A veteran actress, Mariann Aalda began her standup career in 2008. She performs in clubs coast-to-coast — from Caroline’s in NYC to Hollywood Improv.
A Chicago native, she got her show biz start on the streets of New York… literally, as a writer-performer doing sketch comedy on a pull-down stage off the side of a truck with Off-Centre Theatre. She has toured with the improv groups, The Proposition and 3 Blacque Chix. Mariann is also a cancer survivor, and not afraid to tackle this topic with humor. She also has some hilarious insight on aging, sex, and more!
Louis C.K. is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and editor. He is the creator, star, writer, director, executive producer, and primary editor of the acclaimed FX comedy-drama series Louie. C.K. is known for his use of observational, self-deprecating, dark and vulgar humor in his stand-up career.
Sarah Silverman is an American stand-up comedian, actress, producer, and writer. Her comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, sexism, and religion, having her comic character endorse them in an ironic fashion.
Wanda Sykes is an American comedian, writer, actress and voice artist. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. She is also known for her role as Barb Baran on CBS’ The New Adventures of Old Christine and for appearances on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Margaret Cho is an American comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially regarding race and sexuality.
Chris Rock is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer, and director.
After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film roles, and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO.
He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central. He was also voted in the United Kingdom as the ninth greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again in the updated 2010 list as the eighth greatest stand-up comic.
D. L. Hughley is an American actor, political commentator and stand-up comedian. He’s best known as the original host of BET’s ComicView from 1992-1993, the eponymous character on the ABC/UPN sitcom The Hughleys and performed in The Original Kings of Comedy. Additionally, he has been the host of CNN’s D. L. Hughley Breaks the News, a correspondent for The Jay Leno Show on NBC, and a local radio personality and interviewer in New York City. In early 2013, D.L. Hughley landed in 9th place on Dancing with the Stars.
Emmy Award-winning comedian, best-selling author, reality star and actress Kathy Griffin has yet to meet a celebrity that she won’t mock in the name of humor. She’s got a gift for making fun of her own life too, all the way back to her birth on November 4, 1960, in the Chicago burbs. This famous funny lady is also a highly recognized for LGBT community advocate.
Lewis Black is an American comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor. He is known for his angry face, comedy and style, which often includes simulating a mental breakdown, or an increasingly angry rant, ridiculing history, politics, religion, trends and cultural phenomena. He hosted the Comedy Central series Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil, and makes regular appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart delivering his “Back in Black” commentary segment. When not on the road performing, he resides in Manhattan. He also maintains a residence in Chapel Hill, N.C. He is currently the spokesman for Aruba Tourism, appearing in television ads that aired in late 2009 and 2010. He was voted 51st of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time by Comedy Central in 2004; and was voted 5th in Comedy Central’s Stand Up Showdown in 2008 and 11th in 2010.
Black has served as an “ambassador for voting rights” for the American Civil Liberties Union since 2013.
Solidly ensconced in the 30-40 demographic, comedian Todd Glass may now be considered ineligible to be labeled a wunderkind-but he certainly was one, having launched his career in comedy at age 16. Since that precocious start, the Philadelphia native has developed into a polished performer with a bent for inventive material that often mocks the conventions of stand-up. Todd is currently on the road performing nationally with comedian/actor David Spade, and will make his move to the big screen, having recently filmed a role in the upcoming Martin Lawrence film Rage Control. No stranger to tv however, viewers can watch just how far Todd gets in the new season of the NBC reality series “Last Comic Standing.”
Todd’s comedy is often satirical, sometimes irreverent but always funny. His television appearances are many, including performances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn”, “Politically Incorrect,” “The Dennis Miller Show” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.” With his unique delivery and divergent style of witticisms, Glass quickly becomes a host and viewer favorite.
Since arriving in L.A., Todd has amassed an impressive list of credits. Appearances on such shows as NBC’s “Comedy Showcase”, “Late Friday”, and “The Test” quickly led way to guest appearances on “Home Improvement”, “Friends”” “Married With Children”, and HBO’s “Mr. Show”.
Todd has also become a veritable fixture on Comedy Central, headlining own half-hour standup special last year “Comedy Central Presents: Todd Glass.” He has appeared on numerous other shows on the network, including a special edition of “Win Ben Stein’s Money,”“Pulp Comics”, and “Comics Only,” and “The A List.”
Demonstrating his unwavering innovation, Todd co-created “Todd’s Coma”, a hybrid of sketch, sitcom, talk and variety. The much-praised, slightly twisted talk show, in which Todd’s curious family conducts interviews with visiting celebrities while he lies in a coma, attracted such celebrity guests as Ben Stiller, Fred Willard, Herb Alpert, Ray Romano and Arianna Huffington.
Todd is no stranger to working with talent. In addition to touring with David Spade, Todd has performed with Jack Black and Tenacious D earning high praise from Black himself: “I covet his ****ing brain!” His live performances (including appearances at the famed Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival) have generated rave reviews from major publications. The L.A. Times praised his “freewheeling style and quick wit”, while Variety noted Todd is “crafty and sharp-edged”.