HAVE A LOOK AT OUR LINE UP FROM LAST YEAR'S 5TH ANNIVERSARY ALL JANE EXTRAVAGANZA 2016!
Maria Bamford is the creator and star of her own Netflix TV Series, the critically acclaimed and brilliant Lady Dynamite! which was recently renewed for a second season.
Maria was named one of Rolling Stone's 50 Funniest People, and is the winner of the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic.
She recurred as Debris Bardeaux on Netflix’s Arrested Development reboot as well as on fX’s Louie and Comedy Central’s Kroll Show.
She also created Maria Bamford: the special special special, one of Vulture.com’s Top 10 Stand-Up Specials of 2012, and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, which screened at the Museum of Art and Design and was described as a “cold blast of brilliance” by The New Yorker.
Maria is the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie. She has made numerous late-night appearances, most recently on Conan and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Maria contributes comedic voiceovers for such animations as Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman,” Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl, Nickelodeon’s Kung Fu Panda and Legend of Korra, and Fox’s upcoming Golan the Insatiable. She was also a regular voice on Nickelodeon’s CatDog and Back at the Barnyard (in which she reprised the role of Mrs. Beady from the Nick feature Barnyard).
Maria’s writing has been featured in The Onion, GQ and LA Weekly. She can be seen as both herself and her mother in the My Damn Channel web series Ask My Mom. Her latest CD, Ask Me About My New God! is available on Comedy Central Records.
In terms of showbiz, Maria has made it and is swimming in a gravy boat, filled with scrumptious gravy. She lives with two overweight dogs and a fiance in Eagle Rock, California. Go, Las Tiendas de Llantas!
Laura House is a comic, writer and meditation teacher. After starring on Mtv’s first scripted sit-com, "Austin Stories," she appeared on several stand-up shows and in the film "Where the Heart is," opposite Natalie Portman. She writes for Vice’s Broadly site and is published in several books including "True Tales of Lust and Love." She’s written TV shows for over a decade including "Blue Collar TV," "The George Lopez Show," the Emmy-winning "Samantha Who?" and CBS' "Mom." She’s also developed scripts at ABC, Nickelodeon and FX. She debuted her hit solo show "How to Hate Yourself" at the Hollywood Fringe Fest which Huffpo called “…a riotous laughfest and complete joy.” Her podcast "Laura House at Large" features a season called “Will you Med with Me?” where you can meditate along with comics, writers, rock stars and what-have-you. She’s currently a writer for "Loosely, Exactly Nicole" on Mtv. Vids and more at laurahouse.com
From the moment pint-sized comedian Leah Mansfield takes the stage, audiences are as interested as they are impressed. Being the daughter of Native American hippie scientists and the second of seven siblings provides Leah with an endless well of anecdotal family stories.
Eager to rebel against her parents, Leah became devoutly religious and joined the Air Force immediately after graduating from the University of Washington. In a master stroke of irony, she became a Nuclear Weapons Launch Officer-where her job was to not press the red button and destroy the world.
After years of diligently not doing much of anything, Leah began her adventure into standup comedy. Her unique ability to couple a whirlwind of comedic energy with her original outlook on life has allowed Leah to travel across the country as a festival favorite, and feature for national headliners such as Tom Green, Jimmy Dore, and Hal Sparks.
Bobbie Oliver is a 28-year comedy veteran, producer and author… and a life-long riot grrrl feminist. Originally from the Athens, GA area, Bobbie owns Tao Comedy Studio in Los Angeles and is the author of The Tao of Comedy: Embrace the Pause (recommended by Maria Bamford and Wendy Liebman). Bobbie just produced the 2nd Annual Laugh Riot Grrrl Comedy Festival featuring 125 comedians- 100 of which are women- in a week-long festival which includes a Women in Comedy Roundtable and a Self Defense for female comics workshop. At Tao Comedy Studio, Bobbie produces the weekly Women Only Laugh Riot Grrrl Open Mic and the monthly Pussy Riot feminist comedy show, as well as other shows, mics, and a feminist zine. Bobbie produced the Eagle Rock Comedy Festival for four years.
Bobbie has appeared on ABC, WeTV, Sirius XM Radio, Style Network, TNN and has performed at NASA, IBM and Congressional fundraisers, as well as clubs, colleges, corporate events and hell gigs all over America. She has also won several comedy contests and festivals in Los Angeles. Bobbie has taught the Tao of Comedy standup workshops for 12 years, providing a safe space for women and men comedians to find their authentic voice and encouraging intersectional feminism in comedy. She has taught comedy at the Women In Comedy Festival in Boston, UC Irvine, Ice House Comedy Club, Pasadena City College, LaGrange College and more. Bobbie’s feminist essays about the comedy community (ex. The Subtle Oppression of Women by Comedy) have been used in classes at UCLA and William Patterson University, and landed her two speaking engagements at UCLA regarding gender in the US. Bobbie has three CDs on iTunes, the most recent being her album Feminazi C*nt.
Bobbie has been on the cover of Pasadena Weekly twice, was recently featured in LA Weekly, and was called one of the “best comics in America” by the New York Post. Extensive list of credits, press and hours of extra video available at www.bobbieoliver.net
Rana May was persuaded to try stand up comedy after doing “informational speeches” at backyard barbeques and in basements for a year or two. Her background is in booking illegal warehouse punk shows, social work, dog rescue, and used book stores -- where deadpan is considered a strength. Her stand up is sometimes weird, pragmatic, and whimsical and nobody has ever said she reminded them of anyone.
Rana has been featured locally in the City Pages, Star Tribune, Minnesota Daily, MPR, and was picked as one of five Minnesotan comics to watch in 2016 by Growler Magazine. You can see her performing all over the Twin Cities producing and hosting Donut Party! Open Mic. You could also catch her performing as a cast member for Boy Kisses Comedy Show. She’s opened for Maria Bamford, Kyle Kinane, Jonah Ray, Mary Mack, Tim Harmston, Neil Hamburger, and others.
Rana has performed on the Meltdown and in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Crom Comedy Festival, Chicago Comedy Exposition, and Hell Yes Fest.
Anica Cihla is a fresh comic from Seattle, WA whose style is an approachable blend of observational humor, self-deprecating anecdotes, and gypsy curses. She has appeared in the Redwood Comedy Festival, the 36th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition, and the CROM West Comedy Festival in Denver, CO this summer. Anica has performed comedy all along the west coast and Midwest, but her crowning achievement was that one time she had a surprisingly good set in the back of a defunct sex shop in Las Vegas. Anica is CPR/AED certified.
Andie has risen quickly up the ranks of the Portland scene and is now the regular host of Curious Comedy Theater's weekly open mic.. She uses comedy as a form of activism and produces fundraisers that have raised thousands of dollars for causes close to her heart; like Planned Parenthood, Bernie Sanders, The Oregon Humane Society and The Orlando Tragedy, through the series Revolution Comedy.
Festival credits include Bumbershoot, Seattle Sketchfest, SF Sketchfest, The All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival, Portland Pride 2014, Treefort Festival, Cromfest and The Comedy Exposition. She has recently performed for sold out crowds at UCBeast, UCB Chelsea and The Stand Nightclub in NYC, Doc's Lab in SF, and Helium Comedy Club in Portland.
She has opened for TJ Miller, David Huntsberger, Myq Kaplan and James Adomian, and afterwords they 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, punk and post punk music, making goofy paintings, nature documentaries and yelling about the patriarchy.
Ali is a comedian and writer based in Portland, Oregon, who isn’t afraid to give the people what they really want: grammar-related humor. She was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Portland’s Funniest Person contest and can be seen co-hosting Get Wet, a weekly stand-up show at Splash Bar in downtown Portland. Ali has performed in venues all over Portland and will be saying words into a microphone in New Orleans at Hell Yes Fest this October. She once yelled at the father of the bride at her friend’s wedding, but it was for legitimate reasons regarding the dance playlist.
Julia Ramos is a stand-up comic making her way in this world, and just trying not to get arrested...again.
She's managed to make it 32 years living a life of procrastination, and acted no different by the time she started stand-up at the age of 27. Although she didn't take the time to remember any of her jokes until she stopped drinking, she looks back fondly on the random words written on pieces of napkins in her home, a home which held an abundance of lined paper.
She's performed all over Portland, one place in Beaverton, and in front of an entire county of Drug Court Officials in Clark County, Washington. She recently made it into the NW Women's Comedy Festival and is beyond thrilled to perform there in the Fall. Her life is moving along swimmingly, and really strives to ease the lives of those around her through comedy and truth.
Jackie Kashian's comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of “All Things Considered." Her new hour standup special "This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux" is available on CD, DVD and digital download on Comedy Film Nerds. She's appeared twice on the Conan O'Brien show, Comedy Central's @midnight and has recorded This American Life with Ira Glass for NPR. Her critically acclaimed podcast, The Dork Forest, is in its 10th year. She interviews all and sundry about the things they love. Their "dorkdoms." It's the safest space in podcasting. Tune into The Dork Forest on iTunes or at her website: www.dorkforest.com.
Maggie Maye loves candy almost as much as she also loves performing comedy, which, if you know her, if a whole lot. She had her late night debut on Conan and was featured in AXS TV presents: Gotham Comedy Live . She’s performed stand up in festivals such as Bridgetown Comedy Festival, FunFunFun Fest, Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, SXSW, and the All Jane Comedy Festival. She’s opened for Paul Rodriguez, Gladys Knight, and Earth, Wind and Fire. She’s gotten shout outs in comedy articles in the Huffington Post, Variety, LaughSpin, the New York Times, Sidesplitter, who named her among the 2015 top up-and-coming comics, and the Austin American Statesman, who named her as one of 2015’s People to Watch. She performs improv comedy with the troupe Damn, Gina! and in various sketch and improv shows around Austin. Her comedy is described in the same way she is: sassy, charming, and smart. Also, a 6-year-old once told her she was the funniest person ever. And kids rarely lie.
Lisa Best is a comedian who currently resides in Los Angeles. She spends her free time foraging for food, defending her life choices from family members (and herself), and uncomfortably creating first person paragraphs about herself. The Portland Monthly wrote that Lisa "has a flair for turning embarrassing stories into comedy gold." She has appeared in sketches for Comedy Central and Funny or Die, and also appeared on a terrible show on SyFy once that she hopes she'll forget about like she did her SAT score. Lisa has performed in countless festivals and competitions including the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, California's Funniest Females, Rooftop's National College Comedy Competition, Meltdown, and some others she told her parents about before they replied, "What's that?" Lisa performs standup in clubs, colleges and homeless shelters across the country. But enough about her. How are you?
Jessica Sele is a California comic who feels fine. This girl's stand up was recently featured on Viceland's "Flophouse." She has performed at festivals including Bridgetown, Limestone, and SF Sketchfest. Her subject material ranges from sexuality to living in the end times to mental health issues and their related substance abuse habits, etc... She was featured in Bitch Magazine as a "hilarious and talented queer woman."
Robby Hoffman is a stand-up comedian and writer. She was just featured in Just For Laughs 42 this past year on three shows, including the famed New Faces Show. She has also been named one of the “Top 10 Comedians” by the Montreal Mirror and hottest Top 50 on afterellen.com. She currently writes on the Emmy award winning children's show, Odd Squad (PBS) and has two original series projects in development.
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.
Fresh Hell (Emily Durrett, Elizabeth Guest and Hannah Garcés) is an improv and sketch team based in Los Angeles. They met and fell in love while studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. You can see these lil' critters pop up at UCBTLA's Harold Night, Comedy Bang! Bang!, LA's indie improv scene, Funny or Die, Cracked, behind you in the mirror when you look up from washing your face and other places!
Katie Nguyen is a Portland comedian who writes and performs stand-up, improv, and sketch. She's an ensemble member at the Brody Theater and has performed at SF Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Stumptown Improv Festival, and the All Jane Comedy Festival. Katie's material has been described as "weird, in a wonderful way," "razor sharp," and "gross implications."
Becky Braunstein grew up on a mountain in Alaska. Like, a MOUNTAIN. You know the high altitude cooking directions on the back of the box? That was her. She skied down to America in 2010, and has been keeping Portland weirdly enamored ever since. A finalist for Best Comedian in the Willamette Week’s 2016 'Best of Portland', and one of Helium Comedy Club’s 2015 ‘Best of Portland’, she also hosts at Harvey’s Comedy Club and has performed at the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival and Pickathon. She is a 3-time semifinalist in the Portland's Funniest Person competition at Helium Comedy Club, and as a cancer survivor herself, she is the MC for the annual 'Notes of Hope' benefit event, which raises money for programs supporting young people with cancer. Becky studied for one term 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.
Jenna Zine is the founder and curator of the popular Portland, OR. showcase, Keep It Like A Secret – a monthly comedy event held at Larry Crane’s legendary recording studio, Jackpot! featuring the city’s top standups combined with Skype sets from nationally known comedians. Past Skype guests have included: Ted Alexandro, Kate Berlant, Dan St. Germain, Matteo Lane, Dave Ross, Andi Smith and many more!
In addition to performing at her own shows, she's also opened for Mike Lawrence, Creed Bratton from The Office, was chosen as "A Comedian You Should Know" for the coveted Earthquake Hurricane showcase, has been on the $5 Bill Showcase, The Ex Novo Comedy Hour, the Spilt Milk Showcase, Danny Felts’ Regular People podcast, the Funemployment podcast, and was a part of the Kill Rock Stars Red Bull party at MFNW in 2015. She has also emceed for Cheap Trick & Peter Frampton at the Oregon Zoo and the Main Stage at Pickathon in 2014.
Jenna hates her bangs and will probably complain about them well into the afterlife.
Curious Comedy All-Stars include Portland's funniest ladies including Katie Michels, Katie Behrens, Jenn Hunter, Stacey Hallal, Kara Moore and very special guest, Artistic Director of the Brody Theater, Domeka Parker!
Offering a fresh and honest perspective that’s rare to find, Dulcé Sloan was recently honored as the 2015 NBC Stand Up Showcase Winner and as a 2015 Montreal Just For Laughs New Face. A favorite among audiences, she was voted runner-up for Atlanta’s 2015 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. She made her late-night debut this year on Conan. She can be seen this fall on Acting Out on MTV and Comedy Knock Out on truTV. Dulcé's signature sass and confidence drives her hilarious views on everything from her personal relationships to the absurdities of society.
Kate Willett has been featured on Comedy Central’s “This Is Not Happening,” Viceland’s “Flophouse” and is a regular opener for Margaret Cho who she’s toured with nationally and internationally. You might have seen her on Fusion TV or heard her on the Risk! podcast with Kevin Allison. She’s was named a top “Artist to Watch in 2016” by SF Weekly, has opened for comedians like Kyle Kinane, Jen Kirkman, Anthony Jeselnik, Dana Gould, Jackie Kashian, Myq Kaplan, and Michael Che. She’s appeared in the 2015 Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, BridgetownComedy Festival, and San Francisco Sketchfest (3 years in a row). She’s a regular feature at comedy clubs all over the country and a favorite of audience members, flannel clad skateboarders, and all of her twenty-three roommates.
Candy Lawrence is a Los Angeles based comic hailing from Chicago. Hilarious, dynamic and eccentric, she captivates you with her unique blend of energy and idiosyncratic comedy. Candy can be seen performing stand-up at various venues including Zanies, House of Blues, The Laugh Factory, and UP Comedy Club among others. She is also willing to rollerblade to other cities outside of LA to perform for you. She was apart of the Just For Laughs 2011 and 2013 festival in Chicago, Limestone Festival 2014, Riot LA 2015, Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland 2013, All Jane Comedy Festival 2014 and Oddball Fest 2014. She has opened for Maria Bamford, Jen Kirkman, Moshe Kasher, James Adomian, Judah Friedlander, Garfunkel & Oates, Brent Weinbach, Kurt Braunohler, Kyle Dunnigan, and Wyatt Cenac . She’s also appeared in Roustabout with Kurt Braunohler on Comedy Central and was chosen to be one of top 100 on Last Comic Standing. Candy generates one laugh per second and she would like to thank Rod Stewart for teaching her everything she knows about comedy.
Daphnique Springs is a Stand-Up Comedienne who has featured For Martin Lawrence (2015) and Toured with Katt Williams on his Born Again...Again Tour (2014-2015). She is the 2015 Winner of the She-Devil Festival in New York City, NY. World Series of Poker Comedy Girls Satellite 1st Place Winner (2016).
Multitalented comedienne, Daphnique Springs, is a Florida native living in LA. She is bursting onto the comedy scene with wit and versatility. Intelligent and biting, Daphnique's comedy is dark, honest, and still relatable. Ranging from personal experiences/subjects to social commentary, she has a unique blend of witty and pointed sarcasm which makes her a favorite among audiences. From the stage, Daphnique conveys ease and a confidence that engages audiences and leads to an unpredictable, unprecedentedly hilarious show.
Springs has been featured in a variety of roles on shows such as, How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) and Laughs On FOX.
Originally from San Francisco, Georgia keeps telling herself that moving to Columbus wasn’t a step backward. Catch her absurd opinions on everyday situations all around the Midwest. Georgia is the president of Ohio State’s Buckeye Standup Comedy Club as well as a member of the sketch group Actual Wolves and has opened for Dan St. Germain.
Danielle Perez is a Los Angeles, CA based stand-up comedian who's bubbly personality, sharp wit, and unapologetic love of Mariah Carey has made her a standout in the Los Angeles comedy scene. Best known for being the woman in a wheelchair, with no feet, who won a treadmill on The Price Is Right, she has appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and was recently profiled by Refinery 29. She has opened for Maria Bamford and performed at Punch Line (San Francisco, CA), ComedyWorks (Denver, CO), and Crom Comedy Festival. This Fall she will perform at Cinder Block Comedy Festival in Brooklyn, NY. The Los Angeles native is a founding member of Thigh Gap Comedy and produces GENTRIFICATION, a monthly comedy show in her hometown neighborhood of Highland Park. Danielle brunches regularly and believes that success is owning multiple sequin bodycon dresses in a plus size.
JoAnn has performed across the country in such festivals as Bumbershoot, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Chicago Comedy Exposition, SF Sketchfest (‘16,‘15,‘14), Hell Yes Fest, All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival (‘13,‘14), Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, as well as having won multiple rounds of Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction. Schinderle has been known to win crowds over with her pervy charm. JoAnn also had the honor of opening for Lena Dunham on her ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ book tour in a sold out show at Portland’s Newmark Theatre.
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. JoAnn has appeared on Rooftop Comedy, Fight Stigma Web Series, and is a contributing writer for Laugh Staff. 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’ 2years 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
Whitney Streed is a comedian because if they were not, their incessant punning would have no artistic or monetary value whatsoever. Festival appearances include Seattle Sketchfest, All Jane No Dick in Portland, and the Salt Lake City Comedy Carnivale, as well as Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival both as a performer and, since 2013, a producer. Whitney hosts and produces shows all over Portland and can seen playing a feminist and potential home-buyer on three seasons of IFC’s hit show "Portlandia." Whitney Streed cares about you and wants you to be happy.
Nurtured by a mother who told everyone she was from "the South", to avoid admitting she was from Turkey Creek, WV in Appalachia; Belinda Carroll has been openly talking about the secret trashier side of life, being a queerdo, hypocrisy,and Republicans all over the country. She has appeared on Portlandia, Grimm, MTV ; written for Huffpost, Cracked.Com, Portland Mercury, and performed in Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco International Comedy Competition, and Hudson Valley Comedy Festival in NY. She's performed with Julie Goldman, ANT, Hari Kondabolu. Currently a WW's Best of Portland Nominee!
Amanda Arnold is a Portland based stand up comic. As soon as Amanda gets on stage you're ready to laugh. This self proclaimed "chubby not ugly" joke slinger delivers the funny from the very start. Amanda's fast paced, extremely funny comedic style won her the title of Willamette Valley's Funniest person in 2012. Amanda did stand up comedy for the first time when she was 8 years old! Yes! You read that correctly! It's no wonder you get a feeling when watching her that some people are just born funny.
Page Hurwitz began her career as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco at Josie's Cabaret and Cobb's Comedy Club. Subsequently, she appeared at the Montreal Comedy Festival, had her own half-hour comedy special on MTV/Logo networks, and came to the realization that she should work behind the camera. After several years spent writing and producing television shows for TBS, Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, USA, Bravo, E!, and OWN, Hurwitz partnered with Wanda Sykes to form their own production company, Push It Productions. The company has successfully revived the NBC franchise Last Comic Standing (on which Hurwitz serves as show runner) and has original scripted and unscripted projects at NBC, BET, and LOGO.The company’s first series, Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious (OWN) received a Gracie Award in 2014. Push It currently has a first look production deal with Universal Television.
Irene Tu is a San Francisco based stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. A regular at the Punch Line, she was named one of the “Bay Area’s 11 Best Stand Up Comedians” in 2016 by the SFist and has been featured in numerous comedy festivals including SF Sketchfest, Limestone Comedy Festival, Crom Comedy Festival, and the Comedy Exposition. Irene hosts several popular shows in the Bay Area including Laugh Function, Man Haters, and The Mission Position. She also runs Hysteria, a weekly comedy open mic for women and queer comedians, in San Francisco. You can follow her @irene_tu. irenetu.com
Emily Galati is whip-smart and not afraid to prove it. She tackles everything from the metric system to Susan B. Anthony, occasionally bruising some feelings along the way and gleefully waiting for those shocked and chagrined reactions after delivering the punch line. Known for her relentlessly clever style, Galati’s routine combines sharp, short quips with longer stories tangling in recurrent punchlines. Galati brings a socially aware and quick-witted style.
In March 2016 Emily performed standup on the Conan O’Brien Show on TBS. In 2014 Emily appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and the nationally syndicated “Comic’s Unleashed”. In 2013, Emily was chosen to represent Chicago in the "Best of the Midwest" Competition at Gilda's LaughFest. She was a semi-finalist in NBC's Stand Up for Diversity, and finalist in the “Bob and Tom” Comedy Contest held in Indianapolis.
Perpetually 29 year old Luz Pazos, most likely the next break out Latina comedian is hard to understand…that’s because most people are too busy laughing at her jokes and forget that she has an accent. A former beauty queen from Peru, she is smart…and she can be a smart ass. With two degrees from Italy, she can afford to be. She has won several comedy contests in Los Angeles, has been on the Kroll show and has performed at the Comedy Store,Improv,Laugh Factory as well as many other top venues around America.She was at the Shedot Comedy Festival in Toronto and She will be in the 2016 Asheville Comedy Festival. In addition to Luz being one of the hardest working comedians currently in the business, she also writes sketch. Watch out America,this mama is HOT…funny HOT!
Melody Kamali is a first generation Iranian-American from Connecticut where, believe it or not, none of the other kids had to prep for sleepovers by hiding their parents’ traditional Persian ass-cleaning bathroom watering can. The dualities of her life make for an awareness and appreciation of the absurd, and an almost confessional style of comedy she delights crowds with across Chicago. Her love of sketch videos and stand-up drove her to co-found, produce and perform at Double Feature, a monthly show that featured local Chicago stand-ups back-to-back with submitted comedic videos, which ran in conjunction with the historic Lincoln Lodge, the nation’s running independently-produced comedy show. Since then she has been featured in the Chicago Women's Funny Festival and Chicago's Comedy Exposition festival. Melody is an alumni cast member of the Comedy Sportz Theater’s 100 Proof Comedy show and currently produces and performs at The Monday Mulligan, a weekly comedy variety show at Chicago’s Hideout Inn.
Susan Rice is all that and a bag of chips! She is familiar and funny and most people want her to have dinner with them. This veteran comedian has been making people laugh for 30 years. Her humor is down to earth and conversational. It’s her everyday experiences and her ability to bring it to life to others that sets this comic apart. She has performed for audiences as big as 5,000 and as small as 4 and she always gives 100%. It’s her love of her craft that shows in her professional approach to this crazy business. Rice’s industry credits run from HBO’s Comedy Festival, Showtime Comedy All Stars & The Las Vegas Comedy Festival.
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, 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.”
Wendy Weiss is a Portland comic and purveyor of nude arts at Lucky Devil Lounge and Devil's Point. Weiss hosts Comic Strip and Who's Metal AF at Funhouse Lounge and co-hosts Flyass Jokes at Brody Theater. Her column Tits and Giggles is featured monthly in Exotic Magazine and she can be found at bars and showcases all around Portland, sometimes even performing comedy at them.
Lucia Fasano is a Portland-based comedian from Los Angeles. She’s recently appeared in IFC’s Portlandia, on the All Jane Comedy Festival and the New York Funny Songs Fest, as well as shows all over the country. Her work has been featured on @midnight, in The Huffington Post, Paste Magazine, Pajiba, The Mary Sue, and more. She writes and co-stars in the feminist comedy web-series Catty B’s, is a columnist for humor site The Higgs Weldon, is a frequent guest on improv comedy podcast Gosh Darn Fiasco, and is a member of the all-women improv group Teacher’s Pet. Her comedy has been called “sharply hilarious” and not even because of all the knives. Follow her on Twitter at lucia_fasano.