VAN JAM featuring Jon Dore, Zach Sherwin, Jasper Redd, The Spanglers, Ian Bagg, The Hot Nut Riveters + SURPRISE SPECIAL GUEST!
18 & over
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The Spanglers' hail from Americana-laden America and were raised on song, dance, and a love for fashion. From child stars to adult entertainers (but not *adult entertainers*) the Spanglers have maintained a commitment to flash and dazzle, while staying really down to earth.
Zach Sherwin is a comedian and rapper based in Los Angeles. His music videos have been viewed millions of times online, his album is available on Comedy Central Records, and his television credits include MTV, VH1, E!, and FX’s “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” Zach has also appeared in several “Epic Rap Battles of History” videos, most notably as Albert Einstein, and he works as a staff writer for the blockbuster YouTube series.
A native of Tennessee, Jasper Redd began his comedy career in San Francisco. He has since been performing non-stop at comedy clubs and colleges all over the country.
In 2005, he was hailed as one of the standout New Faces at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival, and has been a featured performer in the "Comedians of Comedy" U.S. tour with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford and Zach Galifianakis. His television appearances include "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "Last Call with Carson Daly," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," and HBO's "Def Comedy Jam." Last year, he toured colleges around the country as the host of American Eagle's Campus Comedy Challenge.
Named one of "10 comics to watch" by Variety, Ottawa-born comedian, host and actor Jon Dore is renowned for his offbeat humour and unique bait-and-switch style.
Dore is a favourite on the comedy club and festival circuit in Canada and the United States. He has hosted theJust for Laughs Festival Homegrown Comedy Competition on a number of occasions and has enjoyed sold-out runs at the Festival's Montreal and Toronto locations, at comedy festivals in Halifax, Vancouver, Portland and Washington, DC, and at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.
From his humble beginnings as the co-host of the cable talk show Daytime Ottawa (Rogers Television) and the irreverent roving reporter on Canadian Idol (CTV), Dore recently starred in the critically acclaimed ABC-TV series How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) opposite Sarah Chalke, Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett.
Dore is the host of HBO Canada's Funny as Hell, a series showcasing bold and uncensored comedy from the fastest rising comedians at the Just For Laughs Festival, currently shooting its' fourth season.
He is the star of his own award-winning 'mockumentary' series, The Jon Dore Television Show, documenting his hilarious and outrageous debates on life's challenges and changes, from weight loss to gender. He also served as co-creator, co-producer and writer on the series, proving he is just as comfortable behind the camera. The series ran for a successful two seasons on IFC and The Comedy Network.
Dore starred in the stand-up specials Comedy Central Presents...Jon Dore and Comedy Now! (CTV/The Comedy Network); appeared on a number Comedy Central's specials including Live At Gotham, CC: Stand-Up: The Bonnaroo Experience and Mash Up; made guest-starring turns on How I Met Your Mother (CBS) andScare Tactics (SyFy); and was the lead in the CBS pilot My Life As An Experiment.
A regular on late night talk shows, Dore has the honor of being the first stand-up to appear on Conan (TBS).
Dore's feature film credits include the indie drama Gus opposite Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III) and the comedy Stag, with Donald Faison (Scrubs) and Eva Amurri (Californication), which picked up two awards - Best Ensemble and Excellence in Filmmaking - at the LA Comedy Film Festival.
TV Guide Canada called Dore one of the "rising stars of the future" and Toronto weekly NOW Magazinenamed him Best Male Stand-up. He is the recipient of four Canadian Comedy Awards including: Best Taped Live Performance (2010) for Just for Laughs; Best Performance by a Male in a Television Show (2009) for The Jon Dore Television Show; Best Writing on a Series (2008) for The Jon Dore Television Show; and Best Stand-up Newcomer (2006). He is also a two-time Gemini nominee (2008 & 2009) for Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for The Jon Dore Television Show.
Chase Durousseau is a household name that even smart people have trouble spelling. A Creole Texan, his easy going delivery and unique rapid-fire animated mannerisms have captivated audiences around the globe. Growing up latch key and down the street from a dollar theater, his early childhood consisted of getting dropped off at theme parks, the movies and pulling pranks on strangers that would eventually become his friends. He then proceeded to crash so many of these peoples family get togethers that eventually everywhere he went felt like home.
After volunteering for Red Cross during Hurricane Katrina, he couldn’t stop talking to people, took his insatiable lust for blabbering to the stage and has been there ever since. After starting comedy he won Houston's Funniest Person Contest, entertained U.S. Troops in Kuwait and Iraq. He performed at Moontower Comedy Festival with Hannibal Buress, opened for Craig Robinson and The Nasty Delicious on the east coast, and with Norm Macdonald, Jo Koy, Anjelah Johnson, Steve Byrne, Louis CK, Bill Burr and more in the south.
He currently lives in Los Angeles where he regularly performs around town and hosts a popular live weekly show called “Midnight Snack” at the Hollywood Improv.
Ian Bagg is the first name in this sentence and chances are, it will be the last. Ian started comedy in a small country off the coast of Japan called “Canada”. He proceeded to do all the show business things that every successful Canadian entertainers do. He went to a “Hockey Night in Canada” game on a Saturday night, performed at the “Montreal Comedy Festival”, kissed a fish in New Foundland and did a “Comedy Now” special on CTV. So what does a Canadian do when he has done all? He boards a train to NYC! Wherein he goes on to live in a youth hostel but eventually and luckily ends up on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Late Late show with Craig Ferguson” and the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. It is not always fun and games; he was forced to do “Make Me Laugh”, “Showcase Comics with Louie Anderson”, “Fridays” on NBC and “Late Late Show with Caig Kilborn”.
Acting, although not his first love, has been fun. Here is something interesting; Ian is the only known human that has worked with famed director producer Judd Apatow and has not become a multi-billionaire. But in spite of that, life has been amazing! Ian has been on the History Channel, the Food Network and the Biography Channel. Also, Ian was the first ever Canadian to meet three different presidents, including Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and George Bush. Although only one of these people were actually physically in the White House at the time…one was on a plane and one at a hockey practice… He has worked red carpet interviews, managing to piss off Brad Pitt, be hit with a champagne bottle, and asked for chocolate-covered pretzels by Alec Baldwin. You probably wonder what kind of man does this and does not implode. Why, it is a man whose dog survived a horrific three story fall. A man that’s been known to think he is twelve, although was actually more like twenty-nine or seventy-two. Surprisingly, Ian went to school to be an explosives enigneer. But a lucky chance at a open mic event made him the oh-so volatile one. Soon after all of that , Ian had two successful half-hour specials; one on “Comedy Central Presents” and HBO’s “A Comics Climb”. And just recently, he taped his first one hour special.
So if you dare to see a comedian who was named the “…number 2 out of 11 comics to see live in 2012” by “Crave Online”, he will be in your area soon…‘cause this Manchild does over a million airmiles a year Or conversely, you could listen to his radio/podcast, The Ian Bagg Show on Sirius/XM 160 radio,www.theianbaggshow.com or download on itunes.
“Anyway you get to know him you will remember him”, (Ronald Reagan)
Van Jam is back for it's first show in almost a year!
Live music and the best stand-up variety. This time the show welcomes The Hot Nut Riveters, "Texas' Original Recession Era String Band" coming in all the way from Austin.
Past Van Jam performers include:
Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Jeff Ross, Tig Notaro, Craig Robinson, The Sklar Brothers, Todd Glass, Tom Papa, TJ Miller, Morgan Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani, Kyle Kinane, Jerrod Carmichael, and many more!