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*Valentine’s Day* with Justin Schlegel (Special Event)

A Washington D.C. native, Justin Schlegel is a nationally touring stand-up comedian and co-host on 98Rock radio’s hilarious morning show, Justin, Scott, and Speigel. Prior to his current position, he was a frequent guest on 98Rock, filling in for talent and hosting his own evening show before moving to the mornings. Finding humor in the darker side of life, Schlegel’s stand-up routines combine goofy delivery with striking bluntness, without ever coming across as hurtful or mean-spirited.

He has opened for Brian Regan, Lisa Lampanelli, Kathleen Madigan, Harland Williams and Dave Attell, and toured across the nation with his high-energy act.

Feb 19-21: Don Friesen with Mark Schumacher

If you missed Don’s hilarious Showtime one-hour Special, “Ask Your Mom,” you’ve got to catch him Live! Engaging, clever, and just flat-out funny, Don captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says “Friesen will leave a lasting comic impression,” and describes him as “offbeat, satirical, self-deprecating and slightly out of control.”

As the only two-time winner in the 36-year history of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Friesen ignites the stage with a playful, high-energy spoof of his life as a modern suburban dad trying to get through the day with a bit of money in the bank and a scrap of dignity intact.

He’s a wanna-be geek who constantly upgrades to the latest tech, but can never get it to work, leading to signature bits about tech support, Idiots Guides, texting and passwords.

Friesen’s credits include Showtime, Live at Gotham, The Lewis Black Christmas Special, and Comics Unleashed. He was also featured in TBS’ “The Comedy Festival” in Las Vegas and is a wildly popular on KLOS’ 5:00 Funnies and XM Sirius satellite radio.

Comedy clips and more at www.donfriesen.com

Feb 12-14: Justin Schlegel with Gene Renfroe and Shawn Shelnutt

A Washington D.C. native, Justin Schlegel is a nationally touring stand-up comedian and co-host on 98Rock radio’s hilarious morning show, Justin, Scott, and Speigel. Prior to his current position, he was a frequent guest on 98Rock, filling in for talent and hosting his own evening show before moving to the mornings. Finding humor in the darker side of life, Schlegel’s stand-up routines combine goofy delivery with striking bluntness, without ever coming across as hurtful or mean-spirited. He has opened for Brian Regan, Lisa Lampanelli, Kathleen Madigan, Harland Williams and Dave Attell, and toured across the nation with his high-energy act.

Feb 5-7: Tim Harmston with Greg Coleman and Phil Davidson

Tim Harmston was only a year into his career when he won Acme Comedy Company’s 2003 Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest. After winning, a well known headliner said to him “You’re kind of like an idiot, but with smart material”. That winning combination has led Tim to appearances on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, the Bob and Tom radio show, and Wisconsin Public Radio. Tim has performed at the Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, NE, and the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta!

*Valentine’s Day* with Justin Schlegel

A Washington D.C. native, Justin Schlegel is a nationally touring stand-up comedian and co-host on 98Rock radio’s hilarious morning show, Justin, Scott, and Speigel. Prior to his current position, he was a frequent guest on 98Rock, filling in for talent and hosting his own evening show before moving to the mornings. Finding humor in the darker side of life, Schlegel’s stand-up routines combine goofy delivery with striking bluntness, without ever coming across as hurtful or mean-spirited. He has opened for Brian Regan, Lisa Lampanelli, Kathleen Madigan, Harland Williams and Dave Attell, and toured across the nation with his high-energy act.

Jan 29-31: BT with Bill Campbell and Krains Butter

B.T. first tried stand-up comedy in college and the rest is history. He has performed in over 43 states, three countries, and has been seen in numerous television shows from the Sci-Fi channel’s Black Scorpion, to the critically acclaimed HBO movie Suckers.

With an act that crosses all boundaries, B.T. will surely have you rolling with laughter. His physical performance style and charm landed him two performances on NBC’s Friday Night Videos and a performance at the prestigious HBO Comedy Arts Festival. B.T. has also appeared on BET’s Comic View, MTV’s The Jenny McCarthy Show, and FOX’s The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show.

Jan 22-24: Tom Simmons with David James Spaliaras and Kelly Kellz

Experiencing a Tom Simmons show is like watching your best friend entertain you with today’s top headlines and issues. He is a soft-spoken, socially relevant comedian performing subject matter that ranges from the easily relatable to the mind stretching funny.

Winner 2009 San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Two time finalist at Boston Comedy Festival, Montreal Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival, Comedy Central- Live at Gotham, Showtime- White Boyz in the Hood (pilot episode), BET- Comic View (multiple seasons), Bob and Tom radio show regular, Comics on Duty Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jan 15-17: Dave Waite with Tom Brady and Jenn Schaal

A darkly-funny everyman whose shows are nonstop fun, Dave Waite has captured the hearts of comedy fans everywhere. Dave’s swagger, his honesty, and his endless supply of bizarre catchphrases have earned him a reputation as a comic’s comic with broad crossover appeal.

Winner of Laughing Skull Festival 2012, Great American Comedy Festival, Rooftop Silver Nail Winner “Best Underground Comic”, Detroit Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival Finalist, New York Underground Comedy Festival, Rooftop Aspen Comedy FestivalDave’s recent CD “Kaboom!” can be heard regularly on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio, as well as Pandora. Dave appeared as a guest on The Bob & Tom Show, one of the most popular morning shows in America. He’s also performed on the fourth season of Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” & “Late Nite with Jimmy Fallon”.

Jan 8-10: David Beck with Jim Seward and John Egan

David Beck has entertained people across the country, and recently around the world, with a tour entertaining our military in Japan and S. Korea. Working some of the best comedy clubs including, The Ice House in Pasadena, CA. Numerous Improv’s, Funnybone’s, as well as other top rooms including, The Loony Bin’s, Joey’s comedy club, Cracker’s, The Comedy Showcase, and Jr’s Last Laugh, just to name a few.

Not limited to just comedy clubs, David has a resume full of radio and television appearances. He has been heard on Fox Sports Radio, and the nationally syndicated Todd and Tyler morning show. TV appearances include the Sprint: Comedy Time Network, and Night Shift. He has even ventured into the serious side of TV with roles in Discovery Channel programming such as, The Prosecutors, New Detectives, and The FBI Files.

Jan 2&3: Mike Lebovitz with Danny Kallas and Rodney Burayidi

Mike Lebovitz’s comedy career began at the age of six with clowning classes at the local JCC. He’s been delighting and confounding audiences big and small with his accessibly off-beat brand of humor ever since. A father as well as a fat slob, Mike draws from a broad range of experiences in constructing his act, using outlandish viewpoints and subversive turns of phrase to highlight the inherent absurdity of being. He doesn’t point out life’s quirks; he rolls around and farts on them! He is currently a member of Comedians You Should Know, Chicago’s premiere stand-up comedy collective, and is curator and co-creator of Senorita Weiner’s Top Secret Humor Experiment and Ice Cream Social Club, which is Chicago’s longest-running clandestine comedy show as well as the original underground, members-only ice cream social. Mike is starting to “make it” on TV where, If you look really closely, when the moon is just right, you may be able to catch a glimpse of him selling little bits of his integrity in order to help sell various products. Mike is also an alumnus of the TBS Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.