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.
Subhah Agarwal is a stand up comedian currently working out of New York City. Subhah performs regularly at Stand Up New York, the Stand, Gotham, and New York Comedy Clu, and also has performed at Hannibal Buress’s Knitting Factory and Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. She recently showcased in the New York Comedy Festival and was featured on Scott Moran’s PBS documentary series “Modern Comedian.” She is known as one of the hardest working comedians. She has really been working to get her name out there so that one day she can write in a notebook without someone asking her if she’s doing homework.
Sarah Burns is probably best known for her roles as the self-sabotaging lush Hailey, in the film "I Love You, Man" and for her portrayal of the conflicted Krista in HBO's award winning series "Enlightened", alongside Laura Dern and Mike White.
Sarah performed at NYC's Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in New York City for over 7 years and credits the theatre with both keeping her out of trouble and contributing to her enormous array of wigs and sketch props. Her credits include the Nicole Holofcener film "Enough Said," Comedy Central's "Drunk History," "The New Girl" as well as "The Mindy Project,". She can be seen as Abby in the current season of the FX show “Married” and as ADA Emma Sinclair ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder,” as well as the upcoming film “Brother in Laws,” and the IFC film "Slow Learners".
Sarah thinks Portland rocks and that it rolls too.
Scout Durwood is an award winning sometimes musical comedienne, as well as one of six starring cast members on Oxygen’s “Funny Girls,”. After years of working as a cabaret singer in New York City, Scout relocated to Los Angeles in 2012 to work full time as a stand up comedienne. This spring, Scout released her debut comedy album, “Woman of Whimsy.” She has been featured as a comedian on playboy.com (article only *wink*) Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, After Ellen, Nylon, XFinity, CBS Radio, The Mindy Project, and is a proud Moth Storyslam champion. She stars in the webseries with Heather Anne Campbell, and is the host of Truth or Dare, a monthly comedy show at Bar Lubitch in LA. She takes pride in spreading laugher and joy wherever she and her ukulele may roam.
Rylee Newton is a standup comedian from Portland, Oregon. She has performed on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Jimmy Kimmel Live and at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Apsen, CO. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she performs for children who do not "get it."
Kristine Levine is a blonde, tattooed, proudly overweight single mother working as a porn clerk in Portland, OR. In addition to regularly touring both stateside and abroad, Kristine was seen in feature stand-up documentary The Unbookables and has appeared in multiple sketches throughout each season of IFC’s Portlandia. Following the 2011 Seattle International Comedy Competition, 2012 saw her perform at the South By Southwest Music Festival, throughout the month of August at Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and achieve a Guinness World Record as the first female to play 50 states in 50 days on The Biggest Tour Ever.
Bri Pruett is a stand-up comic and improviser from Portland, Oregon. She’s appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the All Jane No Dick comedy festival, and the 2013 Seattle International Comedy Competition. She is a regular host and performer at Curious Comedy Theater and a player with improv singing-ensemble: Pipes. She hosts at Helium Comedy Club, was a finalist in the 2014 Portland’s Funniest Person Contest. In the fall of 2013, Willamette Week named her one of the Funniest 5 Comedians in Portland.
Also Taye Diggs follows her on Twitter: @BriPruett
Anna Seregina is a stand-up comic and performer, described as having the “worst aura.” She was named a “Comic to Watch” by the SF Weekly. She is a co-host of “Terrified with Dave Ross,” part of the Nerdist network. She has appeared in comedy festivals (RIOT LA, SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown, Sacramento, SF Comedy Day, SF Comedy & Burrito), told stories at storytelling events (the Moth, Porchlight), and done weird things publicly (SF MoMA, Artists’ Television Access, SFAI, Public Access TV). She starred in Joey Izzo’s “Stepsister.” Most facts about her are true. Most truths about her are facts.
JoAnn Schinderle hails from the upper Midwest and despite being a Portlander now, will probably never lose her “hot dish” accent.
JoAnn’s performed in such festivals as Bumbershoot, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest (‘15,‘14), All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival (‘13,'14), Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. JoAnn 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. Twitter: @joannlizabeth
Originally from Seattle, Barbara Holm has performed at the San Francisco Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Arts festival, 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.
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!
Comedian Karen Kilgariff worked as an actor on HBO's legendary sketch program Mr. Show and as the head writer for Ellen DeGeneres. But she's found a niche for herself as the composer of scathingly-funny songs about smart-phone obsession, drinking on holidays and dysfunctional relationships.
Alice “Pretty-in-a-Not-Shitty-Way” Wetterlund has performed her non-yelling brand of comedy at all the UCBees as well as San Francisco’s Punchline and, and LA’s Largo and The Hollywood Improv. She has also performed nationally in festivals such as Bridgetown, Moon Tower and Women in Comedy, and frequently tours with Comedy Central on Campus. She was a New Face for the 2013 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and was on the official line up for FOX’s Night of Comedy in Los Angeles the same year. Her credits include guest stars on NEW GIRL (FOX) and BETAS (Amazon original series), and she has appeared on @midnight and Chelsea Lately. Currently, Alice can be seen as a series regular on MTV’s GIRL CODE, and as a guest star on the upcoming season of SILICON VALLEY, and you can catch her as Jackie in Seth Rogen’s THE INTERVIEW in theaters this Christmas.
Jessica Makinson is an actress and writer, known for South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014), Trigger Happy TV (2003) and Love Is Retarded.
Natalie Jose is a modern woman trying to have it all: stand-up comedy, singing, drinking, and unfulfilling sex. A self-proclaimed “party girl,” Natalie rarely knows when to stop and never learns a lesson. Natalie has vamped her way up the ranks of Chicago comedy to become one of the most beloved comics in the city. Audiences are endeared to Natalie’s self-deprecating charm as she puts her own lifestyle under a microscope, with a stage persona that’s both personal and silly. Natalie is a regular at The Laugh Factory, a cast-member of Chicago Underground Comedy and showcased in the top 100 of Last Comic Standing Season 9 on NBC. She was also featured on the OWN Network as one of five comedians in the TV Pilot “My Life is a Joke”; she “played” the drunk one.
A classically trained actress and gifted comedian, Heather Thomson has the kind of performance skills that make you wonder “is that girl acting or just crying in public?” Her uniquely honest, tender and endearing presence on stage quickly earned her the nickname, “The Sweetheart of Stand Up.” She is the creator of the talk show Tea Time Thomson and co creator of the web series Print Models. She has performed at The Hollywood Improv, UCB Theater Los Angeles, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Gotham Comedy Club. She has studied Improv with UCB Theater and the world famous Groundlings. Heather is great, but she’s so glad you’re here to listen.
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.
Kate WIllett is a regular opener for Margaret Cho who she’s toured with throughout the United States and Canada. Her work was recently featured on the Risk! podcast with Kevin Allison. She has opened for comedians like Kyle Kinane, Anthony Jeselnik and Jackie Kashian. Kate’s comedy has earned her “regular” status at The Punchline, Cobb’s, The Improv, Rooster T Feathers as well as a spot in San Francisco Sketchfest for the past three years in a row. She’s performed internationally in India, Ireland, and the UK. Kate is a favorite among audience members, flannel clad skateboarders, and all of her twenty-three roommates.
With a sensibility that falls somewhere between the locker room and the library, Katie-Ellen is making a name for herself as an emerging comedic talent throughout Canada and the U.S. A featured performer at The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Northwest Comedy Fest and The Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, Katie-Ellen delights audiences with her unique voice, hilarious perspective and sharp wit. She can currently be seen on the comedy talk show “Morgan Brayton & Other People” on OUT-TV. Katie is also a 3-time Canadian National Open Water 5k Swim Champion; that’s unrelated to comedy, but it explains the shoulders.
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.
Marcia Belsky was raised an opinionated little Jewish girl in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Starting her career in Portland, Oregon, Marcia is now located in New York and has done festivals around the country. In 2014, she was a semifinalist at the NBC Stand-Up For Diversity competition, and since then can be seen hosting her monthly show CREEP in Brooklyn, as well as featuring on various shows throughout the city.
Kirsten Kuppenbender is a Power Lesbian with a heart made of precious metal. . Kirsten attended Atlantic Theater Acting School in New York City where she studied for years to become a Professional Auditioner. She is the creator and producer of Lez Stand up: a Portland-based, all-queer, feminist comedy revolution sketch and stand-up showcase which has performed up and down the West Coast.
Janet Varney works as an actor, writer, and producer in Los Angeles. She has most recently appeared on such shows as Bones, Better Off Ted, How I Met Your Mother, and has been recurring as studio executive Amy Miller on HBO's Entourage. She completed a pilot for ABC in April of this year opposite Leah Remini, Matthew Lillard, and Jonathan Silverman, recurs as a panelist on Chelsea Lately, and is enjoying her fifth year as host of TBS's Dinner and a Movie. She performs live with improv group Poke, produces and hosts the variety show Theme Park with Cole Stratton, and can be seen online alongside Randy and Jason Sklar in both seasons of the popular webseries Back on Topps. She also writes and records for Mystery Science Theatre 3000's Michael J. Nelson at Rifftrax.com. Janet is co-founder and co-director of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival.
Maggie Maye loves candy. She also loves performing comedy. She made 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, Godfrey, Paul Mooney, and Earth, Wind and Fire. She’s had her name in comedy articles in the Huffington Post, 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 and writes sketch comedy for The Hustle Show and her sketch duo, AFL. 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.
Naomi Ekperigin is an actor, stand-up comedian, and writer who has appeared on VH1, MTV, and FX's TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL, and been published in TheHairpin.com, The Huffington Post and VanityFair.com. Naomi is currently a writer on Hulu’s new original series, DIFFICULT PEOPLE and also a writer on Comedy Central's BROAD CITY.
Sonia Denis is a Chicago-based. Sonia’s stand-up can be described as confessional, frenetic and another cool adjective. Sonia will be performing in the upcoming Comedy Exposition of 2015 in Chicago. She has also performed at The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Onion & A.V. Club’s 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival, The Comedy Exposition of 2014, The Crom Comedy Festival, The SCOUT CHICAGO Festival, LaughFest, The Chicago Women’s Comedy Festival, and Snubfest. She’s also a co-producer of Congrats on Your Success (CoYS), a monthly stand-up showcase that has been featured featured on WBEZ/NPR and The Chicago Tribune.
Sharon Houston is a stand up comic, actress, producer, and writer. She just finished shooting & producing all of the original comedy content for "Last Comic Standing". Sharon’s stand up TV credits include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, and SiTV. She has been featured at the Women In Comedy Festival, the Ladies Are Funny Fest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the Laughing Skull Festival. She’s appeared on “Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, and “Fagney and Gaycey.” She performs in Los Angeles at The Improv, The Improv Lab, MBar, Akbar, and Flappers. Once in a while she’s even at the UCB theater. You can listen to her hit podcast, “Daytime Justice” on iTunes or Stitcher.
Rye Silverman is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian and writer whose prolific voice has been described as sarcastic and dry with a hint of dark silliness. Her debut album, Intimate Apparel, was the #1 best selling comedy album on Amazon.com in April 2015. That same month the funny fashionista was also featured as the #FashionTruth girl on ModCloth.com. Rye is known tackling challenging and personal material and pulling laughs from a broad assortment of audiences, whether they wear skinny jeans or blue collars.
Abi Harrison is the Winner of the Salt Lake Comedy Festival and the 5 Monkeys Comedy Competition, Hailing from Indiana, Abi combines sharp wit, absurd surrealism, and disarming charm. A regular at Wiseguys in Salt Lake City and Ogden, she has also been featured in the Rocky Mountain Laugh Off, The She Devil Comedy Festival, Chicago Women's Funny Festival, and the Laughing Derby. Abi has been seen on Peculiar People, LaughsTV, and Who's Laughing now? and has been a guest on the Bob and Tom show. Abi currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, her baby, Israel, and her dog, Palestine. Surprisingly, they all get along.
Caitlin Weierhauser spent her childhood in an Ewok tree fort with a rubber band cross-bow, her wolf, and a budding resentment of The Man. She grew up to be a feminist, atheist, and vegan liar that creates safer spaces for queer comedy.Caitlin is a member of Lez Stand Up, has performed at All Jane Comedy Festival, Grrrl Front, Not Enough! Fest, and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. She recently opened for James Adomian, was included in the AfterEllen list of "40 Hot Queer Ladies in Comedy," and plans to take down the patriarchy by Christmas.
Katie Nguyen is a Portland-based comedian. She writes and performs stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy, and is an ensemble member at the Brody Theater. Katie also writes and performs with the group Vestivus.
Katie Rose Leon is a comedian, Queen of tiny animals and emotionally unavailable men, nerd rager, cheeseburger connoisseur, feminist kill joy, and the person who fell down at your party. She has preformed comedy jokes all over the country and has participated in many events such as the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Limestone Comedy Festival. Katie currently lives in Portland Oregon, that is where all her stuff is.
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.
Nicole is an actress and comedian who moved from New York to Los Angeles for comedy and dreams. Nicole currently performs sketch comedy at UCB Sunset on Maude Night with New Money and performs improv every Sunday night at UCB Franklin with Search History. Nicole has appeared on 30 Rock, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Birthday Boys, @Midnight, Adult Swim, Chelsea Lately, Friends of the People and a Nestle commercial that only runs in Israel. She currently appears on MTV's Girl Code. She has also been featured in College Humor vidoes, Funny or Die videos and most notable her web series co-created with Sasheer Zamata; The Pursuit of Sexiness. Nicole is repped by 3Arts and APA. Twitter: @NicoleByer
Annie Savage is an LA based actress, writer and Podcaster. She starred in “The Thrilling Adventure Hour” at Largo at the Coronet for 10 years.
Amy Miller was a contestant on Last Comic Standing Season 9, winner of Helium’s 2015 Funniest Person Contest, Winner 2015 Willamette Week Reader’s Choice for Best Portland Comedian and Voted Portland’s Funniest Comedian by the Willamette Week 2013. Amy Miller has been seen at the San Francisco Sketchfest, Bumbershoot, Noise Pop Festival, SF Punchline, Cobb’s Comedy Club, Harvey’s Comedy Club Portland, Helium Comedy Club, The All Jane No Dick Festival, The Siren Nation Festival, and in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. You may also have heard her on NPR. She also has a podcast called Sorry About Your Dad. It’s about dad stuff.
People are talking about Caitlin Gill. Most of what they’re saying has to do with how funny she is. Caitlin has performed on the Oddball Comedy Tour, the Outside Lands Festival, SF Sketchfest, the Vancouver Global Comedy Fest and in some of the best comedy clubs in the nation. Her writing has been featured in a Believer Magazine project for 826LA. She was featured as one of the "7 Comics Rocking the Local Scene" in 7x7 Magazine, and was voted Best Comedian in the East Bay Express “Best Of” Edition in 2013. You can also hear her on podcasts like Put Your Hands Together, Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, and NPR's Snap Judgment.
Emily Maya Mills is an actor, writer and stand-up comic based in Los Angeles. She's been seen on Parks and Recreation, Ellen, Childrens’ Hospital, Key and Peele, Harry's Law, Crash & Bernstein, Comedy Bang Bang and The Birthday Boys, as well as many of television’s most humiliating commercials. A San Francisco native, Emily has been a regular performer at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles since 2006. She has been named an “Up-and-Coming Comedienne You Should Be Laughing At” by TheFrisky.com, "2013's Comics to Watch" by SOmagazine.com, and a “Funny Female to Follow on Twitter” by the Huffington Post. She holds a PhD in parallel parking.
Courtney Gilmour is a Toronto-based stand-up comedian, storyteller, and writer. Like most, Courtney got her start to comedy by singing in the church choir. Upon graduating from the comedy writing program at The Second City Training Centre in 2012, she went on to perform stand up around the city as well as guest star in the critically acclaimed web series “Bill & Sons Towing”; her episode “Bikini Calendar” was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award. Courtney's most recent credits include Toronto's She Dot Festival, opening for Todd Glass, and producing her own monthly stand up show "You Can't Say That On Television!" at Toronto's Comedy Bar.
Christine is a darkly charming voice from the Boston comedy scene. With winsome understatement, she ropes audiences into her unique frame of mind, where a tragicomic zeitgeist prevails and people know what tragicomic zeitgeist means. Sometimes, Christine plays funny songs on the ukulele. Christine has performed at colleges, the Women in Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, the Laugh Riot Grrrl L.A. Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Arts Festival, the Chicago Women's Funny Festival, the Decatur Arts Festival, and shows with the Boston Comedy Chicks. She was the 2013 April Comic-in-Residence at The Comedy Studio in Harvard Square.
A Seattle-based comedian, Elicia Sanchez has been performing all over the West Coast since 2010. Elicia has performed at Seattle's Crypticon, Emerald City Comicon, Bumbershoot, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Northwest Comedy Fest, the All Jane Comedy Festival, Autostraddle’s annual LGBTQ event A-Camp and has appeared on The Bob Rivers Show, NPR's Latino USA and the Seattle-based sketch television show "The ."
Mona Concepcion is the only female Chamorro comedian in the world, which makes her more unicorn than Pacific Islander. She is a host and producer of comedy showcases in Seattle and has performed with Dis/Orient/ed Comedy, the first national standup tour showcasing up-and-coming Asian American female comedians. Mona’s comedy cuts through the underbelly of life as an ethnic mom to two boys and islander transplant who learned about America through bad 90s TV.
Born and raised in New York City- the talented, ambitious, and charming Zainab lives in Los Angeles. She' has appeared in films such as "Oakville" and "Cuffing Season" as well as guest starring on television shows like "Private Practice". Zainab is also a standup comedian, performing regularly at the Comedy Store in LA and the Comedy Cellar in NY. 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. Zainab has also made appearances on Arsenio, BET's Comic View, and AXSTV's Gotham Comedy Live!. Zainab is currently headlining all over the nation and working on launching her own projects.