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A full night of fun, all under one roof!

LEWIS BLACK

Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world. Receiving critical acclaim as a stand-up, actor and author, Black has performed for audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. In 2012, he performed eight sell-out shows at Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. Black has filmed two specials for HBO, including “Black On Broadway” and “Red, White and Screwed.” The latter was nominated for an Emmy® in 2007. He had a regular feature for two seasons on “Inside the NFL” (for which he earned a Sports Emmy) and in 2006, he was asked to participate in “Comic Relief.”

Black has penned more than 40 plays, many of which have been produced around the country. “The Deal,” a dark comedy about business, was made into a short film in 1998 and picked up by the Sundance Channel. In 2011, his play “One Slight Hitch” was produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and then again in 2012 at both the ACT Theatre in Seattle and The George Street Theatre in New Brunswick. In 2015, Black notably voiced the character “Anger” in the Academy Award winning film from Pixar, “Inside Out.” The film is about an 11-year-old-girl, Riley, who is dealing with a move across the country, and wrestling with the emotions inside her head: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and, Lewis Black. Early film pitches actually named the comedian to illustrate how an iconic voice like Black’s could bring a character like Anger to life. Black, who’s a fan of all things Pixar, calls the opportunity a career-defining role. “I knew from the very beginning that this was going to be special,” he says. “I’ll be remembered as this little red guy who yells and his head goes on fire.”

Black resides in both Manhattan and Chapel Hill, N.C. Still loyal to his alma mater, he’s worked with UNC students to create the Carolina Comedy Festival, a yearly festival on the UNC campus that highlights performances and provides workshops and lectures for budding comics, writers and performers. With his involvement at UNC, Black continues a life-long commitment to education and the arts. He continues to tour heavily, playing countless dates each year and providing a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. In his leisure time, Black likes to play golf, even though golf hates him.

We Hate Movies

Founded in New York City, the We Hate Movies podcast uses bad movies, ranging from the tasteless to the tedious, as a jumping-off point for long-form conversations that include personal anecdotes, detailed trivia, and extensive criticisms. Since 2010, the podcast has quickly become a cult sensation amongst the bad-movie podcast crowd, and has been praised in The AV Club, Splitsider, and numerous other online publications. Hosted by comedians Andrew Jupin, Stephen Sajdak, Eric Szyszka, and Chris Cabin, We Hate Movies brings their own unique twist to the time-honored tradition of ragging on movies most people forget about.

For nearly a decade, We Hate Movies has been ripping on the worst movies to hit the big screen, including white-guy-karate pictures, modern-day superhero epics, or misbegotten 90s thrillers. On their first full tour of 2019, hosts Andrew Jupin, Stephen Sajdak, Chris Cabin, and Eric Szyszka bring their antic and uproarious takes on bad movies to the stage once again. The boys will be on hand to break down everything from incomprehensible accents and cheap CGI to dated references and one liners that make you yearn for the sweet embrace of the grave. There might also be talk of Secundus and cold Burger King. Film to be announced.

Frank Caliendo: Working on new material and impressions

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Comedian, actor, and impressionist Frank Caliendo has been making people laugh his entire life.  He is well known for his impressions of famous personalities Donald Trump, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro; politicians George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama; broadcasters John Madden, Charles Barkley, and Jon Gruden; and talk show hosts Dr. Phil, Jay Leno, and David Letterman.

On stage, Caliendo’s high-energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters, and anecdotal stories that start at a frenetic pace and never let up. Appropriately described by the Hollywood Reporter as a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey; Caliendo is one comedian that should not be missed.

After completing an impressive 10-year run on the “FOX NFL Sunday Pregame” show, Frank recently found a new home over at ESPN, where he joined the cast of the “Sunday NFL Countdown”. Realizing that ESPN has a plethora of strong personalities, Frank has added to his already vast arsenal of impressions, a new set of highly entertaining sports persona, including analysts like Jon Gruden, Mel Kiper, Jr., Ron “Jaws” Jaworski, Coach Mike Ditka, Adam Schefter, and Chris “Boomer” Berman.

Beyond ESPN’s NFL show, Frank’s segments often appear on “Sports Center” and other prized ESPN shows. Frank’s “Gruden QB Camp” segments, Super Bowl “Richard Sherman 30 for 30” mocumentary, and “#IfTrumpWere” parodies are among the plethora of his works that have gone viral across the web.

A veteran of television sketch comedy as a cast member on “Mad TV” and starring in his own series “Frank TV”, Caliendo has been a fixture on television for over a decade. He has comedy specials with TBS and Comedy Central and routinely makes surprise and guest appearances on radio and TV shows. Starting with over 15 combined appearances between the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Show with David Letterman”, Frank continues to be revered for his exuberant appearances on morning news and late-night talk shows.

Though Frank can be highly known for his variety of sports-related impressions, he makes his live shows appealing for everyone in attendance by continually including a little bit of every major genre – sports, political figures, and celebrities.

Dan Cummins: Symphony of Insanity Tour

Increasingly popular stand-up comic and podcaster Dan Cummins will be playing 40+ cities on his 2021-2022 Symphony of Insanity Tour. He released his third one-hour standup special, DAN CUMMINS; GET OUTTA HERE DEVIL!, in the Spring of 2020. And he released his eighth comedy album, Live in Denver, in 2020 as well.

Dan is one of the most frequently played comics on Pandora with over 700,000 artist stations created and over 450 million plays. His standup albums also spin heavily on numerous Sirius XM comedy stations. 

His podcast, TIMESUCK, is regularly featured in the top of the Apple podcasts comedy charts, and was downloaded almost twenty five million times last year alone.  His second podcast, SCARED TO DEATH, is quickly becoming popular as well, staying in the top ten of both the Apple and Spotify fiction podcast charts and getting over ten million downloads in 2020.  And now his third podcast, Is We Dumb?, is showing up on the comedy charts and getting over 300,000 downloads a month.

Dan’s been a guest on multiple late night shows, from CONAN to the TONIGHT SHOW and has made numerous appearances on shows like Comedy Central’s THIS IS NOT HAPPENING and his own Comedy Central 1/2 hour and hour specials. He’s also been a guest on numerous podcasts such as Bert Kreischer’s BERTCAST, Joey Diaz’s THE CHURCH OF WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW, and THE ADAM COROLLA SHOW

When not touring or podcasting, Dan spends time with his wife, Lynze, two kids, Kyler and Monroe, and two dogs, Penny and Ginger, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – the other Hollywood.

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Stavros Halkias

Stavros Halkias is a stand-up comedian and co-host of the popular podcast Cum Town. He is also widely known for his body-positive Instagram account. Stavros has made appearances on Comedy Central, IFC, and the MSG Network, where he wrote and performed on the Emmy nominated People Talking Sports and Other Stuff. He’s been featured in Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball, the New York Comedy Festival, and toured nationally with Wham City Comedy, Tom Papa, and Robert Kelly. He’s very sorry that the word “Cum” was in the first sentence of this biography.

 

Roy Wood Jr.

ROY WOOD JR.’s comedy has entertained millions across stage, television and radio. In addition to stand-up comedy, producing and acting, Roy is currently a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy and NAACP Award winning The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. During his tenure, he has used The Daily Show’s brand of satire to shed light on serious issues including gun violence, police reform, LGBTQ+ discrimination, ICE deportations and PTSD in the Black community. 

Roy expanded his already large role on Comedy Central with a comprehensive first-look deal and is developing his comedy pilot Jefferson County: Probation. Comedy Central will also produce and air his third one-hour stand-up special this year. Wood’s second special, No One Loves You, premiered as part of Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Month in January 2019; the special remains the network’s highest rated original stand-up premiere since his February 2017 one-hour, Father Figure. Most recently, Roy launched his podcast, Roy’s Job Fair, produced in partnership with Comedy Central and iHeartMedia. Each week he sits down with real people from all lines of work to discuss their most memorable jobs, employment vacancies they’re looking to fill, scams they’ve run at the office, and of course, the cringe-worthy office romances. 

Wood’s additional credits include Better Call Saul, The Last O.G., Space Force, Last Comic Standing, This Is Not Happening, and Sullivan & Son as well as his Comedy Central web series The Night Pigeon and Stand-Up Playback. He has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, the Late Show with David Letterman and HBO’s historic Def Comedy Jam. He has also performed for the troops on numerous USO tours in the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. 

Roy is a graduate of the Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. True to his roots, he is an outspoken advocate for reshaping the image of Alabama and the American South as a whole. In 2018, he penned a New York Times piece on the subject. He is actively working with the Birmingham City Council and the Film Commission to bring more entertainment jobs to the state. During the Covid pandemic, Roy has also remained committed to fundraising for comedy clubs by supporting initiatives like TipYourWaitstaff.com and Laugh Aid. 

Keep up with Roy Wood Jr. on Twitter and Instagram @roywoodjr.

 

Big Jay Oakerson

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Comedian Big Jay Oakerson has been a stand out at comedy and music festivals around the world for the last 2 decades including Just For Laughs Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver & Sydney Australia, the New York Comedy Festival, and SXSW among others. He is currently the co-host of The Legions of Skanks & The SDR Show podcasts on Gas Digital Network and of The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder, on Comedy Central Radio on SiriusXM.

Jay has appeared on multiple television shows including his one hour special “Live At Webster Hall” followed by his half-hour special on Netflix which premiered as part of the hit series “The Degenerates”. He is the host and creator of the crowd work show “What’s Your F#$king Deal?!”. Other appearances include Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer”, “The Late Show” With Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s “The Comedy Jam” & “This Is Not Happening” as well as the IFC show “Z-Rock”.

Jeff Garlin: “Use Me” Tour

Jeff Garlin’s talent encompasses writing, producing, directing, acting and performing stand-up comedy.  

He is known as the Executive Producer and co-star of the critically acclaimed “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which recently aired its tenth season, and was renewed for an eleventh, on HBO. As Executive Producer, Garlin was previously nominated for an Emmy Award for “Best Comedy” for their ninth season. He is also known as the patriarch Murray Goldberg on ABC’s “The Goldbergs.” The Goldbergs which is currently in its eighth season.

Garlin’s Netflix stand-up special, “Jeff Garlin: Our Man in Chicago” is currently streaming globally on the platform. Filmed in his hometown, Chicago and on the 37th anniversary – to the day – of his comedy debut, the one-hour special is ripe with Garlin’s signature blend of storytelling and improv. 

Last year, Garlin opened his first photography show at the Leica gallery in Los Angeles called “Big Bowl of Wonderful” with part of the proceeds from the print sales benefiting the charity F-Cancer. Upcoming, he will be releasing a book of his photography.

Garlin recently returned to the Toy Story franchise, reprising his role as Buttercup in “Toy Story 4,” which grossed more than $1 billion dollars worldwide. Garlin has extensive voice-over acting credits, including “Paranorman” (Perry Babcock), DisneyPixar’s “WALL-E” (The Captain), “Cars 2” (Otis) and “Toy Story 3” (Buttercup the Unicorn). 

Recently, he co-wrote, directed, and starred in “Handsome,” the first Netflix murder mystery. 

In 2012, Garlin authored the nonfiction book, “Curbing It,” (Simon & Schuster), in which he shared his eye-opening journey to reduce his waistline and his carbon footprint during the production of the seventh season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” 

Garlin lives in Los Angeles and Chicago. His hobbies include taking naps.  

John Caparulo

 

One of the funniest comedians of his generation, John Caparulo has been ripping through audiences worldwide for over 20 years! Cap is best known as the under-dressed everyman from the E! hit show Chelsea Lately (2007-14) and Showtime’s Unsportsmanlike Comedy with Rob Gronkowski (2018), in addition to 2 chart topping standup comedy specials on both Comedy Central and Netflix. He has broken new ground in the world of comedy with his uniquely original online standup series called Caplets (2014-present) and by writing and starring in the upcoming semi-autobiographical animated series called Cartoon Comic. You may also recognize John from his standout performance in Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show (2008), his numerous late night television show appearances, or as “Headphone Joe” on Disney’s Fish Hooks (2010-14). Cap has also appeared as part of Ron White’s Salute To The Troops (2013) on CMT, a network on which he became well-known as the host of Mobile Home Disaster (2008). But if you’ve never had the opportunity to see this hilarious man perform live, then it’s time to treat yourself to an evening of gut-busting laughter with the one and only John Caparulo, performing weekly at Harrah’s in Las Vegas, and monthly at a city near you.

 

Kevin Nealon

 Emmy and SAG-nominated actor, comedian, and author Kevin Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series Weeds. Kevin currently stars on the CBS-TV comedy series Man With A Plan, produces and hosts digital series Hiking with Kevin, and tours his stand-up globally. 

Nealon’s self-produced, edited, and hosted web series Hiking with Kevin is exclusively available on his YouTube channel of the same name. In the series, Kevin interviews his A-list celebrity friends on hikes throughout the country. 

Currently, Nealon stars in CBS’s Man With a Plan, entering production on its fourth season. Kevin’s extensive television credits include Globen Globe and SAG-nominated Weeds, the titular voice role of Glenn Martin, DDS, two critically acclaimed stand-up specials for Showtime, and a number of appearances on Monk, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Still Standing and more. His extensive film career includes projects such as Anger Management, Eight Crazy Nights, The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore, Just Go With It, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Joe Dirt, Daddy Day Care, Roxanne, and Grandma’s Boy. 

As one of the longest running cast members on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (1986-1995), Nealon created some of the show’s most memorable characters; his recurring role as an anchor on ‘Weekend Update’ helped make the sketch a show staple. In 1988, he earned an Emmy nomination as part of the SNL writing team. 

Currently, Kevin resides in Los Angeles with his wife and son.