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In two short years, Ryan Donahue has become recognized as one of the most original voices in Boston comedy. In 2014 he was a finalist in both the Devilcup and the Boston Comedy Festival, and has since performed with Tig Notaro, Gary Gulman, and Eugene Mirman. Ryan is currently the producer and host of Strange Behavior at Davis Square Theatre, a mon...
Described by Jeffrey Gurian as "also very funny," Elon Altman is a stand up comedian born and raised in NYC. In 2015, he was featured on AXS TV's "Gotham Comedy Live," he headlined Caroline's On Broadway, and he was runner up in NBC Universal's "Cozi TV Comedy Search." He can be seen regularly at clubs such as Caroline's On Broadway, Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club, and the New York Comedy Club. He also features and headlines at festivals, colleges and private events across the northeast.
With family spread across two continents and a career as a globe traveling television producer, Justin brings a unique international perspective to stand up through which he can talk about himself, the world and why he'd rather go to prison in Norway than live in Queens. In addition to performing at clubs, theaters and festivals across the US, Justin has toured South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia. He's written, directed and produced for networks including Comedy Central and TruTV, and appeared on the Travel Channel, Discovery ID and a series of beach destination videos for Fireisland.com. Justin would like to do more of those, please. Whether he’s discussing international affairs or that time he accidentally went on a date with a man in India, you're guaranteed a unique voice and sentences that end with strong punctuation?
 This vivacious, outspoken New Mexican will tell it to you straight. From what it's like to be five-foot-twelve and dating in New York to why her sports teams are better than yours, the themes of her stand-up acts appeal to both guys and gals. Alexandra Castillo, aka AMarie has performed all over NYC including New York Comedy Club, Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, and The Stand, worked with Howard Stern on Howard TV, and traveled with the Miserable Men on the East Coast for Ronnie's Block Party.
As a native New Yorker, Des Bishop moved from Queens to Ireland in his mid-teens in 1990. He has since carved out a highly successful career in stand up comedy in Ireland as well as having had three acclaimed television series on RTE, Ireland – The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), Joy in the Hood (2006) and most recently, the award winning six episode comedy documentary series In the Name of the Fada (2008).  The openness and honesty of his presenting style combined with his restless imagination and insightful comic observations make Des Bishop a “must-see” for fans of unique, enquiring and entertaining comedy. Undoubtedly one of the most enigmatic forces on the international comedy circuit Des continues to travel the world over with his stand up shows. His most recent stand up show My Dad Was Nearly James Bond received its premiere at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival winning rave reviews and playing to packed audiences. Des has gone on to perform this confronting and personal show at the Montreal Just for Laughs, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before embarking on a national tour of Ireland this winter. Des has released four stand-up DVDs including Des Bishop Live on DVD (2005), Tongues (2008) and Desfunctional (2009) which all secured positions in the top ten for the busy Christmas periods. As organiser and resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin, Des has also penned two stage plays in collaboration with Arthur Riordan. Funny, erudite and effortlessly delivered The Scotsman, UK One of the finest performers at this years festival. Fast paced and clever. A sure-fire winner The Sunday Age, Melbourne Charismatic, sincere, eloquent and always seeking the angle Chortle Edgy material snappy never sappy Bishop has judged this one beautifully The Age, Melbourne
Judah Friedlander was born on March 16, 1969 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. He is an actor, known for 30 Rock (2006), The Wrestler (2008) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). I'm a comedian. I do mostly mainstream rooms and I do alternative rooms too, and I don't change my act at all. I'll do black rooms, I'll do Latino rooms. I've done gay rooms, I've done Asian nights, and I'll always just do my thing. I try to make my act so it works for everybody. It's not exclusionary. I'm not in any clique. I'm an outsider. I'm a comedian for the people. I'm not big on preachy. If I'm sending out any message, I like people to find it. I don't like to shove it down their throats. So my act's changed over the year, but it's certainly a comment on just how self-involved many people are.
Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Dave Attell got into stand-up comedy in the late eighties after graduating from New York University with a degree in Film and Television. Attell used this prestigious degree to land amazing jobs in the food service industry - as a waiter. At night he would hit the "open mic" circuit in Manhattan. After many years, Attell worked his way up through the club scene onto the road, touring across America as a national headliner and developing a huge following among fans and the industry alike. Dave Attell is currently the creator and host of “Dave’s Old Porn” on Showtime. He was named one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly Magazine. His caustic wit, rapid-fire delivery and his choice of material that can best be described as "very adult" has earned him the reputation as a "comic's comic." But if you ask Attell, he’d say, "I’m just trying to get some laughs and sell some drinks." In 2001, Attell used this love of booze and laughter to create and host the hit series, "Insomniac with Dave Attell" for Comedy Central. A travelogue show in which Attell goes from city to city looking for late-night fun, The New York Times called the show, "a doubly rare beast, a comedy without rancor and a travel show about the virtues of the American underdog." To Attell, the Insomniac show is more of a cross between "Girls Gone Wild” and “Cops”. After four seasons of “Insomniac,” Attell taped several hour-long “Insomniac” specials overseas in Japan, Germany, England and Brazil. Once back in the states, he headed out on a thirty-five city theatre tour ending in Vegas, where he hosted a two-hour special for Comedy Central featuring Sean Rouse, Greg Geraldo and Dane Cook, some of the biggest comics in the country. Dave Attell has made numerous appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” “The Howard Stern Show,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. He also appeared in Chris Rock’s cult film "Pootie Tang”. Other television credits include FOX's "Arrested Development," NBC's "Ed," HBO, Comedy Central’s "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" and his own half-hour stand-up special "Comedy Central Presents Dave Attell”. When not on the road, Attell makes regular appearances at the Comedy Cellar in New York City.
Keith Robinson is the quintessential comedian’s comedian, admired by his fellow artists – his great art of inherently subverting his audience, shaking them out of their cozy assumptions to fresh perspectives sustains his comedic prominence. His commanding stage presence has gained him appearances on MTV, VH1, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, TBS’s family comedy series Are We There Yet, The Chelsea Lately Show on E! and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Many talented comedians can make you laugh but it’s difficult to find a comedian who rises to a level of middle brow brilliance finding comic expression in cultural/racial disparities, his mischievous past, and political absurdities, which leads to a further probing deep beneath Keith Robinson’s hardened pseudo-street exterior to expose his geeky indisputable-intellectual interior. It is within the comedic improvisation of standup where his strident honesty and confrontational style expose the conspicuously concealed obvious – spilling to observations that masterfully make him a skillful teller-of-tales. In his teens, Keith began cultivating his wit with his "back of the bus funny," subsequently working the comedy circuit in his hometown Philadelphia and securing a spot as one of the finalists on Ed McMahon’s Star Search. He did not take home the $100,000 prize, but his career as a comic and actor mushroomed. He now merits a coveted comedic and acting career on the stage, screen, and television. Keith’s impressive record of accomplishments include his self-titled special on Comedy Central, a standout regular on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, writer and central performer on The Wanda Sykes Show and writer for the Chappelle Show. He was recently seen in Kevin Hart's record-breaking movie, "Laugh at My Pain." One of New York Comedy Cellar’s elite, where he frequently hosts, Keith Robinson has a reputation, best described by Cringe Humor for "being the best at impromptu zingers and one-liners that annihilate his colleagues." His first hour special, recorded live in New York at The Gramercy Theater: Kevin Hart presents Keith Robinson in Back of the Bus Funny, is now released on iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, and Google Play.
Originally from New Jersey, veteran stand-up comedian Artie Lange rose to prominence as a contributor to The Howard Stern Show. More recently seen on Judd Apatow's HBO series Crashing, Artie has also made appearances on MADTV, Norm MacDonald's film Dirty Work, Mystery Men and The Jim Gaffigan Show.
Laurie Kilmartin was a Top Ten finalist in season 7 of NBC's Last Comic Standing. She has been seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central and Showtime, plus appeared as a talking head on The Rachel Maddow Show, Fox 'n Friends, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, VH1's Best Week Ever and Oprah. She is currently a writer on CONAN at TBS and has performed at the Montreal, Aspen and Edinburgh comedy Festivals. Her CD, Five Minutes to Myself, was named by Punchline Magazine as one of the top ten comedy CDs of 2009.
Besides regularly performing in many a New York City comedy club, Kurt Metzger's credits include performing on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," Showtime's "White Boyz in the Hood" and as a regular on VH1's "Best Week Ever." Kurt has filmed a half-hour special for "Comedy Central Presents" and appeared on Comedy Central's "Important Things with Demetri Martin," IFC's "Z-Rock" and will be a regular on the new Comedy Central program "Ugly Americans." Previously, he was the stand out comedian at the Montreal Comedy Festival's New Faces showcase. He has also wrote for "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central and several other SpikeTV, VH1 and Comedy Central programs.  
Sherrod was a regular on VH1's The Best Week Ever and serves as a regular guest, occasional ombudsman, and stand-in host of Fox News's late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. He has appeared on Tough Crowd, Premium Blend, and The Chris Rock Show. He can also be seen with John Mayer on the parody cover of Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain" and on the G4's International Sexy Ladies. In 2009, Small was a guest commentator on both VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the '80s and 100 Most Shocking Music Moments. From 2012 to 2014, Sherrod was an infrequent guest on the Opie and Anthony radio show. Following Anthony Cumia's firing on July 3, 2014 Small took a more regular role on its successor, Opie with Jim Norton. On July 27, 2016, he and comedian Christian Finnegan debuted as co-hosts of Black and White, a comedy/talk show on A&E that explores issues of race relations in America. The show was cancelled in September 2016.
Andrew Schulz was a comedy prodigy, beginning to perform when he was still in college and jumping into the public eye on Guy Code. In addition to touring the country, Schulz co-hosts the popular podcast The Brilliant Idiots, appeared in IFC's Benders and will appear on the upcoming series There's... Johnny!
Currently a correspondent on The Daily Show w/ Trevor Noah, Roy has been described by the Hollywood Reporter as “A Standout”, and Entertainment Weekly called his brand of thought provoking comedy as “charismatic crankiness”. Prior to The Daily Show, Roy spent three years on the TBS sitcom, Sullivan and Son, and still appears as a regular guest. He’s currently a featured comedian on Conan, ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’ and Comedy Central’s @Midnight. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Roy began his comedy career at the age of 19 while attending Florida A&M University. He went on to make his television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman and finished third in the 2010 season of Last Comic Standing. Wood has appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’sPremium Blend and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Prior to this, he has appeared at the 2006 Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in the “New Faces Showcase”. Wood has appeared on the Bob and Tom Radio Show: The Comedy Tour on Comedy Central. Also a veteran of radio (2001-2012) Roy’s morning show took home awards from the Alabama Broadcasters Association for ‘Best Large Market Morning Show’. Roy Wood, Jr. has recorded three nationally-released prank call CD’s: My Momma Made Me Wear This, Confessions of a High School Bench Warmer, I’ll Slap You to Sleep!, and his a comedy CD Things I Think, I think. Wood's first Comedy Central Stand-Up Special, Roy Wood Jr., Father' Figure, will be aired February 2017.
Gina broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10. She is also know in the US for her regular, hilarious appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC), as Madame Yashere, The Surly Psychic. What you don’t know is that Gina Yashere’s sellout live appearances are legendary. Her bombastic delivery, infectious personality and cheeky observations have wowed audiences not just in the UK and the US but also in Japan, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and all over Europe. Gina hails from London via Nigerian parents and shoots from the hip. Her unique take on being both a cultural insider and outsider never fails to raise the roof. Following an early career as a elevator engineer, Yashere made her comedy debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996. The show sold out almost immediately and overnight both audiences and critics were smitten. Since those early heady days, Gina has continued to take the comedy world by storm and is now one of the most highly sought after comics in the UK and the US, selling out theatres all over the UK, releasing her critically acclaimed DVD ‘Skinny B*tch’, and making numerous appearances on TV, radio, and the big screen. Her TV appearances have included her own 1 hour Comedy Special 'Skinny B*tch '(SHOWTIME), The Jay Leno Show (NBC), The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC), Last Comic Standing (NBC), Chelsea Lately (E!), Live at Gotham (Comedy Central), Def Comedy Jam (HBO), Comics Unleashed (ABC), The Mobo Awards (UK Host), Mock The week (BBC UK), The Lenny Henry Show (BBC UK), and The Celebrity Fame Academy (BBC UK). Radio shows have ranged from her own BBC Radio London Show to critically acclaimed radio Sketch show-The Powder Room (BBC Radio UK). Feature films have included Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mr. in Between. She has also appeared on the West-End stage in The Vagina Monologues. She has also performed numerous times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto, and at HBO and TBS’s The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. It’s a wonder she found the time to pick up her 3rd award in a row for “Best Female” at the recent Black Entertainment & Comedy Awards (UK). Gina recently played a principal character in the TV series in the UK entitled 'Married Single Other' which is currently being aired on ITV in the UK, and in Australia. Gina currently resides in Los Angeles and tours non-stop around the world.
Ardie Fuqua is a comedian and actor from New York. He has made appearances on BET’s Comic View and BET News. A veteran of the NYC stand up scene, he can be seen regularly at the city’s finest clubs, including Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Stand Up NY. Fuqua has given hilarious commentary as himself on VH1’s shows and Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He has also worked as a writer and performer on the P. Diddy Presents The Bad Boys of Comedy series. In 2009, Fuqua made over a dozen appearances on TruTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest, a popular long running series. Recently, Fuqua appeared on the 1st season finale of the critically acclaimed FX series, Louie, co-starring with comedian, Godfrey. Fuqua made a return appearance in the 2nd season of Louie, appearing as the Comedy Cellar emcee, a role he regularly fills with the club.
T.J. Miller (Erlich) has been named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” as well as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Next Big Things in Comedy.” Miller was most recently seen hosting the first season of Comedy Central’s ‘Mash Up,’ a series that combined stand-up and sketch comedy. Miller also co-starred in the Fox’s ‘The Goodwin Games’ opposite Becki Newton and Scott Foley. In addition to his television work, Miller has a popular podcast, ‘Cashing in with T.J. Miller,’ on Nerdist.com. The show finds host Cash Levy failing to get any other guest except Miller on the show...every single episode. Miller has been seen in a number of major film releases, recently ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,’ opposite Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, and in 80s rock musical ‘Rock of Ages,’ opposite Tom Cruise. Miller’s additional film credits include: ‘Our Idiot Brother,’ ‘Yogi Bear,’ Gulliver’s Travels,’ ‘Unstoppable,’ ‘She’s Out of My League’ and ‘Get Him to the Greek.’ Miller’s voice-over career has included roles in ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ Cartoon Network’s ‘Dragons,’ Disney’s ‘Gravity Falls’ and Fox’s ‘High School USA!’ Miller first appealed to a wide audience in 2008 when he starred in J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster ‘Cloverfield.’ Soon after, he appeared in Mike Judge’s ‘Extract’ and ABC’s comedy series ‘Carpoolers.’ Miller currently resides in Los Angeles, where he struggles to find meaning in an uncertain world.
Joe List began his comedy career in Boston, Massachusetts in 2000 just weeks after graduating from high school. Since that time he has been featured on Conan and The Late Show with David Letterman. In 2015 List was a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing and had his own Half Hour comedy special on Comedy Central. His albums 'So Far No Good' and 'Are You Mad at Me?' can be heard regularly on Sirius Radio. List is also the co-host of his own popular weekly podcast 'Tuesdays with Stories' as well as being a regular on Robert Kelly's 'You Know What Dude' podcast. In 2016 he traveled across the United States and Europe opening for Louis CK on his international tour which included three performances at Madison Square Garden.
Since moving to New York City to pursue comedy Joe Machi has: ‐ Finished 4th on season 8 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing ‐ Performed stand up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon ‐ Became a regular on Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld on Fox News ‐ Won the 2013 NY Comedy Festival’s Funniest Comedian Competition ‐ Won the 2010 NY Underground Comedy Festival’s Emerging Comics Competition.
Ronny Chieng is a senior correspondent on The Daily Show on Comedy Central and creator and star of the sitcom and star of the sitcom Ronny Chieng: International Student. Ronny started comedy in Melbourne in 2009. Since then has he had 3 sold out global stand up comedy theater tours in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and London. Ronny has been invited to the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2012, 2013 and 2015.  He made his US television debut on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2015. He was also invited to open for Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr on their national stand up comedy tours of Australia. Ronny has toured and recorded 4 separate stand up comedy specials - The Ron Way (2012), Can You Do This? No You Can't. (2013), Chieng Reaction (2014), You Don't Know What You're Talking About (2015). In 2015 Ronny moved to New York City after being hired as a correspondent on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central. He also lost 11kg but that was unrelated to comedy.  
Dante Nero is a comedian, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. A trained martial artist, Nero dabbled in various fields before turning to comedy. He earned a fencing scholarship to SUNY New Paltz, before working for a phone company and serving as a bouncer and an exotic dancer. In 2001, Dante turned to a different sort of performance: stand up comedy. He quickly made a name for himself, working with established and successful comics like Tracy Morgan and Mike Epps. He co-hosted The Black Phillip Show with Patrice O’Neal, a relationship advice show on Sirius XM Radio. Dante has appeared on The Opie & Anthony Channel, Hot 97, and Chappelle’s Show. An accomplished actor, Dante has appeared on Z Rock on IFC, Damages on FX, and the popular series Fringe on FOX. Recently, Nero had a role in the NBC crime drama, The Blacklist.
Originally from Oceanside NY, Lenny Marcus has been a mainstay of the New York City comedy scene for over for twenty years. He is currently a regular performer in every major comedy club in New York City. Most recently, Lenny appeared on TruTV on the show TruInside in the episode about the world famous Comedy Cellar in NYC where you can see him perform regularly. Recently, you may have seen Lenny on Louie, on the FX network, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central, or in the short film The Unimportance of Being Ernest. Lenny has performed stand-up comedy on television multiple time. he performed on The Late Show with David Letterman three times to amazing reviews. He has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, AXS Tv’s Gotham Comedy Live, NBC’s Comedy Showcase with Louie Anderson and MTV’s The Jim Brewer Show. Lenny has made multiple appearances on Tru-tv making fun of the worlds stupidest criminals, shoppers and drivers. You may also have seen him in commercials for the MTV Video Movie Awards, Wendy’s and Marriott or on the radio in commercials for Southwestern Bell Telephone or Priceline.com. He has performed at both the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada three times, HBO’s US Comedy Arts festival, in Aspen Colorado and the Great American Comedy festival in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Famous for her appearances on the NBC reality talent competition Last Comic Standing, she is also well known as the co-host of the humorous podcast My Wife Hates Me.
Ari wants us to say "You know him from standup comedy." But we're gonna list specific credits anyway, there's a lot - Skeptic Tank, Netflix double special Double Negative, 2 Comedy Central Specials, Creator of This Is Not Happening, Host of Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank, @midnight, Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, The Green Room with Paul Provenza, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It, Down & Dirty with Jim Norton, and standup in NYC, LA, everywhere in between, Australia, Asia, Europe... pretty much every festival and club worth a damn.