Description: Every month Skyler Stone (Raising Hope, Comedy Central's CON, Waiting, For Your Consideration) puts on an amazing evening of comedy and music. Except it is not what you might think. It isn't comedians going up and then musicians going up and doing their separate acts. NO! It is all integrated. Skyler only books comedians who use music in their acts (like Zach Galifianakis or Garfunkel & Oates) and comics who love to talk about music in their acts (think Brian Posehn ranting about metal music or Chris Porter gabbing about the Black Crowes).
Hannibal Buress: Cool, confident and intelligent, comedian Hannibal Buress has earned both the honor of performing at the Montreal “Just For Laughs” Festival and the well-earned respect of his peers, who regard him as one of the brightest young talents to emerge from the city of Chicago. A natural storyteller who can captivate a room with his words alone, Hannibal generates huge laughs with the laidback, quirky observations that have become his trademark style.
Hannibal’s stories about his experiences with dating older women, the merits of Courier New font, and his not-so-secret desire to kick pigeons have led to appearances on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” Several major publications have taken note of Hannibal’s ascent, as Timeout Magazine named him the 2007 “Funniest Person in Chicago” and New York Magazine listed him as one of their top ten “Comics to Watch.”
In addition to performing at clubs and colleges around the country, including regular appearances at respected New York City venues, Hannibal is one of the featured subjects in director Victor Varnado’s documentary about unconventional black comedians, “The Awkward Kings of Comedy.” His as-yet-untitled debut CD, recently recorded at The Lakeshore Theater in Chicago, will be released by Grammy Award-winning Stand Up! Records.
Doug Benson (“Best Week Ever,” “Last Comic Standing”) has been on an album-a-year schedule since 2008, plus he records a popular weekly podcast (“Doug Loves Movies”), does the occasional film (“Super High Me”) and TV project (“The Benson Interruption”), and keeps up a robust schedule of live dates. Such a busy schedule for High Times’ 2009 Stoner of the Year.
Tony Rock: Born in the same Brooklyn New York Hospital where most of his seven brothers and one sister found their way into the world, Tony Rock, not to be confused with his favorite wrestler, was born laughing. Being the fourth child, of Rose Rock and Julius Rock, Tony had a natural knack for entertaining. Decatur Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, where he grew up, was one of the toughest that New York had to offer. It also provided a host of rich characters on which to draw. Now residing in Los Angeles, Tony has taken Hollywood by storm.
Being the brother of an established entertainer, Tony was able to successfully elude the shadows of his older sibling and step into his own limelight. Tony has proven himself as one of the most talented, well -respected entertainers in the business. After more than a decade of experience, Tony has proven himself as a skillful comedian, actor, and executive producer.
Early in his career Tony gained a reputation as a young star in the making. The Hollywood Reporter in 2001 picked him as one of the hot young talents to come out of New York. People Magazine featured Tony in their July 7, 2003 Issue. During the first six months in the business, his first booking on the road lead him to Amsterdam. No, not to Amsterdam, New York, but Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he became a more popular figure than "Ed Joost Swarte". Since then Tony has gained a domestic and even international presence, performing in major cities and small towns between the east coast, which he represents proudly, and the west coast where he's takes advantage of the Hollywood lifestyle. When in New York, he's a regular at the famous "Comic Strip", "Caroline's" and "Stand-Up New York". When in Los Angeles, he's a regular at "The Comedy Store", "The Comedy Union," "Icehouse" and he headlines at "The Laugh Factory".
In June 2001, he co-starred in an ABC/Disney Pilot, "Me and My Needs". In July 2001, he hosted an MTV pilot, "It's Your Show". In 2002, Tony hosted Comedy Central's successful "BattleBots" (2000); in 2003, Tony hosted Oxygen's "Can You Tell?" (2003). In June 2003, Tony landed the Jada Pinkett Smith/Will Smith pilot for UPN "All of Us" (2003-2007). In June 2004, Tony was featured in Will Smith's movie, Hitch (2005/I).
Tony found comfort on the screen; playing roles in movies such as Three Can Play That Game, alongside Vivica A. Fox, and Life Support, with veteran entertainer Queen Latifah. Tony stepped into the role of executive producer on projects such as The Funny Spot (2008) and The Tony Rock Project (2008), both of which he also hosts.
Bobby Lee: Bobby Lee, best known from his numerous years as a cast member on Madtv, can now be seen as a regular guest on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and has been touring the country year?round with his hilariously unpredictable stand?up.
A native of San Diego, CA, Lee was expected to follow in his father's footsteps, running the family clothing store. After stints in a local rock band and at the local community college, he was spotted by Frank Burns, the legendary manager of La Jolla's Comedy Store. In 1995, Pauly Shore spotted Lee on stage and asked the young comedian to open for
him in Las Vegas. It was at that point that Lee met Shore's mother, the celebrated owner of the Comedy Store, Mitzi Shore. Lee became a regular at the club, and also went on the road with the comic Carlos Mencia. Bobby went on to gain success from there, including landing a cast role on MADtv.
Joining the show in 1999, Bobby quickly became an audience favorite on the longrunning sketch show, which in total air for 14 seasons on Fox. Bobby became known for his unique brand of pain?inducing, physical humor. He created such memorable original characters as the comically confused film critic “Johnny Gan,” the world’s worst interpreter “Bae Sung;” and hapless warrior the Blind kung Fu Master.” And audiences have loved his takes on such real?world figures as Connie Chung and North Korean President Kim Jong Il, and a memorable take on presidential hopeful John
McCain.parodies and politically incorrect humor.
Lee's film credits include "Kickin’ It Old School" and "Killer Pad"; both features will be released later this year. In summer 2004, he appeared in the big screen comedy "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle." Lee also appeared in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Mind of Mencia," and has performed stand?up on "Late Friday," "Premium Blend" and "The Tonight Show."
He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Ben Gleib: Ben Gleib is a standup comedian, actor, and writer. A national headliner, Esquire named him one of "SIX COMEDIANS WHO COULD BE COMEDY'S NEXT BIG THING." He's a regular guest on CHELSEA LATELY on E! and recently performed his standup on Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC.
Gleib was one of the stars of the primetime NBC comedy THE REAL WEDDING CRASHERS He's been featured on NBC's LAST COMIC STANDING, performed on THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS, regularly is heard talking politics on NPR on the PATT MORRISON PROGRAM, and has been guest host of GSN LIVE.
No stranger to the internets, Gleib's online videos have received a total of more than 14 MILLION VIEWS, and he also co-starred in a web series for Yahoo! Sports called "Behind Enemy Lines," and can currently be seen doing news pieces for the new MySpace Comedy.
In 2006 he sold a pilot called THE GLEIB SHOW to FOX produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels and NBC/Universal. The show originally ran for 3 seasons as the #1 show on the National Lampoon Network, airing to millions of college students across the country.
Gleib also can be seen in a supporting role in the feature film, "Bar Starz" a comedy starring Charlie Murphy.
Full bio at bengleib.com/bio
Erik Griffin: Erik Griffin, a first generation American-born comedian/actor, is hard working, ambitious, talented, and most importantly “funny” according to his mother. Erik made the decision in 2003 to quit his job and plunge headlong into making comedy his full-time occupation. This challenge paid off, and Erik is now a recurring character on the new Comedy Central series, Workaholics as “Montez Walker”.
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; and he can 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.
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 was a guest star on Franklin and 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.
Skyler Stone: Skyler Stone is an actor, producer, comedian and writer from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has been on The Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and Comedy Central's Premium Blend. He has headlined in over 40 cities and 5 different countries and has opened for Jay Mohr, Damon Wayans, Christopher Titus, Dane Cookand Dave Attell. He had his own show on Comedy Central when he was only 25 years old called CON that he wrote, executive produced, and starred in. The show has found a cult following online and bootlegs of it are distributed frequently. In 2007, Skyler wrote, executive produced and starred in a prank show called Skyler's Revolution for FOX and in the same year he was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Short Film for a short that he directed. With producer Michael Abbott he made a video that went extremely viral called Hands Free Driving about the driving law that went into effect in 2008 in California.
Many top directors have cast Skyler in supporting roles in the last few years (Sir Christopher Guest, the Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, and Roger Avary to name a few). He has done guest stars on The Defenders, Rules Of Engagement, The Mentalist, CSI:NY, Dollhouse, Dark Blue, Zeke And Luther, and Lost. He has been the host of two Cartoon Network shows, two MTV shows and hosts his own live comedy show every month in LA at the Hollywood Improv called Skyler Stone & People He Pretends Are His Friends (it is one of their top-selling shows). Most remember him from his role as one of the cooks in the feature Waiting, he played opposite Dane Cook, Ryan Reynolds and Luis Guzman in his kitchen scenes.
Skyler just starred in his first leading role in a film called Housebroken with Danny Devito. He has also just been cast in a hilarious recurring role on Raising Hope for FOX (from My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia). It started airing September 21st of 2010 on Fox in the much sought after time-slot after Glee. Skylerstone.com has won several awards for its design and for its innovative use of Skyler's twisted comedy. He is just wrapped filming a lead role for the horror film Hostel: Part III. He has a dog named Sammy that goes with him everywhere.