Assume the position that history is pop culture… Robert Wuhl (“Arli$$,” “Good Morning, Vietnam”) is coming to Traverse City with the funniest history lesson ever given, doing a live version of his smash HBO special “Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl.” He’ll tell us about the 1st American Idol, the legend of giving the middle finger, and the way we cast our American heroes. Cheers if you can remember half new myths & facts you’ll hear. Rated R for language: It’s a history lesson with F-bombs thrown in.
The co-founder of this festival is also a standup comedian, director, producer, writer, actor and author of two books. He’s starred in films (“WALL•E”), directed films (“I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With”), and performed everywhere from Conan to “Mad About You” to “Arrested Development” with the likes of Amy Sedaris, Larry David, and Sarah Silverman. When he’s not co-starring and Executive Producing his HBO hit “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” you can find him performing in comedy clubs across the country and hosting his new comedy podcast, “By the Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin.”
You probably know Susie Essman from her eight seasons as Jeff Garlin’s sassy wife on the criticallyacclaimed “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but this Gotham veteran and Carolines regular has done it all: big shows (“Tonight Show,” “Politically Incorrect”), movies (“Bolt”), her own HBO show, and a book: “What Would Susie Say: Bullsh*t Wisdom About Love, Life, & Comedy.”
The only comedian ever to go unchallenged on “Last Comic Standing” (no other comedian dared say they were funnier), award winning comic Kathleen Madigan brings back to TC the act she describes as “Midwest logic with sarcasm mixed with resignation that it’s all out of our control at the end of the day, so just have a drink.”
Paul Provenza and Troy Conrad’s critically-acclaimed show, Set List, puts a spin on the traditional standup showcase: comics are handed never-before-seen topics as they step up to the mic, like “post- Scientology cigarette,” promising a completely unpredictable show of improvised standup every time. We’re excited to have this SXSW favorite here in Traverse City!
Todd Barry has done stand-up on nearly every late show you can think of including Letterman, Kimmel, and Conan (ten times). He’s played all the big comedy festivals, been in movies (“Road Trip,” “The Wrestler”), writes most underappreciated Tweets of the year lists, and has acted in everything from “The Larry Sanders Show” to “Sex and the City.” Currently a recurring deadpan standup in FX’s “Louie,” his new Comedy Central Special “Super Crazy” is now available on Amazon and iTunes.
Doug Benson (“Best Week Ever,” “Last Comic Standing”) has been on an album-a-year schedule since 2008, plus he records a popular weekly podcast Doug Loves Movies, does the occasional film (“Super High Me”) and TV project (“The Benson Interruption”), and keeps up a robust schedule of live dates, which we’re glad we’re on. Such a busy schedule for High Times’ 2009 Stoner of the Year.
@nealbrennan: Co-creator of “Chappelle’s Show” and less popular things. Comedian. Hero. Victim. He seemingly does standup every night at the top clubs in NYC or LA. He writes/directs the ESPYs and the White House Correspondents Dinner with Seth Myers. He makes movies that the NY Times & Ebert both like (“The Goods”). He’s been on Jimmy Fallon & Conan. And now — TC!
Ian Edwards opened for J.B. Smoove at our Comedy Fest in 2010, and ever since, we’ve been receiving requests to bring him back for a full show. He’s done the big comedy festivals, he’s written for SNL, he’s been on MTV’s hit show “Punk’d” and HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” He’s been on Conan and “Lopez Tonight,” and we’re thrilled to welcome him back to northern Michigan.
John Fugelsang’s (TEDx TC ‘12) ex-Nun/Franciscan Brother parents gave him lots of material for being the Christian in “The Coexist Comedy Tour.” He’s writing a book called “Christianity and Politics,” performs for US Troops, and does a lot of media. He’s been on “Politically Incorrect” 20+ times, and was on the first political comedy album to hit #1 on the big Comedy Charts.
Allan Havey is one of the original hosts of Comedy Central, has performed on Letterman 10 times, and has worked with everyone from Steve Martin, Gilda Radner, and John Candy to Matt Damon, Sarah Silverman, and Louie C.K. You’ve seen him on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld,” and lots more. Cocksure and irreverent, he’s considered one of the best standups working today.
One of Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch in 2011, Pete Holmes is the master of all things funny, from performing stand up on Jimmy Fallon and Conan to providing voices for Comedy Central’s “Ugly Americans” and the E*Trade baby, to writing for sitcoms and drawing cartoons for The New Yorker. He also hosts the popular Nerdist podcast You Made It Weird and is a regular on CollegeHumor.com.
You’ve seen him in “Get Him to the Greek” and “She’s Out of My League,” and heard him as the voice of Tuffnut in “How to Train Your Dragon.” One of Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch in 2008, TJ Miller is a frequent panelist on “Chelsea Lately” and is the host of Comedy Central’s new show “Mash Up,” a standup series with everything you could want: jokes, sketches, and visualizations.
A master of dark comedy, hailed as a modern day cross between Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles, and Eckart Tolle, few comedians working today channel the power of rant better than Eddie Pepitone. He’s done lots of movies (“The Muppets”) and TV (Conan, “Chapelle’s Show,” Jimmy Kimmel). One of comedy’s best kept secrets, he’s now the subject of the new doc “The Bitter Buddah”.