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June 1-3: Steve Hartman

 

Steve Hartman used to sell fire trucks for a living. Now he is a stand up comedian. His high school guidance counselor didn’t even tell him those were options. She said he’d have a successful career as an underachiever. She couldn’t have been more wrong.
Universal yet unique, Steve has been traveling the country leaving great shows in his wake. His special brand of sardonic optimism oozes positive energy while he skewers life’s absurdities. To Steve the glass is always half full and ready to spill. When it does, the result is a memorable performance and a hilarious journey into a world where we are all the punch line.
More and more people are catching the buzz as Steve performs to the rave reviews of diverse audiences at comedy clubs, colleges and corporate events. He can also be seen on rooftopcomedy.com.

 

May 25-27: Mike Brody

Starting comedy on a whim at an open mic in the year 2000, Mike Brody has since devoted his life to perfecting the delivery of his high-energy act. Bucking the trend of the apathetic comedian, his genuine passion for his craft draws audience members into the unique world of Mike Brody: An affable, clever guy whose life is often derailed by his own neurotic, obsessive-compulsive and clumsy tendencies.
Brody has worked with Jay Pharoah, Dave Attell, Patrice O’Neal, Emo Philips, Doug Stanhope, Doug Benson, and legendary street performer/madman/savant Wesley Willis. He is the official event comedian for the SyFy Channel’s TV show “Ghost Hunters” and has also appeared on the nationally syndicated radio program “The Bob & Tom Show.”
Brody is also the creator of the “Kevin Love Jersey Burning – MN Nice Style” YouTube video, which went viral with over 2.5 million views. It was featured on Sports Center, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, LA Times, Chicago Tribune and nearly every major news/sports site.

May 18-20: Josh Alton

Josh Alton is a rarity in the world of stand-up comedy: He’s an athlete-turned-comedian. After playing his final collegiate football game, Alton hung up his cleats and shoulder pads for a microphone and a note pad and began doing stand up comedy. He moved from Des Moines, Iowa to Chicago where he studied improv at the famous Second City Theater and continued doing stand up. Eventually Alton became a regular performer at several Chicago comedy clubs including the Laugh Factory, the Improv, and Riddles Comedy Club.

Alton was also featured in the stand up comedy documentaries, “Road Dogs” and “American Smartass” and once did a commercial for the AMC Channel. Now he lives back in Des Moines and tours all over the country, headlining comedy clubs and private corporate shows. Alton married the love of his life, and has 2 daughters with her. His wife is a doctor so when he’s not touring he stays at home with his girls. For this reason Alton is considered the ultimate “trophy husband”. You can read all about his adventures on the road and at home with his daughters on the Trophy Husband Blog which is located on Alton’s website: joshaltoncomedy.com.

May 11-13: Joe Kilgallon

Born and raised in Chicago, comedian Joe Kilgallon recently moved to Los Angeles, where he immediately found work as a stay at home dog dad. Kilgallon started his stand-up comedy career after reading that most presidential candidates had college degrees and came to the hard truth that a 2020 run for the White House was a long shot at best.
Described by the Chicago Tribune as having “a straight shooting, pull-no-punches style”, Joe has performed at clubs and colleges all over America. He’s been a personal opener for stars such as Hannibal Buress, Roy Wood Jr and Steve Byrne. With material ranging from alcohol to sex, Kilgallon is sure to rant about something the whole family can enjoy.
After only a few short months in LA, he became one of the quickest comedians to get passed at the world famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Kilgallon has appeared on NBC Sports and TBS. His debut album, Pay Attention, opened #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts and Top 10 on the Billboard Comedy Charts. Joe also produces Comedians You Should Know LA, a weekly stand-up showcase blending the best of LA’s club and alt scenes every Thursday night at the Improv Lab in West Hollywood! Joe has also taken his love for sports and turned it into a hit podcast called Comedians Talking Sports. In the mean time you can follow Joe on instagram where he constantly posts pictures displaying how cute he used to be.

May 4-6: Mike Merryfield

Mike Merryfield’s quick wit and adaptability make him a comedian that everyone will enjoy. In addition to stand up, he has hosted three comedy morning shows on radio then made his debut on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio.
When not working on the radio, Mike Merryfield loves to perform at big name parties. He has been the host of “Playboy’s Miss Reunion Bash Beauty Pageant,” performed at “Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Reunion” as well as “Harley Davidson’s 95th Anniversary Reunion,” and appeared at “Summerfest” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for five consecutive years.
Merryfield has also performed at the Boston International Comedy and Movie Festival, and has toured Asia performing in Korea, Japan and Guam for the troops overseas.

May 4-6: Mike Merryfield

Mike Merryfield’s quick wit and adaptability make him a comedian that everyone will enjoy. In addition to stand up, he has hosted three comedy morning shows on radio then made his debut on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio.
When not working on the radio, Mike Merryfield loves to perform at big name parties. He has been the host of “Playboy’s Miss Reunion Bash Beauty Pageant,” performed at “Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Reunion” as well as “Harley Davidson’s 95th Anniversary Reunion,” and appeared at “Summerfest” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for five consecutive years.
Merryfield has also performed at the Boston International Comedy and Movie Festival, and has toured Asia performing in Korea, Japan and Guam for the troops overseas.

April 27-29: Fritz and Brian Hicks with Martin Henn

TWO headliners for the price of ONE!

Fritz is a midwest boy with a global sense of humor. Quick wit at a laid back pace. Fritz has had audiences laughing since taking to the stage in 1999. Fritz is a man with a microphone and a sharp sense of sarcasm. Covering everything from his childhood to the night before last, Fritz is plain and simple funny.

Brian Hicks, has taken the comedy world by storm with his insightful views on what people find funny. The laughs come fast and frequently, since he has spent the last 15 years honing his craft at clubs and theaters across the country. Brians unique talent consists of clever material and unparalleled audience interaction, which he combines seamlessly with his lightning quick wit. Brian has incredible instincts and an undeniable ability to make audiences laugh.

April 20 – 22: Tom Clark

Tom Clark was born and raised, in that order. He has appeared on such shows as TBS’s Conan, CBS’s Late Late Show, The Bob & Tom Radio Show, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Clark has traveled coast to coast doing stand up and has performed internationally as part of New Faces at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and on The Main Stage at The Capetown Comedy Festival in South Africa. Clark is also an actor and has appeared on such shows as NBC’s Outsourced, TNT’s The Closer, and the Hallmark made for TV movie The Wish List. After landing the role on Outsourced, director Ken Kwapis invited Clark to be in the Drew Barrymore movie, Big Miracle. You can also see Clark in Columbia Pictures horror comedy Freaks of Nature.

April 13-15: Marty DeRosa

With his quick wit and versatile voice, Marty DeRosa has blended his talent for stand up comedy and his love of pro wrestling to become a favorite of both critics and fans.
As a founding member of Comedians You Should Know, the premier independently run stand up showcase in Chicago, DeRosa has had a #1 comedy album on iTunes and has been recognized as an emerging talent by Time Out Chicago. He performs stand up all over the country which lead him to a partnership with pro wrestler Colt Cabana.
The duo also collaborate on the Mystery Science Theater meets pro wrestling project $5 Wrestling, multiple web series including Worst Promo Ever & Creative Has Nothing For You.

Wrestling With Depression, DeRosa’s critically acclaimed podcast, is an honest and humorous series of interviews with fellow comedians, wrestlers, and performers, reconciling the creative process with the daily struggle of depression. It has been profiled by Time Out Chicago, Comedy of Chicago and The Onion’s AV Club.
Marty has performed at comedy clubs and colleges throughout the country. You can catch him virtually every night of the week on a stage somewhere saying words into a microphone. Sometimes there isn’t a stage and a few times there wasn’t a microphone.

April 6-8: David James Spaliaras

David James Spaliaras is an incredibly quick witted comedian hailing from the biggest town Indiana has to offer, Merrillville. He’s been doing comedy for 4 years now and been on stage for even longer. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in theater in 2009 and spent the next two years studying improv at Chicago’s legendary Second City. He mixes in his talent of singing, funny voices & dialects and impersonation ability with his comical view on the everyday things that happen in our lives.