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*New Years Eve* Shane Mauss (Special Event)

*New Years Eve Celebration*
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Originally from Wisconsin, Shane Mauss caught his first break when he was awarded ‘Best Stand-Up” at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. This led to his TV debut and first of five appearances on Conan. Since that time he’s been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, has had a Comedy Central Presents, a Netflix special ‘Mating Season’, and most recently released an album inspired by breaking both of his feet in a hiking mishap called ‘My Big Break’ which spent time at #1 on the comedy iTunes charts.
Shane is a regular guest on popular podcasts such as You Made It Weird, Bertcast, WTF, Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, TOFOP, Crabfeast, Never Not Funny, and last year he started traveling around the country interviewing scientists about the meanings of life for his own podcast “Here We Are” which has a 5 star rating on iTunes.

Dec 26: Bryan Morris with Stacy Kulow and Toler Wolfe

Bryan Morris expertly balances high energy observational humor with absurdism, and is quickly making a name for himself at comedy clubs across the country. He stays true to his improv roots, having performed as a professional member of Atlas Improv Company for nearly 10 years. His quick wit, clever material, boyish charm, and manish jawline make him a loveable, relatable crowd favorite. In 2012 he won Madison’s Funniest Comic Contest with a performance that inspired The Onion’s AV Club to call Bryan, “The Michael Jordan of comedy.” Bryan was also a runner up in Laughfest’s “Best of the Midwest,” a finalist in the Funniest Person in the Twin Cities Competition, and a favorite at other national comedy festivals. You may have also seen him in a Milwaukee Brewers commercial. He’s pretty awesome.

Dec 17-19: Kevin Bozeman with Dave Helem and Tracy Schroeder

Kevin 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. With a smooth and clever style, a great smile and a contagious laugh Kevin has been entertaining in clubs and colleges across the country. In 2000 he was the winner of the Midwest region of the HBO “Comedy Competition” and flew to Los Angeles to compete as a finalist. He performed on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” in 2003, and finished 2nd in the Boston Comedy Competition in 2005. He was a semi-finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2010. This past summer he co-starred in the Indie film “Flat Chested” starring Alicia Witt and Luke Perry. Kevin also co-starred in the 2003 Independent Film “Making Revolution”.

Dec 10-12: Nicholas Anthony with David James Spaliaras and Darryl Hill

“High-Energy and Heady” Nicholas Anthony’s curious mind takes random situations and twists them into comedic gems. With his quick, candid delivery he creates a fun-house ride audiences never forget. Nicholas received 1st place at the coveted Las Vegas Comedy Festival and has been on 2 season’s of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Nicholas Anthony is quickly becoming one of America’s top touring comedians. He looks forward to making your next event unforgettable! CREDITS: – 1st Place Winner at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival – 2 Seasons of NBC’s Last Comic Standing – OVER 3000 Professional Performances – AMAZED! @ The Planet Hollywood Hotel – Las Vegas – Seattle International Comedy Competition – LAUGH Detroit Comedy Festival – San Francisco International Comedy Competition – World Series of Comedy – Las Vegas – Charleston Comedy Festival – Laughing Skull Comedy Festival – Atlanta – Performed for the troops in Iraq – BOB & TOM RADIO SHOW

Dec 3-5: Geoff LaFleur with Stu McCallister and Elijah Holbrook

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.

Nov 28-30: Kevin Williams with Nate Ford and Liz Ziner

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Kevin Williams is becoming one of the most creative and brightest comedians performing today. Kevin’s brand of humor is best described as “in your face silliness!” With his mix of observational humor and ability to infuse music into his act makes his performance a must see! Because of this Kevin has always been entertaining for diverse audiences. He has not only entertained audiences though out the country, but has performed over seas in Germany and Japan.
During his 10 years in comedy, Kevin has won several other comedy contests including the Chicago Comedy Competition in 2005. He has opened for comedians such as D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer and Christopher Titus. He has also appeared on B.E.T’s Comic View, Last Comic Standing and The Bob and Tom Show.

Nov 19-21: Lawrence Thomas with Trevor Anderson and TBA

Large and loud, alternately topical and goofy, Lawrence Thomas loves to make people laugh. He hurls hurricane lines out of a frenzied onstage storm that is little more than his own personality focused in a single direction. He lives for the moment, but at full throttle! He is your goofy cousin, the frustrated guy behind you in line, a divorcee looking for love, and a single dad trying to raise a daughter in a world that sells thong panties to 9 year old girls! He’s fast paced, brutally honest and breaks down the troubles between men and women like no one else. A definite date night or a sure thing for Ladies Night Out. You have seen him on HBO, Showtime, A&E and NBC!

Nov 12-14: Tim Harmston with Jeff Pfoser and Shawn Shelnutt

Tim Harmston was only a year into his career when he won Acme Comedy Company’s 2003 Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest. After winning, a well known headliner said to him “You’re kind of like an idiot, but with smart material”. That winning combination has led Tim to appearances on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, the Bob and Tom radio show, and Wisconsin Public Radio. Tim has performed at the Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, NE, and the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta.!about-time-harmston/cihc

Nov 5-7: John Roy with David Drake and Greg Bach

He has appeared on numerous television programs including @Midnight, Conan, The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, Last Comic Standing, and CBS’ Star Search, where he was the first comedy champion.
John is a regular performer on the most prestigious independent shows in comedy, including Meltdown, Hot Tub, Comedy at The Knitting Factory, Night Train, and Whiplash, as well as the best comedy clubs in North America, such as the Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv, and the Comedy Attic.

John has performed in the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, The Just For Laughs Festival in Chicago, the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, the Limestone Festival in Bloomington, The High Plains Festival in Denver, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland.

Together with James Adomian, John wrote and performed in the web series “Maron in Space” for Funny Or Die and IFC as well as the Funny Or Die videos “Jesse Ventura Maybe 16” and “Hardball Canada,” which was shown on MSNBC.

John is frequently heard on satellite radio, and his AST Records release “Alexander Hamilton” was named one of the Ten Best Comedy Releases of 2013 by the LA Weekly. John’s Feral Audio podcast “Don’t Ever Change,” where comedians talk about their high school years, has featured guests like Pete Holmes, Dan Harmon, and Kumail Nanjiani.

John has appeared on popular episodes of Harmontown, Getting Doug With High, and Who Charted.

John has been a staff writer on projects for Comedy Central and MTV. He is also known for his “Entirely Free Comedy Class,” a 12 week online comedy class which is, as the title suggests, entirely free.

Oct 29-31: Russ Williamson with Eric Pennell and Antonio Aguilar

New Jersey native Russ Williamson moved to Chicago in 2005 to pursue a career in comedy. Since then, he’s played some of Chicago’s biggest rooms and has worked with some of comedy’s biggest names. This month, 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.
Russ Williamson: New Jersey native Russ Williamson moved to Chicago in 2005 to pursue a career in comedy. During that time he has played Chicago’s biggest rooms ans has worked with comedy’s biggest names. This month 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.