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BenDeLaCreme

Sweet as pie and sharp as cheddar! The international Drag superstar, writer, producer, and director, BenDeLaCreme, is known for combining her background in performing and visual arts with a love of spectacle, glamor, and Saturday morning cartoons creating work that “Keep[s] you entertained while making you think about your place in the world” (Forbes).

She has dazzled crowds throughout the Americas, Europe, and Australia, premiered four critically acclaimed solo shows Off-Broadway, as well as written, directed, and produced myriad narrative works and variety spectaculars that have played to sold-out audiences since 2008. BenDeLaCreme Presents, the production company helmed by BenDeLaCreme, has produced three wildly successful holiday tours. Its first in 2018 was a US national tour for, “To Jesus, Thanks for Everything, Jinkx and DeLa!.” 2019 saw the company expanding their holiday tour internationally with “All I Want for Christmas is Attention.” With 2021’s international tour of, “The Return of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show Live!” becoming the highest grossing tour for BenDeLaCreme Presents to date.

BenDeLaCreme has appeared on two seasons of the Emmy Award-winning, RuPaul’s Drag Race. After being crowned Miss Congeniality on Season 6 (Logo), she returned to compete on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (VH1) where she garnered more challenge wins than any other competitor in the show’s history, among other series records. 2020 was a busy year for BenDeLaCreme, where she had a standout cameo role in the Hulu Original film, Happiest Season. She also co-wrote, co-starred, self-produced, and directed her debut film, “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special,” which became a critical and commercial success, leading to an exclusive licensing deal with Hulu.

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Comedy Stand-Up

Modi

Voted one of the top 10 comedians in New York City by The Hollywood Reporter, Modi is one of the comedy circuit’s most sought after performers. Featured on HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, and E! Entertainment, Modi has received rave reviews in The New York Times, Time Out NY and The New York Post.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Modi emigrated with his family to the United States at the age of seven and was raised on Long Island.

After graduating from Boston University, he worked as an investment banker until his first open-mic night made him realize that stand-up was his true calling. Equipped with a sharp wit and a knack for reading an audience, Modi has gone on to become a successful fixture in New York’s vibrant comedy scene, often doing bits that incorporate his heritage, and he is a hit with diverse Jewish audiences as well as fans of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Now a regular performer at the New York and Los Angeles comedy clubs, Modi also headlines around the country and across the globe. He has toured in the United Kingdom, Holland, and Israel and performs in comedy festivals and special venues, including Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Modi has played himself on HBO’s Crashing and Netflix’s When Jews Were Funny. He’s also appeared in several feature films and played leading roles in two: Waiting for Woody Allen, which won the LA Film Festival, and Stand Up, a feature-length film. In 2018, Mayor Bill De Blasio declared June 26th ‘Mordechi Modi Rosenfeld’ day in the city of New York for his accomplishments and contributions to the artistic community.

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Carlos Santos

Carlos Santos is an Actor/Comedian based out of Los Angeles. Best known for playing Chris Morales on the NETFLIX original series, GENTEFIED, Carlos was nominated for “Best Actor” at the 2020 Imagen Awards for his work on the series. Recently, he was featured in the 20th Century/HULU comedy VACATION FRIENDS opposite Jon Cena, Lil Rey Howery, and Yvonne Orji. Carlos has also been featured in roles on FOX’s THE LAST MAN ON EARTH and CBS’ 2 BROKE GIRLS. His upcoming comedy projects include “THE VALET” (HULU) and “CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN” (Disney+). He will also be joining a phenomenal lineup of comics for this year’s NETFLIX IS A JOKE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2022.

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Comedy Stand-Up

Zarna Garg

Proudly representing brown women everywhere, Zarna Garg is a mom and lawyer turned award-winning screenwriter and stand-up comedian, highlighting the immigrant and American experience with her own signature style.

Since the pandemic, she’s brought her comedy shows online, a move which was covered in the New York Times and outdoors to venues including Central Park and the MET. Zarna has taken TikTok by storm, with her comedy videos gaining more than 60 million views and counting!

Zarna performs for sold out audiences at top clubs across the country, and you can find her each month at the famous Caroline’s on Broadway with her second hit show “Sari, Not Sorry,” following her headlining debut, “My American Dream.” She is a featured comic on Kevin Hart’s Lyft Comic Series. She won Best Newcomer at Ladies of Laughter. She is also one of the winners of the #TY100 I Love NYC’s SMB’s 100 Small Business Owners. Zarna was the featured performer for the Outstanding Mother Awards in support of the Save the Children foundation with attendees including Halle Berry, Kate Hudson, Kris Jenner and more.

Her debut romantic comedy screenplay “Rearranged” won the Best Comedy Screenplay Award at the 2019 Austin Film Festival (placing #1 out of 11,000 scripts), and was also a 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Semi-Finalist. The script has been optioned by Marginal Mediaworks.

She is one of a handful of female Indian comedians worldwide, and quite possibly the only one who publicly takes on her mother-in-law. Zarna is a rare voice tackling the type of humor few (if any) other Indian immigrant women have attempted before, and represents a demographic with few comedic influences.

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Maija DiGiorgio

Maija DiGiorgio is a comedian, filmmaker, and NY-to-LA transplant. In her first year doing stand- up, Maija took the comedy world by storm taping five national TV appearances, receiving a standing ovation at NBC’s Live from the Apollo, and performing at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival. Her hour show IncogNegro was part of the summer series at the prestigious Here theater in SOHO. Maija’s Dry Bar Special “Maija Pinion” is available now with several of the clips reaching over 1 million views.

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Comedy Stand-Up

Aida Rodriguez

Aida Rodriguez is a comedian, actor and writer. Lauded by Esquire Magazine as “raucously funny,” she has become a favorite with fans and critics alike. With her first hour standup special now streaming and her own TV series in development, both at HBOMax, Aida is bound for the comedy stratosphere. In November 2021, Aida’s first hour standup special Fighting Words premiered on HBOMax. In the special, the comedian takes to the stage to address today’s audiences about cancel-culture and the social issues of the day, not just because they’re ripped from the headlines, but because they are in the pages torn out of her personal life. Additionally, Rodriguez is developing her own half hour comedy series with HBOMax based on her own incredible life story, which includes surviving two kidnappings, sexual abuse, and a period of homelessness. Co-written and ExecutiveProduced by Rodriguez, Chris Case (Showtime’s Flatbush Misdemeanors) and Nastaran Dibai (Netflix’s Dear White People), the project examines the struggle of a comedian (Rodriguez) who is trying to kick start a career while raising two very different teenagers on her own over multiple time zones. It is an uplifting story of survival and triumph in the face of a darkly funny Miami inner-city upbringing, where she learned
skills that allowed her to thrive and endure.

In 2020, Aida headlined the HBO LatinX standup special Entrenos while also appearing in Showtime’s Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam, one of only four women
to have performed on the series in its 15 seasons. Prior to that, she had her own half hour special on Netflix’s hit comedy series They Ready, Executive Produced by Tiffany Haddish and Wanda Sykes. In reviews Decider gushed that the special “will have you
laughing, crying and begging for more” and Esquire Magazine declared “This is Rodriguez’s genius—using comedy to turn pain into progress, to give voice to the voiceless, and to laugh instead of cry.”

In addition to her TV projects, Aida was handpicked by director Taylor Hackford for his feature film “The Comedian” starring Robert De Niro. She is also the five-time host ofPBS’ Imagen Awards, which recognizes and rewards creative excellence of Latinos in television and film. She is a guest writer for Buzzfeed as well as a regular Commentator on the popular online progressive political talk show The Young Turks. Rodriguez hosts
her own podcast, Truth Serum, which is an interactive weekly wrap up show covering the week’s hottest topics, where inclusivity and diversity are a standard, not an initiative.

A long time favorite on the standup circuit, Aida was a finalist on NBC’s Last ComicStanding and has been featured on several comedy fan-favorite TV series, including Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, HBO’s Pause with Sam Jay, and TBS’ Tournament of Laughs. She tours the country performing her distinct brand of poignant and insightful comedy to sold out audiences, inviting her longtime fans to laugh
hard, think hard, and feel hard.

For more information go to www.FunnyAida.com
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