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Stephen G. Hill,

Pres. of Music Programming & Specials, BET Networks

 

Sandra Philippeaux,

Supervising Prod & Casting Dir,

"The Marriage Ref", "16 & Pregnant," "Wife Swap" and others

 

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VP of Original Series, SPIKE

 

 

 

  

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Andrew Bencina

Music recordist, Journalist & Designer

Allison Cohn

Casting Director

(Comedy Central, TV Land, ABC, Discovery, MTV & others)

Jeffrery Levenbach, Producer

UCB's "Whiplash" 

Jane Shields, Finance

Suzette Simon

Producer & Casting Director 

(BET, MTV, mtvU, Discovery & others)

 

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 CurrentWeek2sunday, august 21 / 2p

central park, mineral springs

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With her Showtime special slated to air in August, Vanessa Hollingshead, a perennial favorite and a 4-year veteran of Laughter in the Park' is definitely one of the country's premier comediennes.  Vanessa has headlined every major comedy club in New York City.  She appeared in theatres everywhere in Stand-Up 360, a series of stand-up comedy features starring the best comedians on the New York comedy scene, and has been featured on her own "Comedy Central Presents," "50 Funniest Women Alive" for the Oxygen! network, Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," NBC's Louie Anderson Comedy Showcase, "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," "Dateline" and VH1's "Lords of the Revolution," among others.  Vanessa has performed worldwide at the Montreal "Just for Laughs" Comedy Festival five times, Comedy Central in Australia, and for American troops in Afghanistan, not to mention, numerous shows in the UK and Amsterdam.  She's also garnered critical acclaim with her one-woman show "Flashback," and recently completed her second one-woman show, "The Hold."

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Known in the U.S. for her regular, hilarious appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC), as Madame Yashere, The Surly Psychic, the UK's Gina Yashere's TV appearances have also included her own one hour Comedy Special "Skinny B*tch" (Showtime), "The Jay Leno Show" (NBC), "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (NBC), "Chelsea Lately"(E!), "Live at Gotham" (Comedy Central), "Def Comedy Jam" (HBO), "Comics Unleashed" (ABC) and "The Mobo Awards" (UK Host), Radio shows have ranged from her own BBC Radio London Show to a critically acclaimed radio Sketch show-The Powder Room (BBC Radio UK).  She has also performed numerous times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto, and at HBO and TBS's The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. Gina recently appeared on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10. In 2010 she released a standup DVD, 'Skinny B*tch,' which was met with critical acclaim 


 

 

PERFORMERS 

 

PAT DIXON has made numerous television appearances which include his own half hour special, "Comedy Central Presents: Pat Dixon," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," "Very Funny Live!" and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."  He reached a new audience on CMT as host of their "Summer Games." He has appeared as a correspondent on E!, VH1 and the Fox News Program "Red Eye."  He has also appeared on international television on BBC America's "The World Stands Up." Pat has performed at the "Just For Laughs Comedy Festival" in Montreal, appearing in the "Best of the Fest" show there, as well as, in the "Aspen Comedy Festival." He won Comedy Central's "Laugh Riot Stand-Up Competition," and was officially selected as one of the New Faces of the "Laffapalooza International Comedy Festival."  Pat is heard regularly on the nationally syndicated "Bob and Tom's Radio Show" as "the Nation's Only Unbiased Movie Critic," in which he reviews movies he hasn't seen. His CD "Goodbye Forever Fatty" is now available on iTunes 

    

CAROLE MONTGOMERY has been called "one of the pioneering female comics of the modern era" by the San Antonio Times. In her early career she performed in various  notable comedy clubs such as Catch a Rising Star and Who's On First.  Since then she has been featured in over 2 dozen television shows, including Showtime's "Comedy All Stars 6" with Don Rickles,  "Politically Incorrect" with Bill Maher and "Comics Unleashed" with Byron Allen. Carole has performed at comedy's prestigious Montreal "Just for Laughs" festival and is a regular pundit on "The Strategy Room" on FoxNews.com.  Carole is also a coproducer of the NY Underground Comedy Festival which is dedicated to furthering the art of standup comedy. 

  

GIULIA ROZZI has appeared on MTV, Vh1, Italian Mtv, CNN, and Jimmy Kimmel and has been contirbuted to Huffington Post, Gawker, NY Press, AOL, in addition to  Glamour, PlayGirl, BUST, Lemondrop and Arena magazines. She is also the creator of the original web series TheMessage-Board.com and recently worked as a staff writer on MTV's Silent Library.  Every month Giulia and longtime friend Margot Leitman co-host the popular and highly acclaimed sex-themed storytelling show "Stripped Stories" at the UCB Theatre in NYC. She is an alum of both the Improv Olympic West (where her first solo show Stupid Foreigners debuted) and The Upright Citizens Brigade improv training programs and trained in sketch comedy with the Groundings.  She's been named one of The Friskys' "Top 15 Comediannes You Should Be Laughing At."  Her very personal, blunt, and animated comedy has earned her the honor of being a Boston Comedy Festival finalist and two ECNY "Best Female Stand Up" nominations.   

 

in addition, JOYELLE NICOLE JOHNSON and more!

 

 sunday, august 14 / 2p

washington square park, holley plaza

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A 2010 "Last Comic Stand­ing" final­ist, Myq has appeared in his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special, as well as, on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham."   He's performed at the New Faces show of the 2009 "Just For Laughs Festival" in Montreal and was voted 2008's "Best Local Comedian" in the Boston Phoenix.  The Come­di­ans mag­a­zine calls him "a com­edy machine."  Myq has either typically won every major comedy competition he's competed in or placed high in the finals.  He was the winner of the 2009 "NY's Funniest Standup Competition," as well as, Caroline's 2009 "March Comedy Madness Contest," and was a finalist in Comedy Central's 2007 "Open Mic Fight" and the Boston Comedy Festival (2007 and 2008). His comedy album "Vegan Mind Meld" was one of iTunes' top ten best-selling com­edy albums in 2010. 

 

 

  PERFORMERS  

 

JERMAINE FOWLER at only 22 has performed with some of the country's leading comedians such as Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Patrice O'Neal, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Ben Bailey, and Jim Gaffigan. He has appeared at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, where he won the Silver Nail Award for one of the best up-and-coming comedians in the country and the New York Comedy Festival alongside top national comedians. His writing has appeared in the New York Post's 50 Funniest Jokes article alongside comedy greats like Steven Wright, Jay Leno, and David Letterman.

 

CARMEN LYNCH has performed on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and was featured on HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Carmen made her network debut as one of the top 20 comics on the first season of "Last Comic Standing" on NBC, and was recently featured in the show's seventh season. She has freelanced with MAD Magazine and was chosen as one of the "Hot Comics of 2010" by Campus Activities Magazine. Carmen has also appeared on SiTV's "Latino Laugh Festival" and toured as one of the Latinas of Comedy with Paul Rodriguez.


MORGAN VENTICINQUE  has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and MTV.  He's performed at the 2010 LA Comedy Festival.  He's had his jokes quoted in the NY times and was a runner up in the Rooftopcomedy.com National College Competition (NY Bracket).
 

additionally,

SELENA COPPOCKMIGUEL DALMAU and NICK TURNERHosted by LORI SOMMER.

   

 

 

 sunday, august 7 / 2p

central park, mineral springs

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A former correspondent on "The Daily Show," Tom Shillue has appeared his own "Comedy Central Presents," as well as "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Last Comic Standing," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," and in the feature film "Mystery Team."  Tom's mesmerizing ability as a storyteller has gained him a cult following and also earned his one man show "Supernormal" an ECNY Award.  Tom has also hosted the wildly successful monthly storytelling series "TELL: World's Collide," as well as regular performances at the Moth's "Mainstage" and "Risk!" at Joe's Pub. The New York Times has called him "Inspired," and the New York Post said, simply, "Brilliant." Backstage named Tom the "Top New York Comic" and fans on Comedy Central's website voted Tom one of the top ten comedians in the country in their 2008 showdown.  In 2007, Tom released his first CD, entitled "Overconfident." The Boston Globe later named it one of the top 10 comedy CDs released that year.
 

PERFORMERS

 

 

OPHIRA EISENBERG is A MAC (Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets) Award Finalist for Best Female Comic and has appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and "Fresh Faces of Comedy;" VH-1's "Best Week Ever" and "All Access"; in addition to E! and the Discovery Channel.  She was featured in New York Magazine's "Ten New Comedians Funny People Find Funny" and has had her own 1 hour special on CTV's "Comedy Now!"  Ophira headlines regularly at renowned comedy clubs and colleges all across the country.  She also tours with The Moth, a NYC storytelling phenomenon and is currently featured on the Moth's Audience Favorites CD. Ophira was featured in the New York Post's "The 50 Best Bits That Crack Up Pro Comics," selected by BackStage as one of "10 Standout Stand Ups Worth Watching" in their Spotlight on Comedy Issue, and hailed as a "Highly Recommended Favorite" by Time Out New York magazine.

 

HELEN HONG is a comedian, TV host, matchmaker, and star of Logo Channel's reality dating series "Setup Squad." Helen's adorable stage presence and mischievous point of view have landed her on The Huffington Post's Favorite Female Comedians list, TheJayLenoShow.com, E! Entertainment, TLC, ImaginAsian TV, and earned her a profile in The New York Times. She's been featured on E!, TLC, and is a frequent host of the PBS syndicated talk show "Asian America." She was a semi-finalist in the 2008 and 2007 NY's Funniest Stand-Up Competition, was selected for the Emerging Comics Showcase at the 2007 NYC Underground Comedy Festival, and was a semi-finalist in the 2006 California's Funniest Female Contest. Helen has performed across the country, including at The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, in Puerto Rico for Armed Services Entertainment, and at dozens of colleges and universities. Additionally, Helen is the creator and host of a popular comedy-matchmaking event called "Laugh Match." 

 

LIZ MIELE started doing stand-up at 16 and now at 23 she is a regular at some of the best clubs in New York City including, Carolines, Comic Strip Live, Gotham Comedy Club, and the Laugh Factory. Her stand-up has been featured on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," Comedy Central's "Root of all Evil" Promo, Covergirl.com's "Stand-up for Beauty with Ellen DeGeneres," Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the WE Network. She has been profiled by the NYTimes, NYT Magazine, Time-Out NY, in NY Press' "Off Color Comedy," AM-NY's "Go Underground," and the 2004 Humor Issue of The New Yorker "On the Bark." Liz was a finalist in the 2004 Ladies of Laughter contest, 2008 March Comedy madness contest and winner of 2008 Gilda's Club contest and her stand-up has been featured on AOL, XM radio, and Comedynet.com. She has also opened for Jim Gaffigan, Ted Alexandro, Alonzo Bodden, John Heffron, Jim Mendrinos, Louis Ramey and Aries Spears. 

  

NICK VATTEROTT 's fearless inclination to be "confidently abstract," has made him a favorite among peers. and Just for Laughs: New Faces 2010, Chicago Magazine's "Funniest Man in Chicago." Writer for MTV's "What Was I Thinking?" He's performed on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," and was a featured comedian in the "Breakout Artist Series" in the New York Comedy Festival.  His stand-up takes him to colleges, clubs and theaters all over the world including P.J.'s Comedy Club in Puerto Vallarta and Old City Comedy Club in Istanbul. His work has appeared in Chicago Magazine, Dig This magazine, Reader's Digest and he has written a book called How Not To Buy A Volkswagen Bus


 sunday, july 24 / 2p

tompkins square, old bandshell lawn

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eddie brill

 

is an internationally loved and respected stand up comedian, a legend on the comedy scene and a "Laughter in the Park" 4x headliner.  He tours frequently, performing in the US as well as England, Ireland, France, Australia, Amsterdam, and Hong Kong.  He is the warm up comedian and Talent Coordinator for the comedians who appear on "The Late Show with David Letterman"   Additionally, he also produces and helps book stand-up talent all over the world

 

He is also a 3-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs) Award Winner for Best Male Stand-up Comic in NYC. In 2008, Eddie received the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award by ECNY (The Emerging Comics of NY).    He has appeared in over 100 TV shows in six different countries and numerous films.  Additionally, he serves as a mentor to young and seasoned comics and helps shape the next generation of comics with his workshops and advocacy within the comedy community.

 

He does a lot of corporate work, emceeing of major events and fundraisers for many different causes. 

 

PERFORMERS

 

HARRISON GREENBAUM - Though young, Harrison Greenbaum is a staggeringly accomplished comic. He's been named one of this year's "Comics to Watch" by Comedy Central.  His list of achievements includes winning of the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award, the 2011 Magners Comic Stand-Off, placing in the finals in the New York's Funniest Stand-Up Competition (part of the New York Comedy Festival) as well as in the finals of the New York Comedy Contest in 2010, placing in the semi-finals of the Boston Comedy Festival in 2009 and being deemed "the hardest working man in comedy" by the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.  Harrison recently headlined the sold-out "Andy Kaufman Funhouse" shows at TBS Just for Laughs Chicago, just as well as headlined Caroline's on Broadway as part of Caroline's and Punchline Magazine's "Breakout Artists Comedy Series." 

 

MOODY MCCARTHY  is known as a wordsmith / keen monologist.  With a career that spans two decades, Moody has built a solid resume that includes appearances on "Last Comic Standing," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Early Show," the re-vamped "Star Search" and the Style Network, he's become a favorite internationally.  Additionally, he's been a frequent guest on radio's "Bob & Tom Show."   He's often is booked at the City's best clubs and has opened for many of fthe greats in comedy such as Wanda Sykes, Greg Giraldo and others.    

 

ADAM NEWMAN was named one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch in 2010.  He was a finalist in the New York Comedy Contest, "NY's Funniest," and for the "Andy Kaufman Award". He's also been featured in Time Out NY and the NY Daily News.  Adam has appeared in countless CollegeHumor original videos, MTV's "The CollegeHumor Show" and FNMTV, Comedy Central's Atom TV, ESPN's NFL Writer's Room, and The Tyra Banks Show. His stand-up credits include performances at the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival, North Carolina's Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival, Atlanta's Laughing Skull Festival, Just for Laughs Chicago and the New York Comedy Festival.  Adam's debut stand-up CD "Not For Horses" will be released by Rooftop Comedy on July 26

 

JOHN F. O'DONNELL has been featured as one of Comedy Central's Fresh Faces of Comedy and nominated for an ECNY award in the category of Best Emerging NYC Comic. He has performed at The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has co-headlined NYC's Comix Comedy Club, Seattle's Comedy Underground, and Austin's New Movement Theatre. John currently co-produces an annual show called FIFTY FIRST JOKES, which has been nominated for an ECNY Award in the category of Best Variety Show and Best Comedy Event, and is producing his own original television pilot called COMEDY TRAFFIC SCHOOL.

 

Lori Sommer hosted by LORI SOMMER- Gotham Comedy Club and founder, Red Tie Mafia Improv Troupe

 

 

 

sunday, july 17 / 2p

central park, mineral springs

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Leighann 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. Improper Magazine named her one of New York's 10 Hottest Comics. Leighann has received the NYC Black Comedy Award for "The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic," and is a regular on the Fox News online show, The Strategy Room. Her popular weekly humor column, Leighann Lord's Comic Perspective, is featured on StageTimeMagazine. She is also a frequent contributor to FoxNews.com'sTeam Washington Blog and The Huffington Post and can be heard often on XM Sirius Satellite Radio.

 

Jim Mendrinos PicJIM MENDRINOS is a nationally recognized and widely sought-after comedian. In addition to having written for Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update," Late Show with David Letterman, Dennis Miller Live, and "USA Network Presents: The Problem Child," he is also the editor of RepublicanComic.com. He has appeared on Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," HBO's "Comic Relief," and SiTV, where is is a cast member on "Latino 101," and is a frequent contributor on Fox's Strategy Room, The Daily News, Newsday, Daily Variety, and Time Out New York. Jim is also a columnist for the industry publications "Two-Drink Minimum" and "Sheckey Magazine," and the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing.

 

PERFORMERS

 

JERMAINE FOWLER at only 22 has performed with some of the country's leading comedians such as Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Patrice O'Neal, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Ben Bailey, and Jim Gaffigan. He has appeared at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, where he won the Silver Nail Award for one of the best up-and-coming comedians in the country and the New York Comedy Festival alongside top national comedians. His writing has appeared in the New York Post's 50 Funniest Jokes article alongside comedy greats like Steven Wright, Jay Leno, and David Letterman.

 

SUSAN PREKEL is a NYC-based stand-up comic who has been featured on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" and "Comics Unleashed." In addition to performing regularly at shows throughout New York, she has also appeared at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival in the "New Faces" and "Dating It" shows. 

 

 Lori Sommerhosted by LORI SOMMER- Gotham Comedy Club and founder, Red Tie Mafia Improv Troupe
 
 
sunday, july 10 / 2p

tompkins square park, old bandshell lawn

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pete lee

w/ al jackson

Pete Lee's likable style and self-deprecating humor have made him one of the hottest acts today. He was recently filmed his own Comedy Central Presents special and was selected as a semi-finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing.  After making his television debut on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Pete was invited to perform in the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (where he was a standout in Dating It and New Faces). His comedy CD "Gasmoney" now plays in regular rotation on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio, and he is a regular on the Bob and Tom radio show. His growing popularity placed him 12th out of the top 100 comedians in Comedy Central's Standup Showdown.

 

Pete has also proved that his humor transcends demographic boundaries by winning Country Music Television's Next Big Comic. Most recently, Pete created a web show called Unsportsmanlike Conduct, which attracted the attention of the NFL. This earned him a role in an upcoming pilot on the NFL Network titled After Further Review.

 

 

Al Jackson PicAL JACKSON has been featured on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and Friday Night Stand-Up. He was a finalist in NBC's Stand up for Diversity competition, and was named a national spokesman for Comedy Central's Address The Mess Campaign to advance awareness of social issues. Jackson has appeared in numerous other competitions and festivals, winning The Maxim Magazine Real Men of Comedy contest, appearing at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival, and garnering rave reviews for his performance at the HBO Las Vegas Comedy Festival.

 

 

PERFORMERS

 

CAROLYN CASTIGLIA has been featured on Comedy Central's Atom TV, NBC's Last Comic Standing, Nick-at-Nite's Funniest Mom in America 3, The Maury Show, ABC World News with Charles Gibson and on Sirius/XM Radio. She is best known for her appearances on VH1/ego trip's The White Rapper Show and Miss Rap Supreme as the lovable and hilarious Miss CKC. She has won numerous championship titles at The BEATdown, a monthly showcase at New York's UCB Theatre and has been heard by millions on YouTube in the Key of Awesome's parody of Lady Gaga's Telephone (as Beyonce) and Bieber Fever (as Justin Bieber). Her music videos "Lemme See" and "DAMN (You Wish)" both hit number one in 23 countries on YouTube Comedy, and her video "Less Money, Mo Problems" with Tom McCaffrey recently aired on Comedy Central.  

 

ROGER HAILES has written for NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and VH1's Best Week Ever, as well as a number of series on MTV. He has been featured on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Chappelle's Show and I Love the '30s. His voice can be heard in numerous commercials and video games, and he has been named Time Out New York's comedian of the week. Additionally, Roger has performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he garnered rave reviews.
 

DAN ST. GERMAIN has been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, MTV's World of Jenks, and College Humor Live. He's also been seen on MTV's New Year's Eve Bash, VH1's Big Morning Buzz, Hoppus on Music, The Electric Company, Comedy Central's Indecision 2010.   Dan was a 2009 ECNY nominee for Best Emerging Comic, a 2010 ECNY nominee for Best Male Standup, a finalist in the NY Comedy Contest, a semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival, and was selected as part of the Young Playwrights Festival in 2002.

 

STUCKEY & MURRAY is a comedy music duo from Brooklyn, New York. Together the two have produced two full length albums.  Stuckey & Murray's videos have acquired approximately 20 million hits on Youtube. The duo created a music video series for Heavy.com and NBC's Dotcomedy in 2006, and have been featured on several basic cable programs including E!'s 2008 Pre-Oscar Show, the Chelsea Handler Show, and Attack of the Geeks, the Discovery Channel's Cash Cab, MTV's It's On With Alexa Chung, VH-1's Webjunk, G4's Attack of the Show, the Fuse Network's The Sauce and Munchies, and NBC's First Look. 

 

 

sunday, june 26 / 2p

central park, mineral springs

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karith foster

noted comedienne and former cast member of Don Imus' nationally syndicated program "IMUS in the Morning," Karith is one of the hottest comics to come out of New York City according to both The Hollywood Reporter and Backstage Magazine who named her one of the "Top Comics to Watch" in 2004.   She boasts an expansive list of achievements, having appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," NBC's "Last Comic Standing," the "Today Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," VH-1's "Best Week Ever," "Awesomely Bad, and Black to the Future" series, BET, Bravo, The Fine Living Channel, and Showtime.  In addition to having co-hosted radio's "Imus in the Morning" and releasing a comedy album, "Karith Foster Straight Outta Plano," Karith produces her own radio show on Sirius/XM, as well as her own talk show for Shovio.com: "Karith Foster: America's Girlfriend."  In New York she performs regularly at a variety of comedy clubs-among others, The Comic Strip, Caroline's, Gotham Comedy Club, Stand-up New York, Broadway Comedy Club & Café, and New York Comedy Club.

  
PERFORMERS 

 

 

DJ HAZARD  is a founding member of the legendary Ding Ho Club (whose members include Steven Wright, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paula Poundstone and Denis Leary) Hazard has toured nearly all of North America, achieving cult status along the way. This veteran comic has been featured on A&E's Comedy on the Road, Showtime's Comedy Club Network, Spotlight Cafe, and has performed in the San Francisco Comedy Competition, the Seattle Comedy Competition, and the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition, where he placed in the finals.  http://www.djhazard.com/

 

SHAWN HOLLENBACH is a New York based stand-up comedian, songwriter and self-proclaimed "Gay Next Door." You may have seen him on Logo's "Gayest Week Ever" or heard him on "The Frank DeCaro Show" on Sirus/XM's OutQ Radio. He has been featured on two episodes of "Hot Gay Comics" on here! TV and was the host of a celebrity video podcast, "Busted." Shawn is the producer of "Closet Cases," a Critics' Pick for Time Out NY and a Homo Must for HX Magazine. Additionally, he is the creator and co-producer of the "Miss Fag Hag Pageant" featuring Caroline Rhea, Hedda Lettuce and Michael Musto.

  

JEFFREY JOSEPH is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer for "In Living Color," award-winning actor, and, of course, an accomplished stand-up comedian. He has appeared on television numerous times including "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.  As a comic, Jeff has served as the series host of Fox's Totally Hidden Videos, Haywire, and the Late Show, and has been featured on "Sunday Comics," "Comic Strip Live," ABC's "Into the Night," A&E's "Evening at the Improv," Comedy Central's "The A List" and "Comics Only," VH1's "Standup Spotlight," BBC's "London Underground," and "The Tonight Show" on NBCJeff was a regular on "The Popcorn Kid," HBO's "Dream On," Fox's "The Late Show," "Haywire" and "Comic Strip Live." He's also written and developed television pilots for Fox, ABC, MGM, Imagine and Castle Rock. http://jeffreyjoseph.net/

 
ROB PARAVONIAN
-  A veteran comic and YouTube sensation (his "Pachelbel Rant" has been viewed nearly ten million times) Rob Paravonian has toured everywhere from Alaska to Afghanistan. He has opened for comedy legends George Carlin and Lily Tomlin, performed multiple times on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, been featured on VH1's Random Play, and released seven comedy albums to date.  Tell Your Friends! The Movie! will be playing the Just for Laughs Chicago festival on June 15th and he'll be there along with director Victor Varnado and producer/performer Liam McEneaney for a Q&A after the screening.

 

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 hosted by LORI SOMMER - Gotham Comedy Club and founder, Red Tie Mafia Improv Troupe

 

 

  
  
sunday, june 19 / 2p

washington square, holley plaza

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the father's day fraternity for laughs show 

"kappa gamma ha ha ha" touches down in nyu's backyard

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Vladimir Caamano 
  
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Dan Gurewitch
 
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Damien Lemon
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John F. O'Donnell.
 
  
PERFORMERS

 

VLADIMIR CAAMANO is a regular on the New York comedy scene and a growing presence in Latino and urban comedy in New York.  He can be seen regularly at The Laugh Lounge, Broadway Comedy Club and Ha!  He was the co-producer and host of the long-running popular Wednesday night show called "Comedy on the Hump" at the Laugh Lounge.  In 2009, Vladimir made his big screen debut as a featured act for Standup 360 and was also featured in SiTV's standup showcase.

 

DAN GUREWITCH is a senior writer and cast member at CollegeHumor.com, where he has written and appeared in a large number of sketches and short films since being hired in 2006. He made his television writing/acting debut in February 2009 with "The CollegeHumor Show" on MTV, and is working on feature screenplays for the CollegeHumor brand. 

 

DAMIEN LEMON is a Brooklyn native who peforms at clubs and colleges all over the U.S., Damien has opened for Dick Gregory at Caroline's, Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall and performed at Pharrell Williams' Kidult Leadership Conference.  He has also hosted events for companies such as NIKE, Interactive ONE, and VIBE magazine.  He's appeared in several showcases for BET and MTV Networks.

 

JOHN F. O'DONNELL has been featured as one of Comedy Central's Fresh Faces of Comedy and nominated for an ECNY award in the category of Best Emerging NYC Comic. He has performed at The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has co-headlined NYC's Comix Comedy Club, Seattle's Comedy Underground, and Austin's New Movement Theatre. John currently co-produces an annual show called FIFTY FIRST JOKES, which has been nominated for an ECNY Award in the category of Best Variety Show and Best Comedy Event, and is producing his own original television pilot called COMEDY TRAFFIC SCHOOL.

 

 

  
sunday, june 12 / 2p

central park, mineral springs

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"just for laughs" sneak preview

nyc's funniest in central park!  2 of our performers will participate in just for laughs this year and 3 have performed in the past

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Harrison Greenbaum

  
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Ryan Hamilton

  
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Adrienne Iapalucci

 
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Rob Paravonian

 
  
PERFORMERS

 

HARRISON GREENBAUM - Though young, Harrison Greenbaum is a staggeringly accomplished comic. He's been named one of this year's "Comics to Watch" by Comedy Central.  His list of achievements includes winning of the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award, the 2011 Magners Comic Stand-Off, placing in the finals in the New York's Funniest Stand-Up Competition (part of the New York Comedy Festival) as well as in the finals of the New York Comedy Contest in 2010, placing in the semi-finals of the Boston Comedy Festival in 2009 and being deemed "the hardest working man in comedy" by the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.  Harrison recently headlined the sold-out "Andy Kaufman Funhouse" shows at TBS Just for Laughs Chicago, just as well as headlined Caroline's on Broadway as part of Caroline's and Punchline Magazine's "Breakout Artists Comedy Series."

 

RYAN HAMILTON - Ryan earned a spot in the Just For Laughs Canadian cross-country tour after winning the MVP award for "The Comedy Leagues" competition at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival in 2010. Winner of Sierra Mist's "America's Next Great Comic Search" and a two-time finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival competition, Ryan has appeared at HBO's Las Vegas Comedy Festival as an up-and-coming talent, NBC's Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Showtime's Caroline Rhea and Friends, and TBS's Conan.  Named Rolling Stone magazine's "Five Comics to Watch," he'll be appearing at Just for Laughs, July 26-30 in Montreal.

 

ADRIENNE IAPALUCCI - Since winning the first-ever People's Choice Opening Act Competition in 2009 at the New York Comedy Festival, Adrienne Iapalucci has performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (where she was named one of the breakout comics of the "New Faces" showcase) as well as in the New York Comedy Festival's "New York's Funniest Stand Up" competition (where she placed in the finals). Adrienne was also a semi-finalist in NBC's "Last Comic Standing."   At Just for Laughs, she was dubbed by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the breakouts comics of the New Faces Showcase.   She was featured in the January 2011 issue of "Time Out NY" for joke of the week and was nominated for the ECNYEmerging Comic Award. She has also been featured in various publications like The Daily News, New York Times and Stagetime Magazine.

ROB PARAVONIAN -  A veteran comic and YouTube sensation (his "Pachelbel Rant" has been viewed nearly ten million times) Rob Paravonian has toured everywhere from Alaska to Afghanistan. He has opened for comedy legends George Carlin and Lily Tomlin, performed multiple times on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, been featured on VH1's Random Play, and released seven comedy albums to date.  Tell Your Friends! The Movie! will be playing the Just for Laughs Chicago festival on June 15th and he'll be there along with director Victor Varnado and producer/performer Liam McEneaney for a Q&A after the screening.

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