Thank you to everyone who made the first EVER comedy festival in Charlotte a weekend to remember. Special thanks to our sponsors, the talented acts, and those wonderful audiences.
Should we do it again?
Blayr Nias is not your average female comic. When she hits the stage it's with manic energy and high octane humor. Her trademark mega-watt smile has given her the nickname "GummyBlayr". Winning audiences over across the country with a dynamic stage presence, she shares her misadventures as 'The Bad Girl Next Door'. This Massachusetts native graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in Theater and Creative Writing.
In 2012 she was featured in the Pink Collar Comedy Tour at the Piccolo Spoletto Festival in Charleston, SC and performed later that year in the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival in Asheville, NC headlined by Jim Gaffigan. That year she was also a featured artist in the Charlotte Video Project, a collection of short films about the culture of the city.
In May 2013 she won the "Best of the Best" Award for Best Twitter Feed presented by Charlotte Magazine. She was also voted Top 30 Under 30 by Elevate Lifestyle Magazine in their June 2013 issue. In September 2013, Blayr was a regional finalist in Comedy Central's Up Next Comedy Competition.
She was honored again by Charlotte Magazine in May 2014, in the "Best of the Best" Awards issue as Best Comedian. She was also named "Hostest with the Mostest" by Creative Loafing Magazine for the Almost Famous Comedy Show which she has also produced at The Charlotte Comedy Zone since 2012. August 2014 she performed on the Festival Stage at the Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival in Charlotte, NC headlined by Louis CK and Aziz Ansari. Blayr made her network television debut September 2014 on the hit Fox TV show Laughs. She performs at comedy clubs, corporate events, colleges, and even churches. She has worked with the likes of Ralphie May, Jim Norton, DL Hughley, and Katt Williams. She has lived in the South for the past 10 years giving her a unique blend of Northern Aggression and Southern Charm.
A.O.S. Bread Co.
This long form improv team hails as the first established improv team at A.O.S. with a company of nine young adults! The Bread Co. has all the right ingredients for excellent comedy, while focusing on a classic Chicago style format, the Harold.
BoneCracker started burning the stage all over the Triangle in 2011. The team is comprised of hard-working, honest American improvisers who come from all walks of life. The boys and girl of BoneCracker break the rules with every show leaving audiences with the exact opposite feeling of melancholy.
BonceCracker has visited most of the East Coast performing at festivals in D.C., Charleston and Greenville, SC, Atlanta, GA, as well as Norfolk and Richmond, VA. They've seen it all, been to the abyss of improv and have survived the event horizon of comedy to bring a rare form of performance that has Kings and Queens of the past praising their name. Sit back and relax, and let BoneCracker rip your skeleton out of your body, in a funny way.
"Their set was incredible. Their stream-of-consciousness took them places nobody could have seen coming. But when it ended, it was done. It now only lives as a collective memory of the group and everyone in the crowd. " - Brian Garraty (Norfolk Comedy Festival)
Boom Goes the Dinosaur
Boom Goes the Dinosaur is an improv comedy and sketch group based in Charlotte who got their start after taking a sketch workshop with Kids in the Hall member Kevin McDonald. You can check out their newest sketch, “Door to Door”, on YouTube.
With the help from the audience each player with get a character to play, and then they will go on to build relationships and connections in a series of scenes.
Sketch and Improv - Saturday night
Charlotte All Stars of Improv
What happens when you take the best players from each of the top teams in Charlotte and put them together on one stage? Magic happens, that's what!
Featuring members of Charlotte Comedy Theater, Improv Charlotte, Now Are the Foxes, Mom's Adhesive, and more!
Charlotte Comedy Theater
Charlotte Comedy Theater is an ensemble of highly skilled comedic performers who improvise scenes and games based on audience suggestions. Versed in both long and short form improvisation, our ensemble creates high energy, audience interactive comedy that will leave you laughing for days. Our Chicago roots are evident in our award winning training center, shows, private events and corporate team building workshop. CCT was the first improv theater and training center in Charlotte, and we continue to produce the areas best comedic talent as reflected in our winning "Best of the Best" several years running from multiple publications. CCT is one of those "you had to be there" experiences people talk about that you just won't get until you check it out for yourself. So come on out and see what Charlotte is laughing about. Our shows are still only $12 and we give you at least $52.75 worth of laughter in every show. That's a bargain.
The Chuckleheads are a Charlotte, NC based improvisational theatre troupe founded in 2007. We are the house improvisational troupe for the 501c3 nonprofit corporation, Planet Improv, Inc. Our mission statement is “educating, entertaining and affecting behavior through play, imagination,
improvisation and creativity.“
We have been teaching (all ages pre-K through senior citizens) and entertaining (private and
public events) improvisational theatre throughout North and South Carolina and anywhere else we are
It is our honor and pleasure to participate in the Queen City Comedy Festival.
Coco Fresh is performing on Saturday night as part of Facebreaker.
Coco Fresh is a New Jack Female on the comedy scene from Charlotte, NC. A Comedy Zone Comedy School Alumni, Former Host of Club Vibrations Saturday Night Live Broadcast on Charlotte's Old School 105.3FM, and entertainment reporter of ESPN980 The Morning Man Cave, The Hollywood Scoreboard. This little lady’s stories of her childhood nightmares to strip club memoirs will tickle your funny bone enough to have completed an ab exercise. She is no stranger to television and has appeared as a dancer on BET's Born to Dance, 106 and Park, MTV's The Wade Robson Project, and CMT's The Ultimate Coyote. She is also a former danced for the WNBA and NBA.
Stand Up Comedy - Saturday Night
The Crowded Monocle is the rag tag band of improv goonies trained at The Common Market in Plaza Mid-wood and has been their official improv troup since 2014. They perform bi-weeky at The Rabbit Hole to neighborhood regulars and are such a stereotypical group of the most hipster of hipsters they all stopped wearing man buns before it was cool to stop wearing man buns. They have open rehearsals at The Common Market every Sunday at 7pm on the back patio come rain, shine, blizzard or plague.
The Crowded Monocle does short form games that are familiar and many new games that are unique to the short form format and turn drastically sometimes from the comical to dramatic and back again. Their show also included mid and long form improv off of audience monologues or just if the room feels like everyone needs a good story. You can tell that these guys are all from the same bar and that you're always welcome.
Improv - Saturday night
Facebreaker. A 50-minute stand-up comedy show that will make you laugh so hard that you'll be left winded, sides-split, and jaw dropped sore. With Coco Fresh, Paul Pallotta, JD Colwell, Tyrone Burston and Ryan Van Genderen. Caution: this show's side effects are amplified when enjoyed with friends. Bring Advil.
Hannibal has been in and around theater since he was six, when he appeared on stage in ‘The Music Man’. Throughout high school and college he worked onstage while pursuing a more ‘stable’ career involving accounting, sales and marketing. In 1992, he put aside such grown up pursuits in order to do card tricks for a living, and it's taken him around the world.
How Did This Get Booked?
Jake Manning & Zane Riley journey through the world of subpar professional wrestling. Joining them on their very first live episode will be a NON WRESTLING FANS and #HDTGB OG's Paige VanTassell & Alex Anderson.
We will be discussing the PPV Classic WCW UNCENSORED 95 - Available on the WWE Network
This podcast could be called, “Jake & Zane Explain and/Or Apologize for Bad Pro Wrestling” but instead the name of this some what original podcast is, “How Did This Get Booked”
For more information about the show please log on to HowDidThisGetBooked.com
We are a diverse group of friends with different types of humor, different strengths, different weaknesses, different beliefs on a wide variety of different topics, different backgrounds, different styles, totally different occupations, different tastes in movies and very different tastes in music... so many differences about this family we call Improv Charlotte. But we do have a common passion, a common desire to get better at what we do, a common love and respect for our fellow players, a common enthusiasm to help those in need, and one big common goal to bring you the best comedy in the QC. We are Improv Charlotte.
JD Colwell is performing Saturday night as part of Facebreaker.
In 1986 he was born and raised in a little suburban paradise outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. Characterizing his comedic styling is as complicated as being raised by a couple of bullies and a family of bandits (a.k.a. – The Colwell’s). He’s a player turned patriarch. A blue-collar'd millennial bringing humor for the next-generation. Now, that he has survived his 20’s JD wants a family, even though a blue-collar'd millennial can't afford a haircut, let alone kids. Most parents think that he is just stupid, but really he’s just gone dumb. When you come watch a live show you’ll see just how this persona switches and twitches back and forth between a befuddled, ramblin, workin-redneck-man; to a radiant trouble maker who refuses to fall in-line (and hopefully into a “real man” that can afford for a dysfunctional family.) By the end of the show you will be just as confused as he is, but ecstatic, about life.
Written by un-medicated A.D.D. (approved by the wife.)
JD’s charm is universal and it has allowed him to open shows for a ton of legendary headliners, like: Shaun Jones, Rachel Feinstein, Rory Scovel, Janet Williams, Aries Spears, Fortune Feimster, D.S. Sanders, Julie Scoggins, TJ Miller, Chris Porter, Rodney Perry, Al Madrigal, Gary Owen, and Dave Attell!
If you’re ever in the area you can find JD making tourists drunk and happy on one of Charlotte’s Famous Funny Bus Tours!
Kevin and EB
Join us as Mr. Kevin Shimko, from the renowned Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) in NYC, and Ms. Elizabeth Byland (E.B.), from Chicago's legendary Improv Olympic, take the stage for an epic two-person improvised long form show!
The Know It Alls
Two improvisers who (think they) know it all. Join the Know It Alls for the complete, definitive, totally improvised lecture on a topic of the audience's choosing.
Colby Davis and James Lee Walker II are both alumni of The Charlotte Comedy Theater. They've been doing mitOsis together for nearly a decade and have a large base of loyal fans of their online work as well as their stage show. They have a horrible independent film, "What's Wrong With Robots" which is a 90 minute completely improvised hot mess still confusing audiences 9 years later.
mitOsis is a 2 man show that is likened to 2 seasoned improvisers finally released from the asylum where they shared a room for many years. mitOsis is a sharp, biting, fast set of improv scenes that may or may not find some sort of cohesion by the time it's over. Their pure trademark style is simply mitOsis; no rules, no boundaries - A show of pure suggestion where YOU provide a word, sentence, or phrase, and the scene begins. Challenge them. Suggest something you don’t think could be portrayed on a stage, or just something you’d love to see. It’s all up to you. Let mitOsis surprise and delight you.
This three-prov long form improv team performs prides itself on their eclectic story telling, where they air out their dirty secrets and personal truths. This team not only performs once a month at A.O.S., but they've performed at Tampa Improv Festival, Cape Fear Improv Festival, and the historic Capri Theatre in Gaffney.
Mom’s adhesive has been known to cause serious side effects such as: fits of hysterical laughter, tummy cramps from said hysterical fits, and an insatiable urge to eat glue.
Now Are the Foxes
You know that group of friends that are ALWAYS fun to be around? The ones with the wicked sense of humor. The dysfunctional but lovable bunch of clowns that have a satirical perspective on EVERYTHING and always make you laugh til your sides ache? No? You don’t have friends like that? Well neither did we, so we made our own.
Our mission is to perform, teach, develop and promote the art of comedy in its many forms; to be a theater comprising members of the community performing for the community; to entertain and surprise the audience and ourselves; and to be a theater of the heart where honesty and love for your fellow performer are the basis for all things that happens on stage.
Off the Cuff
Off the Cuff is CCT’s official Short-Form Team. Short-form is a type of improvisation that is full of energy, quick wit, and laughs. Come check out Off the Cuff in their high octane thrill ride of a comedy show featuring fun games, catchy songs, and tons of audience participation. This show is similar to what you’d see on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” without the sensors.
Charlotte Comedy Theater presents Old School!
The "mothership" of improv in Charlotte gives us the guys that started it all. The OG's of comedy!
Paul Pallotta lives a simple life, and doesn't have a very wide range of knowledge. In fact, if he isn't talking comedy, sports or breakfast he usually doesn't know what he's talking about. Moving to Charlotte 3 years ago, he quickly became an active member of the comedy scene. Not only does he perform stand up, he also performs regulary with Charlotte Comedy Theater, and has co-founded the sketch comedy group Boom Goes the Dinosaur. You can hear him hosting Simply aPauling every other Monday on Charlotte Community Radio, where he sits and talks with other local comedians from Charlotte NC.
Stand Up & Improv - Saturday Night
PJ Barnes: Born in upstate New York. Raised in Charlotte. PJ has always pursued a life in the arts in acting and writing. PJ first hit the main stage in middle school, and never looked back. Through straight plays, musicals, hip hop dance performances, and more, PJ has found every excuse possible to get his feet on a stage. When he moved to LA to pursue his dreams in filmmaking, he promised himself to never forget his roots. The stage. While there he embarked on a totally new, humbling venture. Stand-Up. A platform where there was no character or script to hide behind. To have no peers on stage to catch him he floundered. Rawness. PJ quickly fell in love with the "bucket list" art form, and began to learn how to express himself in the way of telling stories on stage. All of his favorite comedians (Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, etc.) were great story tellers, first.
PJ looks forward to continuing his new career in comedy and continuing to entertain people. There's nothing quite like putting a smile on someone's face!
Robot Johnson is made up of an eclectic mix of actors, writers, stand ups, improv and sketch comedy veterans. That mix allows us to create original content shows that will have a little something for everyone and a lot of something for sketch fans.
The group formed in late 2008. Since then, they've written and produced well over a hundred original-content sketch comedy shows. Robot Johnson has over the years won a number of accolades, boons, pittances and windfalls such as a Metrolina Theatre Award in 2009, Charlotte Magazine's Best Sketch Comedy Group in 2010 & 2013, Funniest Twitter account in 2013, Funniest Instagram in 2014. In addition to delighting comedy fans in Charlotte, Robot Johnson performs in comedy festivals across the Southeast including the Charleston Comedy Festival, NC Comedy Arts Festival, The New South Comedy Festival, and Asheville's SketchFest.
Shows are rated R for content and language.
Facebook: Robot Johnson Sketch Comedy
Ryan Van Genderen
Ryan Van Genderen is performing Saturday night as part of Facebreaker. Check out his Facebook page by clicking his picture.
Six Cats In a Bed
The 6 CATS formed in 2015 from a common desire to bring character-driven longform improv to the Charlotte area. When not performing, they prefer to lie down on whatever keyboard you're trying to use right now.
6 CATS performs a family-friendly monoscene.
This "La Rhonde" long form Improv team will make any American Apparel ad, look like child’s play compared to their misfit- hipster swagger. These teens may not have all the answers to life, but they can tell you how to survive the teenage years, while looking cooler than Kim and Kanye at your uncle’s annual family BarBq.
That's What She Said
Charlotte Comedy Theater presents: That's What She Said - All female show
Our all female cast performs a stellar longform show that allows you to see the world through our wacky eyes. If you ever thought “chicks aren’t funny”, then you clearly have never seen the ladies of CCT do their thing.
Tyrone Burston is performing on Saturday night as part of Facebreaker. Check him out on Facebook by clicking the picture.
Where Are the Diamonds
Where Are The Diamonds? Is the Catawba College improv team which specializes in Short Form Improvisation but dabbles in long form. It is a diverse team with thirteen members of various ages and levels of experience.
Will Jacobs moved from Chester, PA to Charlotte, NC and has been entertaining
crowds with his brand of clever and insightful comedy ever since. An attorney by
trade, Will brings his engaging brand of comedy from the courtroom to the comedy
club. Audiences will undoubtedly find him funny as charged.
Will’s comedic perspective on everything from his career to his marriage have made
him one of the hottest acts on the comedy circuit today. His comedy has been
featured on the FOX TV show Laughs.
As a touring comedian, Will performs across the country for clubs, companies,
churches and charities. He has worked with comedy greats like D.L. Hugley and Bob
Sagat. He is also the host of the Comedy Zone Podcast where he conducts in-depth
interviews with celebrities about their careers and lives away from the spotlight.