COMEDIANS

MISS SHANNAN PAUL

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A self-labeled geek, Miss Shannan Paul brings roaring laughter everywhere she goes. She can relate to just about everyone whether they be business professionals, students, Sci-Fi fans, jocks, or soccer moms. She can regularly be seen bringing her wit, whimsy and pop culture expertise to TV and radio talk shows. Miss Shannan is a regular guest on local TV talk shows speaking on diversity and pop culture.

Miss Shannan was named "Best Stand-up Comedian" by City Pages Magazine in their "2020 Best of the Twin Cities." She is a regular guest on local TV talk shows speaking on diversity and pop culture.

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ALI SUTAN 

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Ali Sultan saw his first stand up comedian when he moved to America from Yemen at the age of 15. He grew the desire to go on stage but first he needed to learn English. Ali was the first professional Yemeni American comedian to be featured on television when Kevin Hart hand picked him to perform on Comedy Central’s "Hart of The City".  In 2018 he filmed a Half Hour Special for Comedy Central Arabia in Dubi. Ali recently made his network telivision debut on The Show with Stephen Colbert.

Ali was named both Best Local Comic and Artist of the Year by City Pages Magazine. He represented Minnesota and won the Best in The Midwest competition at Gildas LaughFest. His album "Happy to be Here" debuted at #2 on iTunes and can heard on iTunes, Spotify, Sirius Xm and Pandora. When Ali isn’t telling jokes he enjoys making video content and recording his podcast.

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GREG COLEMAN

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Active in the Minnesota comedy scene since 2012, Coleman was voted Best New Comic of that year at the MN Comedy Awards. In 2014 he was a finalist in the American Black Film Festival Comedy Wings Competition and in 2017 City Pages Magazine named him Best Standup Comedian. Coleman made his national television debut on Comedy Central's Hart of the City (Season 2). 

Coleman has gained a reputation as a strong performer with a twisted point of view. On stage, Coleman comes across as cool, confident, and comfortable.

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TOMMY RYMAN 

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Acclaimed comedian Tommy Ryman was a semifinalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing. His oddly-adorable stand-up landed him No. 2 on iTunes comedy charts for his album Having the Time of My Life. Named Best of the Midwest at Gilda’s Laugh Fest, Tommy was invited to be on Nickelodeon’s NickMom Night Out and has a full comedy special on Dry Bar Comedy. He’s worked alongside Nick Swardson, Hannibal Buress, Maria Bamford and Louie Anderson but none wear a cardigan quite like Tommy. 

Featured on Paste Magazine and regularly heard on SirusXM and iheartradio, Tommy’s act can be described as absurdist and clever masked behind an endearing, innocent demeanor. A Last Comic Standing judge raved, “I have never seen anything like [Tommy] before in my whole life, [he is] one-of-a-kind, fantastic!” 

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NATE ABSHIRE 

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Nate Abshire started performing comedy ten years ago when he was a semi-finalist in the Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest in 2010. He went on to be a semifinalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition and runner up in Laughfest, "Best of the Midwest" competition.
 
He has opened for comedians Mark Maron, Whitney Cummings, and The Sklar Brother and performed on the 8th season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”. Audiences love his sardonic wit, keen writing, and playful stage presence. 

CHERYL ANDERSON

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Cheryl Anderson is a former soccer mom turned comedian. She has performed at some of the top comedy clubs in the country, appeared on NBC, Fox, Nickelodeon, and has entertained the Marines in Okinawa, Japan. She has also appeared in numerous National and International comedy festivals. Her children are very disappointed in her life choices and hope this is a stage that she will soon outgrow.

KHADIJAH COOPER

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Khadijah grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis as an only child. Working as a Sexuality Educator with teens, her confidence in public speaking coupled with her quick wit gave her all the fuel she needed to burst onto the comedy scene. In March 2019 Khadijah was in the top 5 for the Best comedian for the City Pages Best of the Twin Cities. In 2021 Khadijah was named one of 5 comedians to watch. 

 

Her point of view as a mother, a Sexuality Educator, and someone that has the confidence and comfort in her skin makes her irresistible to laugh with and relate to. 

TIFFANY NORTON

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Originally from St. Paul, MN, she is currently a touring stand up comedian, Radio Personality/Traffic Reporter and Executive Producer of the award winning, Staci & Hutch Show on KS95-FM 94.5 in Minneapolis.

Tiffany began her stand-up career a decade ago and has been entertaining audiences with her confident stage presence and mischievous point of view ever since.

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KJELL BJORGEN 

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Kjell Bjorgen began his stand up career in Los Angeles, CA.  He gained some notoriety performing at the Chicago Comedy Festival. He then hit the road to hone his craft.  His hard work paid off when he was asked to be a part of the Lewis Black's Nothing's Sacred Tour.  

He has performed at both The Aspen Comedy Festival and Montreal Just For Laugh Festival. You may have seen him on NBC's Late Friday and Comedy Central's Live at Gotham.
 

JODIE MARUSKA

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Jodie Maruska is a Minneapolis based 20+ comedy veteran who has performed across the country in clubs, at events, theaters, casinos, colleges. In the Twin Cities, she can be seen regularly at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy and the Comedy Corner Underground and some of her favorite recent appearances include
Twin Cities Pride, One Man Minneapolis, and Pssy Control. She recently made her festival debut in the 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival, where she was thrilled to be a part of the “Best of the Fest” show.

 

Jodie appeals to audiences of all ages and uses her familiar “Minnesota-nice” demeanor to great, unexpected comedic effect.

ELISE COLE

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Elise Cole is an Iranian Jewish comedian from Minnesota. She was recently hired at Acme Comedy Co in Minneapolis, has performed across the Midwest and in 2018-2019 co-producer of the Minneapolis based showcase, People Of Comedy. She was a 2019 semifinalist in Rick Bronson's House of Comedy contest and opened for NPR's Ophira Eisenberg at the 10th Annual Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival.

 

Cole is a wife, mother, waitress, grad student and published writer who finds humor in the challenges she faces in her day-to-day life.

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AHMED KHALAF

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Ahmed Khalaf left community college with only two credits to go in order to follow his dream to become the funniest comedian in the entire world. He uses his dark sense of humor to justify his shortcomings, which is not necessarily healthy but is definitely hilarious.

Ahmed is the winner of the Minneapolis' Funniest Person Contest and is an Emcee at Acme Comedy Club.

COURTNEY BAKA

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Courtney Baka is Minneapolis based comedian. With her dry wit and unique perspective she finds the comedy in a tragic world. She has performed in numerous festivals across the country including The Women in Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, 208 and 10,000 Laughs. In addition she has opened for such comedians as Kyle Kinane, RB Butcher, Shane Torres and Aparna Nancherla. 

She also writes for the punk rock satire site The Hard Times where she is known as the resident goth. Courtney was named 2019 Minnesota Comic to watch, but you can usually find her in her apartment with her two cats where she is currently living out her dream of becoming a cliche.  

ANDREW WEGLEITNER

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Andrew Wegleitner has performed at some of the best venues in the Midwest including Comedy on State, Skyline, Goonie’s, and Brave New Workshop. When he began doing stand up, his destructive booze habit prevented him from writing anything decent or looking professional on stage. Now 9 years without a drink he has opened for Louie Anderson, placed 2nd in The Funniest Person in The Twin Cities Contest, appeared on the KQ Morning Radio Show, and participated in the 10,000 Laughs and Madison Comedy Week Festivals.

 

Andrew's comedy is based on honest, real life, personal experiences combined with silly one liners and crazy antics.

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JAMES STANELY

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James Stanley was born and raised in Woodbury, Minnesota where he started doing stand up comedy at the very young age of 16 at a vodka bar in St. Paul.

 

James now preforms all around the Midwest telling sharp, wonderfully funny stories about his mental health and growing up with his odd, semi-dysfunctional family.

JOEY HAMBURGER

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Joey Hamburger is a filmmaker, playwright, and comedian from Minneapolis.  His short films have been featured on Funny or Die, Film Shortage, and a number of film festivals including the Austin Comedy Film Festival.  His theater company, Sheep Theater, was named Best Theater Troupe in the Twin Cities by City Pages Best Of 2018.

 

Joey performed in the 10,000 Laughs Festival in 2019 and was recently a finalist in the Funniest Person in the Twin Cities.

JOHN KENNEDY

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John Kennedy is a young comic from Fargo North Dakota who has one of those faces you swear you recognize.

 

John was the winner of the 2020 Fargo Comedy Festival and was a finalist in the Funniest Person in Minneapolis Contest. 

COLLEEN JUSTICE 

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Colleen Justice is a Minneapolis based comedian who has been featured at a number of midwest venues. Her comedy covers a wide spectrum ranging from the self deprecating to sometimes a darker, more challenging perspective. Inherently charming, she is able to deliver both with a subtle confidence that draws the audience in.

JASON SCHOMMER

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Jason Schommer is a standup comedian and storyteller who spent two years as the opening act for comedy legend Louie Anderson in Las Vegas and continues to tour with Louie regularly.  A regular performer at The Moth, Jason has won numerous Story Slam competitions and was invited to perform at the GrandSlam at The Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul in 2016 and in 2018 at The Guthrie Theater and has been heard on The Moth Radio Hour aired nationally as well as featured on the podcast.  Jason has worked in New York City for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and for Richard Frankel Productions, a Tony Award winning Broadway Producer.

Jason recently released his first live comedy album “Confessions of a Local Celebrity” and has worked behind the scenes in Hollywood as a stand in for Louie Anderson in the FX television series Baskets.

DREW HEHIR

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Drew Hehir is a unique wordsmith detailing moments in history as well as moments from his own life experience to elicit humor.

As a graduate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a bachelor's degree in communications, Drew Hehir is aware he may remain forever searching for a career and instead implores audiences to learn through laughter.

ETHAN PEDERSON

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Ethan Pederson is a Minneapolis based comedian with North Dakota roots. He has an approachable style of comedy that anyone can relate to based off of his life experience. Ethan has performed in multiple venues across the midwest and was a finalist in the Funniest Person in Minneapolis contest.

ALI HORMANN

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Ali Hormann is St. Paul based comedian and writer.  She has lived in big cities ever since growing up in a small northern MN town, but you’d never know by her accent. She enjoys learning new hobbies to distract herself from work except if that hobby is jumping rope because she can’t do it and never will.

Ali is also works as a photographer and is a busy wife and mom to three boys. 

ZACH ASHTON

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Zach Ashton is a comic who cut his teeth at his home club Goonies in Rochester Minnesota, before moving to Minneapolis.

 

Since then he has taken his jokes and high energy style all the way to the finals of several comedy contests including the Funniest Person in the Twin Cities. We don’t know if he IS the messiah or not, but we do know he’s hilarious.

REBECCA WILSON

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Rebecca Wilson is a stand-up comic from Minneapolis, Minnesota who was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Her southern charm mixed with her dry, quick wit creates an engaging act focusing on pop culture, family dynamics and the absurdities within human interactions and relationships.

 

Rebecca was a semi-finalist in Minneapolis' Funniest Person Contest (2019) and is the co-producer and co-host of REM5's Truly Virtual Comedy Show as seen on Twin Cities Live

AIDAN McCLUSKEY

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Hailing from Galesville, Wisconsin, Aidan McCluskey began his comedy career after leaving college at 19 years old.

 

He became successful in a short period of time, winning Minneapolis' Funniest Person Contest; becoming the youngest winner in the contest’s history.

KATHLEEN O'BRIEN

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Kathleen is currently based in Minneapolis, MN but started doing stand-up in New York City, where she attended NYU for theater. Upon graduation, she hosted an open mic, entitled “Unmemorable Tuesdays,” as well as a show dubbed “Damaged Goods,” both at Eastville Comedy Club. She has been featured in an Amazon Audible Book focusing on the best stand-up of 2015. 

JOHN NARUM

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John Narum is a Filipino comedian who balances his day job as engineer with his night life as world yo-yo champion and stand-up comedian.

 

He was a semi-finalist at the Funniest Person in the Twin Cities comedy contest at Acme Comedy club in 2020, and placed in the top 100 of America’s Got Talent in 2014.

EMMA DALENBERG

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Emma Dalenberg began navigating her way through the Minneapolis comedy scene while attending the University of Minnesota. Within a year of her first set, Emma performed on PSSY CNTRL and was a featured New Kid at Sisyphus Brewing. She has since finished as a semi finalist at Sisyphus Brewing’s Funniest Person Contest.

Emma brings observations and stories that highlight the absurdity and humor of being human.

TOBI SHAMMU

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Tobi Shammu is an American born, African made, Minnesota raised comedian. Tobi wears many social hats and it shows in his honest, perspective based comedy. Covering many topics from being raised in the church to his struggles with working retail Tobi’s bright smile and sharp wit will keep you laughing. 

 

Tobi was a finalist in the 2020 Minneapolis' Funniest Person Contest.

ALEX SWALVE

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Alex Swalve is a half Asian, former emo-kid who happens to have the ability to be funny for strangers. Growing up in a military family, Alex has traveled the world but decided to settle down in Minneapolis and has been doing comedy there for the past three years. 

He has performed at Sisyphus and at Minnesota showcases like Punchline Punchout, PSSYCTRL, and People of Comedy.