This Year, We Went Overboard.

Antibalas • Todd Barry • Greg Behrendt • W. Kamau Bell • Guy Branum • Matt Braunger • Tony Camin • Chris Fairbanks • Jean Grae • Kyle Kinane • Carol Kolb • LAKE • Morgan Murphy • John Roderick

Comedy

Carol Kolb

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Carol Kolb is a prolific comedy writer. She’s served as Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief of The Onion, and is a former head writer for the Onion News Network. She has also written for Comedy Central’s Kroll Show and is currently a staff writer for the NBC series Community.


Chris Fairbanks

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Chris Fairbanks took first place in 2003′s Funniest Person in Austin contest, attended Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival in their “New Faces” showcase, starred as “Randy” on the MTV reality series “The 70′s House”, received 1st runner-up in Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots contest, and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Conan O’Brien called him “the best stand-up/artist/skateboarder that we’ve ever had on the show.” Chris resides in Los Angeles and makes his living as a club touring stand-up comic and actor.


Greg Behrendt

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Greg Behrendt should be known for many things. He’s a brilliant lifelong comedian who accidentally became the best selling co-author of the inescapable He’s Just Not That Into You. He was the host of the weirdly named Greg Behrendt Show and he’s the musical force behind America’s instrumental surf and ska combo the Reigning Monarchs and the foremost collector of small glass pig figurines or (“pigurines”). It is because of all these unique, memorable accomplishments that he is singularly recognized world wide as That Guy From That Thing! Enjoy him in person or at a great distance but enjoy him just the same!


Guy Branum

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Guy Branum is a writer and comedian best known for serving as “Staff Homosexual” on Chelsea Lately and his performance as Natalie Portman’s sassy gay friend in No Strings Attached. Noticing a trend? He was a writer and correspondent on “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” and he’s appeared on E!, MTV, G4, SyFy, CurrentTV and lots of other channels you’d need to upgrade your cable to watch. He’s also written for Punk’d and Awkward on MTV and Fashion Police on E!. That means he’s watched the Grammys at Joan Rivers’s house. Jealous? But mostly, Guy is very, very beautiful and good at having sex.


Kyle Kinane

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Kyle Kinane has been up and at it for almost half his life, mostly searching for what “it” might be. He has performed in the Leicester,Vancouver, Washington D.C., Portland, Just For Laughs/Chicagoand the USCAF/Aspen comedy festivals, and has been on the TV via “Last Call with Carson Daly,” “The Very Funny Show” on TBS, “Live at Gotham,” “Comedy Central Presents” and “The World Stands Up” on the BBC. He was called “bleak and misanthropic” by the London Evening Standard, which he still feels may be a compliment. He is a comedian.


Matt Braunger

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Matt Braunger was raised in Portland, OR. A headlining comedian since 2007 and an actor since childhood, Matt’s comedy has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Conan, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,and Live at Gotham. He is a regular panelist on “Chelsea Lately” and Comedy Central’s “@Midnight.” Matt’s half-hour special on Comedy Central was released in 2009, and his hour special, “Shovel Fighter,” was released in 2012. In 2008 he won “Best of the Fest” at the Rooftop Festival in Aspen and in 2009 he was named to Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch.” He has released two albums, “Soak Up the Night” and “Shovel Fighter.” Matt has performed at a variety of prestigious comedy festivals including the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and Chicago, SXSW, Bumbershoot, and in 2007 he co-founded the Bridgetown Festival in Portland, OR. Matt’s television credits include a recurring role on NBC’s “Up All Night,” a series regular on “Mad TV,” and roles on “The Michael Fox Show,” “Happy Endings,” HBO’s “Family Tree” “Blue Mountain State,” “The United States of Tara,” and “Pushing Daisies.”


Morgan Murphy

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Morgan started making a name for herself on the LA comedy scene while still a student at Loyola Marymount University. Shortly after she graduated, she appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call w/ Carson Daly. While still in college, she wrote on the sketch pilot The Offensive Show created by BJ Porter and Scott Aukerman and after graduating was a staff writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She has also written for Crank Yankers, Human Giant, and most recently Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She has performed stand-up on Kimmel and Fallon, as well as Last Call with Carson Daly and in Comedians of Comedy: Live at The Troubador.

 


Todd Barry

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New York City-based comedian and actor Todd Barry is widely recognized for his roles as the bongo-playing “Third Conchord” on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Mickey Rourke’s deli boss in 2009 Oscar winner The Wrestler, and renowned throughout the entertainment industry for his nuanced, measured, and thoroughly original approach to stand-up. Drawing audience members in with his deadpan self-deprecation and ability to pile punchline upon punchline, his decidedly low-key stage persona belies a deeply intelligent, often biting, occasionally absurdist worldview, one lauded by discerning fans who seek a fresh yet honest update to traditional observation and social commentary.

Boasting multiple stand-up appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and two Comedy Central Presents specials,  and his latest one hour Comedy Central special Super Crazy. Todd’s resume also includes such hit TV shows as Louie, Delocated, Bored to Death, Tim and Eric, Chappelle’s Show, Sex and the City, and even Sesame Street. Among his additional feature-film highlights are Todd Phillips’s Road Trip, Louis CK’s Pootie Tang, and Mitch Hedberg’s Los Enchiladas.  You can see him soon at Sigourney Weaver’s right hand man in Amy Heckerling’s Vamps, and as Paul Rudd’s co-worker in David Wain’s Wanderlust. Internationally he has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, and Kilkenny, Ireland’s Cat Laughs Festival.

Todd has been heard on both The Howard Stern Show and The Bob & Tom Show, and his albums Medium Energy, Falling Off the Bone, and From Heaven are available from Comedy Central Records, Amazon and iTunes. He has earned the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival’s Jury Award, praise from Ricky Gervais as one of the best comedians of 2009, and accolades from The Onion’s A.V. Club, which declared Medium Energy one of the best comedy albums of the decade.

Todd was the subject of a recent New York Times Arts section cover story, which referred to him as a “master of standup” and noted “when it comes to live performance, few comics are more consistently funny.”


Tony Camin

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Tony Camin is a standup and writer originally from the Bay Area. He’s appeared on Conan, Kimmel, and Premium Blend. He also co-created the Off-Broadway show The Marijuana-Logues with Doug Benson, and is listed as one of Esquire’s Comic’s Comics.


W. Kamau Bell

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Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell has emerged as the post-modern voice of comedy. Named an Ambassador of Racial Justice by the ACLU, his weekly half-hour FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, premiered in August 2012 and became a critically acclaimed but criminally short nightly show in September of 2013 on FX’s new comedy network FXX.  Totally Biased was executive produced by Chris Rock.

In 2010, Kamau released his second stand up album, Face Full of Flour, which was named one of the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of the year by iTunes and Punchline Magazine.

Kamau is a founding member of the stand-up comedy collective “Laughter Against the Machine,” which, using fan-funding via Kickstarter, toured some of the most politically charged states in the country in 2011 shooting a documentary that explores what role comedy plays in the revolution.

Praised by Punchline Magazine as “one of our nation’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit,” Kamau was voted San Francisco’s best comedian by the SF Weekly, the SF Bay Guardian, and 7×7 Magazine. Robin Williams calls Kamau “ferociously funny.”  The SF Weekly called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle,” though he was more excited that they called him “handsome.”