A house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000, Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. Over the course of a fourteen year run and 2,000 plus shows, she has sold one and a half million tickets and become the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas. She has been named Las Vegas’s “Comedian Of The Year” nine years in a row and in 2006 received The Nevada Ballet’s “Woman Of The Year” Award. She was delighted to renew her relationship with Harrah’s Casino in September 2014 after four years at The Venetian.
Rita’s first solo HBO special, Rita Rudner’s One Night Stand, was nominated for several awards, as was her eponymous English BBC television show that later appeared in the USA on A&E. Rudner’s two one-hour specials for HBO, Born To Be Mildand Married Without Children, were ratings standouts and she performed all over the country, filling Carnegie Hall in New York three times and the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles twice. In 2008 Rita Rudner: Live From Las Vegaswas PBS’s first ever stand-up comedy special.
Rita Rudner has written five books; her bestselling non-fiction titles, Naked Beneath My ClothesRita Rudner’s Guide to Menand I Still Have It…I Just Can’t Remember Where I Put It, plus the novels Tickled Pinkand Turning the Tables. The audio version of Naked Beneath My Clothesreceived a Grammy nomination.
In 2003, Rudner launched from Las Vegas her first syndicated daily TV show, Ask Rita, which featured a panel of celebrities lightheartedly attempting to solve personal problems submitted by members of the public; it ran for two years. For her work on the show, American Women In Radio and Television awarded Rudner a Gracie Allen Award for Best Program Host. Rita helped write the 2001 and 2003 Oscar shows with Steve Martin and the 2002 Oscar broadcast with Whoopi Goldberg.
Rita Rudner moved to New York at the age of fifteen to become a dancer on Broadway. She appeared in several shows, including the original productions of Folliesand Mack and Mabel. It was while in Annieon Broadway that she began exploring the comedy clubs of Manhattan. In the early ‘80s, Rudner took a full-time leap from chorus lines to punch lines and was soon a regular guest on both Late Night with David Lettermanand The Tonight Show.
Rudner is a frequent collaborator with her writer/producer husband of 26 years, Martin Bergman. The couple’s first produced film script was Peter’s Friends. The film, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton, Stephen Fry, and Rita, won the Evening Standard Peter Sellers Award for Comedy and was nominated for the Goya Award for Best European Film of 1994. Bergman and Rudner’s latest film, Thanks, premiered at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival, won several awards on the film festival circuit and then later bought and aired on Showtime.
The couple’s first play – Room 776– ran as part of the 2008 season of the Las Vegas Little Theatre. Their second play, based on Rita’s first novel Tickled Pink, premiered at the Laguna Playhouse in April 2012. In 2016 Rita performed at the Playhouse in a new play, Act Three by David Ambrose.
In 2009, Rita, Bette Midler and Sheryl Crow joined forces to perform a fundraiser for President Obama and the Democratic leader of the Senate, Harry Reid.
In 2012, Rita and Martin wrote and performed The Rita Rudner Showfor BBC radio in London. Rita also appeared in the Showtime comedy special Rita Rudner and Three Potential Ex-Husbands.
Rita Rudner lives in Las Vegas and Monarch Beach, California, with her husband and daughter, Molly.
EMMY is a stand-up/actress/writer based in NY. She has appeared on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, where she was also a staff writer. Previously, she was head writer for the Comedy Central series THE PRESIDENT SHOW. She has been highlighted as one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch. Emmy can most recently be seen in her half hour stand-up special for Comedy Central.
Maya May is a writer and stand-up who turned to humor to navigate the awkwardness of growing up a black nerd and only child in suburban Chicago. It worked. She got voted “Most Likely to Make the Yearbook Famous" and received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award in the same year she called the principal a bastard. Maya's comedy is just like she is: a healthy balance of optimism and rage, mischievous, and deliciously over-the-top. With a BA in Political Science, an MFA in Creative Writing and an OMG in student loan debt, her jokes layer her life experiences with observations on parenting, race, politics, class, and gender. Since moving back to the US in 2014, after 8 years abroad, she has quickly become known for her socially conscious humor, featuring at some of the country’s best indie shows (Butterboy, Chicago Underground Comedy, Women Crush Wednesdays), headlining colleges and appearing at festivals including the Asheville Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, and Women in Comedy Festival. She’s performed everywhere from Chicago’s Laugh Factory to the Hollywood Improv, but her favorite place to perform is wherever you are. Awwwwww.
Mav is an LA based comedian and writer who recently featured all over the country for Whitney Cummings (HBO, Netflix). Mav has also featured for Ian Harvie (Amazon, NBC) and is currently on tour with the popular podcast “Two Dykes and a Mic.” Mav headlined the Meatball Sammy Festival in Portland this year alongside friend and fellow comedian Brent Weinbach and will be performing in her second year of Portland's Queer Comedy Festival this summer. In Los Angeles, Mav is a regular at the Hollywood Improv and can be seen performing nightly, all over town. She's edgy, androgynous, tattooed; fully present, approachable, warm and engaging. Her comedy is inclusive and for all audience (except babies, but what do they know anyway) and her crowd work is unparalleled.
Corina is a Portland comedian with a high-energy style. She was raised in the suburbs of Northern California and went to Catholic school which gives a lot of context to her raunchy material.
She placed third in the 2018 Portland’s Funniest Person Contest at Helium Comedy Club and the Portland Mercury named her one of their ‘Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy’. She has been on the Portland Queer Comedy Festival for the last two years and is one of the hosts of Flyass Jokes, the longest running comedy show in Portland. Her butt has been described as ‘breathtaking’.
Becky Braunstein grew up on a mountain in Eagle River, Alaska where she had no one to talk to, moved to Portland, Oregon after being diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer and almost losing her voice forever - but she didn’t lose it, and now she won’t shut up. She appears in Season 1 of ‘Trinkets’ on Netflix, and was recently featured in Teen Vogue, in an article which insisted that each one of her life experiences "deserves [its] own television show". Wanda Sykes & Page Hurwitz agreed, producing Becky’s half-hour stand-up/documentary special as part of ‘Unprotected Sets’ on EPIX. Becky is a fast-rising one-in-a-million performer with fresh energy and wide-eyed enthusiasm that is impossible to ignore. She has performed at nearly every top comedy festival in the country, including the Big Sky, Bridgetown, SF Sketchfest, Laughing Skull, All Jane, Limestone, 208 & Women In Comedy Festivals, and many others. Her comedy has aired on SiriusXM, IFC & Audible, and she recently opened for Tom Segura and Gary Gulman on tour. Becky hosts a spectacular show called 'Becky with the Good Jokes', which has featured appearances by Matt Braunger, Pete Holmes, Jamie Lee, The Unipiper, Ian Karmel, Jenny Conlee from The Decemberists, and the mayor of Anchorage, Alaska. She competed in the National Spelling Bee in 1997, is about half fluent in German, and dreams of one day living in a house with central air.
Straight out of Compton, and other luxurious neighborhoods, Cheri mixes world weary cynicism with offbeat whimsy to give you a Stand-Up performance you won’t soon forget. Growing up with a drug dealing dad and struggling with depression, she uses humor to try and make sense of it all. Recently Cheri was featured in the choir scene of the “Childish Gambino - This Is America” video on YouTube, She played Rachel in the Pilot Genius, and is currently a writer for The Collins Key Company, videos which have garnered over 11 million views. Cheri has recently opened for Russell Brand.
D MARTIN AUSTIN is a nonbinary femme writer, comedian, and accidental activist living in Portland, OR. They have been a regular contributor to The Portland Mercury, finalist in Queerspace Magazine's OUTSTANDING Queer Comedy Competition, Associate Producer for Portland Queer Comedy Festival, and a featured performer in the NW Black Comedy Festival (3 years in a row).
Kirsten is an acclaimed comedienne who has appeared on stages across North America, acting in more than fifty plays and in TV roles for Disney, Hallmark, Lifetime and Netflix. She has performed her quirky solo sketches at numerous comedy variety shows. She presented THE KIRSTEN VAN RITZEN SHOW at Chicago’s Solo Fest, and in Hollywood - where she was named L.A.'s Best Solo Comedy Artist. Her one-woman play ALL MY DAY JOBS has been performed across the country, and is published in an anthology. She is also the author of a humor novel THE COMEDY DIVA DIARIES. Kirsten is an improvisor and creator of legendary long-forms SIN CITY IMPROVISED SERIAL and DIE-NASTY SOAP OPERA, both nominated for Canadian Comedy Awards. Her stand up credits include festivals, national radio and TV. She Executive Produced SHE KILLS ME TV series starring female comedians; and produced the FUNNY WOMEN FESTIVAL in Victoria, B.C. Kirsten is Canadian and has the frostbite to prove it. http://www.kirstenvanritzen.com
Kat Buckley is a comedian hiding from Tampa Florida in Portland Oregon. She was lucky enough to be a part of the inaugural Portland Queer Comedy Festival, the Highlarious Comedy Festival, co-found the Point Break Comedy & Meatball Sammich Festival.
Her most notable contributions to the internet include a Twitter account @awkwardlyours and being mutinied out of an improv troupe.
Elizabeth Teets is a Portland based Writer, Comedian and Fashionista. She is the host of Queens of Hollywood on X-Ray Fm and producer of the Women In Comedy series Isn't She Great at the Hollywood Theater. She has been featured at The Oregon Fringe Festival, Cream City Comedy Festival, Laugh Ruot GRRRL Festival and the TBS National College Comedy Competition. Her writing can be found at The Hard Times, Bunny Years and YesClash. You can follow her on Twitter @elizabethteets but you should really try @elteets on Instagram because that's where the outfits are.
Anneke is a Portland Actor and Improvisor. She has been performing for over 20 years, doing Sketch Comedy, Improv, film and theater. Anneke has guest starred on the formerly Portland produced hit NBC television show Grimm, starred in music videos with musicians such as Esme Patterson, and worked with many local artists on numerous film, TV and web productions here in the Portland area. Anneke is stoked to be a founding member of the all female identifying Portland improv group Mom Jeans, who has appeared at the Del Close Marathon in NYC, delighted audiences for over 4 years, and producers a local monthly show at Kickstand Comedy. She is also a former ensemble member of Deep End Theater, and currently plays with the diabolically experimental improv group, Please Help Us. Anneke has taught improv and stagecraft for many years, working with teens and adults, and has traveled internationally to Canada, Australia and New Zealand to teach workshops, perform and learn from incredible improvisors in festivals such as Paper Street Theater’s International Improv Fest, New Zealand International Improv Fest, and Up Front Theater’s Seattle International Improv Fest to name a few. Anneke is delighted and honored to be participating in this years All Jane Comedy Festival at Curious Comedy. When Anneke isn’t performing, she loves riding her motorcycle, surfing the Oregon Coast and traveling the world.
Chanel Ali is a standup comedian, writer, and actress living in New York City. She is the host of the Food Network digital series Food Debate! and a cast member on MTV’s Girl Code. After blossoming on the Philadelphia circuit, she quickly became a crowd favorite with her commanding stage presence and story-telling style. Her observational comedy covers her upbringing, her unique worldview, and the realities of being a polite person in the entertainment industry. Chanel was a “New Face” at the 2019 prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and has performed at the Limestone Comedy Festival, the Women in Comedy Festival, and the All Jane Comedy Festival, and appears in the Starz series Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. In 2018, Chanel was featured on the dias of the Friar’s Club Roast of Gloria Allred (where is she is now a member), and, in 2019, she has written for the @NetflixisaJoke social media accounts. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Chanel_Ali.
Joyelle Nicole Johnson is a comedian and writer who brings joy to the stage. She is currently the warm up comic for Hasan Minhaj’s talk showPatriot Act on Netflix and the permanent guest host for the Sirius XM radio show Godfrey Complex. Joyelle made her network TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers and has written for Broad City. She has performed on Wyatt Cenac’s Night Train for SeeSo, This Week at the Comedy Cellar and Comics to Watch for Comedy Central, LaffMob for TruTV, was a panelist on Refinery 29/Facebook Watch’s After After Party and can be seen in this season of HBO’s Crashing. She was selected for the 2018 FOX Comedy showcase, was a finalist in NBC’s Stand Up For Diversity Showcase and has performed at festivals like SF Sketchfest, Bonnaroo, The New York Comedy Festival and Bumbershoot. She regularly features for Hannibal Buress and has opened for other legends like Dave Chappelle, Russell Peters and Maria Bamford. She also tours with Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead's Lady Parts Justice League making her dreams of combining comedy and activism come true.
Brunch is an award-winning comedy duo from Vancouver, BC. Brought to you by two women raised on Mary Kate & Ashley movies and Celine Dion’s greatest hits, Brunch promises to tell you that you’re not the Miranda of your friend group. They have performed at Portland Sketch Fest, Montreal SketchFest, the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs NorthWest & Edmonton’s Improvaganza, to name a few. Simply need to hear their voices? Check out their podcast, You’ve Got Brunch where they grapple with their love/hate, hate/love relationships with Rom Coms. “The Vancouver, BC, two-piece blew me away at last year’s fest” - Portland Mercury “Brunch was new to me but they stood out as my favourite new discoveries of the festival” - My Entertainment World
Zahra Ali is an internationally touring stand-up comedian, writer, actress, and all-around cool person. She is based in Los Angeles where you can see her any night of the week at comedy clubs and alt comedy shows all over town. She recently performed at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York. Her arsenal of jokes covers everything from tacos to terrorism often leaving the crowd with advice and words of enlightenment. She is a ranked roast battler and professional insult comedian. She also performs with her sketch group, No Fly List, at the Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood. She co-hosts the popular 2 Girls, 1 Guy podcast recorded at the World Famous Comedy Store. She is also a host, producer, and co-founder of nationally touring comedy show and podcast called Facial Recognition Comedy featured in The New York Times and The Daily Beast.
Having been a part of festivals such as the San Francisco Sketchfest and New York Comedy Festival, the All Jane Comedy Festival has been on Zahra's vision board for some time and it is an honor to be included in a festival showcasing the funniest, smartest, and most original women in comedy!
Comedian, Actor, & Writer Sonya Vai was born and raised in New York City but is constantly asked “where are you really from?” by drunk men in bars. Sonya is a paid regular at both Carolines on Broadway and New York Comedy Club. She also performs at Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, West Side Comedy Club, LOL Times Square, The Grisly Pear, and the Village Lantern. In November, Sonya was in the New York Comedy Festival where she co-produced Facial Recognition Comedy, a show dedicated to showcasing female-identifying South Asian comedians. FRC was featured in the New York Times as one of top 5 shows to see at the Festival. Most recently, Sonya featured for the critically acclaimed comedian Judah Friedlander in NYC.
I'm a stand up comedian from Atlanta, GA. I'm a host, writer, and actress who has done college films, comedy clubs and theaters. I'm a women who brings laughter to real life events. I admire working with women because we are amazing. I'm a mother of three and an RN by day. Stand up is my life. I've been doing comedy for 4 years and have worked with some amazing people on my journey of comedy such as Kim Coles, Bill Bellamy, Tiffany Haddish. It will be pleasure to work with a group of such outstanding and hilarious women.
Part time comedian and full time intern with a long history of minor head injuries, Jessica Pigeau has opened for the likes of Patrick Maliha, Zainab Johnson, and Yumi Nagashima. Featured on such shows as Queer as Jokes and the Monthly at the Vancouver Yuk Yuk’s and Story Story Lie at the historic Rio Theatre.Jessica is culturally rural, coming from a small city in the depth of the Canadian prairies, but likewise passionately urban, now living in the heart of Vancouver. She is known primarily for her strong writing, breathtaking topical range, and extremely weird speech impediment. High-energy, witty, and unique.
Born into a mixed racial (Arab/Mexican), rarely quiet household, Aisha Farhoud started performing comedy when she was unemployed and tired of Judge Judy reruns. Aisha has since performed at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts festival and the Intersections festival in Seattle, the Arab-American Comedy Festival in New York City, and the Westside Comedy Showdown in Los Angeles. She is co-creator and editor of "Aisha and Arijana" sketch videos with fellow comedian Arijana Ramic. Aisha can often be found at The Comedy Nest in Seattle, a womxn-focused show she helps produce.
Jenna Vesper is Portland based comic who is a high energy, crass, hardworking, loud divorced/queer/chubby/hairy slut who loves jokes about her dead parents!
Recently awarded ‘Best Comedian’ in the Willamette Week and current semi finalist in the Portland’s Funniest Person Contest, Jenna produces Portland favorite Comic Strip every last Friday of the month. She also produces/hosts SMUT, Disowned The Show, a bachelor recap podcast called Date Card Pod, and is the associate Producer of the Portland Queer Comedy Festival now in its third year. She was a semi finalist in Queerspace Magazines Outstanding Queer Comedy Competition and has graced the stages of All Jane comedy festival, Portland Queer Comedy Festival, Mutiny Radio Comedy Festival, HAHA Harvest Festival, and Point Break Comedy & Meatball Festival.
Validate her on all social media platforms @jennawithasmile”Seriously, give Jenna validation. She really needs this right now.” - Jenna’s therapist
Chelsea Burns is a comedian, writer, and improviser in Portland, OR. She's created dozens of memes for Cracked.com and wrote an article that was featured on their 'Viral on Cracked' list. In 2018 she performed at the HIGHlarious Comedy Festival in Seattle, WA and the NW Women's Comedy Festival in Springfield, OR.
Chelsea is the producer and co-host of Comedy: The Musical, a show where a comedian tells jokes, then the musical improvisers create songs inspired by their punchlines.
Dani Schi (she/her) is a Michigan-grown person and a Portland-grown comedian. Dani has been working in nonprofits and is an advocate and activist with an opinion about comedy. She is new to comedy but enjoying the minutes of stage time that she doesn't have to hear about other peoples problems and will hopefully be around to be an up-and-comer.
Originally from New Mexico and now based in Portland, Oregon, Robyn Vazquez has grown up on the stage; dancing, singing, acting and telling stories. Robyn graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts with a concentration in Acting. She had been performing improv for over seven years and had performed at the Del Close Marathon in New York City as well as internationally at the Paper Street Theater Improv Festival in Victoria, B.C. She made her improv directorial debut with an original format based on the tv show “Twin Peaks” called No Place in Particular. When not performing, Robyn enjoys photography, writing and working on film projects. She is currently a proud member of the improv teams Mom Jeans and Splash!
Sarah Delphine Thompson is an improviser, teacher, and writer based in Portland OR. Originally from California (don’t tell anyone!), Sarah loves to tell playful, honest and absurd stores with her troupe Mom Jeans and duo Dock of the Bay. She also produces and performs in the hellish and innovative Please Help Us and regularly performs with Secret Aardvark at Kickstand Comedy. Sarah has been immersed in the world of improv for 8 years, allowing her to produce the Coup de Comedy Festival in Southern California for four years, study in both Chicago and Europe, and teach in Southern California, Portland and Canada.
Sarah made her stand-up comedy debut on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Sarah has since appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party. When she’s not performing stand-up, Sarah spends her time with several sketch house teams at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater where she had a successful run of shows with her independent sketch group “Bullshit Women” at UCB.
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is the 2016 winner of the Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award (previously awarded to Samantha Bee, Wanda Sykes and satirist/humorist Mark Russell) presented by the National Women’s Political Caucus. Comedy Central Asia crowned her the Grand Prize Winner of “The Ultimate Comedy Challenge” filmed in Singapore. She is the sole subject of the documentary “NerdCool” which premiered at the LA Comedy Festival in 2018
KQED named her one of the twenty “Women to Watch” a series celebrating women artists, creatives and makers in the San Francisco Bay Area who are pushing boundaries in 2016. She was named one of “The Bay Area’s 11 Best Standup Comedians” in 2016 and “13 San Francisco Standup Comedians to Go See Now” in 2018 by SFist. The SF Weekly named her one of the “16 Bay Area performers to watch in 2016.” The San Francisco Bay Guardian named her Best Comedian 2013 in the “Best of the Bay” Readers’ Poll.
She has opened/featured for or worked with the following: Janeane Garofalo, Marc Maron, Greg Behrendt, Jello Biafra, the late Dick Gregory, Anthony Jeselnik, Maz Jobrani, and Greg Proops. Dhaya introduced former Vice President Al Gore at an event. He then laughed onstage at her joke, so technically she once opened for Al Gore.She has performed internationally in Shanghai, China; Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and Singapore. In the US she has been an invited performer at Bridgetown Comedy Festival (Portland, OR), San Francisco Sketchfest, the Boston Comedy Festival (semifinalist), the Limestone Comedy Festival (Bloomington, IN) and Laugh Your Asheville Off (Asheville, NC).
Dhaya is also a TV host and storyteller. She hosted the premier year of the Emmy award-winning series High School Quiz Show on PBS’s WGBH. She is a frequent comedic storyteller on NPR’s Snap Judgment and has appeared live in Austin on The Risk podcast. She is currently the host of San Francisco’s monthly Moth StorySLAM after winning a Moth StorySLAM and competing in the GrandSLAM.
McKenzie Goodwin is a writer and stand-up comedian based in Los Angeles.
Her works have been in McSweeneys, Points in Case and more. Co-host of the comedy show and podcast Two Dykes and a Mic, which is currently touring all over the United States. McKenzie also co-hosts the podcast My Friend Chuck, with Chuck Tingle, premiering September 3rd.
Brittany Carney moved to Washington, DC for a history graduate degree and somewhere in the process began stand-up comedy. She is a regular at the DC Improv Comedy Club, Underground Comedy DC's Big Hunt, and Drafthouse Comedy Theater. In the past year Brittany has featured for Wyatt Cenac, Moshe Kasher, Guy Branum, and Judah Friedlander. She performed on the five-year anniversary series finale of Cenac's Night Train in Brooklyn, NY. Brittany is a recurring guest on the satirical variety show Church Night. She won the 2016 Nerdist's Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction DC, thanks to the chemistry between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. 2017 highlights include the Kennedy Center District of Comedy Festival and Underground Comedy Fest. She has organized various comedy/activist benefit shows, including Cause 4 Laughs: A Planned Parenthood Fundraiser, and BlerdFest: A Comedy Show to Celebrate Black Joy and Nerdship for Black Lives Matter DC. She also co-produces a monthly mock academic lecture series called Fale University.
Nori Reed isn’t just a comedian & writer based in Oakland, California. Nori is a lifestyle. When she isn’t perfecting her skin care routine or thinking about the devastating impact of U.S. imperialism, Nori performs regularly at the finest comedy clubs & colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nori recently opened for Amy Poehler at Comedy Central’s Clusterfest. She also featured at SF Sketchfest where she worked alongside Janeane Garofalo and Neil Patrick Harris. For her writing prowess, Nori was awarded the 2019 Diversity in Comedy Writing Fellowship at Killing My Lobster SF. Currently she co-produces the multiple award-winning comedy show, Man Haters. Nori is not Japanese.
Stand-up comedian and Portland Queer Comedy Festival Co-Founder/Co-Director Belinda Carroll has had the great pleasure of producing and featuring in shows with — Nico Santos, Guy Branum, ANT, James Adomian, Dana Goldberg, Jason Stuart, Sandra Valls, Julie Goldman and many more.Belinda has been seen on Portlandia, MTV, in various commercials and for .0007 seconds of several tv shows you've never heard of. She was a co-organizer for the 2010 Butch Voices National Conference, and a recipient of the 2011 Pride-in-Action award from Pride NW for her work on founding the Q Patrol; a community foot patrol to reduce LGBTQ hate crimes in downtown Portland. She was awarded a Queer Hero award by GLAPN (Gay and Lesbian History Archives of the Pacific Northwest) in 2018. As a comedic writer, she has written for the anthology Persistence: All-Ways Butch/Femme, Curve, Huffington Post, Cracked.com, Portland Mercury, Willamette Week and PQ Monthly.
Caitlin Reese is a Brooklyn based stand up comedian, improviser, and sketch writer. Caitlin has been a comedy writer since 2005 with a self-published magazine distributed by Tower Records and sold out copies at the Portland Zine Fest. In 2014, she kicked off comedy as a career and regularly performs at theaters, clubs, and bars throughout the northeast. She has traveled throughout the US for festivals and shows. She features for headliners on tour and auditioned successfully for the Academy at Upright Citizens Brigade New York. Her comedic voice is honest, goofy, and offbeat.
Finalist on Amazon Prime Comics Watching Comics Season 8
Winner on PAID or PAIN on Sirius XM
Finalist in the 2018 National Ladies of Laughter Competition at Gotham Comedy Club
Selected performer for HBO’s Women in Comedy Festival (2018 & 2019)
Opened for Kevin McDonald from Kids in the Hall
Quarter Finalist on Last Comix Standing at Mohegan Sun
Acted in indie comedy film, Vanilla (2019 release)
COMIX at Mohegan Sun, the Nerdist, Upright Citizens Brigade, Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, EastVille Comedy Club, Westside Comedy Club, Laugh Boston, ImprovBoston, the Comedy Connection, Nick's Comedy Stop, Brew Ha Ha at City Steam, Vermont Comedy Club, Fairfield Comedy Club, and the Funny Bone (Albany, Syracuse & Hartford).
Women in Comedy Festival (2018 & 2019), Hell Yes Fest, FEST, Charm City Comedy Festival, Baltimore Comedy Festival, Hoboken Comedy Festival, 5th Borough Comedy Festival, North Carolina Festival, Connecticut Comedy Festival, Bad B*tch Revolution Festival, Portland Maine Comedy Festival, and Portland Queer Comedy Festival.
Beyond stand up, Caitlin is also an improviser. She is currently in the Academy with Upright Citizens Brigade with additional training from Second City, the Magnet, and the iO. Caitlin has studied improv with Armando Diaz and Will Hines. She performs on a harold house team, is a member of the touring company, and teaches at Sea Tea Comedy Theater, Hartford, CT. Caitlin has traveled throughout the United States to perform in improv festivals including the Del Close Marathon.
Dewa Dorje is a Tibetan American stand up comic born and raised in Seattle. Her raunchy comedic style, upbeat energy, and first generation background team up to bring the audience her unique feminist perspective. She runs the comedy showcase Loudmouth Cunts and a female-focused open mic “The Comedy Nest." She’s performed all over the west coast and can’t wait to see where her comedy career takes her next.
Naomi Fitter escaped from Ohio at the age of 22. Her soothing midwestern voice has been described as "sexy," "librarian-like," and "nearly inaudible." When she's not telling jokes, she spends her time studying robots.
Brooks is a Portlander by way of Philadelphia and still has the attitude to prove it. Her career has spanned both journalism and politics. Her writing has been published in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, New York Magazine, and many other financially unstable bastions of the fourth estate. These days she’s a civil servant with a stand up comedy habit as a member of the feminist killjoy comedy collective That's What She Said. You've seen her perform as part of the Backfence PDX Russian Roulette storytelling series and at the Portland Queer Comedy Festival. Find her online at Brooksisfunny.com and BrooksisBrooks on Instagram.
A game show in which comedians compete using their wits and dance moves. Hosted by Whitney Streed.
Elena Afanasiev traveled in her mothers womb (8 months pregnant) from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Woodburn, Oregon. Elena is an actor, director, producer, storyteller, and sketch comedian with a B.A. in Theater Arts and 9 years of improv experience. While attending PSU, she was the recipient of the 2015 Phyllis and Tom Burnham Award for outstanding contributions to the school of theater + film. She's performed in the Del Close Marathon in NYC with her current troupe, Mom Jeans. She participated in Paper Street Improv Festival in Victoria, Canada. Recently she directed and performed in Impact: An Improvised Play About Choices. She was in the local ensemble in Stumptown Festival 2018. You can see Elena at Kickstand theater producing a monthly show with her all-female improv troupe Mom Jeans every 4th Tuesday. Her other troupes include Splash and Dock of the Bay.
Kristen Schier is the Co Artistic Director of Curious Comedy Theater in Portland Oregon and was the former long time Improv Producer at the Philly Improv Theater. Kristen was also the long time Artistic Director of the Philly based short form ensemble The N Crowd for 13 years. In addition to teaching and directing Kristen brings extensive performance experience in both scripted and unscripted theater, as well as clown. She has worked regularly as an actor with various professional theater companies in Philadelphia. Kristen has toured both internationally and around the country performing, teaching and headlining at improv festivals in Seattle, Edmonton, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Boston, Montreal, Providence, Austin, DC, Baltimore and Detroit - to name a few. Kristen has a BFA in the Performing Arts from The University of the Arts Ira Brind School of Theater, where she was a Senior Lecturer having taught Acting for Non-Majors, Freshmen Acting Studio and Improvisation for the Actor. In addition to training she received at UArts Kristen continued to pursue her education in long-form improvisation with intensives at The Second City in Chicago, The Annoyance Theater in Chicago and The Magnet Theater in New York as well as workshops in physical theater through Pig Iron and The Movement Theater Studio in New York City.
Minnesota native Rachel Scanlon is a stand-up comedian, writer and co-host of the weekly podcast/live show “Two Dykes and A Mic”. Rachel shares her stories about being a Midwest gal living in Los Angeles, and singing her way out of the closet. She is also a ranch dressing enthusiast. She has performed all over the country including The Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv, Acme Comedy Club, Punchline Comedy Club, and many more. In 2018, Fullscreen premiered her first comedy special “Rachel Scanlon is Hot & Hungry”.
“Rachel Scanlon is a comedic breath of fresh Midwest air. She’s high energy, absurdly positive, and your new comedy crush.”
The Puterbaugh Sisters, Tiffany and Danielle Puterbaugh are the first alternative sister duo act since vaudeville.Real life sisters, they're parents relationship has failed, but their act will not.Originally from Chicago and currently based in LA.
"Taking their shtick into absurdist parallel universes.. it works 100% of the time." - The Onion AV Club
"Named Chicago Comics to watch" - Chicago Magazine
You've seen these sisters everywhere, featuring at CVS and headlining Walgreens.They’ve opened for Kyle Kinane, Bridgette Everett, Judy Tenuda and Beth Stelling.They've also performed at TBS Just For Laughs Festival, Riot LA, "Best Bars in America" (Esquire), Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival (DC), High Plaines Comedy Festival (Tru TV), The Andy Kauffman Awards (NY- Gotham) , All Jane Comedy Festival (Portland) and NY/Chicago/San Francisco Sketchfest.They produce a critically acclaimed variety show "Entertaining Julia" running for 8 years in Chicago and now in its 9th season monthly at Akbar, Los Angeles.
It's like watching Sister Act 2, when everyone comes out and raps about God.
TWO DYKES AND A MIC is a Los Angeles-based comedy duo made up of queer best friends, McKenzie Goodwin and Rachel Scanlon. The two perform stand up all over the country, have a monthly show in LA and host a weekly podcast by the same name. When hosting together, Rachel and McKenzie have a real “will they won’t they vibe” according to Rachel and a definite “it will never happen” from McKenzie. They also both perform and work as individual comedians, each with their own style. Outside of TWO DYKES, McKenzie recently wrote on a pilot for Adult Swim, and has works featured in McSweeneys, Points in Case and more. Rachel is currently working on a sketch series for Comedy Central’s digital platform.
As seen on Comedy Central Digital, Showtime, and A&E, Wally Baram is a 21 year old Mexican-Syrian writer/comedian working in Los Angeles. Still very much in the process of growing up, Wally brings a unique perspective on the strange banalities of entering the adult world from someone still very much learning. Jumping between Mexican and Middle-Eastern households during her youth, her work also sheds light on two relevant cultures, as well as growing up with a strong multi-cultural identity.Wally is an opener for Jeff Garlin as well as a frequent performer at the Hollywood Improv. She headlined The Pittsburgh First Night NYE Event in 2017 (3 20min shows for 4,000 people) and has performed in The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival (where she opened for W. Kamau Bell), The Boston Comedy Arts Festival, World Series of Comedy (Boston), as well as a slew of other comedy festivals. She's currently writing a show for Snapchat-- whatever that means.
Bronx-born Bethany Van Delft moved to Boston with her Marxist Dutch dad, black Puerto Rican mother and siblings, where she learned “zebra” didn’t mean she was weird but cool. At “19” she went to Paris to model, got kicked out, and ended up in Milan eating gelato and speaking Spanglish with an Italian accent.
She was named Boston Magazine “Best Comic 2019” and has performed at JFL, SF Sketchfest, All Jane Festival, Boston Calling, Women in Comedy Festival. She is thrilled to get open for her faves, including Michelle Buteau, Phoebe Robinson, Ronnie Chieng, Reggie Watts, Rob Delaney and Alonzo Bodden.
Bethany is a regular host and storyteller for The Moth, her mainstage story sharing her post partem experience after her first child (born with Down Syndrome) went viral with over 15 million views. Today she speaks on the power of sharing your family’s story at conferences in the special needs community, and leads storytelling workshops for families for use in their advocacy.
She is a fierce advocate for her daughter, produces comedy shows locally, and manages to keep her kids and husband not super unhappy. She also bakes pretty well.
Megan Kelly Dunn is a comedian originally hailing from Austin, Texas. She has appeared on Comedy Central, Travel Channel, and Comedy Time Network, and has been featured around the web on comedy sites such as Funny Or Die and Buzzfeed, as well as being listed as one of Refinery 29's “Female Stand-Up Comedians You Need To Know.”
She has performed stand-up all around the US, including world famous venues such as The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, Carolines on Broadway, and many more. She is trained in improv with the legendary Groundlings and sketch writing with Upright Citizens Brigade. Currently, she's located in Los Angeles working as an Associate Story Producer on Nat Geo's "Wicked Tuna."
I am a standup comedian originally from South Park, Colorado, currently performing in Chicago, Illinois. I have been performing comedy in Chicago for nearly five years and am very lucky to have performed standup at places like The Annoyance, CIC, Schubas, Logan Square Improv, and The Shithole. I am also a producer of the show Thunderdome at CIC on Friday nights. It is a real blast. Finally, I wrote a book of stories this year and it is named Deadbeat Magpie and it is on the website Amazon dot com.
Stephanie grew up Las Vegas but has moved 10 times in the past 4 years across 4 different continents and can (kind of) speak 4 languages. They are a queer Korean comic who talks about identity and shares observations of the world. They can be found performing in and around Seattle. They produce shows under Caracol Productions which is dedicated to creating community and spaces for underrepresented voices and are also a producer at the Comedy Nest, a womxn-focused comedy show and open mic.
Kate Aguilar is a Portland-based writer, stand up comic, and storyteller.
An attendee of East Los Angeles College and a graduate of Smith College, Kate is currently working on her first book.
She has appeared at the Portland Queer Comedy Festival and has performed alongside Hari Kondabolu, Ron Lynch, Aparna Nancherla, Laurie Kilmartin, and Guy Branum.
Dalia started comedy in London, UK, where she first started honing her silly, playful, and sometimes dark material in major clubs and festivals all over the country. Her warm and conspiratorial stage presence and punchy writing helped her progress quickly and gain favor with reviewers. Her comedy was broadcast on BBC Radio, and she also performed at Live' Nation's Latitude Festival, the Brighton Fringe Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including a full run with Christian Knowles Productions’ Lunchtime Special show. She has also performed in Canada, Ireland, including Live Nation's Electric Picnic Festival, as well as Egypt where her family is from, including Egypt’s first ever Cairo Comedy Festival.
Mom Jeans is an all-female improv troupe from Portland, Oregon. We've have been performing together for three years at almost every improv location in town, including residencies at Kickstand Comedy, where we produce a monthly show. Mom Jeans displays a powerful ability to walk the line of the real and surreal, the absurd and the grounded. We follow the show wherever it goes with genuine and earnest enthusiasm, and we have absolute trust in each other that shows on stage. Plus, we're five bad-ass ladies.
Secret Cervix is a Portland-based improv duo consisting of Hallie Zmroczek & Adrien Warner. Their spy movie long form show "Secret Cervix Presents" premiered at Curious Arthouse in February 2019 for a six week run. They performed at the Phoenix Improv Festival in May, 2019. Hallie has been doing theater throughout her life. She studied improv at Portland State University, went through full training at The Brody Theater, The Liberators, and is currently on Curious Comedy Theater main-stage team, Battle Ax. She performed at the 2018 Stumptown Improv Festival with Battle Ax, and as a guest monologist and performer with Portland improv staple, J Names. She also performs with her other independent team, Crathorne. Adrien has been performing improv for 6 years. She trained at The Brody Theater and Curious Comedy, and performed with The Ape house team Cashmere at DCM 2018. In addition, she performs with her independent teams Add Hawk and Secret Cervix. Adrien performed with the Brody ensemble in the 2017 Stumptown Improv Festival with the all-women's show Girls, Girls, Girls!
Stacey Hallal founded the Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, Oregon in 2008 where she serves as Artistic and Managing Director as well as a regular performer, writer, director and teacher. As Artistic Director, Stacey oversees the scheduling, production and creative direction of over 650 shows per year and has the honoring of curating the annual All Jane Comedy Festival.
Stacey performs sketch and stand up as well as improv. She has hosted for such legends as Bob Saget and Dana Gould and featured for Norm MacDonald. Stacey was a semi-finalist in the Portland Funniest Person Contest as well as the Laughing Skull Comedy Contest and was one of ten performers in Portland’s Ten Comics to Watch Showcase for Comedy Central. She tours all over North America, including stand up guest spots at clubs like The Improv in Atlanta and producing her one and two person comedy sketch shows on the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit.
Stacey, with partner Sam Niemann, co-created the cartoon Ruby Rocket, Private Eye which was developed into a web series by Aniboom.com in 2008 and lives on as live shows, videos, and a podcast.
Stacey has been devoted to comedy in Portland and Chicago for over fifteen years and has appeared and taught at more than 80 festivals across the United States and Canada. While in Chicago, Stacey completed the iO, Annoyance, and Second City training centers. She went on to complete the prestigious Directing Program at Second City where she also taught improv and comedy writing as a member of the Second City Training Center Faculty. Stacey Assistant Directed the smash hit Second City Main Stage production, Between Barack and A Hard Place. To pay for all of her other activities, Stacey also uses improv to help huge corporations better understand and communicate their brand stories with Character, LLC, a Portland-based company she helped start up in 2001.