2015 Accidental Comedy fest specialty shows
Flagship shows from some of the countries most vibrant comedy cities converge in Cleveland September 11-13 at Mahall's 20 Lanes
These three have taken over for Hannibal Buress to host The Knitting Factory’s comedy show, seizing one of Brooklyn’s largest spotlights, as well as making the rounds on their own. Seeing as Mr. Buress hasn’t done too badly, anything can happen for the trio of Kenny DeForest, Clark Jones and Will Miles.
The landmark series will be coming to Cleveland Friday September 11 as part of Accidental Comedy Fest at Mahall's 20 Lanes
THE UNDONE SWEATERS (Jim Tews, Andrew Short, Reid Faylor, and Danny Tambarelli) are Brooklyn’s number two Weezer tribute band. They would’ve been number one, but they refused to learn the entire catalog. They’re rule breakers, punk rock, if you will. Their live show is one of a kind, combining short, live sketches, funny visuals, and actual musicianship.
Their catalog goes far beyond Weezer to include other 90’s favorites, and a few random tracks from other artists and eras (Ramones, Sabbath, Foo Fighters).
Do you like comedy? Do you like to smoke? If you answered yes to both questions, then come to Accidental Comedy Fest on Friday September 11, at Mahall's 20 Lanes at 11:30p to watch Noah Gardenswartz host some of his favorite comedy friends fresh off of a smoke session. They'll bring the snacks and the jokes, you bring the laughter and awkward silence!
2015 Accidental Comedy fest artists
A bevy of emerging and established artists come to Cleveland for the 4th Annual Accidental Comedy Fest.
BARON VAUGHN has a comedy recording, Raised By Cable, produced by AST Records, available at Amazon (mp3 and CD), and iTunes. Baron’s performed stand-up on Conan (twice), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (below) and has had numerous appearances on Comedy Central most recently in the form of his own “Half Hour” comedy special. He’s performed in the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival (Aspen), The Just for Laughs Comedy Festival (Montreal), The South Beach Comedy Festival (Miami), Moontower Comedy Festival (Austin), San Francisco Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival (Portland), Vancouver Comedy Festival, FYF Music Festival (Los Angeles), Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (TN), and Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival (Seattle). He has also appeared in many shows on VH1, MTV, FUSE as well as the films Black Dynamite, Cloverfield, The Other Guys (Deleted Scenes), and was a series regular on USA’s Fairly Legal (2010-2012). Catch him on the Netflix Original Series Grace and Frankie.
Baron will be coming to Cleveland for the FIRST TIME EVER! to take part in Accidental Comedy Fest at Mahall's 20 Lanes. He'll be headlining Saturday September 12 ($15) at 8p coming to town in between filming season 2 of Grace and Frankie. Excited to have such a decorated vet to finally come to Cleveland.
Who is Dave Hill? It’s a question I ask myself often, which is strange considering the kind of access I have. This much I can tell you though- I am the new Hollywood “It” girl, the next Leo, America’s fresh-faced boy next door, and your new best friend all rolled into one. I am a poet, a dancer, and- perhaps most of all- a thief. Soon I am to steal your heart.
More to the point however, I am a comedian, writer, musician, and man-about-town originally from Cleveland, Ohio but now living in the Big City, New York to be exact.
I’ve shown up on the popular MTV, Comedy Central, BBC-America, VH1, Adult Swim, Sundance Channel, TLC, Current TV, and Spike TV networks a few times. Deal with it.
Additionally, I am a contributor to the popular public radio program "This American Life". And my first book, Tasteful Nudes was published by St. Martin's Press in 2012 and I'm not even kidding. Please buy a lot of copies. It is the greatest book of all-time.
I should probably also mention that I have appeared at the the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, the Edingburgh Fringe Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Crap Comedy Festival in Oslo, SXSW, U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and a bunch of other festivals besides that. I was also named by Variety Magazine as one of their “10 Comics to Watch” in 2007, something I still won't shut up about.
On Monday nights, I host my own radio show, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, from 9pm to midnight on WFMU, the greatest radio station of all-time. You can stream every episode that has ever happened here. Get started now. I'll check back later.
Greg is a staple in New York’s downtown stand-up scene. He created ‘Heart Of Darkness’: a psychedelic showcase of comedy, live music and fringe scientists that is a frequent Time Out New York critic’s pick, much loved by BrooklynVegan and hailed as ‘Excellent’ by The New Yorker.
“Greg Barris is the perfect combination of very good looking, hilarious andsuper-weird” -Paper Magazine
“Barris’s show features crazed comedy, live music and bizarro antics — a mixture that landed it its 20th sold-out show in a row in Brooklyn.” - LA Times
Sunday 9/13 (MAINSTAGE) 8p, $15
Jim Tews is a New York based comic and writer. He's the creator of the popular website "Felines of New York" and author of its forthcoming book. In 2014, he made his stand-up television debut on Last Comic Standing and was featured in an episode of Louie. Previously he was one of 2011’s New Faces at Just For Laughs Montreal and has performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, as well as SF Sketchfest.
He recently created/ co-wrote and starred in The Undone Sweaters web series about a sociophobic Weezer cover band, which was featured on Funny or Die and Nerdist.com. He also created the HBO Labs’ web series The Opener and recently directed a feature length documentary about Cleveland’s independent comedy scene called Make Fun.
He has yet to completely accept his parents’ divorce.
Detroit born and Brooklyn based comedian Nate Fridson has been called, “Smart and original,” by peers and audiences and, "Not awful," by at least one ex-girlfriend. A "...talented writer with an ear for sarcasm,” and, "...a man who's willing to use other people's quotes in his bio," Nate's material is edgy, yet clean, and also sometimes it isn't those things. Nate's material confronts relationships, music, dating, family, religion, sports, and anything else Nate finds even remotely interesting - he's easily distracted. Nate draws from his own life experiences, and then exaggerates them to comedic effect to write his jokes. Except when he doesn't, and he just tells the stories verbatim. But that's rare. Nate just released his debut album on A Special Thing Records, "Best Guy So Far," to rave reviews and he can be seen regularly at the show he hosts Sunday nights at Beauty Bar in Manhattan.
FRIDAY 9/11 (BE ADVENTUROUS TOUR) 7p
A young man full of dreams, but also blood and stuff. New York City
Will Miles is a New York based comedian. He has been featured in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Time Out Chicago, the Village Voice, and was voted one of the funniest comedians of 2014 by Brightest Young Things. In 2014, he was a featured performer in Comedy Central's New York Comedy Festival and appeared on Saturday Night Live. He has also been heard on The Moth and on National Public Radio's All Things True show. On top of these things, Will has toured with Hannibal Buress since 2011. In 2015, Will was featured on truTV's Friends Of The People, Fusion TV's Come Here And Say That, and MTV2's Uncommon Sense.
Clark Jones believes comedy is the most beautifully awkward way of telling the truth. A graduate of Atlanta’s Morehouse College and a a Cubs fan from Chicago’s south side, he uses his diverse background to relate to any type of crowd, regardless of their upbringing. He has been featured at Chicago comedy Clubs Jokes and Notes, Zanies; The Improv as well as Laugh Boston in Masachusetts and the Brooklyn, Chicago Just for Laughs, and New York Comedy Festivals.
You can catch his writings every Tuesday in the Chicago Trbune’s Red Eye magapaper, and him hosting TimeOut New York’s favorite weekly comedy show, Comedy at the Knitting Factory.
The Express (2008) – Get A Job (2009) –
Faux Pas (2009)
After 5 years coming up through Chicago’s notorious comedy scene, Kenny DeForest is now a New York-based comic known for combining keen, off-beat observations and astute satirical narratives with unbridled silliness to create a truly original blend of comedic styles and influences for his audiences to enjoy. Always fully committed to creating honest, soulful material, DeForest is a true eccentric who’s only mission in life is to be respected by his peers and to be in someone’s Top Five. That, and to never have to grow up.
Kenny is producer and co-host of “Comedy at the Knitting Factory”, widely considered to be one of New York City’s best independently run shows, and is a regular presence on the New York scene at large. He has appeared in the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, and Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival and was featured as an opening act for Hannibal Buress at Notre Dame. Most importantly, he really loves stand-up comedy and would love it if you came out to see him perform. Thank you. That is all.
Shane Torres is a stand up comedian and writer. You may have seen him in the background on Last Comic Standing or acting on IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang. He has also been part of Montreal Just For Laugh’s New Faces in 2013 that same year. Shane was also one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch in 2012. Shane has performed at many festivals all over the country including Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and many more.
He is the creator of the podcast radio show Help Wanted . Shane has also contributed writing to Laughspin, The Portland Mercury, and Nailed Magazine. He also hates writing bios.
With roots in Denver, Atlanta, and New York City, Noah Gardenswartz has established himself as one of the freshest new comedic voices across the country. In 2014 he was selected as one of the "New Faces" at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and in 2015 he won the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival. Noah's comedy has also been featured in VICE magazine and the Huffington Post, and seen on NBC's "Last Comic Standing."
Megan Gailey lives in Brooklyn. She's currently in to jumpsuits and always in to the Indianapolis Colts. She also performs comedy when she's not nannying for pretty cute, rich NYC kids. She's performed in the New York Comedy Festival, was a finalist in the Laughing Devil Fest, runs a weekly show at Knitting Factory and has performed with enough famous people that her older brothers no longer hate her. She was also just invited to Just For Laughs (2015) asNew Face!
Originally from Cleveland, Brendan Eyre ine of the hottest up and coming comics working out of New York City. He was featured as a 2014 New Face of Comedy at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, has written for a variety of television shows, and performs regularly throughout the country. He likes pizza and Law and Order.
Andrew Short is a New York based comedian, writer, and actor. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, Andrew moved to New York City and joined Jim Tews and Reid Faylor to co-create The Undone Sweaters - the last punk rock band in New York, and the second best Weezer cover band in Brooklyn. It has been featured on Funny or Die and Nerdist.com
This spring, Andrew co-created the series "Action Boys" with his friend and writing partner Reid Faylor for IAF.tv. He will be appearing in the short films "The Birthday Party" and "The Dog, The Boy", coming out this fall.
Drew Michael is a clinical narcissist who spends hours each day reading his own tweets, lamenting the fact that they were under-appreciated. He only cares about himself and that's why he'll never learn how to be intimate in a meaningful way.
Drew now lives in New York. (Away from me, thank god.) He was born and raised in Chicago, and that's where he started doing his "act." He spent 6 years there doing open mics, bar shows, clubs, colleges, traveling the country doing stand-up, performing in over 400 shows a year. Or so he said. Either way, he was never home. He never took me out. He was too busy scribbling self-involved bullshit into a notebook. The few shows he let me come to he made me sit in the back and he wouldn't even talk to me before the show. I guess it paid off because TimeOut Chicago said he was "smart, funny, and unabashedly crass," which, as you can expect, went straight to his giant head. He was a New Face in the 2014 Montreal Just For Laughs festival earning rave reviews from Laughspin.com: "...deviates so easily from the setup-punch line formula to great effect." Ugh. People are so easily amused.
Drew released his first album (Lovely) in 2013. The album debuted #1 on the iTunes comedy charts, which is surprising considering it's this really pretentious love-concept album that nobody understands. He also does this stupid podcast (I Might Be Wrong) where he just sits in his apartment and complains for a half-hour each week. He thinks he's being really honest and profound when he talks about esoteric topics but the truth is he can't sit still with his own thoughts so he forces them down the throats of his listeners.
Anyway, Drew is kind of funny, I guess, if you're into weird jokes about death or Hitler or love or the arbitrariness of our social constructs or whatever else he thinks he knows about. If that's your thing, you should probably go see him soon because at this rate, he'll probably get murdered, most likely by me. Or himself.
Drew's Ex Girlfriend
Curtis Cook is a comic from Cleveland, Ohio now living in Portland, Oregon. He has performed in venues and festivals throughout the country, including the Cleveland Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Exposition, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and San Francisco’s Sketchfest.
The Portland Mercury described his comedy as “sleepy, slam poetry,” and the Willamette Week listed him as among the funniest five comics in PDX.
He can be followed on twitter at @Curtis_Cook.
SATURDAY 9/12 BE ADVENTOUROUS TOUR, 7p
Ben Palmer started comedy at the Funny Stop Comedy Club in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He is based out of Atlanta, GA and performs throughout the U.S.
Ben has appeared on three court TV shows as a witness, plaintiff, and a defendant. Him and his friends make up cases, sue each other, and then split the money.
Ben trolls corporations on Facebook by responding to customer complaints on their Facebook page. He started a movement called Freelance Customer Service.
Ben started a multimedia show called Picture Show. In the show, Ben presents stock photography with his own twisted perspective, his humorous interactions with companies on Facebook, and his sharp responses to angry customers on company Facebook pages. Bob Pettit, Art Director for Aqua Teen Hunger Force, called it "The modern day crank yankers."
Ben has opened for Maria Bamford, Donnell Rawlings, Rickey Smiley, Josh Blue, and John Witherspoon.
Tiffany and Danielle Puterbaugh, better known as the Puterbaugh Sisters, are majestic comedic beings from Chicago, IL.
Described best as alt-vaudeville sex kittens, the sisters combine for a powerful performance whether they're hosting their own variety show Entertaining Julia, a circus, or performing at a myriad of clubs in the midwest.
The Puterbaughs are returning to Accidental Comedy Fest, this time with their popular series ENTERTAINING JULIA for Accidental Comedy Fest September 11-13
Dave Helem is a stand-up comedian from Chicago, Illinois. He attributes his witty sense of humor to the fact that he believes there is something funny in every facet of human life. He has performed on tour in numerous cities with Hannibal Buress and was able to open up for Doug Stanhope in 2014. Dave Helem was a member of the 2012 and 2013 Just For Laughs Chicago festival where he performed on the “Breakout Performers” show. He also co-produces a weekly alternative comedy show at the Chicago Laugh Factory called “Blipsters on Broadway” every Sunday night. His podcast "Blipster Life" is available on iTunes.
Reena Calm was made in Israel and raised in Boston, but she’s made herself at home in Chicago. Since starting standup, Reena quickly rose to the top of the scene and is one of the most respected comedians in the City. She developed a love for the stage while studying and performing alongside some of her heroes at The Second City, iO, and the Annoyance. Without a doubt, her true calling is behind the microphone. Reena’s material is smart, relatable, and inappropriate in the most charming ways.
Not only has Reena featured in TBS Just for Laughs, performed in Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and the She-Devil Comedy Festival, but she is also a regular at the renowned Laugh Factory. This in-demand, busy gal hosts one of Chicago’s most successful and longest running open mics, and is a founding producer of Hoo HA Comedy which was voted Best Comedy Show by TimeOut Chicago. Reena has been featured on WGN and WBEZ radio. She has been called “also terrific” by the Chicago Tribune, and “not a disappointment” by her mother.
NATALIE GRACE ALFORD is a uniquely talented musician & singer from CHICAGO, IL.
RAMON RIVAS is a stand up comedian and eminent latino from Cleveland, OH. His chill vibes have earned him many friendships and fans across the country. His curation of Accidental Comedy (the Club and the Fest) has helped put Cleveland on the map as a great comedy city.
An ambassador for Cleveland where ever he goes, Rivas has performed at Just For Laughs Chicago (2011), SF Sketchfest (2014), The Comedy Exposition (2014) and the inaugural NBCUniversal & Second City Breakout Comedy Festival (2015).
JIMMIE GRAHAM is a founding member of Accidental Comedy Club and can be found dark charming audiences all over Cleveland. A twisted yet handsome gentleman, this young comic is quickly growing into a unique voice.
You can catch Jimmie the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Wednesday every month at his new show "Modern Kicks Comedy" at the Happy Dog West. This show will be preempted by some of Jimmie's favorite insane youtube videos. You can be a part of it too; just message a link of your favorite bat shit crazy video HERE and the best ones will make it into the rotation. Plus the shows only ($5)
I'm Bill Squire and this is my bio. I am a stand-up comedian. I've been doing stand-up for a long time. I started when I was 22 years old after I was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.
I worked on my act and started getting work on the road. I always focused on writing and being the best comedian I can be.
I have never focused on fame or fortune so I haven't been on TV but I have worked with a lot of comedians that have been on TV and in movies and some of them remember my name.
I have released three comedy albums. Sarcasm Bus was my first album and it isn't terrible. My second release was a self produced stand-up special called "Just Say Your Jokes" which you can watch for FREE on youtube. My third album "Crowded" came out in September 2013 and made it to number eight on the iTunes Comedy charts.
I do have a day job and that is co-hosting The Alan Cox Show on 100.7 WMMS. Things are good now go make yourself familiar with my world.
SUNDAY 9/13 (MAINSTAGE) 12p, FREE
Mike Ivy is a stand-up comedian. A favorite with young and hip audiences; Mike Ivy's brash, daring, and eclectic style has earned him a place among Clevelands up and coming comics. For the past 9 years he has been working with the likes of; Emo Phillips, Steve Byrne, Ryan Dalton, Jay Pharoah, Mike Polk, Brian Callen, Bobby Slayton, Dom Irrera and Al Jackson at Cleveland's Hilarities 4th street theater. He is also a staple of the Cleveland comedy festival, now in it's seventh year. He is also creating buzz by winning two comedy contests last year alone. Fellow comedians and fans are often impressed with his originality and ability to challenge but not alienate an audience. He constantly works several different clubs and independent shows building a reputation in the Ohio comedy “scene” as a rising star. Come see him perform live before he sells out. To find out more about Mike Ivy go to MikeIvystandsup.com or visit your local library.
Tim Cornett is funny in the same way a clown dressed like a hobo is. An American icon replacing both Mark Twain in folksy cleverness, and Elvis Presley in raw sexual energy. Tim has accepted many compliments, from “you are funny” to “You are very funny” and the fact that he accepts these compliments with grace instead of laughing the way you do when someone states something stupidly obvious, is a mark of what a wonderful person he is.
Originally from Cleveland. The Tim Cornett Experience consists of High energy wit that alternates between Thoughtful insights to in the moment riffs. Tim has taken a seldom tread path in comedy, instead of moving from club to club, as most comics do. Tim opted to move from city to city, spending his time absorbing how people laugh on a regional level, in some of the great American cities Including Las Vegas, NV. Los Angeles, CA., Portland, OR. and Louisville, KY.
Tim Cornett or “The He-Man from Cleve-Land” has been featured on many radio and newspaper outlets across the country. In Cleveland, Tim has been making a mark in podcasting. producing several shows, Including The Super Duper Saturday Variety Show. A live podcast recorded every Saturday from 12-2 inside the historic Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Yusuf Ali is a Cleveland based comic,does not own passport,loves the browns,likes the Cavs.just paid off car so has more money for fun sized snickers.fun fact:never had cheesecake.
Nelsin Davis proudly hails from Cleveland, OH. He first started doing comedy because of a suggestion from a family member, who thought his brand of humor would be well received by others. After many contest, colleges, and comedy club appearances, it would seem as though that family member was right. Nelsin has an innate ability to recount stories and situations so vividly, that the audience feels as if they were there with him. After 10 years in comedy, and even opening up for comedians such as Bruce Bruce, Rodney Perry and John Witherspoon, he is poised to finally become an overnight success. His comedy has been seen regularly on the Cleveland Improv stage, and also featured on Comedy Central Radio.
Comedian Rob Ward is becoming one of the most booked comics in Cleveland, Ohio and surrounding areas. Rob began his career in stand up in 2010 at an open mic. Rob did such a great job that he was asked to host the open mic night, just three weeks later.
Since then, Rob has had an abundance of success and recognition as he continues to rise in his field. Some of the places that Rob has had the pleasure of performing include, but are not limited to: The Improvs of: Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Columbus; Hilarities, and the Bill Cunningham Show on the CW network. Rob's hard work has not gone unrecognized.
Some of Rob's recognition and awards include but are not limited to; Being a winner at "The Showtime at the Apollo," in Harlem, NY; The Comedian of the Year," in the Cleveland Urban Comedy Awards, and a list of other contest.
BRIAN KENNY is a gentleman, scholar, Browns fan, and comedian that can be found yelling at audiences until they enjoy themselves all over Northeast Ohio. He is a Cleveland native that has beautiful blue eyes, the traps of a God, and his beard game is on point. He performed on the 2013 Alan Cox Show Comedy Tour, 2014 Rock on the Range, and is a regular at Hilarities E 4th Theater. He has opened for likes of Dave Attell, Norm McDonald, Dom Irrera, Joey "Coco" Diaz, and many more. He loves you very much, and knows that deep down you love him back.
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The 1st lady of Accidental Comedy Club, hailing from Cleveland Mary Santora is a fresh breath of femininity in an otherwise male dominated world of stand up. Her quick witted, observational style has landed her the opportunity to not only travel across the Midwest in various clubs, but to open for comedic greats such as Tom Green, Greg Fitzsimmons and Sarah Colonna.
John Bruton is a foundational member of Accidental Comedy Club and can be found performing all over the midwest. His series Make Em Laugh Mondays has established itself as one of the east sides best comedic offerings, and his angry old-man vibes will delight you.
Blain Hill is a young, up-and-coming comedian from Metro Detroit who's been hard at work all over Michigan. Blain combines a biting, hard-hitting style with a playful energy that entertains all types of audiences. With his unique perspectives on current news events and our social culture, Blain gives audiences plenty of reasons to laugh at the inanity of what's going on around them.
Growing up with the looks of a prepubescent Latino boy and a family that her friends dubbed "the Jewish Griswalds," Amy had no choice but to go into standup comedy. As a former inner-city high school teacher, Amy's dry comedic style and general outlook on life stems from an edgier perspective.
You've seen Amy on Fox's Laughs. She is a regular at Chicago's Laugh Factory and Zanies, and she performs at clubs across the United States. Amy took 1st place in Chicago's Best New Comedian Competition at Jokes and Notes in 2014 and placed 2nd in the 2015 Devil Cup Comedy Fest in NYC.
For contact information and upcoming shows, find her at www.amyshanker.com and follow her on Twitter @amyshanker
Erik Cribley is a comedian who recently moved to Cleveland, Ohio for some reason. His comedy has been described by a local radio celebrity as "absurd, dark, and hilarious" Erik will venture into uncomfortable comedic territory, but he will drag you along, kicking and screaming, and in the end you will thank him. His debut CD/DVD "The Prince of Youngstown" is acclaimed as fuck.
Dustin Meadows is good looking, he's just not that smart. He is the founder of Whiskey Bear Comedy, and produces multiple comedy shows in his home base of Columbus, Ohio. He has worked with Jasper Redd, Bobcat Goldthwait and Kyle Kinane. In 2014, he released his debut album Dustin Meadows Vs. The World.
Katie Rose Leon is a comedian, queen of tiny animals and emotionally unavailable men, nerd rager, cheeseburger connoisseur, feminist kill joy, and the person who fell down at your party. She has preformed comedy jokes all over the country and has participated in many events such as the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Limestone Comedy Festival. Katie currently lives in Portland Oregon because that is where all of her stuff is.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in central New Jersey, Andy began his career at the Legendary Comedy Village in New York City. Andy has performed with the likes of Rich Vos, Judah Friedlander and Mike DeStefano. Andy has also performed as a regular at The Underground Lounge in New York’s Washington Heights, considered the best “underground comedy room“ by New York Magazine. Andy also regularly performs at comedy clubs, firehouses, colleges, small rock venues and theaters across the east coast.
Matt Ward is a stand-up comedian and comedy show promoter living in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is known among comics as the producer of the Cape Fear Comedy Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina and the Scruffy City Comedy Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. Ward began stand-up in 2007 in Wilmington, North Carolina and has been steadily performing all throughout the Eastern United States since then. Matt is originally from Lancaster, Ohio.
Dan Friesen is a comedian working out of Chicago. He has toured the country, doing shows in various clubs and bars, being featured in numerous festivals, and telling horrifying true stories at random shows in people's living rooms and basements. He's seen a lot, and after it all, he is convinced that the world is real and the future is coming. Dan also hosts his own podcast, called Friesen Point that is largely about Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Chris Lamberth is a native of Prince George's County, MD currently based in the New York City area. He has toured nationally with Chris Hardwick and has shared the stage with a variety of headliners including Bill Burr, Trevor Noah, D.L. Hughley, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Maronzio Vance, and Wyatt Cenac. He recently made an appearance on AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live and is featured the webseries Co-operation. As an actor, he earned an MFA from The Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. Some of his regional theatrical credits include: Till (The Goodman Theatre), Blue/Orange (Actor's Revolution Theatre), Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and The Exonerated (Raven Theatre). His crowning achievement as a classically trained actor was being featured in a Fisher Nuts commercial which aired on ESPN 2 during Women’s Professional Fastpitch Softball. He hosts a weekly podcast called The Mundane Festival available on iTunes, Podbean, and Stitcher Radio.
A spry up-and-comer in the Portland, OR comedy scene, Danny’s comedic style contains elements of storytelling, and surrealism; all in the name of shedding light on the hidden absurdities the universe chooses to dump on him.
Felts has been featured on IFC's Portlandia, and Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Art Beat”. In addition, he has also performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival(2012 - 14), the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival (2012 - 13), the Savage Henry Comedy Festival in Arcata, CA, (2013 - 14) the Salt Lake City Comedy Carnivale, (2013 - 14), and Hell Yes Fest 2014. Felts has also been featured on Kevin Allison's storytelling show/podcast, RISK!, and has been a runner up in local storyslams produced by The Moth.
When he is not performing, he can be found editing the wildly popular/masochistic web series, The Spicy News, which he is also a contributing writer to. He performs regularly around Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, and Northern California.
Danny's comedy is like Iceland. Obscure, layered in an array of sweaters, and breathtakingly beautiful.
John Schroeck doesn’t talk much off stage, but don’t let that fool you. Combining dark sensibilities with a touch of absurdism, Schroeck provides audiences with skewed perspectives on everyday occurrences, and stories from his own life. A survivor of two decades of Catholic schooling, he’s now taken on a life of railing against his religious upbringing, cross-fitters, cat people, and marathon bumper stickers.
Schroeck’s unique style of comedy has afforded him the opportunity to perform at the upcoming Crossroads Comedy Festival. He’s also appeared at Gilda’s Laughfest, Cincy Brew Ha-Ha, and is a three-time semi-finalist in the Funniest Person in Cincinnati contest. A regular emcee and feature act at Go Bananas Comedy Club, he’s worked with the likes of Lachlan Patterson, Henry Philips, Ryan Stout, and has been brought on the road to open for Tommy Johnagin.
Mary Zee is a stand-up comedian and writer based in Chicago, IL. Silly and smart. Nerdy and likeable. A high-energy storyteller. She has appeared in the Chicago Women's Funny Festival, the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, and the Big-Little Comedy Festival in Cleveland. Mary is the creator and host of Menage-a-Hah, a sex-themed variety show at Hamburger Mary's in Chicago.