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 particated 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!
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.