THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 @ 8PM
Aida Rodriguez - HEADLINER
Recently featured in Tiffany Haddish’s They Ready series on Netflix, “Aida Rodriguez is a new Afro-Latina, taking the world of entertainment by storm with her wit, strong performances, and charismatic personality. Aida recently filmed a comedy special for Netflix as part of a new standup series “She Ready.” She made history as the first Latina to appear in two specials airing in one month on both HBO and Showtime.”
Seth Herzog - HOST
Seth Herzog is a popular NYC comedian and actor, who is currently a regular sketch performer and the resident comedian for NBC's Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and formerly of Late Night. Recently, he hosted two comedy/science shows for the Nat Geo Channel, Science of Stupid, and Duck Quacks Don't Echo (with co-hosts Michael Ian Black & Tom Papa). Seth was a regular commentator on VH1 for 10 years, and has often popped up on Comedy Central-- performing on John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show, as a panelist on @Midnight, as well as in parts on Chappelle Show & Stella. Seth has opened for Jimmy Fallon on his, Clean Cut Comedy Tour.
Todd Barry has released three one-hour stand-up specials including his latest one for Netflix, Spicy Honey. He's appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert ,The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Late Night With Seth Meyers and his acting credits include The Wrestler, Road Trip, Flight of the Concords, Chappelle's Show, Spin City, Sex and the City. You may have heard his voice on the animated series Bob’s Burgers, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Harrison Greenbaum, comedian and comedy writer, has appeared on numerous television programs, such as Conan on TBS, and America’s Got Talent. In 2010, The New York Daily News named Harrison as the “hardest working man in comedy” when he performed over 600 comedy shows in 12 months. Harrison has produced ABC’s Would You Fall for That?, and co-hosted the Times Square New Year’s Eve World Wide Webcast in 2010 and 2011, which garnered 250 million viewers worldwide. Harrison has had a busy summer touring at various comedy clubs around NYC, including the Comedy Cellar.
Vanessa Hollingshead appeared in the ground-breaking Showtime Special, Funny Women of a Certain Age, hosted by Fran Drescher. Funny Women Of A Certain Age became the network’s highest-rated premiere of a stand-up special in 2019 She featured at the New York Comedy Festival in 2019 and taped her fourth stand-up DVD/CD at New York Comedy Club. She has had a special on Comedy Central, did Gotham Live and had performed nationally and internationally for Comedy Central. She was listed on Oxygen's TV Special Fifty of the Funniest Women Alive. She has 23 TV appearances, and performed at The Montreal Comedy Festival four times. She has opened for Bill Maher, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Jim Norton, amongst others. Vanessa has also worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Dane Cook, George Carlin, Ray Romano, and recently Brad Garett at the MGM.
Cipha Sounds is a DJ, stand-up comedian and well-known for his former role as the host of the HOT 97 Morning Show for over 7 years. He produces & hosts his own comedy shows such as his No Small Talk TIDAL streaming stand up series filmed at The Comedy Cellar. Just as comfortable on stage as he is behind the turntables, Cipha has carved out a distinct voice in music and comedy over the past 15 years. He also hosted Sucker Free and TRL on MTV. He’s the first comedian to sign to ROCNATION management and has teamed up with Alicia Keys to develop a television series.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 @ 8PM
Marina Franklin - HEADLINER
Marina Franklin - with nearly 44K TikTok followers, over 250K likes and million of views, is one of the most parrotted figures on social media. “Marina Franklin is a veteran comedian, actor, writer, and host whose long tenure as a stand-up standout at premier comedy venues and festivals around the world – alongside her memorable TV and film appearances, and critically acclaimed podcast – have made her a fan favorite and in-demand creative force.”
Jordan Carlos - HOST
Jordan Carlos is a stand-up comic and television personality! He is best known for his work as a writer and on-air contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and The Colbert Report, as well as his hilarious commentary on various MTV series including Guy Code, Girl Code and Guy Court. Jordan has also appeared on hit series such as HBO’s Girls, Showtime’s The Affair, and Comedy Central’s Broad City. You can listen to him tackle everything from raising kids to splitting checks in WNYC’s podcast, Adulting.
Comedian Nore Davis is known for his energetic performances, witty quips and sharp punchlines, as well as, his album, “Too Woke!” His Amazon comedy special is “You Guys Are Dope” and he's filmed a Comedy Central Half Hour special, made appearances on "Conan," and was featured on the final season of the hit HBO show "2 Dope Queens,"
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 “Chappelle’s Show’s” infamous “Mad Real World” sketch. Politics junkies will recognize Christian from his many appearances on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”. Most recently, Christian was the creator and co-host of A&E’s “Black & White”, which examined current events and social trends through the lens of Race. He can also be heard filling in as a regular guest host on “Standup with Pete Dominick” on SiriusXM Insight.
Over the years, Christian has been a fixture on Comedy Central, having starred in his own one hour stand up special “Au Contraire”, as well as “Comedy Central Presents”, “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and countless network interstitials. He’s also appeared on “Conan”, “The Late Late Show with James Corden”, “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show”.
Comedy fans might recognize Adrienne from her performances as a semifinalist on season 7 of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Adrienne won the first ever People's Choice award at the New York Comedy Festival. She was also a semifinalist in the festival's New York Funniest Stand-Up Contest and a runner-up in the New York Underground Comdy Festival's Best of the Boroughs contest. In 2010 Adrienne made her international debut as part of Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival, where she took part in "New Faces."
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 @ 8PM
Rachel Feinstein - HEADLINER
Rachel Feinstein is a nationally touring comedian and actress who is known for her ability to morph into any ethnicity and even cross gender to skewer issues of race, class and pop culture. Huffington Post called her "The only comedian we've seen who can go from embodying her grandmother in one breath and a predatory guy on the street in the next and be equally convincing at both." Rachel filmed her second Comedy Central Presents special last March and she was a finalist on season 7 of Last Comic Standing. She also co hosted Tru TV's "Upload with Shaquille O'Neal" and has been featured on Showtime's "Women Who Kill" comedy special. Other guest spots include Chelsea Lately, Hip Hop Squares, Inside Amy Schumer, and Russell Simmons Presents. Her voice characters have been featured in Adult Swim's "Venture Brothers" and the phenomenally successful Grand Theft Auto V video game.
Vlad Caamano - HOST
Vlad Caamano, comedian, writer, and actor, has been named one of the 10 funniest comedians by Variety, and is best known for appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Marvel’s Runaways, and Brooklyn Nine-nine. Caamono has also starred in the television series Tommy and has appeared on Gotham Comedy Live twice. Howie Mandel has also labeled Vlad as one of the new faces of comedy.
Ismael Loutfi is a stand up comedian, writer, and actor. He has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers, and This Week at the Cellar. Ismael wrote for the critically acclaimed Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj on Netflix for 2 years, as well as NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. He’s acted in multiple episodes of Ahamed’s Ramadan Diaries on Comedy Central, and starred in the Comedy Central digital series Resolutions, which he also wrote. He lives in New York City.
Jaye McBride is funny, smart and proudly transgender. She is one of Just for Laughs' New Faces for 2021. One of the first trans comedians to work on a national level, she performs both as a headliner and is a regular at New York City’s “Comedy Cellar". Jaye has been a part of The Boston Comedy Festival, The Maine Comedy Festival and the Great American Festival. In addition to stand-up, Jaye speaks at high schools, colleges and groups all across the country about being transgender and how we can help trans kids from facing some of the obstacles and challenges she faced. Having transitioned in 2007, Jaye is uniquely qualified to talk about awkward first dates, strained family relationships and self-acceptance.
To enrich NY lives through laughter while deepening an appreciation of the art of stand-up comedy
Aspiring FUN NEWS organization, NYLaughs (www.nylaughs.org), was established in 2007 with the belief that laughter makes the world a better place by fostering informed, engaged and empathetic communities. We also work to deepen an appreciation of comedy as a cultural asset and seek to include comedy as a creative alternative to tackling societal issues. The way that we do both is by producing free comedy shows in public spaces. We think unexpected laughter in unexpected places can send a powerful message to the psyche and be a catalyst for unity. The organization is volunteer run by proud native New Yorkers to bring leading comedic artists to New Yorkers for free to deepen an appreciation of the art form and make live performances available regardless of age, sobriety or social strata. Each show draws a diverse group of New Yorkers together through humor on stage and off. It is run solely by KICK ASS volunteers.
For more info, visit our website at www.nylaughs.org. We want to make laughter a part of the daily urban experience and turn NYC strangers into neighbors. Comedy matters. Let laughter change the world!