The Bay Area Clusterfest Showcase, Hosted By Amy Miller

The Bay Area Clusterfest Showcase

Up Next is an annual showcase featuring a wide range of diversely talented comedians who have been selected by Comedy Central following a nation-wide search with showcases across the country. The showcases serve as an important step in Comedy Central’s development process and are designed to spotlight the most exciting new voices in comedy.

FULL LINEUP: Amy Miller // Kaseem Bentley // Karinda Dobbins // Dom Gelin // Ryan Goodcase // Phil Griffiths // Natasha Muse // Dauood Namiyar // Geneva Rust-Orta // Nick Sahoyah // Chris Storin // Torio Van Grol // Marcus Williams

Past comedians include: Jaboukie Young-White, Naomi Ekperigin, Michael Che, Josh Johnson, Matt Ingebretson, Adam Lustick, Kurt Braunohler, Mark Normand & many more!

Amy Miller is a fast-rising talent on the West Coast and national scene. Originally from Oakland, California Amy found her comedy chops in the Bay Area and is still a regular at the SF Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club. After a move to Portland, Amy quickly rose to the top of the Pacific Northwest comedy scene, winning Portland’s Funniest Comedian in Helium Comedy Club’s contest, as well as being voted Portland’s Funniest 2013 and 2015 in the Willamette Week. Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of the “fiercest jokes he had ever heard.” Amy is currently in LA and works comedy clubs and festivals around the country, working with headliners from Norm Macdonald to Arsenio Hall.

Kaseem Bentley

Kaseem Bentley is an SF based comic and a force to be reckoned. He has appeared in the Pet-a-Llama Comedy Festivsl as well as on Vicelands "Flophouse", Rooftop Comedy, Comedy Central and a whole heap of projects that involve the funny ha ha's. Also he was a staff writer/warm up comedian on Problematic with Moshe Kasher, and is a member the SIROF/BENTLEY with Jacob Sirof (Comedy Central, HBO).

Karinda Dobbins

Karinda Dobbins is a Detroit-raised, San Francisco-based stand-up comic and actor. Bitch Magazine said Karinda is one of "Six Hilarious Female Comedians You Don't Know Yet - But Should". She has opened for Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah, Michelle Wolf and toured with W. Kamau Bell. She has performed at Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Comedy Central's Colossal Clusterfest.

Dom Gelin

Dominique Gelin is a comedian in San Francisco who offers strong opinions on stupid things, -isms, and assholes. It's all very fascinating. Before moving to the Bay Area, she was a finalist for the Ultimate Miami Comedian and was a part of the Boca Raton Comedy Festival. Dom has also touched the stage of a really famous comedy club that one time.

Ryan Goodcase

Growing up in the humble mid-west can make it hard to stand-out in California. That’s why Ryan Goodcase has taken to the mic to make his soft, awkward voice heard. Praised for his smart writing and dry delivery, Ryan has quickly made a name for himself in the Bay Area. He is a paid regular at Punch Line San Francisco and Rooster T. Feathers, has competed in the World Series of Comedy, and was just named Comedy Machine's 2018 Tournament of Champions winner.

Phil Griffiths

As far as mid-life crisis go, Phil Griffiths’ wife stacks his career in stand up comedy as better than a drug addiction but worse than him having a mistress. With his dry deadpan humor, Phil performs all over the Bay Area and shares his slightly off observations on fatherhood. Phil has opened for Jermaine Fowler, Brad Williams and Myq Kaplan. Most recently Phil performed in the 2017 San Francisco Sketchfest and was a top ten finalist in the 2016 San Francisco Comedy Competition. He has also performed in the San Diego, Sacramento, Chico and Santa Cruz Comedy Festivals. Phil continues to host his own show Comedy Sharks, a successful stand up comedy showcase that he has produced in the Bay Area since 2013.

Natasha Muse

Natasha Muse is like the C3P0 of San Francisco comedy: a bunch of small bears once mistook her for a golden god but in reality she’s a bumbling robot (as well as a mom, a transsexual, and a firm agnostic). The SF Weekly once declared her a “Comedian to Watch” in 2014, and in 2016 they upgraded her to an “Artist to Watch.” Natasha features at the SF Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club, and has worked with such comedy luminaries as Maria Bamford, Anthony Jeselnik, Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and God. Natasha’s comedy is so good, it’s not even funny.

Dauood Namiyar

David Naimyar was born Dauood Mohammad Naimyar, but at a very young age he knew the value of assimilating. Because of this, he tried his best to not be different but failed at every encounter. Once he embraced his eccentric point of view he discovered the humor all around him. David’s humor and comedic perspective is shaped by the duality of his constant need to fit in and be different. His search for being relatable and yet controversial has brought audiences joy for the last six years and will probably continue until he finally figures out who he is, which we hope he doesn’t cause bills need to be paid.

Geneva Rust-Orta

Geneva Rust-Orta is a stand-up comedian from Oakland, California. She got her start in comedy while at university in Northeast England. While in England, she performed all over the UK, and even once in Helsinki, Finland. Since moving back home to Oakland in 2016, Geneva has found a place for herself in the Bay Area comedy scene. Her friendly stage demeanor combined with the astonishing brutality of her writing, make Geneva a pleasure and a thrill to watch.

Nick Sahoyah

Nick Sahoyah is a writer, actor, and stand up comedian based out of San Francisco, California best know for his web shows, 8-Hit Gaming on Queerspace Magazine and Cool Mom with Jinkx Monsoon on WOW Presents. As a comedian Nick has performed all over the country including at Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Comedy Exposition, Bumbershoot, SF Sketchfest, and Limestone Comedy Festival as well as opening for fellow queer stand ups such as Guy Branum, James Adomian, and Bob the Drag Queen. On film you may have caught Nick in "Drag Becomes Him," "Northern Belles," or his self-produced short film "Poster Boy!"

Chris Storin

Chris Storin has been all over the world, performing for the troops, as well as opening huge local shows like the Wild 94.9 Comedy Jam. His energetic storytelling and upbeat personality show the audience what our exciting and flawed world looks like through his eyes. He’s been seen in SF Sketchfest and he can be seen opening nationally for headliners like Felipe Esparza and Dave Chappelle as well as doing his own strong headlining sets.

Torio Van Grol

Torio Van Grol was first discovered by a gentleman naturalist in 1676, causing an uproar among the clergy, who claimed that he was placed on Earth by God as a test of faith. After much careful study, Torio has been widely accepted as real, though some controversy lingers. Many people believe that early humans coexisted peacefully with him, even caring for him and riding on his back as a form of transportation. But Torio is not strong enough to carry people, instead relying on speed, cunning and a bulletproof eBay rating for survival.

In 2016, he was listed as one of the Bay Area's best stand-up comedians by SFist. He won the title, "Best Joke of 2015" by the award-winning SF blog Courting Comedy. Torio has performed at SF Sketchfest for the past four years, as well as many other comedy festivals including Comedy Central's Cluster Fest.

Marcus Williams

Marcus Williams is a stand-up comedian posing as a structural engineer during business hours. He was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Sacramento Comedy Festival and has performed at the San Francisco Punch Line, Cobb's Comedy Club, all over New York, Denver and several other locations with a stage and a microphone. He's funny as hell.


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