Sunday, February 17
Union Station Ballroom AB
All acts are represented by
Sophie K. Entertainment in
Host: Kiry Shabazz
Kiry Shabazz made his network late-night debut on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” in April 2018. Shabazz grew up in the cold streets of Cleveland, OH. Not in a gangster kind of way, but literally – Cleveland has really cold winters. He was working at a restaurant in 2011 when he suddenly left all the glamor behind. He felt he couldn’t truly be himself – a charismatic, witty, off-the-top comedian, whose hilarious punchlines have made him one of the best up-and-coming comics in Northern California. After shows he’s often told, "Your comedy changed my life." He can never be certain if that’s a good or bad thing, which sends him into a whirlwind of paranoia and insecurity. Shabazz won the World Series of Comedy Competition and the 2018 “StandUp NBC” competition, which put him on the “StandUp NBC” Comedy Tour.
Originally from St. Louis, Vincent Bryant is a Chicago-based comedian/writer/actor who performs for audiences across the U.S. and Canada. He’s been a Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival New Face and participated in the New York Comedy Festival. He will make his television debut on Comedy Central’s “Hart Of The City.” Bryant began training with the historic Second City Chicago and iO Theater Chicago to further hone his skillset.
Mike E. Winfield
"Refreshing and Brilliant." Those words describe rising star Mike E. Winfield. Immediately, you are drawn in by his charisma and animated storytelling. Winfield is married to an older woman whom he wholeheartedly adores. He has a stepson whom he jokingly refers to as StepMAN since they are close in age. In his spare time, he coaches a Little League team that includes his jealous seven-year-old, who often says, "That's all you do is talk about StepMAN!"
Sohrab Forouzesh is a Chicago-based comedian and writer who moved to the U.S. from Iran when he was eight years old, and his material is heavily influenced by his experiences growing up as a fat Persian kid in America. Forouzesh is a regular at the world famous Laugh Factory, Comedy Bar and Zanies Comedy Club. He got his start in comedy while attending Western Michigan University. While there, he won The Kalamazoo Comedy Competition, opened for Nick Swardson and performed at the prestigious Gilda’s Laughfest Comedy Festival, among other honors.
Calvin Evans is a standup/actor/writer from Chicago. His recent television credits include the new FOX series “APB,” NBC's “Chicago PD,” Showtime's “Shameless” and Comedy Central's “Southside.” He has also performed stand-up on Kevin Hart’s Comedy Central series “Hart Of The City,” “LOL @ JFL,” TruTV's “Laff Mobb Laff Tracks,” and MTV's “Acting Out.” Evans was the winner of WGN Chicago's Next Big Comic Contest and was a two-time featured performer at several of Chicago's top comedy clubs, including The Laugh Factory, Up Comedy Club and Zanies. He is a graduate of the Second City Chicago Conservatory and is a Bob Curry Fellowship recipient.
Southern gay comedian Ali Clayton has been performing stand-up for 10 years. She got her degree in acting, then moved to Kentucky, where she was an acting apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She spent the next eight years in Chicago, where she graduated from Second City Conservatory, then worked her way from the open mic scene to performing at every Chicago club to performing in Just For Laughs Chicago four years in a row. She moved to New York two years ago and last year, she got her first TV credit on VICE’s “FUNNY HOW.”