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Laughter in the Park 2018



 sunday, july 8
 washington sq. park, garibaldi plaza
 
headliner
dean edwards
As one of the stars of MTV2's hit show, GUY CODE, Dean Edwards helped the show become the networks most successful show in its history. He also hosted a season of TV One's clip show, VIDIOTS and served as a correspondent on BET's DON'T SLEEP, hosted by TJ Holmes.   Dean Edwards made his mark in comedy during two successful seasons as a cast member on  SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE With such memorable impressions as Don Cheadle, Michael Jackson and Denzel Washington, as well as such original characters as Man in Elevator and Cop#2.  Dean is a headlining favorite at comedy clubs and colleges across the country and has made several late night appearances. He is also a favorite and frequent guest on Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed, and is frequently providing comedic commentary on various network highlight shows.
 
sam jay 
Sam Jay is an American stand-up comedian and writer from BostonSam is known for her half hour stand up comedy special for Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents.  Often compared to Patrice O'Neal,Sam Jay won Funny Or Die's Road to Oddball Contest and has received acclaim and attention for her performance at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.  In October 2017, Sam joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live.
 
liz miele
Liz Miele started doing stand-up at 16. By 18, she was profiled in  The New Yorker Magazine , at 22 she appeared on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham." She recently appeared on AXS TV's " Gotham Comedy Live ," Hulu's " Coming To The Stage ," NPR's " Wait Wait Don't Tell Me " and was profiled in the March 2015 issue of  Runner's World . She regularly tours with the "Nobodies of Comedy" and Armed Forces Entertainment.  Her joke "Feminist Sex Positions" went viral both on  YouTube  and  Upworthy.com .   Liz recently released her debut comedy album, "Emotionally Exhausting" on  iTunes  and  Amazon .

shane torres
Shane Torres is a stand up comedian and writer. He was one of Montreal Just For Laugh's New Faces in 2013.  Shane was also one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch in 2012. Shane has performed at many festivals all over the country including Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and many more.
 
and 80+year old comic phenom, fay susskind

 sunday, july 1
 battery park, castle clinton lawn
headliner
christian finnegan
Christian Finnegan is perhaps best known as one of the original panelists on  VH1's  Best Week Ever and as Chad, the only white roommate in the "Mad Real World" sketch on  Comedy Central's  Chappelle's Show. He was recently seen as co-host of "Black and White", a series airing on A&E which he created and executive produced.  He also co-starred in the  TBS series  Are We There Yet? and co-hosted Zest TV's web travel show "CustomNATION."   Finnegan has been a fixture on Comedy Central, having starred in his own half-hour special  Premium Blend , one hour stand up special "Au Contraire", as well as  Comedy Central Presents : Christian Finnegan and countless network interstitials. He served as a writer for  Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn  on which he also appeared as a guest.  Additional television appearances as himself or performing stand up have included "Conan", "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", "Would You Rather...with Graham Norton", "Good Afternoon America" and multiple times on  The Today Show  and  Countdown with Keith Olbermann , and on  History 's I Love the 1880s. He hosted  TV Land's  game show "Game Time". 


kerry  codett
Comedian Kerry Coddett has been featured in numerous publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Mashable, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, and Salon, among others.   Kerry is currently a staff writer on Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas, produced by John Oliver, and airing on HBO. Kerry has also appeared on season 2 of HBO's Crashing, and has made appearances on BET's The Rundown w/ Robin Thede and performed stand up on BET's 50 Central. In 2017, Kerry was crowned the winner of the Caroline's on Broadway Comedy Madness Competition. Beating out 63 comedians, she was also the first woman to win! 

anthony devito
Anthony DeVito has appeared on CBS The  Late Show with Stephen Colbert Comedy Central Stand Up Presents: Anthony DeVito and  Comedy Central's Adam Devine's House Party.  He  was one of the "New Faces" at the 2012 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, has been on "This American Life," AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live,  and was the 2015 winner of Caroline's March Madness. Also, his debut album "Dream Occupation" is available from Comedy Central Records. In addition to stand-up, he's a writer on Netflix's The Break with Michelle Wolf and  wrote for the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner.

william stephenson
Any comedy fan who frequents traditional NYC clubs has seen William Stephenson in action. Whether ringleading shows at the Comedy Cellar, Stand Up NY, Gotham, Comic Strip Live or beyond, he is considered by his peers the most popular stand-up host in Manhattan, William is a favorite host and a preferred audience warmup act. 

and more!

 sunday, june 24
 wolfe's pond park, staten island
headliner
tammy pescatelli
Tammy Pescatelli's  comedy special, Finding the Funny, was released in an exclusive deal with  Netflix. That same special was selected "New and Noteworthy" by  iTunes editors and also hit number 3 on the charts. In 2010, Pescatelli won  Comedy Central's Standup Showdown. In 2004, she was a finalist on the second and third seasons of  Last Comic Standing. She has performed on  The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View,  Joy Behar: Say Anything!, Stand-up In Stilettos,  The TalkComedy Central Presents, The World Stands Up,  The Bonnie Hunt ShowLast Call with Carson Daly and many others. Pescatelli co-created, executive produced, wrote and starred in a  reality television show on  WE tv, called A Standup Mother, related to Pescatelli's life as a mother, wife, and comedian.


jon fisch
Jon Fisch is a comedian who has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Show with David Letterman.   He appeared on Last Comic Standing 4.   A staple in the NYC scene, Jon is a favorite at Gotham Comedy Club, the Comedy Cellar, and the World Famous Comic Strip Live.  He was also handpicked to open for Jerry Seinfeld in 2009 at Gotham Comedy Club.

moody mccarthy
Moody McCarthy is a comedian who has made numerous TV appearances, including performances on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, and America's Got Talent. He regularly performs at top New York comedy clubs such as the renowned Comedy Cellar, Gotham Comedy Club, and the World Famous Comic Strip Live. 

leonard ouzts
Leonard Ouzts is a distinct rising voice in the world of stand-up comedy. Leonard can most recently be seen in a breakout role as the producer, Lawrence, in season two of Netflix's hit series Master of None. He has performed stand-up on Conan, HBO's All Def Comedy, Adam Devine's House Party, and AXS' Gotham Comedy Live. You can also catch him in multiple episodes of TruTV's Comedy Knockout, MTV's Joking Off, and the MTV series Wild 'N Out. Leonard was selected as a NEW FACE at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and was named by RollingStone.com as a Top Ten Comic To Watch.



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bonnie mcfarlane
Bonnie McFarlane is a comedian, writer, actress and director who currently co-hosts the podcast My Wife Hates Me with her husband, Rich Vos. In 2004, she competed on NBC's Last Comic Standing and later scored stand-up specials with HBO's One Night Stand and Comedy Central Presents. In 2014, McFarlane wrote and directed the documentary Women Aren't Funny, and she published the memoir You're Better Than Me  two years later .

sunday, july 22
tompkins square park
yannis pappas
Yannis Pappas'  album Let Me Be Yannis was awarded Album of the Year for 2016 by SiriusXM Comedy. His Half Hour Comedy Central Special is available on Amazon, iTunes and  ComedyCentral.com . In 2015, he was the host of the comedy sports show, Webby nominee and Media Synopisis Award winner for "Best Sports Digital Series", AOL's 2 Point Lead. Before that, he was the Co-Anchor of  Fusion Live , a live, primetime, one-hour news magazine program which focused on current events, pop culture and satire. Yannis was also the co-host of MSG's sports fan show, The Bracket. He has also been featured on AXS TV, TruTV, VH1 and Good Morning America. He is known for his popular characters  Mr. Panos  and  Maurica .

sunday, july 15
battery park

 

 


       
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