Description: Evolution Entertainment/Twisted Pictures presents its first ever standup comedy showcase!
Adam Hammer: A young So Cal native, Adam Hammer is currently touring the country as part of the Jo Koy tour. He has toured the country with Robert Schimmel as well as all by himself headlining clubs like Crackers, The Funnybone and Comedy Underground. His album “Almost Clean” debuted at number 20 on the iTunes comedy charts in May 2011. He was the voice of Frank the Penguin on the Good Luck Chuck DVD. He wrote and directed the YouTube hit “Backporch Wisdom” and was co-creator of the web series “Messed Up Missionaries” which was purchased by Turner and ran on SuperDeluxe.com. Based in L.A. Adam Hammer is a paid regular at the Hollywood Improv, the Icehouse, and the Comedy and Magic Club.
Julia Reiss: Julia is a performer and writer born and bred in Los Angeles. After graduating NYU with a degree in political theory, she began her training at Stella Adler in New York City and continued on to study at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Julia likes Nutella and will gladly lend you her lighter.
Ash Williams: Ash Williams is an Australian stand up comedian / actor who lives in L.A. He has just completed sell out shows in Australia and can be seen performing stand up all across L.A.
Ryan Hansinger: Ryan decided to become a comedian after realizing that it was more worthwhile than chasing his childhood dream of growing up to become a drop of juice.
His comedic intelligence is that of rocket scientist and an awkward turtle. He thoroughly enjoys reading magic eye books and various others from the pop-up genre. He enjoys hot sauce and ladies, but has never combined the two. If ever caught in a fist fight, but given the option to use a weapon of choice (thus making it a fist+weapon of choice fight) then he would definitely choose a ninja throwing star.
More about the comedy? Okay. Ryan started his comedy career writing and performing sketch comedy with the student-run organization at Christopher Newport University, CNU TONiGHT. In his 4 years with the group, he took on the roles of head-writer, comedy news anchor, and President of the organization. Upon graduating, he got involved with ComedySportz in Richmond, Virginia and learned the art of short form improv. While performing with ComedySportz, he helped found the long form improv group, Made of Bees, which made a splash in Richmond and improv festivals along the east coast.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, where he currently lives, Ryan did a perfect swan dive into improv classes with the Upright Citizens Brigade. He performs regularly all over Los Angeles with his improv group, Cat Bath, at venues like iO West, Westside Comedy Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Improv Space, The NoHo Stages, TNT, Crashbar, and Room 101, among others. Ryan also performs stand-up and has brought all of his experience with sketch comedy and improv into his stand-up to create a unique, captivating, high-energy style of comedy that has something that everyone can enjoy. Whether it’s at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Improv, HaHa Cafe, Flappers Comedy Club, The Downtown Comedy Club, The Ice House Comedy Club, or your favorite bar’s comedy night - Ryan is making his presence known in Los Angeles.
Mike Estime: Mike Estime has been working steadily in Los Angeles and New York on stage as well as television on such hit shows as Everybody Hates Chris on the CW, Bernie Mac Show on Fox, and Talk To Me on ABC starring Kyra Sedgewick. During that time, he has kept alive his first love; stand up comedy starting as a student at Howard University in Washington, DC. Mike has great physicality on stage and amazing high energy, which really comes out as he invites you into his hysterical portrayals of growing up in a Haitian family. His unique outlook on sports, politics and marriage will have you stitches. As a stand up, Mike has been seen on HBO’s Laughapalooza,Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and BET’s Comic View. He’s was also seen in the movie The Last Holiday with Queen Latifah and L.L. Cool J. as well as performing at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Brian Finkelstein: Brian Finkelstein is a regular performer and teacher at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as the host of the LA Moth Story-slams. He has performed his solo shows in a variety of venues from the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen to the 2012 Summer Nights Festival in Perth, Australia. He’s also an Emmy-nominated writer for his work on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Currently his screenplay, Good Grief is being produced by 72 Productions, he’s touring with The Moth and is the cohost of the incredibly offensive podcast, Brian Tells John About The View. briantellsjohnabouttheview.com/
Follow him at @bsfinkelstein twitter.com/bsfinkelstein
Chris Reid: Christopher Reid (born April 5, 1964), formerly known as Kid (shortened from his original MC name, Kid Coolout), is an American actor, comedian, and former rapper. Reid was born in The Bronx, New York City, to a Jamaican father (1931-) and an Irish mother (1930-1973). He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1982. He also graduated from Lehman College in the Bronx. He is best known as one-half of late-1980s/early-1990s hip hop musical act Kid 'n Play with fellow rapper/actor Christopher "Play" Martin. Reid was particularly notable for his extreme hi-top fade hairstyle. Reid has appeared on a number of television programs, including Martin and Sister, Sister, and has also served as the host of amateur contest shows such as Your Big Break and It's Showtime at the Apollo. Reid tours as a stand-up comedian. Reid's most recent musical contribution has been writing the theme song to HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.
Tiffany Haddish: Tiffany Haddish credits her social worker for her success as a comedian/actress. Growing up in foster care in South Central Los Angeles, it was her excessive talking and imaginary friends that prompted her increasingly flustered social worker to steer her in to stand-up comedy by enrolling her into the world famous Laugh Factory Comedy Camp for Children. Tiffany has been making people laugh ever since,appearing on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," "Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes" for TV One, and also on Comedy Central's "Reality Bites". Not only is she a Comedian. she has proven to be a versatile actress appearing in such diverse projects as the film comedy "Meet the Spartans" and the Lifetime drama "Racing for Time," where she played a lead role opposite Charles Dutton. Currently, she is appearing opposite Ice Cube in "Janky Promoters".
Tiffany’s comedy has taken her all over the world. She recently returned from performing on the USO Tour in Japan for U.S. Troops. She has performed all over Southern California at various comedy clubs and local venues such as: The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store and Improv. She also performs in a comedy show “Chuckles Not Knuckles”, a program she developed for inner-city high school students that promotes non-violence.
Tiffany sees herself as sexy as Halle Berry, as funny as Jim Carrey, raw like Richard Pryor with the comedic timing of Lucille Ball, smooth like Eddie Murphy, Jewish as Whoopie Goodberg and hopes to some day have money like Oprah
Patrick O'Sullivan: Patrick has a recurring role as alien Johnny Unitas on the new ABC comedy The Neighbors, as well as sidekick to Rob Corddry on ABC's Happy Endings. He was seen in theaters this year in the horror film Smiley and is the creator of the hit stage shows All About Walken: The Impersonators of Christopher Walken and All About Jack (Nicholson) and plays Gary Busey in the wildly popular interactive show Point Break Live! He performs his one man show, Young Sully, across the country as well as a style of stand-up that blends the open honesty of his darkly humorous and unique upbringing with impressions and physical comedy.
He has been seen on Comedy Central, Showtime, Fox, and CBS shows, produced the first ever stage version of The Shawshank Redemption, and a new documentary on Lenny Bruce titled Looking for Lenny. Patrick also writes and acts for the booming internet channel Totally Sketch and voices Ronald Reagan on the online cartoon series Dino Yacht Club. This former rock vocalist, jazz radio D.J. and scoreboard operator for the S.F. Giants and 49ers pretty much likes to do every crazy creative thought that comes into his mind.
Ellyn Daniels: Ellyn Daniels started her career on the stage as a ballet dancer. At 13 yrs old she was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Harid Conservatory. She went on to study at London Studio Centre and upon graduation was awarded a place in Le Jeune Ballet International de Cannes. After suffering a career-ending injury she began modeling throughout Europe, Asia and the US, which eventually brought her to Los Angeles where she began to study acting. She has since appeared on Fox’s Justice, ABC’s the Forgotten, and in Russell Brand’s Blog, a FunnyOrDie featured video, in which she played Russell Brand. Ellyn also performs stand-up comedy frequently in NY and Los Angeles. She has performed at Caroline’s, Gotham, Eastville, Stand-Up NY, The Hollywood Improv, The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. She recently won best stand-up comic at The Eagle Rock Comedy festival.
John Dale: Born in San Diego, John Dale has been peforming stand-up for the past 5 years all over Southern California. He has become a regular at The Improv, Comedy Store, and Ice House in Pasadena, as well as many other venues in San Diego and San Francisco. He has appeared in many videos on Funny or Die, and YouTube, most notably The Flip Side, which has received over 10 million hits. You can hear him as a host on Tony Hawk's Demolition Radio on SiriusXM every Tuesday at 4PM.
Ben Begley: Ben Begley is an actor/writer/comedian/nerd who has appeared in over 20 national and regional commercials. His TV appearances include: NCIS: Los Angeles, Franklin & Bash, Happy Endings, 90210, and Raising Hope. And roles in several indie features; ranging from a doctor who really loves bagels, a romantic lead, an uber conservative Church director, and a deranged hillbilly. He also hosted a weekly show, ABC Dot Comedy, on ABC.com, where he interviewed and filmed sketches with people way more famous than him.
For more shameless self-promotion, go to: www.benbegley.com