Eliot Chang's Comedy Central Half Hour was voted #2 in Comedy Central's Stand Up Showdown. He has also appeared on Showtime and E!'s "Chelsea Lately." Every year Eliot tours America and has performed at over 400 colleges. Born and raised in NY, he currently resides in Los Angeles. He travels regularly between both coasts for projects. For more info - www.EliotChang.com
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California, into a family of nine (five sisters, and one brother) Samuel Comroe grew up in a loud, raucous, and fun-loving environment. With such vivacious characters for siblings, it was an environment that forced any shyness out of him right away, and instead created an individual unafraid of being the center-of-attention. In the third grade, after being diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, Comroe suffered his fair share of teases and taunts from peers who didn’t understand his curious condition. Although this affected his self-esteem and confidence throughout his childhood, as he entered high school in a different district (and on the heels of advice from his father that he could be an entirely new person), Comroe made a conscious decision to no longer let bullying affect him, rather laugh along with the bullies. For example, on his first day as a high school freshman, Sam was being picked on by two intimidating seniors, and instead of backing off he decided to laugh with them. This small act changed the rest of his high school career and led him to his future in stand-up comedy. He saw how much more respect he got from just having fun with himself.
During his junior year at Canoga Park High School Samuel joined play production and began acting in school productions, taking leads in shows such as “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “Grease”, “The Odd Couple”, and performing in various acting competitions. His love and joy that stemmed from entertaining audiences led him to see that he could parlay his natural ability to make others laugh into an actual career. So, during his junior year, with the approval of the school administration, Comroe began performing stand-up in the school auditorium during lunch, charging fifty-cents for admission and donating all proceeds to his class. As Comroe states, “the pure excitement and joy of performing is all I need.” Sam continued performing half-hour lunch shows throughout his junior and senior years of high school.
After graduation Sam went to community college for two semesters before deciding that he wanted to pursue stand-up comedy as a real career. Additionally, Comroe continued acting in plays with lead roles at Pierce College’s community theatre and with Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood. At the same time, he began going to the third street promenade at Santa Monica and performed his comedy on the streets for tips, as well as going to open mic auditions all over Los Angeles. It was during this time in his stand-up career that Sam cultivated his unique brand of observational and self-deprecating humor, focusing on his life with Tourette Syndrome.
Since then, Samuel Comroe has gained management and become a House Regular at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank. He is also a regular at comedy clubs around Los Angeles, such as The Ice House, and the Improv. He has also started gaining more recognition outside of Los Angeles, traveling regularly to perform his comedy at venues all over the nation. He has won numerous comedy competitions, most recently placing in the top eight out of one-hundred and one comics at the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, and becoming a Top Ten Finalist in the NBC Stand-Up for Diversity showcase. He is now opening for comedians such as Joey Medina, Tom Green, Gallagher, Don Friesen and James P Connolly, just to name a few. He is one of the most energetic, engaging and friendly up and coming comedians.
Jonny is a former fat kid from Pennsylvania. Now he's terrified by most things as an adult. He also has a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. He only watches Professional Wrestling & Paranormal shows. Shockingly, he is unmarried. Make friends with him on Twitter @JQuasto and enjoy www.JLoComedy.com
Lebanese American born in Oakland California, Sammy K Obeid double majored at UC Berkeley to prepare for a career in comedy. A professional, nationally-touring comedian Sammy's style has been described as 'refreshingly intelligent', 'hopeful and inspiring', and 'a youthful perspective that reaches all ages'. Recently placing in the top 3 of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition amongst veteran comedians of 15 years or more, Sammy's years in comedy have proven explosive. His national appeal has earned him 'Best of the Fest' in the Arab American Comedy Festival in New York, as well as the Out of Bonds Festival in Austin. Sammy is the youngest member of the national touring troupe, CoExist Comedy, the founder of his own comedy group and enterprise, KO Comedy, as well as the first comedian ever to appear on the Food Network telling jokes.
Robert Mark Pickard III was born and raised in Palos Verdes, Calif., where he surfed, played sports and until he was 16, thought girls had cooties. His soccer skills helped get him into the University of California, Irvine, where he got his B.A. in Literary Journalism. Passionate about comedy and needing money, Robbie waited tables at the Irvine Improv his last two years of college. He was nearly fired on a daily basis for watching the comics while his customers waited 30 minutes for their mozzarella sticks. It wasn’t a job—it was like going to comedy school.
A collegiate soccer player turned frat guy, Robbie’s first taste of performing comedy came when he wrote and hosted roasts of his fellow fraternity brothers. Even though they don’t remember any of it, all of the drunks at these events thought he was super funny, and it gave Robbie the unmerited confidence he needed to pursue a career in comedy. Robbie stepped on stage for the first time on May 11, 2007 at The Ice House in Pasadena, Calif. He did really well because he had about 40 overly supportive friends in the audience, resulting in even more unmerited confidence. Next, he performed at a dive bar in Pomona, Calif. called Scoreboards. He did the exact same five minutes of material that did so well in front of his friends the week before, and bombed miserably. Humbled and humiliated, the journey began.
Since then, Robbie has been moving up the ladder in the Los Angeles comedy scene at a rapid pace. His sharp, tightly written material paired with his laid-back delivery have been winning over audiences across the country. Already a regular at all of the Improvs in Southern California, he is also a regular performer on Comedy Juice, recently hailed by Sirius Satellite Radio as "the best standup show in the country.” In a short time, Robbie has already performed at many of the top comedy clubs in the country: The Improv (Hollywood, Brea, Irvine, Ontario), The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Ice House, Caroline’s on Broadway, The Broadway Comedy Club, Stand Up NY and many more. Robbie has shared the stage with some of the hottest comedians working today, including Bill Burr, Jim Norton, Aziz Ansari, Rob Schneider, Harland Williams and Tom Green. He has also been hitting the road as the feature act for Sadiki Fuller and Tom Clark, touring across the Pacific Northwest.
In April 2008, Robbie started producing and hosting his own weekly show at his alma mater, UC Irvine. Monday Night Comedy @ The Anthill Pub has gone on to be one of the most successful recurring social events that the school has ever seen. Each week, Robbie works out new material and brings in top headliners from around the country. Many students that graduated years ago still come back on Monday nights to catch the show. In 2008, he was selected to perform in the California Comedy Festival and was a finalist in Orange County’s Funniest Person Competition. Soon after, producers from National Lampoon caught his act and gave him a role in their film, "Dirty Jokes: The Movie." He has written and produced many popular short films on YouTube, and is finishing writing his first TV pilot.
Robbie currently resides in Santa Monica, Calif., and can be seen live all over Los Angeles, Orange County and the rest of the country.