Maz Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which first aired on Comedy Central. He has had two Showtime specials, Brown and Friendly, and most recently, I Come In Peace. He performs stand-up live around the world, including in the Middle East, where he performed in front of the King of Jordan. Maz has also performed stand up on "The Tonight Show" and "The Late Show with Craig Ferguson."
Most recently, Maz starred as the title character in the award-winning indie comedy, "Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero," a film which he co-wrote and produced. He can next be seen (Summer 2015) playing the role of Jafar (from Aladdin) in the Disney movie, "The Descendants." With over 50 guest star appearances, Maz can regularly be seen on television’s most popular shows. Recent guest stars include "Mission Control," "True Blood" and "Shameless." Maz has been featured on CNN, the BBC, The New York Times and Time Magazine. He is a regular panelist on NPR’s "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me." His book "I’m Not a Terrorist but I’ve Played One on TV, published by Simon & Schuster, hit shelves in February 2015.
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.
For 25 years now, Ralphie May has appeared at the biggest venues, slayed every late-night audience multiple times, recorded a special for every comedy-loving network on television, traveled the world for the USO and reached the level of popularity few standup comedians have attained. Yet little compares to the amount of exposure May received when Netflix exclusively launched his new comedy special “Unruly” on Februrary 27th, at the same time it released the new season of “House of Cards.”
“That’s the biggest launch in Netflix history,” May said. “The wave for ‘House of Cards’ is a tsunami and I’m the fat guy trying to body surf. These guys are taking me to the middle of the country. They’re taking me into people’s homes. I’m the luckiest guy in America.”
You could make the argument May already was among the luckiest, with a charmed career that’s equal parts sweat equity and choking the life out of every opportunity that came along. He fell in love with comedy after performing at a church conference at age 13, and winning unexpected rewards. He turned professional at 17 when he opened for Sam Kinison after winning a contest as a dual-enrollment student at the University of Arkansas.
“He told me to move to Houston,” May said, “so I didn’t wait till graduation. I just left: ‘I’m going to Houston to do standup.’ And that was 25 years ago. It’s crazy.”
Houston was a comedy Mecca at the time with seven clubs and a thriving, competitive scene. May could work all the time, and he did, also landing a radio gig that helped expand his reputation. He eventually earned a spot on the first season of “Last Comic Standing,” and though he finished second, he might as well have won (anybody remember who won that year?) with the way fans fell in love with his over-the-top persona.
The raw, uncensored hallmarks of his mentor Kinison are evident in May’s set, laid out brilliantly over two hours in “Unruly,” recorded in front of a raucous, fist-pumping crowd of thousands in Atlanta. But May doesn’t deal in simple outrage, building a routine that’s rich, deep and fearless. He’s able to balance boyish charm, withering introspection and compassion for his fellow human being with some of the dirtiest, most honest observations you’ve ever heard.
“When I was a kid, my grandmother taught me how to crochet and how to quilt, and that’s kind of how I do an act,” May said. “I have one-liners, I have dirty jokes, but I also have long stories that are 10 or 20 minutes long and the laughs come every eight seconds. It’s a different set. And it’s a different life than most people have led.”
In the uncensored and unfiltered “Unruly,” he riffs on pop culture, race, his own excesses, the dangers of meeting Anderson Cooper and the mesmerizing deliciousness of Chick-Fil-A. With the increased visibility of the Netflix partnership, May hopes to fill the next 25 years of his career with even more breathless moments.
Viewership expectations are high. May debuted five specials over a decade on Comedy Central with each drawing record ratings. He also tours extensively and has made 19 trips into war zones to perform for troops with the USO and Wounded Warriors charity. And his popularity continues to grow. He and his family split their time between Nashville and Los Angeles, where he has television development deals for an unscripted reality show with Ryan Seacrest Productions and a scripted series with Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions.
May is currently on tour in North America. For more information about May or to buy tickets, visit www.ralphiemay.com.
Andy Kozel is one of the fastest and hottest rising stars in the LA comedy scene. He began his career in college as a morning radio talk show host for 107.1 The Planet in Champaign, Illinois. At 20 years old, Andy's show became very popular and recieved a #1 in the area ratings beating out syndicated programs such as Bob and Tom and Mancow. After graduating, he trained at the Second City in Chicago and then moved to Los Angeles where he's been tearing up stages ever since. He can be seen regularly at the Laugh Factory and Ha Ha Comedy Club in Hollywood.
Jerrod Carmichael is an LA based standup and performer originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was featured last year in Variety as being one of the top ten comics to watch, as well as being one of the New Faces at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He recurred on Fox’s The Goodwin Games and can be seen in Universal’s upcoming feature Townies. Jerrod is currently working on an untitled comedy pilot for NBC that he wrote and will star in and produce.
Jerrod is a regular around some of LA’s favorite standup shows, including Meltdown, The Improv, Laugh Factory and many alternative rooms.
Originally from Alabama, Willie Hunter has been doing stand-up comedy since 2007. He has his own live podcast titled WILLIE Talks. He is also a regular "Potluck" host at The Comedy Store just like his idol David Letterman.
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