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Best of the Midwest Competition

Wednesday March 12                                                                        Content Guideline: RRR

7:00p Dr. Grins at The BOB                                                            $15.00 (General Admission)

7:00p 3rd Floor at The BOB-Tickets no longer available

9:30p at The BOB


These 10 comics hail from the Midwest and are some of the hottest “up-and-coming” comedians around! They will vie for the title “2014 Gilda’s LaughFest Best of the Midwest Comedian” and a $2,500 cash prize.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the venue.


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 AJ Finney 3 AJ Finney: AJ’s hilarious streams of consciousness make for an unforgettable experience, and his natural ability to improvise makes each show organic and unique. He’s been a stand-up competition finalist at HBO’s Lucky 21, Trial by Laughter, and the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, and was voted “Best in Fest” at the 2011 Detroit Laugh Fest. His debut CD My Brain Don’t Work No Good, released on Uproar Entertainment, received a four out of five stars review by “Monsters and Critics,” and is featured regularly on Sirius XM Radio.
 BryanMorrisHeadshot_website Bryan Morris: In 2012 Bryan won Madison’s Funniest Comic Contest with a performance that inspired The Onion’s AV Club to call Bryan, “The Michael Jordan of comedy.” In 2011 Bryan was a finalist in The Funniest Person in the Twin Cities competition. He has also been a standout performer in several other national comedy festivals.
Drew Frees 1_usually goes with this one Drew Frees: Drew is a giddy, goofy, giggle making gentleman who was adopted 10 years ago by Chicago. He built his comedy chops performing at Chicago staples such as IO and Second City. Now, Drew can be found performing stand-up regularly at Chicago’s The Comedy Bar and The Laugh Factory and touring the Midwest. Drew has been featured in TBS’s Just for Laughs Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch, and the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival. Roger Ebert (god rest his soul) said, “Drew Frees’s stand-up is like a well-trained pilgrim hawk, always soaring to new heights!”
 John Conroy John Conroy: Washington, D.C. native John Conroy brings an everyman’s attitude to smart, sharply written material that runs the gamut from shrewd observations to social satire. Shortly after moving to Minnesota in 2008 his peers voted him Best New Comic in the Twin Cities, and the following year he took the top prize in the Funniest Person in the Twin Cities Contest. Over the next two years he made a rapid transition from opener to headliner, playing hundreds of shows each year and touring the top clubs throughout the Midwest and East Coast.
 Johnny Beehner Johnny Beehner: With a name like Beehner, one can either resign to be the butt of other people’s jokes or write their own. The hilarious Johnny Beehner chose the latter and has been touring extensively, bringing his stories of childhood missteps, newly married life, and The Olive Garden to fans all over. Beehner competed on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio show The Bob & Tom Show.
Kevin Bozeman 8 x 12 300dpi Kevin Bozeman: With a smooth and clever style, a great smile, and a contagious laugh Kevin has been entertaining in clubs and colleges across the country for 13 years. In 2000 he was the winner of the Midwest region of the HBO “Comedy Competition” and in 2005 finished 2nd in the Boston Comedy Competition. He was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2010. Kevin also co-starred in the 2003 independent film Making Revolution. This past summer he co-starred in the indie film Flat Chested starring Alicia Witt and Luke Perry.
 maggie faris Maggie Faris: Maggie is the winner of several comedy competitions including the Gender Showdown – the first woman to win the title. Another competition win made Maggie the Public Address Announcer for the St. Paul Saints professional baseball team, which led to an appearance on ESPN’s Cold Pizza for her unique style and memorable announcements. She appeared two years in a row on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and won both the Silver Nail award and Funniest Clip of the Year at the Aspen Comedy Festival. Curve magazine named Maggie Faris one of the Funniest Lesbians in America.
 Matt_McClowery Matt McClowry: For nearly a decade, Matt has been surprising audiences by putting a sharp edge to universal topics like family, relationships, and modern life. Having quickly gained a reputation as one of the strongest acts in the Midwest, Matt has performed at the Boston Comedy Festival , Gilda’s LaughFest, The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, and The Bridgetown Comedy Festival as well as having appeared on Comcast Television and been heard on Sirius XM Radio.
 Mike_Meow Mike Lebovitz: Mike was recently featured as a New Face at the 2013 Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. His comedy career began at the age of six with clowning classes at the local JCC. He’s been delighting and confounding audiences ever since with an off-beat yet accessible brand of humor. With backgrounds in acting, directing, writing, and improv, Mike draws on a diverse range of disciplines in constructing his act, which uses subversive turns of phrase and outlandish viewpoints to highlight the inherent absurdity of being. That’s the fancy way of saying it; mostly, he makes funny faces at the audience.
 Ms Pat Hi Res Ms. Pat: With a comedy career now spilling over 9 years Ms. Pat brings an honest, in your face, and hilarious perspective to her shows. She has appeared on TV Guide Network’s Standup in Stilettos, Nickelodeon’s Mom’s Night Out and BET’s Comic View. She is a regular guest on the syndicated radio show The Bob and Tom Show, and appears on Katt Williams’ DVD Kattpacalypse.