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October 2-4: Johnny Beehner with Stu McCallister & Mike Lester

Beehner has been performing stand up comedy since 1999.  He has been seen on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, he can be heard on SiriusXM Satellite radio, and he is constantly traveling from city to city across the country making people laugh.

Johnny started his comedy career putting on his own shows in Milwaukee during his college years.  He spent the summers between school years pounding the pavement in the comedy world of New York City, and then Los Angeles.

With a stong background in improvisational theater throughout all of college, including training at Chicago’s prestigious Second City, Johnny brings a very unique show to the stage.  His shows have been described as “silly,” “smart,” “fun,” and “hilarious.”  Johnny centers himself as the butt of most of his jokes with tales of growing up an awkward, tall, skinny middle child in a huge family.  Whether its at a college, a private event, or a comedy club, Johnny’s clean and clever style of comedy is sure to keep the audience laughing.

Sept 26 & 27: Shaun Jones with Brian Aldridge & Brandon Reynoso

For more than 19 years, the comedy world’s senses have been tantalized by both audio and visual artistry. The young man known as Shaun Jones is truly making his mark everywhere he goes, with his quick wit and fashionable flair. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey and having lived in Los Angeles for a short time, Shaun now calls Atlanta, GA his home. He has traveled worldwide entertaining crowds, using many of his personal life experiences to get a good laugh. Like an accomplished chef, Shaun’s comedy combines a cup of truth, a tablespoon of originality, and a double twist of humor. When Shaun takes the stage, he mixes his talents before the audience, bakes his show just right and serves up a unique dish to satisfy everyone’s laughter appetite. Shaun has appeared on several national television shows, such as B.E.T’s “Comic View”, B.E.T’s “One Mic Stand”, BounceTV’s “Off The Chain” & Showtime’s “1 Amendment”. In 2003 he made his motion picture debut in the movie “Shade” as a crooked poker player, Mr. Ose, which starred Sylverster Stallone & Jamie Foxx. Shaun continues to travel the worldentertaining audiences and serving them with hearty laughter and his quick-witted humor.

Sept 18-20: Double Feature: Jacob Williams & Bryan Cork with William Krolowitz

Jacob Williams made his national television debut as a stand-up comedian on NBC’s AMERICA’S GOT TALENT and advanced to the Semifinals. Howie Mandel described him as “The Best Act of the Night!”
Jacob is currently a cast member on the newest seasons of MTV’s WILD ‘N OUT.
The winner of many comedy contests, Jacob was also the warm-up comedian for two stand-up specials on SHOWTIME. His other appearances include ROLLING STONE, THE NEW YORK POST, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES and THE BOB AND TOM SHOW.

Laughter is the best medicine. Bryan Cork has been doing his special form of healing for almost twenty years now. This strange and unusual journey started for Bryan as an actor. For a dozen years he did appearances as the Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel Comics. But alas, the demands of wearing spandex eventually took it’s toll. (You try wearing spandex when you are 35 and see how you look.) So his career took a new direction. A comedy door opened up, and Bryan crashed through it like he was running from the police.
Now he tours the country sharing his unique brand of clean humor and clever stories about deer hunting, tech support, and how Pictionary can ruin Thanksgiving. He will leave you, and your audience roaring with laughter..

Sept 11-13: Tom Clark with Ben Bergman & Greg Berman

Clark started off his career as a social worker finding jobs for disabled people in Milwaukee and at night he would perform stand up comedy. As his stand up career picked up Clark made the move to Los Angeles, eventually performing on such shows as CBS’s ‘Late Late Show’, NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’, and Comedy Central’s ‘Premium Blend’. Clark spent the next few years traveling coast to coast doing stand up and eventually performing 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 also has a strong background in improv and sketch having completed the Second City Conservatory in Chicago and being a Main Company member at ComedySportz LA, which specializes in short form improv. After taking some acting classes Clark began to pursue acting work and landed guest star roles in the Hallmark made for TV movie ‘The Wish List’, NBC’s ‘Outsourced’, and even a dramatic role on TNT’s ‘The Closer’ opposite Kyra Sedgwick. After landing the role on ‘Outsourced’, director Ken Kwapis invited Clark to be in the Drew Barrymore movie, ‘Everybody Loves Whales’.

September 5&6: Joe Bronzi with Andy Beningo & Jackson Jones

Joe Bronzi began his comedy career by winning regional, city, and state comedy contests. His comedy background includes extensive improv training and his performance style mixes award-winning writing with fast-paced “off-the-cuff” crowd interaction. Upbeat, clean, and positive, his comedy style makes him a preferred comedian for corporate events.

Joe is a favorite at major Casinos like the Borgata in Atlantic City, the Tropicana in Las Vegas, the Turning Stone in New York, and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. He’s also a regular on the high seas for Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise lines. He has opened up for many of the industries’ top talents, including Brad Garrett, Chris Rock, Louie Anderson, Bobby Lee, Robert Klein, Jerry Seinfeld, John Pinette, Brian Regan, Dom Irrera, Gilbert Gottfried, Dave Coulier, and Kevin Pollock. For five years, he was the regular (and only) opener for comedy legend David Brenner.

Joe has been seen on NBC’s Night Shift and has performed as a Warm Up Comedian for “The Rachel Ray show” & “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” on ABC, “Room for Debate” on ESPN, and “Crowd Rules” on MSNBC.

Joe is also a trained actor whose acting credits include several local commercials, the independent films “Due Diligence” and “The Cleaning Lady”, and a starring role off-Broadway in James McClure’s “Pvt. Wars”. He can be heard often on Sirius/XM satellite radio as a comedian, as well as a performer and featured writer for the Daily Comedy Network.

August 28-30: Alex Stone & Nate Weatherup with Jason Hillman

Alex Stone is a comedian from Cincinnati, Ohio who now makes his home in Chicago, Illinois. His hard work and determination have led him from his early days as an absurdist joke writer to his current role as one of the most impressive young storytellers in comedy. In addition to the deeply personal material that has become the cornerstone of his act, Alex has written jokes for nationally touring comedians and was recently selected to participate in the Best of the Midwest competition at the 2013 Gilda’s LaughFest. His prolific nature and originality has made him a regular at the Chicago Laugh Factory and earned him an appearance on the Independent Film Channel. Alex was also recently featured in both the Chicago Tribune and the Huffington Post.

Nate Weatherup is an new, original voice coming out of the Chicago comedy scene. A former teacher, Nate has spent the last four years working comedy clubs and theaters throughout the country. On top of a busy tour schedule, Nate also competed in the finals of the 2011 World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, and was invited to perform at the 2013 Great American Comedy Festival at the Johnny Carson Theater in Johnny’s hometown of Norfolk, Nebraska. This summer he opened for Dave Coulier, Jamie Kennedy and the Clean Guys of Comedy. Nate makes you take a long, hard look at education, culture and yourself with his sharp wit and unapologetic honesty.

August 21-23: Warren B Hall with Mike Marvel & Pete Lipsey

Simply put Warren B. Hall is not what you”re expecting! Warren has a style that purposely avoids using the white vs. black angle, which has become all too popular with many mainstream black comics. Daring to be different, Warren chooses to focus on funny!Warren tours all over the United States and as of late, can truly be called Mr. International…he”s performed for our troops in Iraq and Kuwait.

August 14-16: Joseph Anthony with Tom Dadario & Ramie Makhlouf

Joseph Anthony is forty four years old, but appears younger. He has been onstage and writing since he could walk and hold a pen, respectively.

He’s been a Stand Up Comedian since 1989. A straight forward – no filter, monologist. Original and versatile! THERE IS NO VENUE, THAT IS EXEMPT FROM HIS VAST BRAND OF HUMOR, MATERIAL, AND EXPERIENCES.

In short, he’s been on television, in movies, performed at some of the most prestigious arenas in the country – YET he excels at small affairs – as attributed to, “his knack for improvisation.” He’s mostly autobiographical, yet speaks the voices of many!

Born and raised in New York and a “slightly” stereotypical (yet much more diverse and intelligent) product of such. He now lives in suburban New Jersey and suffers the plight of the middle class – unhappily married, proud father … with just the right amount of angst about society, politics … and well, EVERYTHING!

Not to oversell him, but few Comedians can read and work a room the way he does – it is a talent and some have called it a gift!

August 7th-9th: Michael Isaac with Russ Williamson & Brad Karcho

Michael Issac is a stand-up comedian and actor from the south side of Chicago.

As an actor he has done several corporate films, live performances and television commercials for companies such as McDonalds, Walgreens, Old Navy and Walmart.

As a standup comedian, Michael has made Zanies Chicago his comedy home where he performs regularly as the Host and Feature.

Michael Issac’s brand of comedy is “Good.Clean.Funny.” His dynamic stage presence combined with his charismatic delivery is quickly making him a favorite to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

July 31-Aug 2: Double Feature! Emily Galati & Bryan Miller with Host, David Drake