2016 Festival Performers

2016 Festival Performers



Aaron Cobb

Aaron Cobb

Barely-functioning, 30-year-old, “gen y” bachelor weirdo.

All-Star Standup Showcase

All-Star Standup Showcase

Laugh with the best up-and-coming Stand-Up talent from North Carolina and around the country.

Andrew Aghapour

Andrew Aghapour

Andrew Aghapour is a storyteller and stand up comedian, who also teaches stand up comedy and performs improv at the DSI Comedy Theater in Chapel Hill. Andrew's comedic stories have…

Andy Lavender

Andy Lavender

Andy Lavender began his comedy career with a three-year stint in NYU's Dangerbox, the university's premiere long-form improv troupe. While with Dangerbox, Andy performed at the UCB Theater and The…

Benny and Griff

Benny and Griff

Benny and Griff are musicians and comedians and, most importantly, best friends.

Blaire Postman

Blaire Postman

Energetic, authoritative high-voltage stand-up... from the mouth of a would-be cat-lady.

Boris Khaykin

Boris Khaykin

Boris Khaykin is a stand up comic who seamlessly hides well written jokes within passionate and engaging rants. His stand up has been featured on the “Live at UCB” Stand…

Carolina's Funniest Comic

Carolina's Funniest Comic

The funniest comedians from North and South Carolina!

Casual Sets

Casual Sets

No strings comedy.

Chris Lazar

Chris Lazar

Quick wit and quirky thinker.

Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders

Former Infantryman takes Center Stage

Christian Spicer

Christian Spicer

Christian Spicer is really cool. He is hip, smart, and funny. He has done stuff. He plays video games. He likes comic books. He has written stuff. He does stand…

Chuckle Bucket

Chuckle Bucket

The freshest material from DSI's Standup Corps.

Cortland Cloos

Cortland Cloos

Cortland Cloos is a stand-up comedian who originally hails from New Jersey and is now living in Fayetteville, NC.

Delanie Fischer

Delanie Fischer

From majoring in Religious Studies in college to pursuing a comedy career, Delanie Fischer has been disappointing her parents since 2008.

Ephraim Chase

Ephraim Chase

Ephraim Chase is a 32 year old father of three who has been married for almost 10 years. Does he regret any of his life choices?

Everybody Welcome

Everybody Welcome

A truly OPEN open mic.

Grayson Morris

Grayson Morris

Manifesting her god-given talent as a raconteur, Grayson Morris keeps audiences in stitches about the calamities of her personal life. This North Carolina native’s special brand of nice-guy humor is…

Gretchen McNeely

Gretchen McNeely

Stand-up comic, event host, corporate speaker, humor writer, voiceover artist, house music DJ. Clean, dirty, but always upbeat and on point.

Hanna Dickinson

Hanna Dickinson

Hanna performs standup all around Los Angeles, as well as, hosts for Pauly Shore on his tour across the US.

Hobert Thompson

Hobert Thompson

Hobert Thompson is a comedian from Brevard, NC, living in Chicago, IL. Some might say he’s sort of like the old story of “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse”,…

Ian Ager

Ian Ager

They say you can't go home again, but don't try to tell that to Ian Ager.

Jack Bowen

Jack Bowen

Jack Bowen has preformed as a semi finalst in The Carolina's Funniest Comic Competion hosted by DSI Comedy Theater and was certainly a crowd favorite. Later that year, Jack became…

Jared Waters

Jared Waters

Jared Waters is a comedian who hails from Brunssum, The Netherlands, and now resides in Tampa, Florida . His hard work and consistency with the ability to work clean and…

Jason King

Jason King

Jason King currently writes and stars in the successful funnyordie.com web series, "George & Monty", which was invited to screen at the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival in 2014.

Jeremy Alder

Jeremy Alder

Jeremy Alder grew up in Texas and fell in love with improv performing sketches for his church youth group. His first attempt at standup came many years later during a…

John Fowler

John Fowler

Historical goofs, the tsars of Russia, Christopher Columbus, Oliver Cromwell, the real Pocahontas, John Fowler tells History like it is, er, was.

John Sideris

John Sideris

John Sideris: John is a stand-up and the co-founder of Small Town Funny podcast network, where he cohosts two shows: A Local Joke & Negative Space. He is surprised to…

Julia McClung

Julia McClung

Born in M-i-crooked-letter and raised in North Carolina, Julia is a typical Southern belle...assuming "belle" means raucous, unruly, and blunt. Julia has performed at the Boston Comedy Festival, Pittsburgh Comedy…

Katherine Jessup

Katherine Jessup

Katherine Jessup believes in magic in the mundane. Alternately called "a good person" and "tall," she draws on her own life experiences to entertain audiences all over the East Coast.…

Kenyon Adamcik

Kenyon Adamcik

Revolutionary! World renown! Attractive ! None of those words describe Kenyon Adamcik but the word funny does. After a life long career of making his parents feel uncomfortable, Kenyon decided…

Kevin Yee

Kevin Yee

Comedian Kevin Yee and his controversial satirical pop songs have been making people laugh across America and beyond! His work has been discussed in The Atlantic, Gawker, and The Huffington…

Lauren Faber

Lauren Faber

In first grade, Lauren Faber wrote that she wanted to be a stand-up comedian when she grew up. Now she's all grown up and living the dream! Lauren has yet…

Leo Volf

Leo Volf

Leo Volf is a stand-up comic, writer, and actor based out of New York City. He was born in Russia, grew up in New Jersey, and currently lives in Brooklyn.…

Liz Russo

Liz Russo

LIZ RUSSO is a standup comic and has been performing for over a decade and has performed for clubs, colleges, theaters, casinos, festivals, and events across the country. Liz filmed…

Mark Turcotte

Mark Turcotte

Mark Turcotte is a versatile comedian who’s performed for audiences ranging from 2,000 to 2. Most of his material is mined from his tumultuous upbringing, marrying out of his league…

Mike Wiley

Mike Wiley

Born in Chicago, Mike Wiley has been in the stand-up comedy game since 2002 and emerged from the same Chicago comedy generation that gave rise to some of the most…

Mikey Scott

Mikey Scott

Mikey Scott is one of the hottest up-n-coming comedians working today. His unique interpretation of life events combined with his need to over-share have made Mikey a hit amongst straight…

Ngozi Ikeakanam

Ngozi Ikeakanam

Ngozi is a very funny, up and coming comic in the Triangle. He has opened for the world famous Lewis Black twice, and is on the verge of graduating from…

RISK! with Kevin Allison

RISK! with Kevin Allison

RISK! a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy…

Ryan Darden

Ryan Darden

Ryan was born the son of a preacher man in the Little Apple of Manhattan, KS. He eventually found his way to the Big Apple where he has been doing…

Ryan Hansinger

Ryan Hansinger

Ryan is a well-rounded comedian with a background in stand up, sketch, and improv comedy. He began his comedy career as head writer for his college sketch group. Since then…

Sam Mazany

Sam Mazany

An exciting up-and-comer, Sam Mazany is a North Carolina’s Funniest Person 2015 finalist as well as Carolina’s Funniest Comic 2015 finalist who has opened for Dave Attell!

Science Comedian Brian Malow

Science Comedian Brian Malow

Brian Malow is Earth’s Premier Science Comedian (self-proclaimed), entertaining and igniting interest in science.

Aaron Cobb

Aaron Cobb

Barely-functioning, 30-year-old, “gen y” bachelor weirdo.

All-Star Standup Showcase

All-Star Standup Showcase

Laugh with the best up-and-coming Stand-Up talent from North Carolina and around the country.

Andrew Aghapour

Andrew Aghapour

Andrew Aghapour is a storyteller and stand up comedian, who also teaches stand up comedy and performs improv at the DSI Comedy Theater in Chapel Hill. Andrew's comedic stories have…

Andy Lavender

Andy Lavender

Andy Lavender began his comedy career with a three-year stint in NYU's Dangerbox, the university's premiere long-form improv troupe. While with Dangerbox, Andy performed at the UCB Theater and The…

Benny and Griff

Benny and Griff

Benny and Griff are musicians and comedians and, most importantly, best friends.

Blaire Postman

Blaire Postman

Energetic, authoritative high-voltage stand-up... from the mouth of a would-be cat-lady.

Boris Khaykin

Boris Khaykin

Boris Khaykin is a stand up comic who seamlessly hides well written jokes within passionate and engaging rants. His stand up has been featured on the “Live at UCB” Stand…

Carolina's Funniest Comic

Carolina's Funniest Comic

The funniest comedians from North and South Carolina!

Casual Sets

Casual Sets

No strings comedy.

Chris Lazar

Chris Lazar

Quick wit and quirky thinker.

Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders

Former Infantryman takes Center Stage

Christian Spicer

Christian Spicer

Christian Spicer is really cool. He is hip, smart, and funny. He has done stuff. He plays video games. He likes comic books. He has written stuff. He does stand…

Chuckle Bucket

Chuckle Bucket

The freshest material from DSI's Standup Corps.

Cortland Cloos

Cortland Cloos

Cortland Cloos is a stand-up comedian who originally hails from New Jersey and is now living in Fayetteville, NC.

Delanie Fischer

Delanie Fischer

From majoring in Religious Studies in college to pursuing a comedy career, Delanie Fischer has been disappointing her parents since 2008.

Ephraim Chase

Ephraim Chase

Ephraim Chase is a 32 year old father of three who has been married for almost 10 years. Does he regret any of his life choices?

Everybody Welcome

Everybody Welcome

A truly OPEN open mic.

Grayson Morris

Grayson Morris

Manifesting her god-given talent as a raconteur, Grayson Morris keeps audiences in stitches about the calamities of her personal life. This North Carolina native’s special brand of nice-guy humor is…

Gretchen McNeely

Gretchen McNeely

Stand-up comic, event host, corporate speaker, humor writer, voiceover artist, house music DJ. Clean, dirty, but always upbeat and on point.

Hanna Dickinson

Hanna Dickinson

Hanna performs standup all around Los Angeles, as well as, hosts for Pauly Shore on his tour across the US.

Hobert Thompson

Hobert Thompson

Hobert Thompson is a comedian from Brevard, NC, living in Chicago, IL. Some might say he’s sort of like the old story of “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse”,…

Ian Ager

Ian Ager

They say you can't go home again, but don't try to tell that to Ian Ager.

Jack Bowen

Jack Bowen

Jack Bowen has preformed as a semi finalst in The Carolina's Funniest Comic Competion hosted by DSI Comedy Theater and was certainly a crowd favorite. Later that year, Jack became…

Jared Waters

Jared Waters

Jared Waters is a comedian who hails from Brunssum, The Netherlands, and now resides in Tampa, Florida . His hard work and consistency with the ability to work clean and…

Jason King

Jason King

Jason King currently writes and stars in the successful funnyordie.com web series, "George & Monty", which was invited to screen at the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival in 2014.

Jeremy Alder

Jeremy Alder

Jeremy Alder grew up in Texas and fell in love with improv performing sketches for his church youth group. His first attempt at standup came many years later during a…

John Fowler

John Fowler

Historical goofs, the tsars of Russia, Christopher Columbus, Oliver Cromwell, the real Pocahontas, John Fowler tells History like it is, er, was.

John Sideris

John Sideris

John Sideris: John is a stand-up and the co-founder of Small Town Funny podcast network, where he cohosts two shows: A Local Joke & Negative Space. He is surprised to…

Julia McClung

Julia McClung

Born in M-i-crooked-letter and raised in North Carolina, Julia is a typical Southern belle...assuming "belle" means raucous, unruly, and blunt. Julia has performed at the Boston Comedy Festival, Pittsburgh Comedy…

Katherine Jessup

Katherine Jessup

Katherine Jessup believes in magic in the mundane. Alternately called "a good person" and "tall," she draws on her own life experiences to entertain audiences all over the East Coast.…

Kenyon Adamcik

Kenyon Adamcik

Revolutionary! World renown! Attractive ! None of those words describe Kenyon Adamcik but the word funny does. After a life long career of making his parents feel uncomfortable, Kenyon decided…

Kevin Yee

Kevin Yee

Comedian Kevin Yee and his controversial satirical pop songs have been making people laugh across America and beyond! His work has been discussed in The Atlantic, Gawker, and The Huffington…

Lauren Faber

Lauren Faber

In first grade, Lauren Faber wrote that she wanted to be a stand-up comedian when she grew up. Now she's all grown up and living the dream! Lauren has yet…

Leo Volf

Leo Volf

Leo Volf is a stand-up comic, writer, and actor based out of New York City. He was born in Russia, grew up in New Jersey, and currently lives in Brooklyn.…

Liz Russo

Liz Russo

LIZ RUSSO is a standup comic and has been performing for over a decade and has performed for clubs, colleges, theaters, casinos, festivals, and events across the country. Liz filmed…

Mark Turcotte

Mark Turcotte

Mark Turcotte is a versatile comedian who’s performed for audiences ranging from 2,000 to 2. Most of his material is mined from his tumultuous upbringing, marrying out of his league…

Mike Wiley

Mike Wiley

Born in Chicago, Mike Wiley has been in the stand-up comedy game since 2002 and emerged from the same Chicago comedy generation that gave rise to some of the most…

Mikey Scott

Mikey Scott

Mikey Scott is one of the hottest up-n-coming comedians working today. His unique interpretation of life events combined with his need to over-share have made Mikey a hit amongst straight…

Ngozi Ikeakanam

Ngozi Ikeakanam

Ngozi is a very funny, up and coming comic in the Triangle. He has opened for the world famous Lewis Black twice, and is on the verge of graduating from…

RISK! with Kevin Allison

RISK! with Kevin Allison

RISK! a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy…

Ryan Darden

Ryan Darden

Ryan was born the son of a preacher man in the Little Apple of Manhattan, KS. He eventually found his way to the Big Apple where he has been doing…

Ryan Hansinger

Ryan Hansinger

Ryan is a well-rounded comedian with a background in stand up, sketch, and improv comedy. He began his comedy career as head writer for his college sketch group. Since then…

Sam Mazany

Sam Mazany

An exciting up-and-comer, Sam Mazany is a North Carolina’s Funniest Person 2015 finalist as well as Carolina’s Funniest Comic 2015 finalist who has opened for Dave Attell!

Science Comedian Brian Malow

Science Comedian Brian Malow

Brian Malow is Earth’s Premier Science Comedian (self-proclaimed), entertaining and igniting interest in science.