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Hailing from south of Chicago, Thomas has been seen on such nationally syndicated programs as: Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes, The Bob & Tom Radio Show, and shot pilots for both the B.E.T and NBC networks. All this while being a relatively new face in the comedy business. Get ready for one of the freshest and most fierce comedians working the country today, Todd “JT” Thomas!
JT’s colorful background and life experiences have endeared him to audiences across the U.S., as well as garnering him the nickname amongst his comedy peers as “the most interesting comic in the world.” There is no way to put him in a box. Just when you think you got him pegged he’ll switch lanes and go in reverse. “You can’t tell by looking at me but I’m mixed. I have a black father and a white…voice.” says Thomas of his not so typical voice. Not afraid to poke fun at himself as well as others all while reminding us to have fun. “I like to joke around. Sometimes I go to Wal-Mart late at night, paint my face yellow, and the slash all the prices.”
Hines started doing stand-up comedy at the age of 21. His first performance was in June 1991 at the Funny Firm, a Chicago comedy club owned by Len Austrevitch, who would later cast Hines in his first film roles. After his set, Hines met local comedians Bernie Mac, Evan Lionel, Daran Howard and Shay Shay (Phillip White). Mac and Lionel booked Hines on the spot for their Monday night show at Chicago’s Cotton Club, where Hines continued to appear for nearly a year. All four comedians became mentors and friends of Hines. From 1991 to 1996, Daran Howard tapped Hines to perform in his Laugh Fest College Comedy Tour with shows targeted to historically Black colleges.
In addition to touring and club performances (primarily in the Midwest), Hines has made a number of national TV appearances, including BET’s Comic View, Comedy Central’s Comic Justice and Fox’s Uptown Comedy Club. In 1995, Hines was nominated for the Sammy Davis, Jr. Musical Comedy Award by BET’s Comic View Comedy Awards TV show.
Not your typical female comedian, Emily Galati does not dwell on the differences between men and women or any of the other cliche topics you have come to expect from female comics. Instead, she offers up intelligent and hilarious material, with impeccable timing and a charm rarely seen on the comedy stage. In 2011, Emily was a semi-finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity and finalist in the Bob and Tom Comedy Contest. In 2010, she was chosen as one of the “Best of the Midwest” for the Iowa Comedy Festival and was the Runner-Up in the “Funniest Person in Milwaukee” competition.
In Mark’s 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. Mark hopes to do a film in the future people have actually seen.
The CheeseBalls are comprised of three Wisconsin-raised comedians — Rob Brackenridge, Mike Merryfield and Steve Hartman — with over 40 years of standup experience among them. Rob and Mike are veterans of numerous comedy festivals and competitions (Mike was runner up in the 2012 San Francisco Competition) and Steve is a person that tells jokes as well. All three are hilarious and bring a unique Midwest flavor to their comedy, so come on out and enjoy Wisconsin!
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, 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. This year Steve was named a finalist in CMT’s Next Big Comic Award. His first comedy album “Stever Fever” is being produced by Rooftop Records and is coming out this fall.
Floyd J. Phillips’ humor is derived from his upbringing in the ghetto of Chicago. His mother raised five kids all by her lonesome after his deadbeat dad shacked up with another woman. But that didn’t stop Floyd. He found role models in his football and wrestling coaches. He’ll never forget that day, at the tender age of eleven, when a thirteen-year-old, ex-con line backer clobbered him at practice. When Floyd, with tears in his eyes, regained consciousness, his coach said those inspirational words in front of his whole team, “Floyd, if you want to continue to play football tomorrow, make sure you leave your purse at home.” That day taught him a valuable life lesson about pain: either walk it off or learn to accessorize better. He’s been walking it off ever since.
Comedy has taken this little kid from the ghetto of Chicago to winning the Seattle Comedy Competition in 2000 and being a finalist in the 2001 San Francisco Comedy Competition. Floyd J. Phillips’ diverse comedy has allowed him to play USO tours, cruise ships, colleges, and comedy clubs across the nation. All of which has shown Floyd more of the world than he ever thought he would see.
Please join us for an evening of fun while supporting a great cause! George Gallo, Terry McNeely & Darryl Hill performing!
$10 admission at the door is donated to the Sebastian Raclaw Abdominal Cancer Research Fund.
Please call 414-271-JOKE to reserve your seats.
Milwaukee Police Sergeant Sebastian Raclaw was recently diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma-Peritonea or stage 4 cancer of the abdominal cavity. Sebastian is 35 years old and has 16 years with the Milwaukee Police Department. He is married to Angela Castillo-Raclaw, an elmentary school teacher, and has two beautiful children, Noah who is 21 months old and Isabella who is 4 years old.
Sebastian has chosen not to accept direct financial support, but has created a research foundation through the Medical College of Wisconsin. This foundation, “The Sebastian Raclaw Abdominal Cancer Research Fund” is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
To make a tax-deductible donation click here.
The two doctors treating Sebastian at the Medical College of Wisconsin have agreed to limit all funds received to the following:
- researching therapies for this type of rare cancer
- study novel chemo therapies with micro particles
- perform clinical trials with new therapies
- create a regional symposium to facilitate collaboration with the leading experts in this rare and incurable cancer that affects one person in a million
The goal is to discover a cure within Sebastian’s lifetime!
Chris Barnes combines stories, impressions, improv, audience interaction and singing into one funny show.
Drew Michael is a Chicago comedian who focuses on life from a dark, cerebral point of view. His rumination on God, religion, Hitler, government, relationships, ex girlfriends, bestiality, pedophilia, life and death has – in addition to making people violently angry – prompted TimeOut Chicago to call him, ”Smart, funny and unabashedly crass.”
Drew is a founding member of the comedy collective, Comedians You Should Know, whose weekly showcase is the best independent stand-up show in the city. The Onion AV Club echoed that sentiment: ”The genuine quality of talent on display is unrivaled in Chicago.” The group also released a self-titled album last year that debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. This year, Drew had the privilege of performing in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
George Gallo is a street/stand-up comedian from New York who is a presence in New York City’s comedy, radio, television and independent production scene. Ordinary and bizarre characters inspire Gallo and his sense of humor. Gallo’s stand-up is an mix of characterizations and experiences that feel like something that was never done before. On stage, his show is improvised with existing material that is always new, exciting and sometimes just plain weird. Inspirations are TV shows from anytime in history. George began stand-up after making flicks with friends and was coerced into performing in comedy clubs. A natural style occurred and soon the television spots followed: Caroline’s Comedy Hour, NBC, USA, A&E’s Evening at the Improv, FOX, Comedy Central and more!