Ryan Singer is the rarest of breeds: A comic’s comic who electrifies mainstream audiences with material that is both uncompromising and unpretentious. LaughSpin says, “With his high-energy delivery and unpretentious leanings, there’s not a lot to dislike about comedian Ryan Singer. And it’s not just us saying it: In the last few years, he’s won over audiences headlining the nation’s finer comedy clubs and was hailed by Marc Maron in Rolling Stone as a comedian “who should be big.”
Singer was selected by LA Weekly as one of “10 LA Comics to Watch” for 2014, was mentioned in NY Magazine as a “Comic to Watch,” was one of 4 finalist in CMT’s Next Big Comic Contest, is a frequent guest on the WTF Podcast w/Marc Maron and the Bob & Tom Show, regularly heard on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, and was a regional finalist in Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight. He was the winner of the Golden Shingle Award at the Rooftop Comedy Festival, an award given to the next rising star in comedy.
In 2008 Underground Comedy at the Bricks grew out of the effort of 4 friends to expand the growing comedy scene in Des Moines beyond the then single bi-monthly comedy open mic. Jim Ramsey, Ben Houk, Dan Umthun and J.T. Nutt found the House of Bricks, primarily a rock club featuring nationally touring acts, an ideal location. When Jim moved in 2009, Dan became primary host and began a monthly showcase to gain exposure for what had become a thriving stand up scene. They began presenting acts from all over the Midwest in late 2010. The show has been represented by a six fingered HST inspired 'gonzo fist' as a symbol of defiance of convention, and the stage as a place to tell truth through humor. Now it its fifth year, the open mic and showcases are co-hosted by Toll McGrane. While not a touring company, but rather an endeavor to promote comedy in the state of Iowa, on the road Underground Comedy is Alex Carter, Sireono Sheley, Toll McGrane, and Dan Umthun.
Junior Stopka is a standup comedian. He has been performing, many times sad and drunk, since 2005 in his hometown of Chicago, IL. His biggest compliment in comedy is when Doug Stanhope invited him to join him on the tours, The Big Stink Comedy Tour & The Shit Town Comedy Tour. "Stopka looks like a retard and a retard had a baby" said Stanhope. The Chicago Tribune recommended Stopka as one of the top four comedians to watch. He has performed in the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and will make his television debut on Dave Attell's Uncensored Comedy Show, which will air sometime in 2014.
Irene Tu is a stand-up comic, writer, and performer from Chicago, now living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some have described her as “sarcastic,” but she just tells it like it is. Irene has performed in SF Sketchfest, Limestone Comedy Festival, She-Devil Comedy Festival, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, and was a finalist in Rooftop Comedy’s National College Comedy Competition. You can see her perform all around the Bay Area. Follow her on twitter @irenetu or visit www.irenetu.com for updates.
Andrew Holmgren, comedian, is a sharp-shooting merrymaker, hardboiled in the San Francisco Bay, that finds utmost joy in disseminating his humor across the country. One-part noble knave, one-part calming confidence man, and one-part evergreen mocker, Holmgren speaks with frank sarcasm and idyllic crassness. A budding star, Andrew Holmgren has performed at the San Francisco Punch Line, Noise Pop Festival, the International Hemp and Cannabis Festival, San Francisco Indie Fest, San Francisco Comedy Day, and the Sacramento Comedy Festival (earning the Best of Fest award). Also, he has opened for the reputable Will Franken and Moshe Kasher and curates the popular Get Yucked Up comedy showcase under Bay Area comedy outfit, Sylvan Productions, of which he serves as producer/artist. While supremely confident, the jokester remains humble, grinding and mining his craft nightly. Expectations are aptly high for Andrew Holmgren.