January, 2012 Issue

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What's Hot for 2012


Our staff selected 24 artists out of over 100 submissions from agencies. This simply tells you how much talent is currently available to the campus market. Before you book, check the artist and agency websites and become familiar with the act and how it might fit into your requirements for the coming year. We want to suggest that you complete an Artist Report Card on ANY act you book so other campuses will have the benefit of your experiences. Plus every Artist Report Card earns you credit toward a possible FREE weekend of entertainment.

AARON KOMINOS SMITH: Aaron's humor varies from observational thoughts on the mundane to articulated commentary about society informed by his time as a professional architect. Audiences connect instantly with his charming wit and energetic characters. He has appeared on MTV and American Movie Classic and is the perfect addition to your upcoming semester's schedule. AARON KOMINOS SMITH (SELF REP)

BELLA STRINGS: Metal / Classical / Fusion, This versatile all female rock group, has rocked audiences worldwide with their blistering virtuoso solos and unique arrangements - not to mention their beauty and charm. The girls have performed with some of the biggest names in the business, from Beyonce to Andrea Bocelli, and have appeared on "America's Got Talent." are one of the most sought-after acts in North America.
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THE McCLYMONTS: CMA 2011 Global Country Artist Award recipients and Australia's hottest female group, released their album in the U.S., Wrapped Up Good, in August produced by Nathan Chapman (producer for Taylor Swift and Adam Anders (Executive Music Producer for Fox TV's "Glee".) Last year, their album was #5 on the Australian country charts outselling Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. BUDDY LEE ATTRACTIONS

BALL IN THE HOUSE: Ball in the House a soul-pop/R&B a cappella group out of Boston, averages 250 shows per year. Appearances include: The TODAY Show and America's Got Talent. For six years they were voices behind the Kraft Cool Whip commercials. Check them out at

AMY SCHUMER: After her show stealing performance on the "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen", AMY SCHUMER is the talk of the town. This Comedy Central favorite also has her very own stand-up special "Comedy Central Presents... Amy Schumer."A finalist on "Last Comic Standing," Amy has appeared on "30 Rock" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and hosted "A Different Spin" with Mark Hoppus from Blink 182. UNITED TALENT AGENCY

LEVI STEPHENS: Armed with his guitar, Levi is an acoustic soul singer-songwriter who is intent on making a difference through his music by crafting songs that evoke an array of emotions and connect him to his audience by fostering a sense of familiarity through a shared laugh, shared heartache and a shared love of song. His debut album, "This Way" seamlessly melds a variety of genres, from soul to rock to gospel to folk. DEGY ENTERTAINMENT

RALPHIE MAY: As lovable as he is outrageous, Ralphie May is one of the most popular comedians in the country. Since his debut on "Last Comic Standing," audiences can't get enough of the larger than life comedian. Voted one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch, Ralphie May spreads his comedic wealth further than ever by diving in to reveal the hilarious quirks that infiltrate politics, race and even his family. UNITED TALENT AGENCY

TEAM SUBMARINE: Team Submarine is a New York based comedy duo described as "clever, instinctual comedians who continually find new ways to subvert expectations." Their hilarious show combines stand up and original sketches that can simply be described as "Two grown men throwing things at each other." Team Submarine has opened for Mr. Show, The Kids N the Hall and the TBS Just for Laughs Festival BASS-SCHULER ENTERTAINMENT

JOHNNY SUMMERS: Incredible sound. A true entertainer. Playing over 200 shows a year, Johnny has earned opening spots with Zac Brown, Lil Wayne, and Rehab. "I was impressed by Johnny's excellent musicianship and the purity of his melodies." Cindy Lou Harrington, president; GA Music Industry Association "The best choice we could have made for our event!" Field Whipple; Georgia College & State University JOHNNY SUMMERS (SELF REP)

TREVOR NOAH: Trevor Noah is an award-winning comedian and actor who performs in cities across the globe. A native of South Africa, he headlined an unprecedented national sold out theater tour in 2010 and has sold more DVDs than any other comedian in the country. If you want to make an impact with any diverse audience, Trevor is the ticket. CREATIVE ARTIST AGENCY (CAA)

THE BLANKS: The Blanks, who appear on the syndicated television show "Scrubs" as "Ted's Band," is a cool quartet based out of Los Angeles. The Blanks perform and sing family-friendly entertainment with plenty of musical and sketch comedy. They love to sing, entertain and make people laugh, so their shows include skits, antics, and choreography. It's a triple wammy for your audience's funny bone. THE COLLEGE AGENCY

GREG FRISBEE: Feel the excitement as you watch an incredible display of fire juggling - with the juggler's hands actually ON FIRE! Witness a straitjacket escape, upside-down! Listen for the laughter as a rubber chicken ends up launched by a cannon. Hard to imagine? Better yet, it is hard to forget! This show is highly adaptable to any audience and most any venue and 100% clean! GREG FRISBEE (SELF REP)

SACHIN RAJ: As a first generation Indian-American, Sachin has gained influence from a variety of music styles and genres, learning to play the sarod as a teenager. Raj draws influence in everything from Ravi Shankar to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan to Neil Young, and Elliott Smith to the Kinks to create his sound. Raj's career has been mostly in the studio, but live performances capture his uniqueness.TRUE TALENT MANAGEMENT

BLENDED 328: With 3 girls and 3 guys of different ethnicities and musical influences, Blended 328 has created a hybrid form of country music that is unique and enticing. Crashing on the Nashville music scene in 2011, they've quickly become a local favorite, performing sold out shows at venues like The Hard Rock. Capture the Blended charm at your campus.TALENTPLUS ENTERTAINMENT

DARYL "CHILL" MITCHELL: In 2001 Actor/Speaker Daryl "Chill" Mitchell was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident. After the accident Daryl got full support from his family and friends, including Denzel Washington and Chris Tucker, who encouraged him to continue his career. He has appeared in over 17 movies and 20 TV shows including House Party, Sgt Bilko and 10 Things I Hate About You. DIVERSITY TALENT AGENCY

GRANT LYON: A soccer player with UC Santa Cruz, Grant gave up a professional soccer career to pursue comedy. He won the Colorado Comedy Competition, has performed at major festivals, Laughing Skull, and Bridgetown, appeared on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show, and is a contributing writer to The Huffington Post. He wrote and stars in the independent movie "Interview Date."G.G. GREG AGENCY

KYLE THIERMANN: Kyle Thiermann is a pro surfer and creator of the hit YouTube series, Surfing For Change. Combining surfing with short documentaries, Thiermann shows simple ways to create change. Claim Your Change details how multinational banks finance destructive projects, and inspired people to move hundreds of millions of dollars out of centralized banks into local banks, and reached people around the globe. JODI SOLOMON SPEAKERS

MICHAEL YO: Michael Yo, the self-proclaimed "Half-Black Brother with a Korean Mother" made his debut on E! in 2008 as a celebrity correspondent for E! News. He can also often be seen on Chelsea Lately as a round table panelist, E! News, Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, Today Show & Kardashians. he would like to thank the women in his life, particularly his mother, for supplying him with endless comedic ammunition. KP COMEDY

STACY LANNERT In May 2009, Stacey appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. After the governor granted her clemency she was released from prison where she served 18 years for fatally shooting the man who raped her from ages 8 through 18--her father. Stacey is now sharing her story including: How to spot sexual and emotional abuse; The importance of speaking up, and never being ashamed of who you are. KIRKLAND PRODUCTIONS

J. CHRIS NEWBURG: J Chris Newberg is funny. He has performed on "America's Got Talent", but lost to dancers that sparkle. He has also been on the "Tonight Show", "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and Comedy Central. He has toured with Dane Cook and written songs for American Idol. ( @thechrisarmy SOPHIE K ENTERTAINMENT

MICHAEL RAMSDELL: His first film, MONTCLAIR a narrative study of Montclair, NJ won best screenplay at the Universal Studios Cinema City Film Festival. The Second, THE ANATOMY OF HATE: A DIALOGUE TO HOPE has been featured on news outlets such as, NPR, FOXnews, etc. Mike has been honored to speak at over 100 campuses in the past two years about "hateful" actions and howwe can overcome them. COLEMAN PRODUCTIONS

ROB GLEESON: Rob Gleeson is the star of the upcoming feature film The Ivy League and the host of NBC's highly anticipated pilot "Catch." Rob was also recently featured on an MTV comedy showcase and listed in the New York Post as having one of the 150 Best Jokes of the year! If you are looking for something new and different, check Rob out. NEON ENTERTAINMENT

JOSH BLUE: If there was ever a unique comedian amongst the throngs of comics over the last decade, it has to be Josh Blue. Winner of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and a campus tradition now across the country, Josh brought the audience to their feet at the recent inaugural conference for the Association of Entertainment Professionals (AEP) Worldwide in Vegas. American Entertainment Magazine: "A hit every time!"AGENCY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (APA)

NORE: NORE, the young refreshing face of comedy, delivers an energetic performance filled with witty quips and sharp punch lines, combined with an amazing stage presence. TV Feature spots on MTV's "Yo Momma", Nick Cannon presents "HATIN on '09" and MTV's "Kiss & Tell: The Do's & Dont's of Dating." SOPHIE K ENTERTAINMENT