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Radio Big Mack

Radio Big Mack is the music director and an on-air personality at 99JAMZ on the popular night show “Pac Jam with Big Mack & DJ Nasty” in Miami. He has been doing stand-up comedy on and off for years but also has an online sketch comedy show called “Badd Manner TV.” Big Mack was born and raised in Sicklerville, NJ, but moved to Miami in 2015.

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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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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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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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Natasha Vaynblat

Natasha Vaynblat is a New York-based actor, writer and improviser. She is currently a writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Digital Creators. She’s written for MTV’s Guy Code vs Girl Code and was a co-creator of the IFC web series “Laurie” and “Red Autumn” and the star of Above Average’s “Katie, A Lady.” Natasha has performed her solo shows The United Federation of Teachers and Self Help Yourself, Help! at UCB NY and LA. And her instagram @natashawearsclothes has been featured on Bust, PureWow, and Brooklyn Magazine.

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Daniel Franzese

Almost anything can be a stage.

Many years before originating the classic role of Damian in Mean Girls, starring as the boundary- breaking HIV-positive Eddie in HBO’s Looking, launching the successful YASS! You’re Amazing! two-year comedy tour, and raising awareness for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Daniel Franzese identified the inclusive potential of entertainment. As a child in Brooklyn, the actor, writer, producer, comedian, podcaster, and activist hopped on the coffee tables of family and friends and recited jokes, sang songs, told stories, and inspired smiles.

These formative performances set the stage for him to emerge a a confident body-positive voice for entertainers in the LGBTQ community and beyond. “My grandfather had twelve brothers on the same block in Brooklyn where we all lived,” he recalls. “Whenever I learned something, he would take me around to see family and friends, and I’d perform in their living rooms. Now, I call it the ‘Coffee Table Circuit.’ Very early on, I learned I could bring people joy by entertainment. Comedy was always a part of me. It’s been there throughout my life. I used laughter to battle everything I dealt with growing up. When I came out of the closet, it allowed me to be fully authentic, and authenticity is exactly what you need to be a comic. For the first time in my career, I feel like I’m being who I’m supposed to be. This is the real version of me.”

He quietly worked towards unveiling this version. After booking his first commercial in second grade,
Daniel committed himself to acting. He often visited a local Barnes & Noble and “bought a coffee just to
read all of the books in the acting section.” Graduating from high school in Florida, he caught his first big
break with a role in Larry Clark’s cult classic Bully. Following Party Monster in 2003, he lit up the screen
in Mean Girls a year later. The blockbuster emerged as a cultural force and accelerated Daniel’s career.

Relocating to Los Angeles, he appeared in everything from Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster War of the Worlds to the critically acclaimed remake of I Spit in Your Grave. He wrote and created his own rock opera, JERSEY SHORESICAL: A FRICKIN ROCK OPERA! Following its premiere at The Fringe Festival on theEast Coast, it ran at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. In its wake, he launched the one-man Off-
Broadway show I’ve Never Really Made the Kinda Money to Become a Mess and achieved viral success
with the YouTube series Shit Italian Moms Say viewed over 10 million times.

In 2015, he joined the cast of Looking for the duration of the second season as well as Looking: The Movie. Depicting the first HIV-positive character on scripted television in a decade, EntertainmentWeekly christened Eddie as “such a modern version of someone living with HIV” and “very groundbreaking.” Around the same time, Daniel became an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. As part of his activism, he implored Hollywood to spotlight the stories of characters living with HIV and AIDs, presenting a media playbook to MSNBC in tandem with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and GLAAD. 2016 saw him star in ten episodes of Recovery Road on Freeform before playing Jackson Morrison on ABC’s Conviction. While filming the latter in Toronto, he immersed himself in standup by regular performances at The Second City. This paved the way for the YASS You’re Amazing! tour. Not only did he pack clubs, theaters, and colleges, but he also built a platform for up-and-coming comedians to shine such as Anthony Desamito, Nicky Paris, Katie Molinaro, and many others. With more tours and roles on the horizon as well as increased activism for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and launch of his YASS! Jesus! podcast, he continues to empower and unite from any and all
stages.

“I like to unify audiences,” he leaves off. “I try to create something where everyone can be involved. I
endeavor to be a people curator and bring everyone together.”

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Cheech Marin

Primarily known as an actor, director, and performer, Cheech Marin has developed the finest private collection of Chicano art in the United States. Much of it formed the core of his blockbuster exhibition “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge,” which broke attendance records during its groundbreaking 12-city tour during 2001-2007 to major art museums across the United States. Some of these paintings were also shown in Los Angelenos/Chicano Painters of L.A.: Selections from the Cheech Marin Collection, which was on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), June 15 to November 2, 2008. Currently touring is “Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn’t matter}.”

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Brian Parise

Brian got his start in DC before moving to New York City, performing on New Faces at Montreal Just For Laughs, and going on to win an Emmy for his writing on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He performs standup in NYC and on the road, hosts one of the hottest monthly comedy shows in Brooklyn, and has selected to perform at a number of other festivals including Laughing Skull, Laughing Devil, Skankfest, Asheville Comedy Festival, Cinderblock, and the Boston Comedy Festival.

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Azhar Usman

AZHAR USMAN is a Chicago-based standup comedian, actor, writer, playwright, and producer. CNN called him “America’s Funniest Muslim,” and Georgetown University identified him as “one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World.” In 2010, standup icon Dave Chappelle–for whom Azhar has featured over 50 times–commented “AZHAR USMAN is UNTOUCHABLE.” He has toured over 20 countries, on five continents, and his comedy has been profiled by dozens of global media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, BBC, NPR, and Fox News. Azhar served as a creative consultant on Hannibal Buress’ 2016 Netflix comedy special, “Comedy Camisado.” Most recently, he performed a sold-out 18-show run of his critically-acclaimed, one-man show “ULTRA AMERICAN: A PATRIOT ACT” in Chicago, which was recommended for a Jeff Award. Finally, Azhar will appear as a recurring character on the new Amazon Studios original series “PATRIOT” (expected release 2017).