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Here are three of our featured comedians whose performances (and personalities) we’re really looking forward to seeing at the festival!
Erik Escobar | Website | Twitter
Comedic Influences: Emo Phillips, Dr. Cocacola McDonalds, Anthony Jeselnik
Grew Up: A house, Gardena, California
Current Residence: A large closet, Los Angeles, California
When did you decide to pursue comedy? Why? Freshman year, I had no interest in Theatre or Drama. I was busy expressing my artistic creativity as tight end for the BMHS Frosh football team. After practice was suddenly cancelled one day (We didn’t need it, our amazing talent and natural athleticism alone got us one and a half wins that season.), I made my way to Burger King when I came across about a dozen students screaming Pokemon references in between building two and three. I decided to hang out and voyeur into this new, untucked-shirt world. They soon called out “Any new kids want to play the next game?” At the time, I was a fan of Play Station’s Madden 2004 and thought a game of some sort might be fun. Myself and 3 strangers, each of us in a different class standing, then began to improvise a scene off the suggestion “kumquat.” I walked on out, put my hands in my pants, and did a variation of a Family Guy joke. Everyone laughed. A couple weeks later, I quit the football team to join the improv team. Eight years later, I left my full time to be a stand-up comic and teach improv workshops at low-income schools and juvenile halls. Both were the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? The first bit I ever wrote/performed was, “So I’m in college majoring in theatre, because my whole life I’ve dreamed of moving to Hollywood to become a waiter. I’m also doing a Spanish minor, but don’t tell her parents.” Everyone at the minimally-attended, on-campus open mic was pretty down until I joked about pedophilia — except weird old Janitor Joe, he just looked on, smiled, then put his pants on.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? It’s a tie between getting featured on the “What Not To Do” segment of Last Comic Standing’s season 7 or eating semen pudding on Tosh.o. I’ve finally made it, Mom.
Erik’s Scheduled Appearances:
Jessi Campbell | Website | MySpace
Comedic Influences: I believe my comedic influences extenf beyond comedians. Sometimes, I’ll see a really funny clown at a children’s birthday party and I’ll think to myself “Man, this guy is great. And I hope no one realizes I’m not supposed to be here and I don’t have any kid.”
Grew Up: I was raised in the high deserts of Arizona, living in a mud hut with my birth family until I was 8 and adopted by a “normal” family that understood my Hypertrichosis and integrated me into society. I still miss my old family sometimes. I’ll stroke the tails of my mustache and think of my days in the sun.
Current Residence: I split my time between Los Angeles and Reykjavik, Iceland. I’m part of an exclusive team of volunteers that helps dig up the bones of giants. It’s pretty important work. You’re welcome.
When did you decide to pursue comedy? Why? I decided to pursue comedy when I was 13. School wasn’t working out, I was having a hard time fitting in at the factory. I was smoking two packs of smokes a day and I just really needed a place to vent. I was walking home one night, clutching my lunch pail in my hand, my other hand holding my coat tight against the snow. And I saw this flashing neon light against the dreary background. I nodded to myself “Laughs, indeed.” I whispered to no one in particular. And I went inside. And I killed.
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? My first joke was a timely and hilarious (obviously) take on President Harry Truman and the conflict in Turkey. I remember getting on that stage in that speak easy, raising my voice so the audience could hear it over the cigarette dames, and yelling “I believe this Truman to be a bit of a scoundrel!” A hush fell over the room and even the piano man stopped playing. I had their attention. And I went on a rant unlike any other. By the end I could see the club owner at the bar, cigar hanging out of his mouth. He leaned to the bartender and said “this broad has some chops.”
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? My proudest comedic accomplishment remains the day I performed at Fort Bragg. It was where my father got his Airborne training. After the show they presented me with an Iron Mike- a statue of the Fort Bragg mascot. I had already started crying when someone pointed up. “Look, daddy, that man is flying!” A small child yelled. It was my father, parachuting in to see me. I watched him in awe. He was an angel, floating down, a smile on his face. I clutched my statue and tears streamed down my face as he waved. He never even saw that semi coming down the road. I still have the statue.
Comedic Influences: Seinfeld, Ellen, Gallagher
Grew Up: San Diego, California
Current Residence: In the lap of luxury known as Sherman Oaks. But the nearest parking spot is in Studio City, so I kinda get the best of both worlds.
When did you decide to pursue comedy? Why? I remember in third grade I told a joke on the tetherball courts and a girl I liked laughed really hard and said I should be a comedian. It was all just a downward spiral from there.
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? I’ve told jokes all my life, mostly through writing or silly videos, but I didn’t try stand-up until four year ago at the Broadway Comedy Club in New York. It went really well, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I opened with a joke I still use now: “I studied film because I really want to be… a waiter.”
Why do you perform? I love the craft of stand-up and the satisfaction you get when you write a great joke. Joke writing is like trying to break a code. It can take a lot of work until it finally clicks. Doing that joke on stage and seeing it make people burst into laughs is like solving a math problem and knowing that it’s right. It’s a good feeling.
Fruit Cocktail Showcase – Aug 20 – 10:00 p.m. – Hosted by Jen Kober (Tickets HERE)
Diversity Showcase – Aug 23 – 7:30 p.m. – Hosted by Vanessa Graddick (Tickets HERE)
Here are three of the awesome comics we have performing in the Burbank Comedy Festival!
When did you decide to pursue comedy? Why? During my second tour in Iraq with the United States Army. Some soldiers in my unit had come into the office I worked, visibly shaken, because they had just been attacked by insurgents. Luckily no one was harmed, but obviously they were in a bit of a shock. I wanted to help so I started cracking jokes about being in Iraq, and after about 5 minutes of rambling they were all smiling and laughing along with me. I was amazed at how powerful comedy can be.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? I wrote a prank idea down in my phone while riding the bus to community college. The idea sat in my phone for 6 months because I wasn’t sure if any would think it was funny. When I did finally film the prank, It went viral, gaining 2.6 million views, and landing me a few TV gigs.
Why do you perform? For the ladies. And by “the ladies”, I mean my mom and my sister.
Jose’s Scheduled Appearances
Comedy Grab Bag – Fri, Aug 22 – 9 pm – Hosted by Jimmy Shubert (Tickets HERE)
Diversity Showcase – Sat, Aug 23 – 7:30 pm – Hosted by Vanessa Graddick (Tickets HERE)
Dana Eagle | Website | Twitter
Comedic Influences: Paula Poundstone, Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian.
Grew Up: New Jersey. Exit 9. Off the Turnpike, not the Parkway.
Current Residence: Who’s asking? West Hollywood. There’s no parking but you can come visit.
When did you decide to pursue comedy? Why? I was in musical theater and I was asked to leave.
What was your first joke? Oh jesus. Filene’s Basement. The bags said “I just got a bargain at Filene’s” and I think I said something like I wish all of the bags spoke about the purchase: “I just got totally ripped of at_____! I just got a cheap piece of crap at______ ” and I can’t remember the third beat because it probably wasn’t good.
What are you looking forward to most about the Burbank Comedy Festival? Flappers just feels like home. Well, even better than cause I don’t have to do the dishes there. I can just eat and leave the dishes.
Dana’s Scheduled Appearances
99% Funnies – Mon, Aug 18 – 9:30 pm – Hosted by Jimmy Dore (Tickets HERE)
Fruit Cocktail Showcase – Wed, Aug 20 – 10 pm – Hosted by Jen Kober (Tickets HERE)
When did you decide to pursue comedy? Why? Decided to pursue comedy when I wasn’t invited to join the choir.
What was your first joke? I was 12 at the Laugh Factory’s Comedy Camp for Kids. I told a joke about how big I was as a baby. I think I made everyone cry.
Why do you perform? As an actor, I’m usually performing someone else’s lines, telling someone else’s story. When I perform, I get to make people laugh by telling MY story.
Kimrie’s Scheduled Appearances
Ladies of Laughter – Wed, Aug 20 – 8 pm – Hosted by Wendy Liebman (Tickets HERE)
Colorful Comedy – Fri, Aug 22 – 9:30 pm – Hosted by Lamont Ferguson (Tickets HERE)
Today, we’re featuring some of the out-of-town comedians coming to Burbank for the festival!
When did you decide to pursue comedy? Why? Right out of College. I saw Sinbad at the University of Alabama and knew that day that I wanted to be a professional stand-up comedian. I was also a smart ass all my life.
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? What is a termites favorite type of cookie? An OAK Mill cookie. Camp talent show. Made the other 9-year-old’s laugh. Know your audience.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? I was performing over seas in Tokyo when a lady who’s mother had just died a few weeks prior from a long painful drawn out battle with cancer…told me that while watching me perform I made her laugh for the first time in over a year and because of it she felt like she could get own with her life.
Marvin’s Scheduled Appearance:
Comedy Grab Bag – Friday, Aug 22, 9 pm – Hosted by Jimmy Shubert (Tickets HERE)
Late Night TV Showcase – Thurs, Aug 21, 9:30 pm – Hosted by Darren Carter (Tickets HERE)
Comedic Influences: Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Hicks, Bill Burr
Grew Up: Vaslui, a small town in Romania.
Current Residence: I mostly live in Bucharest, Romania.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment?
Getting laughs from people in cars, while I was holding a ‘Public Parking’ sign in Santa Monica for my job last year.
Why do you perform?
I like being liked even more then I like weed. I also think it’s a good way for me, to get a young wife when I’ll be 50. And if I can make people laugh at mean stuff in the meantime, I would call that a perfect life.
What are you looking forward to most about the Burbank Comedy Festival?
I’m looking forward to mingling with the comedians from Los Angeles. I’m also curious of the atmosphere from an international comedy festival. But mostly looking forward to hear laughs during my sets.
Radu’s Scheduled Appearances:
99% Funnies – Monday Aug 18, 9:30 pm – Hosted by Jimmy Dore (Tickets HERE)
Comedy Free For All – Friday, Aug 22, 7 pm – Hosted by Jimmy Shubert (Tickets HERE)
Comedic Influences: Bill Cosby, Kathleen Madigan, Jeff Garlin
Grew Up: West Hollywood
Current Residence: Both Traverse City, Michigan and Chicago
When did you decide to pursue comedy? Why? Never actually decided to pursue comedy. It just happened. I had no choice!
Why do you perform? Therapy….and maybe a date and a plane ticket one day.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? My proudest comedic accomplishments are my monthly gig at the Comedy Store with Crazee Cindy and at Flappers….and being part of the Chicago comedy scene.
Ellen’s Scheduled Appearance:
Ladies of Laughter – Wednesday, Aug 20, 8 pm – Hosted by Wendy Liebman (Tickets HERE)
Senior Sillies – Thursday, Aug 21, 7:30 pm – Hosted by Brent Lowrey (Tickets HERE)
Stay tuned for more “Featured Comedian” posts! We’ll profile at least six showcasing comedians each week between now and the festival, coming August 17th!
After Parties & Underground Showcases
This is where all the magic happens, right! And we’re making it even more spectacular.
Didn’t make it into the Festival- Or Just a Guest and want to hang out with a Bunch of Comedians! Here’s your chance.
Join us every night after the show for After Parties and Underground Showcases.
What is an Underground showcase?
At every After Party, we will hold an unauthorized showcase that has not been pre-booked by the festival.
This is an open mic opportunity that will be available to anyone and everyone who thinks they’re funny and/or talented and would would like to sign up.
Sign-ups will be open at the start time of each After Party listed below, and will be on a first come first sign up basis.
Come and perform in front of the best comedians and industry in the world.
This is gonna be fun!!!
After Party & Underground Showcase Schedule
Sun | Aug 17th 2014 – 10:30 pm – 2 am | Flappers Mainroom | 102 E. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank CA 91505 | Cash Bar & Light Appetizers and Late Night Snacks Available for purchase
Mon | Aug 18 2014 – 11 pm – 2 am | Story Tavern | Rumpus Room | 150 S. San Fernando Blvd Burbank Ca 91502 | Game Room-Foosball Darts and US! 818-567-4200
Tues | Aug 19 2014 – 11 pm – 2 am | Flappers BAR | 102 E. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank CA 91505 | Cash Bar & Light Appetizers and Late Night Snacks Available for purchase
Wed | Aug 20 2014 – 11 pm – 2 am | Holiday Inn Crystal View Lounge | 150 E. Angeleno Burbank 91502 BEST VIEW IN BURBANK | We will host a light appetizer buffet |
You Buy the booze CASH BAR | 877-859-5095
Thur | Aug 21st, 2014 – 11 pm – 2 am| Burbank Bar & Grille Garden Patio | 112 N San Fernando Blvd Burbank, CA 91502 | Late night menu and Cash Bar Available | 818- 848-9611
Fri | Aug 22nd 2014 – 11 pm – 2 am | Flappers BAR | 102 E. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank CA 91505 | Cash Bar & Light Appetizers and Late Night Snacks Available for purchase
Sat | Aug 23rd 2014 – 11 pm – 2 am | Flappers BAR | 102 E. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank CA 91505 | Cash Bar & Light Appetizers and Late Night Snacks Available for purchase
Flappers Comedy Club & Restaurant has produced its own podcast, “Flappcast: Behind the Funny” for almost a year-and-a-half. Its earliest incarnation consisted of several well-defined segments featuring interviews with Flappers employees, including co-owners Barbara Holliday and Dave Reinitz, booker Richy Leis, and manager William Nickerson. The Flappcast also featured interviews with headliners such as Kira Soltanovich, Dat Phan, Brad Williams, and Josh Blue.
The current incarnation of the Flappcast is a more relaxed format, in which Barbara Holliday and promotions coordinator Joshua Snyder interview an upcoming Flappers headliner for 30-45 minutes, followed by the Punch-it-Up segment. Punch-it-Up invites comics ranging from amateurs to headliners (Flip Schultz stepped in a few weeks ago, and Chris Cope before that) to perform three minutes for Barb, Josh, and that week’s guest headliner. Afterward, the three offer feedback, tags, and performer notes to Punch-it-Up participants.
“I love the format,” said guest headliner Alice Wetterlund from Chelsea Lately and MTV’s Girl Code, performing at Flappers Claremont on July 18 & 19. “Being recorded, getting feedback right away, and being able to have that feedback on tape. It’s never not going to help.”
Barbara joked that her favorite part of the Flappcast is “talking into the microphone,” because she hadn’t performed in so long before the podcast. Snyder called his role, “derailer of conversation” during interviews with the headliner, then “Paula Abdul” during Punch-it-Up. Barbara is especially proud of Punch-it-Up, because it’s just another way Flappers is dedicated to developing up-and-coming comics.
Aaron Black and Pedro Salinas, two incredibly talented Flappers regulars, joined the Flappcast for this week’s Punch-it Up segment. Aaron has only been doing stand-up for two years, and the Flappcast panel loved his “no homo” bit. Pedro has been doing stand-up for three years, and he used deadpan, false sincerity to riff on how much better rich people are than poor people. Both comedians found Punch-it Up to be a fun and valuable experience.
The Flappcast is open for free to the public each Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in Burbank. Check it out, and, of course, come see the podcast live the week of the festival. The headliner is TBA, but whoever it is is guaranteed to be awesome. Also, stay tuned for features on the FOUR other incredible podcasts recording live in Flappers Mainroom during the week of the festival.
Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you so much to all the comedians who submitted to the comedy festival. It really was a difficult decision but we are very excited about the selections.
Barbara Holliday Co-Owner Flappers