Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy nominated writer for Conan, the author NYTimes bestselling book Shitty Mom, a finalist of season 7 of Last Comic standing, and her comedy special 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad was in Vulture's top 10 comedy specials of 2016. You should probably be listening to her excellent Nerdist podcast with Jackie Kashian, The Jackie and Laurie Show. Laurie is a giant of comedy we are honored to have at All Jane.
Zainab Johnson, a stand-up comedian and actress, is quickly being propelled as one of the most unique and engaging performers on stage and screen. Zainab’s comedy is based on her unique point-of-view, which was shaped growing up in Harlem as one of thirteen siblings in a Muslim family. After getting a degree in math and taking a job as a teacher, she quickly learned that she had a different calling.
Zainab can most recently be seen in her breakout appearance on HBO’s All Def Comedy and has made appearances on Arsenio, BET's WOKE AF, MTV's Acting Out and AXSTV's Gotham Comedy Live!.
In 2014, she performed in the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival as one of the 2014 New Faces of Comedy as well as one of the breakout new comedians on NBC's Last Comic Standing Season 8. She most recently sold a television show to ABC with Wanda Sykes producing.
Lady to Lady is the irreverent comedy trio of Barbara Gray, Brandie Posey and Tess Barker. Boasting a top-rated iTunes podcast with over 3.3 million downloads, the Ladies host a digital series with Comedy Central, produce a live talk show at the UCB in Los Angeles, and stand up showcase at the Hollywood Improv. In addition to touring nationally, they will be headliners at several festivals this year besides All Jane, including Fest16 in Gainesville alongside huge music acts like Against Me!
Each lady is a stand up comic and writer; Brandie Posey’s animation-standup pilot “Picture This” is currently in development with Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz' company “Push It” Productions; Barbara Gray has written for the past three seasons “Billy on the Street” and can be seen on Comedy Central’s “Corporate”; Tess Barker recently wrote on “Throwing Shade” for TVLand, and has written regularly for outlets including The Guardian, Vice, and MTV News.
The podcast combines Brandie’s whimsical revenge plots, Tess’s oddly truthful life mantras, and Babs’s embarrassing personal revelations to form a show that is incredibly goofy and warmly genuine. From pop culture discussions to solving listener’s “Lady Problems,” the ladies are “One of the most fun hangouts in podcasting…” -- Paste Magazine.
‘The funniest podcast ever...They’re smart. They‘re strong. They’re badass women...Smart girl sleepover comfort food.’ - Bust Magazine
‘I have a major friend-crush on all of them. Their podcast is like the best adult sleepover, just having a hang with your best girlfriends.’ - Entertainment Weekly
‘Feels like sitting next to a very funny group of people at a bar, who you’re secretly more entertained by than the friend you’re with... Like ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ ‘Lady to Lady’ approaches the female experience with equal parts glee and cynicism, appealing to any gender without being particularly worried about it.’ -Splitsider.
‘One of the most fun hangouts in podcasting... Infectious.’ -Paste Magazine
Irene Tu is a Chicago-born, San Francisco-based stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. Named one of the Bay Area's "11 Best Stand Up Comedians" and a "Woman to Watch" by KQED, she has opened for comedians such as W. Kamau Bell, Hari Kondabolu, Aparna Nancherla, and Gary Gulman. Irene has also been featured in SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Riot LA, and on VICELAND and Seeso (RIP). You can follow Irene on social media @irene_tu or in real life at her shows: Man Haters, The Mission Position, and Millennials Ruin Everything (they do). irenetu.com
Tess is a Los Angeles based writer and nationally touring comedian who has appeared at the Comedy Central Stage, Meltdown Comics, UCB, and at clubs and colleges throughout the country. She has written for TVLand's "Throwing Shade," TruTV’s “Billy on the Street," and is regularly published on a number of outlets, including Vice, The Guardian, Vox, MTV News, Jezebel, and L.A Weekly, where her work has ranged from investigative pieces about wage inequity in professional cheerleading to profiles of icons like Charo and Betsey Jonson. She was one of the hosts of Ovation TV’s “Broadway Bash,” -- a talk show devoted to the television show Smash. She holds a B.A. in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University, and is the co-bookwriter and lyricist of “Time Between Us,” an original two person musical, which premiered in New York as part of the 2011 New York Musical Theater festival, where it was named Critic’s Pick, and has since enjoyed a number of regional productions, including at Serenbe Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. She is one of the producers and hosts of Lady to Lady, a popular podcast on the Maximum Fun Network; live talk show at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in Los Angeles; and regular SnapChat series on Comedy Central. When she's not writing or doing stand up, Tess enjoys dogs, running, and talking about Britney Spears.
Originally from Yugoslavia, Ana-Marija is living in Toronto doing stand-up all over the city. She can be seen regularly at The Corner Comedy Club and the ALTdot Comedy Lounge. Credits include: Crom Comedy Festival 2017 and has been featured on SiriusXM Radio.
Ana-Marija is currently in the semi-finals for Sirius XM's Next Top Comic Competition 2017.
Andie Main is a Portland based comedian who keeps busy by producing/hosting The Doug Fir Lounge's summer series The Cool Kids Patio Show, and her politically themed series called Revolution Comedy, which organizes fundraisers for progressive causes like Planned Parenthood, The ACLU, and Don't Shoot PDX. At this bizarre moment in our nation's history, her efforts have contributed over $10,000 to #theresistance and although she is a life long punkrocker, is stoked to see these shows selling out regularly.
Festival credits include The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Comedy Exposition, repeated appearances at SF Sketchfest and The All Jane Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, Seattle Sketchfest, Portland Pride, Treefort Festival and Cromfest. She has recently performed for sold out crowds at UCBeast, UCB Chelsea and The Stand Nightclub in NYC, and esteemed shows in LA like The Rabbit Hole and Put Your Hands Together. When in Portland she is a fixture on the NW circuit and a regular at Helium Comedy Club.
She is a regular feature for comedians like TJ Miller, Myq Kaplan and David Huntsberger and after the shows they've all said "hey Andie that was great!" and got brunch because you can order brunch whenever you want in Portland.
In her spare time she enjoys taking hikes with her not-so-smart dog, pizza, making weird art, nature documentaries and yelling about the patriarchy
Heather Marulli is a comedian and writer living in Los Angeles. Born in New York City and raised in the ever-thrilling suburbs of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Heather brings a unique worldview to her performances. Completely unabashed and unafraid to speak her mind on issues such as dating, sex, family, work, death, and the absurdity of life, Heather has a unique opinion on nearly every subject.
Heather trained in improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade. She performs stand up regularly in the Los Angeles area at numerous venues, including The Comedy Store, Hollywood Improv, Westside Comedy Theater, and the Ice House. Heather also appears on popular shows like Roast Battle, where Jeff Ross told her she’d be a “huge star”. She is definitely letting this go to her head.
Heather has also performed in the Laugh Riot Grrrl Festival, LA Sketchfest, Funny Women Festival, Idaho Laugh Fest and the Cape Fear Comedy Festival. Heather was recently seen on Comedy Central in commercials for "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle".
Ali Reingold is a comedian based in Portland, Oregon, who endears herself to audiences with her friendly hair, curly demeanor, and grammatically correct jokes. She has performed in venues all over the country and in such festivals as SF Sketchfest, Women in Comedy, Hell Yes Fest, and All Jane. When not performing comedy, Ali enjoys eating peanut butter straight out of the jar to the point of self-disgust, and cuddling with her cat, Terwilliger Van Buren. She once yelled at the father of the bride at her friend’s wedding, but it was for legitimate reasons regarding the dance playlist, and she regrets nothing.
Virginia Jones' comedy is feminist, intellectual, philosophical, and has a lot of animals in it. She came up in Portland, OR, and is delighted to return to the fabulous All Jane comedy festival. She was a semifinalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition and was in Portlandia and CNN's History of Comedy. Her album, Gothic American, was on WhoHaHa's list of prominent women comedian's albums in 2016. She was a contributor to both Laughing Matters, an art exhibit about women in comedy, and The Girl In The Show, a book about three generations of women in comedy.
Virginia Jones believes comedy is an artform, just like her kind of liberal, uppity shits.
Laura Sams is a writer, filmmaker, zoologist and comedian. She has written and produced material for The Jim Henson Company, PBS KIDS, The Smithsonian Network, Animal Planet, Belladonna Comedy and more. She owns Sisbro Studios with her brother, and together they create children's television, music, books and incredible stories that help people explore their world.
Lydia Manning is a sort of cool comedian based in Portland, Oregon. With performances that are dynamic, smart, and absurd, she specializes in pulling the audience out of their comfort zones, and into her universe. Lydia has performed in the She-Devil Comedy Festival, won a couple of contests you've never heard of, and opened for some extremely cool comedians including Jay Pharoah, Mary Mack, Erin Foley, and Arj Barker.
Amber Ruffin is an Emmy nominated writer who currently writes for Late Night With Seth Meyers and the hilarious Comedy Central show, Detroiters. You can see her regularly on Seth Meyers during the "Jokes Seth Can't Tell" and "Amber Says What?" She also narrates for Drunk History. Amber is an alumni of Second City Chicago main stage and Boom Chicago.
DeAnne Smith has performed all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Iceland Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs Montreal and Chicago to name a few. She’s also been on TV in four countries, including on Last Comic Standing NBC, The Late Late Show on CBS, Canada’s The Comedy Network and CBC, Australia’s Channel 10 and ABC, and UK’s Sky TV.
The Montreal Gazette says DeAnne is “fresh, cutting…one of the finest wits in the country.” The UK’s Telegraph calls her “Smart. Very funny. Effortless charm lets her get away with murder.” She’s never actually murdered anyone.
Mona Shaikh combines a South Asian sensibility with Americanized values cherishing the First Amendment—the right to bear big mouths. And her fresh, fearless, free speech has raised eyebrows. With her offbeat sense of humor Shaikh is a tightrope walker striving to maintain equilibrium while dealing with conflicting forces. With half of her life spent in a prominent conservative Muslim household, and the other immersed with America’s entertainment and culture, Mona knew she was set out to break boundaries.
Mona performed her first open mic at Comix Comedy Club in NYC, after a friend suggested she pursue stand-up comedy. However, her conservative Pakistani Muslim upbringing prevented her from pursuing her dream for another 10 years. Later, Mona rebelled and moved out of her family’s home to relocate to the Big Apple and pursue her acting career.
Shortly after moving to New York and landing numerous gigs, Mona was no longer limited to theatre and soon appeared in commercials as the global face of Kodak, a pharmacist for Wal-Mart, an Indian Mom for Cablevision and a businesswoman for Deutsche Bank, in addition to acting in various independent features and short films.
Today Mona resides in Los Angeles, Calif., pursing her career as a comedian and actor while developing her upcoming One-Hour Special and Comedy TV series. Mona can be seen all around Los Angeles in such places as The Comedy Store, Flappers Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory, Ice House Pasadena, Hollywood Improv and many more. Recently, Mona hosted the Hollywood Improv for Comedy Juice night with Dane Cook. She became the first Pakistani female Comedian to be selected for the Laugh’s Factory Funniest Person in the World Competition. She also made history by becoming the first Pakistani female Comedian to headline Hollywood Improv. Mona was most recently featured in Newsweek, The Guardian, LA Weekly, New York Post, Huffington Post, Washington Post and BBC. Mona recently headlined The Real Flava Comedy Club in Dubai and a show in Lisbon, Portugal.
She recently got her own show and again made history at The World Famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles called Minority Reportz with a launch of sold-out shows. Be on the look out for Mona Shaikh coming to a stage, radio and television near you.
Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Brandie Posey is a stand up comedian, writer & producer who calls LA's comedy scene home. She has been featured as a performer at the New York Comedy Festival, RIOT Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, FEST in Gainesville, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Tig Notaro's Bentzen Ball, among many others. She has opened for the legendary punk band Against Me! and has appeared on MTV, E! & Comedy Central. Brandie made her feature film debut in the indie dark comedy, "The Worst Year Of My Life" directed by Jonathan Smith & her first stand up record Opinion Cave debuted at #1 on iTunes & #12 on Billboard.com.
Brandie tours the country, headlining every dark corner with a microphone. She is the co-creator & host of Picture This, a popular comedy-animation show with franchises in LA, Portland, New York, Philadelphia & San Francisco. Picture This is currently in development with Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz' Push It Productions. At the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre & The Hollywood Improv, Brandie co-hosts Lady to Lady alongside Barbara Gray & Tess Barker. Lady to Lady is also a celebrated weekly podcast on the Maximum Fun Podcast Network with over 3.3 million downloads & loyal fans around the world.
Marlena Rodriguez is a herspanic comedian who's been makin' em giggle since 1989. She's written for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Second City, and was named a Comedy Central Comic To Watch. Google for more, listen to Marlena's podcast What Would My Friends Do?, and follow her on twitter @marlenarodrigz
REECE COTTON effortlessly fuses humor with controversy and is one of the most sought-after emerging comedians hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. While hosting the 2017 Women In Comedy Festival, Reece delivered her signature mind-bending performance and was immediately approached by a representative from ADULT SWIM (Cartoon Network) regarding a potential collaboration. She recently featured on live radio with WGBH 89.7 Under the Radar with Callie Crossley and performs at esteemed New York comedy venues such as Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club and Broadway Comedy Club. Consistently devoted to her community, Reece founded an open mic and charity fundraiser called Straight Outta Money in 2015 and volunteers at multiple comedy festivals. Knowing no limits, she is even writing a series bible for a top-tier TV network as well as developing her own web-series warehouse entitled Tags & Bits.
Stacey Hallal founded the Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, Oregon in 2008 where she serves as Artistic Director as well as a regular performer, writer, director and teacher.She has the honoring of curating the annual All Jane Comedy Festival. Stacey performs at Curious Comedy as well as Helium Comedy Club where she has hosted for such legends as Bob Saget and Dana Gould and featured for Norm MacDonald. Stacey tours all over North America, both stand up and sketch. She has completed the prestigious Directing Program at Second City where she Assistant Directed the smash hit Second City Main Stage production, Between Barack and A Hard Place.
Katie Nguyen writes and performs stand-up, improv, sketch, and more. She has performed at SF Sketchfest, Asheville Comedy Festival, Crom Comedy Festival, Stumptown Improv Fest, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Katie is an ensemble member at the Brody Theater and an instructor at Deep End Theater. She hosts the show Earthquake Hurricane and was named one of the Portland Mercury's Geniuses of Comedy.
Called a “hardcore comedy critics’ favorite” at the Idaho Laugh Fest by the festival’s director, who “never had that kind of feedback before from so many people about the same comic,” Becky Braunstein is a fast-rising standout performer with fresh energy and wide-eyed enthusiasm that is impossible to ignore. She grew up on a mountain in Alaska where she had no one to talk to, moved to Portland after being diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer and coming close to losing her voice forever - but she didn’t lose it, and now she won’t shut up. Becky was an audience favorite at the prestigious 2016 Big Sky Comedy Festival, was selected for 'Best of the Fest' at the 2017 Golden Spike Comedy Festival, and has also performed at the 2017 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the All Jane Comedy Festival, the Idaho Laugh Fest, the 208 Comedy Fest, Pickathon, the Siren Nation Festival, NW Women’s Comedy Festival, and the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival. A finalist for ‘Best Comedian’ in the Willamette Week’s 2016 & 2017 Best of Portland, and selected for Helium Comedy Club’s ‘Best of Portland’, she performs regularly at Helium Comedy Club, Harvey’s Comedy Club, and Curious Comedy Theater. She studied at the same acting school as Liam Neeson, and has a specific set of skills - which include illustrating #FatAnimals, being able to lip-sync the entirety of ‘Pehla Nasha’ from the 1992 hit Bollywood film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, and demolitions.
Sarah Burrows is a comedian based in Los Angeles, performing regularly at Flappers Comedy Club, The Comedy Store and Westside Comedy. She has been a frequent performer with ‘Pretty, Funny Women’ and has twice been invited to perform in the hit show ‘Women Who Kill’ at the Hollywood Improv. Sarah is a graduate of both the Second City Acting and Writing Conservatories. She performed in a weekly improv show at the Second City Theater in Hollywood for 2 years and was a founding member of the improv group ‘The Laughteers’ that had a successful run at the Acme Comedy Theater for over 5 years. Sarah is also an in-demand essayist, sharing her stories at shows such as Pinata, PEZ, Tattle Tales and Word Salad.
Katie Behrens is a local performer and improviser who has been involved with theater for as long as she can remember. She has been with Curious for 6 wonderful years and got addicted to improv under the teachings of Stacey Hallal and Bob Ladewig. She has since been a part of the duo, Katie, with Katie Michels and Biz Caj with Dylan Reiff and Garrett Palm. She can be seen all around town, but feels truly at home on the Curious Comedy stage.
Portland-based Coor Cohen began her career as a comedy writer in the Deep South, but in 2012 she decided to step onstage and hasn’t looked back since. Coor’s background in comedy writing and natural charisma allowed her to quickly develop a distinct comedic voice described as “intellectually silly,” allowing her to tackle a wide variety of topics ranging from politics to the peculiarities of public radio. By avoiding typical “comedienne” topics, she brings a refreshing point-of-view to any stage and leaves audiences feeling like they just made their new best friend.
Coor has appeared at the Cape Fear Comedy Festival, the Portland Queer Comedy Festival, and the Savage Henry Comedy Festival. She has opened for comics such as Nikki Glaser, Arj Barker, Ian Karmel, and Shane Torres. She has produced multiple benefit shows for various women’s reproductive rights organizations, such as Planned Parenthood and Lady Parts Justice (co-founded by DAILY SHOW co-creator Lizz Winstead), and also co-hosts a weekly show in Portland called I’mma Leave You With This.
With the sweetness of the Midwest and the iron balls of the East Coast, Jenny Zigrino is a comedian that packs a punch of truly original humor. She's charmed audiences across the country with her wit, keen observations, embarrassing anecdotes, and brilliant honesty for a compelling performance you can't ignore.
Comedian, actress, content creator, and more, Amanda Seales doesn’t just make you laugh, she makes change!
With an uncanny knack for taking serious topics (racism, rape culture, sexism, police brutality, etc.) and with humor, making them relatable and interesting, she combines intellectual wit, irreverent silliness and a pop culture obsession to create her unique style of smart funny content for the stage and screens.
Along with performing stand up across the globe, and touring colleges doing comedic lectures on everything from sexism and diversity, to black popular culture, this former MTV VJ with a master’s in African American studies from Columbia University is a series regular as Tiffany on HBO’s “Insecure”, spokesperson for anti-tobacco advocates TheTruth.com, host of FOX’s “Empire” Aftershow, named by Time Out LA as one of 2017’s comedians to watch, is creator/host of LA’s hit comedy game show “Smart Funny & Black” at Nerdmelt, and went viral after articulately and passionately confronting Caitlin Jenner on issues of race and equality in America, during a live streamed dinner, hosted by Katy Perry, on Youtube. She has created/written/produced/and starred in several digital series for major platforms (AOL, BET, SheKnows.com, Elle.com) including two seasons of her scripted comedy, Get Your Life available on www.Blavity.com.
With a strong social media presence, even stronger points of view, and a patronus that’s a Black Panther with wings, Amanda Seales continues to keep audiences laughing and thinking!
The Puterbaugh Sisters, Tiffany and Danielle Puterbaugh are a sister duo act that experiments with ridiculousness. Originally from Chicago and now in LA.Yes, they're sisters.They're parents relationship has failed, but their sister act will not."Taking they're shtick into absurdist parallel universes.. it works 100% of the time. Making them one of the most innovative and up and coming acts to catch in town." - The Onion AV Club"Named Chicago Comics to watch" - Chicago MagazineYou've seen these sisters everywhere, featuring at CVS and headlining Walgreens. They've also performed at TBS Just For Laughs Festival, Riot LA, "Best Bars in America" (Esquire), Benzen Ball (Washington, DC), High Plaines (Tru TV), The Andy Kauffman Awards (Gotham Comedy Club, NY), Top 100 "Last Comic Standing" Season 9 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.
Steph Tolev is a stand up and sketch comedian from Toronto currently residing in LA. Her unique brand of absurd and personal comedy has made her an audience favorite across North America both on stage and on television. As a stand up, Steph has done the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and featured in a TV Gala as well being part of the Homegrown competition in 2014. She was one of the 42 with her sketch duo Ladystache in the Just For Laughs 42 festival in Toronto. During JFL42 she was also a finalist for Sirius XM Radio’s Next Top Comic competition and featured on Andy Kindler’s Alternative show. She was well-received at the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Fran Sketch Fest, Big Sky Festival, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Sketch Fests, as well as North By North East. Steph won the award for Best Female Stand Up at the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2015 and was nominated for her sketch troupe. Her first stand up album “Hot N’ Hungry” hit number one on itunes and was listed top five comedy albums of 2016 by Exclaim.
Jen Saunderson brings an imaginatively whimsical and sometimes dark style of humor. She’s the co-hosts and creator of the new IFC series, "The Filling is Mutual." Saunderson was a judge’s favorite on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and can be seen on each season of FOX’s Laughs.
Saunderson has performed in Bumbershoot, Bridgetown, SF Sketchiest and took third in the She-Devil Comedy Festival Competition in New York which hosted 60 female comics.
She now lives in Los Angeles with her two cats, elderly dog and husband who was supposed to proof read this so if there are any errors, it’s his folt. Saunderson originally hails from Seattle where Seattle Weekly named her Best Comedian.
Caitlin Peluffo is a comedian currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been featured in NBC Seeso’s “New York's Funniest,” the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, and the Limestone Comedy Festival. Caitlin currently performs regularly in NYC at New York Comedy Club and Stand Up NY as well as clubs nationwide with comedians like Gilbert Gottfried, Gary Gulman, and Jeff Dye. She recently made her TV debut as a finalist in the Trial By Laughter Comedy Show on Comcast. Peluffo has been showcased at the Women in Comedy Festival and was runner-up in both the Stand Up NY Comedy Competition and the Fingerlakes Comedy Competition. Caitlin is a former soccer player who dropped the wind sprints but kept the thighs as well as the drinking habit. No subject is off limits, however, she did make a promise to her mother that she would never, ever discuss that one time she took those ‘whorish, yet tastefully executed’ photos for a guy she used to date in the military. She may be a patriot, but a promise is a promise.
JoAnn Schinderle is a Portland based comic, actress, writer and producer. She has been seen on VICE, Laughs on Fox, and has been a live correspondent for the Keep Oregon Well campaign. JoAnn has appeared in such festivals as, All Jane, Bridgetown, Bumbershoot, Chicago Comedy Expo, Hell Yes Fest, Out of Bounds, and SF Sketchfest.
As a working stand-up at Helium Comedy Club- Portland, her humor is relatable, snarky, and has a storytelling style that will make you feel like she’s your best friend letting you in on a secret. Also trained as an improvisor through courses at Second City Training Center and Curious Comedy Theater, JoAnn creates big characters and will “yes and” the shit out of you. Schinderle is represented by one of the top talent agents in the PNW, Option Talent, and has landed principal roles in both national and local commercials. She also hosts, curates, and produces a weekly showcase called Control Yourself: A Showcase of Funny, which has been featured as ‘Top 5 Portland Comedy Showcases to Watch’ 3years running by the Willamette Week. Control Yourself (which was also featured in Paste Magazine) runs every Sunday at Alberta Street Pub in NE Portland.
If you enjoy friendly banter you can follow JoAnn on twitter @joannlizabeth
Charming and unapologetic with a wicked repartee, Holly Lynnea is a Louisville-based comedian and writer. She honed her comedic timing while training at The Second City and iO Training Centers in Chicago, IL.with a wicked repartee, Holly Lynnea is a Louisville-based comedian and writer. She honed her comedic timing while training at The Second City and iO Training Centers in Chicago, IL.
Holly performs at venues and comedy clubs across the US and Canada. She has worked with D.L. Hughley, Roy Wood Jr., and Jackie Kashian to name a few. She made her television debut on the FOX Network's "Laughs TV" show and recently earned a spot as a semi-finalist for Stand-Up NBC.
Her festival appearances include SheDot Comedy Festival, Laugh Your Asheville Off, Accidental Comedy Festival, Scruffy City Comedy Festival, Orlando Indie Comedy Festival, Women In Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and the 208 Comedy Festival.
Belinda Carroll is a Portland, Oregon native, LGBTQ activist and coffee addict. A stand-up comedian, actress, and singer she has appeared on fun stuff like Portlandia, MTV, XM Sirius radio and Grimm a couple of times. Her writing credits include, Huffington Post, Cracked.com, and PQ Monthly. She also has opened or featured for Hari Kondabolu, Shane Mauss, Erasure (Andy Bell), The Cliks, Julie Goldman, and Laurie Kilmartin.
Portland comedian Barbara Holm has performed at the San Francisco Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the All Jane Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Arts festival, Rose City Comic Con, PAX Convention, and the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston. She has written for IGN, Live Wire, Splitsider, Comic Book Resources, The Portland Mercury, and the Huffington Post. She has been awarded Time Out New York’s Joke of the Week and was named “one of the best things about comedy in 2012” by the Comedy Bureau. Her comedy has been described as clever, unique, idiosyncratic, and exuberant. Seattle City Arts Magazine called her a “comedy wizard” and Seattle Stranger Newspaper described her as an “adorable wunderkind” and she describes herself as “running away from this question to hide under the desk right now.”
Kate Aguilar is a Portland-based improviser, storyteller, and stand-up comic, originally from Los Angeles, California. Kate has performed at Seattle's Highlarious Comedy Festival, the Portland Queer Comedy Festival, and in more bars than she once thought humanly possible. A graduate of Smith College, Kate is a founding member of the queer feminist comedy collective, "That's What She Said", and is currently writing a feminist critique of the 1982 feature film "Tootsie".
Girls With Heads is a Performance Art Collective created by Mariah Muñoz. GWH's mission is to see more womxn more often on stage. Perpetuating strength, confidence, and connection into our community.
Mariah Mercedes Muñoz has been doing improv in the Portland area since she was a teenager. Mariah created and curates the performance art collective Girls with Heads, which showcases the varied talents of Portland’s female identified entertainers. When not improvising and agitating for social justice, she enjoys eating cheeseburgers and working in the corporate offices of Dr. Martens.
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Maine native and Comedy Cellar regular, Emma is one of the top comedians in New York City. Emma made her late night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and has also performed standup on Fuse’s Uproarious, Seeso’s Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, and The Guest List and AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live. In 2017, Emma had the opportunity to record a set for the CNN series The History of Comedy. Later this year you can catch Emma on the MTV International talking head series Vidiots and the web series Gay Girl Straight Girl.
A Los Angeles resident with deep midwestern roots, the dark yet silly comedy of Riley Silverman has been seen on Seeso’s Take My Wife and Comedy Central’s Not Safe with Nikki Glaser. Her debut comedy album, Intimate Apparel, was a #1 best seller on Amazon. Riley is the head writer for the International Waters comedy panel show podcast, has posed as a body diversity model for the fashion brand ModCloth, and was also listed as one of 10 Women Comedians Who Smash the Patriarchy by The Culture Trip.
Big hair. Big heart. Big mouth. Barbara’s ebullient stage presence combined with vulnerable material and goofy style have made her a quickly rising star in the Los Angeles alternative comedy scene. In 2016 she filmed sets for Viceland’s “Flophouse” and Hulu’s “Coming to the Stage” and she has written for the past three seasons of the hit show “Billy on the Street”. She can be seen in the upcoming "Corporate" on Comedy Central, as can be seen on CC's digital series "Deadliest Chef" as well as Nick Swardson's "Typical Rick", as well as MTV’s “Acting Out”.
Along with touring all over the country, Babs has made multiple visits to SF Sketchfest and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, where her performance was deemed ‘funny as get-out’ by the Portland Mercury. Her comedy has been featured on Huffington Post and Ellen, and her underground comedy show One-Two Punch, run out of her own living room in Silverlake, had a spread in the LA Times. She is also a regular at the top shows and venues in Los Angeles, including the Improv, Comedy Store, Meltdown, Good Heroin, and literally any place somebody will put a microphone and give her some attention.
Barbara is also a co-host of the hit podcast “Lady to Lady”, which recently surpassed 3 million downloads from listeners all over the world. The live talk show can be seen at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and the Hollywood Improv. The show combines the roundtable discussions of The View with the antics and characters of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Described as “The funniest podcast ever” by BUST magazine, the ladies bring the weird every week with a combination of pop culture skewering and embarrassing personal revelations.
Lauren Faber is a feral comedian who was raised in a basement by the early 90's specials of Ellen Degeneres, Paula Poundstone, Rosie O'Donnell and Elvira Kurt. (It was MUCH later that she noticed the common thread there, but that's a story for a show.) Lauren has yet to learn that you can make things up on stage, so get ready for some unadulterated truth about her misadventures as a lesbian globetrotter trying to get a date and save the world. When she isn't on stage, Lauren works at a university in Durham, NC with a justly reviled basketball team doing all the boring stuff so a brilliant economist can actually save the world.
Lauren won the She-Devil Comedy Competition in NYC and the title of Carolinas' Funniest Comic in 2016. She performs in festivals across the country including the Limestone, Hell Yes, Laugh Your Asheville Off, Women in Comedy, Cinder Block, Cape Fear , Scruffy City , Charm City (Headliner), and Highlarious. Lauren has featured for Chad Daniels, emceed for Godfrey, Jim Breuer, Dan Cummins, Phil Hanley and Joe Zimmerman, and appeared with Maria Bamford on WUNC's the State of Things.
Katie McCarthy is a Boston-based comedian who will make you delightedly shriek “What?!” She’s peddled her brand of silly-yet-cerebral humor all around the country, impressing audiences at Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and Women in Comedy Festival. Starting as a sketch writer and actor, Katie has since tackled stand up; her absurd ruminations on personal experiences, pop culture, and politics quickly made her a favorite of Boston’s legendary Comedy Studio, where she served as their Comic In Residence in January 2016. She’s appeared on Nerdist’s Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction podcast three times and can be seen on SeeSo’s Hidden America for like two minutes. She doesn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day or the guarantee of seeing a dog.
Dominique Gelin is a comedian in Oakland, CA who offers strong opinions on stupid things, -isms, and assholes. It’s all very fascinating. She has performed at SF Sketchfest, Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival, and was a finalist for the Ultimate Miami Comedian. She has also touched the stage of a really famous comedy club that one time.
Katie Hannigan is a writer performer hybrid living in New York City
Katie's legit acting background includes a BFA and training at the Moscow Art Theatre, Second City, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Katie’s comedic acting has been featured on MTV’s Inside Joke, FineBro’s, College Humor, Seeso, and The Oxygen Network. Recently she starred in a Colombis MFA scifi romcom, You Me and Me.
Additionally Katie performs stand up nightly in New York City at Greenwich Village Comedy Club, Caroline's, New York Comedy Club, The Standing Room, and Stand Up New York. She also tours frequently and has featured for Mike Lawrence, Adam Conover, Andy Woodhull, Anthony Devito, Jon Rineman, etc. And appeared in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, The Women in Comedy Festival and the Woodstock Comedy Festival.
Katie’s current projects include headlining Caroline’s on Broadway as part of the breakout artist series, developing an online trivia prank show with the History Channel, competing in Roast Battle at the Stand in NYC and the Comedy Store in LA, and cohosting The Comedienne Project with Corrine Fisher of Guys we F*cked. The Comedienne Project grew out of a self produced piece in the 2015 New York City Fringe Festival in which female comics examine the relationship between audiences expectations and a comics material choice.
Kirsten Kuppenbender is a Portland based Powerhouse with a heart made of precious metal. She's a comedian, she's an actor and she is the visionary of a comedic revolution. In addition to her brilliant stand up and hosting skills, she is The Founder and Producer of Lez Stand Up: a Portland-based, all-queer, feminist comedy collective and showcase which performs up and down the West Coast. You may have seen her in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, All Jane, Funny Women Festival LA and more recently when she opened for Micheal Che!!
Tory Ward is a comedian living in Portland Oregon. She has been featured on Helium's Dirty Dozen showcase and the weekly local showcase at Al's Den. She currently hosts and produces a show with her family on the Oregon Coast in a transformed mortuary.
Natalie Holt's comedy career started in Seattle, but her absurd spirit is the result of her weird and wonderful upbringing in Florida. Onstage, she's a whirl of surreal wordplay and wears her heart on her sleeve. Her comedy has been described as "an emotional Penthouse letter" with "jokes that almost don't work".
She keeps busy as performing around the Pacific Northwest and as a producer at Seattle favorite The Comedy Nest. She's performed at Bumbershoot and was a co-writer of the live interdimensional talk show Alyssa Explains It All. You can catch her anytime on your favorite podcasting platform discussing the birds, the bees, and THC on Sexual Awake'n'Baking.
FEELINGS is an intersectional, feminist, queer improv show based on your suggestions. Kinzie is gay, Natasha is a white-passing Latina, and they want you to join them to eat dessert and dismantle the white-cis-hetero patriarchy. Show up in your PJS and bring some ice cream because it's about to get real. FEELINGS started performing together in 2015. Highlights include the Seattle Festival of Improvised Theatre in 2016 & 2017, Bumbershoot 2016, and the Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival run by Second City Hollywood. Kinzie Shaw is a company member at Unexpected Productions, and Natasha Ransom is a company member at Jet City Improv both in Seattle, WA. We engage with a queer feminist perspective in an earnest way, while also being satirical and poking fun at ourselves. We find comedy in real and honest portrayals of women's issues and represent strong, smart, independent women. The suggestions we get from the audience come from an emotionally rooted place and give us a lot to work with. We talk about race, gender, sexuality, and politics while also making the audience laugh and reflect.