Comic Roster

We’re thrilled to have SO MANY truly talented comics at our festival! Click to learn more about each.

BET Apollo Live winner, Fox Laughs, Thrillist Top 50 undiscovered comedians, HBO NFL Hard Knocks.

 

Nationally touring headliner. Producer of “The Future of Comedy show.” OVER 550 Shows Produced, Winner of Best Event in Midland 2019, 5 Star Comedian and Top performer (Gig Salad). On FOX & NBC News for Charity Endeavors.

Camila Ballario is an Argentine-born comedian from Michigan. Voted ‘Best Comedian in Washtenaw County’ in 2020, winner of ‘Best of Fest’ at the 2021 Big Pine Comedy Festival, and ‘Best of Fest’ at Laugh After Dark Comedy Festival in 2022. Camila has been entertaining crowds far and wide with her fresh brand of stand-up, where she often joins her ideas with songs to give you a unique look into her perspective on the realities of being a woman in her 30s.

Tiffany “T.Barb” Barber is a comedian, mother, entrepreneur, author, radio personality, producer, content creator and vegan chef, who used laughter to get through life in the rough streets of Detroit. As a first generation college graduate Tiffany broke the curse of incarceration in her family and never allowed the odds to beat her. Always known for being funny and keeping a smile, she discovered stand up comedy & has been blazing stages since! Her charismatic & versatile delivery makes her a fan favorite sure to crack any crowd! TBarb’s unique delivery, and diverse perspective makes her “The One To Watch” as the next comedy star.

Andy Beningo was named “Best Comedian” by both the Detroit Metro Times and HOUR Detroit magazine, and one of the 40 Best Up and Coming comedians in the country. He has appeared on AXS Gotham Comedy Live, CMT’s Next Big Comic, and his 45 min Drybar Comedy special currently has over 7 million views on social media!

Bill Bushart has performed at the prestigious Odd Ball Comedy Fest at DTE, headlined Michigan’s Brew HaHa and LaughFest in Grand Rapids. He’s worked with stand up greats Gilbert Gottfried, Mark Normand and ‪Roy Wood‬, Jr., among many others. Bill is a driving force in the Michigan stand up community and a performer at comedy clubs, theaters, bars, and bowling alleys, throughout the Midwest. Bushart was named Funniest Comic in Detroit by readers of the Metro Times and HOUR Detroit Named him Best of Detroit Stand Up (2019). He has been featured on WDIV Channel 4, WRIF, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. “Best Bet!” – Detroit News

Upon learning of the unrelenting sausage-fest that is the comedy world, Adrianne Chalepah formed the first femme-powered Native American stand-up comedy group, formerly “Ladies of Native Comedy.” Her early days of stand-up began in college. Upon graduation, she teamed up with “49 Laughs Comedy,” and toured the U.S., performing at tribal casinos, conferences, and private events. Adrianne is also an actress, seen in Season 2 of FX’s “Reservation Dogs,” and Peacock’s “Rutherford Falls.” A 2021 “Yes and Laughter Lab Finalist,” she holds a BA in English Communications and an MFA in Screenwriting. She’s also a mother of four and always drowsy.

Matt Cobos is a stand-up comedian and one-dude party from Denver, CO. I mean, look at him. That’s a dude that got straight A’s in partying, and straight F’s in everything else. Oh, and he says “dude” and “hell yeah” WAY too much- and it kicks ass. Matt is a pro at Comedy Works Denver, co-hosts the show Shots Fired with Mike Stanley, and has a wild fun podcast called “cobos Patrick podcast” with Patrick Richardson. He’s also opened for a bunch of rad comics. Go see him if you think having fun rules. Hell yeah dude!

Kara Coraci is a Detroit based comedian with over 20+ years experience in television, stand-up comedy and improv, including training at the nationally recognized Groundlings Theater and a producer at The Jerry Springer Show. She has worked alongside comedians Pauly Shore, Tommy Davidson, Josh Blue, & Dave Coulier at various clubs including Helium, Mark Ridley’s & Louisville Comedy Club.

How does one describe Sal Demilio? He is Ray Romano meets Tony Soprano. He is Rocky Balboa meets the Godfather. He is Al Capone launching a tommy gun assault on your funny bone. Sal has performed at some of the top clubs in the nation, such as Caroline’s in New York, The Comedy Store in LA and Zanies in Chicago. He performs in Las Vegas and is a regular at the top clubs in his home state of Michigan, including the Comedy Castle in Detroit, One Night Stan’s in Waterford and the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase. During Sal’s twenty plus years in the comedy business, he has worked with some of the most recognizable names in comedy. He has toured with Louie Anderson, Dave Coulier, Jimmy Walker, Nick Dipaolo and Kathleen Madigan, just to name a few.

Ann Duke is a favorite of “women of a certain age” who can relate to the trials and tribulations of being single and navigating middle age. Her observations on generational differences and relationships are clever and poignant. For younger audiences she’s your Mom’s sassy, sexy best friend. She has performed at comedy shows and festivals across the region including Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, One Night Stan’s, The Traverse City Comedy Club and the Detroit Women of Comedy Festival. She has appeared with national headliners Nathan Timmell, Lynne Koplitz, Mike Geeter and Mike Bonner among others.

Connie takes ordinary life events that resonate with virtually everyone and then plucks the funny from them and waves it around like a flag—- domesticity, aging, funerals, love handles, serious illness, even personal grooming habits —- creating an immediate bond with all audiences. Her sometimes frantic, yet always thoughtful delivery of cutting edge material is pulled from her life where nothing is off limits. “My life is an open book that is pitifully overdue and I can’t decide whether to pay the fines and return it or just kick it back under the bed.”

 

As an Ivy League dropout and community college graduate from Pontiac, MI, Mike brings a pointed look at life, family, and relationships that few others can…or should. Mike has headlined some of the finest comedy venues in the country and has worked with such outstanding comedians as Kevin Hart, Hannibal Burress, Natasha Leggero, Jim Norton, and Rickey Smiley, to name a few. Mike was featured on Fox Television and Hulu’s comedy showcase “Laughs” (Season 1) and the Detroit episode of “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart Of The City 2” on Comedy Central (Season 2).

A regular at the acclaimed Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, Bret Hayden has been charming audiences with quick wit and confident self-deprecation since 2013. He’s worked with some of comedy’s biggest names including Andrew Schulz, Mark Normand, and Gary Gulman. He is also host and creator of the popular show Comedy Rumble.

Melanie Hearn is a fast rising talent on the Metro Detroit comedy scene. She is a native of The “D” who has always enjoyed entertaining people “just cause”. She has been sweeping the scene as Winner of the “Jumpstart your Comedy Career Contest” at Joey’s Comedy Shop, winner of The “Big Money Contest” at Laff Tracks Comedy Club and Finalist in the Woodward Comedy Competition. She has performed across the country and opened for nationally known comedians including Mike Bonner. Melanie has made her presence known around town for her versatile mix of realism and sass. She’s just as nice as she is naughty. Melanie delivers a fun high-energy show that really gets the crowd involved in her act.

Jason Jamerson is a Detroit native who has shared the stage with comics like Tony Roberts, Chris Redd and Michael Rapaport to name a few. Jason’s comedy is an experience to behold!

Robert Jenkins combines his quick wit and sharp words with a disarming delivery to leave you wondering if you just heard what you thought you heard. A Detroit native and resident of Lansing, Michigan, Robert has performed at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Laughfest where he was a participant in the Best of the Midwest Comedy Competition.  Robert’s comedy albums, “Achievement Unlocked” and “Attempted Salvation” are available on Apple Music, Google Play, and Amazon, and Attempted Salvation can be heard on SiriusXM Radio.

Mike Logan is an excellent professional comedian who has performed all over the country. You’ve heard him on IHeart radio!

Johanna Medranda has opened for comedians Dave Attell, Brody Stevens, Liza Treyger, Stavros Halkias, Nicole Schreiber, and Akaash Singh. She has featured at The Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, The MadHouse Comedy Club, and the infamous Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. You may have seen her on the cover of HOUR Detroit magazine in September 2021 as part of a feature on six outstanding comics in Detroit. Outside of performing stand up, Johanna is the co-founder of Honorary Mentions Comedy, a producer for The Independent Comedy Club, Don’t Tell Comedy Detroit, 313 Comedy, and the host of Each Other’s Mothers podcast.

Growing up as the whitest boy on an Indian Reservation, Joshua has a unique perspective on the absurdities of the world. Joshua has lived and worked in Traverse City for 15 years performing Stand-Up in Northern Michigan and around the state for 7 years. Joshua’s style thrives on sarcasm with a touch of comedic driven history lessons.

Bob Phillips is a nationally touring headliner who can be heard daily on Sirius/XM satellite radio’s Laugh USA, Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Roundup, and Rawdog channels. The Detroit News says he, “Looks like a secret agent, but one with a wicked sense of humor.” As one half of the popular Sal & Bob comedy podcast, Bob is sometimes sarcastic, sometimes endearing, but always in charge. Catch him soon on his upcoming Open Bar Comedy special, Ten Dollar Gift card.

Nardos Osterhart has been doing standup since 2012 and won the Funniest Person in Grand Rapids contest in 2013. She competed in the San Francisco Comedy Festival in 2014, and produced a successful one woman show that was included in Laughfest. Nardos also released an album in 2019 that hit #1 in comedy on the ITunes charts. Her humor highlights the absurdities of everyday life, memories from the past, and parenting fails. Her comedic influences are Bill Burr, Nate Bargatze, Maria Bamford, and John Mulaney.

A regular on the Las Vegas Strip, Derek’s act is fast, fresh, and at times, fanatical. He brings the funny with tales about his Irish-Catholic upbringing, divorce, the holidays, and his child-free existence. Described on a show review as, ‘Just the right amount of wrong.’ His one hour special with The Irish Comedy Tour can be seen on Amazon Prime. Also check out his DryBar Comedy special. Catch him via the SiriusXM Satellite Radio Network, Pandora, The Weather Channel’s Top 10, and The Tom Shillue Show on Fox News Radio Network. His fourth album, Double Down, can be found on Spotify, Amazon and Pandora.

Cam Rowe is the biggest thing in comedy-Literally! At 6 feet 9 inches tall, he has taken the comedy world by storm as a fresh new face! He was a regular on TRU TV’s Storage Hunters as the security guard known as “the green Mile.” He has also appeared on the hit show Comedy Bang Bang! Cameron touches on real life stories that everyone can relate to. He was a 1st place winner in the Uncle Clyde Comedy Contest at Flappers Comedy Club and The Next Comic Standing Contest at the HaHa Comedy Club in Los Angeles! He has also performed in the U.K. At the world renowned Leicester Comedy Festival! Be sure to watch out for this big guy-he won’t be hard to miss!

Hailing from the Motor City, Roni Shanell is a rising star in comedy. She began her career in 2015 and has been on fire ever since! She’s performed across the country at comedy clubs such as Hollywood Improv, Pittsburgh Improv, Toledo Funny Bone, Caroline’s on Broadway, Detroit House of Comedy, Punchline Comedy Lounge in metro Detroit and the lists goes on. She won Detroit’s Laugh Masters competition in 2018 and was the winner of the 2020 Sway in the Morning Comedy Search. Her stage presence is like no other! Roni Shanell is fun, energetic, and unapologetic!!

WRY, WITTY, CUNNING, AND CRASS, Detroit native Mike Stanley is all of these things, but none, when put on paper, quite manage to serve the justice dealt by Stanley onstage. Yeah, he’s pretty hilarious, but more than just coarse anecdotes about life and sex, there’s an enviable amount of heart and warmth behind Stanley’s humor. Given his penchant toward brutal honesty, spiced up with a healthy dose of insatiable wit, it’s not difficult to see why Stanley was named “Best Chicago Stand-up Comedian” in a Peoples Choice poll done by the Chicago Reader and “Best Detroit Comedian” by HOUR Detroit Magazine. Originally hailing from Detroit, and after spending a decade honing his craft in the Windy City of Chicago, Mike has been a touring headliner constantly, both domestically and internationally since 2006. Don’t miss out on an incredible opportunity to catch the man in action – this high level of killer stand-up is too remarkable to sit out.

Harris Stanton is a American comedian based in Brooklyn. Harris attended Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg South Carolina. In 1996, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 52 round of the major league amateur draft. He decided to pursue comedy leading to an almost two decade-long career. Harris tours nationally and internationally including appearances on European television. He has been featured on BET’s comic view, premium Blend and comics unleashed . He recorded a comedy DVD with Patrice O’Neal , “Elephant in the Room”. His own comedy album Naive Innocence was in the top 10 for 2 weeks on the iTunes stand up comedy album charts!

Michigan’s Premier Storyteller. Long form comedy master. Old tv credits mean nothing. Clubs and ships and theaters, corporate and charity. Show up on time and be professional on any and all stages. Work with the staff to help deliver the best possible performance. Rock each audience irrespective of size. Give 💯 every performance. That’s me. Hope this goes well for all involved.

Danielle won Miami’s Funniest and was the first runner-up of ACME’s Comedy Clubs’ funniest person in the Twin Cities. She has been a frequent guest on the Los Angeles-based ‘Dat Phan & Friends and is the regular host of Dubh-Linn’s Pro Comedy Tour and the #1 comic on the Dark Web.

Tam White is a stand-up comic and improv actor from Detroit, MI. She is a resident cast member at Go Comedy Improv Theatre and creator/producer/host of the improv game show ‘Hip-Prov’. She recently joined the board of the Detroit Women of Comedy Festival and was mentioned in Hour Detroit Magazine as one of Mark Ridley’s favorite local comics. Performance appearances include One Night Stan’s Comedy Club, Break Out Comedy Festival, Laughfest and Chicago Women’s Funny Fest. She has performed with Tony Roberts, Pauly Shore, Ms. Pat and many more.

Brad Wenzel is most known for his non sequitur style of joke telling. His offbeat one-liners, dry delivery, and unassuming presence are what set him apart from other comedians. A product of the Detroit comedy scene and now residing in Los Angeles, Brad has made 3 stand-up appearances on CONAN. Brad’s debut album Sweet Nothings was released on Jack White’s label, Third Man Records and can be heard on Sirius XM. Other credits include: first place at the Great American Comedy Festival, “New Faces” at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, and Bob & Tom.

Ricarlo Winston is a comedian that every member of your family will love!!!

Chris Young is a frequent performer at comedy clubs, colleges and casinoss as well as corporate shows around the country. He has appeared at the Gilda’s Laughfest in Grand Rapids, the Laughing Skull Festival and the Canton Comedy Festival. His DryBar Special has millions of views. He was the winner of the TV20 Detroit “That’s Funny” Comedy Contest on My Network, as well as a finalist in Dave Coulier’s “Clean Guys of Comedy/Unbleepable Contest.” Chris is also a favorite on radio stations all across the country. He has shared the stage with some of his favorite comics, including Bob and Tom’s Mike Armstrong, Larry Reeb, Heywood Banks, and Dave Coulier.

Matthew Zerilli is a stand-up comedian based in Traverse City, MI. Having been raised between Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula and the suburbs of Detroit, he has developed an outsider style of comedy that is part social commentary and part absurd report on the human condition. Matthew is a recovering alcoholic, relapsed Catholic, and aspiring narcissist. He has been called the Barry White of Comedy due to the raw, baby-making power of his jokes. He was a featured performer for Tom Green and has also opened for Doug Stanhope, Stuart Huff, and many more. He is co-creator and producer at Kamikaze Comedy, a Northern Michigan Comedy Collective, and co-host of the USS Comedy Open Mic in Traverse City, MI.