Ryan Higgins is a North Carolina comedian who’s been touring the country since 2010. With a background in improv, Ryan’s style is the perfect hybrid of stand up comedy and improvisation. Recently a finalist in North Carolina’s Funniest Person Contest, Ryan was also a finalist in the Ultimate Comic Challenge and Carolina’s Funniest Comic Competition. His credits also include hosting “TBS’s National Comedy Competition” as well as opening for legendary comedians like Doug Stanhope, Bruce Bruce, and Rory Scovel. He is a regular performer in comedy clubs and theatres throughout the East Coast and has created a monthly show at Goodnights Comedy Club, “Ryan Higgin’s Brain Zaps” and is currently on touring his most recent creation “The CrowdWork Show with Ryan Higgins”. Follow @RyanPHiggins on twitter and @RyanHigginsYall on instagram for for more information
With a name like Rusty, I didn’t have a lot of career options. It was either stand up comedy or be relegated to a life of carrying tiki torches as an accountant for the alt-right. I am happily married to the last one night stand I ever had. My wife is an amazing, supportive, beautiful, caring partner…and she will leave me one day. This knowledge coupled with my growing questions surrounding my own sexuality keeps me up at night – not only wondering what kind of guy she’ll find, but what kind of guy will I end up with?
Memphis-born comic, Nerd Culture Enthusiast, and Black Nerd Power Podcast Host,
Richard Douglas Jones started performing at open mics in Memphis to recover from
depression, after a succession of hapless happenings left him more than slightly
misanthropic. He found deliverance in comedy and audiences found his wildly
inappropriate and caustic wit hilarious. Both a nice guy and a dubious miscreant, his
delivery is a mash up of incisive insights on everyday life, Nerd Culture from a Black
POV, dating, sex, politics, and race.
RDJ is what happens when one guy finds his tribe of weirdos and let’s his Freak Flag
Reid Pegram hails from Greensboro, NC and performs all over North Carolina and surrounding areas if you really wanna call that “performance”. He has opened for/had awkward encounters with Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Brian Posehn, and Dan Soder. They probably didn’t hate him but who knows. Reid currently lives in Raleigh and frequently performs at Goodnights Comedy Club when they let him. He is also the host of the bi-weekly Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson House Party Comedy Open Mic at The Outpost in Downtown Raleigh. Catch him before he dies of his inevitable stroke!
Reena Calm is an East Coast Jew turned Chicago favorite, and one of the most respected and requested comedians in the Midwest. Pulling from a lifetime of questionable choices, Reena’s material is autobiographical, silly, and charmingly inappropriate. Reena is a featured regular at the Laugh Factory and performs all over the country. She has featured in Chicago Sketchfest, Accidental Comedy Festival, Birmingham Comedy Festival, Cincy Brew-Ha-Ha, Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Burning Bridges Festival, Turnbuckle Fest, The Comedy Exposition, Limestone Comedy Festival, RiOT LA, and Just For Laughs Chicago. Reena has been a frequent guest on WGN and WBEZ radio and recently made her television debut on WCIU’s One Night Stand Up. She was named Comic of The Week on The Jackie & Laurie Show, she’s been called “also terrific” by the Chicago Tribune, and “not a disappointment” by her mother.
Prateek Srivastava (try saying that 3 times fast) is nationally touring comedian based in Chicago. Prateek was recently selected for the second time as a Chicago finalist for NBC’s Stand Up Talent Search. Prateek has performed at festivals all over the country including headlining the Milwaukee Comedy Festival(2017), the NBC Break Out Festival at Second City (2016), Zee Tv’s Desi Comedy Festival (2016) San Francisco Sketchfest(2017), Bird City Comedy Festival(2017), Arch City Comedy Festival (2016) “Laugh Your Asheville” Festival (2016), He has performed alongside nationally touring headliners Maz Jobrani, Ryan Singer, and Stewart Huff. Prateek is a founder and producer of Simmer Brown, a Comedy collective that produced Diverse sold out shows around Chicago. Prateek’s Comedy has been featured on WGN Radio and NPR. Additionally, Prateek is a writer and cast member for P.O.V. a sketch comedy show at Chicago’s famed Improv Olympic directed by Michael Mccarthy(SNL). Prateek thanks you for reading his bio and thanks you for not realizing that he’s speaking in the 3rd person right now!
Neeraj Srinivasan is a first generation Indian-American comedian from Boise, ID now residing in Portland, OR. He regales audiences with his remarkable takes on dealing with race relations, millennial life and the immigrant experience through stories from his unconventional childhood or misadventures and platitudes of adult life; all while maintaining his enthusiasm and whimsical attitude. Neeraj has performed in venues all over the Northwest in addition to being featured in “Portlandia” as well as the Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival, Gilda’s Laughfest, Treefort Music Festival and Crom Comedy Festival.