Fans of the hit Comedy Central series “Workaholics” instantly recognize Erik Griffin as the show’s iconic series regular Montez. Erik also tours the country headlining popular comedy clubs and colleges every weekend. His debut comedy album, Technical Foul: Volume One, will be released this March. His Comedy Central Presents Half-Hour Stand-Up Special will premiere this year. Erik is a first generation American-born comedian/actor who made the decision in 2003 to quit his job and plunge headlong into making comedy his full-time occupation.
Erik first gained national exposure performing in the ALMA nominated “Payaso Comedy Slam” seen on Showtime and Comedy Central networks, “Live at Gotham” on Comedy Central, “Last Comic Driving” on NBC, “Comics Without Borders” on Showtime, nationally syndicated “Comics Unleashed;” He can also be seen featured in several national commercials, including the Emmy winning, Budlight “Swear Jar.” In 2008 at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, he received overwhelming reviews. Erik was featured at the 2008 NACA National Conference, the 2007 East Regional and 2006 NACA West Regional Showcases. He is currently headlining clubs and colleges throughout the United States and Canada.
Mostly recently, Erik was seen on “Surviving the Holidays” with Lewis Black on the History Channel, he was featured in the Tribeca Film Festival Documentary “Just Like Us,” and will be touring the world promoting the movie. Erik was also a guest star on the hit TNT show “Franklin & Bash.”
With his multicultural background, a Central American-Caribbean mother, a father of European decent, Erik blends well into the North American landscape particularly in this era of cultural diversity. With his routine full of hilarious observations about life, love and self evaluation, he brings together all ages and ethnic backgrounds, which makes for an uproariously good time.
Melissa Villasenor is a stand-up comedian and impressionist who is currently in the Finals of NBC’s hit show, “America’s Got Talent.” She grew up in Los Angeles and started stand up in Comedy Camp at the age of 15. And now, you can catch her as a regular at the Improv, Comedy Store and Comedy and Magic Club.
Melissa made her first TV appearance doing Ellen DeGeneres and Sarah Silverman impressions on “Frank TV” on TBS. She also appeared in the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival as part of the New Faces show in 2010. Recently she played a part as Nora Ephron on Fox's “Family Guy” and voiced various characters on Cartoon Network's “Adventure Time.”
You can catch Melissa perform her many voices all around the country and in her one-woman show, “I’m Not Myself.”
James Davis is hilarious and arguably one of L.A.’s hottest comedians. Born and raised in South Los Angeles, James was blessed with comedic inspiration from his friends and past classmates from Crossroads High School in Santa Monica. Still considered one of the fresh faces in Hollywood, James has appeared in Hell Date, Russell Simmons Presents Stand Up at The El Rey, Pit Boss and written for the last six BET Awards and last five BET Hip Hop Awards. He also was a writer for Season 2 of Hell Date and a consultant on The Tony Rock Project. When he’s not stealing the spotlight on stage, James also performs at colleges and universities across the nation. He has hosted rap/comedy concerts featuring Drake, Big Sean, J. Cole, and Ryan Leslie.
James is not only winning fans on stage and screen; he’s winning fans on the internet as well. His parody Baracka Flacka Flames – Head of the State was named #2 viral video of 2010 by AOL and has over 10 million views on the web. The popular spoof even landed James on Inside Edition and The New York Times. Since then, James has released numerous viral sketches on YouTube and become a regular on Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die website where he gained notoriety for his Kobe Bryant Parodies. James recently has become a regular on the E! channel’s Chelsea Lately, has a re-occuring role on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, and will appear in the return of Nick Cannon’s Wildn Out and Lil Duval’s “Ain’t That America” on MTV 2 this summer.
He's also a comedian from Los Angeles who you will most likely find very funny, assuming you're not into that kind of comedy (you know what I mean.) He has a website as well as a blog and even, amazingly, a twitter account! So essentially, he is just like every comedian under the age of 75.
Andrew Santino is most known for starring in ABC’s comedy MIXOLOGY. Currently, Andrew can be seen in YAHOO’S first digital series, SIN CITY SAINTS, which he stars in along side Tom Arnold and Malin Ackerman. Andrew recently hosted the red carpet for COMEDY CENTRAL’S ROAST OF JUSTIN BIEBER and was one of COMEDY CENTRAL’S 10 COMICS TO WATCH. Santino headlined at Montreal’s JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy festival as well as SXSW. Andrew got his start acting and writing on the final season of PUNK’D for MTV and his stand up television debut was on ADAM DEVINE’S HOUSE PARTY. Since then, he has been on CONAN, and has guest starred on ADULT SWIM'S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, on NETFLIX'S ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, HBO’S FAMILY TREE, NBC’s THE OFFICE, and FX’s THE LEAGUE.
Mark Normand is a favorite of the New York comedy scene. He has a number of credits to get out of the way, so here we go! In 2014, Mark was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, premiered his Comedy Central Presents: THE HALF HOUR, and released his debut CD “Still Got It” from Comedy Central Productions (one of Laughspin’s 10 Best Comedy Releases of 2014)! In 2015, Mark has appeared on INSIDE AMY SCHUMER (Comedy Central), HOW TO BE A GROWN UP (TruTV), GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE (AXS), SXSW COMEDY WITH W. KAMAU BELL (Showtime), CONAN (TBS), and will be appearing in the upcoming season of THIS IS NOT HAPPENING (Comedy Central). He also continued to headline clubs and festivals around the country including the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and SXSW Festival!
Mark has previously appeared on @MIDNIGHT (Comedy Central), INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, CONAN, INSIDE JOKE (MTV Other), JOHN OLIVER’S NEW YORK STAND UP SHOW (Comedy Central). He also won the 2013 Caroline's March Madness competition, beating out 63 other comedians. This is a shocker for all of us but he was also voted Village Voice's "Best Comedian of 2013", I know right? Quit bragging!!!
Mark was born and raised in New Orleans, LA surprisingly to two normal parents. As a kid he spent most of his time shooting short films and wetting the bed. Mark started doing comedy right after college and quickly moved to New York. Mark now does comedy clubs and colleges across the country and has been involved in many festivals including Portland, Seattle, DC, Boston, and was featured as a New Face at the Montreal Comedy Festival, where he recorded a set for Canadian TV. In NYC Mark runs two comedy shows and two podcasts, “Hot Soup” a weekly show, “We're all Friends Here”, a live show also recorded as a podcast, and "Tuesdays with Stories!”, a podcast from Stand Up NY Labs.
More annoying accolades: Mark was named one of Comedy Central’s Comics To Watch for the 2011 New York Comedy Festival. Mark was also named to Esquire’s “Best New Comedians 2012”, Splitsider’s “Top 10 Up and Coming Comedians on Each Coast”, and Time Out New York’s “21 New York Comedy Scene Linchpins”.
Jonny is a former fat kid from Pennsylvania. Now he's terrified by most things as an adult. He also has a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. He only watches Professional Wrestling & Paranormal shows. Shockingly, he is unmarried. Make friends with him on Twitter @JQuasto and enjoy www.JLoComedy.com
Summer is here and The Improv is proud to host Teen Tours from all over the country, and we would like to invite you out to experince the World Famous Hollywood Improv with your 17+ Teens!!
Come out and see The Improv's most amazing talent! Combining up and coming comics with seasoned veterans and today's hottest acts, it is always an amazing show! Some shows have yielded such up and coming acts as Ian Bagg, Sam Tripoli, Bret Ernst, Adam Hunter, as well as some veteran performers such as Ron White, Bob Saget, Chris Rock,and Sarah Silverman.
*These shows are not censored for children. Material may not be appropriate for children under the age of 17.