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May 22-24: D. Cameron with Andrew Rivers and William Krolowitz

D. worked in a middle school as a B.M.T (Behavioral Modification Technician). When you see him, he’ll tell you all about it. He paints a picture of middle school life that will have you saying, “how in the world did he get that job?” and “how can I get him to do it at my child’s school”?

He has worked with John Witherspoon, Steve Harvey, D. L. Hughley, Tommy Davidson, Chris Rock, Tommy Chong, Jeff Dunham and many more comedians in his career.

This entertaining comedian is a refreshing change with a unique way of looking at everyday living. You’ll know him when you see him because he’ll be wearing a hat, a smile, and he’ll charm the pants right off of you.

May 15-17: Steve Gillespie with Chris Maddock and John Egan

Hailing from Minneapolis, where after receiving a graduate in something or other Steve became really bored and started telling jokes into a microphone. He first began honing his craft at the Acme Comedy Club, and has quickly emerged as a fast-rising talent in one of the strongest and most competitive comedy scenes in the country. Metromix magazine named Steve one of the top comedians in the Twin Cities.

Steve has appeared in some of the best comedy clubs all over the country – including opening appearances for Dave Atel, Harland Williams, Jim Breuer, Gilbert Gottfried, Tom Green, and Doug Benson.

In 2010 he performed at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and in 2011 he appeared in the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival. In 2012, Steve was named a finalist in CMT’s Next Big Comic Award. His first comedy album “Stever Fever”, produced by Rooftop Records, came out this February. This past March he performed at Gilda’s Laughfest.

May 8-10: Chris Barnes with Jy Harris and Greg Bach

Comedy 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.

May 1-3: Luke Ashlocke with Geoff LaFleur and Shawn Shelnut

From the minute he stepped onto the comedy scene he has been making waves. From Appearances on The Comedy Network’s; “The Great Canadian Laugh Off” and “The Montreal Comedy Festival” to The CWB’s “The Daily Buzz” and NBC’s “Night Shift” and”New Day”. Critically acclaimed as “Funny As Hell” -Good Times Magazine, Long Island, NY & “This is what live stand up is supposed to be” – Weird Magazine, Austin, TX.

Luke is one of the hardest working comics in the industry. In 2011 Luke was voted break out artist of the year by the Los Angeles Comedy Awards, and won BEST Actor for his role in “Vicky and Sam” at the London Film Festival. You can hear Luke’s unique brand of humor on one of his three Albums- “I’ll be Nicer When You Are Smarter”, “If My Jokes Dont Kill Them Im Sure This Gun Will Help”, and “Head Full of Tales” or on Bob and Tom and XM radio station RAWDOG on heavy rotation. To add to this , Luke plays over 15 instruments, and has one of the best crowd interaction shows in the history of live stand up comedy.

April 24-26: Quinn Dahle with Ryan Niemiller & Rodney Burayidi

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.

April 17-19: Kevin Williams with Nate Ford & Brendan O’Day

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 in to act makes his performance a must see! Because of this Kevin has always been able 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!

April 10-12: PJ Walsh with Nate Weatherup & Ian Abramson

As a first generation Irish-American with a blue collar upbringing, PJ Walsh is instinctively aware of the power of laughter and its ability to transcend generations. Regarded as one of the hardest working comics behind the microphone, he is known for his quick wit, boundless energy and his often insightful observations on the things he cherishes most: the military, family, and being American.

PJ Walsh, a US Navy veteran, creates comedy that does more than make people laugh. He wrote his award winning one-man show “OVER THERE: Comedy Is His Best Weapon” which has been called “Fantastic, heartfelt & hilarious” by NYTheatre.com and, in 2011, won “Best of the Fringe” at both The Hollywood and San Francisco International Fringe Festivals. He goes overseas regularly to entertain the U.S. troops and has performed numerous times in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

He started his career by touring with the stars of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which lead to a successful show on Sirius Satellite Radio and a small role in Lionsgate feature film Delta Farce. PJ is known as one of the hardest working comedians behind the microphone. He recently performed 30 one-hour, stand-up comedy shows in 30 days throughout the Hudson Valley, New York region to raise funds and awareness for veterans and their families and this summer, July 2012, PJ made his 15th overseas tour entertaining the brave men and woman who keep us safe. Currently you can see PJ as one of 12 International “Tier 1” operators included in the highly anticipated “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” video game.

When not headlining comedy venues across the country PJ splits his time between Los Angeles, CA and his home state of New York. He took first place in the 2002 Rocky Mountain Laugh-Off and was a finalist in the 2002 Seattle International Comedy Competition. In January 2003, he hit national television with his appearance on CBS’ “Star Search” and went on to receive much acclaim at the 2003 HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO.

April 3-5: Mike Stanley with Matty Ryan & Shawn Shelnutt

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 Comedy.com.

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.

ACCOLADES:
-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 Comedy.com
-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.

March 27-29: Carl Banks with Chad Thornsberry & Gerrit Elzinga

Carl Banks was always voted the “Class Clown”and by the age of 19 he moved to Seattle, Washington to pursue his dream of being a stand- up comedian. That has progressed to headlining in comedy shows, movies and television, with his first recurring work on Fox?s In Living Color.Carl has been seen on other great comedy shows such as “Ally McBeal,”Drew Carey”, and “Seinfeld”. He has an act that is both high energy with hilarious impressions.”

March 20-22: Nick Vatterott with CJ Sullivan & Jason Hillman

In 2010 The Hollywood Reporter named Nick Vatterott one of the “break-outs” at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. Since then he has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan. He just shot a stand-up special for Comedy Central as well as produced and performed in Comedy Central’s new series, Mash Up. Nick has toured with Chicago’s storied Second City and his sketch group ‘Heavyweight’ has performed at Second City’s Unhinged and the Toronto Just for Laughs Festival. He was the recipient of the prestigious Andy Kaufman award in 2011 and before heading off to NYC, Chicago Magazine listed Nick as “The Funniest Man in Chicago.” Nick Vatterott’s comedy has been called high-energy, improvisational, unconventional, outside the box, but most of all hilarious!