April 24: Lyndel Pleasant & Stefan Davis
Lyndel Pleasant is truly a star in the making with an act that weaves hilarious confessions about life, marriage and fatherhood into a show filled with BIG laughs and FUN times for everyone. With a truly refreshing style of storytelling, Lyndel has entertained audiences at the finest comedy clubs from coast to coast including such renowned venues as Caroline's On Broadway in NYC & The Hollywood Improv.
Stefan Davis has been featured on Comcast TV's "Who’s Laughing Now?" and Hoosier TV's "Trial By Laughter" and also the nationally syndicated radio station 24/7 Comedy. He was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Madison’s Funniest Comic contest and was also chosen to perform in the 2011 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Stefan released his debut album in January of 2012 entitled "Of course I'll choke you.."Stefan has performed from coast to coast since 2007 sharing the stage with such comedians as Doug Benson and Marc Maron.
May 1: Dave Landau & Andy Beningo
Dave Landau is a true comedic juggernaut. Finding himself much in-demand among audiences and club owners due to his deadpan demeanor and those jokes - my God, those jokes - that fluidly fly forth with breakneck pacing and perfect timing. Dave, it can be said with all due respect, is a throwback to another era of comedy. The entertaining everyman. Innocent enough at first blush; as he states his case, you begin to see where you and he have quite a bit in common. A wife, a house. An odd sense of calm in an increasingly crazy world. You’re on a tour of the familiar and prosaic, with Dave Landau as the bus driver.
Andy Beningo, named "Best Comedian" by the Detroit Metro Times, has been heard on the Bob and Tom radio show and on XM Sirius radio. He was a finalist in CMT's "Next Big Comic," and has appeared on the NBC afficiliate show "Night Shift with Kevin Ferguson."
May 8: Jason Benci & Jamie Utley
The "Thrillbilly" Jason James Benci brings the dark side of the straight edge to stand up comedy. Through the use and abuse of his hard knox life, this maverick unloads his razor sharp humor involving life, family and friends unto the audience. Brought up by two Detroit police officers, bull riding in 3 rodeo circuits before the age of 18 and living the rock star lifestyle playing drums in a punk band gives Jason more than enough attitude and aummunition to keep the crowd in stitches.
Jamie Utley was born a beautiful, normal healthy baby....and then things went wrong. Jamie takes the audience on a rollercoaster thrillride, showing them what the world looks like through his eyes as he guides them along the twists and turns of his experiences with his dysfunctional family, relationships, being a single parent, staying sober in recovery, and male-bonding. Jamie Utley toured on the Monsters of Comedy with Ralphie May and Jim Breuer, has opened for the comics that you see on Chelsea Lately, and has appeared on Fridays with Jim Breuer on Sirus XM Satellite Radio.
May 15: John Bush & Tim Schifsky
John’s rock solid comedy show covers it all. From his childhood relocation from Hawaii to Minnesota to his UFO sighting in New York City, this thrill ride is filled with rich characters, spot-on impressions and even a disgruntled squirrel. John has performed for audiences of all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s opening for Howie Mandel at Ceasars Palace or tickling some Irish ribs in Dublin, John isn’t stingy when he gives out the laughs. Credits include The Thomas Crown Affair, Law and Order, Conan O’Brien, and HBO.
"Tim has the wingspan of a condor and the comedic timing of a young Steve Martin." In just a few short years Tim Schifsky has shot to the top of the list as a highly sought after comedian. He's been prominently engaging audiences with his quick wit and animated storytelling for people of all ages. He talks about growing up in a pre-smartphone world, marriage, and everyday stories to make you flush with laughter. Tim can bring his clean show to clubs, corporates, or family friendly events.
May 22: Norm Stulz & Vince Acevedo
Truth is always funnier than fiction and no one can tell the truth more humorously than Norm Stulz. Norm takes the events of his life and transforms them into hilarious pieces which are timeless. Norm has been seen on H.B.O., Comedy Central, Showtime, and comedy specials on N.B.C and A.B.C. television. Norm’s comedy material can be heard on The Bob and Tom Show, Johnny Burke and the Morning Crew, and XM Comedy radio. Come on in, sit down, and hang on for this fast paced show. Norm has sold out many venues so reserve your seat now.
An edgy and loveable character on stage, Vince Acevedo has been a comic that has a performance style all his own. As he stands on stage he prefers to relax with the crowd and get them to pay attention to his stories so when the time is right he can attack with his clever punchlines and jokes that range from personal life, love and family experiences.
May 29: David Nickerson & Rio Hillman
A 10 year veteran, David has toured with Howard Stern's "Killers of Comedy", Dave Attell's "Insomniac Tour", & has headlined clubs all over the world including 3 overseas tours for the troops. He has also appeared at major comedy festivals: Montreal Just for Laffs, & the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. David has the ability to dazzle audiences with a story telling presentation that has him recognized throughout the comedy scene. His 1st album "Who Ate All The Pizza?" was critically praised as "a solid debut and a worthy underground treasure which will hopefully reach a bigger audiences."
Born in Chicago raised in WI comedian Rio Hillman arrived on the comedy scene a little over a decade ago. Original. Out the Box. Eccentric. Down right funny. He believes that subtlety and timing are key principals to building a crowd up to the punch line. To him, it’s nothing new to find humor throughout the stress of everyday life. His rib-busting, attention grabbing, split comedy coming from real life experiences has been seen through out the Midwest as well as expanding to both coast.
June 5: John DeBoer & Ben Bergman
John DeBoer’s nerve hitting subject matter flows from the devious side of childhood to the pressures of contemporary life. Having appeared at comedy clubs, colleges, three federal penitentiaries, the Daytona 500 Experience, as well as on Comedy Central, XM-Sirius Satellite Radio, and in national TV commercials, with a brief (very brief, yet heartwarming) shot on Last Comic Standing, John DeBoer might be the funniest comedian you never heard of.
Ben Bergman grew up in a family of several sisters, one or two brothers and three or four parents depending on when you check the timeline. As much as his family members had added, subtracted and multiplied over the years, Ben remains bad at math. However, he is much better at stand-up comedy. Ben began performing stand-up in Nashville, TN. He has been described as quick-witted and sarcastic while his sharp and honest delivery leave audiences enthralled with laughter. He has appeared on Comcast's Look Who's Laughing Now.
June 12: Paul Strickland & Armon Williams
Though Paul is mostly unimpressed with the world around him, his annoyance never translates into "staged angst" - in fact, it's obvious that he is most happy when transforming a world filled with frustrations into a room full of laughter. His relaxed delivery of one well-crafted joke after another makes him both a favorite of audiences and respected by fellow comics. Paul is the smirking, lovable grumbler in everyone's life, but he's so good at it you can charge admission.
With his charismatic nature and sharp wit, Armon Williams quickly exploded onto the comedy scene, performing around the country as such prestigious venues as the Hollywood Improv, Tempe Improv and the Mirage in Las Vegas. His comedy style is family friendly, witty, and creative. There is no doubt that Armon is on his way to making his mark on the comedy scene.
June 19: Mike Green & Logan Neilson
Though you might be fooled by Mike's youthful appearance, His smooth and energetic act reflects that of a comedic veteran. Mike's infectious enthusiasm and entertaining stories keep crowds in stitches. Audiences from arena size venues to local church groups have enjoyed Mike's views on jump rope, talking sirens, and the universal code for buying the product. His TV appearances include, Comedy Central, NBC’s "Friday Night Videos" and "Night Shift."
Logan Nielsen dabbled in TV news and marriage before finding his way to stand up comedy. Logan wins over audiences with his relaxed style and infectious energy. His comedy balances autobiography and absurdity by mixing true stories with musings on the ridiculousness of everyday life. Logan is a veteran of Chicago improv comedy and is also a writer, actor and filmmaker.