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For the 8th year running the Homegrown Show is back to captivate the very audience that created the comedians on this show. Their admiration and love for the (616) area code is comparable to the love that ‘Grand Rapidians’ have for craft beer, President Gerald Ford, and/or Lake Michigan! Since its inception in 2011, the Homegrown Show’s intention was to show that there are working comedians who tour the country proudly, displaying the mannerisms Grand Rapids raised them with and still call Beer City, USA home. After 6 years of selling the show out, we could not be more excited to be back for a eighth year and a part of the amazing festival called LaughFest.
Back by popular demand, this show’s theme will once again be part comedy show, part rock show with returning ‘house band’ and ArtPrize voters choice for ‘Best Song’, The Legal Immigrants, as the rock element to this year’s show. For those who were not lucky enough to score a ticket to 2018’s Jam, the show features four comedians all doing showcase sets, and at the end of their set, The Legal Immigrants join each comedian on stage to play a rock song to end their performance. Audience member participation is encouraged! Bring your lighter or cell phone. If you’re looking for a reason why every comedian wants to be a rockstar and every rockstar thinks they’re funny then this show is for you! Come see why every father’s nightmare is that one day their daughter(s) will end up with a comedian or rockstar!
|Adam Degi, clever and fearless, makes a habit out of turning life’s negatives into positives in the form of stand up. He captivates and engages audiences with his quick wit and strangely endearing personality. After winning the Funniest Person in Grand Rapids competition in 2009, he took his act on the road, performing at colleges around the country and hosting a comedy game show. He’s a festival favorite performing at Laughfest, The Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, and Funny or Die’s Oddball Festival headlined by Dave Chappelle. Adam was once given a very tall standing ovation by the Harlem Globe Trotters. His dream is to one day be black and entertain the world.|
|David Dyer has been performing stand-up at clubs and corporate events for over twenty years. He’s worked with some of the best comics in the industry including Mike Birbiglia, Jim Breuer, and Lewis Black. He’s been a contributing writer to NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “ABC’s Politically Incorrect”. He’s a regular on the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Show” and frequently guest hosts multiple radio shows for Cumulus Broadcasting in Grand Rapids.|
|Matt Lauria has been ineffective at everything from relationships and productivity, but particularly at writing witty comedy bios. These failures not only make for an evening of incredible entertainment, but also leave audience members feeling as if they’ve accomplished more in their lifetime. Since Matt began telling jokes for money and drink tickets, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the country’s biggest names in comedy: Amy Schumer, Patrice O’Neal, Bob Styf, Ron Funches, D.L. Hugley, etc. But don’t be fooled by the rocks that he’s got, he’s still Jenny From The Block.|
|Josh Ortega – When’s Josh is not telling jokes he’s following Dashboard Confessional on tour or eating his weight in Olive Garden breadsticks. Seriously check out Josh’s social media… Josh has been blessed enough to open for Dave Attell, Dave Dyer, Dave Matthews, and many other guys not named Dave. He may be the only person to ever use the word herpes in a best man speech. Outside of that he only loves his bed and his momma… he’s sorry.|
|Allen Trieu is a Grand Rapids native who began his comedy career by winning GVSU’s Last Laker Standing contest. Since then, he has performed around the country, opening for Maria Bamford, Kathleen Madigan, Hannibal Buress and others along the way. He has appeared on the Bob and Tom Show and FOX Sports. None of those credits guarantee he will be funny, but come see for yourself!|
|The Legal Immigrants play up-tempo vegan rock with a hint of folk-core. All told, they are little more than four fellas with eight shoulders to cry on. Their mission statement is “loves the best” and their vision statement is 20/20.|