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Tacarra Williams

There is a new beast killing the comedy game that makes people cry laughing, and she is absolutely beautiful!Tacarra Williams is the consummate hyphenate–school teacher, plus sized model, motivational speaker, and fearless writer. Known throughout  the comedy industry as at “The Beautiful Beast,” from the moment she picks up the microphone, until the time she walks off stage, audiences can feel the laughter erupt–using her hard-won wisdom learned from the streets of NYC, her experience as a young mother, and her most recent endeavor as a Life Skills coach to inmates in the largest jail system in American, Tacarra dares to be the voice for every woman…never afraid to say what is on everyone’s mind, refusing to bow down to the prejudiced opinions of men Tacarra’s attitude towards female empowerment has earned her respect and love from women throughout the country.

Opening for the likes of Tony Rock, Deray Davis, and Bill Bellamy, her talent and wit cannot be denied. Having recently been featured on NBC’s Bring the Funny, Tacarra Williams has been described as “fearless” and “unapologetically honest.” As she pursues her dream of being a full-time comic, she has hit every major stage in New York and Hollywood, CA., including Carolines, Broadway Comedy Club, Apollo Theatre, Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store, Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital, and The Laugh Factory.  Her 30 min Comedy special, produced by Kevin Hart, has been featured on Comedy Central. If you think that’s notoriety, Tacarra is the only female in the history of the Shaq Comedy All Star Competition to make it to the finals, and she is the very first Female host for Chocolate Sundaes at the Laugh Factory. Catch her meteoric rise on NBC.

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T.I.

Aside from his contributions in entertainment including, 11 hit albums, multiple Grammy’s, Billboard BET and American Music Awards, countless blockbuster movies and top-rated television shows including, ATL, VH-1’s T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, American Gangster and Marvel’s Antman, to name a few, Tip “T.I.” Harris has made an indelible mark on the world of business. He is an artist, entrepreneur and activist who has amassed a business empire to include a record label (Grand Hustle), A film/TV production company (Grand Hustle Films), a 10+ year old clothing line (Akoo, Hustle Gang), a real estate holdings company, non-profit organization (Us or Else), owner/founder of Trap Music Museum, co-owner of Bankhead Seafood, owner of Super Sound Studios, investor and much more.

Harris served on the Mayor of Atlanta’s Transition Team, where he focused on policy and legislation; and currently serves on the Reimagining Atlanta Task Force, aimed at creating restorative practices and a community-driven approach to addressing incarceration. He has been recognized as a thought leader at the United States Capitol and during the Operation Hope and Forbes Magazine business conferences. His community focus is around driving economic mobility and equity in vulnerable, underserved communities. Harris was also awarded the first-ever “Voice of the Culture” award by ASCAP and is the host of a new #1 rated podcast, expediTIously with Tip “T.I.” Harris. Never one to rest on his laurels, he is in the process of launching new business partnerships and growing his brands.

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Lisa Ann Walter

Lisa Ann Walter’s film career highlights include stand-out performances as ‘Chessy’ in THE PARENT TRAP with Dennis Quaid and Bobbie in SHALL WE DANCE opposite Richard Gere. Other blockbuster films include BRUCE ALMIGHTY, Steven Spielberg’s WAR OF THE WORLD, DRILLBIT TAYLOR, EDDIE and THE TROUBLE WITH DEE DEE, which garnered her 6 Festival Best Actress Awards. She recently stars in ABC’s breakout  comedy series ABBOTT ELEMENTARY.

Based on her years as a national touring standup comedy headliner, Walter co-created, produced and starred in several network sitcoms; Fox’s MY WILDEST DREAMS and ABC’s LIFE’S WORK. Walter has enjoyed many other recurring TV roles over the years and can be seen guest starring on Jenji Kohan’s Netflix series,GLOW.

She is currently Creator/Writer & E.P. of her new half hour single-camera series BITTER.  Walter’s comedic memoir, The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It’s Behind Me (Harper Collins/Harper One) was on both the NY Times and Amazon Bestseller lists for comedic essays.

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Dominique

What is there to know about Dominique? Well, if you’re interested in high-powered comedy, everything. From headlining comedy clubs, to showing-out on television, Dominique is the new face of funny in America. She has created laughs on stages across the world, including NBC’s Last Comic Standing, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show,” O.W.N.’s “Herlarious” the now airing hit television series Adult Swim’s “Black Jesus,” Cartoon Network’s “Tropical Coptales and the upcoming television series B.E.T.’s “Games People Play”.

As a Washington D.C. native, Dominique honed her skills unprofessionally as a postal worker at the infamous Brentwood Postal facility. As a mail sorter and resident comic, Dominique kept the
night-shift alert, and amused while perfecting jokes. At the urging of coworkers and relatives, Dominique sought stand-up work at local comedy clubs, which came easily after a few performances. Dominique attracted diverse audiences with a mixture of political and cultural
comedy that made audiences think, and laugh.

She quickly gained notoriety for telling it like it is, raw and uncut. In a pre-internet world, Dominique’s fan-base grew quickly and word of her talent drew attention from HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” After a strong performance on Def Jam, Dominique pursued her comedic dreams full-time, moving to New York City to perform amongst the best of the best. Before long, Dominique became a fixture of New York’s comedy scene, performing alongside comics like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. During a chance encounter at a small comedy club, Dominique impressed “30 Rock” and “SNL” star Tracy Morgan, who immediately made Dominique the opening act for his “Caroline’s on Broadway” show. Since then, Dominique has wowed audiences from London to LA, and all points between.

In addition to stand-up and television, Dominique has drawn laughs from radio audiences across America during a regular segment on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” From this platform Dominique became known as the ‘people’s champ,’ a comedian who speaks for the common man and woman of America.

Run, don’t walk to Dominique’s next show, she’s the new face of funny!

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Comedy Hosting Stand-Up

Kym Whitley

Kym Whitley was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Khartoum, Sudan (Africa). Kym knew she was blessed with the gift to make people laugh, after a chance encounter with Redd Foxx, who told her “she had the Comedic Goods”. Kym began living her dream as a standup comedian in Hollywood. Kym Whitley became Hollywood’s go-to-girl with her smooth transition as a talented, comedic actress in numerous TV shows, namely, ABC’s “My Wife and Kids”, CBS’s “Two Broke Girls”, Disney’s “That’s So Raven”, TV Land’s “Soul Man” and HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Kym recently completed production of her docu-series, “Raising  Whitley” on the OWN network. You may have seen Kym in the following films: “Haunted House 2”, “We Bought A Zoo”, “Fun with Dick and Jane”, “College Road Trip”, “The Nutty Professor” and “Next Friday” to name a few. You can see her in the soon-to-be released “Fist Fight”.

Currently, Kym is starring in Freeform’s (formerly ABC/Family) sitcom, “Young & Hungry.” Kym is also an accomplished voice-over actress. Ms. Whitley has voiced the character, Honeybee on Black Dynamite: The Animated TV Series, and the character, Melonee in the Animated feature film, “Rango.” Kym Whitley created the “Don’t Feed Me” campaign to enlighten the public of food allergies for adults and children, namely for her most treasured possession
and son, Joshua.

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LowKey Comedy Show

LowKey is an indoor/outdoor comedy show created by comedians Paul Elia & Matt Rife. Birthed during the coronavirus pandemic in a direct response to the halting of live entertainment, LowKey is now considered one of the the top independent shows in the country — featured on The Tonight Show, the Netflix is a Joke Festival, and Just For Laughs, LowKey was the first live comedy show in the entertainment capital and continues to feature some of the worlds top comedic talent like Bill Burr, Tom Segura, Ramy Youssef, Ali Wong, and Iliza Shlesinger to name a few. Since their first show in July 2020, LowKey has done over 60 shows all over SoCal including indoor theaters in Palm Springs, Detroit, and San Fransisco, as well as Beirut Lebanon.

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JC Currais

This hilarious Cuban-American Comedian was selected as a NY Comedy Festival “Comic To Watch,” won the prestigious Westside Comedy Competition, headlined Johnny Carson’s Great American Comedy Festival, appeared on NBC’s Last Call w/ Carson Daly, and performed a late night set on TBS’ Conan. He is also currently being prominently featured in a Just For Laughs documentary series for Amazon Studios which follows selected Comedians as they progress from the first New Faces audition all the way to gracing the stages in Montreal at the most prestigious comedy festival in the world. In addition to being featured on FOX Lethal Weapon & Disney+ Just Roll With It, JC Currais will be acting alongside Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Damien Chazelle in the upcoming Babylon feature! JC is a powerful comedic force to be reckoned with as a Writer, Stand-Up, and Actor.

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Paul Elia

Paul Elia is an LA-based standup comedian and content creator from Detroit, Michigan. Among the few Chaldeans/Assyrians in Hollywood, the Iraqi-American artist has appeared in dozens of television shows including Ramy, Lady Dynamite and is perhaps best known for his recurring roles on TBS’s Conan, appearing in over a dozen sketches. His social media following is constantly climbing (over 100,000 followers on TikTok) which features his stand up, crowd work, and episodes of his hit web series Roommates starring alongside his co-creator Ian Edwards. With fellow comedian Matt Rife, the duo created LowKey Comedy Show, which is arguably the top independent comedy show today, which has been featured on The Tonight Show and the Just For Laughs comedy festival. The show has also featured some of todays biggest acts like Bill Burr, Ali Wong, and Ramy Youssef to name a few. Currently, he stars in Fuse’s hit show We Need To Talk About America along side Timothy Delaghetto, Zainab Johnson, and Aida Rodriguez.

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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 who delivers no matter the arena. Best known as one of the stars of the hit television show In Living Color, Davidson’s 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.

Davidson starred in Disney Channel’s beloved animated series The Proud Family (2001-05) and recently returned to topline their new hit, “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” (Disney +) to rave reviews. Other 2022 guest starring credits include CBS comedy series The Neighborhood; standout roles on VH1’s hit A Black Lady Sketch Show; the Nick Cannon-directed TV movie Miracles Across 125th Street, BET+’s The Ms. Pat Show and the Netflix special Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine.

The multihyphenate is perhaps best known for starring in the groundbreaking sketch comedy series In Living Color and becoming a standout with his impressions of Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson and other entertainment icons. His performance on the series resulted in three Showtime specials: On Strength of New York, Illin’ in Philly, and Takin’ it to DC. Davidson also hosted and starred in the network’s Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show, as well as three seasons of ABC’s Vacation Creation.

Davidson voiced the series regular role of Cream Corn in the Adult Swim action-comedy spoof Black Dynamite, and has also made multiple guest appearances on shows like MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood and ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap. He also recently headlined The Off Color Comedy Tour with Keenan Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans and David Alan Grier, and co-headlines with Katt Williams, Mike Epps and Martin Lawrence to sell out large venue audiences.

Davidson’s feature credits include Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, Morgan Creek’s Juwanna Mann, Ace Ventura II: When Nature Calls opposite Jim Carrey, and Strictly Business opposite Halle Berry among others. He also recently starred in the feature documentaries I Am Comic opposite Tim Allen and Lewis Black, and Dying Laughing alongside Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman.

His most recent critically lauded music duets include Sweet Reunion with multi-Grammy winner Dave Koz and I Know with A-list saxophonist, Richard Elliot.

Kensington Books published Davidson’s memoir Living in Color: What’s Funny about Me, recounting his personal triumphs after having been abandoned as in infant in 2020 achieving historic sales.

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Jinkx Monsoon

As an “internationally tolerated” comedienne and (the only) two-time winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon has become the reigning queen of stand-up, roasts, and celebrity impressions. Her hilarious and studied impressions of Judy Garland, Natasha Lyonne and Little Edie put her on the map as a RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant like no other, and her roasting and stand-up acts prove she’s one of the greatest queer comedians of our time. Jinkx is the creator, writer and star of the soon-to-be smash hit sketch comedy series, Sketchy Queens coming to WOW Presents Plus this fall and she’s the co-writer and co-star of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special on Hulu (BenDeLaCreme Presents). She has appeared in numerous films (Happiest Season, Drag Becomes Him, The Queen) and TV (AJ and the Queen, Blame the Hero). Jinkx will reunite with her best friend and fellow Drag Race alum BenDeLaCreme for their annual comedy theatre tour, “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show” in November.