Gina broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10. She is also know in the US for her regular, hilarious appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC), as Madame Yashere, The Surly Psychic.
What you don’t know is that Gina Yashere’s sellout live appearances are legendary. Her bombastic delivery, infectious personality and cheeky observations have wowed audiences not just in the UK and the US but also in Japan, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and all over Europe.
Gina hails from London via Nigerian parents and shoots from the hip. Her unique take on being both a cultural insider and outsider never fails to raise the roof. Following an early career as a elevator engineer, Yashere made her comedy debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996. The show sold out almost immediately and overnight both audiences and critics were smitten.
Since those early heady days, Gina has continued to take the comedy world by storm and is now one of the most highly sought after comics in the UK and the US, selling out theatres all over the UK, releasing her critically acclaimed DVD ‘Skinny B*tch’, and making numerous appearances on TV, radio, and the big screen.
Her TV appearances have included her own 1 hour Comedy Special 'Skinny B*tch '(SHOWTIME), The Jay Leno Show (NBC), The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC), Last Comic Standing (NBC), Chelsea Lately (E!), Live at Gotham (Comedy Central), Def Comedy Jam (HBO), Comics Unleashed (ABC), The Mobo Awards (UK Host), Mock The week (BBC UK), The Lenny Henry Show (BBC UK), and The Celebrity Fame Academy (BBC UK). Radio shows have ranged from her own BBC Radio London Show to critically acclaimed radio Sketch show-The Powder Room (BBC Radio UK).
Feature films have included Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mr. in Between. She has also appeared on the West-End stage in The Vagina Monologues.
She has also performed numerous times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto, and at HBO and TBS’s The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. It’s a wonder she found the time to pick up her 3rd award in a row for “Best Female” at the recent Black Entertainment & Comedy Awards (UK).
Gina recently played a principal character in the TV series in the UK entitled 'Married Single Other' which is currently being aired on ITV in the UK, and in Australia.
Gina currently resides in Los Angeles and tours non-stop around the world.
There aren’t many gay comics who would leap at the chance to perform for a crowd of military veterans or suburban Latinos. But where some might see a potentially resistant audience, stand-up comedian and author Jordan Pease only sees a new potential group of friends ready to laugh.
Born and raised in New Jersey into an Italian-American family that has embraced his adult identity (“When I came out to my grandparents, their only comment was that they hoped I married an Italian man”), Pease mines the sometimes painful and more difficult avenues of life in order to fashion self-deprecating jokes that render him equal parts endearing and outrageous. The same tone can be found in his memoir, Accidentally Okay, which recalls his extended stay in Verona, Italy, with an acute sense of observation and self-awareness. He’s also contributed columns to Huffington Post and maintains an active presences on his website, thejordanpease.com.
Citing Chelsea Handler and David Sedaris as two of his role models, Pease has found great success even though he’s been doing stand-up professionally for less than three years; he’s already been named “Funniest New Comic in LA” and appears regularly at the Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory, sometimes sharing stage time with idols like Sarah Silverman and Steve Trevino.
That’s not to mention the gigs he does throughout the country and in comedy clubs in Southern California, where he’s happy to perform in front of mostly straight audiences on a bill with heterosexual comedians. “There are a lot of great gay comedians who focus on doing all-gay shows, which is great,” says Pease. “But I know that to get to where I want to be, I have to learn how to make everyone laugh.”
Whether it is posting Twitter accounts of his colorful lifestyle to his 15,000 followers, or polishing his writing skills to ascend the New York Times bestseller list, the spontaneous, savvy, and always sassy Jordan Pease is positioned to take his place alongside the other great men and women who have devoted their lives to make audiences feel happy.