LGBT

Three Jokers

Bio: 

A FULL HOUSE AND NOTHIN' STRAIGHT...

ANT: Host of Celebrity Fit Club, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central

MICHELE BALAN: Last Woman Standing from Last Comic Standing, Montreal Comedy Festival

JESSICA KIRSON: Last Comic Standing, Showtime, Tonight Show, Carson Daly, Winner - Funniest Female Comic New York City

Rich Kiamco

Bio: 

Rich Kiamco is a force of nature that rips across the stage leaving laughter, tears and applause in his wake. Rich’s comedy career began with a sewing machine at the Fashion Institute Of Technology where he performed his first stand-up routine at the dorm talent show. Later that year later he met Judy Tenuta and became her costume designer and eventually began performing with her as her back-up dancer in Las Vegas, on The Howard Stern Show and venues nationwide. He received the Overall Excellence Award in Solo Performance at the NY Fringe Festival + Best Solo Performance at the Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival and has performed on campuses and venues across the USA, Canada, China and the Philippines. Rich was featured on BRAVO’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, co-hosted the WE channel’s 3 Men And A Chick Flick, has had multiple appearances on OutQ Sirius XM Satellite Radio, was  interviewed on FOX’s Good Day NYand recently appeared on The Wendy Williams Show.His one-man show UNACCESSORIZED, an autobiographic romp about a queer Filipino overachiever, received the Overall Excellence Award in Solo Performance at the New York International Fringe Festival and Best Solo Performance at the Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival. He received standing ovations at FACT: Filipino Americans Coming Together, the largest mid-west conference of Filipino American students and at True Colors, the world's largest LGBTIQA youth conference. Rich spoke at MTV Networks for LGBT month, was honored to co-host a private event for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, was a deputy field organizer for the Obama campaign and has appeared on campuses in the US, Canada, China and the Philippines.

Rich was featured on The Howard Stern Show, Good Day NY,  The Wendy Williams Show, BRAVO, WE-tv, SIRIUS XM, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, co-hosted the WE channel's 3 Men And A Chick Flick and is a frequent guest on OutQ SiriusXM Radio. Rich has also performed with Peeling, an Asian-American performance collective based in New York City, and has appeared in Las Vegas, on The Howard Stern Show and venues nationwide as the side-kick to comedian Judy Tenuta. His writing can be found in Take Out: Queer Writing From Asian Pacific America, Temple University Press and Queer Stories For Boys, Thunder's Mouth Press.

Credits: 

SELECTED CAMPUS APPEARANCES:

University Of Illinois @ Urbana - Champaign, University Of Michigan, University Of The Philippines - Davao, Central Academy Of Fine Arts - Beijing, China, Syracuse University, Washington State University–Pullman, SUNY Fredonia, Princeton University, SUNY @ Buffalo, University Of Minnesota –Twin Cities, University Of Florida-Gainesville, University Of Missouri - Columbia, Florida State University, Oregon State University, NJ Institute Of Technology, Macalester College, Cornell University, Ball State University, Ithaca College, New York University, Rutgers University, College Of William & Mary, Austin Peay State University, Xavier University – Cagayan De Oro, Philippines.

Michelle Balan

Bio: 

Michele Balan is a classy woman with attitude. Sometimes the class has to move over for the attitude. She was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and titleholder of "Last Woman Comic Standing." Michele was voted one of the “Top 10 Comics” by Backstage Magazine. The San Francisco Bay Times also placed her on their national Top 10 and Broadway World honored Michele at number two in their Top 10 List of cabaret performers.

Michele headlines around the country at leading comedy clubs, festivals such as Montreal’s “Just for Laughs,” corporate events, JCCs, country clubs, on cruises, and more! She is appropriate for all audiences...well, maybe not children's parties! She has appeared several times on The Joy Behar Show, and has numerous appearances on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed, and recently on NBC’s The Today Show. Along with her stand-up, Michele writes for many well-known comedians and is a contributor to a variety of magazines.

Often told she was naturally funny, this Brooklyn native left a high- paying executive position at a computer company to pursue comedy and has been performing ever since.

What people say...

“Fabulous! You are what a comedian is all about.” – Jason Alexander "Dynamite" -Cindy Adams The NY POST

"As part of the Nantucket Comedy festival, Balan had the full house in stitches." -Nantucket Mirror

"Michele Balan is on a roll, there is no stopping her!" -The Friars Club

"You know what I dislike about stand-up comedy—there’s too much standing.” -Michele Balan

Credits: 

Last Comic Standing,  Montreal’s “Just for Laughs,”  The Joy Behar Show,  HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed, NBC’s The Today Show.

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.

John Waters

Bio: 

"Life is nothing if you’re not obsessed."
- John Waters

John Waters’ one man spoken-word lecture entitled “This Filthy World” is performed at colleges, museums, film-festivals and comedy clubs around the world.  He has played to sold out audiences at the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Bonnaroo, the Sydney Opera House, Volksbühne Berlin, and Southbank Centre in London.SOLD out POP MONTREAL!  Audiences in all languages love John Waters

John Waters is a man of many monikers:  The Prince of Puke, The Duke of Dirt, The Sultan of Sleaze.  Anyway you put it, John Waters is famed the world over for his trash epics including  "Pink Flamingos", "Female Trouble", "Desperate Living", "Polyester", "Serial Mom", "Pecker",  "Cecil B. Demented", and "A Dirty Shame".  Two of his more surprisingly commercial films have been adapted for the stage.  "Hairspray", winner of eight Tony Awards and "Cry Baby - The Musical" nominated for four Tony Awards.   In the summer of 2007, "Hairspray" reinvented itself cinematically as a big-budget Hollywood movie starring John Travolta that became a smash hit worldwide. 

"This Filthy World" is Waters’s rapid-fire one-man spoken word "vaudeville" act that celebrates the film career and joyously appalling taste of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of Trash".  Updated and expanded from the original film version that enjoyed critical success at the Edinburgh, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, the live performance of "This Filthy World" focuses on Waters’s early negative artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and a love of reading. 

Credits: 

Director Filmography

2004                A Dirty Shame
2000                Cecil B. Demented
1998                Pecker
1994                Serial Mom
1990                Cry-Baby
1988                Hairspray
1981                Polyester
1977                Desperate Living
1974                Female Trouble
1972                Pink Flamingos
1970                Multiple Maniacs 
                       The Diane Linkletter Story
1969                Mondo Trasho
1967                Eat Your Makeup
1966                Roman Candles
1964                Hag in a Black Leather Jacket

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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