MEET SOME OF THE COMICS WHO'VE CRUSHED IT IN THE VALLEY OF THE WINE!
These super talented comics make the world a better place. We love them to the max. Visit their sites to learn more about what they're up to around the world.
Jenny is a Los Angeles based writer and stand up comedian who produces the first-ever (mostly) female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Dis/Orient/ed Comedy. She entertains indie, comedy club and college audiences with her biting social commentary, engaging delivery, and high-energy stage persona. Jenny has been featured as a writer and performer on the viral Buzzfeed video, "If Asians Said the Stuff White People Say" and Lady Parts Justice comedy videos about reproductive health and justice (Lady Parts Justice is the brainchild of Comedy Central's The Daily Show co-creator, Lizz Winstead). Jenny was also a featured standup comic on Joan Rivers' 2013 Showtime documentary Why We Laugh: Funny Women. Jenny was just dubbed one of Los Angeles' "most fascinating people" of 2015 in LA Weekly's annual "People" issue. In May 2016, Jenny received the Champions of Change in Art & Storytelling award at the White House. Visit Jenny's Site
Aiko (“child of love” in Japanese) was born in Tokyo, Japan on December 13th. Her mother, Sue Tanaka, was a former swimsuit model while her father was a successful sales marketing manager for Britannica. Her film and television credits include: “The Howard Stern Show,” “Late Night with Jay Leno,” “Malcolm and Eddie,” “My Wife and Kids,” “Numb3rs,” and “The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift."
She also appeared on the covers of many other auto magazines such as “D-Sport” and “Super Street.” She was the first Japanese/Korean to ever appear as the cover model on these major magazines. As her popularity grew, Namco signed her to be the voice of a character in the video game “Street Racing Syndicate.” Visit Aiko's Site
Helen has performed standup comedy on Last Call with Carson Daly, The Arsenio Hall Show,
Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, Standup in Stilettos, Gotham Comedy Live and the Showtime documentary Why We Laugh: Funny Women. Helen plays Janet Fung in the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis and her voice can be heard as Thistle Lady in 20th Century Fox Animation’s Epic. Her TV appearances include roles on Parks and Recreation, Bones, Pretty Little Liars, New Girl, The Crazy Ones and Inside Amy Schumer. Helen channels her own Asian mother as recurring character Mrs. Wong on Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans. Helen’s adorable stage presence and lively accounts of her ridiculous dating life and immigrant family have landed her on Huffington Post’s favorite female comedians list. She was also named by Buzzfeed as one of 18 Comedians Who Could Take Over the Late Show from David Letterman. Visit Helen's Site
Yayne is known for gripping audiences with her tales of growing up as a first generation Ethiopian in America. She found constant humor in the fact that she was growing up in two totally opposite worlds; the old culture of Ethiopia fused with the young and rebellious culture of America. In 1995, she joined Jean Shelton actor's lab where she received praise for the role of Denny, an 80 year old white man, in the original production of "Indigo Don't Vote". In 1999 she launched her stand up career at Tony Spark's Luggage Store! Her comedy style as been described as fresh, innovative and cutting edge. It was this refreshing style that gained her a spot on Season Two of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Catch her one hour special "Africa Laughs with Yayne Abeba" on The Africa Channel.
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Coming from an East Indian background, growing up in Suburban Seattle, and making Oakland, CA her home her style of comedy is witty, intelligent, and rich with the cultural experience of an Urban East Indian American Woman. In the last few years she has hit comedy stages around the country with a force of a thousand dancing elephants. In 2010, her second time on stage, she advanced and eventually won San Francisco's Speech Therapy Comedy Competition. In 2013 she advanced to the Semi-Final round of the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition. She was featured on Susan Alexander's Five Funny Females Comedy Tour in 2010 & 2014. She has been a repeat feature on Jabari Davis & Associates Showcase at San Francisco's Historic Purple Onion. She has participated in a plethora of competitions and comedy festivals, including the Women in Comedy Festival, Boston, the Desi Comedy Festival 2013-2016 & the LA Comedy Festival, all of which lead her to her first TV appearance on Season 9 of NBC's, Last Comic Standing. Most recently she was featured on MTV's Beyond the Wall campaign... Stay tuned for more! Visit Priya's Site
Ronn Vigh has been performing stand up comedy for over 13 years. His brash attitude and acerbic wit lead him to becoming a writer for Joan Rivers' “Fashion Police” on E! Television. A "Joisey" native but Ronn is a "comic who happens to be gay" and can easily adapt to various audiences. He's a paid regular at the major comedy clubs and has produced the long running weekly comedy series "Harvey's Funny Tuesdays" in the Castro. In his spare time Ronn teaches Vinyasa yoga. Visit Ronn's Site
Zack Chapaloni was a semi-finalist in the TBS National College Comedy Competition, the San Diego Comedy Competition and runner-up in the Central Valley Comedy Competition. He has established himself as a prominent comedian in the Bay Area; using his charming wit to deliver original stories with animated reactions and unexpected punchlines. He has performed at SF Sketchfest, and can be seen regularly at San Francisco’s Punchline and Cobb’s Comedy Club. Zack was recently on Season 2 of MTV’s Greatest Party Story Ever. He has worked with prominent comedians and writers, such as Chris Hardwick, Baron Vaughn, Greg Behrendt and
Erin Judge is a comedian, novelist, culture writer, producer, actor, and highly opinionated traveling nightclub entertainer based in Los Angeles.
She's appeared on NBC's Last Comic Standing (2014), on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham (2008), and at lots of festivals, including Women in Comedy, Bridgetown, Boston, and Laugh Your Asheville Off. Erin has performed in more than 60 North American cities with the CAKE Comedy Tour. Her first comedy album, So Many Choices, is available from Rooftop Comedy.
Erin's debut novel, Vow of Celibacy, was released by Rare Bird Books in August 2016 to great reviews. Her words also appear in VanityFair.com, the Advocate, Salon, and on her blog at so make it up. And she wrote for the stage with The Meaning of Wife, which got four stars from Time Out New York, and as a contributor to Wake Up World!, Lizz Winstead's satirical off-Broadway show.
Jill Maragos developed her sense of humor and knack for story-telling as a survival tactic for growing up with a crazy family in Buffalo, NY. With degrees in Broadcast Journalism & Mechanical Engineering, she made the natural progression into Stand-Up Comedy.
She has appeared on "Laughs" (FOX), "Comedy Time" for The Ice House in Pasadena (YouTube), and "West Coast Comedy" (Hulu). And, performs all over the country.
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Atsuko is a Los Angeles-based standup comedian, writer and actress. She moved from Japan to the United States at the age of 10 with her grandmother and schizophrenic mother. In the midst of finishing up her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, she tried going on stage to share her thoughts on life and the world. Now she's found her calling: to make others laugh. She is the co-founder of Dis/Orient/Ed Comedy, a production that showcases fresh female Asian American comics. Atsuko has also opened for Margaret Cho! She was awarded a special jury mention for her performance in Littlerock at the 2010 BendFilm Festival. Atsuko is fluent in English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Check out her full documentary short film, In Waiting, a portrait of generational bonds. Visit Atsuko's Site
Samson Koletkar (aka Mahatma Moses) was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. Samson brings a refreshingly new approach to cerebral, witty, thought-provoking, clean humor with a first-generation immigrant perspective. He won the 2010 Asian American Theater Company comedy competition and the 2015 International Society of Humor Studies comedy competition. He has performed at The 2010 Great Canadian Laugh Off in Toronto, 2014 San Francisco International Comedy Competition and the 2011 San Francisco Annual Comedy Day Festival. He created the Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour (10 cities across U.S.). He also co-created Desi Comedy Fest - the largest and only South Asian comedy festival in U.S. He was also a featured member on Make Chai Not War, Funatical Comedy Tour (USA & Canada), Pundits with Punchlines, Sultans of Satire and more. He has performed in India, Canada & 16 states in the U.S. Visit Samson's Site
Kevin has been on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, was voted best up and coming comic at the Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival, and his CD Kindness was voted top 10 comedy albums of 2010 on iTunes. He is also the winner of the Dan Crawford Scholarship 2011 at the San Francisco Punch line. In 2013 Kevin was selected as a Comic's Comic on Esquire.com. He's performed at The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival , The Oddball Comedy & Curiousity Festival, SF Sketchfest and the San Francisco Comedy and Burrito Festival! Kevin also wrote the second season of the television show, Danny From LA on MNETAmerica.
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Zahra Noorbakhsh is a feminist, satirist, Iranian American comedian. She is a contributor to the NY Times Featured anthology, "Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women." The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one-woman show "All Atheists Are Muslim" a highlight of the Int'l New York City Fringe Theater Festival. Her newest solo-show "Hijab and Hammerpants" is set to debut this year at Stage Werx Theater in San Francisco. Zahra is also a member of the SF Writer's Grotto, where she teaches courses in storytelling, and comedy. Zahra has been featured in Cosmo Magazine and her podcast was featured in Oprah Magazine!
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Priyanka Wali is a stand-up comedienne who performs routinely all throughout California, including corporate gigs, casinos and comedy clubs. She truly believes laughter is the best medicine, but likes to cover her bases as a board-certified practicing physician in Internal Medicine too. Where she's performed: Alternative Comedy Festival, Trinidad & Tobago, Desi Comedy Festival, Laughlin Laughfest, Laughlin, NV,
Burbank Comedy Festival,
Hella Gay Comedy Festival , Sedona Film Festival,
Punchline Comedy Club, San Francisco, Cobb's Comedy Club, San Francisco, Yoshi's, San Francisco, San Francisco Comedy Competition
Visit Priyanka's site to see other venues she's been invited to!
Natasha Muse is like the C3P0 of San Francisco comedy: a bunch of small bears once mistook her for a golden god but in reality she’s a bumbling robot (as well as a mom, a transsexual, and a firm agnostic). The SF Weekly once declared her a “Comedian to Watch” in 2014, and in 2016 they upgraded her to an “Artist to Watch.” Natasha features at the SF Punchline and Cobb’s Comedy Club, and has worked with such comedy luminaries as Maria Bamford, Roseanne Barr, Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and God. Natasha’s comedy is so good, it’s not even funny. Visit Natasha's Site
Raja Michael is a Los Angeles based Stand-Up Comedian, Story Teller, Podcaster and Comedic Actor. She was born in Queens, NY, and grew up in Brooklyn and New Jersey. Raja spent most of her adult life as a social service worker, working with victims of domestic violence and in homeless services, as well as overseas as an NGO worker. Spending so much time in places that were filled with so much sadness, Raja quickly learned the value of laughter. Being naturally funny and a natural performer, Raja would make her co-workers and as her clients laugh. It was then when she learned that creating spaces where people laugh is one of the greatest gifts she had to offer the world. As a graduate student, she decided it was time to drop the books and pick up the mic.
Her bits about politics, world news, her life as a first generation American born to blue collar immigrant parents, and what it means to be a woman in the modern world have audiences rolling!
Steve’s first attempt at actual stand-up comedy ended with him getting a lifetime ban from a church in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. Launched by that successful start, Steve now peddles his comedic wares throughout California’s Bay Area in addition to producing showcases in Sonoma’s Wine Country. Steve has performed in SF Sketchfest, competed in the 2016 San Francisco Comedy Competition, and cohosts the Barrel Proof Comedy Podcast.
Also, he is allergic to cats.
Life itself is the real magic… so Live, Laugh and Love with the Magic of Chin Chin!
The Magic of Chin-Chin offers a re-invented look at Magic and Illusions. An International Champion of Magic, he combines magic, dance and philosophy to take you on a journey through imagination! Come experience a world of magic as seen through the eyes of a Chinese-Korean American raised in San Francisco, CA. Chin Chin's shock of red hair looks like fire and his brilliant magic show explodes with energy like a firecracker! KRON TV says, "The New Breed of Magician…" Voted Three Times - San Francisco's Stage Magician of the Year Visit Chin Chin's Site
Bobby Golden is a lightly-haired Persian comedian from Los Angeles, CA. He began performing stand up comedy at the age of 17 and has been unstoppable ever since. He has performed at all the major clubs in Los Angeles including The Comedy Store, Hollywood Improv, and Laugh Factory and has been featured in the Bay Area Reporter, Palm Springs' Pulp Magazine, and Santa Monica Magazine. Bobby was a semi-finalist in KTLA5's "Find Me a Comic" Contest and was the youngest contestant to win the Funniest Gay Comedian contest by the Celebration Theatre in West Hollywood.
EMILY EPSTEIN WHITE
New York transplant comedian, storyteller and writer Emily Epstein White has been trapped in a self-cleaning toilet, has stitches from a treadmill accident, and once hung off the front of a truck like a hood ornament for half an avenue to avoid being run over. She performs all around New York City, the Northeast, San Francisco and the Bay area, and the West Coast, (not to mention a boat in the middle of the Yangtze River in China). She's been featured in many festivals and publications such as the 360 Comedy Festival, the Boston Globe, and has won the San Francisco MothSlam. She's also appeared at the San Francisco Punchline, The New York Comedy Club and the Cheaper Than Therapy Standup Show. With her laid back style, Emily immediately puts the audience at ease, entertaining them with her personal anecdotes and observational humor.
Shanti Charan’s bubbly personality and contagious smile lure in audiences and her comedic abilities keeps them laughing. Her ability to formulate quick connections makes it easy for her to communicate with diverse audiences. She won 1st place in the 2011 Rooster T Feather’s Comedy Competition and has participated in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition where she advanced to the semi-finals. Charan was awarded SF Weekly’s 2012 Best Stand-Up on the Way Up. The San Francisco Bay Guardian named Shanti Best Comedian in their annual Best of the Bay Arts & Entertainment Reader's Poll 2016. Visit Shanti's Site
Lisa is a New York-bred, San Francisco-based comedian and the creator, producer, and MC of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ -- Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant as well as other innovative comedy shows including Funny Girlz: A Smorgasbord of Women Comedians and A Muslim, A Mormon, and A Jew Walk into A Bar: The Comedy of Religion.
Lisa is also a bilingual publicist (Spanish-English) and a budding filmmaker. Her first film, Esther & Me, the story of her friendship with Esther Weintraub, a resident of the Jewish Home (San Francisco nursing home) and former model and comedian has screened at 12 film festivals in the US, Canada, and Europe. Visit Lisa's Site
Eloisa started her comedy career soon after she discovered she couldn’t have children and a subsequent divorce. She holds nothing back and derives her material from real life, exploding with energy on stage. She produces the show Cheaper Than Therapy at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco every Friday and Saturday. She also produces Trainwreck Cabaret, an unusual variety show. She is an audience favorite at SF Sketchfest. You’ll notice her immediately for her Venezuelan accent and highly expressive performance; yet it’s the nature and intensity of her material that will stick with you, with its unique perspective on the issues affecting urban, single women. Visit Eloisa's Site
Kazumi was born and raised in Japan but is now based in Los Angeles, CA. She is the winner of Joke-E-Oke, the joke karaoke contest at the San Francisco Sketch Festival. Kazumi also won 3rd place for both stand-up comedy competitions: Walk the Plank 2013 and Flappers/ Indi.com 2014. She was invited to perform at Cape Fear Comedy Festival NC, and Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Texas.
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Nathan made his 8th grade math teacher laugh so hard, he had to end the lesson early. It was at that moment he knew comedy was his way to bring more joy to the world and shorter math classes to students. Nathan brings a friendly personality on stage while delivering a confidently vulnerable attitude, quick banter, and tightly written bits. His achievements mark him as a rising comic in the Bay Area performing in top venues including the iconic San Francisco theatre, the Fillmore. He has performed for numerous organizations and showcased in noteworthy festivals like San Francisco Sketchfest. His unique perspective on the most ordinary situations not only elicits laughter, but is also critically appreciated by a diverse audience. He is a favorite at the SF Punchline, Cobbs, and Rooster T Feathers and has opened for respectable comics such as Brody Stevens, Chad Daniels, and Keith Albertsad. Visit Nathan's site
Juan Carlos grew up in Moorland Avenue, one of Santa Rosa, California’s toughest neighborhoods. After getting beat up by the local gang, he asked his Gma' for money to pay for boxing classes (to defend himself). Instead she bought him a joke book and told him to make people laugh. “You will never have to fight if you can make them laugh,” said the sweet old lady.
J.C has been a stand up comedian for seven years and a professional actor since 2002.
Mike Capozzola is a San Francisco-based Stand Up Comedian and a published cartoonist. He’s appeared at SF SketchFest, the East Bay Comic Con, The Sacramento Comedy Festival, Woodstock Comedy Festival, SatireFest, The Twin Cities Jewsh Humor Festival and the Berkeley Comic Festival. Additionally, he’s performed in Canada, Jerusalem and the U.K.
You’ve probably seen him in a few TV commercials that you’ve shut off and he’s the host of “Punchlines” on Audible.Com
His cartoon work has appeared in TED Talks, WIRED,
The Best of McSweeney's and Mad Magazine.
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Justin's revealing stories and clever insights have made him a favorite of audiences around the Bay Area and beyond. His act spans from growing up on a marijuana farm to raising his own son to dating as a single parent. He's performed at the Ventura Comedy Festival, is a San Francisco Funny Fest champion, and has been featured at Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park. You can see him regularly at clubs and venues including The Throckmorton Theatre, The Set Up, Comedy Oakland, The Punchline, The Improve, Rooster T. Feathers, Rock Wall Winery and others. In addition to standup he has written multiple plays and starred in dozens of theatrical productions.