Show Sep 5 - 7

Headliner:
Mike Lawrence

Mike Lawrence

Mike Lawrence is a New York City based comedian who has been featured as a stand-up on TBS' Conan, and for Comedy Central appeared on "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show" twice and had his own episode of the Half Hour. He wrote and performed a segment for FX's Totally Biased and appeared as the focal point of an episode of Toy Hunter on the Travel Channel. He's appeared on many notable podcasts indluding WTF with Marc Maron, You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes and You Know What Dude with Robert Kelly. When he's not working in NYC's best clubs or headlining on the road he can be seen featuring for the likes of John Oliver, Marc Maron and Tom Papa, who shortly thereafter hired Lawrence as a writer for his pilot. He was one of the "New Faces" at the 2010 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and was back with Just For Laughs in 2012 doing their Festivals in both Chicago and Montreal, and recorded a set there for HBO Canada's Funny as Hell. His debut album "Sadamantium" was released by Comedy Central Records in conjuction with the debut of his half hour special.



Feature:
Nate Abshire

Nate Abshire

Nate Abshire started performing to spite a girl who wouldn't return his calls, and he never looked back. Audiences love his sardonic wit, keen writing, and playful stage presence. Based in Minneapolis, he performs in clubs throughout the Twin Cities and the greater Midwest. The girl still won't return his calls.



Host:
Lisa Laureta

Lisa Laureta

Stand Up:I engage audiences by mixing character work, storytelling and classic stand up techniques. I've performed at many clubs and venues around the country and within Chicago including The Laugh Factory, Zanies, Chicago Underground Comedy and The Lincoln Lodge. Time Out Chicago featured me in their "Joke of the Week," and I'm a proud cast member and stand up instructor for 100 Proof Comedy at Comedy Sportz. I've had the privelege of performing in the Boston Women in Comedy Festival, the Chicago Women's Funny Festival, Grand Rapids' Laughfest, and have auditioned for Just for Laughs. I'm currently developing a one-woman show and constantly working on pilots and screenplays. That's not enough?! Alright, I was a main cast member of "My Life is a Joke" for the Oprah Winfrey Network and featured on NBC 5 and the Huffington Post. More funny videos can be found on my youtube page www.youtube.com/LisaNLaureta!
Sketch and Improv:Born and raised in Colorado, I ventured to Chicago to acquire proper comedy training at iO and The Second City. I've been on two Harold teams at iO, an incubator team at The Playground, and performed sketch and improv shows at Second City's Donny's Skybox, Annoyance, Studio Be, The Pub Theater, Stage Left, Gorilla Tango, The Playground, and The Cornservatory.  I now use my training to make silly videos with my funny friends. I'm a featured voice on the web series "HR" and was a cast member and writer of the live sitcom at iO called "That's the Gig!" I've also had the pleasure of performing at the Del Close Marathon in NYC and took my one-woman sketch show to Colorado.
I'm also a marathon runner, dog lover, singer, and advocate for many charities.



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