Ian Edwards was born in England and raised in Jamaica. His family moved to NY when he was 17. The United States is a great place to live, but not when you have a third world accent and are friendless. While he was literally slanging burgers at Burger King in East Meadow, Long Island, he turned to see his co-workers laughing. Another employee Greg Ellis had them on the floor in stitches. Everyone loved Greg, because he was funny, and when you worked with him, he made an 8-hour shift fly by. That's when it hit Ian. He needed to tap into his funny side. In England and Jamaica he was a funny kid, but somehow he’d forgotten that part of him. From then on he became the second funniest person at Burger King. He even made the prince, Greg laugh. One day a customer whose order he’d taken at the drive thru, told him he was funny, and should try stand up. He was 21, and needed to do something with his life. Ian went down to Governors Comedy Club and bombed his ass off. He put on a clinic of, what not to do. Only one joke worked, because he managed to say it right. So Ian figured, once he controlled his nerves, he'd be all right.
Since then, Ian has obtained some of the most prestigious credits such as SNL (writer), MTV’s hit show Punk’d (regular cast member) and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam (performer). Most recently, Ian was a writer on Fox’s In The Flow (sketch comedy show Executive Produced by Jamie Foxx) and wrote on the 2011 BET Awards. He also performed on both Conan and Lopez Tonight in 2011, and is slated to appear as a performer on Comedy Central’s Russell Simmons Presents the Ruckus in 2012.
Ian has also been invited and is set to perform at The Vancouver Comedy Festival in 2012, and in years past has performed at Montreal and Chicago Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, HBO’s Comedy and Arts Festival in Aspen and Bridgetown’s Comedy Festival. In previous years, Ian was a writer on MTV’s The Lyricist Lounge, Comedy Central’s Chocolate News, ABC’s My Wife and Kids, ESPN’s Mohr Sports and The Cartoon Network’s The Boondocks. In addition, Ian has performed on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, HBO’s Bad Boys of Comedy, Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy and The BBC’s The World Stands Up.
Mike Bobbitt isn't kidding around! Well, actually, yes, he is! With the charm and candor of a punk kid who's "just too smart for his own good", Mike's been making audiences laugh since the beginning of 2003. He draws from his experiences as a former broadcaster, a self-professed Star Wars geek and as one half of an inter-racial marriage, bringing the audience on a humorous journey through the fumbles and foibles of everyday life.
Mike Bobbitt got his start in entertainment in the early 90's working in both radio and television. He was a hit at the former 106.1 the Zephyr in New Orleans, Louisiana. When the Zephyr folded, Mike returned to Detroit, left his audience of thousands and directed his efforts to comedy and audiences of dozens!
Mike began his comedy conquests in February of 2003. In just under two years, he's built an impressive resume. Mike was a finalist in the feature act/headliner tier of the first annual Michigan Comedy Survivor Contest. He was also the winner of the Joey's Comedy Competition. Mike has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some of the best headliners in the Midwest like: Rob Little, Chrissy Burns, J. Chris Newberg, Bill Bushart, Steve Brewer, Basile, Tim Cavanaugh and Allyn Ball.
Saurin Choksi is a stand up comedian living in Chicago, IL.
We asked him to describe his comedy in the third person. Here’s what he had
*“I find him very charming. He says some things that are a little out there
but he’s just so affable! I just laugh & laugh. His material covers all the
hard-hitting topics of our day… race, sex, potbelly's sandwiches. It’s like
he’s saying what I’m thinking. I wish he would do more material on his
mother’s accent though.* Wait, who are we talking about again?”
Choksi is a co-producer of the Speak Easy Comedy show and one time
understudy at The Second City Detroit. He loves college football, Game of
Thrones, and monkeys (and dragons, and wolves).
Also, he’s real affable