YOUR HOSTS:

Bob Powers
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 Levin
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 site.

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 and Huck.”

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 this one.

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 things.

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 at StevesWebPage.com.

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 it.

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 in history.

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 and size.

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 CD.
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 Magazine.

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 Books.

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 a beard.
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 errors.

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 of justballs.com, 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."

Liam McEneaney
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, motherfucker.

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 Night Live.

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 Chicago.

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 Janeane Garofalo.

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 quartetting.

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."

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