Headlining the Festival

Brian Posehn

Comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn always has a full plate in front of him. He released his debut memoir, Forever Nerdy, in 2018. Brian is constantly touring as a stand-up comedian in the best comedy clubs and rock venues in the country. 2013 marked the release of his first hour long special, The Fartist, through Netflix. His latest specials "25x2" and "Criminally Posehn" can be seen on SeeSo. He has a popular podcast, Nerd Poker, on the Earwolf Network. 

Brian co-starred in Universal's feature, The Five-Year Engagement, directed by Nick Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow and in the popular Canadian indie comedy, Lloyd the Conqueror. Brian has also appeared in several other movies, including Judd Apatow’s Funny People, Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Sex Drive, and Surfs Up. 

He recently recurred on Syfy’s series, Deadly Class. He has done guest spots on the sitcoms, The Big Bang Theory, Will & Grace, New Girl, You're the Worst, Guys With Kids, Anger Management, Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld, NewsRadio, Californication, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Friends. Brian also has an extensive resume in voice-acting including The Simpsons, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Adventure Time, Metalocalypse, Bob’s Burgers, Mission Hill and American Dad.  He also starred for three seasons in Comedy Central's popular show, The Sarah Silverman Program, and toured as one of the original members of the Comedians of Comedy. 

Besides writing and performing on HBO's acclaimed Mr. Show, he has written episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program and Metalocalypse (Adult Swim). Brian also wrote for the popular sketch show, Human Giant and various specials and roasts including the Oscars and The Comedy Central Roast of Rosanne Barr.

In 2006 he released his first graphic novel, The Last Christmas, and his debut comedy album: Live in Nerd Rage. In 2009, Brian released his sophomore album, Fart and Weiner Jokes.

2013 also marked the release of a book co-written by Brian with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross called Hollywood Said No. 

Dusty Slay

You can take the boy out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the boy… Stand-up comedian Dusty Slay grew up on Lot 8 of a mobile home neighborhood in Opelika, Alabama, and his observational comedy and eternally optimistic outlook is peppered with ironies: growing up poor, a love for both hard-core country and classic rock, a career history peppered with jobs like waiting tables and selling pesticides, and what counts as fashion-forward thinking in his world. The trucker hat, long hair and mustache, flannel shirt and oversized glasses aren’t affectations to cultivate a stage persona as the B-side of a 1970-something Bob Seger single—it’s just Slay.
“There’s still a lot of jokes to come. I looked at everything as experience,” he says. “Let’s not get mad about it, let’s enjoy it.”
Just this year, at age 36, Slay has become the youngest comedian to ever perform at the legendary Grand Ole Opry Stage in his adopted hometown of Nashville. He’s notched three appearances in front of “my people” at the Holy Land of country music in less than six months and has also been tapped to host CMA Festival’s Forever Country Stage in June to keep fans laughing between appearances by the biggest stars in country music.
The breakout comedian’s Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring premieres May 16, and he is also set for a second appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this summer. He’s also primed to appear live at Comedy Central’s Clusterfest 2019 in San Francisco, all continuing the momentum from previous sets on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Comic Standing, and Laughs on Fox; regular stints on The Bob & Tom Radio Show; and a host of live appearances across the country.

Doug Stanhope

Doug Stanhope is a stand-up comic. Has been since 1990.
His material ranges from true-life graphic perversion to volatile social criticism. Doug is vulgar, opinionated, brutally honest and shockingly uninhibited and is certainly not for everybody.
He started his career in Las Vegas doing jack-off jokes for free drinks. Not much has changed, save for the mullet.
Doug has built a wide-ranging television resume of dubious achievement. He hosted The Man Show on Comedy Central as well as the ubiquitous pseudo-porn for the sexually crippled, "Girls Gone Wild", both solely and shamelessly for financial gain. He has appeared on "The Howard Stern Show", "Comedy Central Presents", "Premium Blend", NBC's "Late Friday", "Spy TV" BBC's "Floor Show Live" while on ecstasy and wrote, produced and starred in Fox's "Invasion of the Hidden Cameras" and has even popped up on "Fox News with Greta Van Sustern" and "The Jerry Springer Show".  In 2010, he was the Voice of America on the BBC’s  “Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe”. 
None of it compares to seeing him live; Doug is a two-time winner of Time Out New York’s “Best Comedy Performance of the Year”.
He’s appeared at multiple major comedy festivals including Montreal Just For Laughs, Aspen US Comedy Arts, Chicago Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotland, where he won the Strathmore Press Award for Best Act of the Fringe in his debut year.
Selected by both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter as one of the Top Ten Comics To Watch, Doug has released four CDs and three DVDs including "No Refunds" on Showtime in 2008. 



 

Carmen Morales

Carmen Morales has a captivating style which incorporates opinionated quick wit and outlandish ideals. Taking from family, friends and people from everyday encounters, she transforms personal experiences into hilarious commentary which leaves the audience doubled over in laughter. With a perfect combination of assertiveness, like-ability and vulnerability she has been well received by audiences internationally. She's been seen in on IFC, HBO Latino, Freeform & Hulu. She’s been heard on Sirius XM radio, on The Church of What’s Happening Now with Joey Diaz, Getting Doug with High, & on her own hit podcast, “No Sir I Don’t Like it.” She's also headlined the San Diego Comedy Festival, Altercation Comedy Festival, Scruffy City Comedy Festival, and been featured in the New York Times. She has produced her own traveling comedy show, as well as performed in comedy clubs, colleges, military bases, strip malls, indie shows, dive bars, towns no one has ever heard of across the country.

 

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