ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 at 10 AM
Fresh off a historic year of selling 800+ tickets in 2019’s memorable show, The Rockin’ Homegrown Jam returns with flare! Since the show’s inception in 2011, the intention has been to showcase 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 eight years of selling the show out, Homegrown could not be more excited to be back for a ninth year and a part of the amazing festival called Gilda’s LaughFest.
As an indispensable part to the show and fresh off their recent tour of Australia, The Legal Immigrants return as a key component to making the Homegrown Jam unlike any other show in the festival lineup. For those who have not been able to experience past Rockin Homegrown show, the spectacle features five comedians all doing stand-up comedy sets, and at the end of their set, The Legal Immigrants will join each comic on stage to play a cover song, in the process, reminding you why comics always craved to be rock stars in the first place, but are quite clearly not.
We’re extremely biased, but we believe this might be one of the most fun show you’ll experience in the festival. Don’t believe us? Take the trailer of 2019’s show as proof: https://vimeo.com/340319703
|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.|
Please note this venue will require a 16+ photo ID for admittance into the show.