Show Jun 5 - 7

Headliner:
Ben Kronberg

Ben Kronberg

Ben Kronberg combines clever one-liners and witty observations with catchy songs that he performs while playing instruments like the guitar, Casio-keyboard and iPhone! Much of his material has been inspired by girlfriends, who are now incidentally ex-girlfriends. Since his breakout performance at HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival, Ben has performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," "Last Call With Carson Daly" and "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show." Comedy Central recently named Ben as one of the "Comics to Watch." Ben is also the star of the popular web series: "Ted & Gracie," a story of a woman who is engaged to a serial killer, but has no idea.



Feature:
Maggie Faris

Maggie Faris

Maggie Faris began performing comedy in 1999 in her hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota.  Almost instantly she was noted for her ceaselessly cheerful personality and seemingly endless series of quirky, intelligent jokes dissecting our fears and social barriers.

However, it was in 2004 that Maggie’s career began to really take off when she won the Women’s portion of the Twin Cities Laff-Off Competition.  Maggie proceeded to also win the five-minute Gender Showdown and thereby become the first woman in history to win the championship title – no small feat considering past competitors include Louie Anderson, Dave Mordal, Roseanne Barr, and Darlene Westgore (Nickleodeon’s Funniest Mom)

In 2004, Maggie won another comedy competition to become the Public Address Announcer for the St. Paul Saints professional baseball team.  She was thereafter featured on such television programs as ESPN’s Cold Pizza for her unique style and memorable announcements.

Since her move to New York in 2006, Maggie has only expanded her range. A favorite at clubs, Maggie received callbacks two years in a row to appear on NBC’s Last Comic Standing Showcase. She now regularly plays benefit shows such as her recent headlining appearance at Rainbow Mountain Resort and has had her off-stage comedy featured on Fox-TV, CNN, and FM107.  In 2008, she was named one of the Funniest Lesbians in America by Curve Magazine.  In 2009, she won both the “silver nail” award and “funniest clip of the year” at the prestigious Aspen Comedy Festival.

With lighthearted material that forces the audience to laugh at their insecurities and prejudices, Maggie Faris has become a favorite for a diverse audience of fans.  Whether you’re black or white, gay or straight, Maggie shows that we are all equally goofy human beings.



Host:
Eric Lewis Baker

Eric Lewis Baker

Eric Lewis-Baker is a man of many passions.  As a comedian, orchestra teacher, and, most importantly, an 8th grade girls “B” team basketball coach, he is truly a renaissance man.  He began performing stand up in 2011, and quickly made a name for himself by taking 2nd place in Madison’s Funniest Comic 2012.  Before starting stand up, Eric performed as an improviser with The Titanic Players and founded the Madison sketch comedy team Manhole.  He is currently living and performing stand up, improv, and sketch in Chicago.



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