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Jeffrey Jay

Jeffrey Jay is a Los Angeles based, transgender stand-up comedian born and raised in a town that is so Texas it’s called Texas City, Texas. With a Republican judge as a mother and a father who works on oil tankers, he didn’t think life was tough enough and ventured into a life of stand-up. Since 2011 Jeffrey has made his living touring the NACA college circuit and to date has done hundreds of shows that combine stand-up with a comedy Q&A.

He has been seen on HULU, the CW’s The Eye Opener, featured in The Guardian, in The Advocate as one of “The top 7 Transgender Comedians” and “7 LGBT Comics You Shouldn’t Have Missed”, and headlined national and international comedy festivals. When not doing stand-up Jeffrey participates in ally training and speaks at colleges and high schools sharing his story to educate others about trans issues.

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Tommy Davidson

Tommy Davidson’s exceptional range – from stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music accomplishments – have earned him a reputation as an extraordinary performer. Best known as one of the stars of the hit television show In Living Color, his visibility has allowed him to become a household name known for his innovative talent. Davidson started his career as a standup comedian in Washington DC, earning an ardent following. Spotted by major concert promoters, he was first booked as the opening act for Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross. It wasn’t long before he came to Hollywood and was headlining the biggest rooms and met Robert Townsend. This led to his first national TV appearance and starring role in Partners in Crime, the conduit to Keenan Ivory Wayans, who proved instrumental in Davidson’s career by offering him an opportunity to audition. Tommy and Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier — the uniquely talented cast of the most adventurous primetime variety show on television, In Living Color (1990), made TV history. The iconic sketch show was recently honored with the ‘Groundbreaking Award” by TV Land in a star-studded salute guided by Whoopi Goldberg and this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Tommy’s film debut started opposite Halle Berry in Strictly Business. A range of feature film roles from Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, where he received acclaim and praise for his turn as “Womack/Sleep ‘N Eats,” to Juwanna Mann (Morgan Creek) and the pivotal cameo in Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura II: When Nature Calls, followed. Recently, he starred in the landmark, award-winning documentary, I Am Comic, opposite Tim Allen, Lewis Black and in the feature doc, Dying Laughing, alongside Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman.

Davidson’s hilarious impressions of Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson and other icons have become infamous. His visibility on In Living Color led to three Showtime specials: On Strength of New York, Illin’ in Philly and Takin’ it to DC. Tommy hosted and starred in Showtime’s hugely popular Chocolate Sundaes special which garnered rave reviews and incredible sales. He also guest starred on season 2 of the network’s critically lauded, hit series, Jim Carrey’s “I’m Dying Up Here.”

His elasticity as a performer is seen on the small screen with standout guest stints ranging from MTV’s Wild n’ Out with Nick Cannon, BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood opposite Kevin Hart, to ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap. As a voice artist, America fell in love with Tommy as the star of Will Smith’s animated series, Youngin’s, Disney’s animated series The Proud Family, and alongside Michael Jai White in the critically-lauded spoof comedy, Black Dynamite (Adult Swim) as the character ‘Cream Corn.’

Tommy spent 3 years hosting ABC’s Vacation Creation, where the show grants once-in-a-lifetime cruises to deserving families who would never be able to afford them. Tommy’s stand up dates always sell out. He currently headlines “Off Color Comedy Tour” with Keenan Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans and David Alan Grier prompting all to ask,” Is ILC coming back?” He is also currently touring with Mike Epps and Martin Lawrence. In February 2020, Tommy released a personal memoir titled “Living in Color: What’s Funny about Me” which recounts his personal triumphs as having been abandoned as in infant, adopted and raised by a Caucasian family in Washington DC during the Civil Rights Movement. Also his sustainability in Hollywood and his experience with race in the US. With Disney+ recently announcing the return of The Proud Family, he is busy recording for the the new, highly anticipated new season set to debut in February 2022.

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Jinkx Monsoon

Jinkx Monsoon is a drag performer and recording artist best known for winning the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. She has appeared in film (Happiest Season, Drag Becomes Him, The Queen) and television (AJ and the Queen, Blame the Hero) and has released various hit albums (The Inevitable Album, The Ginger Snapped). She recently released her holiday special “Jinkx and Dela’s Holiday Special” with BenDeLaCreme on Hulu and enjoying different voice acting parts to spread her unapologetically queer and feminine creativity.

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Morgan Jay

MORGAN JAY is a Brazilian-Italian first-generation American performer based out of Los Angeles. Originally from New Jersey, he started his career in NYC where he attended the Tisch School of the Arts. Morgan has managed to create a unique performance that touches comedy and music fans alike with his melodic tunes derived from his love for classic RnB and Bossanova. Morgan was a semifinalist on NBC’s Bring the Funny, a featured performer in the 2021 ViacomCBS Showcase, and a featured performer of the Comedy Central Digital Team. He has performed at numerous comedy festivals including the SF Sketchfest, Laughing Skull Comedy Fest and was a finalist at the 2019 Big Sky Comedy Fest. Morgan has taken home first prize at the 2012 Westside Comedy Showdown, 2018 Ventura Comedy Festival and 2019 Antelope Valley Comedy Festival. He also won 1st Prize for best comedy/novelty song in the International Songwriting Competition which received over 16,000 submissions. Morgan will next be seen on GIRLS5EVA for Peacock.

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Sarah Hester Ross

Sarah Hester Ross is a Las Vegas headliner, Musical Comedian TikTok viral star and dueling piano player in Las Vegas. Sarah has been named “Best Comedian” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and was featured on “America’s Got Talent.” In 2021, she launched “Sarah Hester Ross LIVE: Music & Comedy” at Notoriety Live downtown Las Vegas, where she recently recorded an upcoming comedy special.

Sarah is so unique there isn’t a box created to put her in. Yet. With her soulful singer-songwriter chops, she is putting out original music that makes you think Sara Bareilles meets Janis Joplin. Then she turns to her hilarious and unique comedy tunes that have garnered more 1.8 million followers on TikTok, 100k on Instagram and that has her being compared to comedians like Bo Burnham and Rachel Bloom. Then put her on stage in front of hundreds of people she merges the two boxes to make her own unique entertainment experience

With credits in her one woman music and comedy show “It’s All A Joke” residency in Las Vegas, you’ve also seen her at Four Funny F*ckers, LA Comedy Club, The ‪Laugh Factory‬ at the Tropicana Hotel. Now you can she her weekly at The Bar at Time Square at NYNY Hotel and Casino, piano bar.

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John Heffron

Energetic and accessible, acclaimed standup John Heffron shares an array of relatable experiences from childhood through life as a married father. He’s learned a thing or two about relationships with family, friends, and even himself along his journeys, gaining an astute, uniquely honest perspective widely praised among his comedy peers. Audiences of all ages relate to his enthusiastic, hard-won wisdom, recognizing how often the path to maturity is marked by universal triumphs and failures. Rather than mock differences, the Detroit native aims to engage, connect, and enlighten.

Long before emerging victorious in the second season of NBC’s hit reality competition Last Comic Standing, Heffron first took the stage at the University of Michigan campus’s Main Street Comedy Showcase. He soon found himself skipping night classes to pursue his passion and branching into FM radio, serving as Danny Bonaduce’s wingman on Detroit’s Number One morning show, Danny Bonaduce and the Q Crew.

Along with appearances on The Tonight Show Chelsea LatelyThe Late Late Show, HBO, FX, VH1, A&E, and CMT, Heffron remains one of a small handful of veteran performers to tape two separate Comedy Central specials and has An Hour Special “Middle Class Funny” on Netflix.

In the podcasting realm, Heffron has guested on WTF with Marc MaronThe Joe Rogan Experience, and Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank. He launched his own The State I’m In on the All Things Comedy network in August 2014. Much like his self-effacing live material, Heffron’s podcast invites guests and listeners alike to explore the ever-fluctuating position they find themselves in both physically and mentally.

In addition to headlining clubs and appearing at festivals around the world, Heffron remains in high demand as a performer at events for numerous Fortune 50 companies including Mercedes, Frito Lay, Sonic,  Johnson & Johnson, Ernst and Young, And The FBI  Just to name a few.

His four albums, Middle Class Funny DVD, and best-selling advice book I Come to You From the Future: Everything You’ll Need to Know Before You Know It are available on iTunes and Amazon.

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Kevin James Thornton

Kevin James Thornton is a rising TikTok/IG star with over 1 million followers and 500 million video views. Kevin has built a loyal following posting hilarious, heartfelt and occasionally cringey moments of self reflection that are relatable to audiences young and old alike (with a splash of autotune). From 2009-2012 he toured 3 successful one-man-shows nationwide to theatre festivals and comedy clubs where Showbiz Chicago said the performance was “Intimate brilliance” and NUVO Indianapolis said it was “memorable and moving.” He has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Advocate, The New Yorker and Cosmopolitan, and was featured in a piece on NPR’s All Things Considered. Currently he is gearing up for Fall 2021 and 2022 theatre and club appearances.

Kevin is also an accomplished composer, filmmaker and photographer.

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Comedy Stand-Up

Kabir Singh

Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh

Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh is fresh off his standing ovation and four “yeses” on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in June of 2021 and then advanced past the third Round and is a current Semi Finalist on “AGT” . Kabir he has been a touring headliner for almost a decade now. Kabir has been featured on “Amazon Prime”, “The Family Guy”, “Laughs on Fox”, and Gabriel Iglesias’ “Stand Up Revolution” on Comedy Central. His Dry Bar Comedy special, “Stay Single”, has been one of the best reviewed specials on their YouTube channel. He was the winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Big Sky Comedy Festival, and a finalist in the nationwide NBC “Stand Up for Diversity” showcase.

Kabir has also headlined a night at every major Comedy Club in California and has headlined comedy clubs all of The U.S, U.K, and Canada. It’s safe to say Kabir is not an act to miss and according to many members of the Industry will be a household name in due time.

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Craig Conant

Craig was the standout “Unrepped New Face” at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. He was born in Los Angeles to a Mexican mother and an angry white father growing up with a lot of baseball and illegal fireworks. Conant is now sober, (despite the look on his face), and recently appeared on MTV’s “Greatest Party Story Ever Told” where he received accolades for his unique comedic voice. He has a hugely successful podcast entitled “Community Service” and was also recently fired from Trader Joe’s, come find out why!