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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.

March 30-April 1: Cash Levy with …

Cash Levy has appeared numerous times on Comedy Central, Fox, NBC, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS), Comics Unleashed and Comedy.TV and is a regular at the Hollywood Improv. He can be heard daily on Sirius XM Radio, and has been heard on The Bob and Tom Show. With fifteen years of stand-up comedy expertise and national exposure, Cash has entertained to sold out comedy clubs throughout the country. If you’re in to comedy podcasts, then you know Cash as the host of the popular “Cashing in with T.J. Miller” podcast.
Cash is known as one of the finest improvisers in the country so no two shows are ever the same. He has the rare ability to play off the crowd, creating an original, clean show you’ll be talking about for days, if not weeks after.

“A major talent… don’t miss this act!” – The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Perfect comic delivery with lightening quick wit” – The Charlotte Observer

“Refreshingly unrehearsed, this is what live comedy is all about” – Denver Post

MArch 23-25: Justin Rupple with …

It’s been a decade since Justin Rupple graduated from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University. Thanks to the school, he landed a dream internship and eventual job at KIRO Radio in Seattle. It was truly a lifelong goal of his to work for the home of the Seahawks & Mariners, considering he grew up a stone’s throw away in Issaquah. His previous radio show at KUGR Radio in Pullman was certainly a lot easier to break into than this Northwest powerhouse.

Satisfying his need to be behind the mic, he started attempting stand-up comedy in early 2006 at the legendary, but now defunct, Giggles Comedy Club in Seattle. It wasn’t until a new comedy club discovered him in late 2008 at the Seattle International Comedy Competition that Justin found his footing in the comedy scene. The Parlor Live Comedy Club hired Rupple as their first and only house host, and, for almost two years, he performed up to six shows a week at one of the nation’s best clubs.

He left his home in Issaquah in 2010 for Los Angeles to keep the momentum pushing forward. Even with the help from Seattle, it took nearly six years to find a foothold in one of the most talent rich cities on the planet. Finally this year, the Tetris pieces seem to start fitting into place. First, he shot a feature length foreign film “Operation Chromite” starring Liam Neeson to be released this summer. Then his luck continued as Dana Carvey and company tapped him to compete on the comedic impression game show “First Impressions” on The USA Network.

March 16-18: Tyrone Davis with Mike Mercury and Eric Wielochowski

Comedian Tyrone Davis has entertained audiences all over the Country. His high energy and \”Take No Prisoners\” attitude has made him a Standout among Stand-ups. Whether he’s talking about his family, or politics, you never know where he’s going until he gets there. But, you will enjoy the ride! Some of his credits include TV and Radio; and shared performances with the likes of Todd Yohn, Spanky Brown, Killer Beaz, Bruce Bruce and many more. He has also traveled to entertain our troops in Kuwait and Iraq.

March 9-11: Peyton Clarkson with John Egan and …

Peyton Clarkson is originally from Mobile, Alabama. He recieved his BFA in theatre from Auburn University and moved to New York immediately after graduating. He began doing stand-up in the city and quickly established himself as a mainstay of the New York comedy club scene. In 2006, he won first place in the New York City Laugh-Off and in 2008 was nominated for a MACC Award for Best Young Comic of the Year. In May of 2009, he appeared in movie theaters across the country in Stand-Up 360, a full-length feature showcasing comics from around the United States. Peyton’s high-energy style of comedy makes him a growing voice within the ranks of stand-up. By making his audience examine the absurdities of modern culture, Peyton’s style is his own. His writing aims to challenge both himself and his audience. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

March 2-4: Kathleen Dunbar with Bill Campbell and …

Kathleen Dunbar was the winner of The Las Vegas Comedy Festival and voted Vegas Favorite Comedian. In 2005 the Entertainment Consumers Exchange awarded the “Excellence in Entertainment Sunrise Award”. They awarded her again in 2006 and 2007 with the “Favorite Comedian” award. She has made her mark in Las Vegas and around in casinos and comedy clubs across country. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this comic has Midwest values and ideals. Now living in fabulous Las Vegas, she has developed into a sarcastic edgy woman with attitude and humor. Being a divorced mother has provided her with a quick wit and a realistic look at life. Her observation of the world around her is outrageous! Blended together makes for a very funny lady. Audiences around the country are praising this hilariously funny lady. Kathleen is one of the funniest female comics to hit the industry in years.

Feb 23-25: Eric Schwartz with Stu McCallister and Charlie Kojis

Deep in the California suburbs, multimedia and comedy collide in a freak accident to create Eric Schwartz, a mild man-nerd who unleashes a mind-blowing show filled with musical comedy, physical antics, multicultural satire and social commentary. This multi-dimensional showman has earned the description, “Everything there is to love about entertainment.” (First Order Historians). With appearances on The Tonight Show, Showtime, Comics Unleashed, BET and more, GQ India names him one of “5 International Comics You Must Catch.” His viral videos have aired on E!, G4, CNN and OMG Insider, while YouTube named him one of its prestigious NextUp Creators. Forbes.com applauds him for having “a minor industry in pop music parodies.”