Category 2013

Ross Blankenship Stand Up Performance @ Laugh or Die 2013!

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Chicago-based and Second-City-trained, Ross Blankenship uses his curious perspective and infectious enthusiasm to create a truly unique* brand of comedy. *(Unique as in 'actually unique', not like the way most comic bios say 'unique' and then they do their 10 minutes about prostate exams.) Ross began his comedy career as a class clown in military school where he learned (a) he loved making people laugh even at horribly inappropriate times, and (b) he didn't take anything serious enough to survive in the 'real world'. Ross is on his way to becoming super famous, but if you have a time machine that's no news to you is it? In 2012 alone, Ross performed as the featured act for Bobby Collins at Valparaiso University, in the 2012 Des Plaines Comedy Festival (Des Plaines, IL) and the 2012 Black Box Comedy Festival (Atlanta, GA) sponsored by Georgia Tech. Ross currently works as a House MC at Wisecrackers Comedy Club in Merrillville, IN. When he's not writing jokes or performing, Ross spends his time plotting revenge against his enemies. And reading poetry.

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Sherman Edwards Stand Up Performance @ Laugh or Die 2013!

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Sherman Edwards has been lucky enough to perform at the TBS Just for Laughs Festival in Chicago, The Chicago Sketch Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival, The Del Close Marathon in New York, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, The Cape Fear Comedy Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina and a bunch of other places which has helped him find his cool, comfortable, laid back style. He really likes cheese and hopes you do too. It's ok if you don't though

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Emily Lake Stand Up Performance Confirmed for Laugh or Die 2013!

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Emily Lake was a school teacher when she fell in love with using humor to connect with an audience. She started performing stand-up in Chicago, and has since performed in clubs all over the country, including The Improv, Zanies, The Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Store. She produces a weekly stand-up showcase every Saturday night at the Gallery Cabaret called “The Two Hour Comedy Hour.” She completed improv training programs at I.O and Second City, and is a member of the Firemen’s Guild improv troupe. She is also a staff writer for the late night talk show “Talk Hard” at ComedySportz in Chicago and a writer for the upcoming sketch revue called ‘The Most Important Week’ performed in Donny’s Skybox at Second City.

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Suzzanne Monk Stand Up Performance Confirmed or Laugh or Die 2013!


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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Jayson Bernard to perform Stand Up @ Laugh or Die 2013!

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Jayson Bernard has been performing in the Chicago land area now for over a  decade, with film credits such as "The Landlord" by Emil Hyde, D.I.N.K.'s by  Robert Alaniz," Ill Will" by Terrance A. Jones and coming this year "Im Not in the Crowd" by Umi Vaid, "Delusion" by Larry Cohn AND "You Dont Say" by Robert  Alaniz where he worked along side Seinfeld's Larry Thomas. Bernard hosted last  years "Prairie State film festival" and performed venues such as "The Laugh or  Die" After hours party @ Chicago own Nite Cap.

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Caryn Ruby – Official Host Of 2013 Laugh Or Die Comedy Fest!


Caryn Ruby has hosted shows & performed stand-up from Los Angeles to NYC. She’s also a co-creater of the Modern Black Sheep comedy web series and co-host of the Lady Rerun Radio Show on blog talk radio. See more at or

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