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Big Lily
Laughing Loon

Wed, JUNE 5th

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7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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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Maureen Langan is an award-winning comedian, broadcaster, "TEDx Talk" speaker, and corporate event host. She was a semifinalist on Season 18 of America’s Got Talent. Her performance landed her a standing ovation and four “yeses” from the judges!


7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Originally from Minnesota, Quinn Dale has settled in to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy. Now married to a Mexican-American girl from east L.A., his comedy appeals to all age groups and ethnicities. He has appeared on "The Tonight Show" and  Showtime, and has worked with such names as Robin Williams, Drew Carey, and Norm McDonald!


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MEET THE Festival Headliners

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Sat, JUNE 8th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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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!

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Sat, JUNE 8th

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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Tom Cotter was the first comedian ever to be a finalist on America’s Got Talent. Since his breakout performance in Season 7, he has gained international recognition, selling out venues from Alaska to China. Whether it be comedy, voice-overs, or acting, Tom gives it everything he's got. "If laughter is the best medicine, I yearn to be drugged."





C. Willi Myles forged his career performing across the U.S. & abroad, including appearances on national TV, at the legendary Apollo Theater in NYC, and more. Despite being a bit of a globetrotter, C. Willi is no stranger to the Northwoods - he's a proud alumni of St. Cloud State University! C. Willi will emcee on Friday and Saturday, and open for Maureen Langan.



JAMES P. CONNOLLY has appeared on America’s Got Talent, Comedy Central, HBO, in the Netflix series, “Larry Charles: Dangerous World of Comedy, and can be heard daily on multiple SiriusXM Comedy Channels. He attended Harvard University on a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship and, while serving in Desert Storm, was ordered to write jokes for his Colonel. Arriving in Hollywood, James began to perform at LA’s major comedy venues and soon popped up on television, commercials, and in small films. He will host heat 5 of the $10K Competition!

Jeff Gerbino is known as the Godfather of Minneapolis Comedy. He will be guest host of Wednesday's 10K Competition Preliminaries and will open for Tom Cotter on Saturday.



LEONARDA JONIE is a Montenegro born, New York based stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer that delivers a memorable stand-up performance every time she's on stage. Leonarda lets her thoughts be known about growing up Albanian in the Bronx, unattainable expectations, body shaming, and more to packed rooms across the United States. She will open for Quinn Dale (her boyfriend!) on Thursday.


MANNY PETTY (he/him) is a Chicago-based Stand-Up Comedian and Musician somewhere between Tom Petty and a Mani-Pedi. He is a first-generation Sicilian-American, happily gay-married househusband, and former punk rocker turned clown. Manny is the writer and performer of Thirst Trap Salon at the Newport Theater and has headlined shows at The Laugh Factory, Laugh It Uptown, Laughs at Atmosphere, and The Comedy Clubhouse. He will host the first all-star showcase on Friday at 5:30pm.


SKIP CLARK was born and raised in Bronx New York but now lives in Ventura, California. He started his comedy career in 1995 as a doorman for the uptown comedy in Atlanta, Georgia. He talks about the challenges of life: being married, raising kids, and playing basketball against Michael Jordan in college. He now has a killer comedy crossover, high energy, and nonstop laughter that reaches audiences across the country. Skip will host the semi-finals of the $10K Competition.

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We've scoured the country, searching high and low for untapped talent—join us for the Loons on the Lake $10K Comedy Competition as 40 great comedians from across the U.S. compete to advance to the next round and keep their dreams of the $10,000 GRAND PRIZE alive in our stand-up comedy competition!

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In a self deprecating act, Greg Winston toys with the audience. Winston’s act was featured on Sirius XM Radio in January 2024. He was a finalist in the 2023 Bloomington Comedy Festival, and in the 2023 Funniest Person in Cincinnati Competition, as well. In addition to touring Western Canada, he has performed in festivals and clubs all over the country.

Hannibal Callens has done stand up comedy for almost a decade all across the country! His high energy, up beat, and creative perspective on life and love creates an experience that brings laughter out of every audience. He brings years of acting, improv, and performance expertise every time he comes to the stage, and now he is bringing it to you! He has performed at colleges in Orlando Florida, headlined the Orlando Improv's "Fat Fish Blue" and was a World Series of Comedy quarter finalist. Get ready for an unforgettable night of joy, fun, and laughter!

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James Hancock III is a globetrotting veteran who helps bring laughter to people all around the world. From entertaining fellow troops in Korea, to finishing second in both the prestigious San Francisco and Seattle international comedy competitions, audiences of all backgrounds are drawn to his hilarious and diverse comedic style.

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John Kunik has been performing stand-up since the turn of the century, including last year’s Loons on the Lake Comedy Festival, as well as similar events in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Kansas City. Working primarily in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, and performing in every conceivable venue (and three that were inconceivable), from dives, bars and Legion halls (his favorites), to casinos, clubs and auditoriums, he has appeared with the godfathers of Minnesota comedy: Louie Anderson, Scott Hansen, “Wild Bill” Bauer, and Jeff Gerbino. 

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Laura Merli is an NYC-based standup, actress, and writer. She amassed over 2 million likes on TikTok, is passed at New York Comedy Club, has headlined Don't Tell and Modelface comedy shows, and appeared in the New York Comedy festival, as well as the Women in Comedy Festival. Every third Thursday, she hosts a stand up show (Good Girl) at one of the hottest alt-comedy spots in Brooklyn—Friends & Lovers. She's also performed at top-tier venues across the city including The Bell House, Littlefield, Caveat, and more.

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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.

Sam Rossi has been performing stand-up since he was 15. He has performed at The Comedy Studio and Flappers Comedy Club, and has emceed music showcases at the Hard Rock Cafe. Sam was a finalist in the 2020 Boston Comedy Festival!

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Laughter can solve any problem, which is why it’s not far-fetched to call Trey Elliot the comedic problem solver. Trey was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and raised in the town of Edison. Following the greats and his comedic icons, Trey moved to Los Angeles, California, where he now resides. Throughout his career, one of his most rewarding accomplishments was touring internationally to Singapore, Diego Garcia, and Afghanistan with the troops for Armed Forces Entertainment. Trey has appeared on “Stann’dup Comedy Show” on Starz, Aspire TV, BET Coming to the Stage, The Last Comic Standing, and shot a special for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network.


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Bill Chadwick has been telling stories from the pulpit for nearly fifty years, and from comedy stages for the past five years. Bill has recently sold out shows at Excelsior 318 Café and Music Venue, and at The Hive Collaborative in St. Paul.  In addition, he regularly provides entertainment at churches and housing communities. He is the author of Still Laughing, Still Learning (Still Looking for a Good Title): Mostly True Stories of Family, Friends, Faith & Foibles. It was awarded the Silver Medal in the category of Non-fiction Humor by the Midwest Book Awards, and recently was named “Best First Book” by the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.

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Bob Oesterreich was born and raised in Duluth, MN. He has performed throughout the Midwest. Bob’s fast-paced, witty, idiom-heavy style has been described as a naive psychopath living in Mr. Rogers' neighborhood. He is the Winner of the House of Comedy 2023 Funniest Person with a Day Job and the winner of Minnesota’s One-Liner Knockout Comedy Competition.