Originally from Brookfield, IL, Todd first stepped on stage in 2008. After one year in college, he decided to go a different route and moved to Chicago to pursue a career in stand up. Since then, Todd has graced stages all over the Midwest, from Zanies to hole-in-the-wall country joints. His act is extremely informal and perfectly crass, and includes a selection of stories taken from his encounters with the opposite sex, poor job selection, drugs and alcohol, and his disdain of both the rich and overly religious. He’s been likened to a more sincere Bill Burr due to his snappy quips about commonplace situations and opinionated observations of the world around him. His comedy is unrelenting and in-your-face funny, and he’ll leave you scrambling desperately to find the Add Friend button on his Facebook page after his shows.
Jake McKenzie is a standup comedian and writer originally from the red dirt of Oklahoma. Now based in Chicago, he performs regularly at The Laugh Factory, Stand Up Stand Up, and various stand up shows city-wide. He has opened for Matt Besser at the Blue Whale Comedy Festival. His web series “Shrimp X” was an official selection of the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival.
Hailing from Sauk Village, Illinois, Keith got his first taste of performing jokes for the masses when he was 17, and then returned to the scene 6 years later in 2010. His return began at the Edge Comedy Club housed in the (now dark) Chicago Center for the Performing Arts. It was there where he met and became friends with those who would eventually become his partners in his future showcase, Stand Up Stand Up.
More lover than fighter, Keith’s act is extremely personal and real, ranging from the hilarities of trailer park living to learning important life lessons from crackheads to being a human hot dog. He’s brutally honest about both the world and himself, and is extremely relatable no matter what your background.
Ken is an experienced MC and featured performer, boasting regular hosting gigs at the Edge Comedy Club, the Old Town Pub, various open mics and even a short stint with his own production company, the now-defunct Gorilla Comedy. Elsewhere, Ken has been performed as a feature at showcases throughout the Chicagoland area, such as Rotten Comedy (at the Oakwood Tavern), the Two Hour Comedy Hour (at the Gallery Cabaret), Bada Brew (Crest Hill, IL), Laugh! (Bloomington, IL), the Strutt (Kalamazoo, MI), and the Round Lake Comedy Rounders (Round Lake, IL). Plus, one time he opened for TJ Miller, which is pretty badass. When not booked, Ken can be found co-producing the ONLY regular stand up show in Wicker Park, Stand Up Stand Up at the Crocodile Lounge every Thursday at 9pm and co-hosting the infamous open mic Power Hour at Gallery Cabaret every Friday at 7.
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Upon discovering stand-up comedy, Lara proved to be a natural, winning Milwaukee’s Funniest Comic in 2012. Her signature silliness combined with her dry, sarcastic delivery have made her a fan favorite nationwide. In 2015, Lara made her national TV debut on Fox's "Laughs". She has been featured at comedy clubs around the country, is a regular at The Comedy Bar in Chicago, and has performed sketch comedy with world famous The Second City. She has participated in the Oddball Comedy Festival, SketchFest, The Milwaukee Comedy Festival, the Memphis Comedy Festival, The Chicago Women's Funny Festival, the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival and Devil Cup Comedy Festivals in New York City, and MidwestFest. Lara is a producer of one of Chicago's most popular weekly showcases, Stand Up Stand Up, which is held Thursdays at The Crocodile Lounge in Wicker Park (www.standupstandup.net). Her stand-up is featured on RooftopComedy.com, Pandora, Spotify, and Amazon.
Dave Helem is a stand-up comedian from Chicago, Illinois. He attributes his witty sense of humor to the fact that he believes there is something funny in every facet of human life. He has performed at numerous venues in the Midwest such as Jokes and Notes (Chicago), The Comedy Bar (Chicago), The Chicago Improv (Schaumburg, IL), The UP Comedy Club (Chicago) and the Comedy Bar Chicago. Dave Helem was a member of the 2012 and 2013 Just For Laughs Chicago festival where he performed on the “Breakout Performers” show.
Mikey Manker's honest and conversational approach to stand-up, which takes personal tragedies, family dysfunction, substance abuse, sex and other life experiences, has won over audiences all over the country. A veteran of the comedy scene for over a decade, this St Louis native has headlined at Zanies Chicago, performed at the prestigious Chicago Underground Comedy, and even opened up his own one man show to rave reviews.
Called a “Gem” by RE:Com Chicago Comedy magazine, “Killing it” by the Chicago Tribune, and “Fearless” by ComedyofChicago.com, Sean White was just listed as one of the top 16 comics in Chicago by Chicago Magazine “with jokes that look misery straight in the eye” and has been performing over 8 years in clubs across 3 countries. His brutally honest style of quick thought provoking material landed him in the finals of the Hong Kong International Comedy competition with entrants from over 11 countries and his debut album, Dead and Gone was called, “an essential rumination about loss” by the Chicago Tribune with “a point of view unique among comics”. Originally from Alabama, Sean is now located in Chicago and can be seen in showcases, clubs, and family reunions throughout the Midwest and South.
The Chicago Tribune calls Rudy's mustache and hair "impeccable."
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Sammy Arechar is a bad boy. His sense of humor and his stage presence that is often described as “personified chicken salad” has landed him gigs opening for nationally touring comedians such as T.J. Miller, Matt Braunger, Garfunkel and Oates, Johnny Pemberton, Josh Fadem, Moshe Kasher, and Ari Shaffir. Along with festivals such as the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, NBCUniversal & Second City’s Break Out Fest, RIOT LA, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, High Plains Comedy Festival, the 2014 Comedy Exposition of Chicago, and the Limestone Comedy Festival. Arechar has also been featured on MTV’s Wonderland.
His hobbies, along with telling jokes on stage, are looking handsome, seeing what’s on TV, and seeing what’s in the fridge.
Liz Ziner lived the first 14 years of her life completely unencumbered by self-awareness--which lent itself well to hamming it up at every possible opportunity. From over-the-top Ace Ventura impressions to fitting her whole fist in her mouth, Liz plowed through her decade-long awkward phase captivating audiences by any means necessary. This love for the limelight and general shamelessness eventually led Liz to stand-up comedy and it was an instant fit. Liz's high-energy storytelling and playful perspective has since entertained crowds at comedy clubs, bars, bowling alleys and brunch tables all over, and has enabled her to share the stage with greats like Nick Vatterott, Mike Recine, Mary Mack, Andy Erikson, and Darryl Lenox. In addition to Stand Up Stand Up, Liz has co-produced the ClamJam Comedy Showcase, Cheap Thrills! Comedy Showcase, The Goodnight Milwaukee Show, and the Cream City Comedy Festival. She was featured on the 10,000 Laughs Festival’s Best of the Fest showcase, and was always the lunch lady’s favorite student.