Category Comedians

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Jason Holtzhouser Confirmed For 2012 Laugh or Die!

Jason Holtzhouser knows how to stick out in a crowd, but that's only because he's tall.  Born in Oklahoma and raised in southern Illinois, Jason moved North to pursue an education and a career in comedy.  After spending years behind a camera and at a computer to earn his diploma, he's now focused entirely on comedy.   A life-long fan of stand-up comedy, he's been honing his craft at open-mic nights and the occasional showcase in the Chicago-land area.Read More

Chris May – Stand Up @ 2012 Laugh or Die!

Chris May is the "New Kid On The Block" in our funny funny world.  His debut stand up performance was in August 2011.  Don't let his lack of experience fool you tho, this comic will have you laugh for hours (if not half way to cardiac arrest).  Daytime Chris performs the art of tattoo at Dekalb Il's "Proton Tattoo Studo".  With a daily dose of such a variety of personalities in and out of the tattoo shop, he is sure to never run out of material.  Come see what fun Chris May has in store for you, and hit him up for some ink while your at it!

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Suzzanne Monk – Stand Up @ 2012 Laugh or Die!

Suzzanne Monk is a one-woman comedy dynamo.  She has been seen at the World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, CA, all over Chicagoland, and in colleges around the Midwest.  She is heard weekly on the award winning DAMage Report Radio Show on LA Talk Radio.  Her multi-character, one-woman sketch comedy, 2 Boob Productions, has been compared to an American Tracy Ulman. She has been one of MySpace's Top Ten Women Comedians for years. She cohosted and cowrote Fearless Radio’s Peace and Pipedreams Show (2007-08), with tens of thousands of listeners.  She's been seen by millions worldwide on YouTube, Google Video, Revver and many more.  She produced and hosted both the Big Busty All Female Comedy Showcase featuring Jen Kober,  and the Chicago Bad Bitches of Comedy featuring Vanessa Fraction.  To name a few... Learn more about Suzzanne at

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Caryn Ruby – Stand Up @ Laugh or Die 2012!

Caryn Ruby has hosted shows and performed stand-up from Los Angeles to NYC.  She recently opened for Donnell Rawlings at Zanie’s Chicago & featured at the Las Vegas Comedy Show. She's a contributing writer/performer in the TVHAMS Comedy Troupe which airs weekly on CAN 19 as part of the Gentleman Grochowski show, and co-host of the Lady Rerun Radio Show every Friday on blog talk radio. You can check out her work at or on her official website:

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Darren R. Marlar – Stand Up @ Laugh or Die 2012!

Darren Marlar is an entertainer through and through, performing stand-up comedy for churches and corporate events, acting in film and television projects, hosting a daily radio entertainment feature, writing comedy for radio stations around the country, lending his voice acting skills to various projects and more! In all areas his objective is the same – to keep your audience entertained!

When it comes to stand-up comedy, Darren will often customize portions of his show specifically for your audience!  And Darren works clean, without using any blue humor or cursing during his performance.  This ensures that your guests will never feel uncomfortable with any of the comedy being performed and makes Darren a great choice for churches and corporate events!

Through his stand-up comedy Darren covers a variety of subjects like marriage, parents, in-laws, holidays, growing up as a redhead, and finds humor in the day-to-day things of life like child bedtime stories, growing older and using a GPS.

Darren Marlar’s credits include starring in the films “Hand of Glory” and “Suburban Legends”, being a supporting actor in films such as “Planet Dead”, “Freedom Dream”, and more as well as TV appearances and pilots as well as several TV commercials.  He’s performed stand-up comedy live on network television on the Cornerstone Television Network and the TCT-TV network.  Darren is also the owner of ONAIRprep, a service designed for use by radio personalities around the country, and he also hosts his own daily radio comedy feature, “Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News” which is consistently rated in the top 20 comedy podcasts at and can be heard online at or on Darren’s website

Darren has opened for national music artists like Michael W. Smith, Mark Schultz, Jeremy Camp, Audio Adrenaline and others, and has even opened for national talk radio host, Roger Hedgecock.

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