Show Apr 24 - 26

Headliner:
Al Jackson

Al Jackson

 Al Jackson is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, writer, and TV/radio personality best known for his 30-minute “Comedy Central Presents: Al Jackson” special, and for his role as host of the BAFTA-nominated BBC series, “Officially Amazing”. In 2014, Al will also be seen on Dave Attell’s new Comedy Central stand-up series, on FXX's "Legit", on GSN’s Mind of a Man”, and on the NickMOM series, "Parental Discretion".

 Born and raised in Cleveland, Al began his comedy career while working as a middle school teacher in Miami. After two appearances on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and winning several comedy competitions, Al further built his resume with a series of credits including: TBS’ “Comedy Cuts”, Showtime’s “Louie Anderson Presents”, hosting FOX’s nationally syndicated travel show “Awesome Adventures”, and writing for TruTV’s “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal”. He has also appeared on Comedy Central's "John Oliver NY Stand-Up Special", "50 Super Epic TV Moments" and "50 Most Insane Celebrity Oops" (both on the E! Network), and serving as a coach on an Emmy-winning season of MTV’s “MADE”. Al can also be heard on the radio via the nationally syndicated “Bob & Tom Show” and on the “Opie & Anthony” show.

In addition to his work in television and radio, Al performs regularly at colleges, comedy clubs, and prestigious comedy festivals including the Montreal Comedy Festival, the HBO Comedy Festival, and the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival where, in 2011, he was voted one of the Best of the Fest.



Feature:
Forrest Shaw

Forrest Shaw

Born in Miami and raised as an only child by a single hippie mother, Forrest Shaw got into stand-up comedy after a decade of life as a marine biologist. Saving manatees and counting seagrass by day, at night, Forrest dedicated himself to comedy, quickly working his way into regular club work. The influence of his former life as a biologist is evident in his material. Forrest delivers witty and clever anecdotes of his unorthodox with a wry smile. He shares his own faults and failures with the audience in hopes that they too can find the lighter side of those things in life, which sometimes seem too much to bear. He also isn't fond of stupid people; but who is? Life is complicated and it shouldn't be. We have created all of this stress and aggravation so the healthiest thing to do is make fun of ourselves and laugh about it.

He was in the 2011/2010 South Beach Comedy Festival, the 2011 Laugh Detroit festival, the 2010 New York Underground Comedy Festival, the 2010 World Series of Comedy, the 2009 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival showcase, and Sleepless Night 2009. Forrest was a finalist for the 2007 Comedy Central Open Mic Fight and the 2007 Las Vegas Comedy Festival Lucky 21 showcase. He was a finalist for the 2007 Carnival Comedy Challenge and the winner of the 2006 South Florida New Faces Comedy Contest. Forrest is a member of The All Organic Comedy Tour. Forrest was featured in a commercial for the Florida Marlins 2009 campaign. He has also appeared in several other television ads, radio ads, on CBS4 news, and WSVN (Deco Drive).



Host:
Simon Zais

Simon Zais

From child prodigy to homeless loser, Simon Zais has lived it all. But don’t let his boyish looks fool you—drawing life experiences from growing up in Minnesota, coming of age on both coasts, and becoming a man in the military—Simon is anything but the antiquated “modern day youth.” With his quick wit, original sense of humor and near sickening charm and charisma, he has managed to go from bottom the barrel to successful writer, radio personality and comedian. Simon’s ability to share his life experiences in a way that make audiences think twice and laugh even more, consistently makes him a crowd favorite.



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