Originally from Old Hickory, TN, Nate Bargatze is a stand-up comedian following in the entertainment business footsteps of his dad, a former clown turned world class magician. He has appeared on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon three times, following two appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has also appeared on Conan four times, is a recurring guest on @midnight, and had his own Comedy Central Presents. He has written for Spike TV's Video Game Awards and received critical acclaim at the Montreal Comedy Festival multiple years. He has performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Oddball Comedy Festival, and went on tour with Jimmy Fallon's Clean Cut Comedy Tour. Nate has also performed for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait five times. His debut comedy album "Yelled at by a Clown" reached #1 on the iTunes comedy charts and stayed on Billboard Top Ten Comedy Charts for weeks. Nate was also featured as one of Esquire's Best New Comedians by Jim Gaffigan, as one of Marc Maron's comedians to watch in Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine, and as #1 of Vulture's 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015. His debut one hour special Full Time Magic premiered on Comedy Central last year and he was named as one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch in 2015 and voted as Interrobang's 2015 Comedian of the Year.
Years ago, Esquire called Ben Gleib one of "six comedians who could be comedy's next big thing." The other 5 were Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Demetri Martin, and Flight of the Conchords. It came true for each of them, and it now seems to be Gleib's time. His first hour special, Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster, premiered on Showtime in June. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a3045/comedians070207/
For 7 years he was one of the stars of Chelsea Lately, and now is Host and Executive Producer of "Idiotest," the Emmy nominated comedy game show in its third season on GSN, as their most watched original show. (For Gleib, EP is not just a title. He helps create all of the show's brain puzzles.)
Gleib is also a regular on "The Today Show" with Kathie Lee and Hoda, and has made multiple appearances on Comedy Central's @midnight.
A truly unique voice in comedy, Gleib has been a regular on-air contributor to CNN and NPR (where he won a Golden Mic,) is an accomplished voice over actor (The Book of Life, Ice Age: Continental Drift -the second highest grossing animated movie of all-time internationally,) and this year co-anchored a week of ABC News digital from their world news headquarters in New York. An unusual gig for a comedian, another example of why he is one of the most multi-talented comics working today.
Gleib has been headlining comedy clubs around the globe since 2007 and has toured arenas with Chelsea Handler and Dane Cook. His podcast 'Last Week On Earth,' debuted on iTunes Comedy at #9, was #1 on stitcher for 20 straight weeks, and his online videos have received over 20 million views.
Letting laughter carry her through the day, Zainab Johnson shares with audiences how interesting everyday life can be, especially when you turn the day’s drama into serious comic relief. Whether she’s performing on stage, writing a script, or acting on screen, Zainab is making people laugh with her own engaging style.
Zainab began her career in entertainment as an actress, having moved from home in New York City to the glitz and grit of Los Angeles soon after college. As she pursued roles for television and film, others saw in her a talent for comedy that she had never considered before. Her first appearance as a series regular on television for BET’s “Hell Date” led her to explore comedy in earnest, studying the craft with the Groundlings and IO West, two improvisational comedy groups. Zainab then went on to perform improv and sketch comedy with Troop Hollywood and the Black Hand Side.
In 2010, Zainab took a leap of faith in her talent and did her first solo stand-up performance. Her success from that day and her talent for the craft have propelled her to working in top clubs throughout the country, from LA to NYC, including the Improv, Laugh Factory, Standup NY, and Caroline’s on Broadway.
Zainab is a Last Comic Standing semi-finalist and has performed at the 2014 BET Experience at LA Live and the world famous Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She has also appeared on Comic View, the Arsenio Hall Show, and Gotham Live.
Winner, 2013, HBO’s American Black Film Festival Comedy Wings Competition