Green Gravel Comedy Fest

Jackie Kashian & Friends

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FRI
MAR
28
9:00 PM
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Jackie Kashian's comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered. She is comic, writer, and occasional actor... she just did her first late night set on the Conan O'Brien show, has a half hour special on Comedy Central and has recorded an episode of This American Life with Ira Glass, Her latest CD, "It Is Never Going To Be Bread" was one of the top ten comedy albums of the year on Amazon. She hosts a weekly cult fave podcast called "The Dork Forest" where she creates a safe space for people to admit that thing they dork out about more than anyone.

Host Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers is an Iowa City-based comedian. She has performed at The Mill and the Blue Moose in said Iowa City, at The Establishment in Rock Island, IL, and at Cocktails and Company in Marion, IA. She has also performed at the Cabin Fever Comedy Festival for two years in a row. 

Mat Alano-Martin comes to comedy from the world of rock and roll, where he spent 10 years touring North America as an Americana singer-songwriter, opening for a who’s who of indie rockers and roots revivalists and occasionally headlining his own smaller, less well attended shows. With a comedic style that bridges the alternative sensibilities of his indie-rock background with the more mainstream views of his rural and blue collar youth, Alano-Martin has appeared at comedy clubs, punk rock dives, redneck roadhouses, casinos, colleges, living rooms and everywhere in between. Alano-Martin has appeared on the nationally syndicated The Bob & Tom Show and at Gilda’s LaughFest, Cleveland Comedy Festival, Sacramento Comedy Festival, The World Series of Comedy, Laugh in a Box Festival and Comcast’s “Look Who’s Laughing Now.”

Mike Lebovitz got his start in comedy at the tender age of six with clowning classes at the local JCC. He’s been delighting and confounding audiences big and small with his accessibly off-beat brand of humor ever since. A father as well as a fat slob, Mike draws from a broad range of experiences in constructing his act, using outlandish viewpoints and subversive turns of phrase to highlight the inherent absurdity of being. He doesn’t point out life’s quirks; he rolls around and farts on them! Mike is currently a member of Comedians You Should Know, Chicago’s premiere stand-up comedy collective. He is also curator and co-creator of Senorita Weiner's Top Secret Humor Experiment and Ice Cream Social Club, which is Chicago's longest-running clandestine comedy show in as well as the original underground, members-only ice cream social. A national club favorite and burgeoning international star, Mike just took home the grand prize at the Montreux International Comedy Competition in Switerland and was a stand-out "New Face" at the 2013 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. He has also performed at the 2012 TBS Just For Laughs Festival (Chicago), The Oddball Comedy Festival and is scheduled to weird people out at the upcoming 2014 Gilda's Laughfest in Grand Rapids, MI.


Kelly Anneken is what happens when Kim Kardashian looks like Bette Midler and tweets like Roseanne. This Oakland-based funny person and all-around swell gal is best known for her work as managing editor for online humor journal “Hobo Pancakes,” artistic director for feminist sketch troupe Femikaze, and co-host of the internationally popular Downton Abbey podcast “Up Yours, Downstairs!” She produced and hosted the “Bataan death march of open mics” at San Francisco’s infamous Stud Bar from 2009-2011. In her copious free time, Kelly performs standup comedy at clubs and dive bars, including the SF Punchline, Cobb’s, Crackers, and Go Bananas. She has opened for Jim Gaffigan and Anthony Jeselnik at Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival and interviewed Tig Notaro and Amy Schumer on behalf of SF Sketchfest. You can learn more about Kelly and her limited HTML skills at www.kellyanneken.com.

The Wieting Theater

101 S. Church St.
Toledo, Iowa 52342
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