Comedians

Congratulations to the Comics selected for the 2013 Competition:


Eric Andrews
Toronto, Canada
Eric Andrews is a clean cut, well bred young man whose charm is an instant Killer. Eric is a bit shy, a bit awkward, and a whole lot of funny.In his career so far doing comedy he has already won a Canadian Comedy Award Winner for "Best Stand Up Newcomer" and was crowned SiriusXM Satellite Radio's "Canada's Next Top Comic". This kid has the stuff to become one of the greats.

Shanti Charan
San Francisco, CA
Shanti Charan is a fast-rising fresh face in the Bay Area comedy scene. She was awarded SF Weekly's 2012 Best Stand-Up on the Way Up. SF Weekly says Charan's writing "is clever and confident beyond her years." Shanti's bubbly personality and contagious smile lure in audiences and her comedic abilities keeps them laughing.

Kelsey Cook
Seattle, WA
Kelsey Cook has a dazzling charm that's sprinkled with filth. She's been described as "Louis C.K. meets a tiny white girl." She produced a comedy show that she headlined weekly in addition to hosting and writing her own late-night television show on KWSU-8. She's won Washington State University's "Last Coug Standing" competition, the Renton Comedy Competition, the Key Peninsula Comedy Competition, and was runner up in the Hollywood Comedy Competition.

Jen D'Angelo
Los Angeles, CA
Jen D'Angelo is a comedian from Los Angeles! She has studied and performed at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater since 2010, and performs stand-up all over LA. She has appeared on MTV's Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous and MTVx's Fast Food Heights, and currently writes for Cougar Town.

Mark Dawson
Billings, MT
Mike Dawson is a Montana native comedian best known for his Childish Antics. He was the winner of the Montana Comedy Contest in 2011 and travels the country opening for such headliners as Owen Benjamin, Louie Anderson, Brian Moote, Jeff Dye, Bobby Lee, Ben Gleib, Ty Barnett, Auggie Smith and many more. Mike is also the founder of "Comedy BeCause," an annual comedy even in Billings, MT contributing over $50,000 to fight local youth homelessness.

Reginald Ferguson
Brooklyn, NY
A native New Yorker, Reg is the "New Kid on The Block." He is a standup comedian with a style that's best described as "Thought provoking, middle class humor with an edge." He can be seen regularly at New York Comedy Club and Gotham Comedy Club and was a recent participant in the Great American Comedy Festival (2012), Laugh Your Asheville Off (2012), the New York Comedy Contest (2009, 2010, 2011) and the World Series of Comedy (2010, 2011, 2012).

Nick Guerra
Los Angeles, CA
Just under a few years into stand up, Nick Guerra has won over crowds from all walks of life. Whether it is performing from clubs to colleges to any place with a stage, Nick has shown the pay offs of dedication and continuous work. Balancing all topics, current events, relationships, and personal stories become his arsenal when given a microphone. Crowds never know what to expect, but are rarely disappointed. Nick was a writer, asst. director, actor and story producer for the Mun 2 reality show "Pitbull's La Esquina" (2nd season), performed on Comedy Central's "Gabriel Iglesias Stand Up Revolution" (2nd season) and just filmed for Nuvo TV's "Stand Up & Deliver" (2nd season).

Tim Hammer
Portland, OR
Young, fresh, full of life and Totino's pizza. Tim Hammer's style revolves around one-liners. Audience members often share his one-liners with their friends. And possibly enemies. He does not lip-sync any of his material.

Nick Hoff
Hastings, NB
Born and raised on the rough Nebraska streets (gravel roads), Nick Hoff is now a comedian living in Los Angeles. Often seen in commercials for Miller Lite, Wendy's and Amazon, you can also catch Nick on WGN's Bob & Tom show. He has been a comedy writer for Life & Style magazine as well as a featured act in the Walk of Shame Comedy Tour.

Laura Hughes
Australia
Laura Hughes is comedian and writer from Sydney, Australia. She was a national finalist in the RAW Comedy Competition in 2011, chosen as one of Australia's top 5 up-and-coming by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and performed at the 2013 Melbourne and Sydney International Comedy Festivals. Since moving to the US, she has been a staff writer on 'Trend This', appeared in several independent films and is also studying at UCB and Groundlings.

David Jones
Grand Rapids, MI
Winner of the "C If You Can Make Shaq Laugh" Competition, Comedian Dave Jones has shown sensational new talent in stand-up comedy. He receive a standing ovation at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York City and is on the course to becoming a household name and a bright star in Entertainment! Performing in front of colleges across the country and opening for big names like Mike Epps, Bill Bellamy, Brandon T. Jackson, Michael Blackson, Joe Torry, Red Grant, 2 Chainz, Trey Songz, 36 Mafia & More.

Paul Morrissey
Los Angeles, CA
Paul Morrissey is a small town kid from tiny Owego,NY. After being fired from his dream job as a TV Sports Anchor for being "too funny," he began his standup comedy career. Morrissey got his redemption by becoming a favorite comedian of comedy clubs and late night TV shows. Paul's original style and unique observations have made him a repeat guest and fan favorite on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS.

Jimmy Ouyang
Los Angeles, CA
Jimmy Ouyang is a Chinese American stand-up comedian and actor. You can see him as an upcoming Guest Star on Season 9 of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" as well as the CBS hit series "2 Broke Girls." Jimmy was recently selected by FunnyorDie as one of the top 30 comedians under 30 to watch, along with Amy Schumer and TJ Miller. Jimmy was born in Hong Kong to a traditional Chinese family from Shanghaiand moved to Los Angeles at the age of 13.

Matt Ralston
Fairbanks, AK
Matt Ralston has traveled the globe performing stand-up comedy. Contrary to popular belief, he is very approachable. Matt grew up in Alaska and spends his time in Los Angeles when he isn't out doing amazing things.

Matt Ritter
New York, NY
Matt Ritter is one of today's hottest up-&-coming comedians. His clever & energetic brand of comedy has entertained audiences at prolific venues cross country. His TV show, "Chained to My Ex", recently premiered on MSNBC. He has contributed his sharp comedy as guest commentator on CBS News, Fox News "On the Record", MTV.com, & was featured on "Man Up Standup". Matt was selected as "NY's Funniest Residents" by Resident Magazine & performed in the NY Underground Comedy Festival.

Thai Rivera
Phoenix, AZ
Thai Rivera is one of the most exciting rising stars in stand up today. His no holds barred, politically incorrect style has quickly made him a favorite with comedy fans across the country from every demographic. Don't miss your chance to see this, truly original, one of a kind performer.

Conner Roma
Billings, MT
Conner Roma started stand up comedy in his home town of Billings, MT & draws his humor from past experiences; from growing up a fat kid, to small moments in his everyday life. His emotional connection to his to his writing allow him to connect with the audience on a personal level earning him 1st place in the 2013 Montana Comedy Competition. He was also a finalist in the 2013 Rocky Mountain Laugh Off in Salt Lake City. His observational style & energetic personality give him a very real, likable stage presence.

Forrest Shaw
Miami, FL
Forrest Shaw has performed in numerous festivals such as, Comedy Central's South Beach Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Laugh Detroit, New York Underground Comedy Festival, World Series of Comedy, Sleepless Night, & the Comedy Central Open Mic Fight and was awarded 2013's Ultimate Miami Comedian. Forrest is a co-writer (and lead actor) of the award winning web series "Labor Days" & is co-creator of the weekly "What's What" Podcast. He can also be heard on Sirius/XM Satellite radio.

Ryan Singer
Ryan Singer is a comic's comic who electrifies mainstream audiences with material that is both uncompromising & unpretentious. His 2nd album COMEDY WONDER TOWN as a Top 10 album of 2012 by Under The Gun. LaughSpin says, "With his high-energy delivery & unpretentious leanings, there's not a lot to dislike about comedian Ryan Singer... he's won over audiences headlining the nation's finer comedy clubs and was hailed by Marc Maron in Rolling Stone as a comedian "who should be big."

Omid Singh
Los Angeles, CA
Omid Singh is a multicultural comedian - half-Indian, half Persian - who grew up internationally, living in over a dozen different cities across three continents. From the suburbs of Orange County to Texas to Dubai, his unique upbringing (and rapid growing facial hair) has influenced his comedy, making him a diverse performer who enjoys connecting with every type of audience.

Rich Slaton
Sacremento, CA
Rich Slaton was born in Sacramento, schooled in Santa Barbara and now makes a living embarrassing himself in front of strangers for laughs. Since starting comedy in 2008, Rich has played all over the United States and Europe, along with appearing at comedy festivals throughout California. When he's not onstage, you can catch him doing play-by-play commentary for the University of Mixed Martial Arts and hosting MMA On Draught for FirstRunTV.

Travis Simmons
Seattle, WA
Pacific Northwest comedian Travis Simmons is known for his brilliant observations, amazing impressions, and astute political commentary. In addition to his live comedy shows, Simmons gives back with his "Funny 4 Food" & "Jokes for Little Folks" charity shows having raised over $50,000 for food banks & generated 7,000 toys for kids. Travis has over 3 million You Tube plays & is a regular on Raw Dog Comedy & the JamieFoxx's Foxxhole on Sirus XM Satellite Radio.

Phillip Tilley
Billings,MT
Readers Digest, Playboy & Hustler magazines. Phil is the author of "The Money Matrix of the New World Order" & "The Bartenders Joke Book". He started doing stand-up in 2011, was a finalist in The Montana Comedy Competition 2012 and placed 3rd in 2013. Phil's edgy & dark humor are based on true stories from his life. Phil's comedy is sort of Ben Franklin, Mark Twain, Will Rodgers & Shit My Dad Says rolled into one.

Brandt Tobler
Cheyenne, WY
Brandt Tobler began doing stand-up in Las Vegas & quickly became a crowd favorite all over town. Two years lates he began performing across the 50 states. He has since returned to Las Vegas & founded the legendary Backyard Comedy Show, an independent, grass-roots, censor- and clique-free forum for comics to do what they love to do, without having to deal with the confines of typical Vegas-casino red tape. Brandt always delivers a laid-back, offbeat, hilarious brand of comedy you are sure to enjoy.

Dave Waite
Newport, KY
Dave's swagger, honesty, & endless supply of bizarre catchphrases have earned him a reputation as a comic's comic with broad crossover appeal. His willingness to be in the moment takes his performances to places that some comedians wouldn't dare visit. Tracks from Dave's recent CD "Kaboom!" can be heard regularly on Sirius and XM Radio, as well as Pandora. He has appeared as a guest on The Bob & Tom Show, and the fourth season of Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" & regularly tours around the nation.

Erica Watson
NYC/Chicago
Erica Watson is an actor, stand-up comedian, writer & film/television director raised in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. She appeared in the film "Precious" & starred in the feature film "Dirty Laundry." She has been featured on TLC's Big Sexy, The Dr. Phil Show, The Oxygen Network, WE, BET, MSG-TV & is a recurring talking head for The TV Guide Network. Her critically acclaimed 1 woman show "Fat Bitch!" is touring around the US, and is a funny, yet thought provoking look at America's obsession with weight.

Dave Williamson
Miami, FL
After years of working at the family Car Business in Miami, Dave Williamson decided he enjoyed making his customers laugh more than he enjoyed making them deals. Dave has excelled in many prestigious Comedy Festivals such as The World Series of Comedy in Vegas & the San Francisco Comedy Competition. Dave was deemed "Best Comedian" by the Miami New Times, released his highly rated debut CD "Thicker Than Water", and appeared on NickMom's "NickMom Night Out", which led to his own webseries on the network "Williamson Family Road Journal."

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