2021
PARTICIPANTS

 

NEW FACES OF COMEDY : GROUP 1

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JES
TOM

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JAYE
MCBRIDE

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DANIELLE
PEREZ

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IAN
LARA

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ERICA
CLARK

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DAVE
MIZZONI

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ABBY
ROBERGE

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AARON
WEBER

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ARIEL
ELIAS

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BRIAN
SIMPSON

NEW FACES OF COMEDY : GROUP 2

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ANDRE D.
THOMPSON

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KIRY
SHABAZZ

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MADDIE
WIENER

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PETER
KIM

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RANDALL
OTIS

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ROBIN
TRAN

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SARAH
SQUIRM

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SYDNEE
WASHINGTON

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WALLY
BARAM

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WILL
FOSKEY

NEW FACES OF COMEDY : CANADA

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AARON
READ

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AL
VAL

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ANDREA
JIN

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DREW
BEHM

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HARRISON
WEINREB

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JULIANA
RODRIGUES

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MEG
MACKAY

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NITISH
SAKHUJA

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SALMA
HINDY

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TRAVIS
LINDSAY

NEW FACES OF COMEDY : CHARACTERS

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ANDREW
KNOX

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ARISTOTLE
ATHIRAS

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CORIN
WELLS

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ELENA
SKOPETOS

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JOSEPH
LYMOUS

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KATE
OWENS

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PATTY
GUGGENHEIM

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VINNY
THOMAS

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WOODY
FU

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BRIAN SIMPSON

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Brian Simpson is a stand-up comedian based in Los Angeles, CA. His background as a foster child and Marine Corps veteran has led to a rare combination of life experiences that he manages to channel into an aggressively hilarious and refreshingly unique point of view. Brian is a paid regular at the World Famous Comedy Store and recently made his TV debut on Comedy Central’s Lights Out with David Spade. You can catch him next on Season 3 of The Standups which will premiere on Netflix later this year.

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ABBY ROBERGE

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Abby Roberge is a Los Angeles based Stand-Up Comedian originally from Vancouver B.C. who is a born and raised Hare Krishna. He performs in clubs and theaters all over the US and Canada including residencies at the Laugh Factory Las Vegas. He opens regularly for Bill Burr and Russell Peters, and appeared in NBC pilot SO CLOSE (NBC) and MODERN FAMILY (ABC). Videos of his standup and sketches have been viewed over 80 million times.

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DAVE MIZZONI

COMEDIAN, WRITER AND ACTOR

Dave Mizzoni is comedian, writer and actor based in New York City. Dave is the creator, writer and star of the Jax Media/Roku original series GAYME SHOW. Recently, Dave produced on Season 13 of Rupaul’s Drag Race and can be seen on Comedy Central's THE OTHER TWO. He created, wrote and starred in the Snapchat original series “Making It” and was named a “Comic to Watch” by New York Comedy Festival 2019 and was a member of the 2020 CBS Diversity Showcase. Dave was the host of Logo TV’s “Hosting for the Holidays,” and has written and performed sketches for Comedy Central and College Humor with his sketch group Pop Roulette (Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch 2015). He has been seen live at the Just For Laughs Festival, the Life is Beautiful Festival, JFL42, Vulturefest, and has sold out shows at The Bell House, Littlefield, Union Hall, UCB, The Satellite and The Gramercy Theatre. Dave has featured for Alaska Thunderfuck and Time Out New York called him a "comedy crush" which is the kind of adulation he literally requires in order to survive.

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JAYE MCBRIDE

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Jaye McBride is funny, smart and proudly transgender. Jaye has spent the last several years in New York City where she has become a regular at the Comedy Cellar. Jaye has been featured on SiriusXM and on Comedy Central and her long awaited podcast "Trans Sister Radio" is set to debut in September of 2021.

 

In addition to stand-up, Jaye speaks at high schools, colleges and groups all across the country about being transgender and how we can help trans kids from facing some of the obstacles and challenges she faced. Having transitioned in 2007, Jaye is uniquely qualified to talk about awkward first dates, strained family relationships and self-acceptance.

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AARON WEBER

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Aaron Weber is a standup comedian based in Nashville, TN. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Weber is a regular performer at the world famous Grand Ole Opry. He made his debut in 2019 at the age of twenty-eight, making him the youngest standup comedian ever to step into the Opry circle. Later that year, he made his television debut on the Opry’s Circle Network, hosting two episodes of Stand Up Nashville.

 

You can currently hear Aaron on The Nateland Podcast with Nate Bargatze and Brian Bates, on which the three Nashville-based comedians tackle important world issues like animals, calendars, and Rhode Island. Weber headlines comedy clubs across the country, and has featured on the road for comedians such as Nate Bargatze and Bert Kreischer. He graduated from Notre Dame in 2014 and still owes them thousands of dollars – he promises to pay them back when they win a National Championship.

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IAN LARA

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Ian Lara is just your average Dominican kid from Queens, New York. On any given night you can catch him performing in some of the best and worst shows in New York City, or he's on the road at a club or college near you. He’s the host of the wildly popular “OUT OF TUNE” music game show app, featured in “Variety” and “Cosmopolitan”. In 2017 Ian made his standup comedy debut on Comedy Central's StandUP digital series amassing over 10 millions views across platforms. He was also featured in season one of Bring The Funny on NBC. In 2019 Ian made his late night debut when we appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In the same year Ian went on to co-star in his first HBO special called Entre Nos Presents East Meets West. Check it out now on HBO Max. He can also be seen as a regular on Comedy Central's This Week At The Comedy Cellar.

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ERICA CLARK

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Teacher from Chicago. Started comedy at Chicago's famed Improv Olympic before stepping out, on her own, to give stand up a shot. Erica's unique childhood and day job are a perfect set up for her punchlines. Erica has toured with Deon Cole and Hannibal Buress. She has toured colleges and clubs across the United States.

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ARIEL ELIAS

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Ariel Elias is a comedian living in New York City. Growing up, this Kentucky Jew made everyone laugh at her bat mitzvah, and the rest is history. Today, her comedy is a fun mesh of unique, personal stories mixed with witty and wry observations.

 

Ariel has been described as “a sly young comic from Kentucky” by the New York Times. She is also a contributing writer to As Goes Wisconsin, a news and politics-based show for, you guessed it, Wisconsin. Notably, she has written for Will Smith’s Snapchat show Will From Home, and performed on the set of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

 

When not performing or writing, she’s probably petting a dog or struggling through a puzzle.

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DANIELLE PEREZ

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Danielle Perez is a Los Angeles based comedian, actor, writer and disability rights activist. Profiled by The Los Angeles Times after a standout performance in the 2020 CBS/Viacom Showcase, Danielle can be seen in season 2 of the Emmy nominated series Special streaming now on Netflix and will also star alongside Jodie Sweetin and Alec Mapa in the upcoming romantic comedy Will You Be My Quarantine? A 2018 and 2019 StandUp NBC Semifinalist, she has opened for Maria Bamford, Josh Gondelman, Guy Branum, and Cristela Alonzo. Her personal and biting stand-up can be heard on Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom's podcast Hear To Slay. Funny, feminist, and fierce, this bold Afro-Latina isn't afraid to get personal. Danielle has been profiled by CNN, Refinery29, Great Big Story, Forbes, and in 2018 Los Angeles Magazine featured her as one of the "13 Powerful Women Who Are Making L.A. a Better Place." Not just a performer, Danielle is an advocate and advisor at Joey Soloway's 5050by2020, an intersectional arm of the Time's Up movement. This year she spoke with NALIP at the Sundance Film Festival on the importance of disabled Latinx inclusion in entertainment. In 2015 Danielle became an internet sensation when a clip of her winning a treadmill on The Price Is Right, went viral. She appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for her hilarious reaction to winning the awkward prize. Danielle is the producer and host of Wow Rude, a comedy podcast with her bestie Madison Shepard and EXTRA, a live comedy show at The Silverlake Lounge. For upcoming comedy show dates and strong opinions about brunch follow Danielle on Twitter and Instagram @divadelux

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PETER KIM

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Peter Kim is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He currently has a project in development with CBS Studios/ABC Networks, and a project in Disney. He is a series regular on the new amazon animated series ‘Fairfax’. Other recent credits include HBO’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ CBS’s ‘NCIS’, SeeSo's 'Shrink' and NBC's 'Chicago Justice'. He also wrote for the 2019 CBS Diversity Showcase. When not on screen, he performs stand up at his show 'The Kiki' at the The Laugh Factory and has recently headlined the IFC stage at Oddball Fest. His other stage credits include performing and writing for the Second City Chicago e.t.c stage where he was nominated for a Jeff Award in the critically acclaimed revue: 'A Red Line Runs Through It' , hosting 'The Moth' at Lincoln Hall, improvising with Baby Wine at The Annoyance, podcasting with the Ajumma Show on iTunes, and airing daily grievances on Twitter @peterkz.

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KIRBY SHABAZZ

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Kiry Shabazz is a stand-up from Cleveland who started comedy in Nor-Cal, and is now based in LA. Kiry was one of 1,250 stand ups who auditioned at open calls for the annual Stand Up NBC Competition, and went on to win the entire competition. Kiry made his late night debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Since then, his stand up has been featured by Comedy Central’s Stand Up Featuring series, the Bill Burr Presents The Ringers stand up series, and on the second season of Epix’s Unprotected Sets.

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ROBIN TRAN

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Robin Tran started her life presenting as a male named Robert Tran. In 2015, she came out as a transgender woman and has been performing as Robin ever since.

 

Based out of Orange County, Robin has performed all over Southern California in venues such as the Improv, the Comedy Store, and Largo.

 

In 2018, she appeared on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. Her first one-hour comedy special, Don’t Look at Me, started streaming on Hulu August, 2018, and then on Spotify and iTunes in 2021. She was also a writer on Historical Roasts on Netflix.

 

In 2019, she performed for Comedy Central’s Clusterfest Comedy Festival. In addition to standup comedy, Robin has many years of theater arts experience and holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine.

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ANDRE D. THOMPSON

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Andre D. Thompson was born and raised in New York City where he began stand up at 18. In 2020, he had his late-night debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He is currently a staff writer on Tha God’s Honest Truth for Comedy Central. He’s performed at comedy clubs all over the city such The Comic Strip Live, New York Comedy Club and Carolines on Broadway. In 2019 Andre came in 3rd place in the New York Comedy Club Competition and was an NBC Stand Up For Diversity finalist.

 

He’s worked at the Music Choice Network in a development capacity, incubating content focused on hip-hop and pop culture. As a Host, he has interviewed artists including Camilla Cabello, Lil Yachty and DJ Khaled. He has also been a digital ad campaign Brand Ambassador for companies such as Axe Body Spray and Bevel Shave Systems.

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WALLY BARAM

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Wally Baram is a Mexican-Syrian stand-up comedian, writer, and actress living in Los Angeles. Wally has written on WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (S4, HULU/FX), BETTY (S2, HBO), and the upcoming Amazon/IMDB series, SPRUNG. Wally will make her late night stand-up debut this summer (7/14/2021) on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT (CBS). Wally has opened for Jeff Garlin, and performs regularly at clubs and venues across the country. Her comedy brings a unique perspective on the strange banalities of entering the adult world as well as growing up with a strong multi-cultural/Mexican-Syrian identity. She is also, unfortunately, Gen-Z.

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SARAH SQUIRM

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Sarah Sherman aka Sarah Squirm is an LA-based comedian and visual artist who has become known for her unconventional and popular traveling freaky variety show, Helltrap Nightmare. Sarah opened for Eric Andre’s national tour and wrote on THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW. She staffed on the Adult Swim series THREE BUSY DEBRAS and Netflix’s MAGIC FOR HUMANS. She was previously named one of Vulture's Comics to Watch for 2018 and one of TIME OUT Magazine’s Five Comics to Watch for 2017. Sarah wrote and starred in her own Adult Swim Infomercial, Flayaway in 2018. Sarah recently wrote, directed, and starred in SARAH VACCINE , a short that Paper Mag described as a “maniacal, gross-out and overwhelming response to [our] lockdown hell”.

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RANDALL OTIS

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Randall Otis is an Emmy-nominated comedian from Orlando, FL, who currently resides in NYC. He's a writer at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and has been featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, VICE and written for the 2021 Grammys.

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MADDIE WIENER

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Originally from North Carolina, Maddie Wiener is a stand-up comedian with a style described as “irreverent humor … with a streak of brazenness,” and “abrasive and likable at the same time.” She has appeared on You Up with Nikki Glaser on Sirius XM and was a 2018 semi-finalist for Stand-Up NBC, as well as opening for Dave Attell, Nikki Glaser, Joe List, Drew Michael, Robert Kelly, and others. Maddie has also performed at the Limestone and Asheville Comedy Festivals, and is a regular at Goodnights Comedy Club, Zanies, and The Laugh Factory in Chicago.

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SYDNEE WASHINGTON

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Sydnee Washington is a New York based comedian, writer, and actress. She was featured on Comedy Central’s “Up Next” showcase in 2018. She is also the co-host of the popular podcast, “The Unofficial Expert”. She can be seen on Showtime’s “ZIWE” & Comedy Central’s “Broad City”. She also co-hosts a weekly comedy show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Sunday nights. Her bubbly personality mixed with dark humor is shocking yet refreshing.

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JULIANA RODRIGUES

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Juliana Rodrigues began performing stand-up at the age of 15. Now only 24, she's gone on to make quite the name for herself! In May 2017, the Canadian Press did a segment about her journey titled, "Canada 150: On Stage with a Teenage Stand-up Comedian" for The Toronto Star. Her work has also been featured on The National. In 2016 she participated in the Cleveland Comedy Festival where she was named as a finalist at "Best of Fest". She has since opened for Rich Vos, Ramon Rivas, and Gerry Dee. Juliana made her CBC Radio debut at the 2019 Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival and performed at the Icebreakers Comedy Festival in 2020. More recently, her podcast, “All Good Podcast” made the "Top 10 Comedy Podcasts" list as part of TRNTO in 2020 and she did her first TV taping for Just For Laughs as part of 'The Stand-up Show with Jon Dore' in late 2020.

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MEG MACKAY

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Originally from Prince Edward Island, Meg MacKay is a comedian and comedy writer trying her best. As a TV writer she's written for the Baroness von Sketch show and This Hour has 22 Minutes. A storyteller and wanderer, she's appeared on stages everywhere from Moncton, New Brunswick to Muscat, Oman. As a stand up, her debut album Probably a Witch was released on Howl and Roar Records in May of 2020.

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DREW BEHM

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Drew Behm is a high energy comedian who grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and now makes his home in Toronto, ON. As a standup, Drew has made appearances at the Halifax Comedy Festival, JFL42 in Toronto, the Hubcap Comedy Festival, and was a finalist in Sirius XM Canada's Top Comic. As a writer, Drew's satire has been featured on the CBC's Comedy website and The Hard Times Magazine. Drew's debut comedy album "GNARLY" was released in September 2018 on all platforms.

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SALMA HINDY

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Salma Hindy is a first generation Egyptian-Canadian Comedian. With her fast rise to comedy, Salma has opened for Maz Jobrani, Ken Jeong, Beth Stelling, James Adomian, performed at JFL NorthWest, the SF Sketchfest, the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, the Chicago Women Funny Fest and the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival. Salma has been featured on the CBC, Globe and Mail, CityNews, Refinery29 and more. She's performed at CBC's Laugh Out Loud . She has an episode with CBC Gem's "New Wave of StandUp" and has recorded two upcoming tapings with Crave Canada for Just for Laughs and CBC for the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. She recently gave a Tedx talk about her emotional journey in comedy titled "Why People Pleasing is Hurting You." Salma is the star of her own name-sake documentary "Salma" as she explores different facets of her identity as a stand-up comic and a biomedical engineer - two very niche and male-dominated industries. This documentary was featured at Toronto Shorts Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival, Austin Revolution Film Festival, Burbank International Film Festival, and Women's International Film Festival in 2019. In addition to her booming stand up career, Salma is an emerging screenwriter and actress. To learn more, visit: https://salmahindy.com/

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TRAVIS LINDSAY

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Travis Lindsay is the most prolific writer in East Coast Comedy. His great mix of jokes and storytelling has been captivating audiences since the age of 16. Travis has been named “Best Nova Scotia Comedian” (2016), has been heard on Sirius XM, Appeared on CBC at the Halifax Comedy Fest (2018,2020) and recently joined This Hour Has 22 Minutes as an on air Correspondent and writer. In 2021 He recorded for Just For Laughs Originals and last year his debut album "The Kid is Alright" went #1 on itunes Comedy Charts.

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AL VAL

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Despite the pandemic, Al Val has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the Canadian comedy scene. In the three short years since Al came out as trans she has made appearances at Just For Laughs, JFL NorthWest, Off-JFL/Zoofest, and has taped stand-up sets for CBC Gem ("New Wave of Standup") and Crave TV ("The Stand-Up Show with Jon Dore"). Host of her own weekly solo stream-of-consciousness podcast "PodGis", graduate of Second City's Conservatory Program, and one part of improv-rock musical duo "OverDude", there's no wonder this multitalented whirlwind was voted by her peers as 2020's "Breakout Comic of the Year" (in the 'male' category, no less - really stickin' it to the fellas!).

 

Between her boundlessly high energy, vulnerable, clever, insightful perspective, and spontaneous, silly delivery, Al Val is surely a dynamic, exciting entertainer whose charm you will surely be unable to resist!

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NITISH SAKHUJA

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Nitish Sakhuja, the comedian who smokes the biggest blunts in Canada and gets some of the biggest laughs. He started as a second generation Indian Canadian who loves comedy. Born and raised in Toronto's Rexdale neighbourhood, Nitish made his name as the funny guy on the block. He quickly established that was no joke after winning both Peterborough’s and Mississauga's funniest comic in his first 2 months as a stand up. 10 years later he has since gone on to be a crowd favourite at Kenny Robinson's Nubian show as well as NXNE, The Okanagan Comedy Festival, The Border Comedy Comedy Festival and several others. Beyond Stand up, Nitish has blown up as an actor after being seen in several commercials and gathering millions of views starring in a web series for HERB. Recently making his debut at Just For Laughs Nitish's psychedilc and welcoming act is one you will walk away happier after seeing.

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AARON READ

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Aaron Read is an award-winning stand up comic, improviser, actor, and visual artist from so -called vancouver, canada. His comedy fluctuates somewhere between silliness and sad-psychedelia and has garnered him numerous awards including Just For Laughs North West’s “Breakout Artist Of The Year” and “Toughest Act To Follow”. Experimenting with comedy in all its forms, Aaron performs in a weekly, 200 seat, sold-out comedy show called The Sunday Service, has made video work that ended up on the pages of The A.V. Club, and has performed unconventional solo sketch and stand up comedy for the past 10 years all across so-called canada.

 

While he is not a podcaster, he’s appeared on Matt Besser’s (UCB) Improv for humans, and Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang! Bang!) Spontaneanation. Live comedy is where he is most at home, performing on numerous occasions with Mr. Tompkins as part of The Sunday Service, attaining a spot on Andy Kindler’s Alternative Show, and opening up for Jena Friedman (Comedy Central). Woof, Bio done! Just come watch Aaron tell jokes about sad worms and unconventional monster trucks.

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HARRISON WEINREB

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Harrison is a young stand up comic from Montreal, Canada. His unique style blends absurd one-liners with unconventional observational humor and has allowed him to open for some of Canada's greatest comedians. He's been featured in OFF-JFL, the Canadian North Arctic Comedy Festival and came in first place at the Crackup Comedy Best of Under 30 Competition.

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WOODY FU

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

Woody Fu is an actor/creator based in New York.

 

He's appeared on Comedy Central, CBS, FX, and the ABC Discovers 2020 Actor Showcase. He was a castmember of Boom Chicago (Amsterdam), and also starred as Jon Snow in Thrones! The Musical Parody at Edinburgh Fringe.

 

As a creator, Woody co-wrote and starred in the digital sketch series UR Asian Friend, produced by UCB Comedy and Nerdist. He also created the series Asian American Studies (Official Selection: Slamdance 2019).

 

He cohosts the Emotional Slut podcast (Spotify/Apple) with SJ Son, where they discuss the Asian American experience, repression, sex, racism, and immigrant parents (but with jokes). He is a regular contributor to The Onion.

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ELENA SKOPETOS

COMEDIAN, ACTRESS AND WRITER

Elena Skopetos is a Brooklyn based comedian, actress, and writer. She's an alum of UCB’s Characters Welcome, and Magnet Theater's Character Bash. Elena has performed her one-woman show, Elena Skopetos: Impressing My Dad, at The New York Comedy Festival and Toronto Sketchfest. She toured Europe with her two-woman show, Sisters Three, which was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. She currently works for Google, where she develops and writes the comedic content for the Google Assistant.

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JOSEPH LYMOUS

COMEDIAN, IMPROVISER, CONTENT CREATOR, DIRECTOR AND PERFORMER

New Orleans born and Brooklyn based, Joseph Lymous is a Black, queer, comedian, improviser, content creator, director and performing artist. Joseph studied Performing Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Sketch Comedy Writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. He is the owner of his own digital media company, 'jomiray productions,' where he creates comedic joyful content on social media. Joseph’s work has been shared worldwide by many people, including Beyoncé. His puppet/stop motion/live action series, ‘friend’ is in development with producer, Evan Shapiro. Joseph has spent Summer 2021 working with The Jim Henson Company and can be seen in the upcoming season of 'Awkwafina is Nora from Queens' (if they don’t cut his scenes).

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PATTY GUGGENHEIM

ACTOR

Patty Guggenheim starred in the TV series FLORIDA GIRLS (POP) playing the role of Erica. She has recurred on SPLITTING UP TOGETHER (ABC) and MARY+JANE (MTV). You have also seen her on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO), SUPERSTORE (NBC), MODERN FAMILY (CBS), LA>VEGAS (FOX), NOBODIES (TVLand), THE MIDDLE (ABC), TOSH.0, 2 BROKE GIRLS and she was a regular on a series for E! called HASHTAGGERS. She voiced multiple characters for MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES (Adult Swim) and SUPERMANSION (Crackle) and took home the Sundance Jury Award for BRICK NOVAX’S DIARY in which she voiced all the female characters. She was a staff writer for BARELY FAMOUS (VH1) and can also be seen in Season 2. Patty is a proud graduate of Indiana University where she received the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor while also becoming a corn hole champion.

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VINNY THOMAS

COMEDIAN

Vinny Thomas is a delightful comedian and armchair naturalist based in Chicago. He was formerly a member of Second City’s house improv ensemble “Twisty” and a frequent performer on a variety of other local stages. This summer, he joined the iconic staff of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me as a guest writer. Since the pandemic (perhaps you’ve heard of it), Vinny has created videos on social media that feature aliens, animals, and even the occasional vegetable.

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ARISTOTLE ATHIRAS

COMEDIAN, ACTOR, WRITER, DIRECTOR AND PODCASTER

Aristotle Athiras is a Middle Eastern-American comedian, actor, writer, director and podcaster based in Los Angeles. Shortly after getting his start in stand-up comedy, he began writing, performing and directing sketches with future collaborators Hasan Minhaj, Asif Ali and Fahim Anwar to form Goatface — the first and only sketch comedy show on Comedy Central to feature an all Muslim-American cast to date. He has since directed stand-up specials for Comedy Central, Showtime and NBC. In 2019, he was cast in HBO’s Silicon Valley as recurring character, Gabe. Currently he has a podcast called “This is Americans Live,” an improvised parody of “This American Life” on Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players podcast network, airing on iHeart Radio.

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CORIN WELLS

ACTOR, WRITER AND COMEDIAN

Corin Wells is an actor, writer and comedian based in New York. She is a writer for The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock and she currently voices fictional political analyst Lydia Parker on Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out The News. She has trained and performed at the UCB Theater NY with Character's Welcome, Rumpleteaser, and GOAT. She is the co-founder of the Squirrel Comedy Theatre, a non-profit comedy theatre based in New York City. Corin is repped by CAA and Finer Entertainment.

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ANDREW KNOX

ACTOR, WRITER, IMPROVISER AND COMEDIAN

Andrew Knox is an actor-writer-improviser-comedian and multi-hyphenate currently residing in Los Angeles. Before moving to LA in 2020, he wrote and performed in 4 original revues on The Second City’s Mainstage and ETC Stage in Chicago. Other favorite shows include the fully-improvised Off-Broadway musical “Blank! The Musical!” at New World Stages, The Improvised Shakespeare Company at iO Chicago, and “The Second City’s Almost Accurate Guide to America” at The Kennedy Center. Andrew can be seen on SyFy’s The Movie Show, NBC’s Chicago PD, and Topic’s The Last Show Left on Earth (for which he also wrote). He is originally and enthusiastically from Vermont.

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KATE OWENS

ACTOR AND COMEDIAN

Kate Owens is a NYC-based actor, comedian, and award-winning clown known for her fearless commitment to characters and audacious physical comedy. Her critically-acclaimed solo show, Cooking with Kathryn, won "Best Physical Comedy" at Frigid Fest and "Critics Choice" at PortFringe Fest and has played throughout New York & LA. Kate earned a spot on the highly coveted Cirque du Soleil roster and has studied with the French master clown, Philippe Gaulier, AKA "The Tormentor." She spent a year as an apprentice at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and has toured comedy shows in the U.K. and Prague.

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ANDREA JIN

STAND-UP COMEDIAN AND SCREENWRITER

Andrea Jin is a stand-up comedian and screenwriter based in Vancouver BC. Born in Shanghai, she immigrated to Canada at 10 years old, where she taught herself English through watching sitcoms and standup on TV. Andrea uses her subtle delivery and hard-hitting punchlines throughout stories and observations about family, friends and the world around her to establish a voice that is genuine, unique, yet still hilariously relatable.

 

Andrea has performed at JFL42, JFL Northwest, SiriusXM’s Top Comic (National Finalist), Seattle International Comedy Competition (Semi-Finalist), CBC’s The Debaters, Winnipeg Comedy Festival and is part of the JFL Best of the West Vol. 2 Comedy Album. She’s also been featured on Vice, CBC Comedy and various other accredited publications. Andrea also released her debut comedy album titled 'Grandma's Girl' with 604Records earlier this year.

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JES TOM

STAND-UP COMEDIAN, ACTOR AND WRITER

Jes Tom (they/them) is a New York based stand-up comic, actor, and writer, gleefully providing the trans, queer, Asian American, radical cyborg perspective that everyone never knew they wanted. Most recently, they were a staff writer in the mini room for season two of the much-anticipated Taika Waititi series OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH, for HBO Max. They can be seen in HBO Max’s LOVE LIFE opposite Anna Kendrick and on their own digital series DEAR JES, for Netflix’s The Most. As a comic, Jes has shared stages with Awkwafina, Kate Bornstein, Aparna Nancherla, and Rosie O’Donnell. As an actor, they appeared in the Amazon short film “Soojung Dreams of Fiji” (AAIFF “Audience Award”) and played the lead in “Anatomy of an Orchid,” directed by Sonja O’Hara (Independent Magazine’s “10 Filmmakers to Watch”). Their writing has been published by Reductress, Shondaland, and Condé Nast’s Them, and they wrote for the upcoming Audible/Broadway Video series Hot White Heist, produced by Alan Cumming. In collaboration with fellow comedian Chewy May, Jes Tom wrote, co-directed, and starred in the viral video “Ghost In The Shell PSA,” which received praise on platforms such as Buzzfeed, Upworthy, Nextshark, iO9, and Perez Hilton. Jes has been featured in The New York Times, Vice, Ozy, Forbes, NowThis, GO Magazine, Splitsider, and the Fader, and were named one of TimeOut New York‘s “LGBTQ POC Comedians We’re Obsessed With.”