Billy Bonnell, is a native of Texas. He started performing Stand Up in San Diego while in the Navy and quickly won San Diego's Funniest Person Contest in 2010 and then again in 2012. As a house regular at the La Jolla Comedy Store, American Comedy Co. and Mad House Comedy club, he has been the go to feature for some of comedies biggest names including, Jim Norton, Anthony Jeselnik, Adam Devine, Jeff Garlin, Jamie Kennedy, Doug Benson, David Allan Grear, Joe Rogan and Brody Stevens.
After nearly 10 years in the Navy, he decided to move to Los Angeles to peruse comedy full time. Since his arrival he has been a featured act on Season 2 of Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central and a guest on The Doug Loves Movies podcast with Doug Benson, The Deathsquad Podcast with Brian Redban and Joe Rogan and Put Your Hands Together with Cameron Esposito at the UCB theater. He was quickly named a Fresh Face to watch by The Laugh Factory and his comedy clips have been seen over 300,000 times by YouTube audiences. Also, he is the co-founding member of The Tunguska Yacht Club, an online sketch group that has over 2 million views on YouTube and Funny or Die where he is a featured contributor. He's is an electric performer who combines cerebral one-liners, with an uncanny storytelling ability for a unique experience that have left audiences of clubs and colleges throughout the United States wondering, "How did he think of that?"
From the time he hits the stage either on the microphone or behind the turntables Don Hefty brings with him charisma, passion and energy. At a young age he was always fascinated by the world of entertainment & at 15 he began to hone his entertainment skills as a DJ/MC, It wasn't long until he found himself performing at parties and clubs throughout Southern California. His DJ skills earned him recognition & after 10 years of working as a DJ/MC he realized that his talents extended far beyond the turntables.
Inspired by his love for entertaining, his creative humor & his quick wit Don Hefty decided to challenge himself and try stand-up comedy, taking the experience he gained while Dj-ing, his strong stage presence & combining that with his sense of humor & life experience Don Hefty took the stage ready to deliver "HEFTY" doses of comedy to the masses. Don Hefty brings with him an arsenal of humorous situations and true stories about his family life, the party scene, marriage/relationships, personal demons and other off the wall situation, his comedy revolves around his experiences & worldly observations. Currently Don Hefty is out on the road working hard to make his mark in the business he loves so much. Be on the look out Don hefty may be coming to a comedy club near you.
This Bronx NY native engages crowds with his big smile, "what you talking about attitude," and observant comedic style. Raised in New York City, Cicero was shipped off to the Lawrenceville school, a boarding school in NJ, and then went on to graduate from Lehigh University.
Half Black and Half Puerto Rican, Cicero's life has always been a mix of two different worlds. Cicero is not only funny but has that "I think I know him from somewhere" look. He's relatable no matter your age, or race which is surprising considering he has such a boyish look. He's direct, edgy and clean...about 90% of the time.
He's a city kid at heart with a prep school upbringing. He's a beer pong champ, and honest employee, and family man, and feminist and masaginist. A mommas boy with problems, he's the Bronx's Fresh Prince of comedy with a bit of a sweat issue.
You can’t judge a beer by its label and the same goes for Mark Gonzales. A fact made clear by Mark’s original and mischievous brand of stand-up comedy. In a society where everything gets categorized, think twice before stamping this third generation Mexican-American and sending him down the Latino comedy assembly line.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in a Hispanic neighborhood, his open-minded attitude and nuanced performance makes Mark accessible to all audiences. From the back rooms and basements of comedy clubs, to television, stage and even to the big screen. Mark’s infectious personality captivates audiences on both coasts and everywhere in between.
With a razor-sharp wit sprinkled with alcohol, Mark will take you on a playful ride that finds the humor in personal tragedies and our fears. The outspoken voice amongst the crowd will make you laugh regardless of how ridiculous, immoral and utterly inappropriate his ideas can be. All with a charming, comfortable style and a boyish grin.
Mark Gonzales is currently a feature act for national touring headliners The Smash Brothers: Cory N Chad and can be heard on XM/Sirius Radio. Touring regularly at clubs, colleges, bars and casinos near you.
David Liu was born in California. He has lived in Taiwan, Las Vegas, the Bay Area, San Diego, and apparently Korea according to his mother. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is thinking about finishing up his BA in Lit/Writing at the University of California San Diego so he can enter the job market unqualified. He works full-time at the World Famous Comedy Store in West Hollywood, California. He enjoys doodling and shaving the sides of his head in his spare time. He was born Feb 28, 1982. He is not dead yet.
Mark Schumacher is a high school teacher, stand-up comedian, host and speaker. Since 2006, Schumacher has performed stand-up comedy across the United States and internationally in London and Paris. Mr. Schumacher was named Orange County’s Funniest Person in 2012. He’s been featured in the Orange County Register, on KDOC’s What’s Up Orange County, and has written comedy for the Los Angeles Times. His unique experiences teaching – abroad for elementary students and in California as a high school teacher – in addition to traveling all over the world provide endless laughs. Educators and fans of all ages relate to Schumacher’s cleaner, smarter style.
Adam has been a finalist in Phoenix’s Funniest Person, OC’s Funniest, and was voted Audience Favorite in the LA Comedy Competition. He began doing stand up comedy in college at the suggestion of his friends and grew to love it. His comedy is a blend of witticism mixed with awkward self-realization. Credits include Comedy Time TV, Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight, and he was featured in the ASU State Press.
Born and raised in Fresno, CA, Daniel Eachus moved to Long Beach, CA in fall 2008. In February 2009, Daniel started performing stand-up comedy nightly, and after just one year of doing stand-up, became the youngest finalist ever of the prestigious “Funniest Comic in Los Angeles” comedy contest at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club in early 2010. Today Daniel performs stand-up comedy in comedy clubs like the Laugh Factory, Improvs, and Comedy Store throughout the west coast and is a member of the Secret City Comics Society improv comedy troupe, voted "2011 Best Improv Group" by OC Weekly and part of the "2012 Best Improv Shows In Orange County" by CBS LA.
Dan Bublitz Jr. is and always will be a nerd. In fact he was nerd before being a nerd was cool. Dan was born and raised in South Dakota and now resides in San Diego, CA. Dan is a laid back guy that transforms into a ball of energy bringing a fast paced adrenaline rush to the stage mixing his life experiences with his humorous observations for a show that will be without a doubt entertaining.
In 2011 Dan was invited to perform at the Laugh Track Comedy Festival in Denver, CO and in 2013 he was invited to perform at the Ventura Comedy Festival in Ventura, CA. In 2014 Dan acted as the co-director and a key facilitator in the organization & production of the 1st annual San Diego Comedy Festival.
While residing in San Diego, Dan won the 2011 "On The Rocks Comedy Contest" and was a finalist in 2012. Dan was also a finalist in the 2012 "Rockstar Comedy Throwdown". He has started to break into TV/Film with a small role in the indie short film "Side Job" along with co-writing, co-directing, and guest starring in the new Nug Life Productions web series "Patience". Dan has appeared on Comedy Time TV and has performed in clubs & venues all over the country.
Dan Co founded Phat-Panda Presents, which is an independent production company based in San Diego that produces live comedy events.
Karmel's sense of humor was inherited from a storytelling father whose tales of growing up in East Texas were secondary to the characters he used to chronicle such stories. Often using the everyday and ordinary to reveal the absurd and useless. Karmel grew up in Lynwood, California; commonly known as the suburbs of Compton. He booked his first stand-up gig in the 6th grade when he and his classmates were locked out of class waiting for their teacher. A bored group of students requested a short set from the prepubescent comic -- and he delivered. A relative newcomer, he's performed at the Improv, Ha Ha Cafe, Laugh Factory, and at the Comedy Store. So, if your in the audience of one of Karmel's shows, be prepared to laugh like the time your best friend fell off the monkeybars and landed on his chocolate milk. Good times.
Luis Villaseñor was born February 6, 1983. He was the last-born child to two Mexican parents. He was raised in the streets of South Central Los Angeles, where he tormented his schoolteachers with constant jokes and quick comebacks. That was until the age of twelve, when his family moved to the city of Colton. It was there where he continued his claim as the class clown. Ever since he was a young child, his goal was to attend college and become a math teacher. In the fall of 2001, he achieved one of those goals by attending the University of California, Riverside, where he double majored in liberal studies and mathematics. Once at the university, he realized that wasn’t where he wanted to be. He dropped out after a year and a half at the university and quickly pursued after his next goal to become a police officer. But he soon decided to steer clear of that goal when he found out that criminals had bigger guns and more rights!
After a short time off, he finally decided to go against his better judgment and try Stand Up Comedy at the World Famous Irvine Improv. After getting off stage for the very first time, it was obvious to him that comedy was what he wanted to do. Since then, Luis has been cracking up audiences with his mixture of his own personal life as well as his observations of daily events. His own smart ass ways are bringing laughter out the everyday situations.
In his short time in comedy he has had the opportunity to open up for such acts as Rex Navarrete, Shawn Wayans, Anjelah Johnson to name a few. In 2010 he went into Headlining his own shows and has since taken on new audiences surprising many with his new and unique voice. Don’t miss this young and new voice in comedy!
Charlene Mae standup career started in 1997, she toured the country and opened for headliners such as Jeff Dunham, Marc Curry and Bill Engvall. She quit comedy for a few years and started back again in 2010. Her material is versatile and her performance flows with non-stop laughter, all while being edgy without being offensive. In 2013 Charlene was invited to the Great American Comedy Festival, won a clean Comedy Challenge and took 4th in the CA Funniest Females, and featured for Comedian Hal Sparks on the road, including at the Riveria in Las Vegas and was invited to return for the second time to the “Women in Comedy” Festival in Boston Mass.
Charlene Mae was featured on Rules Of Engagement for 3 seasons, is a regular on ABC Baby Daddy and has recently been featured on Scott Baio’s new sitcom “See Dad Run”
Lady Scoutington aka Scout Durwood is a Los Angeles based chanteuse and comedienne as well as a founding member of Mighty Little Productions. A Kansas City native, she came to New York City via Amherst college where she received cum laude honors for her first solo sow, Adym and Stevie, earning her degree in Political and Social Activism Through Theatre. Her one-woman musical, Hi, How can I Help You? debuted in August 2010 at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was developed thanks to a grant from Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Her work has been featured on The Howard Stern Show, CBS Radio, The Miss America Pageant, The Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv, Flappers, Comix Comedy Club, Gotham NY, Joe’s Pub, La Mama, Duane Park, Galapagos Art Space, and just about every venue in New York City with a stage and a mic. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is the host of Whimsy! A Night of Musical Comedy at The Hollywood Improv.
PRE- SHOWCASE SHOW
The Ontario Improv is hosting an open call showcase where 20 local comics will be given the opportunity to win a guaranteed spot on COMEDY CENTRAL's "UP NEXT SHOWCASE" taking place on Monday Sept. 9th. Bring your friends and your best 5, tv friendly, minutes and see if you have what it takes to be on COMEDY CENTRAL's PRELIMINARY SHOWCASE. GOOD LUCK!!!
Line up for "THE UP NEXT" Pre- Showcase is as follows:
Dan Bublitz Jr
Please come and support these great local comics as they compete for a spot on the COMEDY CENTRAL's "UP NEXT SHOWCASE" taking place on Monday Sept. 9th.