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Hot Comedy for 2012


BEN GLEIB: Ben Gleib is a standup comedian, actor, and writer, and headlines comedy clubs and colleges around the globe. Esquire named him one of "Six comedians who could be comedy's next big thing." He's a regular round table guest on the hit show Chelsea Lately on E! and was recently on tour performing in arenas all over North America opening for Dane Cook. Gleib was one of the stars of the NBC primetime comedy series The Real Wedding Crashers. Gleib has performed his standup on The Late Late Show on CBS, Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC and Last Comic Standing. AUBURN MOON AGENCY

DANIEL MARTIN: Daniel Martin has quickly become the #1 college comedy magician in the country. His high-energy blend of Insane Magic, Escapes, and Sarcastic Improv are leading to record breaking crowds and standing ovations from campuses nationwide. A consistent hit for comedy nights, Daniel's show breaks the mold with a double punch of hilarity and amazement that schools are looking for! With his magic having been featured on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH1 & ESPN & recently nominated for the 3rd year in a row for "Best Male Performer" & "Best Live Novelty Performer" Daniel is a surefire choice! BASS/SCHULER ENTERTAINMENT

COCOA BROWN: Take a RICHARD Pryor meets JERRY Lewis wit, a Marilyn Monroe if she were BLACK sex appeal AND a coolness of Whoopi Goldberg and you get comedienne Cocoa Brown. Cocoa brings an energy to the stage that no female comedian you've ever seen possess and performs for you in every way on stage. She sells jokes, she doesn't just tell them! With animated facial expressions, body gestures and the material to back it up, you are taken on a hilarious voyage through her eyes and mind. Whether she's talking about herself, relationships the world we live in, Cocoa offers a variety that appeals to everyone. BLACK COMEDY TOUR

SHARKBAIT: Sharkbait is a high energy, fun filled, hilarious, action comedy show for all ages! Full of audience interaction and participation, fast paced juggling, balancing, stunts and mishaps; creators Max and Sean bring vaudeville to the present day through quick wit, rock-n-roll and an endless, unforgettable display of skills and talents. Sharkbait traveled with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for eight and a half years. They were the featured comedy and juggling act at Universal Studios and made appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. COLEMAN PRODUCTIONS

KRISTEN KEY: Kristin Key started her comedy career at the tender age of 19 in Amarillo, TX. Over the next five years as she climbed the comedy ladder, audiences couldn't help but love the rapid-fire style of comedy coming from the "Preacher's Kid". When Last Comic Standing held their auditions in Austin Texas, she got her ticket to Hollywood for the chance to compete against the best of the best in the comedy world. She grew up musically inclined and incorporated the guitar into her act. With the blend of music, comedy and her spontaneous sense of humor anything can happen and no two shows are the same. DCA PRODUCTIONS

DIANA YANEZ: Actress and Comedian Diana Yanez tells her story of growing up queer in a religious, right-wing Miami community. Is it a cruel Catholic joke that both she and her brother turned out gay? Yanez thinks so. A charming and personable storyteller, Yanez's welcoming presence brings audiences into what feels like a living-room gathering of friends, with vibrant stories and side-splitting jokes both heart-wrenching and memorable. Through her humor, Viva la Evolución! reveals a path through life's challenges with a little bit of courage and happiness to boot. JODI SOLOMON SPEAKERS BUREAU

MARIANNE SIERK: Marianne Sierk graduated from Syracuse University. She moved to NYC with a degree in her pocket and stars in her eyes. Always a clean comedian, Marianne began to perform at colleges all over the country and eventually moved to Los Angeles to bring her silly style to commercials and small films. Marianne continues to make little videos, shoot commercials, and entertain audiences with her carefree, animated style. She has been seen on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," the BBC's "The World Stands Up." You can catch her doing commentary on Tru TV's "World's Dumbest"! KIRKLAND PRODUCTIONS

ROB GLEESON: As the star of the upcoming feature film "The Ivy League" and the host of NBC's highly anticipated pilot "Catch", Gleeson is one of comedy's hottest young acts. College kids and adults alike love his early twenties view on everything from dorm life to real life. Plus, Rob was recently featured on an MTV comedy showcase and was listed in the New York Post as having one of the 150 Best Jokes of the year! NEON ENTERTAINMENT

BRENDON WALSH: In 2004 Brendon won the ?Funniest Person In Austin? contest and that same year also appeared on ABC?s ?Jimmy Kimmel Live? as his original character, ?Scary Monster? (a terrible monster stand up comedian). In 2006 he appeared on Comedy Central?s ?Premium Blend? and on season 4 of NBC?s ?Last Comic Standing.? In 2007 he won the $10,000 grand prize on the comedy stage in an internet contest at and title of ?Famecast Comedy Fenom?. He was featured in the ?New Faces? Showcase at the 2008 Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal where he was recognized as one of the breakout performances. PARADIGM AGENCY

MARCUS: Marcus has quickly become one of the fastest rising young comedians around! His high energy, rock n? roll based comedy captured the attention of millions of Americans when he was featured on the 2008 season of "LAST COMIC STANDING", where his unique style propelled him all the way to second place!!! He quickly gained a following with his live shows that combined his talent for voices, his razor sharp wit and unique writing into a show that kept audiences asking for more and has now gained him a dedicated and diverse international fan base. SOPHIE K ENTERTAINMENT

ANDY WOODHULL: Andy Woodhull has been a successful comic since he decided to become one. After winning a dozen or so comedy competitions, Andy maintains a full calendar. He recently performed on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and was named a Comic to Watch by the Chicago Tribune. His comedy is both timeless and intensely appealing. He has been able to perform for virtually any audience. TALENTPLUS ENTERTAINMENT

CHELSEA PERETTI: Chelsea Peretti has performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, The Las Vegas Comedy Festival, SXSW, Bonnaroo and Bumbershoot. She was one of four comedians invited to participate in the 10-city Axe Twisted Humor Tour in conjunction with Funny or Die. This year Chelsea was given the honor of being named one of the top 10 comics to watch by Variety. She recently filmed her half hour Comedy Central Presents that will air in 2011. Currently, Chelsea is writing on the hit NBC show Parks and Recreation. Previously, she was a writer for The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central. PARADIGM AGENCY