to-head and then the audience, by applause, decides the winner. As the field is narrowed down, the sets get longer and more hilarious, until we crown the 2014 March Comedy Madness Champion!
Past winners include: Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents), Reese Waters (Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham), Myq Kaplan (NBC's Last Comic Standing), Sam Morril (Comedy Central’s Comic to Watch), Samba Schutte (NBC’s Fatal Encounters), Adam Yenser (Conan) and Nick Cobb (Comedy Central's Live at Gotham)!
March Comedy Madness: A WEEK OF MADNESS, LOS ANGELES: