New-York based Marina Franklin is emerging as one of the hottest comedians in the comedy scene today, with such notable appearances as, Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show, The Jay Leno Show, Awkward Comedy Show, Chapelle’s Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, NBC’s Last Comic Standing Season II, VH1’s Black to the Future, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and Showtime at The Apollo.
She is a favorite in Comedy Festivals across the world, like Melbourne Comedy Festival, Scotland's Glasgow Comedy Festival, BBC's World Stand's Up, Rotterdam's Comedy Factory, Montreal’s Just For Laughs, Ireland’s Kilkenny Comedy Festival, and Nashville’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. Franklin’s career in entertainment wasn’t always in stand-up comedy; originally from Chicago, she made her acting debut at the Illinois Rep Theatre. She then quickly realized her love for acting and went on to pursue a MFA in acting at Syracuse University. Franklin is viciously likeable, if there is such a thing.
Originally from the Midwest, raised in Orange County, college in Montana and a three year stint in Asia make Patrick Keane a comedian with a background. Why college in Montana? Football scholarship.Why Asia? To get away from football.Since moving to Los Angeles in 2000, Patrick has appeared on Comedy Central’s ‘Live At Gotham’, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the Bob and Tom show, Comics Unleashed, the Montreal Comedy Festival and is a regular at the Improv and Comedy Store in Hollywood. He was also a cast member on My TV Network’s “Tony Rock Project”. (the white guy).When not headlining himself, Patrick is the opening act for comedians such as: Nick Swardson, Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Pollok, Bobby Lee, Henry Phillips, Eddie Gossling and Bil Dwyer. While at home in Los Angeles he studies at the UCB theatre and Lesley Kahn institute. Asked what the key is to comedy, this writer/actor/comedian says, “I try not to be funny and it usually works.” With multiple appearances on the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson, his record setting viewer ship on Comedy Central, and his ability to tell the difference between people from Ireland and people from Northern Ireland, Patrick is the obvious choice to be the next host of the Oprah Winfrey show.His dry self-deprecating style originates from influences Bill Murray and Gene Wilder and his favorite stand up comedians are Chris Rock, Lewis Black, Gary Shandling, Jerry Seinfeld and many other female comics not from New York.
Despite his impossibly difficult last name, Joe Kwaczala has established himself as one of Chicago's smartest and funniest young comedians. He first started doing stand-up while attending the University of Notre Dame and somehow was able to make the student body laugh without mentioning Jesus or football. Quickly, Joe became a known comedic presence on campus: he hosted his own late-night talk show for campus television and founded the first University-recognized club for student stand-up comedians. Midway through his junior year, he moved to Chicago to temporarily study with The Second City for an intensive semester-long college-credit program called Comedy Studies. This opportunity acquainted him with the city's comedy community, and he would return there after graduation. Occasionally, Joe will go back to his hometown of Pittsburgh to perform comedy there as well. Inexplicably, he manages to make Pittsburghers laugh without mentioning football or football.
Considering that he was born when Ishtar was #1 at the box office, Joe has accomplished a lot for his age. Not only does he have a polished act that meshes an accessible on-stage presence with an off-beat sensibility, but he has also opened for a slew of comedians such as Aziz Ansari, Todd Barry, and Joel McHale. In addition to his stand-up pursuits, Joe has directed and acted in several short films, written and performed for a number of sketch revues, and debuted a one-man show Standpoint in April 2010.