Comedians for Common Sense: A Benefit Show for Gun Control hosted by Kate Berlant & John Early with Nick Kroll, Chelsea Peretti & More

Kate Berlant

Kate Berlant is an LA based writer/performer who has performed across the US in festivals such as the New York Comedy Festival, Festival Supreme, Treasure Island, Boston Calling, and Moontower. Her performances have been commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and she has been described by The New York Times as a "magnetic improvisational comic" at the forefront of experimental comedy. She has been named by Time Out New York as one of New York City's "Top Three Comics to Watch" as well as one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch", and articles about her have been featured in The New Yorker, The Fader, Esquire, Playboy, Rookie Magazine, and the Huffington Post. Kate most recently co-wrote and starred in the Independent Spirit Award-nominated Vimeo series, “555,” directed by Andy DeYoung, Demetri Martin’s feature, “Dean,” “Little Bitches,” written and directed by Nick Kreiss, and “Happy Anniversary,” written and directed by Jared Stern. Up next, she can be seen in Boots Riley’s directorial debut, “Sorry to Bother You,” which recently premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim, as well as the Duplass Brothers’ DUCK BUTTER, alongside Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman and Kumail Nanjiani. In the television space, Kate was featured on Netflix Presents: The Characters, Joe Swanberg’s “Easy” on Netflix, TBS’s “Search Party,” and “High Maintenance” on HBO.

John Early is a comedian and actor who wrote, created, and starred in the critically acclaimed miniseries 555 for Vimeo with frequent collaborator Kate Berlant, directed by Andrew DeYoung. He also wrote, executive produced, and starred in his own episode of Netflix's THE CHARACTERS.

John plays Elliot in the critically acclaimed TBS series SEARCH PARTY and recurred on the WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER reboots for Netflix. Other TV credits include AT HOME WITH AMY SEDARIS, HIGH MAINTENANCE, LOVE, PORTLANDIA, 30 ROCK, BROAD CITY, DIFFICULT PEOPLE and 2 DOPE QUEENS. He has also lent his voice to BOB'S BURGERS on Fox and ANIMALS on HBO.

John recently wrapped production on LATE NIGHT with Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson and John Lithgow, as well as GOOD POSTURE with Emily Mortimer. He can be seen in the features THE DISASTER ARTIST opposite Sharon Stone, BEATRIZ AT DINNER, OTHER PEOPLE, NEIGHBORS 2, FUN MOM DINNER and FORT TILDEN.

While in New York, he was an Artist in Residence and Comedy Curator at Ars Nova, where he hosted the variety show Showgasm. He performed his solo show Literally Me (4 time New York Times Critics' Pick) to sold out crowds at Joe's Pub and The Bell House, and co-hosted a weekly stand up show at Cake Shop.

John currently hosts a monthly variety show in Los Angeles at The Satellite. He has performed stand up at various comedy festivals including Montreal’s Just For Laughs, Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Pemberton, Treasure Island, Outside Lands, Riot LA, and Festival Supreme.

John was also named one of Variety’s Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2017. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee and is a graduate of the Atlantic Acting School at Tisch School of the Arts NYU.

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