Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Burbank Comedy Festival Regional Showcase!
See you in August!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Burbank Comedy Festival Regional Showcase!
See you in August!
Hey comedians/actors/writers/producers –
we’re offering free admission to our industry panels at the Burbank Comedy Festival at Flappers Aug 16-22 – – live discussions, Q&A, and meet & greet with comedy agents, managers, club owners, bookers, producers, new media experts, college agents, and more – lunch & bar service available during panels – follow below links to RSVP – online RSVP required, limited seats available
Mon | 2pm-4pm | MANAGERS PANEL:
Tues | 2pm-4pm | CLUB OWNERS & BOOKERS PANEL:http://flc.cc/1M0fcn7
Wed | 2pm-4pm | COMEDY DEVELOPMENT PANEL: http://flc.cc/1Kz65N8
Thur | 2pm-4pm | AGENTS & MANAGERS PANEL: http://flc.cc/1IWJbcC
Fri | 2pm-4pm | COLLEGE MARKET PANEL: http://flc.cc/1Kz6cIl
Sat | 1pm-3pm | NEW MEDIA PANEL:
Where were you raised? Kansas City, MO
Where do you live now? Hollywood, CA
Who are you comedic influences? Bo Burnham, Louis C.K., Julia Louis-Dreyfuss
When did you decide to pursue standup comedy and why? I’ve always loved to make people laugh. I knew since I was a little girl that I wanted to be an actress but it wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles a year and a half ago that I wanted to pursue stand up and I’m so glad I did. I love the stand-up community in LA. I’ve had a blast doing shows and I can’t wait to keep it going.
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? Not sure I remember my first joke….I do however, know that I wrote short, funny “skits” and made all 4 of my brothers perform them for the entire neighborhood. My parents were horrified.
Why do you perform? I perform because I think my purpose in life is to entertain and make people laugh. Nothing in this world makes me happier than when I can make someone laugh and forget about life’s bullshit and remember to laugh at the hard stuff. That’s what makes life bearable, I think.
What are you looking forward to most about the Burbank Comedy Festival? I am beyond excited to meet other comedians and see them perform and do what they love at this Festival. A weeks worth of drinks, food, laughter, and new people? Yes please! I am so honored and grateful to be selected for this experience. I can’t wait!
Flappers Favorites: Wednesday, August 20th – 9:30 p.m.
Hosted by Joanie Coyote from Flappers University (Full Lineup & Tickets HERE)
Comedy Free For All Friday: Friday, August 22nd – 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Joey Medina from The Original Latin Kings of Comedy (Full Lineup & Tickets HERE)
Where were you raised? Hong Kong, Kansas City, San Francisco
Where do you live now? San Francisco
Who are you comedic influences? Russell Peters
When did you decide to pursue standup comedy and why?4 yrs ago when I came back to the US. The economy was bad & life is 2 tough so we gotta learn how to take it easy & LOL. Btw I’m disabled & Asian! I should qualify to make black ppls jokes (& others).
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? I worked for Hong Kong Disneyland & saw Mickey & Donald Duck smoking weeds in the back. Did it in a comedy writing class & it went well.
Why do you perform?
A way for me to connect with ppls as a geek. As a disabled & Asian man I got 2 superpower come into one in Stand-up comedy.
Freaky Friday: Friday, August 22nd – 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Rob Rasner from 3rd Rock From the Sun (Full Lineup & Tickets HERE)
Where were you raised? Brooklyn, NY
Where do you live now? West LA
Who are you comedic influences? Rodney Dangerfield, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin
When did you decide to pursue comedy? Why? I enlisted in Marine Corp boot camp during my summer break of attending Brooklyn Law School. It was one of the best summers of my life. Not only did I get into great shape, I discovered I could make my fellow recruits and drill instructors laugh. And if you can make your Drill Instructors laugh, you can make anyone laugh. It was that experience that gave me the impetus to pursue stand up comedy instead of opening my case books at night.
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? I went to this swinging sex resort in Jamaica, not the one in Queens. All the while there were nude, nubile bodices strewn about, as I remain aloof and disconcerted to my “circumcisional” surroundings. It crushed at Carolines on Broadway and it certainly helped that I had about 74 of my Brooklyn Law School classmates in attendance.
What are you looking forward to most about the Burbank Comedy Festival? Schmoozing.
Characters of Comedy: Tuesday, August 19th – 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Fred Stoller from Seinfeld (Full Lineup & Tickets HERE)
Cruise Ship Showcase: Thusday, August 21st – 11:00 p.m.
Hosted by Michael Rayner from The Late Show with David Letterman (Full Lineup & Tickets HERE)
Where were you raised? Oxford, MI
Where do you live now? Los Angeles, CA
Who are you comedic influences? Bill Cosby, Dave Chappelle, Mitch Hedberg
When did you decide to pursue standup comedy and why? I decided to pursue stand up comedy when I was 17, senior year of high school. I’d been writing jokes since 15, and telling myself I’d try it one talent show. Senior year rolled around and I figured there was going to be no other time, so I went for it.
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? I remember my full first 5 minutes. I hit all the good topics; swearing, family, the elderly, death, coloring books, and how creepy little girls are… I had solid laughs and applause breaks the whole way through, and ended up winning the talent show. I think the very next show I did I was booed for my entire set. That’s pretty much comedy in a nutshell.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? I once ran into Bill Burr at a bar in LA, and everyone’s talking about the greatest sitcom being Seinfeld, and I interjected with a rant about how Seinfeld is trash compared to the Drew Carey Show (partially because I think it’s true, but partially to just go against the grain), and Bill was laughing his ass off. Making one of my idols laugh is more validating than any other credit I can think of.
Comics without Borders: Sunday, August 17th – 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Dat Phan from Last Comic Standing (Full Lineup & Tickets HERE)
TMZ Comedians & Friends: Wednesday, August 20th – 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Rick Mitchell from TMZ (Full Lineup & Tickets HERE)
Where were you raised? Granada Hills, CA
Where do you live now? Santa Barbara, CA
Who are you comedic influences? Anjelah Johnson, Jim Gaffigan and Kathleen Madigan
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? One tearful evening, after a particularly jerky dude broke my heart, I thought to myself, nothing could feel worse than how I feel right now. Not even telling jokes to 20 strangers and having them boo me off the stage. My first joke is one I still kind of do. “I’m insecure about my boobs. I know you think you see something here but it’s just foam, hydraulics, and a mirror hidden in the room that reflects my shoulders onto my chest.” It got a laugh at the time, but it’s evolved and expanded into its own creature.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? I’m still a relative newb, so getting into my first comedy festival (this one) would have to be my proudest accomplishment. There have a been many small proud moments leading to this one, though, as I watch my hard work pay off, like the first time I won back a room when the two previous comics had bombed. That was an incredibly rewarding experience.
Ladies of Laughter: Wednesday, August 20th – 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Wendy Liebman from America’s Got Talent (Full Lineup & Tickets HERE)
Colorful Comedy: Friday, August 22nd – 9:30 p.m.
Hosted by Kimrie Davis from Scandal (Full Lineup & Tickets HERE)
Where were you raised? Menasha, Wisconsin
Where do you live now? Santa Monica, California
Who are you comedic influences? Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Nick Swardson
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment is starting a touring Stand Up group called “The Convicts of Comedy.” (I know, its a terrible name) We are a group of comics that tour throughout the Southwest performing in places like San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego, Fresno, Bakersfield. We basically started our own tour. Cold calling bars and clubs all over and just seeing if they would let us put on a free comedy show. And we now have places we play at all the time, building up our audiences all over without needing TV exposure. Its allowed me to do longer sets and to have a great time with my friends.
What are you looking forward to most about the Burbank Comedy Festival? I plan on being at and around the festival everyday of it. I got a show with Brad Williams hosting that I’m looking forward to called “The Misfits of Comedy”, and want to check out as many seminars as I can. I also like the idea that one of the comedy legends performing in the festival could be in the audience during one of my shows. I remember doing a show in the Flappers main room one time and heard Keenan Ivory Wayans laugh at one of my jokes and that still makes me feel great.
Misfits of Comedy: Monday, August 18th – 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Brad Williams from Mind of Mencia (Full Lineup & Tickets HERE)
Headliners Showcase: Friday, August 22nd – 11:00 p.m.
Hosted by Kevin Shea from HBO’s Down and Dirty (Full Lineup & Tickets HERE)
Comedic Influences: Mike Myers, Maria Bamford, My grandmother, Big Ang.
Grew Up: Wayland, MA (Suburb of Boston)
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
When did you decide to pursue comedy? After college, I decided to pursue comedy in lieu of paying back my school loans. I never really asked why, I just knew I would.
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? As a teenager, I did some unwelcomed character work at a talent show at basketball camp where I mimicked the coaches and their use of the term “finger roll.” I would say that was my first time on “stage.” I was a hit with my peers and universally panned by the coaching staff.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? I won a Telly Award this year for jokes I wrote for Kevin Hart. These were dick jokes and I am a gay lady so that part alone was a real accomplishment.
Comedic Influences: Dana Carvey, Andy Kaufman, George Carlin, Richard Pryor
Grew Up: Joplin, MO
Current Residence: West Hollywood.
When did you decide to pursue comedy? At the age of 6, because I thought being a doctor was gross and lawyers were eaten by dinosaurs.
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? Roses are red, violets are blue, I like spaghetti, lets make out. I told this joke at church. It got the silence it deserved.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? Making my grandmother laugh. She’s quite the stickler.
Comedic Influences: Gabriel Iglesias, C.K. Louis, Brad Williams, Cristela Alonso, Ludo Vica, Felipe Esparza.
Grew Up: I was raised in Boyle Heights, just east of downtown L.A., the part of town white people were afraid to visit… Yeah, that place.
Current Residence: I live in Silver Lake.
When did you decide to pursue comedy? When I saw that Cristela Alonso got her own TV Show.
What was your first joke? Where did you tell it? How did it go? Idon’t remember… When you grow up Mexican-American, chunky, funky, with ADD, a sixth sense, and undocumented you have to have a sense of humor and be funny to survive.
What is your proudest comedic accomplishment? My first time doing stand up I nailed my presentation and my husband was there to witness it and I knew I had to pursue this.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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