Category Archives: Affordable Comedians

Carmen Lynch

Carmen Lynch made her late-night television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2012 and created such a buzz that even The Huffington Post wrote about it. Now, as a comedian, she’s been seen in the semi-finals of two seasons of Last Comic Standing, has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”, Vh1′s “Winningest Winners” and performed several times for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait.

Nate Bargatze

“He is Everyman.”
– Gail Stocker

Nate Bargatze is an American actor and comedian from Old Hickory, Tennessee. He’s known for his special on Comedy Central Presents, has appeared multiple times on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

He was part of Jimmy Fallon’s “Clean Cut Comedy Tour,” and won New York’s Comedy Festival and the Boston Comedy Festival in the same year. He wrote for the Spike TV Video Game Awards, and has performed multiple times for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait. He was mentioned in Rolling Stone by Marc Maron as a “comic who should be big” and in Esquire by Jim Gaffigan as one of the top up-and-coming comics.

His first album, Yelled at by a Clown, made it onto the Billboard Top Ten Comedy Charts for two weeks, peaking at #2

Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton is endearing comedy lovers, and his future is bright. Named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch with standout appearances on Conan, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and Showtime, he’s establishing himself as one of the nation’s favorite stand-ups.

He’s impressed industry insiders by racking up a remarkable number of national competition wins and festival appearances, including winning The Great American Comedy Festival and Sierra Mist’s America’s Next Great Comic Search. He’s also a regular performer at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festivals with several international television performances including The Muppets Gala in Montreal and the Sydney Opera House International Comedy Gala.

He’s often lauded for being a clean comedian, although his audiences span a broad spectrum. Wrote one reviewer, “His stories and delivery are so funny, it doesn’t even cross your mind that he works completely clean. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. When he talks about his experience skydiving or taking a hot-air-balloon ride, you’re too busy laughing to notice he’s not like the others.” (from Vancouver Georgia Straight “For Comic Ryan Hamilton Getting Clean Laughs Just Comes Naturally”)

Growing up in Idaho and making his home in New York City he’s far from his small-town roots, but the contrast suits him. He’s currently headlining top comedy clubs across the country building a following of enthusiastic fans.

Michael Loftus

Michael Loftus’ wholesome looks might fool viewers, but this seemingly mild-mannered Midwesterner has a sharper tongue than some may realize. Whether he’s pointing out the pros and cons of sleeping naked or likening a wedding ring to a mystical relic out of “Lord of the Rings,” Loftus uses energetic physical comedy to cynically skewer life in suburbia and beyond.

Don Barnhart

Raised in Southern California by his television director father, Don Barnhart Jr grew up on the sets of LA watching Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters practice their craft on Mork and Mindy. It’s no wonder Don went into Stand-Up comedy. Doing background work to support his acting classes, Don was seen early on on Happy Days, Mork and Mindy and The Great American Hero.

After getting a job a comedy club in Hermosa Beach, Don moved up to house emcee opening up for Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Jim Carry, Garry Shandling, Dana Carvey, and Dennis Miller to name a few. After just a few short years, he then took his act on the road and making the jump to full time comic headlining at top comedy clubs like the Improv, Punchline and Ice House.

Averaging over 200 days a year on the road doing Stand-Up, Don still had a first love of improvisation. He auditioned for and was accepted to the prestigious Second City Conservatory program in Los Angeles and was one of the first groups to graduate. & Besides several national television commercials, Barnhart has also starred in the television pilot GENISIS WARS, he is currently directing a film he wrote called CHINA DOLLS and he has a sitcom based on his stand up act along with two reality shows currently in development.

When he has free time, Don goes overseas to entertain the military for the USO and just completed a Comics on Duty tour of Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf. With appearances on MTV, NBC, A&E, CBS, several National Television Commercials, Apollo 13, In The Army Now, Species and many more, it’s a wonder why Don Barnhart Jr isn’t a household name already…

Don just released a DVD “The DeEvolution of Man” which features his first Stand-Up comedy special along with an original sketch show, a short film he wrote/directed and starred in and clips from the “Vault” featuring some of Don’s earlier work. Barnhart is also editing a documentary of his Comics On Duty World Tour of Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf and hopes to release it soon…

Danielle Broussard

Danielle Broussard is a regular at The Comic Strip Live and The Comedy Cellar in New York City, where she has been a Stand-Up comic for over ten years. Her comedy sketches have included an Olympic Figure Skating spoof crossed with reality television called, Fear Skating, in which she performed a pair routine with real bugs and tarantulas on her head for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. She has also portrayed a singing Monica Lewinsky for World News Now. Danielle was a New York semi-finalist on the first season of Last Comic Standing, which won her the job as the opening act for the touring off-Broadway show, “Puppetry of the Penis.” Most recently she has been a comedy commentator for numerous shows on VH1.

Look for Danielle every Sunday night on HBO following the new show, TELL ME YOU LOVE ME, doing commentary. She has also written a chapter for Joy Behar’s new book, WHEN YOU NEED A LIFT.

Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan has been a full time standup comedian for over fifteen years. He has made two appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Since he was about 10 years old, Tom wanted to be a standup comedian. The first standup comedy he ever heard was Bill Cosby’s debut album that contained the famous Noah routine. Over the next few years, he also became a fan of David Brenner, Woody Allen and George Carlin. He listened to Carlin’s “FM and AM” album over and over again until he had it completely memorized. He used to recite the entire album to whoever would listen.

At 26, he left an insurance job in his hometown of Philadelphia to move to Florida where he got a job at a local golf course. The job lasted only 3 weeks. Ryan says, “Losing that job was the best thing that ever happened to me because it forced me to confront exactly what I wanted to do with my life.” He took a job as a doorman at the newly opened Comedy Corner in West Palm Beach. It was the lowest paying but most valuable job he ever had. It provided him with a complete comedy education watching acts such as Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller and Bill Hicks.

It was not long before Tom made his stage debut. Within two years he was working full time as a comedian. Since then Tom Ryan has worked steadily at comedy clubs, concert venues, corporate functions and colleges across the U.S. In addition to his Letterman appearances, he has also been featured on Showtime, A&E, Comedy Central and NBC. He has performed as the opening act in concert for B.B. King, Natalie Cole, Jeff Beck, Earth, Wind and Fire, Aretha Franklin, Tim Allen, Steven Wright, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dennis Miller just to name a few.

His original style makes it easy for him to write for special events. He has contributed monologue jokes to the award winning “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” and regularly headlines corporate events including Continental Airlines, Compaq, Morgan Stanley and Church and Dwight.

Tom believes that the best comedy comes from the most unlikely sources. Here is an example from his act: “I was driving around the other day and my oil light came on. But that little symbol looks nothing like an oil can. When it first came on I thought well, apparently my car is low on gravy.”

Bill Burr

Before this Bio begins, I would like to say “What’s up!” to all the morning DJs glancing at this page as I sit across from you, pretending to be down to Earth.

I’m Bill Burr, a stand up comedian. It’s very important to me. One of my goals in life is to be able to go to the movies whenever the fuck I want to. I don’t want some douche telling me when I can go to lunch or even worse, when I have to be back. “I’ll be back when I’m done eating, you hypothetical cunt.”

I enjoy annoying people who are doing things that I feel aren’t that important. I relate to dictators. I don’t agree with what they do. But I get it.

I love my dog. I hate bankers. I have issues with women. In my head, I’m a great guy.

I’ve done two hour-long stand-up specials: “Why Do I Do This” and “Let It Go.” I plan on taping another special at the beginning of 2012.

I host a podcast each week called The Monday Morning Podcast. This past year I was lucky enough to be in two episodes of Breaking Bad. I hope to get a chance to do more work like that in the future.

Steve Altman

“Gail has great vision, which she then passes onto me, which makes me look good to the client. I love it when other people make me look good. Thanks, Gail.”
Steve Altman

Steve Altman tours as a stand-up comedian using a sampling keyboard as a gateway to his madness. Dennis Miller called him the “Laurie Anderson of comedy” and Rolling Stone called his show “…a dizzying display of man and machine.”

His television credits include A & E’s Evening at the Improv, Showtime’s Comedy Club Network, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, MTV, VH1, Fox’s Comic Strip Live and HBO.

As a musician Steve has written songs for Jose Feliciano and Smokey Robinson, scored The Rudy Coby Show on Fox and Going Wild for the Disney Channel.

He’s currently working on his own show, Simulated Television for Showtime.

“There are two kinds of comedians in this world … Steve Altman is both of them.” – L.A. CALENDAR

“Trailing a futuristic vision, Steve pulls you into his world and you want to go … freely.” – VARIETY