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 The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central: John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Laffapalooza, and Mash Ups along with his own 1 / 2 Hour Special. Deon is also an actor, having appeared in MTV’s Short Circuitz and Wild N’ Out with Nick Cannon, as well as Barbershop 1and 2. Most recently, Deon was featured in FX’s The League.
After Deon’s 2009 standup appearance on The Tonight Show, he was offered a job as a staff writer for the show and has since made weekly appearances as a commentator/performer 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 ofCONAN. He also had the experience of a lifetime touring with and performing his standup on Conan O’Brien’s THE LEGALLY PROHIBITED FROM BEING FUNNY ON TELEVISION TOUR. Deon most recently had his own show on TBS called, DEON COLE’S BLACK BOX. A video clip and social commentary show where Deon offered up his unique views on what was happening in the world.
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.