Green Gravel Comedy Fest

The Garland Grinder

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12:00 AM
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Known across the country as "Iowa's Funny Man" (Iowa City Press-Citizen Headline), the Cedar Rapids native has a unique act that earned him a 15 minute television debut on FOX TV's regional stand-up series "One Mic Stand." Headliner Tom Garland is best known for serving a 12-show stint as the sole Opening Act for Steve-O & Tom Green's 2013 "Icons of Comedy: Original Prankster Tour" at the legendary Starlite Theater (played by icons such as Elvis, Liberace, Frank Sinatra and Orson Wells) at The Riviera Hotel & Casino on the world famous Las Vegas Strip. He also recently spent 2 nights hosting Bam Margera's "FF Unstoppable Tour" and his newest album features an introduction from Andy Milonakis. If you grew up on a heavy dose of Jackass & MTV in the 90's like Garland did, you'd agree that "Tom Garland is living a dream" (

With two full live albums of material, Garland can be currently heard in rotation Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio's 24/7 Comedy Radio Network internationally across AM/FM in 21 US States, 4 cities in Canada, and anywhere in the world anytime on the iHeartRadio app. Garland has also been featured at Vegas landmarks such as Tuscany Suites & Casino, The Freemont Street Experience’s Plaza Hotel & Casino, and The LV Strip's M Resort. He continues to make a name for himself "From Iowa to Vegas" ( Headline) and back. There's no telling where he'll be headed next, but one thing is for sure: "Tom Garland won't quit." (The Cedar Rapids Gazette).

Featuring: DJ Dorrington (Iowa City Yacht Club's Catacomb's of Comedy Co-Producer) and other Special Guests 

Peter Banachowski started performing stand up at age 17 at a high school talent show in Oxford, Michigan. After being bit by the comedy bug, Peter looked for a doctor in comedy clubs and bars all throughout Detroit, even graduating from the now defunct Second City Detroit.

Still sick, Peter moved to Los Angeles where his condition grew worse and he started performing comedy every night at LA’s best clubs and shows. During his time in LA, he graduated from The Upright Citizen’s Brigade theater, and the famous Groundling’s school for improv where he honed his character work. He can be regularly seen performing stand up at the Hollywood Improv, the Comedy Store, and the best underground shows in LA such as “HOLY FUCK!” and “Brew HAHA”.

None of it has killed the comedy bug though. His diarrhetic comedy condition moved him to New York where he is making his way up the east coast ranks, performing at clubs and bars throughout the city.

Spencer Loucks is a stand-up comedian and award winning screenwriter. He writes, directs, and stars in the web series, “The Terrible Life of Terry.” Spencer grew up in central Iowa and moved to Iowa City in his late teens to attend the University of Iowa. After graduating with a degree in Cinema he started doing freelance writing work. This lead to him branching out to many different forms of entertainment: Stand-up, filmmaking, and acting, amongst other things. Spencer is extremely honored and excited to bring his brand of awkward, often self-deprecating humor to the Green Gravel Festival.

Casey Crawford is a stand-up comedian from South Dakota who specializes in well crafted, dumb and dirty one-liners. If you appreciate comedians like Rodney Dangerfield, Emo Phillips, and Roseanne Barr, you're totally gonna dig this guy. He has been lucky enough to share the stage with Kyle Kinane, Rory Scovel, Neil Hamburger, and Mike Lawrence.

David Philips was born and raised in the state of Iowa where he started doing improv and stand up comedy. On stage he blends effervescent childlike wonder with a soothing dash of cynicism. Now based out of Chicago he has performed at The iO Theater, The Laugh Factory, The Playground Theater, Comedy Sportz and countless other independently produced showcases all over the midwest. He sort of understands twitter. You can follow him there @Dave_Philips.

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