National Performers

Alex Price

Indianapolis

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At six feet, eight inches, Alex Price was always going to be the center of attention anyway. He developed an outsized sense of humor to match his physical stature and quickly became known in comedy circles far away from his native Indiana. His unflinching, self-deprecating and hilarious take on life as an actual giant form the basis of an act that’s garnered him opening spots for Kyle Kinane, Brian Posehn, and Hannibal Buress. It’s a perspective you’ve likely never considered, but that you’re sure to never forget.

Andrew Michael

Atlanta

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Andrew Michael is an Atlanta raised comic who is fueled by his love for comedy, claw machines, and chimichangas. Andrew provides a goofy yet intimate look into his life and the people that surround it. In 2015 Andrew was audience choice for “Best Local Comedian” and his show WonderComedy won “Best Comedy Night” in the Creative Loafing ATL’s “Best of Atlanta” issue. Andrew has featured for Eddie Pepitone and is a regular at places like the Laughing Skull Lounge and Star Bar in Atlanta. He’s also performed at the Crom Comedy Festival and The Fest in Gainsville, Fl.

Charlie Vergos

Chicago

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Audiences don’t really know what to make of Charlie Vergos. His slow Memphis accent and scatterbrained mannerisms give him the stage presence of a dude who fell into a ditch while looking for fruit snacks, but then he’ll make an intelligent point about geopolitics. Then he might make a fart joke. Then he’ll juggle. Or the play the piano. He likes boats. Audiences like him. It is what it is.
Charlie started doing stand-up in 2009, spending time in the scenes of Memphis, New Orleans, and Cape Town, before moving to Chicago in 2012.
Since then he’s worked at the Onion and performed all over, including the Laughing Skull Festival (2016), Memphis Comedy Festival (2014-16), Blue Whale Comedy Festival (2016), and Hell Yes Fest (2015), among several others.
He has a lifetime watermelon eating record of 3-0-0.

Jack Comstock

NYC

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Born in California, raised in Nebraska, living in New York, no one really knows what Jack Comstock is. His self-deprecatory style and rough, gravelly voice will have you laughing, and even, possibly, falling in love.

Jen Lenny

Atlanta

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Jen Lenny is an Atlanta stand up comedian and failed waitress. Offstage you can catch her arguing feminism to a Lean Cuisine or staring into the sun for moral support. She’s been featured in Paste Magazine, NPR’s City Lights, and lots of unused VICELAND B-roll.

John Bruton

Cleveland

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From Cleveland, OH. A founding member of Accidental Comedy Club. Working in comedy clubs around the midwest. Very chill, very angry.

Jordan James

Eau Claire WI

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Jordan James is a founding member of Clear Water Comedy, a DIY group of standups based out of Eau Claire, WI who book, produce, and perform on an independent weekly show there. His story-driven comedy is personal, friendly, and conversational, and he has opened for the likes of Sean Patton and Joe Mande.

Josh Morrow

Cleveland

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Stand up comedy is often put in terms of a battle of wills between audience and performer for ego supremacy. This paradigm must be tossed out the window and abandoned when you watch Joshua Morrow perform. Every stage that Josh exits after delivering his signature brand of homespun, inclusive humor feels a little warmer, and audiences are left with a sense that they’ve reconnected with an old friend.
Joshua Morrow began his career as the steward of The Village Idiot at Lakewood Village Tavern, Cleveland’s longest running and most attended open mic. Under Josh’s tenure, this show grew from the usual smattering of local heroes and budding comics to the must visit mic of the week. He developed an ability to make anyone he brought to the stage feel like a star, and audiences bought in, giving the whole show an event feel despite its humble origins.
It wasn’t long until the clubs came calling, and Joshua Morrow became a talent coordinator and house emcee for the Cleveland branch of Bonkerz Comedy Club. Josh applies his eye for talent and ability to set up anyone for a great set to create an environment that exceeds audience expectations night in and night out. He is a valued member of the Accidental Comedy Collective, which is responsible for several showcases throughout Cleveland and the Accidental Comedy Festival every fall. Josh is also a regular emcee at Hilarities 4th Street theater, and travels the Midwest entertaining hordes of comedy fans seven nights a week.

Justin Thompson

Atlanta

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Based out of Atlanta, GA. Justin Thompson has spent the past few years traveling the country, making folks laugh with his irreverent and minimalist humor performed with goof and charm. He has also performed in several comedy festivals and opened up for a few notable comedians. Recently he has made several appearances on the hit podcast Doug Loves Movies.

Kelsey Claire Hagen

Rochester NY

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Kelsey Claire Hagen is a comedian out of Rochester, NY. She has performed at The Comedy Club of Rochester and Helium in Buffalo, NY as well as various clubs in Canastota, Syracuse, and Utica. She has opened for Chris Kattan as well as Marianne Sierk. She has produced many successful shows, including The Hateful Eight (Headliner Zach Swan), Two Feminists Walk Into A Bar with Andrew Youngblood, The Galentine’s Show, DGMP One-Night Only Open-Mic, and
namely Don’t Grab My Pussy (December 2016) and Don’t Grab My Pussy Buffalo (March 2017) which were both fundraiser shows for .survivors of sexual assault.
She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (’14) and is so excited to return to Pittsburgh!!

Kevin O’Brien

Denver

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Born and raised amongst the corn stocks of Nebraska, Kevin O’Brien always saw things differently than those around him. After spending his adolescence on Ramones message boards and watching late night T.V. Kevin moved to the big city of Denver. Over the past eight years he has carved a name for himself in Denver’s booming comedy scene appearing on the Viceland’s Flophouse and regularly at Comedy Works where he was runner-up in the annual New Faces Contest. Kevin is the host of the monthly comedy debate show “Arguments & Grievances” which was featured on Laugh Button’s Best Podcast of 2014. The Denver Post also called him a “comic to watch” and described him as having, “a laissez-faire persona and indignant material.” Kevin has appeared in the Great American Comedy Festival, High Plains Comedy Festival, Chicago Comedy Exposition, and Crom Comedy Festival.

In addition to his comedic pursuits, Kevin is the co-host and producer of the pop-culture podcast These Things Matter, which the A.V. Club described as “thoughtful and revealing.” When he isn’t spreading himself too thin you can find Kevin sleeping in with his basset hound Oscar.

Kevin Tit

Washington DC

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Kevin Tit is a physical embodiment of what happens after a decade’s worth of punk bands and pizza; coupled with the inability to function as a well adjusted, member of society. His life as a Stand Up Comedian began in Honolulu, Hawaii back in 2012 and has led him to performing in Festivals, clubs, music venues, bars and living rooms across the country. He now resides in DC, where his relaxed demeanor, childlike imagination, and big, dopey smile have led to his rising popularity.

Kevin Casey White

Chicago

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Described by the Chicago Tribune as “A physical expression of an exclamation point,” Kevin Casey White is a cheerful cynic with a dynamic stage presence.
In 2011 Kevin moved to Chicago from his hometown of St. Louis. Before leaving though, he founded Bare Knuckle Comedy, the city’s longest-running independent comedy showcase, and had jokes commissioned by Microsoft for their Windows phone campaign.

Upon arriving in the Windy City, Kevin quickly earned notoriety from The Reader by helping earn “Best Sketch Troupe” for his writing on the late night talk show Talk Hard and was a must have for the Chicago-centric stand up show Four Star Stand Ups on JBTV. Since then he has appeared on the Nerdist Podcasts Terrified w/ Dave Ross, Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, and the Feral Audio favorite Put Your Hands Together w/ Cameron Esposito.

Kevin has also appeared in several comedic shorts including the Break.com favorite “Definitions: Pillow Fight” and “Lovers Lookout” which in 2013 won “Best Short Film at Quirkfest in L.A.

Kevin currently produces the hit podcast Arguments & Grievances which has received rave reviews from Chicago Magazine, The Reader, Chicago Tribune, The Laugh Button, and Chicagoist, plus has been featured in several festivals such as Limestone and The Comedy Exposition, in addition to being a regular mainstay at The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. Kevin Currently lives in New York City where he needs help paying the rent.

Mara Wiles

Denver

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Mara Wiles is a stand-up comic and actress from Denver, Colorado. Mara’s style is intelligently goofy injected with energy and witty asides that makes every performance feel different from the one before. Her pursuit for a life of jokes has let her perform regularly at Comedy Works in Denver and all the best alternative rooms in all the hippest cities in North America. Mara has opened for Andy Kindler, Jackie Kashian and Kurt Braunohler, just to name a few. Mara has been featured on Viceland’s Flophouse and Hidden America with Jonah Ray. Mara has performed at Crom Omaha, The Comedy Exposition and her hometown fest, High Plains Comedy Festival. Mara won best comic at the 2011 Laugh Tracks Comedy Festival and was named one of 2014’s 100 Colorado Creatives by Westword. Mara produces and hosts Mara Wiles and the Funky Brunch and the Funnyside Sessions with co-producer Kevin O’Brien. When she isn’t telling jokes she is usually pretending to get into yoga, walking dogs or reading Real Simple magazine.

Mary Santora

Cleveland

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Hailing from Cleveland, OH, Mary Santora is a fresh breath of femininity in the otherwise male dominated world of stand up. Her quick witted, observational style has landed her the opportunity to not only travel across the country in various clubs, but to open for comedic greats such as Chris D’elia, Tom Papa, and Frank Caliendo. She took second place at the 2015 Cleveland Comedy Festival, was named The 2016 Best Local Female Comedian by the Cleveland Scene Magazine, and is continuing to quickly make a name for herself as an up and coming comic to watch.

Mackenzie Bublitz

Eau Claire WI

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Mackenzie Bublitz, from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has been wearing cute dresses for most of her life, but she has been wearing cute dresses while simultaneously surprising audiences with her dirty stage mouth since the summer of 2014. A background in improv as well as a semi-serious junk food addiction have given Mackenzie the tools she needs to define herself as a fast-talking, self-deprecating comedian with a good head on her shoulders and a really fat neck.
Mackenzie was the winner of her “night” at The Funniest Person in the Twin Cities competition at Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis and the winner of Best Comedian according to Eau Claire’s Volume One Magazine reader polls in 2015 and 2016.

Mekki Leeper

Philadelphia

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Mekki Leeper is a comedian based out of Philadelphia. He performs regularly at Good Good Comedy Theater, Helium Comedy Club, and has quickly become a staple in the Philadelphia comedy scene. He also produces shows like Focus Group, Trending Topics, Digital Graffiti, and JUST RIGHT. His work has been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, and College Humor.

Melissa Stokoski

NYC

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Melissa Stokoski is a comedian and writer based in Brooklyn, New York.
She is a producer and host of the long-running stand up show Bitches’ Brew as well as the interactive Twitter show, Like Me Comedy. She is a regular guest on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy and appears every Tuesday on John Fugelsang’s Tell Me Everything on Insight. Stokoski has been featured on TruTV’s Late Night Snack and is a freelance contributor for Elite Daily.

Mo Mitchell

Bloomington IN

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Mo Mitchell is a young comedian from Bloomington, IN. In the three short years she’s been doing comedy, she’s featured for the likes of Marc Maron and Kristen Toomy. Mo also performs as a member of the Blooming10 in the annual Limestone Comedy Festival. This is her first festival away from her beloved home town, so remember: She needs this more than you do.

Reena Calm

Chicago

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Reena Calm is an East Coast Jew turned Chicago favorite. Since 2011 she has stumbled her way to the top, becoming one of the most respected, hardest working comedians in the Midwest. Pulling from a lifetime of questionable choices, Reena’s material manages to be autobiographical, silly, and charmingly inappropriate. Reena is a featured regular at the Laugh Factory and performs clubs and shows all over the country: she was featured in the She-Devil Comedy Festival, Accidental Comedy Festival, Chicago Sketchfest, Birmingham Comedy Festival, Milwaukee Comedy Festival, The Comedy Exposition, RiOT LA, and Just For Laughs Chicago. Reena has been a frequent guest on WGN and WBEZ radio. She has been called “also terrific” by the Chicago Tribune, and “not a disappointment” by her mother. She will follow you home after the show- I mean, follow HER on twitter @ReenaCalm.

Ryan Darling

Chattanooga

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Ryan Darling is a comedian from Chattanooga whose standup has been described as “ethereal, irreverent and often humorous.” Ryan is in a constant battle between what is right and what is fun, and he playfully wrestles with these two for crowds all around the Southeast. As the producer for several DIY comedy shows locally, Ryan has brought multiple nationally recognized headliners to Chattanooga, performed at the the Chattanooga Film Festival in 2015 and 2016, The Fest in Gainesville FL, Scruffy City Comedy Festvial and continues to build bridges with other regional comedians with his monthly comedy showcase, Pool Party.

Shane Torres

NYC

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Shane Torres is a stand up comedian, writer, and actor. Shane made his late night debut on Conan just this
year. You may have also seen him 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. Shane has
appeared on popular podcast such as Savage Love and Comedy Bang Bang. He tours across the globe at
comedy clubs, rock venues, and theaters.
He is the creator of the podcast radio show Help Wanted . Shane has also contributed writing to Paste
Magazine, Laughspin, The Portland Mercury, and Nailed Magazine. He also hates writing bios.