Jessica is a comedienne, actress, screenwriter and director, and has been doing them all in one form or another since she was a little girl. Comedy has actually been in her blood, since she was born a premature baby on Friday the 13th so her mom's doctor could go on a golfing trip (don't worry, it was hysterical). Jessica hopes her stand up and all her creative endeavors will add some laughter to people's lives, as well as bring people together, except through LinkedIn...which Jessica thinks needs to be destroyed. Unless you're offering her a job through LinkedIn, in which case she thinks it's genius, as are you for offering her a job.
Aparna Nancherla is a stand up comedic entity based in NYC. Her credits include Conan, @midnight, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. She will also happily play children's birthday parties (as a cake taster).
Krystyna Hutchinson is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress, originally from Doylestown Pennsylvania and a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Acting. Krystyna is a regular in the New York City stand-up scene and has performed in clubs, colleges, bars, basements, laundromats and sushi restaurants all over the country. She is half of the comedy duo, Sorry About Last Night, with fellow stand-up, Corinne Fisher. Together, they have produced a myriad of hit stand-up shows in New York City and Los Angeles, including selling out the Main Room at The Comedy Store, and wrote and starred in a two woman self-titled show at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Most notably, the girls are the creators and co-hosts of iTune's top comedy podcast, Guys We Fucked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast, which has been featured in The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Shape Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Mother Jones, Elle Magazine, Salon and Last Call with Carson Daly. Past notable guests include Artie Lange, Andy Dick, Horatio Sanz, Neal Brennan, Michael Che, Bonnie McFarlane, Dan Savage, Lizz Winstead and Kevin Meaney.
Andrew Schulz was a comedy prodigy, beginning to perform when he was still in college and jumping into the public eye on Guy Code. In addition to touring the country, Schulz co-hosts the popular podcast The Brilliant Idiots, appeared in IFC's Benders and will appear on the upcoming series There's... Johnny!
Dave Temple is the Spotlight stealing comic that has clubs managers and college bookers across the country asking, "Where did you find this guy?!" Originally from Philadelphia, Dave began stand-up comedy as a challenge amongst friends. Always known to be a gravitating force in social settings, he and 7 of his friends decided to put their entertaining skills to test. They were to meet at a local open-mic. However, only one of his buddies showed and as the saying goes “the rest is history.” Dave has since evolved from a just a stand up comic to a writer, producer and television host. He has appeared TruTv's LaffMobb Lafftracks, Gotham Comedy Live and Showtime at the Apollo. He as been featured on the Lifetime television show Army Wives, and the movie The Many Loves of Benjamin. Releasing his own Comedy album "The First One" writing his first Novel "Influencer" and self producing his own show "LookAtItThisWay, Dave has a knack for entrepreneurship that will lead him into the history books as one of the most successful comics of all time.
A veteran of more than 100 TV and talk show appearances, comedian JOE DeVITO's dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at the top clubs in New York City and across the USA. His performance at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival was rated "9.5 out of 10" by The Montreal Gazette. Joe's TV credits include two performances on The Late Late Show, three appearances on Comics Unleashed, two appearances on Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV, Comedy Central, and a semi-finalist turn on NBC's Last Comic Standing. He is also a regular contributor on FOX News Channel's Red Eye and Kennedy Show, with other panel appearances including Chelsea Lately, CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and truTV's The Smoking Gun Presents...
Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s "heads up humor" is stand-up comedy at it’s finest. Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. It’s no wonder she received the NYC Black Comedy Award for "The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic." A New York City native who’s entertained around the world, Leighann Lord’s stand-up style is not urban; it’s urbane. She has performed for audiences in North America, Europe, the Carribean and for U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East during Operation Enduring Freedom. Leighann is a regular on the Fox News online show, The Strategy Room, where she gives her informed and funny take on politics, world news and current events. Her popular weekly humor column, Leighann Lord’s Comic Perspective is featured on StageTimeMagazine. She is also a frequent contributor to FoxNew.com’s Team Washington Blog and The Huffington Post. Leighann is heard often on XM Sirius Satellite Radio and has appeared on numerous stand-up comedy shows including Girls Night Out (Lifetime), The Original Def Comedy All Star Jam (HBO), The View (ABC), Premium Blend (Comedy Central), The World Stands Up (Comedy Central) and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. It’s not hard to see why Improper Magazine named Leighann Lord one of New York’s 10 Hottest Comics.
Ryan Beck is a comedian in New York City. He has participated in several comedy festivals, including the New York Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival and the Limestone Comedy Festival. Ryan has appeared on MTV’s Girl Code, Comedy Central, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. As a writer, he’s contributed to the Comedy Central Roasts of Bob Saget, Roseanne Barr and James Franco, and just completed work on his first novel. Ryan has also written, produced and starred in his own web series "#RyanBeckShow" and the interactive short film "We Need To Talk" (wntt.tv). Follow him on Twitter at @iamryanbeck
Comedian and writer Gina Brillon was born and raised in Bronx, New York. She’s been a standup comic since she was 17 years old. Her first one hour special, ‘Pacifically Speaking, was produced by Gabriel Iglesias and will debut on NuvoTV in September 2014. She has a featured role in Gabriel Iglesias’ upcoming theatrical film, The Fluffy Movie. The film will be released in theaters on July 25th 2014. She’s made appearances on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, E!’s Chelsea Lately, AXS’ Gotham Comedy Live, The View, and is the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC’s 2012 Stand up for Diversity Showcase. She was selected to be part of Montreal’s Just For Laughs New Faces Showcase. Gina is also an accomplished singer, published writer, and poet. Her pieces have appeared in the New York Post and Daily News among others.
Comedian, Actor & Writer Sonya Vai was born and raised in New York City but is constantly asked “where are you really from?” by drunk men in bars. Sonya’s subversive brand of comedy - challenging not only gender but ethnic and religious stereotypes - has been featured at comedy clubs as well as independent shows across the country. Sonya recently opened for the 'PBS Socal Presents' film screening of the award winning documentary Meet The Patels. In 2016 she was on the 'Comedy's Best Kept Secret' tour, performing in 25 shows over 23 days across 21 cities from Vegas to NY. Sonya has studied with the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the Stephen Book Acting Studio, and Yale professor Christopher Bayes. She spends her time between NYC and LA.
Originally hailing from San Francisco, CA, Caitlin Peluffo is a comedian currently living in Brooklyn, NY. 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 has been featured in the Women in Comedy Festival, was runner up in the Finger Lakes Comedy Competition, and a finalist in the Trial By Laughter Festival that airs on the Comcast Network. Peluffo has also been seen on NBC's Seeso in 'New York's Funniest" and performed with Gilbert Gottfried, Gary Gulman, and the late Kevin Meany, to name a few. She has performed everywhere from the Stand and New York Comedy Club in the Big Apple to clubs all across the country talking about her love of “dating,” and her lack of self control. Peluffo 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 bang in the military. She may be a patriot, but a promise is a promise.
Judy has had stand-up specials on HBO, Comedy Central and LOGO. She has written and starred in two critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (GLAAD Media Award – Outstanding NY Theater, Drama Desk Nomination – Actor). Judy received rave reviews as Gremio in The Public Theater’s all female production of The Taming of The Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park. She also co-starred in Off-Broadway’s Clinton! The Musical, and Disasater! The Musical. Judy has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and has recurring roles on Netflix’s Friends From College and TBS’ Search Party. She can also be seen on the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here. Judy was featured in Woody Allen’s series Crisis In Six Scenes on Amazon, and also appears on the hit web-series The Other F Word on Amazon Prime. Other most recent TV appearances include guest-starring roles o, Broad City, Louie, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Difficult People, 30 Rock, and 2 Broke Girls. From 1999 to 2010 Judy was the host of HBO’s At the Multiplex with Judy Gold Judy also won two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Judy has made numerous appearances on The Steve Harvey Show, The View, The Today Show, and The Wendy Williams Show. She has written for The New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN.com. She is the host of the hit podcast, Kill Me Now, on iTunes. You can find her at JudyGold.com or follow her on twitter - @jewdygold.
Frank Vignola is known amongst his peers as a comic’s comic. His razor sharp take on the issues makes an impression on even the most jaded veterans who often linger in the back of the house just to see what he might say next. Besides television appearances on Comedy Central, NBC and the Discovery Channel Europe (London), Mr. Vignola has also appeared at “Just for Laughs” (the Montreal Comedy Festival) with Bill Maher and toured with Armed Forces Entertainment (the USO) performing for our troops in Afghanistan. And his one man show “God and Science” was produced in a limited theatrical run in 2010.
Felicia Madison had a childhood dream of becoming a Broadway dancer. Her parents had other plans ...which is why she was pre-med in college! Felicia graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in biological basis of behavior and a minor in marketing. (She jokes that she's only qualified to sell drugs!) Happily married and Manhattan mother of three, Felicia pulls on her experiences as a stay-at-home mom in an affluent part of the world to poke fun at marriage, parenthood and life in general. Felicia is the founder of Laughing Affairs which produces a daytime lunch show, Laughercise- Come Laugh Your Ass Off, Comedy for a Cause, and private events for corporations and individuals. Felicia is the New Talent Director at West Side Comedy Club in New York City where she produces two new talent shows a month called F Comedy Club. Felicia curates comedians for her show and helps to develop and nurture young talent thru her daytime mic program also at West Side Comedy Club. Funny Business Panel Discussion created and moderated by Felicia, provide a forum for female comedians to hear from female executives in the comedy world. Her first event at the Friars Club was a huge success and due to popular demand she is planning to produce 4 panels a year. You'll find Felicia performing throughout NYC. In addition to live appearances, Felicia is blogging, podcasting and writing a sitcom based upon her life in the comedy world.
Carmen Lagala is a New York City based stand-up comedian who made her network television debut in 2018 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Originally from Vermont, Carmen endears audiences with her small-town charm, delivering jokes that are smart, dark, dirty and playful. She regularly features for comedian Hari Kondabolu at the best clubs and theaters across the country, and recently appeared in the web sketch “Dollar Store Therapist” for Comedy Central. Carmen was featured in the 2018 New York Comedy Festival for stand-up, sketch, a roast, and her own show “Puppets Present” which was a Time Out New York pick for “Best Shows to See”. She’s performed in several other festivals including Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Bridgetown, Rogue Island, and the Women in Comedy Festival.
Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comic and host of NPR’s nationally syndicated comedy, trivia show Ask Me Another where she interviews and plays silly games with Sir Patrick Stewart, Terry Crews, Awkwafina, Roxane Gay, Jessica Walter, Nick Kroll, Tony Hawk, Sasha Velour, Julia Stiles, Lewis Black, Uzo Aduba, Ethan Hawke and more. She has appeared on Comedy Central, This Week At The Comedy Cellar, The Late Late Show, The New Yorker Festival, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, HBO’s Girls, Gotham Live, The Today Show, and VH-1, and more Her comedy special Inside Joke is available on Amazon and iTunes. She also is a regular host and teller with The Moth and her stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and in their best-selling books, including the most recent: Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible. Ophira’s own comedic memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a feature film
Nash Rose is a standup comedian and writer based in New York City where she has been featured at various venues. She has also performed regularly in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. Her humor is relatively dry and heavily anecdotal sharing stories based on her personal life experiences and surroundings. Her delivery is calm and intriguing, doused in dulcet tones. Nash produces a monthly show at Union Hall in Brooklyn called Stellar Underground, is a regular freelance writer for Zora at Medium.com, and made a guest appearance in Season 2 of Comedy Central's Thank You, Goodnight!
Jay JURDEN is a comedian, writer, and actor based in new york City. Originally from Mississippi, Jay attended THE University of Mississippi, where he received his ba in Dramatic Lit and his BFA in acting, before attending the University of Alabama, where he received his Mfa in acting. He has written for Vulture, teen vogue, MCSWEENEY's, The new yorker, and scruff app's game show "Hosting." He has been featured on MTV News and several podcasts, including STAND UP NY LABS. Jay was recently selected for just for laughs festival's New faces 2019. Timeout New York named him one of the "Comedians to watch in 2019." He has been awarded "Best LGBTQ Comic" by Manhattan Comedy Festival and was the first winner of the Comedy Mob Smart Aleck Stand Up Comedy Festival. he is a StandUp NBC finalist alum.