Comedians


Now a massive star in Ireland, native New Yorker, Des moved from Queens to Ireland in his mid-teens in 1990. He first came to prominence with his extraordinary TV series The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), where he lived on minimum wage in a series of different jobs in Ireland. Mixing this documentary footage with stand-up, the series became one of the most talked-about of the year, and propelled Des into national stardom. In 2006, he embarked on his second critically acclaimed TV series, Joy In The Hood, where he taught stand-up comedy in disadvantaged areas in four major Irish cities. Another hugely successful live tour followed including invitations to the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and the Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia. Des’s most recent project took him to Beijing, China in 2013 to learn Mandarin and he has been living there for the past 18 months. He is now fluent and the show, Breaking China was another major hit for broadcaster RTE in 2014 and he also made a half hour radio documentary about the rise of Stand Up in China for the BBC World Service called “Stand up for China”. His live show again opened at the Edinburgh Festival where he played to over 5,000 people and included an invitation to perform at the Soho Theatre in London and a return to Barrow Street in New York.
Comedy veteran Steve Byrne has seemingly done it all and continues to push himself to accomplish even more. Starting over 20 years ago and cutting his teeth in all the major clubs in NYC, including the Comedy Cellar, he then ventured off to Los Angeles, began working at the Comedy Store and Hollywood Improv, and his career really took off. After becoming a regular on the late-night talk show circuit and even doing "The Tonight Show" ten times, Steve racked up multiple hour specials on Comedy Central, Netflix, and Showtime. In 2012, he starred in, produced and wrote the TBS hit show "Sullivan & Son", which ran for 3 seasons. Through the show, he cultivated a deep appreciation for storytelling, and in 2019 released his first film, "Always Amazing", a documentary about comic/magician the Amazing Johnathan. In 2020, Steve wrote and directed the indie feature "The Opening Act", his love letter to stand-up comedy, that garnered critic and audience ratings on Rotten Tomatoes at 82 and 83% Fresh. In 2022, he released his fifth hour special, "The Last Late Night", on Amazon Prime, his most innovative work to date and rated 5/5 stars – an hour special disguised as a late-night talk show. Steve continues to tour relentlessly, work on material, and is currently casting his next film that he wrote and will direct towards the end of this year.
Beau McDowell is a stand-up comedian and former co-host of the "Losers with a Dream" podcast alongside comedy legend Lisa Lampanelli. Beau performs regularly on the East Coast, and is known for his big personality, big stature, and even bigger sense of humor about his former struggles with substance abuse, family codependency, and his search for self-acceptance. Beau’s ability to approach serious, and sometimes heartbreaking, experiences with levity and warmth differentiate him as a comedian on the rise with something new to say. Find him on Instagram @beaumcdowellcomedy!
Ashton Womack is a standup comic from Houston, Tx, who currently lives in New York City as the newest staff writer for The Daily Show w/ Trevor Noah. In 2019 he was honored as a Just For Laughs New Face of Comedy and has been rising star on the national comedy scene ever since. He’s been featured in VICE, Comedy Central, VH1, written for the 2021 Grammys and can currently be seen in Paramount's “Clifford The Big Red Dog”. You can currently catch him tearing up stages all across New York City or simply by watching his Comedy Central Digital set currently streaming on YouTube.
Tyler is an actor, stand-up comedian and viral content creator based in NYC. He has performed stand-up on America’s Got Talent, been a guest star on NBC’s Chicago Med, TV Land’s YOUNGER and STARTUP on Netflix. Tyler is known for his viral content with over 200 million views on his online videos. He was named “The Best New Impressionist” by the New York Times and “NY’s Funniest Comedian” at the NY Comedy Festival. He has been on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and co-starred alongside Gina Carano in the movie Terror on the Prairie on The Daily Wire. Tyler is a regular at the Comedy Cellar and is currently touring his stand-up comedy around the country!
"Danny Braff is a NJ based comedian who’s dark observational style has entertained audiences at clubs and bars across the country including The Comedy Store, The Stress Factory Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, The Comedy Connection, etc. Danny has made 2 appearances on the popular comedy podcast Kill Tony and is one of very few people to have received a standing ovation on the show. He has opened for comics such as Tim Dillon, Mark Normand, Jessica Kirson, Rich Vos, Yannis Pappas, and more. A Comedy reviewer in Florida once described Danny’s act in print as: “exhaustive list of Costco jokes” but Danny prefers to think of it as Costco Jokes in bulk."
Actor, writer and producer David Koechner is well-known for his roles as Todd Packer on “The Office” and Champ Kind from “Anchorman” and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” He currently co-hosts A&E’s “America’s Top Dog,” plays Bill Lewis on ABC’s “The Goldbergs” and recently appeared on ABC’s “Bless This Mess,” CBS's "Superior Donuts," Showtime's "Twin Peaks," Comedy Central’s “Another Period” and IFC's "Stan Against Evil." Koechner also voices reoccurring characters on FOX’s “American Dad” and Netflix’s “F is for Family” and "The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants." In film, recent projects include “Then Came You,” “Braking for Whales” “A Week Away,” “Vicious Fun” and “National Champions.”' An alumnus of Chicago’s Second City Theater, Koechner got his first break as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and has since become an instantly recognizable face appearing in more than 200 films and television shows. Additional notable film credits include “Waiting,” “Out Cold,” “Talladega Nights,” “Get Smart,” “Extract,” “Thank You for Smoking,” “A Haunted House,” “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,” “Priceless,” Legendary’s “Krampus,” and the dark, twisted, film festival award-winning thriller, "Cheap Thrills." When not filming, Koechner performs live comedy across the country and creates original content videos for his YouTube channel, “Full On Koechner.” He also co-hosts Big Slick Celebrity Weekend - an annual charity event benefitting Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City - with fellow KC natives, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and Eric Stonestreet. Koechner currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
osh Johnson is an Emmy-nominated writer, stand-up, actor, and NAACP award-winner from Louisiana by way of Chicago. He is currently a writer on "The Daily Show", and is a former writer and performer on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", on which he made his Late Night debut in 2017. In addition, Johnson is Comedy Central’s "Most Watched Comedian Ever: with 40M+ views to date across their platforms. As a stand-up, Johnson headlines clubs, colleges, and festivals around the world. In 2015, he was named one of Comedy Central’s “Comic to Watch”, in 2016 a “New Face” at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, and in 2018 the winner of the “New York's Funniest” competition in the New York Comedy Festival. Johnson’s most recent stand-up special, "Josh Johnson: Up Here Killing Myself", premiered on Peacock earlier this year to rave reviews touting Josh as a “naturally gifted story teller”. Comedy Central released Johnson’s first hour-long special, "#(Hashtag)" in June 2021. Johnson’s self-released comedy and music mixtape album, "Elusive", was described by Vanyaland as “live stand-up observational humor with musical compositions. Both elements wade in and out of political and social waters between the two 'arcs' of the multi-genre epic". Johnson also co-hosts the weekly podcast "The Josh Johnson Show" with fellow stand-up Logan Nielsen. Johnson’s other credits include, "CONAN" (TBS), "@Midnight", Kevin Hart's "Hart of The City", "The New Negroes", and "This Week at the Comedy Cellar" on Comedy Central. Johnson lives in New York and can be seen performing regularly at the Comedy Cellar.
Harris Alterman is a comedian from Denver, Colorado. He currently lives in Brooklyn. His address is-wait never mind. He has performed on a number of festivals including The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, and The High Plains Comedy Festival. His sketch videos have been viewed over 50 million times on social media and been featured on Comedy Central, The Guardian, Vulture, CollegeHumor.com, and the front page of Reddit. Harris is also the winner the 2017 New Faces Contest at the Comedy Works in Denver.
Maggie Lalley is a NYC based comedian. She performs stand up and musical comedy regularly at clubs, independent venues and comedy festivals. She has performed her solo comedy show about being a teen witch, Sex Witch The Musical in LA, Boston, New York, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more info about her upcoming projects visit www.maggielalleycomedy.com
Ahri Findling is a writer and comedian living in New York City. He is the host for the interactive online game show, LUNA PARK. He has appeared three times on Amazon’s SPORTS TALK GAME BREAKERS. Ahri has written, directed and appeared in the Nickelodeon sketch show, NICK SHORTS. He has also written for E!'s NIKKI GLASER IS OBSESSED and THE MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS. He has been featured on Bravo and Comedy Central Digital. Ahri was named an emerging comedian by the NY Post in 2020. He performs in clubs and colleges all over the country and has opened for Nikki Glaser, Kyle Kinane, and Bret Ernst just to name a few. He has performed in a number of festivals including Limestone Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, Trial by Laughter, The Devil Cup, and Laughing Devil. You can watch his half-hour special AHRI FINDLING LIVE FROM STANDUP NY on YouTube. Listen to his new podcast about parenting, NEVER NOT TIRED.
Aric Grooms is cofounder and CEO of "Very Good Comedy Show"! He regularly headlines with the show across the country, and has appeared in the NY Comedy Festival. When the 2020 pandemic shut down stand-up stages, Aric shifted focus to creating and starring in festival-winning films "MidLife" and "God's Will", which are currently available on streaming platforms. While he now calls New York City home, Aric will always be a Southern Ohio Boy (S.O.B.) at heart! This shines through on stage as he weaves tales of his simple beginnings into his commentary on the day-to-day rat race that is NYC Trained as an Evangelical minister and married to a Jewish clergywoman, Aric has lots to say about religion and family! His years of ups and downs with relationships and congregations – not to mention raising four energetic, independent children – provides an endless supply of entertaining tales!
Naomi Karavani is a comedian, actor, and writer based in New York City. For over five years Naomi worked as a writer and on-air talent for the news comedy show Redacted Tonight where she covered topics from Big Tech to Mass Incarceration to the baby on the Terrorism Watchlist. Good thing someone's watching him. She appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bentzen Ball, and the Brooklyn Comedy Festival and runs a weekly show in Brooklyn called "Bitches' Brew."
Lucas Zelnick is a stand-up comedian born, raised, and based in New York City who challenges his cushy upbringing through punch-heavy material. Lucas has appeared in SF Sketchfest and the New York Comedy Festival. He’s been featured in the New York Times, appeared as a guest on Amazon Prime Video’s Sports Talk, and is a tour opener for Ashley Gavin. In 2022, Lucas began headlining comedy clubs nationally, including the Helium and Zanies in Chicago, where he sold out 8 shows. For no particular reason, he also earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Lucas’ stand-up clips have also exploded online recently and he has received over 100M views and 400K+ followers on Instagram and TikTok combined.
Eric D’Alessandro, a charismatic New Yorker with an unfiltered sense of humor, a camera, and a knack for storytelling, has etched his name into the hearts of comedy lovers across the nation. His unique comedic style, infused with his Italian-American heritage, spins raw, relatable narratives that resonate with the everyday American. From his early beginnings on YouTube, Eric has steadily crafted a diverse portfolio of work that includes engaging sketches, spot-on celebrity impressions, and comedic covers of popular songs. His authentic characters, notably "Maria Marie," have garnered widespread acclaim, demonstrating Eric's ability to create content that both entertains and connects. A viral sensation, Eric's video "Where It Was" has amassed over 45 million views across platforms, further cementing his status as a digital force. His social media progess extends beyond viral videos, with a loyal fanbase that follows his every move. Forbes acknowledged his ability to engage audiences online and onstage, a testament to Eric's multifaceted talent. Eric's onscreen charisma led him to star in the VH1 movie, "Fuhgeddabout Christmas." His versatility also shone through in the 2016 drama/mystery film, "Nerve," alongside Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. Directors, intrigued by his viral videos, included him in the script, underscoring the impact of his online presence. In the realm of podcasts, Eric has shared his wit and humor on various platforms, making waves on Barstool Sports' KFCRadio and the Dr. Drew podcast. His engaging presence and relatable anecdotes have also landed him a feature in a Fox TV interview. Onstage, Eric is a powerhouse. His raw energy and comedic timing have sold out venues across the United States and Canada, including the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ, New Jersey's iPlay America, and the famed 1,900 seat St. George Theater in Staten Island, NY. His talent extends to animation as well. Eric is the creator of the popular YouTube animated show "MariaMogi," further showcasing his creative versatility. Looking forward, Eric shows no signs of slowing down. His first comedy special, recorded in November 2022, is set to premiere in the fall of 2023. As he continues to break barriers and redefine comedy, Eric D’Alessandro remains an unmissable act, whose journey is as exciting as his performances.
Comedian and Actor Harland Williams is known the world over for his hilarious movie roles and outlandish stand up and sketch comedy routines. From his unforgettable roles in films such as Dumb and Dumber, Something about Mary, Half Baked, Rocketman, Sorority Boys, Down Periscope and so many more. Harland has been described as a scene stealing actor whose unique portrayals of his characters keep them etched in the minds of filmgoers everywhere. Add to this his incredible stand up comedy routines, which have been seen on Letterman, The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brian, HBO, Comedy Central and everywhere else. Described as sharp, witty, unpredictable and original; Harland is the true master of joke telling and crowd interaction. His improvisational skills led to him winning the award for best improviser on NBC’s prime time series, ‘Thank God You Are Here’ (available on YouTube). Harland Williams is the rare comic artist who has managed to master both Stand Up and Sketch comedy and combine them both masterfully into his shows. Fresh, funny and always full of the unexpected, Harland’s incredible shows are not to be missed.
Stand-up comic and Emmy-nominated writer (Saturday Night Live) SAM JAY can currently be seen on HBO’s Pause with Sam Jay, a weekly late-night series on which she serves as Host and Executive Producer, and is currently in production on its second season. She will next be seen on the upcoming Peacock series Bust Down. In 2020, she debuted her first one-hour stand up special Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning on Netflix. In 2019, Sam made her Netflix debut on The Comedy Lineup and released her album Donna’s Daughter through Comedy Central Records. Donna's Daughter was produced by Coach Tea and contains sporadic beats and "skit-like" interludes that make it sound as much like a hip-hop mixtape as it does a standup record. Also in 2018, Sam wrote for The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards and the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Sam’s 2018 TV credits include a recurring role on TV Land’s Nobodies and a guest star in Season 5 of Comedy Central’s Broad City. In 2017, Sam was a standout of the Just For Laughs: New Faces. She was the host of Ricking Morty, the Rick and Morty post-show on Adult Swim and she was a cast member of MTV’s SafeWord. Sam made her late-night television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and her half-hour stand-up Comedy Central Presents premiered in 2017 to rave reviews. Sam was named as one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch for 2018 and Comedy Central Comics to Watch in 2015 and has performed internationally at comedy clubs and festivals including the Vodafone Dublin Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Festival, 208 Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Portland’s Bridgetown Festival, The Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, Boston’s Women In Comedy Festival, among others. Sam’s television credits also include a part in the award-winning film Pinsky, Starz’s Take My Wife, Comedy Central’s White Flight, Crank Yankers, and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail; as well as Viceland’s Party Legends and Flophouse.
Vic Dibitetto has over 2 million followers on social media with over 1 billion digital and linear worldwide views. He is a regular cast member on Amazon Prime's "Gravesend". You can hear his album, "Working Class Zero" on SiriusXM radio and Pandora. Vic has created many viral video characters: Uncle Vic’s Garage, Tony Gaga, That Guy, Frankie Pentangelli, Scarface, Rocky, Fool by the Pool and Ticked Off Vic. His Yankee and Giant locker room and press conference satires are now legendary. And his "Bread and Milk" video is like a Christmas Carol that comes back on TV, radio and news outlets every time it snows worldwide!
Luca Ferro is a New York City based standup comedian from Chicago, IL. He has performed at top tier comedy clubs all across the country, and is frequently seen performing on The Las Vegas strip. He has served as the opening act for nationally touring headliners such as Steve Byrne, Adam Ray, and Joe Gatto from ‘Impractical Jokers’. Luca was also hand selected to be a featured comedian on Nate Bargatze's 'NateLand' presents comedy YouTube series. Luca uses his loud demeanor and vast arsenal of voices and impersonations to express his discomfort for the world around him. Luca is an Italian-American comedian that comes from a blue collar, south side Chicago upbringing, and his comedy is reflected as such.
LIZ BARRETT’s one-liners come fast and furious and she is often called a female Steven Wright and a thinking man’s Roseanne. Liz grew up all over the world with her military family and now lives in New York City, where she’s just "Gettin' By." Liz headlined Carolines as part of its Breakout Artist Series. She was also a semi-finalist in Carolines Comedy Madness and a finalist at Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in 2016. Liz made her television premiere on Gotham Comedy Live and regularly appears on Laughs on Fox. She’s opened for Judy Gold and Gilbert Gottfried, and also appeared at the Women in Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, She Devil Comedy Festival, and Ladies of Laughter.
Vannessa Jackson is a stand-up comedian who performs all over NYC. She currently works as a writer for Saturday Night Live and recently wrote for Season 2 of A Little Late With Lilly Singh.
MEGAN GAILEY is a writer, actor, and comedian, originally from Indiana and now based in Los Angeles. Megan’s credits include WGA award-nominated series “Pause with Sam Jay” for HBO, “The ESPY Awards, “Lights out with David Spade,” and “Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik.”She has developed scripted shows for ABC and Amazon. Since being named a “New Face” at the Just for Laughs Festival in 2015, and her subsequent stand-up television appearances on “Conan,” “The Tonight Show” and “The Half Hour” for Comedy Central,Megan has been consistently headlining clubs, colleges, and festivals across the country. Megan is currently a co-host of thepopular podcast “I Love My Kid, But...” available on Wondery.