Meet your new best friend, Maggie Faris. Maggie is noted for her ceaselessly cheerful personality and seemingly endless series of quirky, intelligent jokes dissecting our fears and social barriers.
Maggie is a comedy competition assassin. Audiences and judges love her. She won the Minnesota Laugh off. Another competition win made Maggie the Public Address Announcer for the St. Paul Saints professional baseball team, which led to an appearance on ESPN™s Cold Pizza for her unique style and memorable announcements. She beat out Tig Notaro to win both the Funniest Clip of the Year and the Silver Nail award at the Aspen Comedy Festival. Curve magazine named Maggie Faris one of the Funniest Lesbians in America. She recently won The Advocate Magazine’s national search for the Next Funniest Queer Comedian. She was also voted “Best Comedian” by her Minnesota peers.
Maggie has also been invited to perform at Boston Womens Comedy Festival, Gilda’s Laughfest, Out Loud Comedy festival in San Francisco, Laugh Your Asheville Off, and best of the fest in the 10,000 Laughs Festival and the first Madison Comedy Festival.
Maggie has opened for such greats as Jay Pharoah, Fortune Feimster, Michael Che, Maria Bamford, Daniel Tosh, Kathleen Madigan, Louis Black, and Damon Wayans.
Spencer James’s comedy career started very early on. At eleven years old, he was the fat kid always getting picked on by school bullies and being ignored by every girl around. An army brat who moved frequently throughout the US as well as internationally, he used stand-up to provide comic relief. His sharp tongue has entertained audiences from all over the country ranging from small one-nighters to headlining clubs such as Snickers Comedy Club, Helium Comedy Club, Joker’s Comedy Club, Lafflines, and Morty’s Comedy Club just to name a few. He has performed for American troops stationed in Pearl Harbor and for the fisherman of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, made famous by the hit TV show “Deadliest Catch”. Spencer was the Winner of the 2014 World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, Nevada and at the 2014 Burbank Comedy Festival, he was presented with “Best of the Fest” .He was recently seen on the Fox television show “Laughs”. A sort of “personal reveal”, his comedy reflects a variety of influences – Bill Cosby’s storytelling; Mitch Hedberg’s one liners; Richard Pryor’s vulnerability. He admires Bill Hicks, Bill Burr and Christopher Titus for the openness they all share. His comedy gives us his unique perspective on those things in life that he finds funny or weird – stuff like guys in wheelchairs buying ladders at Home Depot. He discusses his warped reactions to first time relationships. No longer the “fat kid”, he continues to feel its influence on his life and uses it to fuel his comedy. Currently residing in Denver, CO, where beautiful women abound, he still finds it difficult to relate to them and this provides an endless stream of comic opportunities. Mixing a capella voice with his sharp wit, Spencer James is way more than just a dose of jokes.
A new young go-getter in the stand-up scene, Ian Erickson is quickly becoming one of Madison’s most beloved comics (his words).
With an extensive background in improvisational comedy, Ian’s comfortable, seemingly off-the-cuff style of storytelling shines through his friendly demeanor. Affectionately named “The Riffmaster General” by his peers (and scornfully dubbed “a fat failure” by his enemies), Ian is relentless when it comes to exploring comedy in the moment, resulting in unique and unforgettable shows
Ian has opened for headliners such as Andrew Santino, Joe DeRosa, Rory Scovel, and Nick Thune, and plans on opening for many more, if you’ll just let him.