Local Performers

Alex Homyak



Alex Homyak is a six foot smear of khaki from Pittsburgh, PA. He uses his personal, insightful style to brutally strip mine jokes from his life and the people kind enough to be a part of it. This has led him to perform at local venues such as The Arcade Comedy Theater and Club Cafe and many, many bars up and down the East Coast. Winner of the 2016 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival Stand Up Contest, he recently opened for Shane Mauss as part of his “A Good Trip” tour.

Alex Stypula



Alex Stypula wants to make you laugh while being mad at yourself for doing so. He approaches dark and bizarre subjects with quick wit and short jokes. Nothing makes him happier than creating laughter where there might normally be cringes or squirms. While his material might tread a few darker aspects of life, the goal is never simply to shock or offend the audience, pure and unadulterated laughter is the only objective. Alex has been doing standup for 5 years and comedy has taken him all over the east coast and Midwest. He hails from Pittsburgh where he has been named the Gilda’s Great Comic Search best comic in the city, and been featured on the cover of the Pittsburgh City Paper.

Allan Lee



Born in Queens, New York, Allan Lee currently resides in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, where there are no Western Beefs. Allan’s stand up career began in an elementary talent show contest at 7 years old, followed by a 24 year hiatus. Back in the game and more determined than ever, the only thing standing in his way now are venues with multiple flights of stairs.

Amanda Averell



Amanda Averell is a stand up comedian, sketch comedian and improviser based in Pittsburgh, PA. She’s performed across the city and runs a monthly showcase, Looking for Laughs, at Looking for Group in Brookline.

Chuck Krieger



Chuck Krieger started comedy during the “comedy boom” of the early 90’s for the country’s first Funny Bone Comedy Club in Pittsburgh. Chuck is a Steel City original who still works the Pittsburgh clubs including the Improv Comedy Club. He has had appearances on both TV and radio all around the country and also on WDVE in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Chuck is currently the top headliner with Steel City Comedy Tour, a group of the city’s top comics who travel the region and country playing all venues filled with people who are from Pittsburgh or love the steel city. He has taken his energetic, sarcastic, hard hitting style to many of the country’s top colleges. Along the way Chuck has managed to release a comedy CD, host a radio show, and work with some of the industries heavyweights. He has shared the stage with Lewis Black, Jim Florentine, Jim Gaffigan, Artie Lange, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Patton Oswalt, The Clarks, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, & Weird Al Yankovic.

Day Bracey



Day is a producer, stand-up comedian, and one-half of the craft beer-fueled Drinking Partners Podcast. When he’s not on stage, in the studio, or at a local brewery, he is producing shows featuring some of Pittsburgh’s best comics and musicians.

Derek Minto



Derek Minto is stand-up comedian currently residing in the historic Beechview, PA. Derek been a featured comic for the WDVE comedy festival as well as being voted best comic in the City Paper Best of the Burgh in 2016. Derek has opened for Hannibal Burgess, Dan St. Germaine, John Heffon, Jim Brewer and Amy Schumer once drunkenly told him he was very funny.

Garrett Titlebaum



Garrett Titlebaum is the funniest boy and humbly trying to write his own biography. He’s been involved in Pittsburgh’s growing comedy scene since 2014 and already as a stand up he’s opened for national touring act’s like Comedy Central’s Mike Recine, Brandie Posey and Lee Camp. In 2016 he was a finalist in the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival Stand Up Contest. His weekly podcast, Garrett Titlebaum: It’s Nice To See He’s Working features conversations with comedians, musicians, actors, and others trying to make a career out of what they love.

Harry Gilliland



Harry has been performing standup comedy in bars and rooms attached to bars in the Pittsburgh area since early 2014. Prior to that, he played in some pretty cool bands, and sometimes he would say funny things onstage with them. Also he learned this one magic trick that he showed people a bunch of times, but there’s no magic in his act, just jokes. Harry performed at the Burning Bridges Festival and Pittsburgh Comedy Festival in 2016, has opened for Kyle Dunnigan, and has been featured at the Pittsburgh Improv and Arcade Comedy Theater. He also swallows most of the gum he chews, and he hopes that you don’t think that’s too weird.

Iain Oldman



Pittsburgh-based comedian and writer Iain Oldman is an eclectic combination of wit, self-doubt and condescension, which materializes itself into a just-OK sense of humor. Growing up in both rural Virginia and Quebec, Iain uses his confusing sense of identity to craft jokes about Netflix, geopolitics and his girlfriend’s gynecologist. His roommate determined that he was more Southern than Canadian after Iain ate food out of a trashcan.

Isaac Crow



Isaac Crow is a comedian/storyteller living in Pittsburgh. Some of last year’s shows include: “Glitter and be Gay” for Pittsburgh Pride week, The Roast of Michael Myers, the inaugural Burning Bridges Festival, and the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival contest (won first round). He’s also done some storytelling events, and most recently performed at The Moth Grandslam in Pittsburgh after winning a Storyslam last year.

Jason Clark



Jason Clark is a comedian based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the host and co-creator of the stand up comedy game show the Stand Up Get Down that is based out of the Arcade Comedy Theater. Jason can also be heard weekly on the Grown Dad Business podcast.

Jesse Irvin



Jesse Irvin currently calls Pittsburgh home. Although he has been doing comedy since 2011
He was never a stranger to the stage. Whether it was annoying polite church patrons with magic shows when he was 10 or touring the USA and Japan with several punk bands. He is a guy that does not know how to take breaks from doing things that pay very little. His comedy is a mix of stories from growing up in a small PA town to his takes on navigating a grocery store properly. He has been described as “A clever wordsmith, and his jokes often catch you by surprise with their intelligent twists.” by The Tribune Review. He has also performed at The Fest in Gainesville FL and contributes to The Hard Times.

John Dick Winters



John Dick Winters is a stand up comedian and storyteller based in Pittsburgh but has performed as far away as just outside of Pittsburgh. He is the founder of Race to the Coffin Comedy as well as the Burning Bridges Festival and produces the monthly shows “Comedy Roulette: Comedy with a Catch” and “Technically Sunday”, Pittsburgh’s only late night stand up show.
Touring the country on the national independent comedy scene John has worked with countless of incredibly talented comics that no one has ever heard of and a few that you may actually know, such as: Kyle Kinane, Craig Gass, Myq Kaplan, Sara Schaefer, Kyle Dunnigan, Rory Scovel, Geoff Tate and more.
JDW is a Moth GrandSLAM Champion and has been part of numerous comedy festivals. His style is part observational, part autobiographical, part mumble. Heavily tattooed, always in black, standing over 6ft tall, John looks intimidating but his comedy is anything but. John Dick Winters will play your bar show, your living room, your black box theater, your garage, your comedy club and whoever is in attendance will leave smiling.

Joe Esch



Joe Esch originally started doing stand-up in State College, PA while attending college, gaining fast popularity due to his own social, absurd, and at times dark brand of comedy. Since coming to Pittsburgh, he has quickly become a staple of the local comedy circuit and performs with consistency around the city, doing regular shows at The Arcade Comedy Theater and Hambones.

Mike Sasson



In a short time, comedian and radio personality, Mike Sasson, has used his high-energy, witty style and interesting every-guy’s take on modern life to rise fast in the world of stand up comedy and broadcasting. Mike has successfully performed his crowd-pleasing shows in all types of settings from clubs, theaters and charity events to colleges and corporate events all over the country. On top of being a comedian Mike has used his athletic and communications background to host sports talk radio shows for CBS Radio in Pittsburgh, and he was also a part of the Pittsburgh morning radio on the “Jim Krenn and The Q Morning Show” on Q92.9 FM. You can now hear Mike on his own Show “The Mike Sasson Show” that can be heard on The Rivers Edge internet radio live every Tuesday at 10 AM http://www.riversedgepgh.com or on Facebook live or on the Tunein Radio App. Past episodes can be heard on the Rivers Edge page on ITunes, Soundcloud or on Google Play.

Norlex Belma



With an even keeled delivery belying blistering takes on everything from Pink Eye to Ancestry.com, Norlex Belma has become one of the hottest new comics working in NYC. Norlex got his start in one of the nation’s fastest growing comedy scenes, Pittsburgh, after attending Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music as a classical performance major. Norlex now resides back home in Brooklyn and has performed at clubs and colleges around the country including Zanies, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Pittsburgh Improv, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University,
SUNY Oswego, and NYU. In recent months, he has worked with Godfrey, Dean Edwards, and Jermaine Fowler. He was recently featured in the PBS documentary, The Comedy Confluence, detailing the rise of the Pittsburgh comedy scene. Since then, he has been a part of the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival and the Burning Bridges Festival. Norlex is a regular on the WDVE Morning Show with Randy Bauman and has had multiple performances aired on iHeartRadio.

Ossia Dwyer



A relative newcomer to comedy, Ossia Dwyer uses her self-deprecating humor in lieu of therapy because insurance is complicated. She has opened for Shane Torres and was a finalist in the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival’s Stand-up Competition. In addition to performing regularly around Pittsburgh, she is also one of the head writers for Pitt Tonight- a late night show written and produced by a bunch of college students avoiding their actual responsibilities.

Phil Forrence



With a unique perspective on everything from military spouses to milk, Phil Forrence has become a rising star in the Pittsburgh comedy scene. He is the head writer for Pitt Tonight, performs regularly at Arcade Comedy Theater, and was runner-up in the 2016 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival stand-up competition.

Ray Zawodni



Ray Zawodni is a stand-up comedian based in the Pittsburgh area. Over the past 5 years, he has used his devilishly good looks and boyish charm to entertain audiences all over the east coast. He is a regular feature act at the Pittsburgh Improv and Arcade Comedy theater. Whether he is performing for bikers in the corner of a dive bar or in front of families at a church fundraiser, Zawodni always manages to keep his audiences laughing. Ray has opened for some of the best touring headliners in the country including Ralphie May, Tom Segura, Bruce Bruce and John Witherspoon.

Sean Collier



Sean Collier was described as a “budding media personality” by the Pittsburgh City Paper, and no one – least all of him – seems to know what that means.
What is verifiable about Sean is a varied list of roles around town. He’s the movie critic for the WDVE Morning Show. He’s the associate editor of Pittsburgh Magazine. He’s a stand-up comic, with frequent appearances at the Pittsburgh Improv, Arcade Comedy Theater and throughout the region as part of the Steel City Comedy Tour; he’s also been a part of every DVE Comedy Festival and the 2015 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival. He’s appeared in storytelling shows, sketch comedy, Shakespearean tragedies, panel discussions, radio drop-ins, and more.
A Pittsburgh native and current Mount Washington resident, Sean has degrees in English and Theater Arts from Penn State, and is a 2002 alum of the sadly defunct Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts.

Shannon Norman



Eat. Pray. Die.

Suzanne Lawrence



Suzanne is incredibly excited to perform in Burning Bridges Festival again. Originally from West Virginia, Suzanne has now lives and performs in Pittsburgh. She can be seen regularly at Arcade Comedy Theatre, Club Cafe, and occasionally at the Pittsburgh Improv. She lives with her husband, their two-year-old, some overweight animals and a raging case of impostor syndrome.

Will Ness



Will Ness is an up-and-coming comedian out of the Pittsburgh comedy scene. He usually wears a black shirt. That’s how you know he’s dark and self-deprecating, but don’t worry, he still thinks farts are way cool. He likes sunset walks on sandy beaches, butterfly gardens, and he’s open to butt stuff. Will Ness is way funny, but he’ll never be more entertaining than boobs, and he’s okay with that.