Comedians


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!
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!
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.
Katie Heneghan is a former nanny (comedian for children) turned recent comedian for adults in New York City.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Matthew Friend is an old soul living inside a 23-year-old comedian/actor/impressionist's body. Matthew graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School in 2020, but his love of comedy and entertainment was sparked when he was four years old. He had watched Austin Powers (yes, as a four-year-old) and started mimicking the characters’ voices—and the rest was history. To date, Matthew has over 420K followers on TikTok. He has appeared on the Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBC’s New York Live TV, Good Day LA, Good Day NY, Good Morning Washington, and WGN. In 2019, Matthew won Kenan Thompson’s Ultimate Comedy Experience at Carolines on Broadway. His professional experience includes hosting HQ Trivia, performing at corporate events, and doing stand-up comedy throughout the country. Matthew’s repertoire includes more than 250 impressions ranging from Rami Malek to Timothee Chalamet. His favorite impression at the moment is Jennifer Coolidge. Matt recently headlined a sold out crowd at Carolines on Broadway as part of Carolines' Breakout Artist Series.
Leonard Ouzts is one of the most popular and most televised young comedians on the circuit today. Originally hailing from Chesapeke, VA, his work has been featured on every platform from HBO to MTV to Comedy Central. In addition to stand-up, Leonard has established himself as a strong and uniquely savvy actor, with appearances in Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning series “Master of None” and NBC’S “Abbey’s,” as well as feature films “Standing Up and Falling Down” (with Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz), “Like Father” (with Kelsey Grammar and Kristen Bell), and “Set It Up” (with Lucy Liu). He also co-starred in the viral “3 Brothers Moving” commercial for Tristate. Leonard was a "New Face” at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2015, and made his Late Night debut on “Conan” in 2016 and received a standing ovation. His debut comedy special, “The Big Joker,” is currently available to stream on 85 South’s YouTube. When he’s not on the road or on set, Leonard hosts “Young, Black, and Funny,” a live comedy show series he co-founded with friend and fellow comedian Vincent Bryant.
Funny, smart, fresh, magnetic. These are just some words that describe the comedy of Neko White. Born in 1993, Neko has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2007 at the age of 14. In 2014, Neko taped his first one-hour stand-up special, Introducing Me. As a personality, Neko has stolen the show on MTV 2’s Hip Hop Hollywood Squares, and Elite Daily’s wildly popular Gen Why show. As a stand-up comedian, Neko has appeared on Axs Tv's Gotham Comedy Live, Sirus XM's "Sway In the morning Show" FOX’s Laughs, Popcornflix’s Live at New York Comedy Club, and a documentary on his life entitled One Mic. A native of Harlem, Neko began his comedy career the first day of high school when a teacher asked if anyone in the class had a talent. Being a shy kid who never thought he would do stand-up, he felt inspired. “Something just came over me that said ‘Go tell jokes.’ I went up in front of eight people and it worked. It’s been comedy ever since.” Now a professional working comedian there is no stopping this twenty something from chasing his dream of being the best comedian he can be. Following in the footsteps of his favorite comedians Katt Williams, Chris Rock, Bernie Mac and Dave Chappelle. Armed with a well-developed view of the ever changing world around him, quick wit, and very endearing charm. Neko’s material is a mix of social commentary and personal analysis that hits on every target from the most topical controversy to his own self-image. Not to mention a tenacious work ethic that leads White to do more than 500 shows a year. He hones his skills on the comedy club circuit of New York City, a regular at top comedy clubs such as Caroline’s on Broadway, Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club, and New York Comedy Club. He has performed in the New York Comedy Festival and opened for headliners including Donnell Rawlings and Jay Pharoah. Neko has been described by fans and reviewers as “a breath of fresh air” and “an endearing old soul.” Neko’s biggest supporter was his grandmother who would tell Neko before he left for shows: “Knock ‘em dead, kill ‘em.” After her passing, Neko vowed to make his grandmother proud. It’s safe to say that grandma can rest assured because her baby boy is still knocking them dead and does not show any signs of slowing down.
Jon has appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the Late Show with David Letterman, has been featured in Maxim Magazine, and was the host of the widely popular podcast, “In the Tank”. A prolific monologist with universal appeal, Jon focuses on the idiosyncrasies of city living. Shortly after moving to NYC from his native Boston, he was chosen as one of Comedy Central’s Fresh Faces of Comedy and named one of Back Stage Magazine’s 10 Standout Stand-ups. His appearance on Last Comic Standing 4 – where he was the New York City Capital One Audience Favorite – earned him wide recognition and a new legion of fans. His other TV appearances include Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, VH1, Celebrity Apprentice, and 3 Men and a Chick Flick on the WE Network where he served as a host. Interestingly, the credit people seem most impressed by was that he was handpicked to open for Jerry Seinfeld in 2009 at Gotham Comedy Club Jon has performed at multiple festivals including the 2007 HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and the 2010 Great American Comedy Festival at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk, Nebraska. In addition, he was a critical favorite at the prestigious Montreal “Just for Laughs” Festival where he appeared in both the “New Faces” showcase and the Club Series show “Dating It.” Following his impressive performances, Jon was singled out by the Hollywood Reporter and the Montreal Gazette as a “stand out performer”. Most recently, he was invited to perform at this year’s TBS “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival in Chicago.
When Aida was a teenager one of her relatives declared that she would end up a statistic, she did, she is 1 out of the 10 to make it to the finals of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Aida Rodriguez’s ͞edgy, raw and in your face͟ style of comedy has set her apart in a world that celebrates funny over double standards. Catching the eye of some of the most recognizable names in Comedy, she is creating a lane of her own. Roseanne Barr doesn’t understand why Aida doesn’t have her own show yet and Keenan Ivory Wayans told the world that she is ͞like a dose of truth serum͟. As a single mom of two, Aida has honed and nurtured her craft all while juggling the daily grind and stresses of family and career. While providing endless material, family remains the heart of the Aida Rodriguez experience. ͞Suddenly, the pages of my journal have become a laughing matter!͟ Aida is a regular on some of the nation’s most iconic comedy stages. She has also hosted and/or been featured on numerous television and radio broadcast programs including but not limited to, Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, two-time host of the PBS’s Imagen Awards, Fox’s Laughs, Nickelodeon’s Mom’s Night Out, Parental Discretion, as well as NuVo’s Stand Up and Deliver seasons 1&2 and The Wedding Zinger. Aida recently was featured in Robert DeNiro’s latest film The Comedian after being handpicked by director Taylor Hackford which will be released December 2016 and will appear on Showtime this fall as the Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam’s first Latina. When she’s not on your television or a local stage, you can catch Aida following another childhood dream of becoming Bob Hope, Aida serves yearly on USO and MWR tours; making her an international performer
His subtle style of humor took him all the way to the finals on season 10 of America’s Got Talent. His dry delivery has also earned him TV appearances on CONAN and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. ​His jokes have been published in the New York Times and Time Out NY Magazine. He was named a "Comic to Watch" by Esquire and was the winner of the 2014 Carolines on Broadway March Madness competition where he beat out 63 of the best young comedians. In early 2020, Gary released his debut comedy album, ‘Vider Las Vegas’.
When he’s not walking around looking like fisherman Sean can be found headlining clubs and festivals all over the country. He has appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman", "Conan", "Colbert", "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and NBC’s "Last Comic Standing". Sean hosts the podcast "Brand New Jerks", and he released his debut comedy album “Manual Labor Face” in 2015 on Comedy Central Records. Sean has been featured on the truTV series "World’s Dumbest", "Comedy KO", and "Almost Genius" as well as "Adam Devine’s House Party", "@midnight", "The Half Hour", "Broad City", "The Equalizer" and "Inside Amy Schumer" on Comedy Central, Amazon’s "Alpha House", GSN’s "Lie Detectors", and "Limitless" on CBS.
Nimesh Patel is a comedian and Emmy-nominated writer who has risen the ranks to some of comedy’s biggest stages due to his unassailable joke writing, prolific output, and pioneering use of technology. In the past 2 years Nimesh has self-released three stand-up specials and has charted a path from sold out comedy clubs to major theaters. Nimesh most recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and before that made his late night debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers. His self-released specials “Jokes To Get You Through Quarantine,” “Thank You, China,” and “Lucky Lefty” have amassed millions of views. His first writing job came after Chris Rock saw him perform standup and hired him directly to write for The Academy Awards in 2016 and tour with him. Since then, he has written for “Saturday Night Live,” “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” The White House Correspondents Dinner, and was a producer for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Aminah Imani is a stand-up comedian, host, and actor who lives in New York city. You can see her perform regularly at reputable comedy venues. She is known for her recent appearance of Showtime's Flatbush Misdemeanors Season 2 and her featured appearance on Comedy Central Short Sets as well as Hulu’s late night television show, Up Early Tonight. She has contributed online content with Scarry Mommy, Viceland, and Buzzfeed. She has performed at the world’s famous Apollo Theatre, the 208 Comedy festival, the DC Comedy Festival, and the Stand Up comedy special, Aint Ya Mama Heat Wave featured in the Environmental Film Festival.
Dave Temple is the Spotlight stealing comic that has clubs managers and college bookers across the country asking, "Where did you find this guy?!" Originally from Philadelphia, Dave began stand-up comedy as a challenge amongst friends. Dave brings an unadulterated view on life and his immediate surroundings with a poignancy that is unparalleled and leaves every single audience in stitches. Dave has appeared on TruTV's LaffMobb LaffTracks, Showtime at the Apollo, VH1 Live as well as his own YouTube Show #LOOKATITTHISWAY
Yemi Afolabi is a New York comic you've never heard of because he’s famous in Sweden. He is a first generation Nigerian, Harlem native and Swedish citizen. He has been featured on Comedy Central (EU), New York Comedy Festival and South Land Comedy Festival. His act is defined by his goofy stories, big heart and larger than life act outs. When he's not yelling into a microphone he is yelling at his cats.
Heather Shaw is a seasoned stand-up comic with 10 years experience who has gained a large following on social media for her humor and uncanny resemblance to Jim Carrey (TikTok 2.6mil, Instagram 685k+). She’s been featured on "The Today Show," "The Tamron Hall Show," and has worked with comics such as Mark Normand, Eric Andre, and Fortune Feimster. Heather has a weekly podcast, “Heather Shaw is Kidding”, where she makes fun of current events happening in pop culture, politics, and elsewhere.