Deon Cole is originally from the south side of Chicago. Deon’s charismatic personality and original style make him one of the most popular performers in the comedy scene today. As a standup, he has been featured on Shaq's All Star Comedy Jam, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Laffapalooza, and Mash Ups along with his own Comedy Central Presents: Deon Cole.
After a standup appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien in 2009, Deon was offered a job as a staff writer for the show and quickly became known for his hilarious appearances as a commentator on the show. In 2010, he was nominated for his first EMMY and Writers Guild Award along with the other writers of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and he was named one of the “Top 10 Comedians to Watch” by VARIETY. In 2011, Deon received his second Emmy Nomination for his work with the writers of CONAN and in 2013 he went on to star in his own show for TBS called, Deon Cole's Black Box.
Deon currently appears as "Charlie" on ABC's Black-ish, and will soon be one of the lead roles in TBS's Angie Tribeca created by Steve and Nancy Carell, starring Rashida Jones. Deon also recently guest starred on USA's Benched, and has been featured on FX’s The League, Wild N’ Out with Nick Cannon, as well as the films, Barbershop 1 and 2.
Originally from Chicago, Aarona has been performing on stage since age 5. Whether in plays or in person she always displayed a delightfully twisted view on the world, which has now become her comedy act. Aarona, who calls herself "the beauty with the brains" is working her way to become America's favorite funny-girl with thought-provoking, high-energy comedy material.
Before comedy, Aarona made a name for herself on the Chicago and Champaign, IL Spoken Word scene. Performing at various coffee houses and theaters - including the KRANNERT THEATER OF PERFORMING ARTS (Urbana, IL) and SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO ON TOUR at Virginia Theater (Champaign, IL). She has more than 50 poems registered and copywritten by the Library of Congress.
In 2006, Aarona exploded on the comedy scene with her personified self-portrait which takes the audience on a ride into her exciting world. She began enhancing her skills behind the mic with improv classes from Second City-Chicago, The Annoyance Theater and later iO West (Los Angeles). Less than six months after she began stand-up comedy, Aarona became a working comic and was selected as a "New Face" in Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA. Aarona's other notable accomplishments include:
*2007 LaffJam Comedy College Tour
*2008 California's Funniest Female Competition Quarter-Finalist
*2008 NBC Standup For Diversity Semi-Finalist
*2009 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition Semi-Finalist
*2009 Uncle Clyde's Comedy Competition Winner
*2010 NBC Stand-up For Diversity Semi-Finalist
*2010 Martin Lawrence 1st Amendment Standup: 5th Season
In 2008, Aarona became an international comic by traveling to the UK performing at The Drum Centre (Birmingham), Jonguleurs (Birmingham) and The Bernie Arts Centre (London)
In 2010, Aarona was featured in her first national television program, Season 5 of Martin Lawrence's First Amendment Standup on the STARZ Network (Episode #507). Then, Aarona also got the chance to act in her first professional teleplay called, "Lord All Men Can't Be Dogs" starring Vivica A. Fox, Christian Keyes, Elise Neal and Johnny Gill.
Aarona continues to captivate audiences across the country with her powerful stage presence and witty words of wisdom at clubs and colleges including but not limited to:
*Caroline's on Broadway (New York)
*Riddles Comedy Club (Chicago)
*Jokes and Notes (Chicago)
*The Miami Improv
*Bonkerz Comedy Club (Daytona Beach, FL)
*The JSpot (Los Angeles)
*Comedy Store (Hollywood)
*Tommy T's (Concord, CA)
*Laff House (Philadelphia)
*Loyola University (Chicago)
*Unversity of Illinois @Urbana-Champaign
*Chicago State University
*Curry College (Milton, MA)
*California State University Northridge
*Travis Air Force Base (Fairfield, CA)
Aarona has a sassy, enlightened perspective that evokes laughter and demands attention. One of the cutting edge new faces of comedy, Aarona combines her observational humor, poignant characters and personal opinion to create a memorable show.
Aarona is influenced by Margaret Cho, Roseanne, Robin Harris, Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock.
Pete Davidson hit the stage for the first time at the age of 16. Since then Pete has toured North America playing colleges, comedy clubs and theaters. The Staten Island native has broke out this year starring in three MTV programs: Guy Code, Wild 'N' Out: Raw and Failosophy. Pete will be making his network stand-up comedy debut on Comedy Central this Fall and appeared on AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live. 2013 also marks his debut in a feature film with his role in Nick Cannon's School Dance.
At 19 years of age, Pete's stand-up is considered fresh and honest. In 2011, CBS Radio took notice and claimed he was "next up… and by next up, we mean NOW!" The praise landed him a role on 92.3NOW's morning show "Rollin with Nick Cannon." His work on the highly rated talk show led to a nation-wide tour with Cannon.
Even at a young age, Pete has a lot to say on stage. He takes his real life situations whether it's tackling family issues or the pitfalls of adolescence and finds the humor behind it all. When he's not touring Pete can be seen throughout New York City performing at Caroline's On Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club and The Stand.
Cristela Alonzo is the cocreator, coexecutive producer and star of the ABC sitcom, “Cristela,” an achievement which caps a whirlwind year. Cristela rose to fame in the world of standup and has since topped multiple comedy powerplayer lists including "Variety's Top 10 Comics to Watch," "Top 10 Comedy Acts to Watch in 2014" by LA Weekly, Cosmo Latina's "8 Women You Should be Following on Twitter," Time Out's "Comics to Watch," Cosmo's "13 Female Comedians to Watch For in 2014," and "One of the 50 Comedians You Should and WILL Know" by Vulture.com.
Cristela recently made a deal with Comedy Central to release her debut CD, “Some of the Hits,” this fall. "The Half Hour," her first halfhour special in Boston, premiered in June 2013 on Comedy Central to rave reviews. Cristela has also made appearances on “The View,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” "Conan,” Gabriel Iglesias' "Stand Up Revolution," Showtime's "Legally Brown," "Last Comic Standing" and "Live at Gotham." In addition, she performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.
One of the most popular standup comedians in the college market, she showcased at the NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) national convention in Charlotte, NC, and was the most requested act of the convention. In the past three years, she has performed for almost 300 colleges.
Originally from San Juan, Texas—Cristela is based in Los Angeles, and when not on the road, can be found performing at various area clubs, including her home club The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach.
“CRISTELA” on ABC: http://abc.go.com/shows/cristela
For more information, go to www.cristelaalonzo.com
My name is Sean Patton. I am Comedian based in New York and Los Angeles by way of New Orleans. I cut my teeth doing standup in the Crescent city and since have performed at Caroline's, The Comedy Cellar, Gotham, The Improv, UCBNY, UCBLA, The Melbourne International comedy festival (2011), The Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival (2008, 2010), and many other clubs around the US and Canada.
I made my Basic Cable debut on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" (2009) and my Network TV debut on "Late night with Jimmy Fallon" (2010). I also recently appeared on "Conan" (2011).
I love doing what I do. Some of you will love it too (thanks!), but some of you will not (thanks for coming) My big plans for the future are to continue sharing my comedy with as many people as possible and to one day fall in love with You. Yes, You, the person reading this bio right now. Don't worry about breaking my heart because I plan on turning the experience into material anyway. Later!
In just a few short years, Steve Byrne has risen through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s most innovative and sought-after performers. With his high-energy, physical style of comedy, Byrne has evolved throughout the years into an extremely versatile entertainer that delivers on a day-to-day basis. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Steve Byrne was born to a Korean mother and an Irish father. His unique background has given him the base comedic material for his first television show, Sullivan & Son, a half hour comedy on TBS. The show is heading into its third season, premiering on Tuesday, June 24th at 10pm.
Next up, Byrne will release his latest one hour standup comedy special, CHAMPION, on Netflix in May 2014. He will then be taking his live show on the road along with his castmates; Ahmed Ahmed, Owen Benjamin and Roy Wood Jr. The Steve Byrne & the Cast of Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour will begin in New York City in June and continue around the country through August.
After winning TBS’ cutthroat competition, the Myspace Standup or Sitdown Comedy Challenge, Byrne was hurtled into a brilliant television and film career. As his popularity began to expand, Byrne was featured in his very own half-hour Comedy Central Presents which was soon voted as one of the best specials of all time in the Comedy Central Standup Showdown. His hilarious standup has been seen on NBC’s The Tonight Show, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS’s The Late Late Show and BET’s Comic View. In 2008, Byrne’s first one-hour special, Steve Byrne’s Happy Hour, premiered on Comedy Central and further cemented his star status. Packing an impressively wide range of appeal, Byrne’s comedy soon landed him on the The History of the Joke on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel’s The Science of Laughter. He has since appeared on some of TV’s hottest shows including ABC’s The Middle, The Chapelle Show, G4’s The International Sexy Ladies Show, The Howard Stern Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, The Very Funny Show and was a series regular on NBC’s The Real Wedding Crashers. Byrne’s most recent hour special, The Byrne Identity, premiered last year on Comedy Central to rave reviews.
A true international comedian, Byrne has performed to sold-out crowds around the world. He has been a featured comic at the Just for Laughs Festival (in Montreal, Toronto and Chicago), HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Las Vegas and the CanWest Comedy Fest in Vancouver. He has been part of several national comedy tours including The Jameson Comedy Tour, Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Tour, The Kims of Comedy, The Camel Cigarettes Sin City Tour, and his own national Myspace Comedy tour. Byrne even had the honor of opening for esteemed musical acts such as Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Modest Mouse, Puddle of Mudd, Spoon, Rev. Horton Heat and many more. As a big supporter of the US troops, Steve also headlined several USO tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan and Guam.
Byrne has appeared in the hit comedies The Dilemma, Couples Retreat, Four Christmases and The Goods: The Don Ready Story. His 2006 documentary, 13 or Bust, chronicles the attempt to perform 13 comedy shows in Manhattan in one night.
Byrne’s lack of ego and outstanding work ethic has helped him become one of today’s most respected comedians.