Alisha Donahue is a comedian, podcaster and mother of four from Boise, Idaho. She will turn this car around so fast it will make your head spin.

Alisha is one half of the popular Lady Bizness Podcast, available on iTunes. It's not funny ha ha it's funny hoo ha. She was first runner up in the inaugural Boise's Funniest Person comedy contest in 2013, though if pressed she will tell you she tied for first.  Alisha was also voted third and a half Best Working Comedian by Boise Weekly Magazine. She can be seen in clubs, pubs, and breweries all over the world and performs comedy in some of them.  Alisha's mom says she has so much potential if she'd just apply herself.

 

Called a “hardcore comedy critics’ favorite” at the Idaho Laugh Fest by the festival’s director, who “never had that kind of feedback before from so many people about the same comic,” Becky Braunstein is a rising standout performer with fresh energy and wide-eyed enthusiasm that is impossible to ignore. She grew up on a mountain in Alaska where she had no one to talk to, moved to Portland after being diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer and coming close to losing her voice forever - but she didn’t lose it, and now she won’t shut up.

Becky was an audience favorite at the 2016 Big Sky Comedy Festival, was selected for 'Best of the Fest' at the 2017 Golden Spike Comedy Festival, and has also performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the All Jane Comedy Festival, the Idaho Laugh Fest, Pickathon, the Siren Nation Festival, NW Women’s Comedy Festival, and the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival. She studied at the same acting school as Liam Neeson, and has a specific set of skills - which include illustrating #FatAnimals, being able to lip-sync the entirety of ‘Pehla Nasha’ from the 1992 hit Bollywood film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, and demolitions.

Brett Badostain is a comedian from Boise, ID. Brett's off the cuff, shoot from the hip, heart on his sleeve style of stand-up is one of a kind. He has performed all over the Northwest and his grip on the nation is tightening every second of every day.

Chad Heft

Catch Chad

Thursday at Liquid Laughs, 10pm

Sunday Night at Liquid Laughs, 8pm

Chad Heft is a comic that doesn't need a bio. It only took him 18+ years of shows at many comedy clubs, comedy festivals & an unhealthy amount of shows at "interesting venues" to decide to finally record an album. His wisdom gained from years of "doing what not to do" will not only have you leaving his shows reciting your favorite punchlines, but the helpful life tips that are attached to them will probably end up saving your life. If you want to live, and laugh, go see Chad Heft

He's professional wrestling's true funny man.  Colt Cabana's comedic style of wrestling has entertained crowds from Japan to Australia to India and everywhere in-between for almost 20 years.  After a short stint with the WWE, Colt left and blazed a DIY trail unlike any other independent wrestler with write ups in USA Today, Forbes, Fast Money and Rolling Stone.

Blending the world of comedy and wrestling, Colt has been featured on Marc Maron's WTF & Maron, Doug Loves Movies, Mystery Show & The Chris Gethard Show along with multiple appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The Gathering Of The Juggalos.

Colt's podcast 'The Art of Wrestling' is the the longest running wrestler-to-wrestler podcast and was featured on the cover of the Chicago Reader and named the number one wrestling podcast by Rolling Stone.

Dan Soder is a New York City based comedian and actor who’s best known as ‘Mafee’ on the hit Showtime Billions series . This summer he will have a brand new Netflix Half Hour special. His first hour-long stand-up special, Not Special premiered last year on Comedy Central. Other credits include: Comedy Central’s Half Hour, Conan, Inside Amy Schumer, and @midnight. Dan also hosts Sirius XM’s The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson, every Monday and Wednesday at 6pm ET.

dana gould

Catch Dana

Saturday at Liquid Laughs, 8pm

Between Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime, Dana Gould has six solo stand-up comedy specials to his credit, (and is currently preparing to film his seventh). He has appeared on Late Show with David LettermanJimmy Kimmel LiveCONANMaron and Real Time with Bill Maher.
Dana was a writer/performer on the original The Ben Stiller Show and was a writer and co-executive producer on The Simpsons for several seasons where he also performed several voices for the show. He was also a producer on the 2nd season of NBC's Parks and Recreation.  Dana created the show Stan Against Evil which premiered on IFC in 2016 and for which he is currently writing and executive producing season 2 which premiers Fall of 2017).

As an actor, Dana has had memorable turns on SeinfeldParks and Recreation and was a cast member of Frank Darabont’s 1940’s crime drama Mob City, as well as numerous roles in films, such as 2015’s cult horror anthology Southbound.

Despite all this, stand-up remains a focal point for Dana as he continues to perform regularly across the country. His monthly podcast, The Dana Gould Hour, frequently resides in iTunes' top ten comedy downloads.

Daniel Van Kirk

Catch Daniel

Saturday at Liquid Laughs, 10pm

Since moving to Los Angeles, Daniel has become part of both the stand-up and improv/sketch communities, working with the UCB Theatre, The Nerdist Channel, College Humor, and the comedy podcast network, Earwolf.com as well as Feral Audio. Every week, Daniel can be heard co-hosting the podcast, "Dumb People Town" with fellow comedians Jason and Randy Sklar. Daniel is a frequent guest on the podcast Doug Loves Movies, appearing as “Mark Wahlberg.” In 2013, Daniel was given his own sketch show, "DVK," on the YouTube comedy network, The Nerdist Channel.

Daniel has showcased his talent at a numerous theaters and festivals around the country including South by Southwest, The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, Riot: LA Comedy Fest, Houston’s Come and Take it Fest and YouTube's "Comedy Week."

Danielle Perez is a Los Angeles based stand-up comedian best known for being the woman in a wheelchair, with no feet, who won a treadmill on The Price Is Right. She has appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, been featured in sketches for BuzzFeed and Funny or Die, and was recently profiled by Refinery 29. Danielle has opened for Maria Bamford and performed at comedy clubs and festivals across the country including the Punch Line (San Francisco, CA), Comedy Works (Denver, CO), Helium (Portland, OR), ACME (Minneapolis, MN), Crom Comedy Festival, Cinder Block Comedy Festival, All Jane, and 10,000 Laughs. She is a founding member of Thigh Gap Comedy and produces GENTRIFICATION, a monthly comedy show in Highland Park, her hometown neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA.

Danny Felts is a comedian hailing from the great fugue state of Portland, OR who now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His career in comedy began when he started yelling premises to nobody in a former bands practice space. Since then he has been lucky enough to replace that practice space with actual people. Danny’s comedy/wit is hella acerbic, and he was once described as a whimsical cynic.

Felts has been fortunate enough to do some cool stuff too. He’s performed multiple times in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and the Limestone Comedy Festival. He’s also been on the CROM Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, Hell Yes Fest, Accidental Comedy Festival, The Cape Fear Comedy Fest, and the Orlando Indie Comedy Fest. He was also on Kevin Allison's storytelling show/podcast, RISK!, and has performed on The Moth too if you're into that sort of thing.

Danny's comedy is like Iceland. Obscure, layered in an array of sweaters, and breathtakingly beautiful.

david gborie

Catch David

Thursday at Liquid Laughs, 8pm

David Gborie is very insecure. He makes up for that by telling hilarious jokes. As a performer he has appeared at The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Indie Fest, and Denver’s Too Much Funstival, as well as the SF Punchline, The Denver Comedy Works, and other impressive venues. He lives in San Francisco and despises the word “swag”.

Dustin Chalifoux does not walk the thin line between genius and insanity, he is the thin line between genius and insanity. With an in your face, blast of the bizarre free flowing style Dustin has been bringing thought provoking laughter to audiences throughout the Mid and Northwest for the past several years..

Emily Galati is whip-smart and not afraid to prove it. Known for her relentlessly clever style, she brings a social awareness and quick-wit to her shows. Emily isn’t afraid to delve into jokes that are controversial — occasionally bruising some feelings along the way and then gleefully waiting for those shocked and chagrined reactions after delivering the punchline. 
 
Emily has performed standup on the Conan on TBS, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comic’s Unleashed, Laughs, and Gotham Live. She has been chosen to represent Chicago in the "Best of the Midwest" Competition at Gilda's LaughFest, a semi-finalist in NBC's Stand Up for Diversity,and a finalist in the “Bob and Tom” Comedy Contest.

Emma Arnold

Catch Emma

Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, 8pm

Emma Arnold is a comedian, author, and beekeeper. She tours regularly, and performed in fifty two cities in 2016. A fan favorite on the Dana Gould Hour, Sklar Bro Country, and Doug Loves Movies, she once followed a eulogy at the Limestone Comedy Festival, after which, Bobcat Goldthwait told her he’d never seen anyone do what she does. She has taken this as a compliment. Her greatly anticipated book, “Notion Sickness”, will be published in 2017, and her comedy album will be available May 2017 from Rooftop Comedy. When not touring, Emma lives with her six children in Idaho, where she keeps kids and bees with varying degrees of success.

Eric Lyons

Catch Eric

Saturday at Liquid Laughs, 8pm

After graduating from Boise High School a year early with honors, Eric Lyons left for college with a head full of dreams and aspirations. Instead of success, he found himself dropping out spectacularly and returning home to his parents house. Fortunately he was able to parlay all of this disappointment to a new career in stand up comedy, for which his parents are extremely proud (he thinks).

Gabe Bravo

Gabe Bravo is a quick witted, Peruvian American comedian who contrasts short, potent jokes with a slow, apathetic style. Gabe has been called “Houston’s funniest comedian” by PaperCity Magazine, and his act was called “one of the best things I saw at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2014” by the Houston Press. He's done numerous festivals, toured as direct support for Todd Barry, Joe DeRosa, and Billy Wayne Davis, and formerly hosted a radio show called The Secret Hour on KPFT Houston.

Geoff Tate is most likely watching "Cheers" right now. A Cincinnati-based comedian, he has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and regularly tours with Doug Benson and Doug Stanhope. He made his television debut on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, and is a regular on Doug Loves Movies, as well as Getting Doug with High. He has performed at music and comedy festivals like Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Limestone and he has two albums available at the Doug Stanhope store and he's the host of the popular geofftate's MSHD PODCASTO, in which he discusses topical Cheers-related issues, gets his dad to try things, talks to people he graduated with, forces Emma Arnold to host her own show and just has a good time.

Heather Marulli is a comedian, writer, and actor living in Los Angeles. Born in New York City and raised in the ever-thrilling suburbs of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Heather brings a unique worldview to her performances. Completely unabashed and unafraid to speak her mind on issues such as dating, sex, family, death, and the absurdity of life, Heather has a unique opinion on nearly every subject.

Charming and unapologetic with a wicked repartee, Holly Lynnea is a Louisville-based comedian and writer. She honed her comedic timing while training at The Second City and iO Training Centers in Chicago, IL. Holly performs in comedy clubs across the US and Canada, and has worked with D.L. Hughley, Roy Wood Jr., and Jackie Kashian to name a few. She made her television debut on the FOX Network's "Laughs TV" show and recently earned a spot as a semi-finalist for Stand-Up NBC. Her festival appearances include SheDot Comedy Festival, Laugh Your Asheville Off, Accidental Comedy Festival, Scruffy City Comedy Festival, Orlando Indie Comedy Festival and Women In Comedy Festival.

Janae Burris is a comedian, writer and actor as well as a graduate of California Institute of the Arts, School of Theater. She has performed improv and standup comedy for almost a decade, and now calls the densely talented comedy community of Denver Colorado her home base. 2016 marks Janae’s first year at Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival and her second year at Denver’s Highplains Comedy Festival. Janae is the winner of the 2016 Comedy Works New Faces Contest and can be seen weekly performing at both Comedy Works Denver locations.

Janelle James is a New York based comedian that can be seen on NBC Seeso's Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, @midnight on Comedy Central and Uproarious on Fuse (2016). She wasincludedin the Just For Laughs Montreal's New Faces category for 2016, named one of the The 50 Most Funny People in Brooklyn 2016 and has been featured for her outstanding performance ability in the The New York Times, Portland Tribune and Time Out Magazine. Janelle can also be seen touring with Chris Rock as part of his Total Blackout Tour 2017.

A frequent stage presence at Liquid Laughs in downtown Boise, Jason has also performed in the Idaho Laugh Festival, ComedyFort, and Boise’s Funniest Person competition as a comedy coach. Jason has opened for Bob and Tom favorites Auggie Smith and Costaki Economopoulos. When he’s not delighting audiences with his acerbic wit, Jason is a full-time student of biology and chemistry, developing skills wholly unnecessary for the comedy world.

Part social commentary, part storytelling, Jen has spent the last 2 decades in comedy balancing an urban upbringing with a newly found rural perspective. Her wit, timing and brutally honest charm make her a must see at this year's festival. 

Joe Carl Abousakher has been performing stand up comedy since 2010 and he really hates writing these blurbs about himself. Some would say he’s too dashing to be a comic, but his obese childhood would say otherwise.

He grew up in a multi-cultural household (half Palestinian-Arab, half Country Bumpkin-White) in the middle of nowhere (McEwen), Tennessee. He raised sheep and chickens there. He killed a lot of those sheep (for food, not fun), and ate all the unborn babies of those chickens (eggs). Does that sound weird? Screw you, dude. You're weird.

He was a semifinalist on NBC's Stand Up Diversity Showcase in 2016, and a finalist in the 2017 Funniest Comic in LA Contest. He loves performing all around Southern California, but he'd love to travel the country to perform for YOU! (That "YOU" was too much, right?)

He’s married, he has a step-daughter, and he’s only 29 years old (as of Jan, 2017). Also, he's a big Tennessee Titans fan. So - YEAH - he can be on edge sometimes, but he still loves you. (There were way too many parenthesis in this bio.) (Wait, you're supposed to put the punctuation on the outside of the parenthesis, aren't you)?

(Well that doesn't look right at all!)!

Joel Kim Booster

Catch Joel Kim

Saturday at the Olympic Venue, 10:30pm

 

Born in South Korea, Joel was adopted at a young age and moved to the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Both homeschooled and evangelical, Joel has read the bible literally dozens of times, and has no idea where the state of Oregon is on a map.

He recently made his late night stand-up debut on TBS's Conan and his other television appearances include Comedy Central's @MIDNIGHT and THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL, Bravo's THEN AND NOW, Logo's COMEDY CABARET, and TruTV's COMEDY KNOCKOUT. For television, his writing credits include BILLY ON THE STREET and the Comedy Central pilot, PROBLEMATIC W/ MOSHE KASHER.

As a comedian he has performed at numerous comedy clubs, bar basements and festivals all across the country and abroad. He has been featured at SXSW, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, RIOT LA, The Brooklyn Comedy Festival, The New York Comedy Festival, and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal where he performed as one of the New Faces of Comedy in 2016.  Paper Magazine called Joel one of their "10 Comedians You Need to Know," and Brooklyn Magazine has named him one of their "50 Funniest People in Brooklyn," saying, "his unbridled honesty feels less like the set-up for a punchline and more like an act of selfless catharsis the rest of us are lucky to witness in real time." Esquire Magazine named him one of their 10 Best Stand-Up Comedians To Watch in 2017, praising his "notably political" tweets, whatever that means.

Jynx Jenkins has thousands of dollars worth of college degrees in international studies and Middle Eastern relations and has put them to good use by becoming a podcaster and comedian based out of Boise, Idaho.  Jynx grew up in  Appalachia and has an old family recipe for braised squirrel to prove it.  Jynx brings 23 years of stage experience to her unique brand of story style comedy. She has been seen on stages from Washington,  DC to Sacramento, CA and in more Chinese restaurants than she can count.  

 

Jynx can apply eyeliner in a moving car with surgical precision

 

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 and socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell and 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 was chosen to be Comic In Residence for December 2017 at the The Comedy Studio.

Leil Cardoza's purpose in life is to make life happier for as many people as possible.

Marcella Arguello

Catch Marcella

Saturday at the Olympic Venue, 8:15pm

Time Out Magazine deemed Marcella an “LA Comedian to Watch in 2017” and is a fan favorite and five-time winner on Comedy Central’s @midnight. She was a writer on the James Corden spin-off show Drop The Mic coming to TBS Fall 2017. She won her appearance on TruTv’s Comedy Knock Out and can be seen on The UCB Show on Seeso. Marcella was featured on Viceland’s Flophouse, and in 2015 on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly; her stand up has been highlighted on rapper Tyler, The Creator’s mobile app and on Fox’s The Real. Her Twitter account (@marcellacomedy) has been featured on CNN, TIME.com, HuffingtonPost.com and various entertainment websites. She is a regular opener for Last Comic Standing Winner Felipe Esparza as well as NBC Superstore’s Nico Santos. She has opened for David Alan Grier, Norm MacDonald, J.B. Smoove, Hannibal Buress, Ron Funches, Godfrey, Bryan Callen, Aries Spears, Hasan Minhaj, Al Madrigal, Joey Coco Diaz, Melanie Comarcho, Melissa Villaseñor and has shared a stage with Bill Burr, Paul Mooney and Robin Williams.

She has worked at The Improv Comedy Clubs all over the country and is a regular at The Punch Line Comedy Clubs in Northern California. She has performed at Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Riot LA Comedy Festival, overseas for American troops and comedian Sean Keane referred to her as the “finest export from Modesto since George Lucas.”

Marty started his comedy career in Salt Lake City. After a brief one year stint in New Yor and performing in countless comedy festivals, most, if not all, of the coolest comedy clubs, talking on the radio, performing in four theaters, and one brewery, Marty now resides in Los Angeles.

Marty DeRosa

Catch Marty

Friday at the Olympic Venue, Special Event: Unprofessional Wrestling, 10:30pm

With his quick wit and versatile voice, Marty DeRosa has blended his talent for stand up comedy and his love of pro wrestling to become a favorite of critics & comedy fans alike. From the day he put on his mom's bathing suit to dress like a pro wrestler, Marty has been making people laugh. 

As a founding member of Comedians You Should Know, the premier independently run stand up showcase in Chicago. DeRosa has had a #1 comedy album on itunes and has been recognized as an emerging talent by Time Out Chicago, Chicago Magazine & The Onion's AV Club.  Marty can be seen performing stand up all over the country unless there is a really important pro wrestling event going on. 

Marty also has two critically acclaimed podcasts, Marty & Sarah Love Wrestling & Wrestling With Depression. Both have loyal fanbases and have received numerous write-ups from both comedy and wrestling publications.

Mat Alano-Martin comes to comedy from the world of rock and roll, where he spent 10 years touring North America as a member of several unknown bands and as a tour manager for much more successful, well known bands. With a comedic style that bridges the social and political views of his indie-rock background with the attitude and sensibilities of his rural and blue collar youth, Alano-Martin has appeared at comedy clubs, theaters, punk rock dives, redneck roadhouses, casinos, colleges, living rooms and everywhere in between.

Matt Monroe is a Philadelphia born comedian currently splitting his time between Denver & Portland. He is a regular at Helium & the Denver Comedyworks and has performed all over the country at clubs, independent venues, and festivals such as The Limestone Comedy Festival, The Fest, High Plains Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, & Pickathon. Matt can occasionally be heard on the radio in Portland co-hosting the morning program on 91.1 XRAY.FM

Mike Carrozza is a Montreal stand-up comedian who has written for The Beaverton and The Nicessist. A Montreal comedy staple, Carrozza has made a name for himself with his blend of absurdism and high energy. He's worked with tons of great comedians over the years, including Kurt Metzger, Geoff Tate and Tig Notaro. He has participated in Just For Laughs Festival's Off-JFL series, Crom Comedy fest (returning this year), and will have just performed at Boise's own Treefort comedy festival, Comedyfort. Let's get silly!

Mikey Pullman

Catch Mikey

Saturday at the Olympic Venue, 10:30pm

Sunday Night at Liquid Laughs, 8pm

Idaho's angriest bisexual atheist ginger. Winner Best of Boise local comic 2015, performer Portland Queer Comedy Festival 2017.

Monica Nevi is a native of Washington State, having grown up about 20 minutes south of Seattle. A collegiate basketball player, after injuries ended her career she decided to move forward with the other thing people love that women do pursue her strong interest in stand-up comedy. Years later, Monica has had the privilege of performing in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and the Seattle International Comedy Competition as well as an hour solo show at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. She has been seen on FOX’s nationally syndicated Laughs TV Show and Seattle TV shows New Day Northwest and [the 206]. Monica is also the co-host of the popular HugLife Podcast and the producer and star of the web series ‘Mellowing Out with Monica.’

Natalie Holt's comedy career began in Seattle, but her absurd spirit is the result of her weird and wonderful upbringing in Florida. She's a whirl of surreal wordplay and wears her heart on her sleeve. Her comedy is "an emotional Penthouse letter" with "jokes that almost don't work". She's performed at Bumbershoot and co-hosts the Sexual Awake'n'Baking podcast.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Natashia has been a regular on the Utah comedy scene for five years. She’s been featured in Huffington Post's "Gay Voices", performed in the Salt Lake Comedy Carnivale and was a featured performer at the Idaho Laughs Fest. In 2015, she received a Salt Lake City Weekly Arty Award for best local stand-up.

Natashia's quick comedy strikes a balance between smart and silly, and absurd and dark. In addition to performing stand-up, she is an experienced customer servicer, petter of dogs and spiller of things.

Olivia Cathcart is an Atlanta-based stand-up comedian. Initially starting her comedy career in Alabama while attending college in Tuscaloosa (majoring in film/TV production at the University of Alabama), she since relocated to Atlanta where she regularly performs at Atlanta’s many alt venues and clubs. Her comedy has often been described as smart and clever by many, and once was told, “I thought you’d be terrible, but that shit was funny” by one guy who doesn’t know how to give a compliment. He’s dead now (cholesterol). She has performed at the Crom Comedy Festival (Omaha), Orlando Indie Comedy Fest, Hell Yes Fest (New Orleans), Red Clay (Atlanta), Derby City (Louisville), and the Memphis Comedy Festival. She also bats a respectable .345 in wiffleball.

Patrick Lynch

After getting his start in Cincinnati at one of the best clubs in the Midwest, Patrick moved to Chicago to hone his comedy craft. He is making a name for himself with his comedy podcast and production of monthly variety show.

Sofiya is a writer and comedian who grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 11. She was on the 3rd season of Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening with Ari Shaffir, and she’s currently writing on Amazon’s new animated series Danger & Eggs.

She's been featured as a performer at Limestone, Laughing Skull, Women in Comedy, Bird City, Hell Yes, Out of Bounds, Laugh Your Asheville Off and Cinder Block Comedy Festivals. She was also named one of The Fifty Funniest Women on Twitter by Playboy and one of 18 Funny Women You Should Be Following on Twitter by Huffington Post.

Her tweets regularly appear on Mandatory, Buzzfeed, Splitsider, Funny or Die, and HuffPo. Sofiya’s performed at The Comedy Attic, Zanies Nashville, Denver Comedy Works, Atlanta Punchline, Laughing Skull Lounge, The Comedy Store, UCB, San Diego Madhouse Comedy Club and The Improv. She also produces a hit mystery-lineup show called SURPRISE!, which has been featured in LAist, LA Weekly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, OneThingLA, and WeLikeLA.

 

 

The charm of Sophie Hughes allows her to say and do things she shouldn't be able to get away with. Her good looks have helped her to achieve regular work as a voice actor. Her talents have taken her all the way to performing at Limestone Comedy Festival and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Steve Vanderploeg

Steve Vanderploeg is Dutch. He is also a stand-up comedian, improviser and writer from Denver, Colorado. For years, Steve has independently run an award-winning showcase at Chain Reaction Brewing Company, blazing the trail for a dozen other brewery based shows around Denver. He has performed multiple times on the High Plains Comedy Festival and Crom Comedy Festival, as well as the Memphis Comedy Festival and Cape Fear Comedy Festival. Steve is also a regular at Comedy Works and has worked with many of the nations best comedians.

Sumukh Torgalkar

Sumukh Torgalkar helped organize numerous comedy festivals and independent shows in Columbus, Ohio leading him to be named as of one Columbus Alive's "People to Watch." He now lives in Los Angeles. He tours the country performing anywhere from independent stages to comedy clubs to corporate events. He has opened for such major acts as Reggie Watts and Russell Peters. He is a contributor to MAD Magazine. His album, "The Mispronunciation of Sumukh Torgalkar," debuted in the top 10 of the iTunes comedy charts.

Tom Thakkar (formerly Thomas Brady) is a comic living in Brooklyn by way of Bloomington, IN and Chicago. He is the son of great, Red Lobster-managing mom and a deadbeat Indian dad, giving him the odd childhood experience of being a poor, pudgy Indian boy southern Indiana. In 2015, Tom was named a “New Face” by the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, as well as one of the “Best of the Midwest” by Gilda’s Laugh Fest. Ole Tom Thakkar has also been a featured performer at Limestone Comedy Festival, Chicago Comedy Exposition, Crom Fest Omaha, and more. Tom has been featured on Doug Loves Movies, VICE, NPR, The Todd Glass Show, PBS, and was named a "Comedian you should know" by Chicago Magazine. You can see Tom all over New York, opening for Nikki Glaser all over the country, or standing outside of a Chipotle trying to decide if he's earned it that day. 


Tom hosts the podcast, “Girls’ Night with Tom Brady”, which has gotten rave reviews from listeners all around the country, and it is consistently among the top 50 comedy podcasts on podomatic.com. He's also been featured on The Todd Glass show and We Know Nothing with Nikki Glaser, Anya Marina, and Phil Hanley

 

Will Miles is a New York based stand up comedian, though his hometown is Chicago. He was recently named one of Brooklyn Magazine's 50 Funniest Comedians and COMEDY CENTRAL's 10 Comics To Watch. He has been a part of Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, and Accidental Comedy Festival just to name a few. Miles cohosts the podcast, Hopefully We Don't Break Up, with fellow comedian Giulia Rozzi available for download on iTunes. He also cohosts the wildly popular show, Comedy At The Knitting Factory, every Sunday night in Brooklyn. In addition to his stand up, Will Miles has also been a writer on Comedy Central, Fusion, Seriously.tv, and The Chris Gethard Show.

Valerie Tosi, aka the guardian angel of drunk girls crying in the bathroom, is also a comedian, actor, and voiceover artist. (Let’s be real, Valerie’s merely killing time until someone casts her as a young Dana Scully.) Fun fact: Prior to pursuing comedy she lived in Massachusetts and was a 911 dispatcher… So no, stand-up isn’t “the scariest thing she’s ever done”. She has performed at The Comedy Store, The Improv,  Zanies, The Comedy Studio, The Punchline, and numerous alt shows. You might have seen her on the road in several comedy festivals including Limestone, Laughing Skull, Out of Bounds, Laugh Your Asheville Off and several more. An alumni of both The Second City & iO West, her improv background led to several national commercials, Buzzfeed videos garnering millions of views... And even one video with Kevin Hart & Ice Cube. She is currently hosting and producing her own show at The Hollywood Improv, The Mermaid Comedy Hour, showcasing up and coming female comics & nationally touring headliners.