ARF Comedy Night

January 3, 2014, curtain:  7:30pm

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Comedy Night

Friday, January 3, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Lesher Center for the Arts • Walnut Creek

$20 – $40 – $60

Brian Copeland
Allan Havey
Kathleen Madigan
Suli McCullough
Mark Pitta
Karen Rontowski

Kathleen Madigan
Suli McCullough Karen Rontowski
Mark Pitta Brian Copeland Allan Havey

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Brian Copeland (@BrianCopie) is a multitalented comedian, writer, television host, talk radio host and commentator. Copeland’s incisive, cutting-edge standup comedy material won him San Francisco’s prestigious Cabaret Gold Award as well as top prize in the Monterey Laugh Off. His ability to hilariously cut to the heart of some of our most serious social and political problems has earned him spots as the opening act for many diverse artists.

Copeland’s quick wit and probing interview style earned him a position as co-host of KTVU’s top rated breakfast program Mornings on 2. His biting social commentary segment, Copeland’s Corner appeared daily on KTVU’s Noon News andThe World According to Copeland was a weekly national segment on NBC’s long- running late night show Friday Night.

Considered one of the best stand-ups working today, Allan Havey (@AllanHavey) is “cocksure, irreverent, and very funny” according to the New York Times.

Allan began his career in New York as part of the comedy duo “Two for Nothing”, then made the move to individual standup in 1981 after “passing” at the famous Improvisation. He quickly became a regular in clubs around the city.

As a film actor he has appeared in Internal Affairs with Richard Gere, Checking Out with Jeff Daniels, Hancock with Will Smith, and, most recently, The Informant with Matt Damon. In 2012 he appeared on Ray Romano’s Men of a Certain Age, in Disney’s Good Luck Charlie and FX’s Louie. In 2013 he was featured on two episodes of The Office and appeared on AMC’s hit show Mad Men.

Over her 25 year career, Kathleen Madigan (@kathleenmadigan) has performed on Last Comic Standing, Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and many others. She’s starred in two HBO specials, three Comedy Central specials, three CMT “Salute to the Troops” specials with Ron White. She’s released 4 CDs and two DVDs and her most recent one hour special Madigan Again aired this fall as a Netflix Original. Madigan has performed internationally at festivals and theaters in Ireland, England, and Australia and has filmed six Montreal Gala Shows at the Montreal Comedy Festival for Canadian television. In 1996, she was named “Funniest Female Comic” at the American Comedy Awards.

Suli McCullough (@SuliMccullough) is an actor and comedian, and most recently a writer for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Lopez Tonight. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Northern California, his stand-up career began while he was still a student at UCLA when he opened for Jerry Seinfeld and was immediately signed by his managers. Since then, his comedy has been showcased on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central. He is most recognized for his roles in The Jamie Foxx Show and the Wayans Brothers spoof Don’t Be a Menace.

Mark Pitta (@PittaTwitta) is a national headliner coming from the fervent San Francisco comedy scene of the 1980s. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, making subsequent appearances with Jay Leno, hosted FOX’s Totally Hidden Video and NBC’s Friday Night Videos, and made guest appearances on Mad About You and Third Rock From the Sun. In the 1990s, Mark became the roving entertainment reporter/host for the top rated morning show in the San Francisco Bay Area. A favorite on the comedy club, college, and corporate circuits, Mark has also opened for Chris Isaak, Celine Dion, Vanessa Williams, Paul Anka, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton John, Smokey Robinson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Rick Springfield. The prestigious ELAN Awards has chosen Mark as Master of Ceremonies five times, and Anthony Robbins has employed Mark to liven up his financial seminars.

Karen Rontowski (@Rontowski) started out in the entertainment business nearly sixteen years ago as a cigarette girl in Las Vegas. She spent her nights performing and learning the business of stand up at the Riviera Comedy Club. When she moved to San Diego, Karen quickly became a regular at the Comedy Store and at the Improv. Today, her career has taken her to numerous countries and 45 of the 50 United States and her credits include working with such acts as: Bob Hope, Ray Charles, and The Monkees. She has been featured in spots on Comedy Central and has been a featured performer on the Bob and Tom Show.