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2014 Wild West Comedy Festival LIneup

  • Aziz Ansari Aziz Ansari Aziz Ansari, one of the biggest stars in the comedy world, brings his Modern Romance: A New Comedy Tour to the Wild West Comedy Festival. Rolling Stone labeled Ansari “the funniest man under 30." Last November, his much anticipated third hour-long stand-up special Buried Alive debuted on Netflix. The special was named one of the best standup specials of the year by The Onion AV Club and Paste Magazine. Ansari co-stars opposite Amy Poehler in the beloved Emmy-nominated NBC series Parks and Recreation, now in its sixth season. Ansari has landed a book deal with The Penguin Press about modern dating.  He’s also kept busy in the film world. He was the voice of Mub in Twentieth Century Fox’s animated hit film Epic; made a cameo in This Is The End; and starred in the action comedy 30 Minutes or Less and Universal’s Funny People. Additional film credits include Get Him to the Greek, I Love You, Man, Observe and Report, and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
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  • Ahmed Ahmed Ahmed Ahmed

    Egyptian-American Ahmed Ahmed is an actor, comedian, producer, director and the best ambassador of comedy you’ll ever meet! Ahmed joins Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin and Roy Wood Jr. as the Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour comes to Zanies on Thursday, May 15th.  He will also host all shows at Zanies throughout the festival.

    Ahmed is a regular on the TBS hit comedy show Sullivan and Son.  He recently directed, co-produced and appears in Just Like Us, a documentary that follows a group of critically acclaimed, international stand-up comedians as they perform throughout the Middle East in an effort to break down barriers and encourage cross-cultural dialogue. Ahmed has appeared in films including Iron Man; Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show - 30 Days & 30 Nights, Hollywood to the Heartland; You Don't Mess With The Zohan; and Swingers; and on television in Tracey Takes On; Roseanne; JAG; Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; and MTV's PUNK'D. He co-founded and performed in Comedy Central’s global Axis of Evil Tour. He can be seen this summer in Danny Green’s musical film Revival! Ahmed was the winner of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for ethnic comedy at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in Scotland. 

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  • Killer Beaz Killer Beaz Join Killer Beaz at “Friends of Tim: A Comedic Celebration of the Life of Tim Wilson” on Wednesday, May 14th. Fellow comedians Ron White, Billy Gardell, Kathleen Madigan, Ralphie May and James Gregory accompany Killer Beaz in a night of comedy to celebrate the life of Tim Wilson, a Nashville resident comedian who passed away on February 26th. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Tim Wilson Memorial fund. A resident of Nashville, Beaz has made thousands of stage, television, and radio appearances throughout the country and has become a beloved performer to millions of comedy fans. Beaz continues to use his formula of high energy with universal, “everyman” appeal as one of the nation’s top comics and has recently recorded a new CD with Warner Brothers, “Don’t Ever Touch Anybody You Don’t Know.”
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  • Owen Benjamin Owen Benjamin Owen Benjamin is a series regular on the TBS series SULLIVAN & SON, recurred on NICK SWARDSON’S PRETEND TIME, and has appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW, COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, PUNK’D and LIVE AT GOTHAM. He played Marvin the bartender in THE HOUSE BUNNY and can be seen in JACK AND JILL, BUCKY LARSON and ALL’S FAIRE IN LOVE. Owen was featured as a breakout comedian on COMEDY CENTRAL’S 2010 HOT LIST and currently tours the US with Vince Vaughn. Owen’s one-hour standup special HIGH FIVE ‘TIL IT HURTS premiered on Comedy Central in Summer 2013 to terrific reviews.
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  • Steve Byrne Steve Byrne

    Steve's Comedy Central Presents Half Hour Special premiered in 2006 and was voted the seventeenth most popular Comedy Central Presents by fans as part of the Standup Showdown on comedycentral.com. He also was the winner of the MySpace Standup Or Sitdown competition on TBS. He has had small parts in several films: The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, starring Jeremy Piven and was produced by Will FerrellFour Christmases, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon; and Couples Retreat, starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. On July 16, he appeared on Conan. He has become a regular on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno recently and has done it 9 times. He's filming his third hour special Feb. 8th in New York City in 2014.
    Byrne created with Rob Long and is starring in the comedy Sullivan & Son on TBS that premiered in the summer of 2012. After a very successful summer run with Season One, TBS gave the go ahead for a second season that aired in summer of 2013. The show proved to be a hit with an average of 2.4 million viewers per episode and is being brought back for a third season with 13 episodes slated for summer of 2014. Byrne will once again hit the road with the other comedians and co-stars of the show Owen Benjamin, Ahmed Ahmed and Roy Wood Jr. in support of Sullivan & Son that same summer.

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  • Bill Burr Bill Burr

    Bill Burr is one of the top comedic voices of his generation achieving success in TV and film as well as the live stage.  Selling out theaters internationally, Bill is a regular with Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon and his Monday Morning Podcast is one of the most downloaded comedy podcasts on iTunes.  Bill’s fourth hour-long comedy special, I’m Sorry You Feel That Way, will premiere December 5 on Netflix.  He will be seen alongside Kevin Costner in the upcoming film Black and White, and earlier this year he was seen alongside Elizabeth Banks in the film Walk of Shame.  Bill guest starred in several episodes of Kroll Show on Comedy Central, was seen in the Paul Feig film, The Heat, alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, and in the Al Pacino and Christopher Walken film Stand Up Guys.  Bill received raves for his recurring role of “Kuby” on the hit AMC-TV show, Breaking Bad, and he guest starred on Fox TV’s New Girl.  His third hour-long special, You People Are All The Same, is available for download exclusively through his website and streaming on Netflix; his two critically acclaimed hour Comedy Central specials are available on Netflix and DVD.  For more on Bill visit www.BillBurr.com and follow Bill on Twitter - @BillBurr.
     
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  • Rodney Carrington Rodney Carrington

    Rodney Carrington is a multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. Morning Wood has been certified gold and Greatest Hits has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Rodney has been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last ten years. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney on ABC. He co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. Not only has Rodney been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last ten years, he has been among the top 4 or 5 the last several years. He regularly performs to sold out crowds across the US and Canada. 

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  • Billy Gardell Billy Gardell

    Billy Gardell makes two appearances at the Wild West Comedy Festival. He presents his solo stand-up show on Thursday, May 15th at Zanies. Billy’s stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman. His grounded, down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with audiences across America.
     
    On Wednesday, May 14th, he’ll join fellow comedians Ron White, Ralphie May, Kathleen Madigan, James Gregory and Killer Beaz in “Friends of Tim: A Comedic Celebration of the Life of Tim Wilson.”  The night of comedy will celebrate the life of Tim Wilson, a Nashville resident comedian who passed away on February 26th.   Tim was well loved both by Nashville locals and fans across the country. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Tim Wilson Memorial Fund.
     
    Billy stars in the CBS hit television series, Mike & Molly as Officer Mike Biggs. Before Mike & Molly, Gardell co-starred in the critically acclaimed television series Lucky. His other television credits include Yes Dear, Judging Amy, My Name is Earl, The Practice, Monk and Gary the Rat. He made his major motion picture debut alongside Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone in Avenging Angelo, and had a memorable scene with Billy Bob Thornton in the Cohen Brother’s film Bad Santa. He also appeared in You, Me & Dupree, and Undrafted. He will appear next in the upcoming Clint Eastwood directed film, Jersey Boys. His comedy specials Billy Gardell: Halftime premiered on Comedy Central and Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs premiered on Showtime.

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  • Dick Gregory Dick Gregory Dick Gregory was on the frontline in the sixties during the Civil Rights Era; today he continues to be a "drum major for justice and equality." Since he first performed in public, Dick has been a comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians. Dick entered the national comedy scene in 1961 when Chicago's Playboy Club (as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner) booked him as a replacement for white comedian, 'Professor' Irwin Corey. His activism continues into the 21st Century. 
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  • Chelsea Handler Chelsea Handler Superstar comedian Chelsea Handler is coming to the Wild West Comedy Festival in support of the release of her fifth book, Uganda Be Kidding Me.  She will be performing at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall on Saturday, May 17th.  Handler is one of the most exciting and successful figures in the entertainment industry as a stand up comedian, actress, bestselling author and perhaps most recognized as host of her late night show “Chelsea Lately.”  Her acting credits include films “Fun Size” opposite Johnny Knoxville, “Hop” with James Marsden and Russell Brand, and director McG’s recent action-comedy “This Means War,” as well as multiple television appearances.  Handler is one of the leading nonfiction authors with four bestselling books in print.  Her latest book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, is a hilarious and absurd collection of travel essays in which Chelsea delivers some of her favorite stories while also giving travelers her (not to be believed) guide to etiquette, hot spots, and answers to some of the most asked travel questions. 
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  • Comedy Central's @midnight Live with  Chris Hardwick Comedy Central's @midnight Live with Chris Hardwick

     

    Chris Hardwick, along with contestants Matt Braunger, Arden Myrin, and Mike Lawrence, brings a live performance of Comedy Central's @midnight to the Wild West Comedy Festival!  With @midnight, Hardwick leads fans down the ultimate internet wormhole with a rotating lineup of today’s top comedians. Using social media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the setting, @midnight challenges comedians to prove who’s the funniest by commenting on the craziest, most absurd news and posts that social media has to offer.
     
    Chris is a stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for Wired magazine, and CEO of Nerdist Industries. Nerdist has grown to include the Nerdist.com website; a premium YouTube channel with over 850K subscribers; 2.1M Twitter fans; and a podcast network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast that averages 4.8M monthly downloads. Nerdist also produces content for television including All Star Celebrity Bowling for AMC and In the Name of Sciencefor National Geographic Channel. Chris is the face of AMC’s live after show Talking Dead, which discusses the highly-rated The Walking Dead. His new late-night show on Comedy Central, @midnight, premiered in October 2013 and airs nightly after The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
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  • Mitch Hurwitz Mitch Hurwitz Emmy-winning “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz will host an intimate conversation featuring footage from his time working on “Arrested Development” and a Q&A with the audience. Hurwitz will take over the Belcourt Theatre on Saturday, May 17th at 4:00 p.m.

    Prior to his work on genre-breaking "Arrested Development," Hurwitz co-ran Tantamount Pictures - a production pod under Sony Pictures Television, where he both Executive Produced several shows and created others including Running Wilde with Will Arnett and Sit Down, Shut Up for Fox.  Prior to that he co-created The Ellen Show, and created the NBC comedy Everything's Relative, starring Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Clayburgh.
     
    Hurwitz began his career at the prodigious comedy production company Witt Thomas Harris, first as a development executive, and later went on to write and produce for the Golden Girls. 
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  •  truTV's Impractical Jokers featuring The Tenderloins truTV's Impractical Jokers featuring The Tenderloins Come see the cast of Impractical Jokers live on stage in this interactive comedy show with improv, never before seen videos inspired by the hit television show Impractical Jokers on TruTV, and more. Q, Sal, Joe and Murr have been entertaining each other for years with the most hilarious dares they could imagine. Now you can watch them on stage with their signature brand of comedy!
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  • Roy Wood Jr Roy Wood Jr

    The thought-provoking comedy of Roy Wood Jr. crosses cultural lines and has entertained millions nationwide by stage, radio and television.  Roy will join Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin and Ahmed Ahmed as the Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour comes to Zanies on Thursday, May 15th.

    Wood, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, began his comedy career in 1999 at the age of 19 while attending Florida A&M University. By October 2006 Wood made his network television debut on Late Night with David Letterman. In 2008, Wood appeared on HBO’s historic Def Comedy Jam. Described as “charismatic crankiness” by Entertainment Weekly, Wood has worked with an array of comedians ranging from D.L. Hughley, Ron White, Monique, Bill Engvall, and Katt Williams. In 2011, he was selected by America as one of the top three finalists on Last Comic Standing on NBC and can now be found as a series regular on TBS' hit comedy Sullivan & Son.

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  • Daniel Kitson Daniel Kitson Join Daniel Kitson and Eugene Mirman in Pretty Good Friends, a Brooklyn-based comedy show produced and curated by long-time collaborators Mirman, Julie Smith and Caroline Creaghead. The show is an evening of innovative standup comedy and polished chaos that may include short films, music, and the occasional pig roast. Pretty Good Friends was named “New York’s Best Indie Comedy Night” by New York Magazine, who called it “The best mix of format and talent for a comedy show…screwball stand-up, stories, skits, and short films.”

    In a recent article, The Telegraph referred to Daniel, hailing from West Yorkshire England, as "the reluctant hero of British comedy" and "one of the funniest, most intelligent and perceptive comics ever to pick up a mic." Daniel has written and performed award-winning "story shows", including Stories For the Wobbly-Hearted, C-90 and It's The Fireworks Talking. He performed his most recent story show, Analog.Ue at the Royal National Theatre and St. Ann's Warehouse.
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  • The Lonely Island The Lonely Island The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone) take over the Belcourt Theatre on Sunday, May 18th! The classic theater will provide the perfect venue for a night of video screenings and intimate conversation. Host Vince Vaughn will guide the comedic rap trio through a discussion of their history, from growing up together in Berkeley, through their time at SNL creating the legendary Digital Shorts, and their multi-platinum musical success.
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  • Kathleen Madigan Kathleen Madigan

    Join Kathleen Madigan in “Friends of Tim: A Comedic Celebration of the Life of Tim Wilson” on Wednesday, May 14th.  Fellow comedians Ron White, Billy Gardell, Ralphie May, James Gregory and Killer Beaz accompany Kathleen in a night of comedy to celebrate the life of Tim Wilson, a Nashville resident comedian who passed away on February 26th.  All proceeds from the show will benefit the Tim Wilson Memorial fund.
     
    Over Kathleen Madigan’s 25 year career she has performed on nearly every standup television show ever made; Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson and so on. Her third hour-long special, Madigan Again, which iTunes named one of the Best Comedy Albums of 2013, premièred on September 11 exclusively on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America. Previously she’s released 4 CDs and 2 DVDs and starred in 2 HBO specials, 3 Comedy Central specials, 3 CMT Salute to the Troops specials with Ron White and her last hour-long special, Gone Madigan, premièred on Showtime and is available on Netflix.

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  • Marc Maron Marc Maron

    Marc Maron brings two shows to the Wild West Comedy Festival.  Beginning on Thursday, May 15th, the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast comes to the historic Belcourt Theater with an in-depth interview with Vince Vaughn.  Maron’s popular podcast, which features compelling monologues and interviews with iconic personalities, regularly hits #1 on the iTunes charts.  Then, on Friday, May 16th, join Maron for a special stand up event on the stage of Zanies.

    For over twenty years, Marc has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television.  A legend in the stand-up community, he has appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Real Time, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up, The Green Room, two Comedy Central Presents specials and almost every show that allows comics to perform. He has appeared a record 48 times on Conan.  He penned a collection of essays titled Attempting Normal; and wrote a book based on his solo show, The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah.  Marc’s first three CDs, ‘Not Sold Out’, ‘Tickets Still Available’ and ‘Final Engagement’ are comedy cult classics, while his album, ‘This Has To Be Funny’ was named #1 Comedy Album of 2011 by LaughSpin.com and named in The AV Club’s Best Comedy Albums of 2011. Marc was included in TIME Magazine’s 100 short list of the Most Influencial People 2012. 

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  • Demetri Martin Demetri Martin

    Standup comedian, writer and actor Demetri Martin performs two exclusive, limited engagement shows at Third Man Records on Saturday, May 17th. Demetri has worked in television, stage, film and print. In television, he was a correspondent on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and a staff writer at Late Night with Conan O’Brien. His hour-long standup special Demetri Martin. Person premiered on Comedy Central. He also created and starred in the Comedy Central’s series Important Things with Demetri Martin. On the big screen, Demetri starred in the Ang Lee film Taking Woodstock. His hilarious foray into the written word, This is a Book was an instant New York Times Bestseller. Demetri’s writing has been featured in publications including The New Yorker, Wired Magazine, and Playboy. He won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his one-man show, If I. He released a standup comedy album called These Are Jokes. His standup comedy album, Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian, was released in October 2012 along with a DVD of his comedy special, which premiered on Comedy Central in September 2012. His latest book, Point Your Face at This, was released in March 2013.

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  • Ralphie May Ralphie May

    Voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Ralphie May has released, a record-setting, four one- hour comedy specials and will be releasing two more this year, proving that his relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever. In addition, he recently released a vintage comedy album recorded in Houston in 1998 and his new line of barbecue sauce called “Fat Baby Jesus.” Lovable enough to get away with anything, Ralphie continues to capture the hearts of thousands on his sold out tours and promises to make you gleefully uncomfortable.
     
    Since his debut on season one of “Last Comic Standing,” audiences can’t get enough of the larger than life comedian.  Ralphie has a proven track record of selling out multiple shows in 1,500 to 3,000 seat venues.  He has a no nonsense point of view and the ability to connect with a diverse audience by pointing out society’s hypocrisies.  Ralphie doesn’t shy away from touchy topics or ethnic jokes, nor does he bite his tongue when society suggests, because he sincerely believes that as long as what he’s saying is true, people need to hear it.
     
    Born on February 17, 1972 in Chattanooga, Tennessee and raised in Clarksville, Arkansas, Ralphie was one of four kids raised by his single mom.  At the age of seventeen he won a contest to open for his idol, Sam Kinison.  He later moved to Houston to develop his comedy routine, at Kinison’s suggestion.   “All the comics I’ve ever admired, whether it be Kinison, Lenny Bruce, Buddy Hackett or Richard Pryor, all share a commonality,” says May.  “They’re a tour de force.  When they speak, there’s no room for rebuttal.  They’ve thought it all out.  Even the pros and cons of their argument, they raise openly and debate in the midst of their conversation and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.”
     
    On the small screen, Ralphie has worked as a writer and producer on ESPN's “Mohr Sports” starring Jay Mohr and performed stand-up on numerous late night talk shows including four appearances on CBS's “The Late Late Show w/ Craig Kilborn” as well as eleven appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”  He has appeared on “The Man Show” and MTV’s “Bash” as well as guest- starred on NBC’s “Whoopie.”   As if that’s not enough, he’s also one of a handful of comedians to have received a standing ovation on “The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno.” 
     
    When he’s not on the road, Ralphie divides his time between Nashville and Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Lahna, their wonderful dog Hoochie Mama, and their two children, April June May and August James May.  He contributes much of his time and energy to helping others.  Since establishing a residence in Nashville, he has been actively involved with the 100 Club of Nashville, various youth organizations and the Humane Society.   

    For additional information, please visit http://www.ralphiemay.com or his online press kit at: 

    http://activepitch.com/profile.php?sn=16f2ec4b706bec570e755a2ab9193e02606f3991.

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  • Seth Meyers Seth Meyers Emmy Award winner Seth Meyers added to NBC’s extraordinary late-night legacy with the launch of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Feb. 24, 2014. Meyers began his TV career with “Saturday Night Live” in 2001. Currently completing his 13th season on the legendary sketch comedy program, he has served as head writer for nine seasons and “Weekend Update” anchor for eight seasons. Viewers recognize Meyers for his sharp wit, satirical commentary on topical events and newsmakers, and hilarious interactions with the wide array of guests that visit the “Weekend Update” desk.

    A graduate of Northwestern University, Meyers studied and performed at ImprovOlympic before moving on to the Boom Chicago Theater in Amsterdam, Holland. His acclaimed show “Pick-ups and Hiccups,” with partner Jill Benjamin, toured Europe and eventually caught the eye of “SNL.” Meyers also lends his voice to Hulu’s animated superhero show “The Awesomes,” which he co-created with Mike Shoemaker. The show premiered August 2013 and quickly became a hit before being picked up for a second season. Meyers hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to rave reviews. In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue, and has also garnered 10 additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer in television. Meyers currently resides in New York City with his wife, Alexi, and their dog, Frisbee.
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  • Dennis Miller Dennis Miller

    It’s been said that five-time Emmy award winner Dennis Miller is “One of the premiere comedy talents in America today...,” or, to quote The Hollywood Reporter, "The most cerebral, astute and clever standup ever to put mouth to microphone."  While others are blunt assessing Miller’s comedic stature, Dennis himself makes a virtue of understatement, but there is nothing low key about his career. Since 2007, Dennis has been heard five days a week on his nationally syndicated Dial Global Radio talk show The Dennis Miller Show.  He is also a regular contributor for The O’Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel.  Miller garnered five Emmy awards, and three Writer’s Guild of America Awards for his critically acclaimed half-hour, live talk show Dennis Miller Live. Dennis has achieved success in tv, including six standup specials for HBO; in film, most notably in Disclosure, The Net, Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and What Happens in Vegas; and publishing with the release of four New York Times best-selling books.

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  • Eugene Mirman Eugene Mirman
    Join Eugene Mirman and Daniel Kitson in Pretty Good Friends, a Brooklyn-based comedy show produced and curated by long-time collaborators Mirman, Julie Smith and Caroline Creaghead.  The show is an evening of innovative standup comedy and polished chaos that may include short films, music, and the occasional pig roast.  Pretty Good Friends was named “New York’s Best Indie Comedy Night” by New York Magazine, who called it “The best mix of format and talent for a comedy show…screwball stand-up, stories, skits, and short films.”
     
    Eugene Mirman is the voice of “Gene” on Fox’s hit animated series Bob’s Burgers, and is a series regular on Flight of the Conchords and Adult Swim’s Delocated. Eugene was named Best New York City Comedian by the Village Voice, one of “50 Funniest” by Time Out New York, and one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine.
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  • B.J. NOVAK B.J. NOVAK "ONE MORE THING" BJ Novak will perform and discuss stories from his critically acclaimed, New York Times best selling collection of fiction, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Published by Knopf/Random House in February of 2014, the collection debuted to overwhelmingly positive reviews and appeared at #4 on the NY Times Hardcover Fiction list.  Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times identified Novak as “a genuine storyteller with finely tuned emotional radar.” Jen Chaney of The Washington Post designated Novak as “a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.” Caryn James of The Daily Beast wrote: “It’s a sign of his freshness that reviews, most with extravagant praise, have strained for comparisons.” TIME Magazine distinguished One More Thing as a book “you won’t want to miss in 2014.” B.J. is an actor and writer best known for his work on the long- running and Emmy award-winning comedy, “The Office.” In addition to starring as Ryan, B.J. served as an executive producer of the series, as well as one of its most frequent writers and directors. In film, he is widely known for his performances in Quentin Tarantino's “Inglourious Basterds” and Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” as well as appearances in “The Internship,” “Knocked Up,” and “Reign Over Me.” He will next be seen in the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Acclaimed as a standup comedian, B.J.  has performed frequently at colleges and theaters across the country since 2002. Novak’s first book for children, “The Book With No Pictures,” will be published by Dial/Penguin in fall of 2014.
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  • Nick Swardson Nick Swardson Every so often, a comedian comes along who emerges as a triple threat:  comedian, actor and writer/producer.  Nick Swardson is one of the most exciting artists to have taken on this role.  Most recently, Nick performed in Grown Ups 2 and Grown Ups. The road to success has been a steady climb for Swardson, who started his career in St. Paul/  Minneapolis, then on to New York and  Los Angeles, where he first struck feature success in writing Warner Bros. Malibu's Most Wanted, which starred Jamie Kennedy.  After catching the attention of Happy Madison Productions, he quickly became a fixture in the company, writing, co-writing or producing such projects as Grandma's Boy, Benchwarmers, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.  Nick also performs in movies such includng That’s My Boy,  Blades of Glory, 30 Minutes or Less and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, which he wrote, acted, and produced.  His first CD/DVD Party on Comedy Central Records went Platinum and was he followed with his first one-hour Comedy Central special, Seriously who Farted.
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  • Aisha Tyler Aisha Tyler

    Aisha Tyler is co-host of CBS’ Emmy-winning, The Talk, host of CW’s Whose Line Is It Anyway and the voice of Lana on FX’s hit animated series, Archer. She’s the creator and host of the podcast Girl on Guy, chosen by iTunes as a best new comedy podcast of 2011, with over 12 million downloads to date. Aisha’s second book, “Self Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation.” was published in July 2013, and debuted as a NY Times Best-Seller. Aisha is a former host of E! Entertainment’s iconic Talk Soup, had extended character arcs on Friends, CSI, and 24, and co-starred on Ghost Whisperer, in addition to appearing in many films. Aisha is a favorite guest on talk shows from the Tonight Show, Letterman and the Late, Late Show, to the Today Show, CBS This Morning and more. Aisha’s Comedy Central special “Aisha Tyler is Lit:  Live at the Fillmore,” was a huge hit, as well. Aisha continues to tour as a stand-up comedian.

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  • Vince Vaughn Vince Vaughn Vince Vaughn makes two special appearances at the comedy festival. On Thursday, May 15th, at the historic Belcourt Theatre, Vince will join Marc Maron for live in-depth interview for the popular “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast on the stage of the Polk Theater.   On Sunday, May 18th, also at the Belcourt Theater, join Vince as he hosts a night of video screenings and intimate conversation with The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone).  Vaughn will guide the comedic rap trio through a discussion of their history, from growing up together in Berkeley, through their time at SNL creating the legendary Digital Shorts, and their multi-platinum musical success.
     
    Vince is one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed triple threats as an actor, producer and screenwriter. Vaughn is best known for his appearances in comedic classic hits such as Swingers, Made, Old School, Wedding Crashers, The Break-up, and Couple's Retreat. Recent film credits include The Internship, which was created, produced and starred in by Vince; and Delivery Man, a remake of the Ken Scott Canadian comedy Starbuck. Vince is re-teaming with his Delivery Man director, Ken Scott on Business or Pleasure for 20th Century Fox, and is currently in production on Term Life. As founder and creative leader of Wild West Productions, Vince has overseen production on several of his leading films, as well as, original TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son, and documentaries The Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights - Hollwyood to the Heartland and Art of Conflict: The Murals of Northern Ireland.  
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  • Ron White Ron White Join Ron White in “Friends of Tim: A Comedic Celebration of the Life of Tim Wilson” at the Wild West Comedy Festival on Wednesday, May 14th.  Fellow comedians Billy Gardell, Kathleen Madigan, Ralphie May, James Gregory and Killer Beaz accompany Ron in a night of comedy to celebrate the life of Tim Wilson, a Nashville resident comedian who passed away on February 26th.   Tim was well loved by both Nashville locals and fans across the country. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Tim Wilson Memorial fund.


    Ron “Tater Salad” White is a two-time Grammy Award-nominated American stand-up comedian boasting a Gold record, three top-rated Comedy Central specials, and a new York Times Bestselling book.  He is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which helped elevate him to star status following the original Blue Collar tour and DVD release.
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