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MEET THE Festival Headliners

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Erica Rhodes

JUNE 21

7:00  PM - 8:30PM

You may recognize Erica from her TV and film roles including Modern Family, VEEP, Comedy Bang Bang, & A Prairie Home Companion. On stage, not even a Sad Lemon could resist the hilarity of this fast-rising standup comic.

JamIe
Kennedy

JUNE 22

7:00  PM - 8:30PM

As seen in "Scream One" and ""Two", "Malibu's Most Wanted", & "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment" this self proclaimed Hollywood Wannabe has stories up his sleeves guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!

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Jimmie
Walker

JUNE 23

7:00  PM - 8:30PM

Jimmie "J.J." Walker has punctuated his illustrious career with guest appearances on "The Tonight Show", "Late Night with David Letterman", and was even named Time Magazine's "Comedian of the Decade" for the 1970s. Still, he is probably best known for his role as J.J. Evans on CBS's "Good Times". Dyn-O-Mite!

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Don
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cMILLAN

JUNE 24

7:00  PM - 8:30PM

He's smart, he's clean, he's... Technically Funny! This Hi-Tech Comedian from America's Got Talent has also made appearances on "The Tonight Show", "Air Bud One" & ""Two", and was a $100,000 winner on Star Search! If you're looking for a fix of nerdiness you've come to the right place!

COMPETITION

CONTESTANTS

$10k

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Ira Ford is originally from Maryland but now based in Minneapolis. He is an open book who talks about life experiences ranging from drugs to family. His unique and hilarious stories earned him a semifinalist finish at The Funniest Person with a Day Job Contest at the House of Comedy. He also hosts his own popular monthly showcase "Laughs and Legends" at Lakes and Legends Brewery in Minneapolis. He is currently a paid regular emcee at the hottest comedy club in Minnesota—Acme Comedy Company!

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Sally Ann Hall is an award-winning Brooklyn-based comedian, writer, actress, and singer. Originally from Alaska, she came to New York by way of Idaho to fulfill her dream of performing nightly for tourists visiting from Alaska and Idaho. A staple of the NYC nightlife scene, she has headlined Caroline’s on Broadway as a Breakout Artist, was named a Comic to Watch for the New York Comedy Festival, and also won 1st place in both Laughing Devil and She Devil Comedy Festivals.

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J.T. Stockman was born and raised in Pine River, MN and now lives in Texas. He performs all over Texas and even across the pond at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now he's making his way to the Loons on The Lake Comedy Festival!

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Rob Ward hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has made appearances on the CW Network and Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City”. Currently, Rob headlining his own tour in honor of police, firefighters and EMS personnel called the "The First Responders Tour". Rob performs across the country and was also a winner at the world famous “Showtime at Apollo” in Harlem, NY, and was recently named “Comedian of the Year” in the Cleveland Comedy Awards!

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Manny Petty (he/him) is a Chicago-based stand-up comedian/guitarist specializing in story-telling humor and parody. His comedy takes inspiration from growing up on the northwest side of Chicago in a predominantly first-generation Italian neighborhood, being in an all-girl punk band with his sister, and eventually coming out of the closet and being nominated Prom Queen and King of his high school.

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Chuck Bartell, a Minnesota native and local Acme Comedy Company favorite, has performed coast-to-coast from the Hollywood Improv, the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store, in Los Angeles, to the Comedy Cellar and the Gotham Comedy Club, in New York City. He’s participated in the Boston Comedy Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival, Last Comic Standing’s New York Showcase, and Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight. He has also worked club-booked shows with the likes of Louis CK, Jake Johannsen and Todd Barry!

Humzah Choudry is originally from Oklahoma but recently moved to New York where he has spent time sharpening his comedy skills! In the digital age, he has leveraged platforms like TikTok and Instagram to showcase his comedic genius to a global audience. His viral videos have garnered millions of views. Humzah is also the winner of last year's Othello's Comedy Classic. He connects with audiences through relatable humor while effortlessly navigating the complexities of his dual cultural identity.

Randall Reid is a comic on the rise with 10 years of experience in the game! He has multiple finals appearances in some of the stiffest comedy competitions the Twin Cities has to offer. Randall uses his unique perspective to find balance between the lightest and darkest of topics—from battling his young daughter to retrieving his friends from tight situations, he will find away to leave a smile on your face!

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Eli Wilz is a comedian, writer, and improviser based in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a member of Atlas Improv Co. with whom he performs 4 shows every weekend. He’s performed at Floodwater Comedy Festival, Toronto Sketch Fest, and the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. He performs and drinks at clubs and bars all over the midwest!

Chris Robinson was born in New York to uniquely different parents, leaving him to grow up going back-and-forth between two completely different worlds. His comedy covers all topics from feeling out of place at community protests, to meeting Mike Tyson on a dark street in Harlem, to getting married at 25. He is a nationally touring comic who can also be seen on platforms such as Funny Not Famous on Xfinity and Underground Comics of Atlanta on Amazon Prime.

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Shannon Mugrage served in the United States Navy for 7 years, and has been married for 18 years with three kids under the age of 11. Shannon has been headlining across the country and featuring for some amazing well-known acts such as Thea Vildale and Brett Ernst. His comedy is a mix of family life, military experience, and the humorous mistakes he made along the way. The comedic style can best be summoned up as tackling the darker side of being a parent.

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T-ray Sanders, originally from High Point, North Carolina, now living in Atlanta, Georgia, is a professional comedian with 30 years experience in the comedy game. He travels the country performing at clubs, colleges, churches—anywhere that has a microphone!

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Matt Conn has performed all over the country including at the World Famous Hollywood Comedy Store, LaughFest, Brew HA-HA, Traverse City Comedy Festival and Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle where he was a finalist in the Detroit to L.A. competition! He’s been described as having a whimsical balance of witty observations combined with boyish charm. Matt’s clean and clever humor strikes a chord with audiences of all ages.

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Quinn James is a Chicago-based comedian and budtender! Being Jewish and non-binary, Quinn likes to make it easier on people by introducing themselves as “indecisive”. With many thoughts on many things, get ready to hear Quinn tackle some serious issues like learning kinks, the LGBTQIA agenda, and what to do when someone misgenders you! They’ve performed on stages across Chicago including The Laugh Factory (Chicago), The Lincoln Lodge, and The Second City. In January 2023 Quinn won the January Take a Shot Open Mic at My Buddy’s in Chicago!

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Sydni Stephens is a Minneapolis based stand-up comedian. On stage, Sydni is an open book of vulnerability, filled with unexpected twists and turns. Her unique blend of storytelling and observational humor makes her relatable to any audience. Sydni has been featured on the Kill Tony Podcast’s Secret Show, the House of Comedy’s Day Drinking With Mom, and Don’t Tell Comedy. She was a finalist in the House of Comedy’s 2023 Funniest Person Contest, and the winner of the 2023 Underground Roast Battle!

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Angie McMahon is a faculty member at Chicago comedy club, The Second City, where she has worked for the past 10 years. She has been seen around Chicago at Laugh Factory, Riddles, Zanies (Rosemont), House of Blues, and Red Room Comedy Club to name a few.

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Chris Cyr is a nationally touring stand-up comedian based out of St. Louis, Missouri. He’s a regular feature and headliner at clubs, theaters, and independent shows around the country, and was a contestant on NPR’s “Ask Me Another”. By combining his love for storytelling with a keen wit and unique writing style, Chris takes audiences on a journey that’s sometimes cerebral, sometimes ridiculous, and always ends in laughter!

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Andre Myrie is a first generation Jamaican/American comedian born and raised in the NY/NJ area. His diverse upbringing has yielded a unique perspective which he feels he can best share through the art form of comedy! His comedic style is simple; he speaks of observational truths in a storytelling format. His first comedy special “Duck on a Pond” is now available on his YouTube Channel!

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Amanda Kuster began her comedic career in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2019. She has performed in The Comedy Fort's Jokecella and started doing virtual shows during the pandemic. She now lives in Minneapoils, where she has been finding new opportunities to challenge herself and polish her comedy chops!t.

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Yoni Heisler is a Chicago-based stand-up who enjoys blending sharp one-liners with quirky observational humor. Currently a paid regular at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago, Yoni has featured for several nationally touring headliners and has performed at clubs across the US including Carolines on Broadway, Skyline Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, and the Laughing Tap in Milwaukee!

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Linda Aarons recently won the Funniest Person in Minnesota Contest and was first runner-up in Acme Comedy Company's "Funniest Person in the Twin Cities" Contest. She also performed in The Boston Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest and has opened for Louie Anderson!

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David Harris is a nationally touring, Emmy Award winning comedian, magician, actor, and host who has entertained North American audiences for over 20 years with 2000+ live performances. Harris regularly appears at clubs, colleges, corporate events, theaters, and more across the U.S. and Canada!

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Billy Anderson was born in Texas and raised in Augusta, Georgia. He is a stand-up comedian currently living in Los Angeles. He has performed in EVERY state in the country! He was finalist at the 2016 Seattle International Comedy Competition, and has written for cracked.com, been featured on Audible’s “Sounds Like America” hosted by Jackie Kashian, and seen on “Laughs” on Fox. In 2018 he released his first live comedy special titled “America’s Sweetheart” through The Harmon Brother’s Dry Bar Comedy series on Amazon Prime. You can also see Billy touring internationally as the host of the hit comedy showcase The Gateway Show!

Ian Levy is a rising comedian based in New York. He uses a silly irreverent style to joke about life, love, and his many short comings. He regularly performs at clubs and colleges across the country. Some of his credits include being a finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Sketchfest, and the Big Pine Comedy Festival.

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Alex Morris described by some as the Eeyore of comedy, Alex is the kind of comic that when you see him on stage, you'll feel a wave of pure joy and satisfaction wash over you knowing that this is what you get when Daria and Fat Albert have a love child. His low energy and self-deprecating comedic style invite you to laugh at him as well as with him.

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Adam Yenser is a comedian and Emmy Award-winning writer. For ten years he wrote for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and has appeared on Conan, FOX Laughs, and Gutfeld! Adam was also a freelance contributor to SNL’s Weekend Update, has written for The Oscars, and co-produced the web series “Laugh Lessons with Kevin Nealon.” Adam mixes sharp observational humor with a unique take on politics and has had sketches featured by Daily Wire and The Babylon Bee. He cohosts the Babylon Bee podcast as well as his own satirical YouTube show, The Cancelled News.

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Mike Paramore has a natural ability to infuse everyday situations with energetic, uplifting humor. This, combined with his natural ability to put you at ease is key to his personal brand of comedy. His smooth delivery and powerful punchlines make him a force in stand-up comedy, which is very apparent in both of his "Dry Bar Comedy" specials! Mike has been featured on AXTV's Live at Gotham in NYC, as well as on FOX's hit show "Laughs".

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Jillie Reil aka THE Cougar of Comedy® was raised in rural Minnesota, but as she got older, she felt like her heart was somewhere else. So, she followed her dreams of getting Botox in Southern California and chasing men half her age. Lots of wine boxes, leopard print and college boys later, she has never looked back.

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Bill Devlin is one of the longest-running shows at the world-famous Hollywood Improv in California. Devlin has performed with Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, David Spade and many more!

“He endears himself to crowds from the moment he steps on stage… funny as hell” — LA Comedy Examiner Bill's "Comedy & Cocktails"

Richard Douglas Jones is a self professed “Southern Fried Nerd". He was a theater kid long before he ever thought of telling his first joke. Richard now entertains crowds both on stage and off, with his weekly podcast Black Nerd Power. Richard has been seen on Comedy Central, The LOL Network, and frequently opens for Hannibal Buress and Patton Oswalt. He has played clubs all over the country and headlined the Memphis and Plano Comedy Festivals!

Stacey Fleurime is a Pittsburgh-based comedian, actor and writer. She has performed at various theaters, clubs, and festivals throughout Pennsylvania and the U.S! When not out making crowds laugh, she's at home writing fictional stories that will hopefully creep them out.

Beau Lerner is coming to us from Chicago! He was a finalist in the Detroit to LA Comedy Challenge at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in 2022!

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John Brown is a Cleveland sports fan by day and stand-up comedian by night. His smooth delivery and clever joke writing has not only earned him regular feature work at clubs all over Ohio, but also landed him at The Cleveland Comedy Festival and The Rubber City Comedy Festival. This co-host of the Brown Petri Dish podcast is quickly making a name for himself as one of the best up and coming comics in the region!

Tommy Savitt and his critically acclaimed shows have made him a Las Vegas icon at the Tropicana & Stratosphere. Mr. Savitt is the winner of Seattle, Boston, Ventura, and Hard Rock Casino Comedy Competitions and is currently touring with Carnival Cruise Lines. Tommy Savitt has been a repeated guest on the Bob & Tom Show and has performed coast to coast!

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Kyle Ruff is a comedian and entrepreneur from the midwest currently living in Steamboat Springs, Coloardo. Kyle has gained local celebrity status for his quick wit, extrodinary height, and the profound sex appeal of his mustache. Kyle has perfomed stand-up in several states coast to coast and regularly headlines all across Colorado. He also founded and operates the stand up comedy and entertainment production company Steamboat Comedy and produces the 'Best in the Boat' Comedy Podcast.

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James R. Hustle describes his unconventional upbringing with hilarious stories of a life not seen by many. Guaranteed to have you Hustling back to see him the next time he's in town.

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Wyatt Cote was born and raised in Long Beach, California and dropped out of college a year shy of graduation to pursue a career in stand up comedy. He now tours America performing full-time and has become one of the best competitive comics in the country with five contest wins under his belt, including winning the 2021 World Series of Comedy. He was also runner-up in the 46th annual San Francisco Comedy Competition and his stand up has appeared on "Laughs" on Fox and ABC news.

John Kunik has been performing stand-up since the turn of the century, including comedy Festivals in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Kansas City. Working primarily in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, he has appeared with the godfathers of Minnesota comedy: Louie Anderson, Scott Hansen, “Wild Bill” Bauer, and Jeff Gerbino.

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Dan Mahoney was expelled from catholic schools, but welcomed in comedy clubs. Born in Buffalo, NY, Dan has lived in NYC where he shared the stage with such greats as Jim Gaffigan, Dave Attell, Louis CK, John Mulaney and more! He has appeared on Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight, and was a finalist at both New York Underground Comedy Festival and Boston Comedy Festival. He performs throughout North America as well as International military tours entertaining marines—anywhere a laugh is needed and a stage provided!

Brandi Alexander hits the stage with a sturdy mixture of confidence and sass, joking about dating to make ends meet, the pervasiveness of urban farming, the perils of dating college boys, and even offers advice on checking your date’s Netflix history to ensure they aren’t a serial killer. She is bold, she is frustrated, and she is one funny gal. She makes her rounds in the Michigan comedy scene and beyond—performing at some of the top clubs in the region such as Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, and Zanies in Chicago.

Ivi Demi is a DC-based comic originally from Albania. He was voted the Best House Comic at the Laugh Index Theatre in DC for 2020 and 2021! He has performed at the DC Improv, the North Carolina Comedy Festival, and the Burbank Comedy Festival, where he was selected for Best of the Fest in 2021. He has featured alongside amazing comics like Nick Hopping, Julian Stern, and Matthew Broussard. You can see him working with the Kinda Live Comedy, Capital Laughs, and Don’t Tell Comedy teams across DC!

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COMEDIANS

Alex “AL crybaby” Avery, a Minneapolis entertainer, is a rising star known for his unique blend of comedy and charisma. Originally from the Northwest, he has captivated audiences throughout the Midwest with his infectious energy and offbeat sense of humor. With a deep passion for bad movies, he finds joy in turning their flaws into comedic gold, earning him a dedicated following of movie enthusiasts.

Brent Bradley is a Stand-Up Comedian based out of Omaha, NE. Having been raised in a small town in the Midwest, his adventures quickly led him out of state and to larger cities all over the country. Audiences quickly realize he has a look that contradicts 85% of his personality, and love that it’s never known what direction he's going. With takes on everything from family life, his former career as a medic, or one of the million situations he has gotten himself into, audiences everywhere are sure to enjoy his style.

Lahiru Samarasinghe has been performing standup in the Twin Cities since 2016. In 2022, he was a part of the 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival in Minneapolis. Lahiru was a finalist at the 2022 House of Comedy's Funniest Person With a Day Job Contest, and came second in Acme's 2022 Funniest Person Contest. By viewing his experience as the oldest American-born child of a Sri Lankan family through a silly lens, Lahiru is able to share his life in a way audiences can relate to.

Dru Nustad was raised an only child in the suburbs of Minnesota. A small town trouble maker, Dru can always be heard laughing. From the animated stories of ridiculous decisions to his struggles of navigating through social norms with high anxiety, Dru’s coming of age comedy will leave you with a smile on your face and your hands on your head.

Kelvin Garcia is a young stand up comedian, originally from Puerto Rico but began stand up in New York City. You can find him performing at clubs, bars, and your local alley-way sharing jokes about his dysfunctional Puerto Rican life.

Kelechi Jaavaid, aka, K Jay is a tall drink of laughs. His hilarious observational style with stories and jokes has rocked stages nationwide. He has attended many comedy festivals, having his breakout performance in Detroit Comedy Festival with host Lewis Black in 2010. Kelechi is also an actor in an independent film featured in Twin Cities Film Festival, “The Father”. His star is on the rise.

Ben Marcotte is originally from rural Minnesota but moved to Minneapolis in 2015 to further pursue stand-up comedy. He has performed at Goonies Comedy Club, Boss' Comedy Club, House of Comedy and the Paramount Theater in Austin, MN. Ben has participated in several festivals including the Minneapolis Comedy Festival, the Rise Comedy Festival in Denver, Colorado, and the Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival. He has also competed in the Funniest Person with a Day Job contest at the House of Comedy!

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Scenes From A Hat is a comedy-improv ensemble, performing on television, stage, and online. They're a "short-form" team (like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?") and engage the audience in every show, asking them for the parameters of the scenes/games while bantering with small bits of dialogue. They also offer improv practices that are free and accessible to anyone wanting to learn!

John Kunik has been performing stand-up since the turn of the century, including comedy Festivals in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Kansas City. Working primarily in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, he has appeared with the godfathers of Minnesota comedy: Louie Anderson, Scott Hansen, “Wild Bill” Bauer, and Jeff Gerbino.

Quinn James is a Chicago-based comedian and budtender! Being Jewish and non-binary, they like to make it easier on people by introducing themselves as “indecisive”. With many thoughts on many things, get ready to hear Quinn tackle some serious issues like learning kinks, the LGBTQIA agenda, and what to do when someone misgenders you! They’ve performed on stages across Chicago including The Laugh Factory (Chicago), The Lincoln Lodge, and The Second City. In January 2023 Quinn won the January Take a Shot Open Mic at My Buddy’s in Chicago!

Chris Barron is a professional comedian with over 20 years of experience. He has performed at clubs and theaters across the country, and has shared the stage with many well-known comedians such as Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Craig Robinson, and many others. Chris draws his comedy from his many hilarious and sometimes embarrassing experiences as a tall, skinny man from California.

Randall Reid is a comic on the rise with 10 years of experience in the comedy game! He has multiple finals appearances in some of the stiffest comedy competitions the Twin Cities has to offer. Randall uses his unique perspective to find balance between the lightest and darkest of topics—from battling his young daughter to retrieving his friends from tight situations, he will find away to leave a smile on your face!
 

Ajit Krishnamoorthy is from Mumbai, India. He started his stand-up comedy journey in Minneapolis as a grad student, and brings his unique life experiences and perspectives into his comedy. He is currently a comedian, engineer, model, and active animal shelter volunteer in Austin, Texas

Adam Evans started as a comedian at age 15... in his heart. His comedic style includes telling personal life stories in a way that is relatable and entertaining. There is always a unique and humorous way to look at every situation in life and Adam tries to find it. Adam is just getting started. Buckle up!

Matt Nielsen is the most versatile talent you will see this quarter year. So selfless, he often forgets to mention how he is a graduate of Second City's Conservatory and frequently does sketch/improv/stand-up all over the Midwest.

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