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August 20-22: Rob O’Reilly with Martin Morrow and Jeff Steinbrunner

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With an appearances on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and on “The Tonight Show” as Jay Leno’s correspondent, Rob O’Reilly is quickly gaining a reputation as an up-and-coming comedian to watch in New York City. It all began in Cleveland, Ohio, where Rob made his stand-up debut at a high school talent show and later won the city’s largest comedy competition. While attending Boston University on an academic scholarship, he became a finalist in the 2005 Boston Comedy Festival and retired any notions of a “normal career.” With his youthful point-of-view making him a favorite at three NACA conferences, Rob now headlines colleges across the country. Residing in New York, he also enjoys playing in a comedian basketball league and performing sketch comedy with his group The Straightmen.

August 13-15: Steve Hartman and Shane Copland with Patrick Tomlinson

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*Two Headliners for the price of one*

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.

Steve Hartman used to sell fire trucks for a living. Now he is a stand up comedian. His high school guidance counselor didn’t even tell him those were options. She said he’d have a successful career as an underachiever. She couldn’t have been more wrong.

Universal yet unique, Steve has been traveling the country leaving great shows in his wake. His special brand of sardonic optimism oozes positive energy while he skewers life’s absurdities. To Steve the glass is always half full and ready to spill. When it does, the result is a memorable performance and a hilarious journey into a world where we are all the punch line.

More and more people are catching the buzz as Steve performs to the rave reviews of diverse audiences at comedy clubs, colleges and corporate events. He can also be seen on

Aug 6-8: Jamie Blanchard with Nate Simmons and Maurice Shaw

Jamie Blanchard is a truly funny comedian with a perspective on life all his own. He is a rising star on the Minneapolis comedy scene, with a personality you can’t help but like.

Get to know Jamie as he brings you down a road of his life experiences. With hilarious observations, there’s a little something for everyone. So open your minds to the comedy of Jamie Blanchard. You laugh because it’s funny! You’ll clap because it’s true!

Opening for the likes of Frank Caliendo and Christopher Titus, Jamie brings his unique brand of comedy to clubs and colleges all over the country. He has also been featured on

Jul 30-Aug1: Tom Daddario with John Consoli and Geoffrey Asmus

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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.

July 23-25: Emily Galati with Jeff Scheen and Nardos Osterhart

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Not your typical female comedian, Emily Galati does not dwell on the differences between men and women or any of the other cliche topics you have come to expect from female comics. Instead, she offers up intelligent and hilarious material, with impeccable timing and a charm rarely seen on the comedy stage. In 2014, Emily made her television debut and was chosen as a semi-finalist on “Last Comic Standing.” She also appeared on Fox’s “Laughs” and “Comics Unleashed” on CBS. In 2013, she was chosen to represent Chicago in the “Best of the Midwest” Competition at Gilda’s LaughFest. She has also been a semi-finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity

July 16-18: *Grand Re-Opening* featuring Michael Palascak with Mike O’Keefe and John Egan

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In the last three years, Michael Palascak debuted on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He also performed at The TBS LOL Lounge in the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago. He also has performed at Caesar’s Palace in The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and was the winner of HBO’s Lucky 21 Stand-up Contest. He won the Chicago region of Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight and went on to make his Comedy Central debut on Live at Gotham Season 3. Last year, he was selected as one of 12 comedians in America and internationally to debut his half hour special on the inaugural season of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour.

June 18-20: Mike Stanley with Geoff LaFleur and Jeff Horste

WRY, WITTY, CUNNING, AND CRASS Mike Stanley is all of these things, but none, when put on paper, quite manage to serve the justice dealt by Stanley onstage. Yeah, he’s pretty hilarious, but more than just coarse anecdotes about life there’s an enviable amount of heart and warmth behind Stanley’s humor.

Given his penchant toward brutal honesty, spiced up with a healthy dose of insatiable wit, it’s not difficult to see why Stanley was named “Best Chicago Stand-up Comedian” in a Peoples Choice poll done by the Chicago Reader and ranked in the top 10 of the best comedians in Chicago by a poll on

Originally hailing from Detroit, and after spending a decade honing his craft in the Windy City of Chicago he tours constantly, both domestically and internationally. Don’t miss out on an incredible opportunity to catch the man in action – this high level of killer stand-up is too remarkable to sit out.

-2005 Winner : “Last comic still standing competition” , Rochester NY
-2005 Winner : ” Joey’s comedy club , Comedy Competition” Livonia , MI
-2005 Top Three : “Michigan Up and comers”
-2006 Winner : ” Canadian Mist Whiskey Comedian of the year”
-2007 : Highlighted as a “stand out” at the first “Detroit Comedy Festival”
-2008 : Semi-Finalist in the “Boston Comedy Festival ”
-2008 : Mike was voted “Readers Choice ” in the “Best Chicago Stand Up Comedian” Category of the Chicago Reader Newspaper.
-2009 : Signed onto the Grammy award winning STANDUP! RECORDS .
-2009: Mike was voted in the top 10 of the “Best Chicago comedians” by
-2010: Semi-Finalist in the “Boston Comedy Festival ”
-2011: Performed at the “San Francisco Comedy Festival”
-2012 : “Best of the Midwest ” Gilda’s Laugh Fest.
-2012: TBS Just for Laughs Festival.
-2013: Was a featured at the 2013 TBS Just for Laughs Festival, one of four comedians given a dual headlining show.
-2013: Funny or Die Oddball festival featuring Dave Chapelle.

June 11-13: Dan Davidson with Seth Davis and Liz Ziner

Dan Davidson recently had the pleasure of performing for the troops based in the Middle East on the Red, White and a little Bluer tour. He has appeared on Comedy Central – Short Attention Span Theater, Fox – A Night of Comedy. He has been a guest numerous times on the nationally syndicated The Bob and Tom Show and his material has been aired on satellite radio. Davidson has worked with a wide range of performers such as David Alan Grier, Brett Butler, Bobby Slayton, Kevin Pollack, Bryan Callen and opened for musical acts such as The Counting Crows and The Wallflowers.

June 4-6: Bryan Miller with Lee Lycan and Corey Adam 08:00 PM

Bryan Miller renounced all seriousness and quit his job as a newspaper editor to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and try standup comedy in 2008. In his first year he was a finalist in Acme’s Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest, and just two years later he was spotted by Craig Ferguson, who invited him to do a spot on CBS’s The Late Late Show, where he made his network television debut in April 2012. Every week he writes football jokes for Costaki Economopoulos’s “Quick Snaps” podcast and radio segment, which is featured on the Bob & Tom Show and can be found on iTunes. He’s also a recurring opener for Minnesota Public Radio’s comedy variety show Wits. Bryan has appeared in the Great American Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, and the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, can be heard on Sirius/XM radio, and is featured on the Stand Up! Records compilation album “Nerd Alert.”

May 28-30: Tommy Ryman with Zach Martina and Turner Barrowman

Ryman has earned the title of Semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr, a professed fan, raves she has “never seen anything like [Tommy] before in [her] whole life, [he is] one-of-a-kind, fantastic!” Ryman’s act can be described as absurdist and clever, masked behind a very likable and innocent demeanor, often thought of as disturbingly adorable. He is a favorite among audiences at top clubs and colleges around the nation, and he is regularly featured on Rooftop Comedy, SiriusXM, and iheartradio. Early in his career, Ryman was sought out by some of the nation’s top comedians opening for the likes of Louie Anderson, Maria Bamford, and Nick Swardson. He was invited to perform at the prestigious Great American Comedy Festival at the Johnny Carson Theater, and was featured as one of the “Twin Cities’ Funniest People” by Metro Magazine. Ryman is signed to StandUp! Records and assures audiences that his comedy album Bath Time with Tommy Ryman has a tasteful album cover.