Get to know the lineup of the 12th Annual Asheville Comedy Festival! 

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Greg Kennedy

Greg Kennedy has gone from scholastic and professional underachiever to well traveled jokesmith in just a short time. Audiences are hooked by his explosive energy and devil may care attitude. Starting his career in Cleveland, he has since moved to Chicago where he is one of the Producers of Stray Bits. Greg mixes Everyman experience with the confidence of a seasoned vet, and he may not be an underachiever for much longer.

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Ken Miller

Ken Miller is just PLAIN OL'FUNNY. Over the past 10 years, He has stormed through the ranks of comedy. He has become one of the funniest comics in the state of Florida. He was the 2009 Comedy Central South Beach Comedy Festival winner beating out 88 other comics. After finishing 2nd two years in a row, he finally won the 2013 Florida’s Funniest Comedy Competition beating out over 200 comics. He was chosen to compete/perform in the 2011 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival/Competition in Atlanta, GA, World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas in 2012 and The Great American comedy festival in 2013. Ken was recently seen on NICKMOMs, MOMS NIGHT OUT on NICKJR. Originally from Greensboro, NC now residing in Orlando, FL the former US ARMY vet is number 7 out of 10 brothers and sisters(ok, he's really number 8 but 7 sounds better) Born for comedy and to make others laugh, Ken's show will guarantee you a laugh or he will pay for your first drink. Ken Miller can work any room. When you leave his show you will not be disappointed. A little over 10 years in comedy and he has been told by seasoned veterans that he has the stage presence of a 20 plus year pro.

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Jay Nog

JAY NOG is a former elementary school teacher and has been entertaining audiences with his rambunctious stand-up comedy since 2004. At first Nog appears scruffy and blunt, but audiences quickly discover his soft side and feel at home with his playful sarcasm. Nog has been featured on MTV, MLB Network, in Talent in Motion magazine as one of NYC's "top up-and-coming comics", Nat Geo's Brain Games, MSG Network, and as a guest host on AMC's "Movie Date Night". He was a writer for MTV2's Guy Code, performed at SXSW, The Apollo Theatre, featured on AOL sports show 2 Point Lead, AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live, and is the man behind the viral video 5 Hours Walking around NYC as a Jets Fan. He is the host of the popular show PAID or PAIN heard Friday Nights on Sirius XM's Raw Dog Channel and recently released his debut album "Put Me In Coach" with Comedy Dynamics.

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Trey Dunn

Trey Dunn is a comic from Atlanta, Georgia. His quick wit and clever material has been winning over audiences all over the southeast. He has opened for Michelle Wolf and Kyle Kinane and has performed in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and Red Clay Comedy Festival. Trey's greatest accomplishment is being named funniest person in the world by his mother.

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Blaire Postman

Blaire Postman is a high energy, down-the-rabbit-hole stand-up comedian with no chill. Her unexpected material includes tales of living with recovering alcoholics and the history of Super Bowl half time shows. She has been an officially selected performer at the San Francisco Sketchfest, Bird City Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy Festival, Orlando Indie Comedy Festival, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, SheDot Comedy Festival & Chicago Women's Funny Fest. She's featured for amazing headliners including Arsenio Hall, Erin Foley, Andy Hendrickson, Eddie Ifft, Janelle James, Laura Kightlinger, Aparna Nancherla, Emo Philips, Ben Roy, Sara Schaefer, Jenny Zigrino and Joe Zimmerman, among others. Blaire has featured and/or showcased at wonderful venues including Goodnight's (Raleigh); Dead Crow Comedy Room (Wilmington, NC); the Richmond Funny Bone; The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC); Greenwich Village Comedy Club (NYC), Broadway Comedy Club & many other alt spaces & clubs on the east coast. She is also producer & co host of My Fantasy Wife, the weekly sports meets comedy meets pop culture podcast, now in its fourth year; producer of Gruff Goat Comedy monthly showcase; and her written work has been featured in WICF Daily.

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Ryan Nasworthy

Ryan Nasworthy has been a professional athlete as seen on Spike TV & ESPN 2. He joined the Army where he stayed for a decade as seen on CNN & BBC. Unfortunately to those close to him he does Stand up comedy now. Atlanta is where he calls home now and you can catch him on the summer Rooftop Comedy show he produces and The Best Of Atlanta shows produced by the Laughing Skull.

Robby Leon

Robby Leon is a comedian, writer and podcaster based in Brooklyn, New York. As a comic, Robby has been featured in the New York Comedy Festival, the Finger Lakes Comedy Festival and the Devil Cup Comedy Festival. He has performed at bars and clubs around NYC including New York Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club and Dangerfield's Comedy Club. As a podcaster, Robby co-hosts the SlobNation podcast with fellow comics John Donovan and Deno Demartino, and has appeared on countless podcasts and radio shows including Camp Adulthood, WAYO Rochester and Social Villains. Robby also loves Thai food, has a winning smile and would love to do your show.

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Maria Wojciechowski

 

Maria Wojciechowski is a Brooklyn-based stand up comedian with a strong background of sketch, improv, dance, and music. Originally from Mobile, AL, Maria graduated from University of South Alabama and moved to Chicago to study improv at Second City and iO before heading to New York to pursue stand up. Maria is one half of the sketch/musical comedy duo Abbaria. She has previously worked as a staffwriter for Seriously.TV and Comedywire, and her instagram @ILookLikeLauraDern1 has been featured in the New Yorker, the Chicago Tribune, and Entertainment Weekly. Maria has also appeared on the late Seeso’s Schtick or Treat Special as Paula Poundstone. Theater is Easy described her comedy as possessing “a sharp wit” and “a clarity of prose.” The Chicago Tribune has said that she makes “room for abject silliness in the midst of talking about her issues” while praising Maria for her “storytelling prowess.”

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Bret Raybould

Bret Raybould is a stand up comedian, writer, and director. Kansas-born, he’s now a staple of the New York stand up and sketch comedy scenes. He’s helped write articles for CollegeHumor, sketches that have been featured on Funny or Die (which you can view on his YouTube channel here), and news journalism for NowThis. During his time at NowThis, he wrote and directed hundreds of short-form videos that–in total–earned over 500 million views. One highlight was a humor piece on the election in which he got to be screamed at by Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) about voter registration. After he failed several times to hold a straight face, Susie told him, “You’re worse than Larry David.” Being worse than Larry David is still the highest honor he’s received in his lifetime. In 2017, he opened for Matt Braunger for his Netflix special “Right Meow.” His festival credits include Bridgetown (2017), SF Sketchfest (2018), NY Comedy Festival (2017), and Skankfest (2017).

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MK Paulsen

Originally from a small town in Texas, M.K. Paulsen is a Los Angeles-based comedian who misses Austin all the time. Recently, M.K. attained Internet fame with his viral blog “BurritoMakesThree.com” that features newborn baby pictures of him with a Chipotle burrito. He has appeared on numerous comedy festivals across the country including the Moontower Comedy Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, and the 202 Comedy Festival. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a financial contribution directly to him.

Dan Weeks

Since 2009 he was a finalist in the Big Sky Comedy Festival, was recently a featured comedian on the FOX Network show Laughs TV, the voice of Abercrombie & Fitch and seen in the feature film American Dirtbag.

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Rachel Mac

Rachel Mac is an LA-based writer and comedian. She performs regularly at the Comedy Store, has featured for Thomas Dale, J.C. Currais, and Jerry Rocha, and has been on the Crom Comedy Festival and BrokeLA. Rachel runs a renown monthly show in Pasadena, Bitchface Comedy.

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Ethan Herschenfeld

Ethan Herschenfeld is a stand-up comedian, accomplished actor, and award winning Opera singer. In addition to appearing on The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Damages, Girls, Happy!, High Maintenance, Power, and Unforgettable, he's sung at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and Opera stages around the world. He appears regularly at comedy clubs and festivals in NY, LA, and across the country. You can see him this year on Gotham (Fox) episode 416, and on the pilot of Deception (ABC).

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Katie Boyle

Katie Boyle is a comedian from Ireland living in Brooklyn. She performs daily all over the city; The Stand, New York Comedy Club, Broadway, Greenwich, Creek and the Cave and many other amazing clubs and stages. She runs a monthly show; Transplants Comedy Show and a weekly show Bingo n' Laughs. She has toured multiple states and was featured in the Hartford and Albany Funnybones. Generally she talks extensively about her journey through american culture and her insane murderous family! She performed stand up on local tv, MNN network. Last year she was in the Cinderblock festival & Brooklyn Comedy Festival. This year she was featured in The Women in Comedy Festival and Cape Fear. She loves this country so much so don't send her home!

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Bill Lake

Bill Lake has written jokes for the Late Show w/David Letterman, the Late, Late Show w/Craig Ferguson, SNL's Weekend Update, and Funny or Die. He performs regularly at the Syracuse Funny Bone, and all across New York State.

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Maher Matta

Comedian Maher Matta has been performing standup comedy for nearly fifteen years. He has appeared on FOX's "Laughs TV". He has performed at comedy clubs across the country, hired for private events, and placed in comedy festivals and competitions. Maher is a regular at the annual Arab American Comedy Festival in New York City and was also a writer and comedy sketch actor for "Tonight In San Diego". His material is clean and appropriate for all ages. His comedy revolves around story telling and observational humor. Maher can also do multiple accents which he often incorporates into his comedy.

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Jay Light

Growing up outside of conservative Dallas, Texas, Jay Light had to sneak late-night viewings of Comedy Central and Adult Swim with the volume turned low. His parents wouldn’t have approved. Today things have come full circle: He’s appeared on both seasons of Comedy Central insult competition Roast Battle, been named a “local eclectic noise maker” by L.A. Weekly, and praised as “one of the best Roasters in Los Angeles” by no less than Comedy Central mainstay Jeff Ross.

Self-deprecating, slyly dark, and always eager to subvert audience expectations, Jay began his stand-up career as a freshman at North Carolina’s Elon University.

As an undergrad he hosted frenetic student TV gameshow Win Stuff and wrote/directed 2011’s Shock Jock, which screened at the Cannes Festival’s Short Film Corner. Follow-up effort Rocketeer received the Sprite Films Competition’s national Viewers Choice Award the following year. Jay’s Media Arts & Entertainment degree came with the Communications department’s high-profile A.J. Fletcher Award, granted annually to “an outstanding graduate…who reflects wide-ranging interest in the field.” Now a regular performer at famed Sunset Strip institution the Comedy Store, Jay co-produces weekly live editions of Roast Battle. He credits the latter with helping him tap into his true comedic voice, become a better joke-writer, and elevate his confidence as a performer...not to mention score the opportunity to open for Dave Chappelle.

Onstage Jay may look like the clean-cut, naïve boy next door and readily admit, “I suffer from camp-counselor face!” But as crowds quickly learn, he doesn’t shy from discussing his sheltered religious upbringing or the formative lessons learned along his path to sobriety. In addition to making the finals of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle II: War of the Words, Jay has appeared on the network’s Not Safe with Nikki Glaser and HBO’s Project Greenlight. Most recently he’s honed his improv skills at emerging L.A. venue The Pack Theater, and in 2018 became both a contributing writer for Pete Holmes’ HBO series Crashing and staff writer for the Discovery Channel’s BattleBots reboot. Aside from touring clubs, music venues and colleges across the country, other stand-up credits include the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, the Motor City Comedy Festival, the Golden Spike Comedy Festival, the Blue Whale Comedy Festival, and South by Southwest. In the podcasting realm, Jay puts his film degree to use every Monday morning on Blockbusting with Jay Light. The show first invites top comics and filmmakers to discuss industry news and the latest box-office results. Guests then dissect a successful mainstream movie they don’t consider a personal favorite – no gimmicks, no remorse, no punches pulled. Everything may be subjective in comedy, but on Blockbusting unpopular opinion rules.

As for Jay’s parents? Though his mom may have disowned his earliest career choices, it’s safe to say she’s coming around. They’re admittedly still not his target demographic, but Comedy Central now plays loud and proud in the Light household whenever he’s on.

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Erik Terrell

Erik Terrell is a big kid with a big heart. His love for the stage began in his freshman year at Hampton University in 2009 as he landed a supporting roles in “A Love to Call My Own” and “Dreamgirls” in both sophomore and junior years. He’d become President of the “Hampton Players” by his junior year. After giving Stand-Up a shot on summer vacation after sophomore year at Hampton, Erik quickly adopted a new identity as not only actor, but Stand-Up Comedian. In college, Erik hosted and performed on most of Hampton University’s Homecoming and Spring Fest Comedy shows. After graduating college in 2013, he returned home to Philadelphia where he was voted 2nd of 260 Comedians in the “Philly’s Phunniest Comedian Contest” twice (2014 and 2016) at Helium Comedy Club. Since then, he’s opened for Dick Gregory, Sam Morril, Dov Davidoff, Godfrey, Mark Normand, DeRay Davis, Arnez J, etc. He’s also begun headlining Comedy venues along the East Coast and working at various New York Comedy Clubs including Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, etc. Erik’s top prize winning performance at the Conshy Comedy Fest in 2017 was instrumental in fueling a series of fortune for his Stand-Up career. In 2018, Erik headlined and produced his own show at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival and performed at Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, MI. He filmed for Comedy Time TV in LA, and Carolines on Broadway featured Erik on “Carolines Presents”, showcasing him as one of New York’s best breakout comics.

Susan Jones

Susan Jones is a tenacious headlining comedian, writer, master of ceremonies, and motivational force with over 2 decades of national touring experience. As a recent bride, dog lover, Pez collector, single mom, strip club DJ, and survivor the 80s and 90s, Susan has a broad range of life experience to draw from. Susan reached almost 600 lbs. and in 2016 started her weight loss mission. She has lost over 200 lbs. so far, and takes you with her on this journey every pound of the way down. Susan has opened for Dana Carvey, Rob Schneider, Brad Garrett, Jeffery Ross, Rick Overton, Chad Prather, and many more. Susan recently released her first half hour network special on RideTV. She has also appeared on Up Late NW and JokestersTV. She has recorded a stand-up album called 50 Shades of Gravy. Susan was a regional finalist for NBC Standup, and has won the Hard Rock comedy contest and JackFM’s Funniest Comedian in Washington. Susan is a club favorite and must-see comedian that can range from TV clean to fun flirty.

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Regina DeCicco

Regina DeCicco made her television debut on AXS-TV's "Live at Gotham." She's been on FOX TV's "Laughs" and she was on "The Dr. Oz Show" as herself. Regina is a guest contributor to "The Howard Stern Show" on SiriusXM Radio. She's been a part of the Nantucket Comedy Festival, The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA and Boston's Women in Comedy Festival. Regina's original musical comedy, "The New World," made it's world premiere at Bucks County Playhouse, PA in November 2017. She’s performs at colleges all over the United States. She’s done comedy as far away as Shanghai, China - so she's willing to travel. Before taking the plunge into stand-up comedy, she spent many seasons behind the scenes at NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

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Chrissie Mayr

Chrissie Mayr grew up on Long Island NY and is a New York City based comic, actress, and writer. She has been featured on FOX's Laughs, FOX's Punchline, The Wendy Williams Show, The Chris Gethard Show, and has been heard on Sirius XM Radio. She was also named one of CBS New York's "5 Comedians You Should Know". Chrissie also is the producer and host of the longest running LGBT comedy show in NYC, 'Comedy at Stonewall' which takes place every month at the nationally land marked Stonewall Inn on Christopher St. Her shows have been featured in The New York Times, Timeout NY, and The Interrobang.

Chrissie has been featuring and headlining in some of the best comedy clubs on the East Coast including West Side Comedy Club, Hartford Funny Bone, New York Comedy Club, Lucy's Laugh Lounge, Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, and Off The Hook Comedy Club.

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Fumi Abe

Fumi Abe is a Japanese-American stand-up comedian based in New York City by way of Columbus, Ohio. His comedy has been featured on Rooftop Comedy, MTV Decoded, and Seriously.TV. Drawing inspiration from his experience growing up in the Midwest as an immigrant, Fumi slings jokes about family, being a millennial, his white girlfriend, and everything else in between. In 2017, Fumi was selected as a semi-finalist at the Stand Up NBC competition. He also placed 2nd out of 60 comedians in the 2017 Devil Cup Comedy Competition. In addition, he has performed at various comedy festivals across the country such as Hell Yes Fest, Boston Comedy Festival, and SF Sketchfest.

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Rick Matthews

Rick Matthews is born and raised in Western NY. Taking what that region has taught him, he is hard working, gritty and destined to be in second place. His family, past, and full length mirror give him all he needs to keep crowds relating and amused. He has opened for comic Jim Norton on the road, and has performed for numerous clubs, casinos, colleges, and festivals across the US.

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Gabe Pacheco

Gabe Pacheco is a NY-based Latinx performer. Originally from D.C., he moved to NYC after college and started his stand-up career handing out flyers in Times Square. A ubiquitous fixture in the NYC comedy scene, Gabe performs regularly at the Creek and the Cave, The Knitting Factory, and Caroline’s. Listen to Gabe weekly on WBAI radio. He’s showcased at the Accidental Comedy Fest, the Asheville Comedy Fest, and the Harlem Comedy Fest. You can also see him perform sketch comedy for children with the Story Pirates. Thanks to training at the UCB, Gabe says “yes” to most things

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Kwasi Mensah

Kwasi bridges the gap between insightful observations about race and still thinking he could be a Power Ranger when he was 15. He's opened for SNL's Sasheer Zamata, Aparna Nancherla, and W. Kamau Bell. He also co-produces Laughing Liberally Boston, a show that combines comedy with progressive politics. He's been featured in SF Sketchfest, the Boston Comedy Festival, The Comedy Exposition in Chicago, and just recorded his first hour of stand up titled "Not From Around Here".

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Jesse Eigner

Jesse is a NYC based stand up comedian who has been featured on Fox's Good Day New York. Jesse performs around the country doing clubs and colleges. Jesse also produces a monthly standup showcase in NY called Giggles N Cream. The show has been featured in Timeout magazine as one of the best free comedy shows in NYC.

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Chloe Stillwell

Chloe Stillwell is a performer and proponent of raunchy, feminist comedy--which has earned her a reputation as a feather ruffler and a trail blazer in the Southeast where she lives and tours out of Nashville, TN. She has endeared audiences, defamed sexist club runners and kept her middle fingers flying to everyone who's told her she couldn't or shouldn't since she started out. For some comedians, feminism is a put on, but for Chloe, it's inseparable from who she is and what she does.

Called "a funny, feminist fire brand with a career on a serious rise," by The East Nashvillian--and "that bitch," by the male comics who read it, Chloe has helped to build the Nashville comedy scene from an inaccessible, often male-exclusive niche, to a thriving community that welcomes all, and is known throughout the city. She's done this by producing multiple monthly shows, prioritizing women and lgbtqia performers, helping to bring a WIC chapter to Nashville, and facilitating a network of show runners, comics and supporters through the the Nashville organization she founded, Broads & Brews Comedy Collective. Chloe, the daughter of two traveling lounge singers, grew up in Nashville's 90's country blitz. After high school, she didn't hesitate to take off to New York City to attend the prestigious New School, where she earned her degree in writing. She then decided to find out what the West had in store, moving to LA after graduation, where she spent two years studying comedy at the famous Upright Citizens Brigade and working production on movie sets. She eventually decided she loved the south, and wanted to do the work of brining feminist comedy and creating arts communities in the often conservative region. Since re-locating she's established herself in the media world, and is currently a columnist for Playboy Magazine. She couples that platform and exposure with her passion for comedy and activism, and hopes to marry all of her interests through performing nationally as a feminist stand up. Most recently she was one of nine finalists for Nashville’s funniest comic in the Laughing with Lightning 100 Comedy Competition at Zanie’s Comedy Club.

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Willie Simon

Willie Simon is a stand-up comedian and Hawaii’s fourteenth favorite son, just behind Daniel Akaka. Growing up on the island of Maui, Willie decided against a life of harmony and peace of mind and instead moved to the mainland to pursue a career in stand-up. He made waves around the Northwest, working out of the Comedy Underground in Downtown Seattle while sometimes attending school at Seattle University. Now, Willie has settled in Los Angeles, where his silly and upbeat style of stand up will certainly help him ignore the fact that he dropped out of college. Willie can be seen honoring the memory of Senator Akaka all around the western United States.

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Caitlin Peluffo

Originally hailing from San Francisco, Caitlin Peluffo is a stand up comedian living in New York City. After a brief six year stint in art school where she studied performative video (no, really…that’s a thing) she has expanded her talents to the stage. Peluffo is a regular in the NYC comedy scene performing in clubs like New York Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, and The Stand Comedy Club. She has been seen on NBC Seeso’s “New York’s Funniest” as well as the Comcast Network as a finalist in the ‘Trial By Laughter Comedy Competition.’ Recently she’s been hitting the road performing in festivals across the country. She’s been featured in the Limestone Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Laugh Your Asheville Off, Accidental Comedy Festival, All Jane Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, Maine Comedy Festival, and was runner up in both the Finger Lakes and the Stand Up NY Comedy Competitions. This January she performed in San Francisco’s Sketchfest as part of the Fresh Voices Showcase and was later featured on Audible’s “Punchlines.” Caitlin is a former soccer player who dropped the wind sprints but kept the thighs as well as the drinking habit. No subject is off limits, however, she did make a promise to her mother that she would never, ever discuss that one time she took those ‘whorish, yet tastefully executed’ photos for a guy she used to date in the military. She may be a patriot, but a promise is a promise.

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Anthony Desamito

Anthony Desamito is a stand up comedian and writer living in Los Angeles, California from Arizona. He's been performing on stages across the country for 8 years now, he has appeared on FOX's "Laughs," The Doug Stanhope Podcast, just filmed for a new gay stand-up series for Comedy Dynamics and Dekkoo called "Out on Stage" and he is the Winner of the 1st Annual AZ's Funniest Person With a Day Job.

Anthony also hosts a comedy show at the Hollywood Improv called, "Ya Feel?!" He was a Finalist in both the 2016 Scriptapalooza TV Sitcom Writing Competition and Arizona's Funniest Comedian, his comedy has also been featured on Inverse and The Advocate.

He co-hosts "Thank You for Being a Podcast: The Golden Girls Podcast," an NPR-blessed podcast in which he recap episodes of the Golden Girls, now with over 70k downloads. He features nationally for Daniel Franseze from Mean Girls and was recently mentioned in the Daily Beast as a "comic who should be a household name."

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Erica Spera

Erica Spera is the girl next door who's tall, dark, and one of the guys. Originally from Binghamton NY, Spera is the producer of 607 Comedy, where she hosts shows throughout the Upstate New York area. Spera was named a 2017 TBS Comics to Watch as part of the NY Comedy Festiva and has opened for Bert Kreischer and SNL's Colin Jost. You may have seen her on TLC's Cake Boss, or Gotham Comedy Live! on AXSTV. Every Friday at 8:30pm, she co-hosts Bitches Brew, at Halyard's Bar in Brooklyn, which has been named one of TimeOut NY’s “Best Comedy Shows”.

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Diego Attanasio

Diego Attanasio is a Detroit based comedian originally from Peru who quickly wins over crowds with his quick wit, likability, and sarcastic observations. His rapid-fire delivery and onstage charisma make Diego one of the most notable acts in the midwest. Diego has performed stand-up in Alaska, Hawaii, and everywhere in between. He was a semi-finalist in the San Diego Comedy Festival and a finalist in the Laugh Your Bluegrass Off Comedy Festival. Additionally he has performed at the Baltimore Comedy Festival, Cleveland Comedy Festival, Memphis Comedy Fest, North Carolina Comedy Festival, Idaho Laugh Fest, Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, Beast Village Comedy Festival, Motor City Comedy Festival, Burning Bridges Comedy Festival, Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival, Gilda’s LaughFest, Border City Comedy Fest, Windsor Comedy Festival, Let’s Fest, and Fairbanks Funny Festival. Diego has opened for Joe List and Matt Braunger.

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Tom Peters

Tom Peters is a regular contributor to The Hard Times and the creator and producer of The Fake Moth: A Fake Evening of Fake Storytelling. His comedy/music project The Tom Peters Theremin Order will perform at the 2018 Hopscotch Music Festival.

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Zach Peterson

Zach Peterson has been described as everything from “An affable oddball” to “if Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska album was a person.” This is because Zach writes jokes that have a unique mixture of thoughtfulness, absurdity and darkness, which can be heard on his recently recorded debut album “Midwestern Jokes for the Americas”. When he is not crisscrossing the United States performing at clubs, theaters, and whoever else that will have him, Zach makes his home in Los Angeles, California where he produces and hosts the Arguments and Grievances Podcast that has been featured at numerous festivals, on Audible.com, and was named “Best Variety show in Chicago 2014” by Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Tribune called it, "smart, high-stakes tomfoolery disguised in a brilliant, faux-brainy conceit...This show is a riot." Zach has toured the country with the likes of Mary Mack, Dave Ross and Timmy Williams from The Whitest Kids you know, and performed at some of the country’s most prestigious festivals like The Limestone Comedy Festival, The High Plains Comedy Festival, and The Laughing Skull Comedy festival among many more.

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Paul Ollinger

Paul Ollinger is a nationally-touring stand-up comedian and former technology sales leader. After 15 years in management positions at LAUNCH.com, Yahoo! and Facebook (where he was the 250th employee) Paul committed to the comedy dream that has taken him all over North America, opening for Daniel Tosh, Dave Attell, Norm Macdonald, and many more. Paul opened for Jeff Dunham for the shooting of Jeff's Comedy Central special, Spark of Insanity, and has performed in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. He has appeared on The Apprentice, Red Eye on Fox News and several other shows that are no longer on the air. Paul has featured recently (or will feature within 60 days) at the following clubs: -Comedy Nest, Montreal -Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Detroit -Helium, Philadelphia -Governors Comedy Club, Levittown, NY (Long Island) -Stir Crazy, Phoenix -Ha!, Yonkers, NY

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Ali Macofsky

Hey, I'm Ali Macofsky and I will be writing my bio for you. I started comedy almost 4 years ago and am really proud of what I've been able to do so far. Early on, I started performing regularly on a show at the Comedy Store on a live recording podcast and show called Kill Tony where for almost 3 years I wrote and performed a brand new minute of material in front different guests every week. This is where I met my heroes and got asked to perform with them such as doing shows with Russell Peters and recently Joe Rogan. I recently stopped so I could start working on my own projects. I auditioned for Just For Laughs New Faces for my first time last year and made it to call backs and auditioned again this year (hoping for a callback) which I feel lucky to just be apart of. I have made it to the regional finals of NBC's Stand Up Competition and have worked really hard to get where I am now. I don't only perform at clubs and do showcases, I also perform often in backyards, bars, bowling alleys, lofts and other alternative venues. Wherever I go, my goal is to make the audience laugh cause truly it's the best feeling. I know that sounds super cheesy but have you seen the faces of bridesmaids after their wedding speech joke destroys?! Also, sorry I don't have a website. Hope to see ya face to face! :)

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Shaun Murphy

Shaun Murphy is a comedian originally from Buffalo, NY who has performed in many clubs and colleges throughout North America. He has told jokes at prestigious places like the Boston Comedy Festival, Helium Comedy Club and the Coast Guard Academy to less prestigious places like a high school graduation party with a broken microphone. He has been lucky enough to feature for a diverse group of headliners such as Dave Attell, Michael Ian Black, Tom Green and Jen Kirkman.

Shaun’s like-ability and awkwardness keeps audiences captivated whenever he performs. However, he thinks it’s really weird to impress strangers by talking about his accomplishments like this but hopefully it worked. If not, that’s okay too. He currently lives in New York City and has no money.

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Adam Christie

Adam Christie is an award-winning stand-up comedian and writer from Toronto, Canada. He’s been featured on MTV, CBC, MuchMusic, and many comedy festivals across North America.

Adam is a Canadian Comedy Award winner, and his writing has been nominated for multiple Canadian Screen Awards, a WGC Screenwriting Award, and an International Academy of Web Television Award for his work on the web series Versus Valerie. 2018 is already shaping up to be a busy year, as Adam just taped an episode of Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek alongside Catherine O’Hara, and is set to join the writing staff of IFC’s Baroness Von Sketch Show later this spring.