Comedy

Elvira Kurt

Bio: 

Elvira Kurt is one of Canada's most accomplished comedians, individually as a stand-up and also as an improviser with The Second City, enjoying many years of comedic success in both Canada and the U.S. Elvira has appeared on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ and her comedy specials have aired on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, CTV, CBC and The Comedy Network.

Voted Funniest Female Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards, Elvira recently hosted two hit shows on the LOGO Network, ‘First Comes Love’, and ‘Cruising the Caribbean with Olivia’. She just added another Gemini-nomination to the list for her performance in the CBC’s ‘Halifax Comedy Special’ and her previous nomination for the one-hour comedy special ‘Elvira Kurt: Big Girl Now’ nabbed the Gold Award at the Worldfest International Film Festival. She wrote, hosted and produced a full 78 episodes of the nightly hit show, ‘PopCultured with Elvira Kurt’ for The Comedy Network and continues to be in high demand on television networks in Canada and the U.S.

One of North America’s hottest college acts, Elvira Kurt has been nominated as both U.S. College Comedian and Entertainer of the Year. Elvira is in the midst of co-producing an all female comedy tour called ‘Girls School’ which will be filmed and is already a huge success, being voted one the top comedy in shows in Toronto last year.

Rondell Sheridan

Bio: 

If You are OVER 40 and You Know It Clap Your Hands!  

When your theater or corporate event is looking for FUNNY and CLEAN and RECOGNIZABLE plus AFFORDABLE don't go any further!!

From the Tonight Show  to several Showtime comedy specials to many, many, many appearances on Comedy Central. Rondell has been called one of the fastest comedy minds, when it comes to audience participation, in the business. Always funny, and never at a lost for words his clever take on everyday situations keeps audiences rolling.

Perhaps best know as the fun loving dad, Victor Baxter, on Disney’s long running series “Thats So Raven”, when you look at him, your lips naturally edge closer to your ears. Maybe it’s his open, inviting eyes; maybe it’s his big, easy smile. Or just maybe, it’s because over the last decade or so - whether Rondell’s acting, hosting, or doing stand-up - you’ve laughed every time you’ve seen him.

As a stand up comedian, Sheridan transforms ordinary occurrences into hilarious and hearty tales. In an age where stand-up is under attack for its bawdy content, Sheridan disarms his audiences with a wholesome ease - a mixture of playful physicality, facial expressions and a gift to continually shift comedic gears and personas.

Born and raised on the South side of Chicago, Sheridan attended Marquette University in Milwaukee as an Interpersonal Communications major with a minor in Advertising. After college, he went with a gut feeling and schmoozed his way into an audition with the prestigious New York acting school Circle in the Square. With raw talent and a little good fortune, the novice actor was accepted to the program. He spent one year at the school honing his acting skills before moving on to perform in repertory work, regional theater and off-Broadway productions. The high point of his early career was creating a character in the original off-Broadway production of Leslie Lee’s “Between Now and Then.”

Sheridan then became a fixture on the stand-up circuit, headlining in clubs, colleges and on international cruise liners. He appeared on “The Tonight Show” with both Jay and Johnny, “The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show,” “The Conan O’Brien Show,” “Politically Incorrect,” starred in cable specials for both Showtime and Comedy Central, co-created the TV series MINOR ADJUSTMENTS , the first and only primetime series to premier on one network – NBC - then be sold and aired on a second - UPN - during the same TV season. Sheridan portrayed a child psychologist, who was the voice of sanity amongst his dysfunctional co-workers, family and friends.

Rondell has also co-hosted the syndicated talk show series MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, and stars on the syndicated series THAT’S FUNNY.

Put it all together, and you have one of the most popular comics of the Millennium.

Thank you for providing us with a top-flight comic to perform at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. Rondell’s performance was funny and entertaining and he had no problem engaging members of the audience as part of his routine and his story-telling.

Reviews for his comedy CD A BANANA AND A GUN:

Customer Reviews

Too funny!!
     


The title alone would suggest that Rondell is a nut, but he's a very clever nut! This CD will keep you laughing throughout, and for days after. I highly recommend it!

What comedy should be
     


Rondell's latest project is wonderful. I'm almost willing to offer a money back guarantee. He has the innate ability to take everyday circumstances and objects, and create comedic brilliance. He says the stuff we all think. He even says the stuff we wish we were creative enough to think. Something is clearly wrong with him, but that's what makes him so hilarious.

The way comedy used to be
     


I remember listening to comedy records as a kid. I would listen over and over again, each time laughing more than the time before. Then I got Sirius/XM radio and started listening to the comedy stations. I laugh once in a while, but a lot of the stuff just isn’t that funny. Rondell’s work is the real thing - this album is smart and clever, but wicked and biting in just the right amount. I keep playing it for friends and laughing all over again and I even had a person at a red light ask me what I was laughing so hard at. I love this album. This is some funny s*&t!

Credits: 

HIghlights include: The Tonight Show, Craig Ferguson, Showtime, HBO, Comedy Central, Disney, ABC, CBS, NBC, Montreal, Chelsea Lately,

Rebecca Corry

Bio: 

Rebecca Corry stars as Leisha in the NBC comedy “One Big Happy”, produced by Ellen DeGeneres.

 

In addition to “One Big Happy,” Corry’s multiple television credits include “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Rules of Engagement” and CBS’s “The King of Queens” which lead her to become the face of a national Gallo wine campaign and more recently, the face of an international Hertz campaign.

 

One of Corry’s most memorable roles was that of Paul Giamatti’s receptionist, Astrid Baker, in the feature film “Big Fat Liar.”

 

Corry hosted the second season of Courtney Cox and David Arquette’s interior design show, “Mix It Up.” She later worked with the duo on the FOX pilot “The MidNightly News,” in which she starred, wrote on and also produced. 

 

A few of Corry’s numerous guest star appearances include, “Yes Dear,” “The Wayne Brady Show,” NBC’s “Late Friday,” “Comics unleashed,” E’s 101 series, Vh1’s “Best Week Ever,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and in 2009, her own half-hour special on Comedy Central.

 

In 2001, Corry showcased as a "new face" in the Montreal Comedy Festival.  Upon her return, she performed her critically-acclaimed one woman show “Rebecca Corry With Balls."  In 2006, Corry beat thousands of contestants to become a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing 4.”

 

Corry was born and raised in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington. She began her career in Chicago studying writing, acting and improvisation at the Second City, Annoyance Theatre and Center Theatre, where she thrived as a performer. After an 11-month run in the Chicago production of “Tony and Tin’s Wedding” as the pregnant maid of honor, Corry moved to Los Angeles.

 

Rebecca is also the Founder and President of the Stand Up For Pits Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to ending the abuse and discrimination of "Pit Bull” type dogs.  On May 3rd 2014, Corry organized the first ever One Million PIBBLE March on Washington DC.  Thousands of people from all over the world attended the history-making event, which helped raise awareness for the cause.  To learn more about the Stand Up For Pits Foundation and their mission, go to standupforpits.us.

 

rebeccacorry.com

James Galea

Bio: 

" I am gobsmacked. He's VERY good...VERY talented" Sir Richard Branson- Virgin Air

Standing ovation! ..we had a great night tonight, James was amazing!- Melalueca -the Wellnes Company

1000 people in the audience, best show- Augustana College

James Galea is Australia's number one magician. Constant television appearances (including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, TV’s 50 Greatest Magic Tricks, TODAY, Morning's with Kerri-Anne, Good Day LA, The Footy Show), his own series Urban Magic and his recent role starring in the Discovery Channel series Breaking Magic have seen James in constant demand in his home country and internationally both in the corporate arena and touring as a headliner world-wide (including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The World Famous Hollywood Magic Castle & The Melbourne International Comedy Festival).

James is an award-winning magician, writer, songwriter, director and producer. He resides in both Los Angeles and Sydney where he chases the sunshine (and rainbows).

What makes James Galea unique?

James Galea is vastly different to the stereotypical 'pull a rabbit out of a hat' magician - he breathes new life into the dying art of magic and trades the traditional rigid tuxedo and stiff top hat for a pair of sneakers, jeans and a tee shirt. Energetic and effortlessly cool, James presents the art of magic with a wicked sense of humour disarming audiences with his youthful charm and astonishing them with his talent.

James started learning magic at age 14 from someone he thought was a magician. He later found out that his mentor moonlighted as a professional con man who cheated in high stakes poker games. While his colleagues were learning how to make hankies disappear from old magic books Galea learnt how to deal aces from the bottom of the deck from a professional card shark.

It was in the field of close up magic that James' unique talent was discovered. His charismatic performances soon attracted notice and at just 19 years of age, James was awarded 'Australia's Best Close-Up Magician'.

In 2009 after sell-out seasons Australia-wide of his live show I HATE RABBITS, James took to the stage as an actor starring in LYING CHEATING BASTARD, a play he co-wrote about Australia's most successful conman. The critics were unanimous in their praise for the play and Galea's performance and the show will toured internationally throughout 2010/2011.

Galea is currently in prduction for the large scale BAND OF MAGICIANS Tour which will launch at The Sydney Festical January 2014 and will be ready to tour internationally for the 14/15 season.

Jen Kober

Bio: 

The Girl Scout Cookie Caper / Jen Kober, "Snap LIVE in NYC!"A new Snap classic!

Watch as the hilarious Jen Kober brings the funny, just in time for the Girl Scout Cookie season. SHARE with everyone who loves Thin Mints . . .

The first story from the amazing Snap Judgment LIVE in NYC!

Original score by Alex Mandel. Performed for WNYC's RadioLoveFest at the beautiful Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Music performed by Alex and the Snap Playaz (Tim Frick and David Brandt).

See her on The Real Husbands of Hollywood with Kevin Hart, The Middle, HBO, Showtime, FX, and movies including Grudge Match, Paranoia, and American Pie Reunion.

Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kober has taken her southern style sassiness to Los Angeles where she has quickly become a nationally recognized headliner - playing colleges, casinos and comedy clubs all over the country and bringing crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, story telling, and improvised rock-n-roll comedy.

Kober's powerful performances weave together a southern-style tale of love lost at the buffet, road trip adventures at The Waffle House and midnight mishaps at Wal Mart. Kober commands the stage and dares you not to laugh as she takes you through an hour long ride that is sure to leave you humming the tunes and buying the t-shirts!

Credits: 

“JEN KOBER IS THE CAUSTIC CUPCAKE OF COMEDY - QUICK, BITING AND SWEET ALL AT THE SAME TIME!”
SAUDIKA HARDY
CHICAGO READER

“KOBER’S PENCHANT FOR QUICK-WITTED IMPROVISATION AND CHARACTER WORK HAVE ATTRACTED A STRONG FOLLOWING. THE SHOW I ATTENDED WAS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT.”
STEVEN SCHNEIDER
ORLANDO SENTINEL

“JEN IS SO SMART, SO QUICK AND SO FUNNY! WE WOULD GLADLY INVITE HER BACK TO PERFORM FOR OUR COMPANY. EVERYONE TRULY ENJOYED HER.”
LIZ WALLER
AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION

The BLACKPACK All Laughs Matter

Bio: 

ALL LAUGHS MATTER- SOLD OUT Diana Wortham Theater- ASHEVILLE NC!  In addition a full room for pre show workshop on race and daily life

Comedy, Audience Participation, Issues that face all of us in a comedy setting.   Theaters, Colleges, Clubs.

"It's a year later and the students are still talking about The BLACKPACK's comedy tour.  On our predominately white campus this show brought in a mixed crowd and sent a positive message about diversity. Not only was it entertaining, the show had a big learning aspect to it. Conversations were started that normally never happen and those dialogues are still continuing." The Universtiy of Georgia

The Blackpack presents “#All Laughs Matter”

Vince Morris, BT, Billy D. Washington, Three headliners. One stage.

Celebrating our differences one joke at a time.

At some point in our career…each of us has been accused of not being true to our heritage…our culture…and our profession. Too Black for one venue. Not Black enough for another.

But, funny is funny. Right?

We are here to celebrate our individualism.Our motto: Be Yourself. Because Everybody Else Is Already Taken.

Join us as we chip at the walls of racial and social stereotypes.

Credits: 

Comedians have been featured on: HBO, Comedy Central, CBS, NBC, A&E, Showtime, UPN, MTV, ESPN, VH1, FOX & B.E.T.

The audience was VERY responsive and VERY impressed with what these guys did. It was a mixed audience, more white than black by a long shot, which surprised me a bit.

These guys are as nice and congenial, as flexible and cooperative as anyone ever. A presenter couldn't ask for a more pleasant "work day." Their material is SO spot-on, just to the perfect "edge" in every way - with never going over or too far. They're very, very smart in reading their audience. They know where they can take them, they know where they can create a crack in prejudices or stereotypes, and they do so with a humor and warmth that just brings everyone closer and closer - not only to them but to each other. In that way, their work is truly "medicinal," in the best sense of the word.
Thalian Hall- Wilmington NC

 "This was by far, one of our best shows! We will definitely be spreading the word that SELLOUT is a must see".   CAB Program Advisor Univ. of West Florida. Yes we had an amazing turnout, the guys were great, the students loved them and so did I! I really enjoyed them!

Residence Life Coordinator

University of Indianapolis

"Funny, current, and real. SELLOUT brings to the stage all that and more. The Black man's perspective with a twist."
Director, Performing Arts Center

Earlham College

Tom DeLuca

Bio: 

Voted Entertainer of the Year for 4 years by colleges across the country, Tom DeLuca opens the windows to the imagination by combining the power of suggestion with his volunteers' innate creativity. Tom was also voted Performing Artist of the Year.  From small private colleges where 100's attend to large university where more than 7000 fans flock to see him on a regular basis at the University of Virginia, Tom DeLuca is the biggest draw on college campuses.

The Tom DeLuca  Show is often imitated but never replicated- all hypnosis shows are not the same. 

Tom is Original, SAFE, Educated(masters in psychology) and always innovative.

National media agree that DeLuca presents hypnosis like no one else in the world!  He is the only college performer to be featured on NBC's "Dateline" as well as the front page of The Wall Street Journal. His appearance on daytime talk shows; Maury Povich, CNN, MTV, Showbiz Today, ABC News, PBS's Charlie Rose Show; and feature articles in Rolling Stone and People magazines.  DeLuca is the only hypnosis show that is popular and appropriate for both college campuses and the general public.

What sets Tom's show apart from others is that it gives the audience insight into common traits that we all share. "His approach is to forgo the gimmickry in order to reveal the fun and wonder hidden in the attics of his volunteer's minds. There are moments of joy and happiness on stage" (Rolling Stone Magazine). With Tom's show, hypnosis truly goes beyond entertainment--to reveal how powerful people's imaginations can be.

"The results of Tom's show are fascinating, hilarious, at times even poignant. Don't miss him" (The New York Post).

ANT

Bio: 

See ANT on CBS's The Doctors where he asks for help with weight and discloses his history of addicitions.  Spin off show to follow!

"We had ANT on campus for his comedy show one night followed by his Bullied, Bashed, and Not Broken lecture the next day. It was an amazing experience to see the effects of both shows on our students and how he tied everything together in the end about loving oneself. If you want a show (or two) that will truly make a difference at your campus, ANT is the perfect choice!" - RHPB and The University of Akron!

Hyper, irreverent, and just downright fabulous, ANT (spelled in caps) has steadily climbed the comedy hill to become one of the most successful comedians of our time. A regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tyra Banks show, ANT is the only comedian to appear on all five seasons of NBC's hit series Last Comic Standing. He is recognized as the host VH1's  Celebrity Fit Club and in the LOGO series, "U.S. of ANT."  ANT ventured out of his comfort zone, appearing in  "Celebri-Cadabra." a competition show featuring magic and celebrities. His hit stand-up DVD, "ANT: America's Ready" and comedy CD "Follow my ass!" have sold tens of thousands of copies and are available in stores nationwide and online at every CD/DVD retailer including amazon.com.  ANT's daily video blog, "The ANT Colony," has taken the web by storm. Consistently rated as one of the top 10 celebrity blogs on MySpace and at mirror site www.nbc.com/ant, www.nbc.com/ant. The ANT Colony garners over a million visitors per month. www.antcomic.com/blog

The lecture- BULLIED BASHED BUT NOT BROKEN

Floundering in life for years, ANT moved to Los Angeles seeing fame and fortune.  He began to run with a fast, party crowd and soon his world started unraveling.  BULLIED at school for being different- gay, of immigrant parents, having funny lunches (everyone can fill in their own blanks) and peer pressure highlighting the need to fit in lead him into a dark dance with the devil.  Years of alcohol, Meth.,and Heroin abuse brings him to the brink of  insanity.  Almost homeless, desperate for a way out, he chooses suicide.  But life had another plan.

ANT's amazing journey will take you through - self-doubt, internalized homophobia, depression  and chemical dependency.  And when he hits rock bottom...The light – inside all of us - began  to shine.

What follows next is an unforgettable journey from hell to happiness.  A visitor from above or the most vivid dream he's ever had, lead him to the path of recovery. His is a story of hope and redemption.   He'll reveal how each of us has an infinite power and infinite potential within us. 

The ability to command into existence anything we desire. Tears, Laughter and Triumph.  Your change starts now.   

Currently ANT lives in Los Angeles and has been  clean and sober for nearly 6 years.

And most powerfully of all, they hear Ant tell the story of his longtime relationship with his partner, and of the mix of funny and sad moments that seasoned his last year, before dying of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

“I’m sharing the pain of my true experiences with you not only to honor him, but also to show that I’m willing to put it all up on the stage, just like I’m asking you to,” says Ant. “If you bring real truth to the stage about who you are, it will be unique and funny and heartfelt and memorable.”

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I have never dealt with a nicer celebrity than Ant. He was so humble and grounded which made my job much easier. He barely requested anything and he was more than happy to meet people and sign autographs. He asked as many people as he could to go out to dinner with us after the show. At dinner he was just as funny as he was in his show and he gave us students genuine advice. He bought everyone at dinner drinks and he was even respectful at 5 am when I took him back to the airport. I would love to have him back anytime. I wanted to send him a thank you note. Can you send me his address so I can send him the thank you note, or can you send me your address so you can send him the thank you note? I greatly appreciate your sincerity and professionalism on Ant.

Comedy Coordinator
Western Michigan University

I wanted to let you know that ANT was a hit here at the UCCS campus! I have heard nothing but good things from students you attended the show. ANT is an awesome guy and too much fun to hang out with. He is nothing but generous and sweet. Thank you for all you did to help us have ANT perform on our campus. Have a great weekend!

Council Co-President
Office of Campus Activities
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN with ANT
We had a great event in Chicago this past weekend. Thank you for all your help, and please extend a big thank you to ANT on behalf of everyone here at HRC.We had over 800 event attendees.

ANT was the best. Not only was his comic set stellar, but everyone (from staff to volunteers) loved working with him. He put on a truly great show… What a pro. We look forward to his taking part in future HRC
events.

Deputy Director for Membership Outreach
Human Rights Campaign

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