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Marc Maron (WTF, IFC)

Since I was eleven, being a standup comic is all I ever wanted to be. I actually thought it was a noble profession. I remember being a kid and watching Rickles and Hackett on the tube, reading the My Favorite Jokes column at the back of Parade magazine every Sunday, listening to Carlin, Pryor, Cheech and Chong records with my little brother, going to Woody Allen movies, and staying up late on Saturdays to see the first season of SNL.

To me being a comic meant to be autonomous, angry, truthful, and funny. It meant being alive and present in the moment. It meant having the freedom to figure out and then be who I am in the purest way and to do it shamelessly in front of people, impose it on them and try to blow some minds in the process. It meant avoiding the soul death of the day job. Being a comic entitled me to live like a fucking gypsy until something clicked, and if it didn't, who knows? I've been fortunate enough to have a few dispersed clicks throughout what I guess has been a show biz career of relative obscurity but with a real freedom from the bondage of mediocrity.

Ron Funches (Conan, Portlandia)

Ron Funches is a very funny stand up comedian with a unique delivery and lovable demeanor, you just want to hug and squeeze him like a big stuffed bear. His easy going, inventive style sounds the way fresh chocolate chip cookies taste. Ron performs stand up all over the United States impressing audiences everywhere.
Most recently Ron was added to the upcoming NBC series Undateable, featured asLA Weekly's Number One Comic to Watch in 2013, and ESQUIRE Magazine's Best New Comedians List. He has performed live on TBS's CONAN O'BRIEN SHOW, currently stars as "Roland" in Disney XD's Crash & Bernstein, and is a writer for The Kroll Show on Comedy Central. Ron has also appeared on IFC's PORTLANDIA. Ron resides in Southern California.

Emily Heller (Comedy Central)

Emily Heller is a comedian and writer who likes you very much. You may have seen her on Conan, on the third season of John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show on Comedy Central, or as one of the New Faces at the 2012 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. She is the creator and star of the Above Average series The Future. In 2011, She was included in Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch, won Rooftop Comedy’s Silver Nail Award, and was named one of the “Funniest People in Town” by 7x7 Magazine in San Francisco. Emily now lives in New York City and performs stand-up all over the country.
In addition to regularly photoshopping her head onto celebrities’ bodies, Emily cohosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with Lisa Hanawalt, as well as popular stand up showcases The Afterlife at the Sidewalk Cafe and Fresh Out! at UCB East.

As far as nicknames, she prefers “Hell Bone.”

Eliza Skinner (UCB Theater, MTV)

Eliza Skinner is a producer, writer, performer, lover and fighter in Los Angeles. She has appeared on TBS’ Are we There Yet?, Showtime’s PopTudors, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, MTV’s Damage Control, and opposite Cheri Oteri in AMC’s LifeCoach. Her writing has been featured in Glamour, Cracked, CollegeHumor, Pop Tudors, and PRI’s Fair Game With Faith Salie. Her solo show, Eliza Skinner is: SHAMELESS ran for over a year at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in NY and LA, and at the Comedy Central Stage in LA. She has written and directed numerous digital shorts which have quickly become viral favorites on Digg, Funny Or Die, and College Humor. Her films have also won many festival awards including Audience Favorite awards from the 48-Hour Film Project and Iron Mule Film Series.

Eliza was also one half of the award-winning Off-Broadway musical improv group I Eat Pandas (ECNY Award for Best Improv Group) and a cast member of Baby Wants Candy. Other favorite roles include Spizzaz in Gem! A Truly Outrageous Parody, Kitty Pryde inAstonishing Xmen on Marvel.com, and “the girl” in many, many Greg and Lou short films. As an actor she has won multiple awards from the NYC Fringe Festival, DC Short Film Festival, and 48 Film Project.

Currently, Eliza is working on a collection of comedic essays, and performing stand-up. She can be seen every Friday at the UCB Theater in LA performing with Diamond Lion, or every Saturday at the Little Modern Theater hosting Magic Bag – a stand up show – with DC Pierson.



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