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This is The World Series of Comedy’s 10th year and the search is on for the best comedian in the United States. The World Series of Comedy travels all around North America, holding comedy contests at participating comedy clubs. Forty different professional comics from all over the United States and Canada will travel to the Comedy Cabana to perform for a chance to win a spot in The Main Event this September at the Casino Queen in St. Louis. You get to vote during the shows, helping us pick the winners!

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Al Yountz is a comedy veteran with a high energy show. Al has been seen on Comedy Central, MTV, Comic View on BET, and America’s Funniest People. He uses his southern roots to provide a high energy, hilarious reflection of a good ole southern upbringing in his Carolina Country Gone Wild show.

His sometimes skewed views on life, family, and relationships are his foundation for his comedy. With Al’s true story premise, keep in mind all stories could have or might have happened. Ya’ll don’t miss a chance to get a lil country! This is a must see show.

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Richie Minervini

Back by popular demand, Richie is a club favorite because he has the ability to appeal to all ages and audiences. He was a writer and regular guest performer on the hit show “King of Queens”. He has also appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime and can be most recently seen in the hit movies “Zookeeper” and “Paul Blart Mall Cop” with Kevin James and “Grown Up’s” with Adam Sandler

A veteran of standup comedy, Richie is the former owner of Long Island’s premier comedy club, The East Side Comedy Club. His stage is where celebrities, Rosie O’Donnell, Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy, Kevin James, and Ray Romano started their standup careers.

Richie also has many writing credits to his name as well as numerous television appearances such as Regis Live, Rosie O’Donnell and The King of Queens.

Gary is on the new CBS comedy, “Kevin Can Wait,” as Kyle Gable, Kevin’s fireman brother on the hit series.

Valentine also appeared as Danny on “The King of Queens” for nine years on CBS, for which he also wrote several episodes. Additional television credits include the popular new show “Kevin Can Wait,” “Fargo,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Men of a Certain Age,” co-host of “The X Show,” and his own standup special, “Comedy Central Presents: Gary Valentine.” Gary also starred as George Bannister in a series of TV movies, “The Dog Who Saved…

Gary Valentine is a Long Island, New York-native who has been headlining comedy clubs and theaters for the past 20 years. After an appearance at the Montreal Comedy Festival in 1997, he headed to Los Angeles, and quickly landed a hosting job on the NBC show, “Friday Night Videos.” In addition, he did spots on various talk shows performing standup, including the “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” among others.

His feature film credits include, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” “Here Comes the Boom,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” “Zookeeper,” “Stuck On You,” “Poolboy: Drowning Out The Fury,” and the independent short, “Alive N’ Kickin’.”

He is an avid golfer, and plays in several golf charity tournaments each year, including BMW/Synnex Pro-Am, “Monday After the Masters,” hosted by Hootie and the Blowfish, and “The Drive,” hosted by Russell Wilson and Casey Kahne. In addition, he is actively involved with the JVK Foundation, named after his father, which supports various charities, including Retinitis Pigmentosa. His sister suffers from the disease.

Gary is married, and lives on Long Island.

Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Gary_Valentine, and on his Website, gvlaffs.com.

Also Appearing:  Cooter Douglas

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Drew Fraser began his career in Boston, Massachusetts at the world’s famous “Nick’s Comedy Stop”. He later moved to New York City where his career took off. His first television Appearance was on “Showtime at the Apollo”. Since then, Drew Fraser has been seen on Russell Simmons “Def Comedy Jam”, “BET Comic View” and in 2005, Drew Fraser had his own comedy half-hour special on “Comedy Central Presents”. He also has several music videos to add to his list of performances credits.
Drew has received numerous awards for his stand-up acts, including the “New York City’s Funniest Male Comedian” award, third place at the Urban Comedy Awards as well as performing at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia.
Drew Fraser has also hosted “Amateur Night” at the world’s famous Apollo Theater in New York City. In addition, Drew Fraser has done warm-ups for TV shows such as “The Queen Latifah Show” and  co-hosted “P.Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy”.
Today, you can see Drew Fraser doing warm-ups for the Tyra Banks show, hosting R&B Live @ Spotlight as well as the “The Wendy Williams Comedy Experience” at Carolines Comedy Club.
Whether in a comedy club, musical event or showcase, Drew Fraser has the talent and ability to perform for any group, regardless of race, gender or age. This makes him one of the most respected and sought after comedians in the country.

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Ron has performed in Canada, U.S., Pacific Islands, Persian Gulf, Asia, Central America, the Carribean and in the Middle East.  Ron won the coveted Craven A’s Funniest Homegrown Competition at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. He has been performing regularly at various festivals including: Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs Festival, International Comedy Fest, The Orange County Comedy Festival and LOL Comedy Festival in Hollywood, California. Ron was profiled on the Comedy Network, ABS-CBN Asia, Showtime Dubai, CBC, Discovery Channel, Echo, Omni 1&2, MTV Canada, and recently the Biography Channel in Canada, Carson Daily Show and Showtime.

Also Appearing: Devin Siebold

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Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability. He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.  Having already established himself as one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on Last Comic in the summer of 2006 expanded his fan base exponentially.  Josh starred in Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike and was named the 11th best special on the network in 2011.  Most recently, Josh debuted a one-hour Showtime special, Sticky Change, where he cracks jokes and tells stories about everything from being a white African-American, to dealing with cabbies who think he’ll pay in sticky change.  The special is currently available on Netflix.  He has appeared twice on Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops on CMT and recently made his late night television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Josh has appeared as a regular guest star on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia and his story has been featured on Fox, CBS, ABC,and MSNBC.  He was the first comedian to perform stand-up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was named Best Winning Reality Show Guest for his appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, and made a standout guest appearance on Comics Unleashed.  He became the first comic to debut a stand-up special on the big screen when 7 More Days in the Tank was shown in theatres across the country.  Blue is set to appear in the sports based comedy 108 Stitches.  Portions of the performance also aired on Bravo Network as a half-hour comedy special.  Josh is a repeat guest on such nationally syndicated radio programs as NPR’s Talk of the Nation and The Mancow Show and has been featured in numerous print publications including People Magazine and The New York Times.  Josh has also performed at the prestigious HBO-Aspen Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival, and The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.  Josh has even become quite an Internet sensation with his top two YouTube videos over 3.5 million plays.

 His stand-up routine is in a constant state of evolution and his off-the-cuff improvisational skills guarantee that no two shows are exactly alike.  Josh was also a member of the US Paralympic Soccer Team and competed in Athens at the Paralympic Games, the world’s second largest sporting event.  

Also Appearing:   Manny Oliveira

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With his improvisational style and astute observations on family, religion, relationships, and current events, he continues to be a favorite among audiences from all walks of life. He has appeared on HBO, Showtime’s “Comedy Club Network” , and numerous comedy specials. He can also be seen on “Laffapalooza 2006” on Comedy Central and played the part of Father Cisero in the film “Crossroads.” Oliveira also has been a semi-regular on “Army Wives” on the Lifetime network.

This Rhode Island native, currently tours the country as a standup comedian.  He is also a highly regarded actor and writer and can be seen in his one-man show “I’m The Man You Meet Before You Meet The Man You Marry.”

Also appearing: Cooter Douglas

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Coleman Green who’s notoriety in the Philadelphia comedy scene has quickly increased he’s comic opportunities. A rising star, Coleman Green is no stranger to stage and screen. Gracing the stages of many venues and clubs, Coleman’s comedic style fits all audiences. His ability to make you laugh is certainly a talent that can not be taught. Not every comedian can have CEO’s and top officials and everyday people bend over in laughter about life and family. Coleman somehow finds that common link between all colors, race, ethnicities, cultures and incomes to make us all think and laugh. 

In addition to his stand up, he’s an actor. He can (when needed) bring his comedy to the roles he portrays. One that all love, is Coleman portraying a pink pixel in a television commercial (Optimum iO Pixels). 

Look out for Mr. Green because he’s coming to a stage or screen near you soon!

Jesse Jones has been doing stand-up comedy comedy for the last eight years. His high-energy style and honest story telling allows crowds to connect with him on a personal level whether they want to or not. He has been seen on MTV, Laughs on Fox, reviewed by the New York Times and the web series Fitness Fail.

Jeff Shaw is a stand-up comic. His writing is marked both by idealism and humanity. His stimulating satire is often infused with a singular poetic beauty. More important, he looks like Rod Stewart.
 
Over the past 3 decades, Jeff has performed 9,000 shows across North America & the Caribbean, including a residency in Las Vegas. In 2009, Jeff helped launch the Punchliner Comedy Club chain for Carnival Cruise Line, where he’s known as Jeff “the Fun Dude,” and was club manager & house MC on the Carnival Dream.
 
In the 1990s, Jeff wrote popular comedic essays and feature stories for Cleveland’s Scene Magazine, Buffalo’s Art Voice, and the online comedy publication SHECKY! MagazineJeff is also a former staff writer for Cleveland’s American Greetings Corporation, responsible for hundreds of funny greeting cards and novelty items for the company’s Alternative Cards Department.
 

Jeff’s hilarious first book, The Fun Dude’s Guide to Cruising: A Humorous Handbook for Taking Your First Cruise and Living to Complain About Itis available now as a paperback and Kindle e-book on Amazon.

Jeff has appeared on A&E’s “Comedy on the Road,” Comedy Central or Showtime.

Also Appearing:  J Bliss & Cooter Douglas

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