The Bay Area Clusterfest Showcase, Hosted By Nate Craig

The Bay Area Clusterfest Showcase

Formerly known as “Comics to Watch”, this live, new talent showcase is an important step in the talent development process at Comedy Central with several performers from past “CTW” showcases having gone on to make various more appearances on Comedy Central including “The Half Hour” which for many of the comedians, is their first solo stand-up special.

Past Comics to Watch include: Ramon Rivas, “The Half Hour;” Naomi Ekperigin, “The Half Hour” and “Broad City” writer; Josh Johnson, “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City,” and “”The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” writer; Matt Ingebretson and Adam Lustick, the Comedy Central scripted series “Corporate;” Kurt Braunohler, Comedy Central one-hour special “Trust Me;” Mark Normand, upcoming one-hour special “Amy Schumer Presents Mark Normand: Don’t Be Yourself;” and Michael Che, “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update co-anchor and former “Daily Show” correspondent.

Hosted By Nate Craig

Nate Craig is a nationally touring, headlining comedian and was recently featured on Comedy Central’s “Roast Battle”, and MTV’s “Acting Out”. He’s been on AXS Network’s “Gotham Comedy Live”, was a cast member on truTV’s “World’s Dumbest” and has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 and “Mash-up”, which he also wrote for. He currently writes for “Ridiculousness” on MTV and his latest full length comedy album, Nate Craig “Eggshell”, was released in the Pandora’s “Comedy Spotlight” at Nate has headlined and been featured at comedy festivals such as RIOT LA, Bridgetown and the HBO Las Vegas Comedy Festivals. He’s been featured on “You Made it Weird” with Pete Holmes, has written for “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor and has been featured on the “Best of the Bob & Tom Radio Show”. Nate also does theater tours with Bill Burr, headlines all over the country and has multiple full length comedy albums available on iTunes and everywhere else.

Josef Anolin

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Josef Anolin is a premier comedian who got his start in the Bay Area stand-up comedy community. As a third and fourth generation Filipino and Japanese American who grew up a with a bowl cut in East Oakland, Josef has always been a bit outside of the norm, which is reflected in his style and humor. Stand-up comedy is Josef’s outlet and tool to combat the marginalization of Asian American males in mainstream media, while simultaneously reminding himself to not take everything so seriously. With an eased yet charismatic stage presence, Josef engages audiences with personal stories punctuated with hard hitting punchlines.

Emily Catalano

Emily is known for her smart joke writing and dead pan delivery. She won first place at the 2017 Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Competition and was a featured performer in SF Sketchfest.

Shanti Charan

Shanti Charan’s bubbly personality and contagious smile lure in audiences and her comedic abilities keep them laughing. She is a Bay Area favorite and a regular at every local club including San Francisco Punch Line and Cobb's. Charan was recently named San Francisco Bay Guardian’s “Best Comedian” in their Annual "Best of SF" edition. SF Weekly awarded Shanti "Best Stand Up on the Way Up", stating Charan’s writing, “is clever and confident beyond her years”.

Chris Conatser

Chris Conatser has been captivating crowds across half the country, just as comfy performing in SF Sketchfest and comedy clubs as he is telling jokes in honky tonks and Waffle Houses and even the Henry Miller Library. Imagine a reclusive, middle-aged Winnie the Pooh lamenting the news and sharing wistful tales of pre-heroin Piglet.

Allison Mick

Allison Mick is an Oakland-based comedian and writer originally from Rochester, NY. She draws from her upbringing and personal experiences to address topics like race, gender, and serial killers. She’s performed at SF Sketchfest, the Boston Women in Comedy Festival, and the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival. In 1997, she was featured in the book “Humor Works” by Dr. John Morreall, the founder of the International Society for Humor Studies and has managed to stay very grounded despite this fame.

Amy Miller

Amy Miller was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her “a star” and a “contender for next alpha female comedian.” Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of the “fiercest jokes he had ever heard.” Originally from the East Bay, Amy found her comedy chops in the Oakland 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 in Helium's 2015 contest, as well as being voted Portland’s Funniest Comedian for 2013 and 2015 in the Willamette Week. She was the first woman to win each position and the only one to win all three. Amy’s debut album Solid Gold is available on Kill Rock Stars, and was named one of the top 10 comedy albums of 2016 by the Interrobang. You may have also seen Amy on Viceland or heard her on NPR, Doug Loves Movies, The Bennington Show, Put Your Hands Together, All Fantasy Everything, Keith and the Girl, or her own podcast "Who's Your God?."

Chad Opitz

Chad Opitz is a comic whose hilarious and unique perspective is making him an oft booked staple at Bay Area clubs and showcases. Veering between one-liners, short story jokes, and sometimes even song, Opitz' writing is as well-regarded as his character and performance work.

Andrew Orolfo

Born & raised in the Bay Area, Andrew Orolfo has become a staple in the San Francisco comedy scene. He has been featured in the SF Sketchfest and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Currently, he produces one of the best weekly comedy showcases every Monday in Oakland and is also a co host of the PIER 69 podcast.


Nick Stargu is a musician, comedian, writer and filmmaker who is best known for his multimedia / musical comedy act, DJ REAL, which has been featured across the country including San Francisco Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Outside Lands and more! He most recently appeared on the TV show “Flophouse” on Viceland and as a host on NBC's show "The Guest List" on Seeso. And he’s opened for Devo and Bridget Everett!
He has appeared in a number of festivals, including the San Francisco Sketch Festival, the NoisePop Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and the 2012 San Francisco Comedy Competition. He was also part of the successful comedy showcase, Things We Made, in San Francisco. And he's opened for Devo!

"...DJ REAL was a very strange, and strangely wonderful combination of lo-fi recording artist and Andy Kaufman comedian..." - SF Weekly

Mark Smalls

Mark Smalls is an emerging unapologetic San Francisco comedian. Featured in the Sf SketchFest Dozens 2017 and recently placed 3rd in the 42nd SF International Comedy Competition. In Which he has parlayed that into working all Bay Area comedy clubs and Barbershops.

Feel Woods

Feel Woods is not ashamed to admit that he's a stuttering comedian straight out the streets of Oakland, California. Perhaps the only one. His self deprecating stories and tales on growing up in inner city Oakland has earned him a spot as a 'featured performer' at the 2014 SF Sketchfest and a regular at the historic 500 seat Great Star Theater in China Town. He's also opened for legends like Paul Mooney at the Black Repertory Theater in Berkeley 3 times (he gives Paul weed in trade for stage time) also Hannibal Burress.

Emily Van Dyke

Originally from the Midwest, Emily loves pools and telling inappropriate stories at BBQs. Emily has opened for Colin Quinn, performed sketch and stand-up in SF Sketchfest and her comedy dating show Flirting with Laughter won "Best Tinder Alternative" in San Francisco Magazine


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