Comedians

This page features some of the comedians that have graced the Comedy & Cocktails with Bill Devlin shows over the years.

As you will see our line-ups have been very impressive.

If you are comedian and you’ve been on our show and would like to be featured on this page, please fill out our comic profile form.

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld was already a success as a stand-up comedian when he and Larry David created the hit TV sitcomSeinfeld in 1990. In the show, Seinfeld played a fictional version of himself: a single standup comic in New York, surrounded by offbeat friends and coping with the trivialities of modern life. (The show co-starred Michael Richards as Kramer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine, and Jason Alexanderas George Costanza.) The show became a huge hit for NBC and for Jerry Seinfeld, who ended the show in 1998 while it was still earning some of TV’s best ratings and reviews. Seinfeld wrote the comedy book Seinlanguage in 1993 and the picture book Halloween in 2002. He appeared inComedian, a documentary about stand-up comedy, in 2002.Bee Movie, an animated feature he wrote, produced, and starred in, was released in 2007.

Drew Carey

Drew Carey

Drew Carey

Drew Carey is the host of the daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, Comedian Drew Carey came to national attention with his hit sitcom ‘The Drew Carey Show’ before becoming the host of ‘The Price Is Right.’

After multiple cable specials and a few small film and television roles, ABC gave Carey his shot at an eponymous sitcom. He was cast as the average, amiable, assistant director of personnel at a department store in Cleveland, Ohio. Filled with everyman humor, a likable ensemble cast, and several forays into musical theater, The Drew Carey Show debuted in 1995. By its second season, it was a ratings favorite.

In 1997, Carey published his autobiography, Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined. The book gave the public a glimpse of Carey’s hard-partying, adult-entertainment-enjoying side. Carey’s already-adoring public embraced the flaws. The book became a New York Times best-seller list mainstay, and helped establish Carey’s bad-boy persona.

The following year, Carey began hosting the American version of the wildly popular British improv show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which featured comedic luminaries like Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady.

Chris Rock

Chris Rock

Chris Rock

Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Chris Rock has appeared in such films as ‘Bad Company’ and is the creator of the television show ‘Everybody Hates Chris.’

At age 18, Rock was discovered by Eddie Murphy at New York’s Comedy Strip. A small role in Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) was Rock’s film debut. Rock also starred in Keenan Ivory WayansI’m Gonna Get You Sucka(1988).In 1990, Rock followed the footsteps of his idol, Murphy, by joining the cast ofSaturday Night Live. A year later, he released his first comedy album, Born Suspect (1991). He also undertook the more dramatic role of playing Pookie, a drug addicted informant, in Mario Van Peebles’ feature New Jack City(1991). After spending three seasons on SNL, Rock left to pursue other career opportunities. In 1993, Rock appeared on FOX’s In Living Color for a handful of episodes prior to the shows cancellation.
1996 marked a turning point in Rock’s career. His talents were recognized by HBO, and the cable network produced a comedy special starring Rock, titledBring in the Pain. The comedian won two Emmy Awards and wide critical acclaim for the show. In 1997, Rock began hosting his own television show on the HBO Network, The Chris Rock Show, which earned him two CableACE awards. During this high point in his career, Rock also appeared inSgt. Bilko (1996), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). Films for the new millennium included Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001),Bad Company (2002), costarring Anthony Hopkins, and the voice of Marty in DreamWorks’ Madagascar (2005).Rock also received two Grammy Awards for his spoken comedy albums Roll With the New (1997) and Bigger and Blacker (1999). In 1999, he appeared in the irreverent big-screen comedy Dogma, alongside such stars as Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Salma Hayek. He had another big screen role in 2000, playing a hit man in the edgy comedy Nurse Betty, starring Renee Zellweger.In 2005, Rock hosted the Academy Awards and received mixed reviews for his performance. He made actor Jude Law one of his punchlines, joking: “If you want Tom Cruise and all you can get is Jude Law, wait!” Prior to hosting, Rock also took a jab at the awards show: “What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one. And they don’t recognize comedy, and you don’t see a lot of black people nominated, so why should I watch it?”
In 2005, Rock debuted a sitcom on The CW Television Network calledEverybody Hates Chris, a spoof on the perennially popular Everybody Loves Raymond. The show was inspired by Rock’s teenage years growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of New York City. The show quickly became the second most watched comedy on the network.

David Spade

David Spade arrives at the LA Premiere screening of "The Spoils of Babylon" at the DGA Theater on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

David Spade arrives at the LA Premiere screening of “The Spoils of Babylon” at the DGA Theater on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Comedian and actor David Spade is know for his dry humor, as displayed on Saturday Night Live and in films such as Tommy Boy and Joe Dirt.

It was during his early years on Saturday Night Live that Spade befriended fellow comedian Chris Farley. Their close friendship offstage made for great chemistry in front of the camera, earning them larger roles on the series. After a few bit parts in forgettable films, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels got the idea to put Spade and Farley together on the big screen, capitalizing on the formula Spade called, “the age-old secret of fatty and skinny.” Michaels produced 1995’s Tommy Boy as a vehicle for Farley, with Spade serving as straightman. Though the film received lukewarm reviews, it was a hit at the box office among the duo’s legions of SNL fans.

By 1996, Spade teamed with Farley again for Black Sheep, and made his exit from Saturday Night Live. He also signed on as snide assistant Dennis Finch on the NBC comedy series, Just Shoot Me, which premiered in 1997 as a mid-season replacement.

Back at work, Spade appeared in numerous films, including Joe Pesci’s Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag in 1997, Senseless in 1998, the romantic comedy Lost & Found in 1999 and Joe Dirt in 2001. He also supplied voice talent for the animated film The Emperor’s New Groove in 2000.
Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall

Actor, comedian and television talk show host Arsenio Hall was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 12, 1956. He is the son of Fred, a preacher, and his wife, Anne. Hall’s parents separated when he was 6 years old. At age 7, he became interested in magic, and began performing at birthday parties, weddings and bar mitzvahs.

Hall is best known for his groundbreaking talk show The Arsenio Hall Show, which ran from 1989-94. As the first black late-night talk show host, one of Hall’s distinctions is that he provided what was the first, and for a time, only, showcase for hardcore rap and hip-hop artists, and for controversial guests like Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader.

He attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, majoring in communications, though he transferred and graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Though he started out in advertising, in 1979 he moved to Chicago, switched to stand-up comedy and was “discovered” at a comedy club by singer Nancy Wilson. He got jobs opening for musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Patti Labelle, Wayne Newton, and Tina Turner.

Throughout the ‘80s, Hall appeared on various comedy and musical shows, including Solid Gold, Motown Revue and The New Love American Style, and hosted a short-lived show called The Half-Hour Comedy Hour. He made his feature film debut in Amazon Women on the Moon in 1987. Hall also appeared in two films with friend Eddie Murphy: the box-office hit Coming to America (1988) and Harlem Nights (1989).

Back in 1987, however, Hall had tapped into what would be his most successful professional endeavor. He took over hosting duties from Joan Rivers on The Late Show. His easygoing, playful and somewhat risqué banter was a hit with audiences. Based on that success, he was approached to host his own syndicated late-night talk show. Two years later, The Arsenio Hall Show was born. Hall’s deal included hosting and executive producing duties on the show, which was produced by Paramount and his own company, Arsenio Hall Productions. Starting a half-hour earlier than Johnny Carson’s late-night staple The Tonight Show in many regions, and booking younger, newer TV and musical artists than his established rival, Hall drew a young, hip audience. The show became famous for its Dog Pound “Woof! Woof!” (with pumping fist) chant and featured a range of guests that included Paula Abdul, En Vogue, Bill Clinton, Diana Ross and many more.When Carson retired in 1992 and Jay Leno was chosen as his successor over David Letterman (whose show followed Carson’s), Letterman left NBC for CBS and started his own Late Show against Leno’s. Leno started drawing young viewers away from Hall, and Letterman, who had a longstanding young audience, also cut into Hall’s audience. Though the ratings dropped, Hall said in a later interview that the show was still profitable and that he chose to walk away to explore other creative arenas and take time for himself. The Arsenio Hall Show aired its final episode May 27, 1994.
Hall received two NAACP Image awards in 1991, a Key of Life Award for his work as “a crusader in the fight of human rights,” and another for his show. In 1993 he executive-produced the feature film Bopha!, a story about a family during apartheid, starring Danny Glover, Alfre Woodward and Malcolm McDowell and directed by Morgan Freeman.After three years away from the public eye, Hall returned to television in 1997 with his short-lived sitcom Arsenio, co-starring Vivica A. Fox. In 1998-99, he made regular appearances on the CBS series Martial Law.Hall hosted a revival of the televised talent show Star Search from 2003 to 2004. He also appeared as guest co-host on such shows as Access Hollywood Live and Piers Morgan Tonight. In 2012, Hall showed the world just how business-savvy he is on the celebrity edition of Donald Trump’s hit reality competition The Apprentice. He beat out the likes of Victoria Gotti, rocker Dee Snider and American Idol singer Clay Aiken to win the top prize for his charity: the Magic Johnson Foundation.
Hall made a comeback to television in the fall of 2013 with a new syndicated talk show backed by CBS Television and the Tribune Co. Upon realizing he missed his previous work and receiving encouragement from his teen son, he decided to return to the format, with the idea of there being a cross-generational audience.”Maybe there is some nostalgia: ‘I used to watch Arsenio when I was in college,'” Hall said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “But we’re doing a show for people who have moved on, and now they can sit around with their kid who can stay up late, and there will be a lot of stuff they can both dig.”

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson, a cast member in "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," arrives at the premiere of the film at the Regency Village Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Craig Robinson, a cast member in “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” arrives at the premiere of the film at the Regency Village Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Craig Robinson is arguably best known for his role as acerbic Dunder-Mifflin employee Darryl Philbin on NBC’s Emmy-winning “The Office.” Regardless of what role you know him from, he is definitely a world away from his original career intentions. Before deciding to pursue his comedy career full time, Robinson was a K-8 teacher in the Chicago Public School System. He earned his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and his Masters of Education from St. Xavier University. It was while he was studying education in Chicago that he also discovered his love of acting and comedy when he joined the famed Second City Theatre.

As a stand-up comedian, Robinson first made his mark in the comedy circuit at the 1998 Montreal “Just For Laughs” Festival. That year, he also won the Oakland Comedy Festival Awards and the Miller Genuine Draft 1996 Comedy Search. He soon went on to perform his act on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Now headlining venues and festivals across the country, he does both solo acts as well as full-band sets – “The Nasty Delicious” – tying together his lyrical comedy with his finesse at the piano. Whether Robinson shows up with just his keyboard or also with his seven-man band, the clubs are packed to the brims with raucous laughter in response to the musical comedy on display.

His rise to success with “The Office” and his stand-up prowess quickly brought him to the forefront with industry comedy maven Judd Apatow. Robinson made audiences question their notions of vanity playing the sensitive bouncer in KNOCKED UP. He then kept audiences glued to their seats as one of the henchman hunting Seth Rogen and James Franco’s bumbling stoner characters in PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, and made fans squirm when he co-starred with Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks in ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO.

In February, Robinson was heard in The Weinstein Company’s first animated feature, ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH. In May, finally getting his due with his first leading man role, Robinson starred in the Lionsgate comedy WE THE PEEPLES. Playing a pushy boyfriend, Robinson surprises his fiancé-to-be (Kerry Washington) who is on a trip home to visit her family and discovers that the family is not only surprised to see him, but has never even heard of him.

This past summer, he appeared as himself as part of the Hollywood juggernaut that makes up the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg comedy world. With the likes of James Franco, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Seth Rogan, Emma Watson, Danny McBride, and a slew of their other actor-type friends, Sony Pictures’ THIS IS THE END tells us what will happen while attending a party at James Franco’s house the celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.

Robinson spent the remainder of his summer shooting alongside Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, and story addition Adam Scott the sequel to the 2010 ensemble comedy feature HOT TUB TIME MACHINE for MGM and director Steve Pink. The original story follows three grown men (Corddry, Craig Robinson, and John Cusack) as they visit the hot tub where they once partied, discover it is now a time machine, and travel back to their raunchy heyday in the mid-1980‘s.

Robinson has made it a point to flesh out every element of his resume, turning in a hilarious cameo in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN as one of the Tuskegee Airman, lending his comedy genius to fellow Apatow devotee Danny McBride in his HBO television series “East Bound & Down,” and voicing several characters on “The Cleveland Show.” Robinson was heard in the final chapter of the SHREK film series, SHREK FOREVER AFTER, as one of the new characters being introduced to the repertoire, a member of the ogre clan and the camp’s resident chef named “Cookie.” And taking a dramatically different role, Robinson starred in the independent feature FATHER OF INVENTION with Kevin Spacey and Camilla Belle

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to Mary Frances (Cashion), who owned a community arts center, and Harry Galifianakis, a heating oil vendor. His father is of Greek descent and his mother is of mostly English and Scottish ancestry. Zach moved to New York City after failing his last college class by one point. Zach got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square. He toured the country, performing in coffee shops and universities.

After more than a decade performing stand-up and making both television and film appearances, Zach broke through to wider recognition with his co-starring role as “Alan Garner”, in the comedy mega-hit, The Hangover (2009). Later that year, he played a large role in the CGI-heavy kids movie, G-Force (2009), and then appeared in memorable supporting parts in the films, Up in the Air (2009) (as a laid-off employee),Youth in Revolt (2009) (as a loutish stepfather), and Dinner for Schmucks (2010), as one of the title characters. More recently, he co-starred with Keir Gilchrist in the teen dramedy, It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010), with Robert Downey Jr. in the road trip comedy, Due Date (2010), and alongside Will Ferrell in the political spoof, The Campaign (2012). He also voiced “Humpty Dumpty” in the animated film, Puss in Boots(2011), and reprised his character in both The Hangover Part II (2011) and the upcoming, The Hangover Part III (2013).

Chris D'Elia

Chris D’Elia

Chris D’Elia

Chris D’Elia is becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world, with Variety naming him one of their “Top 10 Comics to Watch.” D’Elia can currently be seen starring as Danny on NBC’s innovative, all live sitcom, Undateable. He formerly starred opposite Whitney Cummings on NBC’s multi-camera comedy Whitney.

D’Elia quickly became a regular at the Hollywood Comedy Clubs where he still performs multiple times a week. Best known for his physical humor, he recently wrapped a cross-country tour of his standup act. In December 2013, he released his one-hour standup special for Comedy Central, “White Male. Black Comic,” and his latest special “Incorrigible” is streaming on Netflix. He has also appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, performs regularly on @Midnight, and has had his own Comedy Central Presents.

D’Elia’s other credits include Comedy Central’s Workaholics, TBS’ Glory Daze and Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy.

Jeff Ross

Jeff Ross1

Jeff Ross The Roast Master

Jeff Ross. The Roastmaster General. A One Man Verbal Assault Unit. Pizza Enthusiast.

Jeff Ross is known to the world as the modern day Don Rickles. The King of roasting. Let’s face it, if there’s a roast and he’s not there, it’s not a real roast. Growing up in Newark, NJ he took the greatest weapon he had to fight his way out of there. His Mouth.

Since then Jeff has roasted anyone who would accept the challenge. From Criminals, to Soldiers, to Politicians, and Pop Icons.

He has no limits, even roasting criminals inside the walls of a maximum security county jail in Texas (check out Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals). Sure some comedians perform in jails, but no other comedian would have it in their right mind to immerse themselves inside a jail for three days, and then invite those same incarcerated people on stage with him to get roasted face-to-face. If he thought criminals were tough, Jeff even roasted Justin Bieber as part of the record breaking Comedy Central Roast, which Jeff also produced.

Roasting is ingrained in Jeff’s life, and he helped bring The Friar’s Club Roasts to Comedy Central in 1998, with The Roast of Drew Carey. Since then they have roasted Donald Trump, Pamela Anderson, James Franco, Joan Rivers, Hugh Hefner, Charlie Sheen, and many more. It seems impossible to have one of these roasts without The Roastmaster himself on the dais.

Jeff has also been no slouch on the silver screen either. Where most recently you could have seen him in “The Wedding Ringer” with Kevin Hart, “Flock of Dudes” with Chris D’Elia, and the series “Kingdom” on Direct TV.

Make sure you catch him live for an experience no other comedian in the world can deliver. Constantly touring as host of Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy Festival, or by himself in theaters, rock venus, and comedy clubs across the world. It is an experience that is sure to get you laid. During all of his performances he offers to have members of the audience join him on stage and get speed roasted by the best out there. Volunteers Only! Otherwise it’s bullying.

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn Rajskub is best known for her iconic performance as “Chloe” on FOX’s 24, which she has reprised on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, the number-one rated show of 2014. She has appeared in recurring arcs on 2 BROKE GIRLS and CALIFORNICATION, and was a regular panelist on CHELSEA LATELY.

She can currently be seen on the newly picked up pilot HIGHSTON or as Boyle’s girlfriend on BROOKLYN 99, a drunk teacher on THOSE WHO CAN’T and also a lawyer on THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. On the big screen, Mary Lynn recently wrapped shooting IN SEARCH OF FELLINI, now in post-production. You can also see her in ALL-STARS available now online. Other films include, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (Duplass Bros.), THE KINGS OF SUMMER which she starred in with Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. Additional credits include ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, MR. SHOW, LARRY SANDERS, JULIE AND JULIA, PUNCH DRUNK LOVE and SUNSHINE CLEANING.

Kira Soltanovich

Kira Soltanovich

Kira Soltanovich

Kira Soltanovich grew up in San Francisco during a time when there were bad neighborhoods, cheap coffee and it wasn’t ironic to ride the cable cars. She began her comedy career back in 1998 after asking her Russian immigrant parents if they would support her dream to become a stand up. After her mother and father confessed “It’s not like you’re smart enough to be a doctor…” Kira took that as their blessing to pursue her dreams and she’s never looked back.

She was a series regular on How To Be A Grownup for TruTV, the hidden camera show Girls Behaving Badly and was a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for over 8 years. Recently, Kira co-hosted the game show Winsanity with Donald Faison for the Game Show Network.

 One of Kira’s greatest achievements is shooting her latest 1 Hour Stand Up Special,You Did This To Me, which was completely self-produced and she shot it while over 7 months pregnant. The first stand up comedian to shoot a special pregnant!
Kira has appeared on The Jay Leno Show, Hello Ross! with Ross Mathews, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Hell’s Kitchen, Last Comic Standing, Set List TV, and The World Stands Up on Comedy Central. She has written for Joan Rivers, Scott Baio, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. And here’s an interesting fact, three of those people have dated each other.

 Kira’s pilot Weren’t You Scott Baio? was optioned by New Line Television, her hidden camera dating show Who’s Got Game? was optioned by MTV and her feature film What’s Your Sign? was optioned by Terra Firma at Universal. For a while there, she and her writing partner were only developing projects that asked a question. Genius, right?

 She’s been a writer on Easiest Game Show Ever, How’d You Get So Rich? for TV Land,Warning: Men Thinking, Raising Whitley and Prankstars on Disney.

Her half hour Showtime special, Here Comes Trouble, won Best Stand Up Special by a Soviet.*

Did you know once the kids who watch Nickelodeon go to sleep, the network changes over to NickMom? Well, it does. Kira is a recurring round table comic on Parental Discretion and performed on both seasons the stand up series NickMom’s Night Out.

Kira’s two children inspired her to have her very own podcast. On The Kira Soltanovich Show, she interviews other fellow comedians who have kids and they discuss all things comedy and colic related.

 *No such award exists

Laura kightlinger

Laura kightlinger

Laura Kightlinger

 

Laura Kightlinger was born in Jamestown, New York, USA. She is a fantastic stand up comedian producer and actress, known for Will & Grace (1998), 2 Broke Girls (2011) and Kung Fu Panda (2008).

 

 

 

Dom Irrera

Dom Irrera

Dom Irrera

When Dom Irrera takes the stage, he does not simply get on it, he owns it!

Dom projects a singular charisma that firmly engages audiences from the opening moment and doesn’t let go until the end of the performance, and beyond.

Trying to analyze what makes a comedian special is typically a fool’s errand, but we’ll give it a go: With Dom, it seems to be a blend of regular-guy presence and relaxed, effortless delivery-and, of course, what he’s delivering is top-notch material, laced with an array of colorful characters and voices. Beyond beautifully-crafted jokes and routines, Dom’s also giving the audience one-man sketches and bursts of improv.

The impact, whether you’ve seen him once or dozens of times, is that you feel like Dom is kind of a friend, someone you’d like to have a beer with-and, not uncommonly, that you’ve become part of the de facto Dom Irrera family. And this is one happy, fun family you look forward to seeing often.

Indeed, people come out to see Dom whenever he’s in town, sometimes amounting to countless times over several years, partly for all these reasons, partly because he always returns armed with heaping hunks of new material. Likewise, clubs, festival and other events are eager to bring Dom back over and over-for example, he’s made more appearances at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival than any other American comic. Ditto the Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Whether we’re talking about audiences, comedy club bookers or festival producers, everyone looks at Dom as family: they want him around, and they want to be around him. The family metaphor is apt-family is pivotal to the path that first led Dom to the comedy stage, and remains a core topic of any performance he’s likely to deliver on that stage.

Indeed, Dom Irrera’s stand-up material was honed in a multi-generational Italian household in South Philadelphia with his mother, sister, grandmother, uncles and cousins all under one very big roof. A great-grandmother even lived across the street. Together, there were three floors and four generations of family.

His first big break was his performance on Rodney Dangerfield’s “Nothing Goes Right” comedy specials for HBO. In 1989 Irrera’s own HBO “One Night Stand” earned him his first CableACE award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special.

In ’95 he won a second CableACE for the Showtime stand-up series he hosted, “Full Frontal Comedy.” That same year he received a second CableACE nomination in the writing category for his work on Comedy Central’s animated series, “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist.” He also starred in a solo stand-up special for HBO in ’92, titled “Command Performance.”

He has performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,””Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The View,” and made several appearances on “Oprah.”

An avid sports fan, Dom hosted four seasons of Comedy Central’s irreverent football show, “Offsides”, where he conducted hilarious on-the-field interviews with football greats. He also hosts the NFL Networks show “Hang Time” and stars as the judge on Direct TV’s Supreme Court of Comedy. He also hosted Comedy Central’s “Behind the Scenes at the American Comedy Awards: specials in ’98 and ’99.

Irrera was a series regular on the ’98 Fox comedy “Damon,” starring Damon Wayans and his guest-star credits include “Seinfeld” (he played an annoying prop comic needling Jerry in the memorable episode), “Becker,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “King of Queens.”

In addition, Dom voiced the character Ernie, the demolitions expert, on Nickelodeon’s “Hey Arnold.” Other notable animation work includes multiple seasons voicing Duke The Dog in “Barnyard.”

His film work includes a featured role in Robert Townsend’s “Hollywood Shuffle,” a cameo in the Coen Bros. Film, “The Big Lebowski,” “The Fourth Tenor,” starring old pal Rodney Dangerfield, and he played himself in the Rodney Dangerfield / Dom De Luise film, “The Godson.”

When it comes to festivals, Dom has pretty much played ’em all: Earlier, we touched on his becoming a fondly-regarded fixture at both Just For Laughs, in Montreal, and Cat Laughs, in Ireland. He also has appeared at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia, and at Edinburgh Festival’s Assembly Hall in Scotland. It was there that he received the “Herald Award” for artistic excellence.

Daniel Tosh

In 2010 Dom performed in the prestigious one person show slot in Montreal with his sold out run of “Plugged, Unplugged and Plugged again.”

Daniel Tosh

Daniel Tosh

he unusual mind of Daniel Tosh has earned him the admiration of his peers by winning over audiences with his unique brand of stand up comedy. A quick look at Daniel: thus far: Born in Germany… grew up a preacher’s kid in Florida… two sisters and one brother…surfer… decent student… bad allergies… began his foray into stand up … UCF graduate… took to the road… lives in Los Angeles on the beach and loves his dog.

Daniel is currently one of the most requested headliners in the country. He has also quickly evolved into one of the most popular and successful college acts, performing at more than seven hundred campuses. Daniel’s casual style and sharp material have proven to be greatly appreciated by his audiences,young and old (but mostly young).

Daniel made his network debut on THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, and has returned to perform several times since. Recently, Daniel appeared multiple times on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO. His previous television credits include THE LATE, LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG KILBORN, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY, PREMIUM BLEND (Comedy Central), THE BEST WEEK EVER (VH-1), THE TEST (FX) and FRIDAY NIGHT STAND-UP (Comedy Central). In 2002, he taped his first stand up special, COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS DANIEL TOSH, at the Hudson Theatre in New York City. While still living in Florida, Daniel hosted his own popular late-night television show, TENS.

Daniel has performed at the most significant comedy festivals across the globe. In 1998, he appeared in the New Faces at the Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival in Montreal. Through the great response generated, he was invited to return two years later in his own televised Gala at The St. Denis Theatre. In addition, Daniel has also turned in triumphant festival performances in New Zealand and Kikenny, Ireland, one of Europe’s largest comedy festivals, as well as HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

This year Daniel shot his fourth television project for MTV Networks, as well as a comedy pilot for Turner Television entitled SHORT FLIX. Stand-up remains Daniel’s primary passion, that is until he gets a TV show that doesn’t fail. When not performing comedy, Daniel surfs, gambles and continues to pursue his interests in acting, hosting and writing. Daniel’s debut DVD/CD, TRUE STORIES I MADE UP, will be released this November through Comedy Central Records.

Theo Von

Theo Von

Theo Von

THEO VON can be seen in his very own Netflix original comedy special titled, NO OFFENSE currently streaming (netflix.com/TheoVon). Previously, Theo was the host of TBS’s hidden camera show “Deal With It” from EP Howie Mandel, which ran for three seasons. He also hosted Yahoo’s popular daily recap show “Primetime in No Time” – one of the most-watched shows on the web with nearly one million views per day. Recently, Theo made appearances on @Midnight, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and WHY? WITH HANNIBAL BURESS. n addition to his NETFLIX special, Theo has had a half-hour Comedy Central special, has made appearances on ARSENIO,  “Last Comic Standing,” was the winner of Comedy Central’s “Reality Bites Back,” and “Live at Gotham.”

Kathleen Madigan

Kathleen Madigan

Kathleen Madigan

Over Kathleen Madigan’s 25 year career she has performed on nearly every standup television show ever made. Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson and most recently in 2015 on the new The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and she recently filmed her fifth appearance on Ron White’s Salute To The Troops set to air in the spring of 2015 on CMT. In 2014, Madigan was nominated for an American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic and her third hour-long special, Madigan Again, was named one of iTunes Best Comedy Albums. Madigan Again, premiered on September 11, 2013 exclusively on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America, and is also available on CD, DVD and audio or video download. Previously she’s released 5 CDs and 3 DVDs and starred in 2 HBO specials, 3 Comedy Central specials, 4 CMT Salute to the Troops specials with Ron White and her previous hour-long special, Gone Madigan, premiered on Showtime and is available on Netflix.

“How is it,” the Detroit Free Press asks, “that Madigan has yet to be cast as the wise-cracking a) best friend b) office worker or c) martini-swilling mother-in-law in any of countless sitcoms? We’re thinking it’s because she’s so irreplaceable on the stage. She’s described as the funniest woman doing stand-up right now, but no gender qualifier is necessary. Along with Lewis Black, Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan, she’s one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation.”

“I just want to tell jokes,” says Madigan, “I didn’t start doing open mics to become an actor on a sitcom or in a TV commercial. Those things never even crossed my mind. I just like to tell jokes for an hour or so and laugh. For a few of us working today, this was our goal. We don’t have any more goals. Can’t you ever have a goal, reach it and then enjoy it? This society is being driven by type A lunatics that say ‘you have to set more goals.’ No you don’t. Have a seat and enjoy the fact that you’re here! Maybe that’s the Irish in me talking, though.”

It’s been a 25 year career of 300 nights a year on the road. “We don’t get time off like a band. Our tours never end. That’s why it makes me laugh when people say ‘how long is your tour?’ Well so far, 25 years.” She’s gone from one nighters, to club gigs, to theaters, to headlining the Mirage in Las Vegas.

She’s won the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Comedian” and the Phyllis Diller award for “Best Female Comedian.” Although she’s turned down many writing jobs because she enjoys performing more, she has written and produced for Lewis Black’s “Root of all Evil” on Comedy Central and for Gary Shandling’s Emmy monologues. She’s done two USO tours to Iraq and Afganistan with pals Lewis Black, Robin Williams, John Bowman and musicals acts Kid Rock, The Zac Brown Band, Kix Brooks and Kellie Pickler. “There’s no better show on earth than a show for the troops. Trust me, no crowd is as happy to see a show as 1000 soldiers in Kabul. I do USO shows at home here in the US too but the further people are away, the more they appreciate it. I don’t think they get paid enough for a hard job so I like to do something for free when I can.”

She remains the only comedian in the history of NBC’s Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by any other comedian–meaning no comedian would say they were funnier than her. Madigan was a top three finalist in Season 2 and and a judge on Season 5.

She’s a favorite on nationally syndicated radio shows such as the The Bob and Tom Show and The Stephanie Miller Show. She’s also in constant rotation on SIRIUS-XM Radio and is repeated voted #1 audience favorite by listeners.

Madigan has performed internationally at festivals and theaters in Ireland, England, Australia and has filmed six Montreal Gala Shows at the Montreal Comedy Festival for Canadian television.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri Kathleen splits her time between the road, Los Angeles and Missouri.

Nick Swardson

Nick Swardson

Nick Swardson

Nick Swardson was born on October 9, 1976 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Nicholas Swardson. He is an actor and writer, known for Just Go with It (2011), You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008) and Grandma’s Boy (2006).

 

 

 

 

Tom Clark

Tom ClarkTom Clark

Tom Clark

Tom Clark was born and raised, in that order.  He has appeared on such shows as TBS’s Conan, CBS’s Late Late Show, The  Bob & Tom Radio Show, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Clark has traveled coast to coast doing stand up and has performed internationally as part of New Faces at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and on The Main Stage at The Capetown Comedy Festival in South Africa.  Clark is also an actor and has appeared on such shows as NBC’s Outsourced, TNT’s The Closer, and theHallmark made for TV movie The Wish List. After landing the role on Outsourced, director Ken Kwapis invited Clark to be in the Drew Barrymore movie, Big Miracle. You can also see Clark in Columbia Pictures horror comedy Freaks of Nature.

Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne was born on July 21, 1974 in Freehold, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Sullivan & Son (2012), Couples Retreat (2009) and Steve Byrne: The Byrne Identity (2010).

Iliza Shlesinger

Iliza Shlesi

Iliza Shlesinger

Originally from Dallas, Iliza moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Emerson College. She is the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC’S Last Comic Standing. Most recently her debut one hour comedy special, War Paint reached #1 on the iTunes charts and was named one of the “Top Ten Albums of 2013” on iTunes.  It is currently available on Netflix.  Her follow up Netflix Original Comedy Special Freezing Hot premiered to rave reviews in January 2015She was the host of CBS’s syndicated comedy dating show Excused, in which she filmed 230 episodes. Iliza’s TV credits include multiple appearances on NBC’S Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, TBS’Deal With It, Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Central’sLive at Gotham, E! Network’s Chelsea Lately and The Soup,TBS’ Who Gets the Last Laugh?, and Showtime’s Pauly Shore and Friends and Bridging the Gap Comedy Festival. She is featured in the comedy documentary I Am Comic. Her live stand-up résumé also includes performing at the coveted Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, hundreds of clubs and colleges, and in various countries for our troops overseas. Iliza loves the troops and was honored to participate in The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s personal USO Tour throughout the Middle East and Europe.

She wants you to tweet her @iliza.

 

Mike-Casentini

Mike Casentini

WEBSITE: casentini.com

Mike has a comedy style that is very reminiscent of such comedy greats as George Carlin and Robert Klein with the energy level and quick wit of Robin Williams. His delivery is extremely unique with a stage presence that is confidant and pronounced. He layers stories from his personal life with social and political events that happen in today’s world. He’s a comedy journeyman with over 10 years of experience. He incorporates his personal failures and successes, specializing in life stories, politics, social commentary, voices, physical comedy, and music. Mike is a must see in comedy.