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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

July 24-26 AJ Finney with Allen Edge & William Krolowitz

Stylistically manic, artistically brilliant AJ Finney’s stream of consciousness is anything but forgettable. He has be characterized as a confident mid-west boy, with a sharp tongue, and amazing side burns. Raised in a working class family surrounded by broken mowers, empty beer cans, and random narcotics, its amazing he’s even alive.

Earning himself a spot as a finalist in HBO’s Lucky 21 competition, A.J. Finney is quickly becoming recognized for his explosive personality and uncanny logic. He performed at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, was the third place winner of Trial By Laughter, and was a finalist at the 2011 San Francisco International Comedy Competition. His CD “My Brain Don’t Work No Good” can been heard on SiriusXM Radio, Pandora, and he was a “Featured Comedian” on 24/7 Comedy Radio. Finney is an effective story teller with an inclination towards pandemonium. His over the top imagination allows him to make even the most sensitive subjects tickling to his audience.

July 17-19 Ken Garr with Mark Schumacher & Dan Morris

Ken Garr grew up on the south side of Chicago. The son of a retired Chicago Fire Fighter and Homemaker, Ken proudly hails from three generations of fire fighters. The youngest of 4 children, Ken’s hilarious views on life are derived from growing up in a blue collar family with his own white collar aspirations.

Ken’s countless life experiences including his recent divorce, a journey to “creepy” baldness and numerous run-ins with the law and subsequent trips to the hospital make his seemingly never-ending journey to fame and fortune a can’t miss experience.

A graduate of the world famous Second City Conservatory, Ken brings the influential characters of his life to stage with energy and zeal to produce a show that is nothing less than extraordinary.

June 19: Darryl Lenox with Roy Haber & Tracy Schroeder

2012 was a big year for comedian Darryl Lenox. Stagetime Magazine named his 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. He also made his Late Night Network TV debut on Conan in 2013! 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.
The title of the CD, Blind Ambition, is fitting, as anyone who has experienced Lenox’s insightful comedy knows that he hasn’t let his visual impairment stand in the way of his becoming one of the most popular comedians in the country. The content goes deep, drawing on a risky eye surgery that ultimately led him to the role of Executive Producer of his own standup special. “The risk we had to take to do my major eye surgery – the one that could have left me totally blind – it propelled me to take the risk on Blind Ambition,” Lenox explains. “The doctor that performed the surgery is my hero – it was incredibly inspiring. I knew after that experience that my days of waiting on people were over.”

Lenox compares his show to a roller-coaster ride – full of ups and downs, tension and release. Living with a visual impairment has refined his perspective, allowing him to cut through audience preconceptions, discard self-pity, and deliver pitch-perfect repartee that leave audiences spellbound and sore from laughter.

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.