National Headliners at The Jokers Wild Comedy Club
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The last date listed for The Jokers Wild Comedy Club & Bar was Saturday November 8, 2014 / 8:00pm (John Heffron).
September 12-13, 2014: Marion Grodin
When it comes to comedy, Marion Grodin can pretty much do it all. When it comes to life, well, she’s still working on paying her parking tickets, and trying not to eat cake. Marion started out as a staff writer for the network sitcoms It’s a Living and Princesses, was put under contract to Twentieth Century Fox, and later went on to sell six screenplays. Just as she was about to embark on her seventh screenplay, it dawned on her that her father had not lovingly nicknamed her “Mouth” for nothing; she decided it was time to start saying all these funny things she was writing for other people to say so, for the last decade, Marion Grodin has been one of the hottest comics in the country. She is a favorite at New York City’s top clubs, including Standup NY and Gotham Comedy Club, where she regularly headlines. As one of the country’s top emcees, Marion’s incredible ability to improvise has allowed her to master the art of talking with the audience.
September 26-27, 2014: Vanessa Hollingshead
From the first moment Vanessa hit the stage, waiting well over 4 hours at an Open Mic to do 5 minutes of comedy … she knew she was “home.” She would temp all over the city during the day as a word-processor and be in the clubs at night to perform. She often slept in the bathrooms at work, or on her lunch hour. Vanessa never looked back. It paid off. After two years, she was able to make a living being a working comic. Vanessa was recently on VH1’s Lords of the Revolution, has had her own Comedy Central Presents, has taped her second DVD at Gotham, “American Anglomaniac” and is taping her third DVD, “Drunk” at Stand Up New York.
October 10-11, 2014: Tommy Savitt
Tommy Savitt is not just suave, but he also believes he can save anyone’s marriage. He says so during his act, so how could he not be telling the truth? I’ve heard him mention it four times. He’s been on the fast track ever since I first saw him win The Boston Comedy Festival’s Best New Comedians competition, beating out some pretty top-notch acts. The following year, Tommy won top honors at the Seattle International Comedy Competition. Now the East Coaster is based in L.A., has some heavy representation behind him and is getting as much recognition as he can. He still likes to call New York home (performing at Carnegie Hall, Caroline’s on Broadway) but pretty much has to split his time on both coasts. Back to his stage act though. He dresses like some guy you’d see at a sleaze bar and really punctuates that by saying to the ladies, “You’re really missing out on this treat if you pass on this.” People will ask, “Is it an act or is he for real?” I’m not saying, so you’ll have to judge for yourself when you see him.
Octobr 16-17, 2014: Adam Hunter
A New York City Native, Adam Hunter is one of the hottest young comedians around today. He headlines all over the country, putting his heart and soul into every performance with an act that is brash, deep and hilarious. Adam was a finalist on season 6 of Last Comic Standing, has appeared on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, Chelsea Lately, The Late Late Show, MTV, VH1, TruTV CBS, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run and performed at arenas, colleges and clubs all over the world. A prolific writer, Adam was the head writer of the Versus TV MMA Awards for 3 years running and his current projects include the TV Pilot Kamikaze Comedy of which he was also the the EP and host and So You Think You’re A Tough Guy, Adam Hunter’s A.D.D. and two Feature Scripts, Pinned and Comic Stripped.
October 24-25, 2014: Judy Tenuta
Judy Tenuta is the most famous person who has ever lived … and if you don’t believe it, just ask her. Judy is a triple threat in the sense that she has strong stage, television, comedy and film credits with a large fan base. She has appeared in The Vagina Monologues, Menopause the Musical both in LA and Chicago, and she’s had her own stand-up specials on Showtime, HBO and Lifetime. Judy was the first female stand-up comic to win “Best Female Comedian” at the American Comedy Awards and is a two-time Grammy nominee for her comedy CD’S, “Attention Butt-Pirates” and “Lesbetarians!” and “In Goddess We Trust”. The self-described “Love Goddess” and “Aphrodite of the Accordion” has made hundreds of guest and co-hosting appearances on such popular TV shows as The View, Late Night with David Letterman, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Comics Unleashed.
November 8, 2014: John Heffron
John Heffron burst onto the comedic scene during the prime of his college heyday. Although he did graduate in his home state of Michigan, Heffron’s priorities became clear when he began to skip night class to perform live stand up. His first gig was even on the University of Michigan’s campus at the Main Street Comedy Showcase. Since then, his comedy has evolved in a unique and creative fashion as he has grown from a fun-loving college student to a bewildered newlywed. John’s attraction to excitement and his personal vow to never perform physical labor have both inspired and motivated his successful career. The endless list of credits comprises his impressive resume and highlights many significant accomplishments. He not only won the second season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, but was also a finalist in the subsequent season. Heffron’s amusing and extensive material has earned him two separate half hour specials on the hit stand up show, Comedy Central Presents and he has become a regular on numerous VH1 satire series including I love the 80s: 3D, I Love the 70s: Volume 2, and My Coolest Years: My First Time. In addition to being featured on Thom Filicia’s Dress My Nest, Heffron has performed on CMT’s Coming to the Stage, NBC’s Late Friday, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. He has made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilbourne, and E!’s Chelsea Lately and 101 Craziest TV Moments. John is no stranger to live audiences and has taken the stage at several prestigious comedy festivals including the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen.