Henry Phillips has been seen and heard performing his twisted songs and stories on 'Comedy Central Presents', ABC’s ’Jimmy Kimmel Live’, satellite and terrestrial radio nationwide. His critically acclaimed albums, fusing mellow folk-rock ballads with psychopathic lyrics have earned him mention in Billboard magazine’s ’Critic’s Choice’, as well as acclaim from such notable artists as Moby, who refers to Phillips' songs as "disconcertingly funny". His semi-biographical comedy film "Punching the Clown" received the Audience award at Slamdance film festival '09, and is currently available on Netflix and iTunes.
Jesse Joyce started his comedy career in Pittsburgh in 1998. In 2001 he made the move to New York City and since then has been making a name for himself in cities and countries you’ve heard of as one of the hottest young comics working today.
He attributes his comic instincts to growing up with his entertaining family. By following the example of his Uncle Michael, a former clown in the Ringling Bros.& Barnum and Bailey Circus and his great uncles, founders of the International Juggling Association, Joyce developed his own unique brand of comic charisma without throwing or balancing stuff or getting in or out of a tiny car.
Jesse has been seen on the inaugural season of Comedy Central’s Live At Gotham, and his Live At Gotham segment on Comedy Central’s website remains in the top most watched clip for the season. In addition he has filmed Weekly Evil segments for The Root of All Evil also for the Comedy Central website. Throughout 2007 Jesse was invited to be part of the Comedy Central on Campus College Tour. He’s appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’s “Pass The Mic” segment. He’s been the host of AMC’s Date Night, a regular guest on RedEye on FOXNews, as well as appearing on Entertainment Tonight, and Lifetime. He was a contributing writer for Comedy Central’s Roasts of Joan Rivers, Larry The Cable Guy, Bob Saget and Flava Flav as well as the TBS Celebrity Roast of Cheech and Chong and was proud to have made fun of Ice-T and Geraldo Rivera to their faces from the comfort and anonymity of his living room. In addition to writing for the Roast, Jesse was also invited to perform on several shows at the TBS Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.
His debut CD Joyce To The World has been well received and is played regularly on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. In addition, Jesse can be frequently heard on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom morning show, is featured on Bob and Tom’s CD As Big As A Hat, and The Montreal Comedy Hour on the CBC in Canada. Since 2007 Jesse has been one of the four members of the nationally touring Comedy Addiction Tour featuring four comedians tackling the subject of their own addiction and recovery performing in theaters nation wide.
He’s a contributor and a member of the marginally prestigious “panel of experts” in the book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes and was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article about comics using the internet to promote themselves. Jesse was invited by Eddie Brill, the booker of Letterman to participate in The Great American Comedy Festival 2008 – a tribute comedy festival to Johnny Carson. In October 2009 he wrapped shooting his first feature film entitled “Stags” produced by the legendary Ben Barenholz (Raising Arizona, Requiem for a Dream) due out in early 2010. He also recently took part in a stand up comedy special hosted by Caroline Rhea featuring 20 of New York City’s up and coming comedians called Stand Up 360 which was played in movie theaters around the country in 2009. Jesse has also written numerous TV and radio commercials as well as various print ads. In 2001 he received 2 American Advertising Awards (ADDYs) for his writing.
Jesse has entertained audiences in 13 countries on 4 continents; all over the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Djbouti, Kuwait, Iraq, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Switzerland where he has appointed himself The Father of Swiss Comedy, as he’s the only comedian he’s ever heard of performing in Switzerland.
Jim Hamilton is the protagonist of "The Hamilton Patent Moon" by Hayden Carruth. Copyright law being what it is today, no portions of that story will be reprinted here. You can find it in the Harper's New Monthly Magazine from May of 1899. Actually, I don't think that's the same Jim Hamilton.
Andy Ostroff was born the second of two boys in the town of Natick, Massachusetts just outside of Boston. He grew up as a curious and conscientious young boy once telling his mother not to drink and drive while she was driving her station wagon and holding a Pepsi. At the age of 13 Andy had a kick ass Bar Mitzvah, which prompted his mother to say “you are the most handsome Bar Mitzvah boy ever.” This is the young boy who has blossomed into the man you see today.
Andy haphazardly ventured through the Natick public school system (where NFL quarterback Doug Flutie went!) with much success including winning the inaugural Mr. Natick High School beauty pageant. If you ask nicely, Andy might let you email his mom and she will be happy to tell you all about it. However, Mr. NHS was the first point in Andy’s life where he actually thought, “being on stage performing might be more fun than basketball…even when we win.”
After, high school, Andy’s next stop was The George Washington University in Washington DC. He ended up majoring in American Studies with a minor in Theatre Arts. He was also a manager for the athletic department meaning that someone actually put him in control of a multi-million dollar training facility. That was sweet! Anyway, Andy continued acting and liked it more and more. He did pretty well in class too. This is despite the fact that when reading his senior thesis project, on how sports help Spanish speaking Americans become part of American culture, Andy’s professor said, “You have a very amusing writing style that makes me laugh out loud when reading your work.” That’s quite a compliment, but not so much when what you have written is supposed to be a serious academic endeavor. Hmm. Somehow he managed to graduate with honors. This, my friends is still a mystery.
After college Andy really had two choices. Choice one was to follow his father’s footsteps and go to law school. Choice two was to move to LA and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Luckily, Andy’s father told him that if he went to Law School he was crazy.
Megan Koester is a writer and comedian (obviously) who resides in Los Angeles (somewhat less obviously). A columnist for VICE, she co-produces Entitlement, a monthly comedy show with other VICE scribes which has had the pleasure to host such notables as Neil Hamburger, Marc Maron, Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, Kurt Braunohler, Reggie Watts and Andy Kindler (who she collaborated with on her "How Not to Be a Stand-Up Comedian" article for VICE). She's performed at SF Sketchfest, the Hollywood Improv, the SF Punchline, Tomorrow!, The Grawlix, Chicago Underground Comedy, and countless other shows across this great land we call America. She has her very own track on the Holy F**k Live Comedy album, which you can listen to on Spotify if you're so inclined. She USED to be a staple of those Huffington Post "Women You Should Follow on Twitter" lists until she started making a big stink about them being patronizing; she's also one third of the all-female (sorry) sketch group Blessed. A Witstream contributor, she's been featured on Splitsider and is finding it very hard to continue writing this bio in the third person. Most importantly, she has the distinction of being the first person to eat a 12'' flatbread Veggie Delight Subway sandwich on stage, a fact she'll take to her cold, lonely grave. You can follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/bornferal.