Description: Line up: Ryan Hansinger, Melissa Stephens, John Dale, David Arnold, Ben Bagley, Chris "Kid" Reid, Adam Hammer, Mike Estime, Tiffany Haddish
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.
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
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.
Mark Serritella: Since his first time on stage, Mark has been made a regular at the Comedy Store, The Improv, the Ice House in Pasadena, and has the graced the stage in almost every major city across the country from New York, Boston, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Minneapolis. Mark has performed with or opened for a number of well-known comedians including Dane Cook, Carlos Mencia,, Bobby Lee, Kyle Cease, the Real World’s Theo Von, Drew Carey, Colin Quinn, Tony Rock, Dom Irrera, Carlos Oscar, Al Madrigal, Sebastian, Brett Ernst, John Caparulo and Sam Tripoli just to name a few. Mark has also released three CDs entitled “Mark Serritella for President 2020", “History of the Future” and “Live Life with Passion”. He has been part of the Boston Comedy Festival four times, the Seattle Comedy Competition, the Laugh is Hope Comedy Festival (which follows the Super Bowl from city-to-city), the Heirs of Lenny Bruce Festival, and can be seen on Sprint’s Comedy Time TV. He was also part of Dat Phan’s 2006 College Tour, which hit major colleges such as the University of Minnesota, Bucknell University, Wayne State University, and UC Irvine. Mark can be also be seen at LA’s top comedy clubs such as the Improv, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store.
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.
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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.
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.