Bob Powers is white. He was born on April 12, 1973
in Upper Darby, PA. He has many siblings, all of them older than
he is. Bob has been caregiver to six domestic housecats in his
life, Chuchi, a Manx, being his favorite. Chuchi was killed. Bob's
been writing for and performing on stages in New York and LA for
over seven years now. His writing has appeared in the New
York Press, Jest Magazine, and one other publication.
He is the creator and proprietor of girlsarepretty.com,
a web site.
Todd was made from the human sex act, a fact he is still learning
to reconcile all these many years later. At the age of 25, he
stepped on an Empire Service Amtrak train, and when he came to
he was standing in Grand Central Station. "New York City!"
he cried. And then he cried some more. Todd is both a writer and
performer. His writing has appeared in The Modern Humorist,
Glamour, McSweeney's and Salon. His
talking-mouth has appeared at CBS-NY, Joe's Pub, The KGB Bar,
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and The US Comedy Arts Festival
in Aspen. All of his successes and failures are well-documented
at his web site, tremble.com.
YOUR FEATURED PERFORMERS:
Kyria Abrahams lives in Queens where
she writes for Jest Magazine and buys cheap groceries. A standup
comic for the past 5 years, she is currently working on a one-woman
show about her experiences growing up as a Jehovah's Witness.
She used to take part in poetry slams, but don't hold that against
her. Typing her first and last name into any internet browser
will result in the discovery of her rather sparse web
Mike Albo lives and loves in Brooklyn.
He will be performing his solo show, My Price Point, in April
up in Boston, where he will try not to kill himself since it is
such a boring, Starbucksy city. His new novel, The Underminer,
just came out in February 2004 from Bloomsbury. His first novel,
Hornito, came out in 2000 from Harpercollins. Say hello
to him at his web site.
Leo Allen is a left-handed stand-up
comedian, writer, and actor. He has performed stand-up comedy
on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Last Call
with Carson Daly," NBC's "Late Friday's," Comedy
Central's "Premium Blend," and then he's also been on
"Ed" and "Sex In the City". For three seasons,
he was a staff writer for "Saturday Night Live."
Leo is also a founding member of the fabled comedy duo "Slovin
& Allen", who have a made a half-hour comedy special
for Comedy Central, and performed five one-hour stage shows in
places as varied as New York City, San Francisco, HBO's Aspen
Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
Jonathan Ames is the author of five
books. Novels: I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man,
and Wake Up, Sir! Essay collections: What's Not to
Love? and My Less Than Secret Life. A new collection
of essays, I Love You More Than You Know, will be published
in February 2006. He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship
and is a recurring on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Jami Attenberg has read her fiction
and essays in small bookstores, theaters, and bars all over the
country. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Nylon,
Self, and Time Out NY, as well as a host of
publications no longer in business. Her short collection of stories
about New York, Deli Life, was published by So New Media
in 2003. This spring she began distributing her new zine series
"Instant Love," which is available for purchase on her
web site, whatever-whenever.net.
Todd Barry was Entertainment Weekly's
2003 "It Standup" selection on their "It List."
He's appeared on Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Carson Daly, Jimmy
Kimmel Live, Comedy Central's Friar's Roast of Chevy Chase,
"Space Ghost Coast To Coast," and in his own "Comedy
Central Presents" special. He's appeared at the Melbourne
International Comedy Festival in Australia, the Just For Laughs
Festival in Montreal, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland,
and US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, where he won the Jury
Award for Best Stand Up Comic. His acting credits include "The
Larry Sanders Show", "Sex And The City", "Spin
City", "Chappelle's Show", "Road Trip"
and "Pootie Tang". He's done cartoon voice work on "Dr.
Katz", "Aqua Teen Hunger Force", "Home Movies",
and "Hey Monie". Todd's latest CD/DVD, "Falling
Off the Bone," was just released on Comedy Central Records.
Michael Bernard has performed and directed
improvisational theater in Boston, Chicago, Seattle and New York.
Most recently he directed “The Chipperton Family Vocaltainers
Shooby Dooby Dooby Hour” which was chosen for the Aspen
Comedy Festival. He got his start at the Second City Training
Center and was a founding member of Local Talent; the only improv
group to be hired by the Department of Public Health to perform
AIDS awareness material. They were also the only group to be banned
by the Governor of Illinois for performing AIDS awareness material.
He was director and performer for Improvboston: Boston’s
longest running improv comedy group. Michael spent ten years as
the Associate Artistic Director of The 52nd Street project a nationally
recognized company that creates original theater with kids from
Hell’s Kitchen and theater professionals. He has written,
directed, and performed in many plays there, including adaptations
of “Twelfth Night,” “A Midsummer Nights Dream,”
and “As You Like It” featuring teenagers and adult
actors, which toured to London and France. He has also written
for MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Henson, Nick at Nite, DC Comics, Showtime,
Spike TV, The Sundance Channel, Noggin, WE, and Disney Theatrical.
Please check out his online photo-comic, “Me
Jane Borden is an editor at Time Out
New York. Her work has also appeared in the 'Funny Pages' of the
New York Times Magazine, on "Saturday Night Live" and
on one of VH1's ubiquitous talking-head shows.
Patrick Borelli is a stand up comic
who has appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend. He's currently
writing for ESPN Classic's Cheap Seats featuring the Sklar Brothers
and is writing for Assy McGee, which will air this fall on the
Cartoon Network. He asks that you kindly visit two web sites:
this one & also
Arthur Bradford's first book, Dogwalker,
was published by Knopf in 2001 and Vintage paperback in 2002.
His stories have appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, and Zoetrope
and he has been the recipient of an O'Henry award. Arthur is the
director of the documentary film, "How's Your News?"
which appeared on HBO/Cinemax during 2002/3.
Kurt Braunholer is from New Jersey
near the ocean. He wanted to become a shark scientist as a child
until he realized, in fourth grade, that he sucked at science.
Instead, he went to Baltimore and got really into acid and Beckett.
He moved to Brooklyn in 1998. He has been improvising and doing
comedy since then. His two favoritest credits ever are the ongoing
saga of Chengwin
and hosting Hot Tub
with Kristen Schaal. You can see him on Television in random stupid
Laura Buchholz is a regular contributor
to "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor,
and has heard the phrase "my dad loves that show" over
7,000 times. Laura is also a writer and performer for Saturday
Night Rewritten, a weekly show at Juvie Hall, and has written
for Comedy Central and "The Next Big Thing." She was
recently published in a literary anthology titled, "How
Not To Greet Famous People," which was named for her piece
chronicling her shamefully stupid encounter with former president
Bill Clinton. Most importantly, Laura is the proud
winner of the 2004 City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival Essay Contest.
Steve Burns was "Steve" on
Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues for six years, then released a well-regarded
rock album for adults called "Songs for Dustmites."
After that he went on tour to open for the Flaming Lips. He divides
his time between music, acting, and Brooklyn. He can be found
Liz Cackowski finished her third season
as a writer on Saturday Night Live, in 2006. She was picked up
from Chicago's Second City Theater where she wrote and performed
the Mainstage Revue, Doors Open on the Right. Before Mainstage,
Liz toured around the country with The Second City, as well as
performed at Improv Olympic and Comedy Sportz. She is also an
alumni of Boom Chicago, one of the coolest gigs in comedy, and
does Assscat at UCB on Sundays.
Allison Castillo has appeared as a
regular on VH-1's Best Week Ever, Comedy Central's Premium Blend,
the British show The World Stands Up and on Dutch television's
popular show, Raymann Is Laat. She has a book coming out in 2006,
titled The Score. It's all about grading guys, so watch
Josh Comers has been performing stand
up comedy in NYC for hundreds of years. His jokes have appeared
in the New York Times and on The Late Late Show on CBS. Josh was
a 1st runner up in the Comedy Central Laugh
Riots competition. As an improviser, Josh has performed at the
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Josh dreams of someday settling
down and starting a blog.
Jonathan Corbett is a comedian who
performs regularly in mainstream comedy clubs, colleges, as well
as alternative comedy shrines like Luna Lounge and PSNBC. In 2001
he represented NYC in Comedy Central's Laugh Riots competition
in Los Angeles, and has appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium
Blend," "Chappelle's Show," and in 2002 was featured
in the New Faces Showcase at the Montreal Comedy Festival. He
is also a contributing writer for Jest Magazine.
Dan Cronin has appeared performing
stand-up comedy on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and Late Night
with Conan O'Brien, where he is now a writer.
Mike Daisey's monologues, including
21 Dog Years, All Stories Are Fiction, Wasting
Your Breath and I Miss The Cold War, have been performed
all over the world. His latest, The Ugly American, has received
workshops at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Cape Cod Theatre Project,
P.S. 122, and will receive full productions this spring at ACT
Theatre in Seattle and at the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina.
He is currently creating a dark office comedy for HBO, writing
his second book, and telling new stories in residence at P.S.122
in New York City. On the web he can be found at mikedaisey.com.
Kimya Dawson is a hard-touring singer/songwriter,
and part of the anti-folk group, the Moldy Peaches. As a solo
artist, Kimya has released four albums, including My Cute
Fiend Sweet Princess and I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm
Mean. She provided back-up vocals on Ben Kweller's debut
album, Sha, Sha, and has performed with They Might Be
Giants, The Mountain Goats and her own brother, Akida Junglefoot
Dawson, among others. Kimya's latest album, The Hidden Vagenda,
is currently out on Calvin Johnson's K records, the greatest label
Becky Donohue was born in Jackson Heights,
Queens, lived there for five years, and then was moved to the
burbs where her parents hoped to give her a better life. In 1997,
Becky returned to the city in an attempt to mock her parents’
hopes and dreams for her by pursing standup comedy. She has succeeded
in doing so ever since. Her writing has appeared in The Onion
& Drill Magazine. And her projected image has appeared on
“Premium Blend,” “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,”
“Shorties’ Watchin’ Shorties.” You can
visit her online.
Andres du Bouchet is the creator and
host of "Giant
Tuesday Night Of Amazing Inventions And Also There Is
A Game," currently running every Tuesday night at 8pm
at The St. Marks Theater. This popular weekly show is
a frequent "Dont Miss" pick in Time Out New York
magazine, which has also named it "NYC's Best
Comedy/Variety Show (Cumbersome Title Division)." du
Bouchet has appeared in sketches on Late Night With
"Conan O'Brien," and on "Tough Crowd With Colin
Quinn" (as Saddam Hussein). He performs comedy throughout
the city, and is a frequent guest and host of the popular "Eating
It" at Luna Lounge. He is also a regular contributor to Jest
Magazine. du Bouchet's unique characters, monologues, sketches
and absurdist style make him hard to miss, as do his loudness
Ritch Duncan is a writer, editor and
standup comedian, who has performed in colleges and clubs all
over the country. His writing has appeared on "Weekend Update"
for Saturday Night Live and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. In addition,
he co-founded Jest Magazine and served as its editor-in-chief
from 2002 through June of 2004.
Ophira Eisenberg is a stand-up comic
and has recently been nominated for a 2007 MAC Award for best
female comedian. She has appeared on Comedy Central's Premium
Blend and Fresh Faces of Comedy, VH-1's Best Week Ever and All
Access, E! Channel and Discovery Channel. She also performs regularly
with The Moth and can be heard on their 2006 Audience Favorites
Her writing is featured alongside that of Jerry Seinfeld, Chris
Rock, and Joan Rivers in the anthology I Killed: True Stories
of the Road from America’s Top Comics. She is a regular
contributor for US Weekly's Fashion Police and WebBlogs for Comedynet.com.
She can be seen every Friday night at the acclaimed weekly show
Sweet Paprika at the D-Lounge in Union Square.
Christian Finnegan is a comedian, writer
and actor based in New York City. He performs all over the country
and is set to co-headline a college comedy tour for FHM Magazine
this Fall. His television credits include "Chappelle's Show,"
"Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" and "Premium Blend."
Christian also recently taped an epsiode of "Comedy Central
Presents" and cane be seen every week on VH1's "Best
Week Ever." He is currently a staff writer at "Tough
Crowd with Colin Quinn" and a contributing writer for Jest
Emily Flake was born: 1977, Manchester,
CT to well-intentioned people. She attended college in Baltimore,
MD, where she also delivered pizzas in an unflattering polo shirt.
Spent the next four years drunk in Chicago. Moved to Brooklyn,
Jan. 2004. Nearsighted. Rendered incapable of musical ability
by smallish, stubby hands. Looks better in muted tones. Likes
cheese and pie, preferably together. Has a horror of mold. Laughed
once when she saw a pigeon killed by an oncoming truck. Sleeps
deeply but is plagued by nightmares. Enjoys the music of Billy
Joel, though she knows him to be the eunuch’s Bruce Springsteen.
She is also the creator of the alt-weekly comic strip, "Lulu
Eightball," which is now available in book format from Atomic
Paul Ford is a frequent commentator
for NPR's All Things Considered, an editor at Harper's Magazine,
author of the Harper's Magazine Weekly Review, frequent contributor
to TheMorningNews.org, and sole proprietor of Ftrain.com.
His first novel, Gary Benchley, Rock Star, was published
in October 2005 by Plume Books.
Jon Friedman is a writer/comedian and
comedy show producer from New York City. He is the creator and
host of the monthly series, The Rejection Show, a show that features
the rejected material of writers, comedians, cartoonists, and
artists. Jon’s writings have been published at McSweeney’s,
Pindeldyboz, EyeShot, Paper Magazine, the forthcoming Cracked
Magazine, and at his own humor page, Sincerely, Jon. He was also
the voice of an animated bear on ABC’s Nightline. (one grunt.)
Jon's work and future projects can be found on the web at www.tremendousrabbit.com.
Matt Goldich is a stand-up comedian
who made his national TV debut in 2006 on Comedy Central’s
“Premium Blend”. In 2001 he was selected as one of
the "five funniest college students in America" by HBO.com
and performed at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.
He currently resides in New York where he performs regularly at
clubs and alternative comedy venues, and co-hosts the monthly
comedy show "Can You Imagine?” at Rififi. He has written
for the game shows "Stump the Schwab" and “The
World Series of Pop Culture”, and "Cash Cab",
and contributed to the Random House book, Bar Mitzvah Disco.
Charlie Grandy moved around a lot as
a kid though finds he gets the best reaction when saying he's
from Iowa. He was a writer for The Daily Show and currently writes
and produces the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live.
He has also written for such comedy luminaries as John McCain,
Ed Bradley, and Charlie Grandy.
Jesse Hartman is a musician and filmmaker
from the East Village. He is the solo artist called Laptop (read
more about Laptop's 3 albums at laptopic.com) and formerly fronted
the band Sammy (2 albums, Geffen, Smells Like). He has directed
and produced many films and music vids - River of Grass
(prod., Good Machine),
Happy Hour (dir., Best Short Award at Berlin Film Fest)
and Slim (dir., Rotterdam Film Fest). He also acted in
the Larry Fessenden's film, Habit.
Roger Hailes moved to NYC for advertising
in 2001. He started doing stand up comedy. He scored some writing
jobs for a couple of MTV shows. He did more stand up comedy. He
appeared 3 times on Chappelle's Show. More stand up comedy. He
got a job writing, and doing voices for a comedy video game produced
by Atari. Then he did some more stand up comedy. He was on TV
again for VH1. And he does stand up comedy.
Dave Hill is a performer, writer, and
musician living in NYC. He has appeared on VH1, Court TV, Spike
TV, E!, the Learning Channel, and Current TV and writes for the
New York Times, Huffington Post, and Blender among others. Dave
hosts a monthly show at the UCB Theatre called the Dave Hill Explosion
and also plays in the rock bands Valley Lodge and Children Of
The Unicorn. He is an incredible kisser who will put your needs
first straight on through breakfast and you know it, girl. For
more info on Dave and just Internet fun in general, visit davehillonline.com.
John Hodgman says he is the author
of a book of fake trivia. He also says he is a former professional
literary agent. Q: Which one is JOHN HODGMAN? A: John Hodgman
is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, the host
of the Little Gray Book Lectures, and the author of THE AREAS
OF MY EXPERTISE .
A.J. Jacobs is the author of The
Know-it-all: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest
Person in the World, a memoir of his year reading the entire
Encyclopedia from A to Z. Or from a-ak (East Asian music) to Zywiec
(town in Poland). His new book The Year of Living Biblically
will be released this fall. It chronicles his attempt to follow
every decree in the Bible, from the 10 Commandments to growing
Jacobs is an Editor at Large at Esquire magazine, which means
Editor at Home in his Boxer Shorts..
Colin Jost writes for Saturday Night
Live and performs in a sketch group called War Dogs, which may
have disbanded. He was previously a staff writer for "Kappa
Mikey," an animated comedy premiering on Nickelodeon this
fall. Before that, he was president of the Harvard Lampoon and
a night editor at the Staten Island Advance newspaper. He works
out once or twice a week. Plays golf. You know, sort of a Renaissance
man. But not like the movie "Renaissance Man." Well,
sort of like that.
Ellie Kemper is a girl living in New
York City. She performs regularly at the People's Improv Theater
and the Upright Citizens Brigade in Chelsea. She has appeared
in many sketches on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and
in one heart-wrenching episode of Gastineau Girls. Ellie
is a contributor to The Onion and McSweeney's and is currently
performing her one-woman show, DUMB GIRLS, at the Upright Citizens
Brigade in March. Her most recent work includes playing a veterinarian's
assistant in an industrial on how to train veterinarian assistants.
Dan Kennedy is the author of Loser
Goes First (Random House/Crown). His work is also found in
the Los Angeles Times Best Seller Created in Darkness by Troubled
Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Writing (Knopf,
Fall 2004), in recent anthologies such as The Encyclopedia
of Exes (Crown), Insomniac Reader (Manic D), Bookmark
Now (Perseus), or online at mcsweeneys.net. He is currently
working on his second book, billed as a rock and roll comedy of
Jen Kirwin is a comic/writer who settled
down in New York City after touring the comedy circuit for years.
She has been selected to perform at the Montreal "Just
For Laughs" Comedy Festival, Chicago Comedy Festival, and appeared
on two episodes of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," where
she was selected as one of the top twenty "Funniest Comics"
in the U.S. Jen hosts a monthly reading series called The
Cupcake Reading Series, and is working on a book, "Against
My Better Judgement," a collection of comedic essays
recounting her ten-year bout with stand up comedy.
People with far less busy lives have died from stress.
Jessi Klein was born and raised in
NYC. At some point,
she became sort of funny. In 2002 Time Out NY named
her one of the "Top 10 Comics We Never Get Tired Of,"
and she made her television stand-up debut in 2004 on
Comedy Central's "Premium Blend." She is currently a
regular commentator on VH1's "Best Week Ever," and has
become something of a pop culture pundit with
appearances on CNBC's "Topic A With Tina Brown" as
well as "The Today Show." All of this has made her
wonder why she went to a liberal arts college that was
grueling both mentally and fiscally.
Carol Kolb is a comedy writer who enjoys
eating popcorn and washing her hands. She is a former editor-in-chief
of The Onion, America's Finest News Source. She lives in Brooklyn,
on Flatbush Ave over by the Wok & Roll. Carol is currently
working on a humorous essay about the effects of a six-day treatment
with medroxyprogesterone acetate on antral follicular development
and ovulation rate in nonprolific western white-faced ewes.
Nick Kroll is an actor/comedian/writer
living in New York City. He is the co-creator of the book Bar
Mitzvah Disco (Random House), which has premiered to rave reviews
and is one the co-creator/director/stars of 'I Love the 30s' and
'All Access: Middle Ages", flagship shows for Comedy Central's
Motherload. Nick is a regular on VH1's Best Week Ever and has
landed a number of high profile commercial campaigns including
the infamous "Andy Roddick's Mojo" for AMEX/US Open
and "Don't Let Jerry Win" for MTV. Nick can be seen
at his weekly comedy show, "Oh Hello" co-hosted with
John Mulaney. Nick was named one of Time Out New York’s
"Favorite Comics of 2004."
Jack Kukoda was born and raised in
Buffalo, NY. After graduatingfrom college he got a job waiting
tables in a family restaurant, but was eventually fired by a former
high school classmate for allegedly stealing a Buffalo Bills cheerleaders
calendar. He now lives in New York and performs comedy around
the city. Jack has also written for various humor magazines and
websites, some still in existence, some that have gone the way
which was an actual website that sold all sorts of balls, but
ONLY balls. He is currently writing for the Onion's new video
site, which will launch in March.
Maura Madden spent four years writing
and performing with the San Francisco sketch comedy group, Killing
My Lobster. She then returned to New York City, where she was
born, just to see how much her family missed her. Since then,
she has performed sketch comedy, improv and stand-up at venues
all over the city, including Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline’s
and Stand-Up NY. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s "Jump
Cuts." She is also the host of the beloved craft party, Crafternoon.
Kirsten Major has worked as a public
relations professional at Burson Marsteller, and previous to that
did corporate internal communications at Price Waterhouse.
As a writer, her articles and fiction have appeared in Chelsea,
RealSimple and TimeOut NY. She recently finished
writing a musical about the father of the Protestan Reformation,
Martin Luther. Her nickname is "Skip."
As snowflakes, into tiny drifts do tend, settling in peaks of
whitest purity; comics confusing craft with art will end gathering
dustheaps in obscurity.
Backstage mag called him one of ten to see. He was profiled in
The Irish Echo. See his Blend episode on Comedy Central
rerun 'til the Last Trump does blow.
Check this bio, ere you call him sucker; written in sonnet form,
Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator
of the Pumpkin Pie Show, a rigorous storytelling session backed
by its own live soundtrack. He is the author of rest area,
a collection of short stories, and miss corpus, a novel
-- both published by Hyperion books.
Former enthusiast Sam Means is a comedy
writer and cartoonist living in Brooklyn, NY. He is a writer for
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and a cartoonist for New Yorker
magazine. He has also contributed writing to The Onion and Saturday
Amanda Melson is sometimes a stand-up
comic and often a writer for such shows as Sara Schaefer is Obsessed
With You and Saturday Night Rewritten, both of which happen at
a theater called Juvie Hall.
John Mulaney is a comedian and rat
bastard living in New York City. He can be seen soon on Comedy
Central's “Live at Gotham.” He is the co-creator of
I Love the 30's and All Access: Middle Ages which appear on Comedy
Central's Motherload. He also co-stars in the famed stage show
“Oh, Hello” with his partner Nick Kroll, which can
be seen every Thursday at Rififi. He was an original member of
The Rugrats: a children's sketch comedy group based in his hometown
Chelsea Peretti makes short films with
the Variety Shac that
can been seen on their site or at their monthly live show . She
is a stand up comic and writer. Here's some credits: Aspen Comedy
Festival 2006, Comedy Central's "Shorties Watching Shorties,"
VH1 (Various Panel Shows), ESPN ("Cheap Seats"), The
Rejection Line (Co-creator), Black
People Love Us (Co-creator). She has contributed writing to
Playgirl, The Village Voice, Details, and The Huffington Post.
And she misses you like crazy whenever you're apart.
David Rees's comics include "Get
Your War On," which appears in Rolling Stone, and "My
New Filing Technique is Unstoppable," which appears in the
Guardian. He has performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in
Aspen and at the New York MENSA Society.
Chris Regan has written for "The
Daily Show with Jon Stewart" since 1999, and in that time
has won an assortment of awards, including three Emmys and two
Peabodys. He is one of the co-authors of "America (The Book)"
and as a standup comic has appeared on Comedy Central's Premium
Blend, and at all the usual places in New York.
Michael Reisman has been writing and
performing sketch comedy since 1998 at venues such as Gotham
Comedy Club, Caroline's, Luna Lounge and PSNBC. He can be
seen every week in the variety show, "Giant
Tuesday Night (OAIAATIAG)" at the Under St. Mark's Theater.
He sort of reminds us of Bob Balaban.
Walter Salas-Humara was the founder,
vocalist, songwriter and bandleader of The Silos, one of the pioneering
bands of the early alternative country scene. (He was also one
of the early members of the band, The Vulgar Boatmen.) Walter
recorded several albums with
The Silos, including About Her Steps, Cuba, Hasta La Victoria!,
and Susan Across the Ocean. He has continued to perform with The
Silos and record albums as a solo artist, and as a member of The
Setters, with Michael Hall from The Wild Seeds. Hell, Walter has
played with just about everyone.
Kristen Schaal is the winner of the
2nd annual Andy Kaufman Award for comedy, the 2006 Nightlife Award
in New York for best female stand-up, and the 2006 US Comedy Arts
Festival award for best alternative performer. In October she
was included in New York Magazine's "Ten Funniest New Yorkers
You've Never Heard Of." She co-hosts a weekly variety show
called "Hot Tub" at the People's Improv Theatre, which
was voted "Best Variety Show of 2005" by Time-Out New
York’s readers poll. Between her improv and comedy shows
she's also the founding member of the theatre company Striking
Viking Story Pirates which adapts stories kids write into sketches
and songs. Film and television credits include Kate and Leopold,
Adam and Steve, Delirious, Law and Order: SVU,
The Education of Max Bickford, and Comedy Central's Contest Searchlight.
Tom Shillue can be seen around town
most weekends at clubs like Stand-Up New York, Gotham Comedy Club,
Carolines on Broadway, The Comic Strip, and The New York Comedy
Club. His autobiographical monologues have long been a popular
feature at "Moonwork's Evening of Original Work."
Tom has appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien,"
"Premium Blend" on Comedy Central, "NBC Late Friday,"
and in his own segment on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
He co-wrote and performed in the long-running Gas, Food, Talent
at the West Bank, and co-wrote and appeared in The North American
White Male with Jim Gaffigan, and The Velvet Vise with
Tom also wrote and co-starred in the award-winning short film
Go Jimmy, Go, and co-directed the film Fourwarned:
A Barbershop Odyssey, which won a "best mockumentary"
award at the MicroCineFest in Baltimore, although Shillue denies
mocking anything, especially his long-time love of barbershop
Evany Thomas lives in and around her
birth city of San Francisco. She's the author of The Secret
Language of Sleep: A Couple's Guide to the Thirty-Nine Positions,
and her work has appeared in Welcome to Wisteria Lane
(a book about nothing but Desperate Housewives), The Ex Files
(a book about nothing but pain), h2so4, Swivel, McSweeney's, and
Horses for Juniors Magazine. She is a regular contributor to the
website Television Without Pity, and she was also MSN's mid-nineties
advice columnist, Dr. Net, for which she outfitted with an elaborate
Freudian beard and monocle. For regular updates about Evany's
stair falls, face rashes, car fires, and other private explosions,
try clicking at evany.com.
Sarah Thyre's writing and performing
credits include "Strangers with Candy," "Late Night
with Conan O'Brien," "Hollywood Hellhouse,"
"One Woman Shoe," "TV Funhouse," "SNL,"
WNYC's "The Next Big Thing," the Sit ‘n'
Spin reading series, Upright Citizens Brigade, Cosmopolitan, Freshyarn,
Reading It at Luna Lounge, Loser's Lounge, and "Incident
at Cobblers Knob."
Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts.
Her work has appeared in Story, Alaska Quarterly
Review, Epoch, Sonora Review, Story
Quarterly, Another Magazine and Best American
Mystery Stories 2003. Her collection of stories, Animal
Crackers, has just been released by Dial Press. She is currently
the editor of One Story magazine.
Bryan Tucker has been a writer for
Chappelle’s Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and The Chris
Rock Show. He currently writes for Saturday Night Live. Bryan
also wrote a one act play, “Song”, which was published
through playscripts.com and has been performed at high schools,
colleges and small theaters throughout the country. He has a wife
and two daughters who have not let him sleep for the past three
years, turning him into a cranky, hollow-eyed son of a bitch.
Victor Varnado is a comedian and writer
currently co-writing a screenplay with Spiderman creator stan
Lee. He has appeared in several feature films opposite Eddie Murphy,
Arnold Schwarzenegger, and David Carradine. As a comedian Victor
has appeared on Comedy Central, Jmmy Kimmel Live!, HBO, and The
Tonight Show. Victor is also in the early stages of his feature
film directorial debut with New Line Cinema.
Von Von Von is a dynamic recording
artist from the South Side of Antwerp. After several years working
in the European entertainment industry, he has moved to New York
City. His exciting U.S. career is heating up, with star turns
at "Showtime at the Apollo,""Chinese Pop Star," "Thirty Seconds
of Fame," and guest spots at Lollapalooza 2003, plus extensive
New York City night club engagements. As this is being typed,
thousands of fans are visiting his web
site, downloading his sexy hit singles, learning to "Get It
On," "Do the Von," and, of course, "Making Love."
Rusty Ward is a standup comedian and
writer living in
Brooklyn, NY. He is survived by his parents, Larry and
Sherry, and a younger brother, Drew. He performs
regularly throughout New York City and has appeared on Comedy
Central's Premium Blend. He was a
columnist for SheckyMagazine.com and has written for
Jest Magazine. In lieu of flowers visit rustyward.com.
Colleen Werthmann is an actor and solo
performer whose writing has appeared in McSweeney's quarterlies
and Mirth of a Nation (HarperCollins). Recent stage work
includes Blue Surge at the Public Theater, Recent
Tragic Events at Playwrights Horizons, and Suitcase
at Soho Rep.
Colleen's solo shows Catholic School Girls Rule, Fire
in the Hole, and She Hates Her Supervisor were produced
at PS122, Westbeth, and Joe's Pub, and the HBO Workspace in LA.
TV appearances include: The Sopranos, Sex and the
City, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She
is a member of Elevator Repair Service, an experimental theater
group, and The Civilians, a documentary cabaret ensemble. Colleen
grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota and went to NYU.
Cintra Wilson, in addition to being
the author of A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Re-Examined As
A Grotesque, Crippling Disease and Other Cultural Revelations
and the novel Colors Insulting to Nature, has been
a longtime Culture Critic for Salon.com and done a whole bunch
of other stuff.
Jess Wood started her comedy career
on the "Chitlin'
Circuit." She then made her way from the boogie-down Bronx
to South Central LA crackin' jokes about the white devil the whole
way. This won her the award for "Best African American Comic"
four years in a row as well as being the only white girl to perform
on Def Comedy Jam. Since then, Jess has done her one-chick show
"Without Dimes," is in the upcoming film "Prime"
with Uma Thurman and is working on a sitcom about a really funny
thing she doesn't feel ready to talk about yet. Jess is Irish,
Jewish and superstitious.
Rena Zager is a comedian who has appeared
on NBC's "Late Friday" and on VH-1. She performs at
clubs in New York City, including Caroline's, Stand Up New York,
Gotham and Don't Tell Mama's. She has told comic stories at "Sob
Stories" at PSNBC, and for Heeb Magazine's "The Shmoth."
She is also a featured comic with the variety show "Nice
Jewish Girls Gone Bad." You can see her on the upcoming season
of Comedy Central's "Premium Blend."