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July 17-19 Ken Garr with Mark Schumacher & Dan Morris

Ken Garr grew up on the south side of Chicago. The son of a retired Chicago Fire Fighter and Homemaker, Ken proudly hails from three generations of fire fighters. The youngest of 4 children, Ken’s hilarious views on life are derived from growing up in a blue collar family with his own white collar aspirations.

Ken’s countless life experiences including his recent divorce, a journey to “creepy” baldness and numerous run-ins with the law and subsequent trips to the hospital make his seemingly never-ending journey to fame and fortune a can’t miss experience.

A graduate of the world famous Second City Conservatory, Ken brings the influential characters of his life to stage with energy and zeal to produce a show that is nothing less than extraordinary.

June 19: Darryl Lenox with Roy Haber & Tracy Schroeder

2012 was a big year for comedian Darryl Lenox. Stagetime Magazine named his CD Blind Ambition “one of the Top 5 Comedy Albums of 2012,” joining Louis CK, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, and the late Patrice O’Neal. He also made his Late Night Network TV debut on Conan in 2013! Along with the album release on Stand Up! Records, 2012 also saw the release of his hour-long standup special of the same name on Starz. This marked the first feature comedy special to appear on the network.
The title of the CD, Blind Ambition, is fitting, as anyone who has experienced Lenox’s insightful comedy knows that he hasn’t let his visual impairment stand in the way of his becoming one of the most popular comedians in the country. The content goes deep, drawing on a risky eye surgery that ultimately led him to the role of Executive Producer of his own standup special. “The risk we had to take to do my major eye surgery – the one that could have left me totally blind – it propelled me to take the risk on Blind Ambition,” Lenox explains. “The doctor that performed the surgery is my hero – it was incredibly inspiring. I knew after that experience that my days of waiting on people were over.”

Lenox compares his show to a roller-coaster ride – full of ups and downs, tension and release. Living with a visual impairment has refined his perspective, allowing him to cut through audience preconceptions, discard self-pity, and deliver pitch-perfect repartee that leave audiences spellbound and sore from laughter.

Prior to his debut Comedy Special on Starz, Darryl made his Late Night debut on Conan in 2013. Darryl has also been seen on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” BET’s “Comic View,” Comedy Central’s “Jamie Foxx’s Laffa Polooza,” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” He has performed at numerous comedy festivals including Montreal’s JFL, HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Chicago Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival, and he’s received such notable titles as Winner of Seattle Comedy Competition and Winner of Best New Play at Vancouver Fringe Festival.

June 12: Mike Merryfield with David James Spaliaras & Tracy Schroeder

In 2006 Mike was invited to be part of the “Lucky 21″, a group of comics chosen to perform at the prestigious HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. In 2004 Mike was invited to perform at the Boston International Comedy and Movie Festival. Mike also performed at “Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Reunion” as well as “Harley Davidson’s 95th Anniversary Reunion”. Mike’s material can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. He has also done two specials for Sirius XM, “New Comic on the Block” and “Behind the HaHas”.

You may also have heard Mike on the Bob and Tom morning radio show. Mike has ringtones and over 3 hours of material available for download at itunes. A sample of Mike’s audio clips can be found on the Media page. Mike brings his unique style and likeability to comedy clubs and corporate events across America. He has a refreshingly new style. His quick wit and adaptability make him a comedian that everyone will enjoy.

June 5-7: David Beck with Shane Copland & Alan Grafton

David is originally from a small town in Virginia. He now resides in Springfield, Missouri. (Thanks to marrying the woman with the loudest laugh in the comedy club one night) Originally starting out as an observational comedian, but now he has grown into a more versatile higher energy style which includes quick one liner’s. Silly often thought provoking sometimes edgy social commentary. Never one to leave himself out of the show, everything in his personal life is fair game, his upbringing, everything he cares about and things he doesn’t, and of course his experience with married life. Unlike a lot of comedians David chooses to stay positive about marriage, never attacking it or his wife in the process. David feels telling the truth about marriage is not negative, and men and women alike are entertained by his unique view of this relationship between the sexes.

The truth is one reoccurring theme in David’s comedy. He chooses not to make up wild scenarios or characters to find humor. This is a key aspect of his show, and feels people can relate better to him by letting people know who he really is, and how he sees the world around him. David does how ever have an off beat way of thinking, and it is easy to think his material is “made up” or embellished, but as the show goes on the audience quickly realizes his brain is just a little off, and that’s usually when he hears his one of his favorite compliments, “You’re not right!”

May 29-June 1: Josh Alton with Adam Degi and Greg Berman

Every comedian is unique in his/her own way. So what is it that makes comedian Josh Alton unique? The short answer is nothing. He is a medium height, medium build, brown hair, brown eyed, white guy from the Midwest. He is an average Joe. A dime a dozen. But he uses that “everyday” appeal to relate to a broad audience, and that’s what makes him unique and attractive to a mass amount of people!

From the biggest comedy clubs, to the smallest dive bars, people of all ages, and backgrounds, can relate to Alton’s outrageous material about today’s world and his own life! This veteran of the stage brings an honest, positive energy to each performance, and uses a combination of funny stories and witty one-liners, to keep the audience on their toes!

Alton currently works out of Chicago, and was named as a runner up for the “Funniest Comedian in Chicago” category in the Chicago Reader’s 2010 online poll. He has trained as an improvisor at Chicago’s famous, The Second City, and he’s starred in two stand-up comedy documentaries, “Road Dogs”, and “American Smartass”. Alton has had the opportunity to work with such great comedians as Dave Attell, Larry the Cable Guy, Jon Lovitz, Craig Robinson, Andy Kindler, Greg Giraldo, Kevin Pollak, Michael Winslow, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Alan Grier, Ralphie May, Mark Curry, and many more!

May 22-24: D. Cameron with Andrew Rivers and William Krolowitz

D. worked in a middle school as a B.M.T (Behavioral Modification Technician). When you see him, he’ll tell you all about it. He paints a picture of middle school life that will have you saying, “how in the world did he get that job?” and “how can I get him to do it at my child’s school”?

He has worked with John Witherspoon, Steve Harvey, D. L. Hughley, Tommy Davidson, Chris Rock, Tommy Chong, Jeff Dunham and many more comedians in his career.

This entertaining comedian is a refreshing change with a unique way of looking at everyday living. You’ll know him when you see him because he’ll be wearing a hat, a smile, and he’ll charm the pants right off of you.

May 15-17: Steve Gillespie with Chris Maddock and John Egan

Hailing from Minneapolis, where after receiving a graduate in something or other Steve became really bored and started telling jokes into a microphone. He first began honing his craft at the Acme Comedy Club, and has quickly emerged as a fast-rising talent in one of the strongest and most competitive comedy scenes in the country. Metromix magazine named Steve one of the top comedians in the Twin Cities.

Steve has appeared in some of the best comedy clubs all over the country – including opening appearances for Dave Atel, Harland Williams, Jim Breuer, Gilbert Gottfried, Tom Green, and Doug Benson.

In 2010 he performed at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and in 2011 he appeared in the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival. In 2012, Steve was named a finalist in CMT’s Next Big Comic Award. His first comedy album “Stever Fever”, produced by Rooftop Records, came out this February. This past March he performed at Gilda’s Laughfest.

May 8-10: Chris Barnes with Jy Harris and Greg Bach

Comedy Café Favorite and native Milwaukeean Chris Barnes has been making his mark on the comedy scene throughout the Midwest, the South, and the East Coast with his storming style of humor. Barnes can be best described as a high-energy comic that will take an audience and keep them laughing as he interprets his experiences of life. Barnes is also the man of many faces; his personality and facial expressions will bring an audience to life. Barnes has worked and laughed with such people as John Mendoza, JJ Jimmy Walker, Andrew Dice Clay, Sinbad, Bill Cosby, and many others. It’s no surprise Barnes has become a national headliner, working in such clubs as Dangerfield’s in New York City; Rascal’s in New Jersey; Zanies in Chicago; Chaplin’s in Detroit; Comedy Cafe in Milwaukee; and many others throughout the country.

May 1-3: Luke Ashlocke with Geoff LaFleur and Shawn Shelnut

From the minute he stepped onto the comedy scene he has been making waves. From Appearances on The Comedy Network’s; “The Great Canadian Laugh Off” and “The Montreal Comedy Festival” to The CWB’s “The Daily Buzz” and NBC’s “Night Shift” and”New Day”. Critically acclaimed as “Funny As Hell” -Good Times Magazine, Long Island, NY & “This is what live stand up is supposed to be” – Weird Magazine, Austin, TX.

Luke is one of the hardest working comics in the industry. In 2011 Luke was voted break out artist of the year by the Los Angeles Comedy Awards, and won BEST Actor for his role in “Vicky and Sam” at the London Film Festival. You can hear Luke’s unique brand of humor on one of his three Albums- “I’ll be Nicer When You Are Smarter”, “If My Jokes Dont Kill Them Im Sure This Gun Will Help”, and “Head Full of Tales” or on Bob and Tom and XM radio station RAWDOG on heavy rotation. To add to this , Luke plays over 15 instruments, and has one of the best crowd interaction shows in the history of live stand up comedy.

April 24-26: Quinn Dahle with Ryan Niemiller & Rodney Burayidi

With appearances on The Tonight Show, Showtime, Comedy Central, Lopez Tonight and Carson Daly, Quinn is a smart, clean and witty stand-up comic with impeccable timing. He has worked with such names as Robin Williams, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Dane Cook, Dana Carvey, Norm McDonald, Jon Lovitz, Bill Maher, Frank Caliendo, David Alan Grier, John Witherspoon, Tommy Chong, John Pinette and Harland Williams.

Originally from Minnesota, Quinn has lived in Colorado and Arizona before settling in Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in comedy. He tours from coast to coast and has even entertained our troops as far away as Japan. Quinn’s comedy appeals to all age groups and ethnicities and he loves to talk about them all. Being married to a Mexican-American girl from east L.A., he is never short of material. However, audiences often come back just for his improvisational crowd work where he can be the most spontaneous.
Quinn is currently developing a sit-com based on his life and looks forward to using the silver screen to further build his fan base.