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Feb 6-8 Graham Elwood with Rodney Burayidi

Some of Graham Elwood’s TV appearances include “The Late Late Show” on CBS and “The Sarah Silverman Program” on Comedy Central. He was also seen in “Super High Me,” and “The High Road, ” on G4.
5 USO tours to Afghanistan and Iraq inspired Graham to direct the documentary “Laffghanistan: Comedy Down Range” and the stand-up comedy DVD “Graham Elwood: Live From Afghanistan.” Also created the charity “Comics in Combat” which will raise money for vets.

Jan. 23-25 : Mike Lebovitz with Shane Torres and Russ Williamson

Mike Lebovitz’s comedy career began at the age of six with clowning classes at the local JCC. He’s been delighting and confounding audiences big and small ever since with his offbeat, yet accessible brand of humor.

An accomplished actor, director and writer as well, he draws from a broad range of disciplines in building his act which uses outlandish viewpoints and subversive turns of phrase to highlight the inherent absurdity of being. He doesn’t point out life’s little quirks, he revels in them!

Mike’s a member of the popular Chicago-based collective Comedians You Should Know.

Jan. 16-18 : Mark Poolos with Nate Armbruster and Ramie Makhlouf

Mark Poolos was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota. To start his career he co-starred in two independent films “Attack of the Killer Snow Cone Zombies” and “Joanie Loves Furbies”. After his performances in those two films there wasn’t a person who didn’t know his name. He did more films, some commercials and some theater but it wasn’t enough. Mark needed that instant connection. So he began his stand-up comedy career. In Marks comedy routine he melds observational humor, one liners, family humor, and humorous original songs with guitar accompaniment together, to create his own unique style of comedy. He has been compared to the likes of Adam Sandler and Louie Anderson. Mark is a true road dog, performing in 40 states including Nevada, California, and New York.

Jan. 9-11 : John Conroy with Gabe Noah and Jamie Cruz

D.C. native, John Conroy, has devoted himself to making people laugh. John’s material is smart, aggressive and uncompromising – which makes him a comedian that you won’t soon forget.

Shortly after he relocated to Minnesota, his peers voted him “2008 Best New Comic in the Twin Cities”. His sharp and well-crafted material then earned him the title of “2009 Funniest Person in the Twin Cities”.

Jan. 2-4 : Nate Abshire with Chris Knutson and Nate Seek

Nate Abshire started performing to spite a girl who wouldn’t return his calls, and he never looked back. Audiences love his sardonic wit, keen writing, and playful stage presence. Based in Minneapolis, he performs in clubs throughout the Twin Cities and the greater Midwest. He is a recording artist for Stand Up! Records. The girl still won’t return his calls. He no longer cares.

*New Years Eve* Kevin Bozeman with Nate Abshire & Nate Seek (Special Event)

nyeNew Years Eve Celebration!!! Kevin Bozeman uses his high-energy act and knack for the obvious to give a unique perspective on traveling, dating, social and controversial issues. No subject is sacred from his hilarious truths. He is quickly working his way to the top, headlining comedy clubs throughout the country. Kevin has appeared on HBO, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Comedy Central’s Comics Come Home, Premium Blend, Star Search, and has opened for Aretha Franklin!

December 27th & 28th: Dylan Mandlsohn with Darryl Hill and Damon Millard

Dylan Mandlsohn’s rubber face and array of charismatic stand-up characters have made history by making him the first Canadian comic to be a back-to-back finalist at the prestigious San Francisco and Seattle Comedy Competitions.

Hitting his mark at Montreal’s world famous Just For Laughs and also The Boston Comedy Festivals catapulted Dylan into being selected to perform for The Comcast Network which spread his wings into new television and film territory. Additionally Dylan recently starred in his own Comedy Now Special for The Comedy Network and CTV. This won him a prominent spot as a member of the critically acclaimed The Groundlings Improvisational Troupe that take stage in Los Angeles California.

d mandlsohnRecent achievements include booking a major motion picture called Brand Dead. He has two Gala performances at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and Halifax Comedy Festival both aired for CBC. Also, he has recently booking a role on the popular television show Nakita where Dylan flexes his serious acting muscles as a CIA agent.

Dylan is also currently working on Cruise Lines for Disney, Carnival and Holland America. He is also performing regular corporate events all around North America including the prestigious Investor Group Tour.

Inspired by the great Jim Carrey, legendary Johnny Carson and Rich Little, Dylan Mandlsohn uses his own brilliant comedy to entertain and challenge social norms by pushing boundaries that promote forward thinking to his Stand-up audiences across this globe.

December 19th-21st: Darryl Lenox with Steve Arik and Ryan Holman

d lenixStagetime Magazine named Darryl Lenox’s CD Blind Ambition “one of the Top 5 Comedy Albums of 2012,” joining Louis CK, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, and the late Patrice O’Neal. Along with the album release on Stand Up! Records, 2012 also saw the release of his hour-long standup special of the same name on Starz. This marked the first feature comedy special to appear on the network.

Prior to his debut Comedy Special on Starz, Darryl made his Late Night debut on Conan in 2013. Darryl has also been seen on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” BET’s “Comic View,” Comedy Central’s “Jamie Foxx’s Laffa Polooza,” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” He has performed at numerous comedy festivals including Montreal’s JFL, HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Chicago Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival, and he’s received such notable titles as Winner of Seattle Comedy Competition and Winner of Best New Play at Vancouver Fringe Festival.

December 12th-14th: GRIFF with Roy Haber and Nate Ford

griffGriff has opened up for major acts such as New Edition, BEYONCE, Dottie Peoples and D.L. Hughley. His love for comedy and sports, landed Griff the job as Sports Director and Co-Host of The Frank-Ski morning show, WVEE V-103FM in Atlanta from November 1998 – November 2001. With his quick wit and unsurpassed knowledge for sports news, Griff took sports to the ‘next level’ with his comedic twist on athletes and their stories. In 1999 he received Georgia’s Sportcaster of the Year Award and in 2004 “Street Skillz”, a program he provided the color commentary for was nominated for an EMMY. Griff has also appeared on B.E.T.’s COMIC VIEW four times, THE BIG BLACK COMEDY SHOW for SHOWTIME, The 1st Amendment COMEDY SHOW which aired on the STARS Network, The One Love Gospel Cruise (in 07, 09, 2010, 2011 & 2012) B.E.T.’s “A TIME TO LAUGH” Hosted by Vickie Winans

December 5th-7th: Chris Barnes with Kelly Kellz and Damon Millard

chris barnesComedy Café Favorite and native Milwaukeean Chris Barnes has been making his mark on the comedy scene throughout the Midwest, the South, and the East Coast with his storming style of humor. Barnes can be best described as a high-energy comic that will take an audience and keep them laughing as he interprets his experiences of life. Barnes is also the man of many faces; his personality and facial expressions will bring an audience to life. Barnes has worked and laughed with such people as John Mendoza, JJ Jimmy Walker, Andrew Dice Clay, Sinbad, Bill Cosby, and many others. It’s no surprise Barnes has become a national headliner, working in such clubs as Dangerfield’s in New York City; Rascal’s in New Jersey; Zanies in Chicago; Chaplin’s in Detroit; Comedy Cafe in Milwaukee; and many others throughout the country.