Jimmy McHugh has been dishing out his style of comedy for over 25 years. Born and raised on the Northwest side of Chicago, Jimmy blends a mixture of classic observational humor emphasized with his unique vocal and facial expressions. Taking his swings at the world of sports, Ernie Tucker of the Chicago Sun Times wrote, "Jim McHugh delivers some of the funniest sports material I have ever heard."
Jimmy appears at various national comedy clubs and has also been seen on Comedy Central, HBO, MTV, ESPN2 and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
2017 Pasadena: Joe Dungan
Shown here from left to right back row: Finalist Anji Stubbs, Bruce Smith of Omnipop, Finalist Katsy Chappell, Finalist Josh Novey. Front Row left to right: Celebrity Performer Erica Rhodes, and Winner Joe Dungan.
2017 Chicago: Steve Smargon
Shown with trophy, winner Steve Smargon. Next to him on the left is creator of the challenge Leslie Norris Townsend and to her left, finalist Sally Baucke. Between the winner and Leslie is finalist Shawn Reynolds, and next to the winner on the right is finalist Jeffrey Donaldson.
2016 Todd Justice
2015 Mike Parramore
2014 William Woody
2013 Charlene Mae
Winner: Charlene Mae
Finalists: C.J. Harlow from Kentucky, John Floyd from North Carolina, Charlene Mae from Georgia and Andy Beningo from Michigan.
2012 Marty Simpson
Winner: Marty Simpson - See Clean Comedian Marty Simpson's website.
Finalists: Charlene Mae, Jody Fuller (New-Comer of the Year), and Dan Brown
Celebrity Judges: Dennis Regan, Leslie Norris Townsend, Bobby Kelton, Suzanne Bartels, Joby Saad
Also shown in the back, 2011 Winner, Clayburn Cox.
2011 Clayburn Cox
Holding trophy, winner Clayburn Cox. On the left, C.J. Harlowe and on the right, Joe Bryan.
2010 Jonnie W.
From left to right: Leslie Townsend, Michelle Krajecki, White Choclate, Jonnie W. (WINNER) Clayburn Cox (runner up), Joby Saad
See Jonnie W.'s website.
Semi-Finalists (not pictured here)
DD Ingrahn, Renard Hirsch, Marty Simpson, Scott Gregory
After moving around the Midwest during his early years, Michael ended up in Wabash, Indiana-- “The First Electrically Lighted City in the World.” He spent his formative years there, and then, after college, moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy and living at home with his parents.
Michael made his network debuts on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the same year. He followed that up with performances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central's The Half Hour and most recently Conan. Currently you can see Michael as a contestant on NBC's Last Comic Standing.
Jim Brogan is the son of John and Anne Brogan. He was born in New England, but at the age of six moved to Chicago and then to Cleveland. In a short period, he saved enough money with a paper route and a pyramid scheme to pay for his parents to join him.
Jim grew up in a Catholic family and went to Catholic schools all the way through. His parents sent him to an all boys high school (St. Ignatius) and an all boys college (Notre Dame).
It was a good life for the young lad, his Mom stayed home and made his school lunches and his Dad sold landing gear for a living. But Jim had other ideas of what to do with his life.
Armed with his degree in Sociology, he moved to New York City to pursue his dream of scaling skyscrapers with suction cups on his hands and becoming a Human Fly. His fear of heights quickly put an end to that dream.
While working day jobs as a tutor, a bartender and in advertising, Jim turned his attention to standup comedy. His first appearance on stage was with his Chinese-American friend, Larry Lee. They billed themselves as The Brogan Brothers. After one disastrous appearance, Jim struck out on his own.
His first act was an impression of a priest from Notre Dame. That lasted two performances. His second act was about going to an intellectual high school. That lasted six months and even longer for the audience.
After four years of doing standup comedy, Jim was taken under the wing of legendary comedy manager Jack Rollins (Woody Allen, Dick Cavett, Robert Klein, Nichols and May). Soon Jim was moving to LA to star as an Angel in an ABC sitcom called Out of the Blue. They made thirteen episodes and aired nine. They are evidently still saving four for the next sweeps period.
Jim continued to do his standup comedy and did guest appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman. He recently was in the movie Bridesmaids.
He also got other TV jobs. He hosted Laffathon (Showtime), Comic Strip Live (Fox) and You Asked For It, Again (Family Channel). The perfectionist that he is, he won't be satisfied until he has been cancelled by all the networks.
Deciding that he could save a few dollars by not hiring a lawyer, he worked for nine years as an indentured servant on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His areas of responsibility included being a writer and talent coordinator (booking comedians for the show).
Since leaving The Tonight Show, Jim has been busier than ever. Besides doing his standup, he has written two movies and seen three others.
He also was a creative consultant on Yakov Smirnoff’s one-man Broadway show, As Long As We Both Shall Laugh. He found out exactly how long we both shall laugh. It was 24 performances.
Suzy Soro is a comedian, actress, and author. She’s best known as the girl who got the last chocolate babka on Seinfeld. She also appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Good Advice, An Evening at the Improv, Star Search, Standup Spotlight, and on many other shows. She toured the world entertaining the troops for the United States Army and for eight years performed in the US with her own standup group,
Farmer, comedian, and host of TV’s Amazing America, Jerry Carroll, harvests a bumper crop of hilarity in his fast-paced, high-energy presentation. His entertaining and relatable topics about everyday life crack up the most hard-to-please crowds.
Jerry found humor growing up on his family’s farm. From the time he could walk, Jerry joined his father and uncle to farm 130 acres of flue cured tobacco, 500 acres of corn, 500 acres of small grain, 500 acres of soybeans, 40 head of cattle, and 5,000 hogs per year.
Spending 14 hours a day in a tractor cab gave Jerry plenty of time to think about his life’s dream of entertaining people and making them laugh. Since beginning in 1993, Jerry has performed for crowds in venues ranging from local cattlemen’s association banquets across the United States to the Ministers of Provincial Parliament in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
In addition to corporate events and conventions, Jerry has opened concerts for music artists such as Michael Bolton, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, and Larry Gatlin. Everywhere he goes, he leaves audiences roaring with laughter.
When he’s not on the road making people laugh, Jerry still works the fields of his family’s farm. This experience makes him one of the nation’s most sought-after farm speakers for agribusiness events.
Make your next event a huge success with this easy-going, down-to-earth, and hilarious farmer.
Jimmy Burns is a recovering elementary school teacher. His act covers school life from both sides of the teachers desk; that of a student AND his ten years of being an elementary school teacher. "Our best education comes from life!"
Mr. Burns talks about marriage, divorce, being raised Catholic and how our perspective of life changes as we get older. "Our homework never ends kids and our life lessons are painfully hilarious!"
Jimmy has toured nationally with Brad Garrett, George Lopez, Arsenio Hall and was the audience warm-up for The Arsenio Hall talk show 2013-1014. He is also the house emcee at The Legendary Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, CA. He co-hosted the radio show “Live from Here” on The National Lampoon Comedy Radio Network, hosted “Show Me The Funny” on the Wealth Network, and has had a few TV commercials. Oh, and he shot a pilot for the Food Network called, "Stand-up & Grill!" No, you’ve never seen it.
Dobie Maxwell is one of the top touring comedians in North America. His live show is a whirlwind of words, a virtual verbal vortex. Every time he is on stage, Dobie tests the stamina of the audience. His slick ranting style has earned him a loyal and growing fan base, and his knack for saying what a lot of people think has kept him constantly booked from coast to coast. Dobie works very hard at his craft and has spent his whole life learning it.
Originally from Milwaukee, Dobie has been on the road since 1985. He has “paid his dues” and continues to perfect his craft by performing as much as possible. “I love being onstage”, Dobie says. “Not many people I know can say they love to go to work every day, but I sure do. I live for it”. His comedy journey has taken him thru 48 states and across Canada. Wanna get LUCKY? Let Dobie headline your next comedy event.
Bizarre luck and horrendous timing have followed Dobie since his birth. His life continues to be a struggle to overcome obstacles most others never have to worry about. “I don’t know what it is, but I just haven’t been able to get myself in the right place at the right time”, he laments. It’s very frustrating for him, but it sure has made audiences all over laugh like crazy. We all love to hear that somebody ELSE is doing WORSE, and Dobie is that guy.
In and out of morning radio, Dobie has now totally focused on comedy. “I was fired in radio five times in four time zones”, he says. “I think that’s just about enough. At least in comedy if I’m going to work for a clueless idiot, that idiot is going to be ME. Plus, comedy’s hours are better”. Dobie’s also the exclusive teacher for comedy classes at Zanies in Chicago and he has developed a comedy ““how-to” instruction series that has sold nationwide.
Everywhere he goes, Dobie attracts new fans. He is constantly evolving and never does the exact same show twice. “I want to grow as a comic. sure, I do some of the same bits every night, but I never do them exactly the same way. It keeps it fresh and fun for the audience coursework help uk http://englishhomeworkhelp.co.uk/ and for me.” Dobie Maxwell, “Mr. Lucky”, is a seasoned professional and is just plain funny.
Dobie has made countless appearances on local and regional TV shows throughout America over the years and has appeared on several comedy shows including ‘Comcast Comedy Spotlight’. Dobie filmed his first true network national TV shot on CBS earlier this year. It was ‘The Late Late Show’ with Craig Ferguson. Watch that clip by simply CLICKING HERE.
Dobie has been involved in radio almost as long as he’s been doing standup comedy. He started doing two minute recorded comedy bits for 94WKTI’s “Reitman and Mueller” show in the 1980′s and also did a weekly stint on 99WMYX with Keith Moore and Jane Matanaer. Dobie got his first full time radio job as morning host at WMMQ in Lansing, MI in 1990. He was part of the “Bax and Dobie” morning show at 93QFM in his hometown of Milwaukee in 1991. He has also worked in Fort Wayne, Reno, Salt Lake City and his most recent full time job was co-host at Chicago’s legendary 97.9 “The Loop” in 2004. Dobie has appeared six times on the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom” radio show. Currently, Dobie is on hiatus with his own paranormal radio show called “The Mothership Connection” on AM 1050 WLIP in Kenosha, WI. The show was a HUGE success, and there is also a separate website at www.mothershipradio.com. The show covers anything and everything ‘from aliens to zombies’ and debuted March 2008. “It’s a cross between Coast to Coast AM and a morning zoo radio show”, Dobie says. Give it a listen. Dobie is also a regular or semi-regular guest on several shows across the country including:
In November of 1990, John took the stage at an Indianapolis comedy club with the intention of getting comedy out of his system. "I figured they'd at least boo me off stage. Worst case scenario, they'd throw stuff at me."
As it turned out, there was no booing or throwing.
And since that fateful maiden voyage, John has made lots of people laugh from coast to coast. On stage, he's energetic and contagiously enthusiastic about numerous topics including: Electronic cigarettes, Snuggies, automatic flushing toilets and the proper age to stop chewing your shoe in church.
Dave is the author of How To Be A Working Comic: An Insider's Guide To A Career In Stand-Up Comedy, (Backstage Books, NYC), and Comedy FAQs And Answers: How The Stand-Up Biz Really Works, (Allworth Press, NYC), and Comedy Workshop: Creating & Writing Comedy Material for Comedians & Humorous Speakers, (North Shore Publishing)
His credits include Talent Coordinator for the television show A&E's An Evening At The Improv, and the Hollywood and New York City Improv Comedy Clubs, and Assistant to Improv founder Budd Friedman.
With The Improv in Hollywood and New York, Dave coordinated talent showcases and auditions for major television shows, networks and film studios. Included in this list are The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, In Living Color, The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, The Great Lakes Comedy Festival, Disney, Paramount, MTV, VH-1, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HBO, Showtime and more.
Dave is also a former manager of The Cleveland Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant. He's worked in the comedy industry for over two decades and decided to do one workshop in 1994. They've continued since...
Dave has extensive experience within the New York, Hollywood and Cleveland / Midwest regions as a college and corporate booking agent, (comedians, speakers and variety acts), talent manager, publicist, radio host, entertainment journalist and award-winning newspaper humor columnist. In addition to his comedy workshops and comedy business seminars - which have been held in major cities from New York and Philadelphia, to San Francisco and Los Angeles - Dave has designed and instructed courses in communications and presentation skills for Cleveland State University and other "halls of higher learning." Yes, he really can be called The Nutty Professor!
As a consultant, trainer and keynote speaker on the topics of communication and presentation skills, Dave presents Talking For Success for businesses and special interest groups. These programs focus on the value of employing humor and personal creativity as conversational tools to build professional and personal relationships, increase networking skills, and improve customer service. He also teaches these skills to students grades 6 -12, colleges and universities, via video conferences through The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). Dave is a Pinnacle Award Winner for excellence in learning programs.
As a pop culture historian (and fan!) Dave is the author of The Beatles At Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert and The Beatles In Cleveland: Memories, Facts & Photos About The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts. Both have charted in the National Top 40 for Biographies and Memoirs on Amazon.com and The Beatles In Cleveland hit No.1 for Items Sold In Northern Ohio. Adding to his career as a corporate and college speaker, his live program, The Beatles: A Multimedia Pop Culture Presentation is a magical, musical, and educational history tour through the 1960's for corporate events, junior and senior high schools, colleges, universities, festivals and special interest groups.
He has been interviewed on numerous national and regional television and radio programs including The Beatle Years, Breakfast with the Beatles and Beatle Brunch. He was also a featured author at the New York Metro Fest for Beatles Fans and Abbey Road On The River.
As a comedy coach, author and consultant, Dave has been featured on PBS Television and Radio, Chicago Tribune, Ohio Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Cleveland Plain Dealer, U.S. News & World Report, InsideBiz.com Magazine and many others.
His humor book, Father's Days... And Nights: Humorous Tales From The Frontlines Of Fatherhood, includes 20 laugh out loud articles on parenthood from his award winning newspaper column, Something To Laugh About!