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Hines started doing stand-up comedy at the age of 21. His first performance was in June 1991 at the Funny Firm, a Chicago comedy club owned by Len Austrevitch, who would later cast Hines in his first film roles. After his set, Hines met local comedians Bernie Mac, Evan Lionel, Daran Howard and Shay Shay (Phillip White). Mac and Lionel booked Hines on the spot for their Monday night show at Chicago’s Cotton Club, where Hines continued to appear for nearly a year. All four comedians became mentors and friends of Hines. From 1991 to 1996, Daran Howard tapped Hines to perform in his Laugh Fest College Comedy Tour with shows targeted to historically Black colleges. Hines credits Shay Shay with helping him learn to make his comedy more personal, telling Steven Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, “Shay told me I’ve got to show them my pain.”
In addition to touring and club performances (primarily in the Midwest), Hines has made a number of national TV appearances, including BET’s Comic View, Comedy Central’s Comic Justice and Fox’s Uptown Comedy Club. In 1995, Hines was nominated for the Sammy Davis, Jr. Musical Comedy Award by BET’s Comic View Comedy Awards TV show.
David James Spaliaras is an incredibly quick witted comedian hailing from the biggest town Indiana has to offer, Merrillville. He graduated from Indiana University with a BA in theatre in 2009 and spent the next two years studying improve at Chicago’s legendary Second City. David mixes in his talent of singing, funny voices, dialects, and impersonation ability with his comic view on the everyday things that happen in our lives. His love and passion for performing is poured out into every performance he does. Some people call it sweat… but it really is just his love and passion pouring out.
Patrick Susmilch started his stand-up odyssey at the tender age of 20. Now, at the tender age of 28, he has transformed into a beautiful and wounded comedic butterfly. With a cheerfully sardonic viewpoint, he’s not afraid to tackle the big topics: kittens, hair loss, and wind chimes. Patrick’s style, which straddles the line between irreverence and poignancy, secured him an appearance on season 8 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
Headliner Details: As a child out of East Los Angeles, Rivest Dunlap ran into more than his fair share of obstacles before finally reaching the stage. Still, his underlying dream remained unchanged; he knew he was born to make people laugh. Always one to follow his heart, Rivest quickly realized that working a 9 to 5, stuck behind a desk, wasn’t for him. While trying to find his path in life, the words of one of his elementary school teachers continued to ring through his head “you’re going to be a comedian when you grow up”. 5 years ago, Rivest finally decided to take the plunge & take to the stage, and hasn’t looked back since. Pulling from life experiences and creatively poking fun at his own complex cultural identity, his unique brand of comedy has carried him to comedy clubs all over the country.
Comedy Café’s Best of Milwaukee Show features just a few of our favorite comedians bred right here in our great city! Each comedian will offer up their very best 10 minute set, performing for your votes (and a CASH prize)!
The night’s winner – as decided by you, the audience- will be announced at the conclusion of the show.
Jacob Williams’ comedy chronicles his misadventures through the worlds of dating, day jobs and dining alone.
In 2012, Jacob made his national television debut as a comedian on America’s Got Talent (NBC) and advanced to the Semifinals. Jacob has been a cast member on Wild N Out (MTV) since 2013 and just taped new episodes for his fourth season of the show which will air in the summer of 2016. Jacob also did stand-up for a comedy special on MTV2 and provides the voice of a lead character in the animated series Football U (MTV Other).
Jacob was recently named one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” in 2015. In 2016, Jacob Williams will make his Comedy Central acting and stand up debut on the season premiere of Adam Devine’s House Party. He is currently based in New York City.
Shane Copland has been in the comedy world for much of his adult life. He started out studying with the legendary Second City Theater, and after being selected for their highly-competitive conservatory program, and completing their comedy writing program, he found himself touring the country performing as a stand-up. In his time on the road he has appeared at clubs, festivals, bars, bowling alleys, and even a state fair once… He’s written for numerous late night and sketch shows, and recently co-wrote and directed the television pilot “Clunker”, about a private investigator who must investigate a murder in the world of Christian Pornography (we made it up).
On stage, Shane combines a relaxed and inclusive manner with imaginative writing to share his apathetic view of the world.
Performing since 2001, Carone is no stranger to the comedy circuit. Since his early days, Carone has toured the country and shared the stage with funny-man powerhouses such as Pablo Francisco, Dave Attell, Bobby Slayton, John Pinette, Greg Proops, Kathleen Madigan, Jim Gaffigan, Jon Witherspoon, Charlie Murphy, Jamie Kennedy and Tommy Davidson. Years of finding his comedic voice while ranting and complaining on stages across the country culminated in his 2007 debut stand-up DVD “Now Will You Wear a Condom”. His ability to rattle off more material in one show than most could do in a weekend is what keeps the crowd engaged during his verbal assault. Known for his fast-talking, quick-witted, over-the-top rants and a dominating stage presence, Carone refuses to relent until he steps off the stage. The chaotic, cathartic, complaints by Carone are summed up by his own public service announcement: “Better check the Doppler, there’s a Sh*t-storm coming your way!”
James Ervin Berry’s likable personality, down-to-earth attitude and fun loving nature generates big laughs! He is a comedian who LOVES making an audience laugh…and it shows! At Comedy Clubs, Colleges, Corporate Events or Festivals his target is always the same–Funny Bones! Foot stomping, hand clapping, smile on your face laughter!!
James Ervin Berry’s comedic style has been described as “observational, with an educated homespun feel.” His “boy next door” charm creates an instant connection with mainstream audiences nationwide.
He’s appeared on Comcast Comedy Spotlight, WGN America and he’s heard often on The Bob and Tom Radio Show.
Also provided laughs: Muskego’s own Jenn Schaal!!!
In the history of NBC’s hit show, “America’s Got Talent”, only four stand-up comics have made it to the final ten. Gary Vider is one of them. Gary made his TV stand-up debut in 2014 on TBS’, “Conan”. Gary’s other TV appearances include AXS TV Gotham Live, and Comics Unleased with Byron Allen. He has been heard on SiriusXM’s The Jay Thomas Show and The Sam Roberts Show. He has performed nationally in comedy festivals such as Bridgetown and Laughing Skull. In 2014, Gary placed 1st in the Carolines on Broadway March Madness Competition where he beat out 63 of NYC’s
Los Angeles-based comedian Dave Waite is a charismatic oddball whose shows are non-stop fun. Thanks in part to his performances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Live at Gotham, and season eight of Last Comic Standing, comedy fans everywhere are enthralled by the Ludlow, KY native’s peculiar outlook on life. In 2012, Dave solidified his reputation as one of the country’s hottest up-and-coming comics by winning the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta and appearing in the New Faces division of the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Dave regularly guests on top morning radio shows, including the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show. Tracks from his Stand Up! Records albums Kaboom! and Hotdoggin’ can be frequently heard on both Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and Pandora. In addition to maintaining a healthy tour schedule, Dave also co-produces The Secret Show, a popular monthly comedy night at The Blind Barber in Culver City, CA.