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World Comedy Expo Stand Up Comedy
March 26, 2022 @ 9:00 PM
- Saku Yanagawa (Osaka, Japan) — Host
The co-founder and Artistic Director of The World Comedy Expo, Saku Yanagawa is a Japanese comedian based in Chicago. Internationally he’s performed in over 10 countries. He has headlined many comedy festivals not only in America but around the world, including Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. Saku became the finalist for several comedy competitions including in Seattle, Palm Springs, and Boston. He also appeared on “NBC’s Break Out Comedy Festival” and “StandUp NBC.” Saku was selected “Forbes 30 Under 30” as a comedian in 2021.
- Matt Chiaramonte (Chicago, IL)
Matt Chiaramonte is a Chicago comedian who’s made a name for himself performing at clubs and shows in Chicago, as well as producing Crossbreed Comedy, a monthly variety show for the last 5 years. His sharp writing and comfortable stage presence helped Matt become a finalist in the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival in NYC. The Chicago Tribune awarded him the “Jerry Seinfeld Award for Observational Humor”.
- JJ Curry (Chicago, IL)
From a small town called Dudley, Georgia. JJ Curry is a southern air force vet with a very optimistic view on life. JJ Curry has been getting his name across the southeast part of America with jokes of his upbringing and current events of his adulthood. He has proven that his words can be accepted and approved by any group of people. He has been seen on AfroTv “Funny not Famous” and Roku tv “LMAO.” Please take the time and get to know JJ Curry.
- Jamie Shriner (Chicago, IL)
Jamie Shriner uses her vocal stylings and blunt point of view to comment on how she experiences the world around her. Credits include The Onion (Features Contributor), Laugh Factory, Comedy Bar, The Laughing Tap and Wife Material (Creator).
- Paul Farahvar (Chicago, IL)
Chicago-based Comedian Paul Farahvar delights audiences with his self-deprecating dry humor. After becoming a regular at Chicago stand up clubs like Zanies, Comedy Bar and Laugh Factory, Farahvar was given the rare opportunity to host and produce his own monthly (now weekly) show called “Drink Date Laugh” about dating and a comedic game show called “Everyone’s a Lawyer” both at the World Famous Laugh Factory. He was runner up in the Chicago Reader for Best Stand-up Comedian in 2021. He is also the host of the Podcasts SINGLES ONLY! (SWSW 2020, Best Podcast 2021 Chicago Reader) and MAKE US A MIX TAPE (iTunes, Laugh Factory Channel, Sticher) and a regular guest host on WGN Radio.
- Anthony Bonazzo (Chicago, IL)
Anthony Bonazzo is a Stand Up Comedian living in Chicago. He has starred in videos for The Onion and Clickhole, was a Semifinalist in Stand Up NBC, and recently opened for Adam Carolla at Park West Theater. He has Headlined Zanies, The Comedy Bar, and is a regular at Clubs all over the Midwest.
- Allie Pearse (Toronto, Canada)
Allie Pearse is a stand up comedian and writer on the award winning show Letterkenny. She is the winner of JFL’s 2021 Stand Up & Pitch competition and has done TV tapings at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and JFL’s New Wave of Comedy. Allie has been featured on Sirius XM radio, has recorded for JFL Originals, JFL’s Comedy 101 roast show and OFF-JFL.
- Ralph Anthony (New York, NY)
Ralph Anthony is a NYC based comedian whose material is primarily derived from his stories and unique observations of the world we live in. A high energy goofball with lots to say, Anthony was deemed “the Mouth” by his childhood friends and hasn’t stopped making people laugh since. Anthony’s credits include Sirius XM, the NY Comedy Festival, and headlining Caroline’s on Broadway as one of their Breakout Artists. He has most recently opened for Tom Cotter (AGT) & Joe Machi (Last Comic Standing).
Show time runs approximately 90 minutes.
Please note the following important information:
- 2 drink minimum per person (can be non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage)
- 18% service fee will be applied to all drink tabs at payment to be given directly to service staff.
- General Admission is based on first come first serve.
- Doors open 30min prior to start of show.
- All patrons must provide vaccination cards before entry. Digital copies will suffice.
- All patrons must be masked upon entry and until seated.
- Tickets are non-refundable.