Show Jan 24 - 26

Headliner:
Erik Griffin

Erik Griffin

Erik Griffin, a first generation Los Angeles born comedian/actor, is hard working, ambitious, talented, and most importantly "funny" to quote his mother. He has been performing comedy off and on for the past 12 years. Erik's future looks very bright. Most recently he has obtained national exposure performing in the ALMA nominated Payaso Comedy Slam seen on the SHOWTIME and COMEDY CENTRAL networks, Live at Gotham on COMEDY CENTRAL, Last Comic Driving on NBC, Comics Without Boarders on SHOWTIME, nationally syndicated Comics Unleashed, and can be seen featured in several national commercials. He highlighted his talent in 2008 at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival to overwhelming reviews. Erik was featured at the 2008 NACA National Conference, the 2007 East Regional and 2006 NACA West Regional Showcases and has performed at several colleges nationwide. Besides opening for Dave Attel in Washington and Damon Wayans in Irvine, California, Erik is now headlining all over the United States and Canada. Other accomplishments include winning the Northern Lights Comedy Contest, being a semifinalist in the 2005 International Seattle Comedy, attending the 5th & 6th Annual Calgary Comedy Festival as well as being a runner-up in the 2005 Rocky Mountain Laugh- Off.

With his multicultural background, a Central American Caribbean mother, a father of European descent, Erik blends well into the North American landscape particularly in this era of cultural diversity. Erik's comedy is full of hilarious observations about life, love and self-evaluation bringing together all ages and ethnic backgrounds, which makes for an uproariously good time.



Feature:
Drew Frees

Drew Frees

Drew Frees is a giggle-inducing gentleman that was adopted by Chicago 13 years ago. He built his comedy chops performing improve and sketch comedy at Chicago staples, IO and Second City. Now he tours the Midwest with his stand-up and has been seen on TBS Just for Laughs and Laughs on Fox, and performed in Best of Midwest at Gilda’s Laughfest and Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch. In Chicago, you can regularly catch him performing at The Comedy Bar and The Laugh Factory. Drew is tickled pink to be headlining at the Comedy Club on State for the first time. So sit back, put on your favorite cardigan, and enjoy the whimsical musings of the lovely man Drew Frees!



Host:
Jay Abbondanza

Jay Abbondanza
Like all great comics Jay Abbondanza made the pilgramage from New York to Madison to pursue comedy. Originally from Florida Jay is now delighted to be in the Midwest. He is finally in a place where people treat each other with decency. As a comic Jay has performed up and down the East Coast for the better part of a decade. He has also been twice featured in the Madison Allstars Showcase and he hosts his own podcast called The Method Behind the Madness. His comedy comments on everything from investing in gold to talking during sex and if you're nice he'll share it with you.


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