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Jan 26-28: Quinn Dahle with Christian Duguay and …

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.
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Jan 19-21: Justin Schlegel with … and Liz Ziner

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 12-14: Tom Daddario with … and David Louis

Tom has been a stand up comic, performing in and around New York City, for 15 years now. He uses a unique and refreshing energy on stage, with an interesting twist on his family, friends, and relationships. His ability to win over an audience with his charisma is its own talent. From jokes about his young girlfriend being a vegetarian to text messaging and hypocrisy, he covers something everyone can relate to.

Tom has made appearances at clubs such as Stand Up New York, Dangerfield’s, Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines, Broadway Comedy Club, The Comedy Cellar, Mohegan Sun Casino, The Borgata in Atlantic City, Comics at Foxwoods, Turning Stone Casino and The Laugh Factory.

He has established a reputation in New York City for his reliability, strong writing skills and consistantly strong performances. Tom also performs at private events and corporate functions all over the country. His credits include: Comedy Central and a half hour comedy set on XM Radio. Has been featured in the New York Times and The Daily News. Was recently in an independent film called “Night Bird” directed by Damian Chapa.

Jan 5-7: Patrick McGann with Jim Flannigan and Anthony Bonazzo

Pat McGann is a stand up comedian and television host from Chicago. In 2015, he made his second appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman”

Pat created and hosted the Emmy nominated television show “The Chicago Stand Up Project”. He has been invited to The Great American Comedy Festival, Laugh Fest, The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and has been heard on the nationally syndicated “The Bob & Tom Show” as well as seen on AXS-TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live”. His debut comedy album “Sounds Good” can be heard on Sirius/XM radio.

Dec 21: Shane Mauss Presents: A GOOD TRIP

Shane Mauss Presents A GOOD TRIP
“Hi! I’m Shane Mauss. Most comedians write biographies in the third pers on, but it’s kind of silly. Before I tell you about this show, it’s standard for comedians to gloat about their accomplishments: I’ve been a comedian for twelve years. Nine years ago I won an award for Best Stand-Up at the HBO US Comedy Festival and became a fulltime national (and sometimes international) headliner. Since then I’ve appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, five times on Conan, and have specials on Comedy Central and Netflix .

Probably the best way to get to know me and what this show is about is from my appearances on popular podcasts like You Made It Weird, Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, The Bertcast, and TOFOP. Better yet, listen to my podcast Here We Are where I talk with a different scientist each week about the meanings of life.

Now let me tell you about the show. I’ve been a psychonaut for almost 20 years (to me this means I use psychedelics to aid in gaining a deeper understand ing of the mind). Psychedelics have had a significant and positive impact on my life. But more relevant to this show, they are also the source of some of the most hilarious, thought-provoking, and well-received material of my career. I’ve worked very hard to put together a one- of -a-kind show for the open-minded, insightful, inquisitive, curious weirdos among us. I’m hoping that is you.

Unlike a typical stand-up act that is 45 minutes of set-up, punch, repeat. This is an hour and a half show that is part stand-up, part hilarious stories of experiences , and part Ted Talk. I will take us on a funny journey through the stigma, history, laws, and science of psychedelics. I will share personal experiences and talk about the effects of hallucinogens like mushrooms, LSD, and DMT. (Don’t worry if you aren’t familiar, I’ve worked hard to articulate the experience for all.)

My hope is that I’m helping to both destigmatize and demystify psychedelics in a fun way. I am an advocate for psychedelic studies and rights. I’m in no way encouraging everyone to do them. They aren’t for everybody. They just happen to be for me!”

*This is a very popular show so make sure to make reservations. Also, presale tickets are cheaper than at the door.

WARNING: This show is about PSYCHEDELICS! It’s about learning about ourselves and looking at life differently. If you are a fan of meth, heroin, or any other idiotic drug like that, this show will probably only make you feel worse about yourself than you likely already do.

Q: Isn’t drug humor cliché?
A: It often is, but this is not a bunch of dumb pot jokes. This is some of the most thoughtful and unique humor you will ever see.

Q: Will you be on drugs while performing.
A: No. Who does psychedelics and then goes to work? What a waste of good drugs.

Q: Are you going to pass out psychedelics out to everybody?
A: Umm NO. Obviously. But if you come and support this kind of mes sage, meet like-minded people at the show, and help keep the conversation going; maybe one day these outrageous drug laws will change. Regardless, we’re all going to have a good trip.

*New Years Eve* Johnny Beehner with Geoff LaFleur and Gerrit Elzinga (Special Event)

Johnny Beehner puts on a funny show. He’s got everything you want from a comic: He’s silly, he’s likeable, and he’s fun.With a background in improvisational theater including training at Chicago’s prestigious Second City, as well as the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, Johnny brings a very unique style to the stage.Beehner made his network television debut in January of 2015 as one of the last comedians to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman.

 

He has made numerous appearances on FOX’s “Laughs” television show, has appeared on AXS tv’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” and regularly appears on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show. His comedy can be heard regularly on XM/ Sirius Satellite radio.Other notable and accomplishments of Johnny’s include winning First place in Comcast’s 2014 season of “Trial By Laughter,” placing third in the 2014 “Laughing Skull Comedy Festival” of Atlanta, and making it to the finals in the 2012 “Great American Comedy Festival”.

 

He was named one of Ricky Gervais’ Top 5 picks in the “Just Sayin” stand up contest.Johnny was recently named one of 2015’s Top10, “Hot Comics to Watch” by his wife. She says that he would have a shot at the #1 spot if he would “work just a little bit harder”. He’s a married man, a new dad, and his current life goal is to win just one argument with his beautiful wife.

Other Credits include:

First place winner of Comcast’s “Trial By Laughter” series (airing 2014)

3rd place winner of 2014 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Atlanta, GA

.Top 5 in Ricky Gervais JustSayin Stand up Contest.

Performed in the 2012 Best of the Midwest at LaughFest in Grand Rapids,

MIFinalist in the 2012 Great American Comedy Festival.

Took 2nd place in the Carnival Cruise Comedy Challenge.

Performed at the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival.

Performed at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival.

Dec 29 & 30: Geoff LaFleur with Gerrit Elzinga and Darryl Hill

Geoff pokes fun at life’s most mundane situations to the awkwardness of sexuality and everything in between. Delivered in a playfully silly nature and energetically fun style, mixed with impeccable comedic timing and a Midwestern charm has made Geoff a comedy club favorite. He has performed at colleges, festivals, private parties and many top comedy clubs across the country from the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles to Zanies in Chicago to the Improv in Washington D.C. As well as being the opening act for Dave Chappelle, Larry the Cable Guy, Brian Regan, Pauly Shore, Jay Mohr, Gilbert Gottfried, Bobcat Goldthwaite, and many more…
You can catch Geoff in Pauly Shore’s 2014 documentary on Showtime called, Pauly Shore Stands Alone.

December 22 & 23: Russ Williamson with Jason Hillman and Chris Schmidt

New Jersey native Russ Williamson moved to Chicago in 2005 to pursue a career in comedy. During that time he’s played Chicago’s biggest rooms and has worked with comedy’s biggest names. You can see him in the NBC show Chicago Fire. You may also have seen Russ in the Starz series BOSS or the major motion picture Contagion. Russ Williamson is well on his way to becoming a household name, and once you see him perform you’ll know why.

December 15-17: “The Swinger” David Scott with Charlie Kojis

The Swinger David Scott is more than just a stand-up comedian. He is an entertainer and showman with a show that has been called “Sharp-witted”, “Clever”, “Classy” and “Pure Energy”.

Not only is there great stand-up comedy but there is so much more. There’s a straight jacket. There’s the “World’s Most Dangerous Bit in Comedy”. Even a little mind reading. Not to mention one of the best finales in the business that takes the audience on an incredibly funny journey through 4 decades of music.

The Swinger David Scott has been featured on HBO and Comedy Central, is the host of his own nationally syndicated radio show and also happens to be the Guinness World Record Holder for Longest Stand-Up Comedy show by an Individual at 40 hours and 8 minutes. Forget everything you think you know about Stand-up Comedy. This is a show unlike anything you have ever seen.

Dec 8-10: Steve Gillespie with Mike Lester and Senthil Rajasekharan

Gillespie’s act is a slaphappy balance of aggression and absurdity, coupled with a delightfully pushy persona and coarse yet effective word choice. His hilarious self-flagellation and blistering social commentary has also earned him spots on Fox’s Laughs as well as the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and the Boston Comedy Festival. He was a finalist in CMT’s Next Big Comic, a runner up for Best of the Midwest at Gilda’s Laughfest, and his debut album Stever Fever from Rooftop Comedy was named a top-10 comedy album of the year by ComedyReviews.com.

Gillespie has also had the pleasure of sharing the biggest stages with some of the best comics in the country, including opening appearances for Dave Attell, Jim Breuer, Tom Segura, Kyle Kinnane, Tom Green, Harland Williams, Doug Benson, Emo Phillips, and Gilbert Gottfried.

Credits:
• 2016 Conan on TBS
• 2016 “Laughs All Stars” on Fox
• 2015 two TV appearances on Fox’s “Laughs”
• 2014 Bridgetown Comedy Festival
• 2013 Gilda’s Laughfest – Best of the Midwest runner-up
• 2013 Top Ten Comedy Album of the year
• 2012 Finalist in CMT’s Next Big Comic
• 2011 Boston Comedy Festival