Artists Celebration features a group of eclectic and talented comedians. They don’t take themselves too seriously and they are seriously funny. Read on for some profiles.


Jenny Zigrino

Jenny Zigrino

Jenny Zigrino has been performing nationally with acts like Tom Green, Gilbert Gottfried and Josh Blue. She MC’s as her alter-ego LIZ FANG for Boston’s local burlesque troupe Rogue Burlesque. Recognized as one of the best Burlesque troupes in Boston by Citysearch.com and Boston Phoenix’s “Best of Boston”.

Jenny has also been highlighted on Independent Film Channel’s “Young, Broke, and Beautiful” and GO Magazine. She took 1st place in the Catch a New Rising Star Competition and was honored to be April 2010’s Comic in Residence at the famed Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA.

Jenny is a comedy festival favorite featured in the Funny Females Showcase at the Boston Comedy Festival, hosting the Women in Comedy Festival twice (2010 and 2011) and Magners Comedy Festival in 2011.

Niki Luparelli

Niki Luparelli

Bette Midler from her bath house days meets Marilyn Monroe meets Dean Martin. Meet Niki Luparelli, your new favorite chanteuse, which is a fancy French word for “lounge singer.” Niki is also one half of the World Famous Steamy Bohemians and co-founder/producer of the highly acclaimed variety show JERKUS CIRCUS.

The internationally-ignored Niki went to the University of Rhode Island where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Music and Communications. After a few years of honing her wit on hecklers, drunks, and bachelorette parties, she hooked up with fellow URI music grad, Lainey Schulbaum, and began their musical comedy duo act, “The Steamy Bohemians.” The Steamy Bohemians are what would happen if the Smothers Brothers were comely large breasted women. On the side, however, Niki dreamed of becoming Jessica Rabbit, or Gilda, or Mae West. She’s had a lot of dreams.

Currently, you can see Niki performing regularly with Dan Burke and the Gold Diggers (sometimes known as the Speakeasy Combo) all over New England.

Mehran Khaghani

Mehran Khaghani

Mehran Khaghani is a standup comedian,comedic director, and comedy event producer based in the Boston Metro area, of Iranian descent. Born in London to Iranian parents, Mehran grew up in the United Kingdom, Iran, Turkey and the suburbs of Boston. In 1993, at the age of 17, he cofounded Lexington High School’s first GLBT organization, called Bi-GLASS. Mehran began pursuing a career in standup comedy in 2007. He has toured with Maz Jobrani’s Brown and Friendly Tour and in his first year competing, ranked in the top 8 in the Boston International Comedy Festival.

As of 2010, Khaghani hosts a monthly standup comedy show at Mottley’s Comedy Club in Faneuil Hall, Boston called “The Mehran Show,”building each showcase around a different theme. He recently headlined and hosted a sold-out show in San Francisco called “No Gays In Iran” and was voted Boston’s best comedian for 2010 by the readers of the Boston Phoenix. In August 2010, he produced the cabaret comedy show “Criscotheque” at the American Repertory Theater’s Club Oberon.

Ken Reid

KEN REID

Ken Reid

Called a “pop culture maven” by the Boston Globe, Boston native Ken Reid has been performing for over 10 years in various capacities.
In 2003 while living in London, Ken Reid decided to try his hand at stand up. After performing around the UK he returned to Boston in late 2003 and has been a staple on the comedy scene ever since.

Reid’s unique and very personal story telling style has gained him a loyal fan base in the area. Using photos, video clips, and his own brand of storytelling Reid has written and performed three one man shows. His first show “Ken Reid’s Cusack Attack” was a sold out affair at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Reid has toured as the opening act for Todd Barry during Barry’s “Substantial Tour of New England”, was chosen by Eugene Mirman as the opening act at Mirman’s record release show, opened for Patton Oswalt at both the Wilbur Theater and Northeastern University, been the opening act for Bog Saget on his New England area perforrmances, and performed a series of “live talk show” appearances with Jonathan Katz. In 2010, Reid was nominated by the readers and editors of the Boston Phoenix as Boston’s Best Comedian.

Lamont Price

Lamont Price

Lamont Price

Lamont Price is a hilarious oxymoron. His comedy is edgy and laidback, off the beaten path and anchored in social consciousness. He doesn’t care in that cool sort of way, and he doesn’t hold back. His commanding stage presence electrifies the crowd.

Price’s love for comedy started nearly a decade ago with a stand-up comedy course, and has become an obsession with winning over a room. He’s shared the stage with comedy powerhouses Dane Cook, Pablo Francisco, Patrice O’Neal, Tommy Davidson and John Witherspoon, to name a few. He’s gotten ink in Boston’s best: The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald. A regular at Boston’s Comedy Connection and Nick’s Comedy Stop, and on campus at Boston University and Boston College, Price’s star is rising…and heading west.

In New York, he’s performed at Stand-Up New York, Gotham Comedy Club, and NY Comedy Club. Next stop, Hollywood. While entertaining the likes of Johnny Knoxville at the Sam Adams Grill & Groove Summer Jam ’02, he met a local director with a script. Price stars in Liquid Lunch Productions’ feature Overserved, an unapologetic comedy about working in a Boston bar, slated to hit the silver screen nationwide Summer 2006.

Sarah Martin

SARAH MARTIN

Sarah Martin

Sarah has been performing stand- up since January of 2008. From a childhood of anti-conformity, to teenage years of rehabilitation only to be let free in society at large, she is now a living a jaded life in her 20’s. Using up all her optimism early in life makes her more of a 60 year old trapped inside her body, yet still not void of vitality and dry wit. With the ability to make an obscure reference sensible, and a sensitive subject acceptable she is building a name for herself by actually saying out loud what you were thinking.

 

Kyle Ploof

KYLE PLOOF

Kyle Ploof

Kyle Ploof is one of the hardest working comedians in the country. Jumping into the Boston scene, Kyle quickly gained attention and was crowned “Best New Comic” by winning 2007′s “Last Comic Laughing” Contest, as well as 104.1 WBCN & Going.com’s “Boston’s Best Stand-Up” Contest.

By age 19, Kyle was a regular at all of the clubs in and around Boston. Since then, he has gone on to be featured in the Original Las Vegas Comedy Festival and the New York Comedy Expo.

In 2008, Kyle co-created and produced a series of live music and comedy shows called “Lyrics & Laughs”– which focused on showcasing the best underground talent in the city. These shows set attendance and profit records in some of the best indie venues in Boston.
Kyle’s podcast, “The Ploof is in the Pudding,” showcases a different comedian each week, and has been described as “simple, in-depth, funny.”

Now living in Boston, you can see Kyle performing at several venues across the city.


Previous Comedians

Stacy Yannetty

Stacy Yannetty

Stacy Yannetty started doing standup comedy in Boston and has expanded into clubs in LA, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and is a regular at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas. Stacy has competed in several competitions and festivals including the Boston Comedy Festival and has worked with Joan Rivers. She also worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines in a comedy duo.

Her theatre credits include “That Takes Ovaries”, “Isnt It Romantic” by Wasserstein, “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” and “The Actors Nightmare” both by Chris Durang, The Minute Play Festival at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston, “Lovers and Other Stragers” by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor, among other modern plays, one-acts and commercials. When home, Stacy can be seen regularly at Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston, Giggles in Saugus and the Comedy Connection in East Providence, RI.

In Her Own Words…

When did you fall in love with the art of comedy?

My husband put me on stage at The Comedy Vault [in Boston]; I didn’t have anything prepared; and I hadn’t written anything; I wasn’t even an aspiring comic; but being a painter, a writer and amateur playwright . . it interested me. I didn’t go up again until a year later, when I thought I had written something worthy of trying out.

What was the strangest show you have ever done?

A sushi joint in Hollywood.

Talk about a time you fell down in public.

The only thing that comes to mind is falling forward and landing flat on my stomach on roller blades. I am a figure skater so when you get me on blades; if I start fooling around.. there are teeth in the front of figure skates that stop you if you go forward with your weight; those same teeth do not exist on blades. I just remember it was painful – my stepdaughter was laughing… and I was thinking I’ll get her back later…


Sandy Asai

Sandy Asai

Using a deadpan delivery, combined with a riveting view of the world and extotice appearance, Sandy keeps the audience wondering what will come next. In just over five years she has worked every major room in Boston.

Besides performing regularly at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, The Comedy Connection, Nick’s Comedy Stop, Dick Doherty’s Comedy Vault, and Emerald Isle, Sandy has enchanted students and faculty at Harvard University, Northeastern University and Wellesley College, and has been a hit at Cambridge Fringe Festival and Boston Comedy Festival.

In Her Own Words…

When did you fall in love with the art of comedy?

I fell in love with the art of comedy when my father first cracked me up as a child. It was the best feeling in the world to laugh, and he did it with such simplicity. What a great thing!

What was the strangest show you have ever done?

The strangest show I have ever done is the first time my mother came to see my show. It is, to me, kind of like inviting my mother to sit in my room and listen while I chat with my friends.

Talk about a time you fell down in public.

I do it often. It is always so dynamic, I crack me up. People around me a horrified, though. They are so nice.


Deb Farrar-Parkman

Deb Farrar-Parkman

The Boston Globe calls her “one of the most consistently inventive performers” on the Boston comedy scene. A storyteller who pontificates on the circumstances that we endure in life, Deb spent the major part of her professional career in television production. The co-founder and producer of ColorStruck: Women of Color in Comedy, she has performed in First Night and has been featured in Boston Magazine’s Best in Boston Comedy edition on up and coming comedians in the area.

Her TV appearances include Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, WCVB’s (ABC) Chronicle and Cityline, and WBZ’s (CBS) Women’s View. She will be featured in an upcoming national documentary film, Kolorgirlz, about women comics who have used the stage as a major vehicle for overcoming traumatic experiences in their lives. Deb is also an Emmy-award winning freelance documentary producer who has performed with: Tony V (of HBO’s The Brotherhood), Jimmy Tingle (CBS 60 Minutes II), Louis CK (HBO’s Lucky Louie) Patrice O’Neal (Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn), and Michael Winslow (Police Academy films), among others.

In Her Own Words…

When did you fall in love with the art of comedy?

After working as a writer and field producer on a limited-run series of women’s comedy specials for WGBH TV and the Lifetime Network more than 10 years ago, my interest in comedy was rekindled. All those vivid memories came flooding back to me of being a kid and watching all the late greats: Richard Pryor, Moms Mabley and George Carlin and laughing hysterically, yearning to do what they did. I’ve always known that I wanted to do stand-up, but I was afraid to put myself out there like that, to be that bold and daring. Then I had an epiphany: I’m 99.9 % more likely to die of a heart attack or cancer than I am of embarrassment, so I decided to give it a shot.

What was the strangest show you have ever done?

It was a birthday party for an 80-year-old woman. All of her family were there. Young children were running around the place. There were 3 of us slated to perform. One freaked out when he saw the kids and refused to perform because he didn’t have any kid friendly material. The other person was the booker so he made me bite the bullet as in go first, which, as it turned out worked really well for me. I did a 10-minute set, just before the kids got too rambunctious and started making a lot of noise. Then an argument broke out at the table nearest the stage in the middle of the next comic’s set. Apparently someone in the family had died recently and you know how families get about ‘loved ones’ wordly possessions.’ It was wild. My husband’s family is always trying to get me to do comedy during one of their family reunions and I always think of that birthday party, shudder and say, ‘I don’t think so.’

Talk about a time you fell down in public

It was about 4 years ago, the afternoon before Christmas Eve and because Christmas is the season to be rushing, I decided to run across the street in Coolidge Corner. I made it across the street, but tripped hard over the curb and went flying smack dab into the side of a building, a brick building. I was so embarassed, I immediately jumped up and tried to keep walking like nothing happened even though everyone came over and asked me if I was alright. I said I was fine, but by midnight I was in the emergency room. The painkillers doctors gave me those first few days sent me to another galaxy. I don’t remember what they were, but I do know I’ll never take anything that strong again. Oh, sure they helped ease the pain but I when I woke up Christmas morning, I swear I saw the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause sneaking out my back door!


Rick Younger

Rick Younger

Rick Younger is a comedian, singer, actor, writer, producer, and “Renaissance Man”.

Rick got his start in stand-up comedy in the Washington, DC area. Since starting in the world of stand-up comedy Rick has performed with many of the top names in comedy and has made television appearances on BET’s “Comic View”, “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”, and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”.

Rick has been seen in numerous national commercials including popular ads for Verizon, Staples and McDonald’s and also toured nationally with the Broadway Musical, “RENT”.

Link: www.rickyounger.net


Kelly MacFarland

Kelly MacFarland

Kelly is animated, clever and full of sass. Sharing her life experiences in the unique way that only she can, Kelly leaves audiences pleasantly surprised by her candor. Kelly was featured in Boston Magazine’s 2003 ‘Best of Boston’ issue and has also had several appearances in the Boston based magazine, the Improper Bostonian. Kelly was first runner up in the 2003 Comedy Central Laugh Riots Semi-Final Competition in Boston and will be appearing this fall on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. You may also recognize Kelly from season one of NBC’s newest hit reality series, The Biggest Loser. Catch her unforgettable act at comedy clubs and theaters from Boston to New York!

In Her Own Words

Funniest show you have done?

I did a show in NH last spring. It was outside and we told jokes on a flatbed trailer. The person who was up before me had bats around her head. I just sat there watching these black shadows dive at her head for 20 minutes. When it was my turn, I found myself talking really low in a deep voice, and I tried not to move to much.

Most embarrassing fashion moment?

I tucked my skirt into my tights once. It was the middle of winter and I had a long coat on. I went into a meeting, removed my coat and my whole backside was exposed. I just untucked, shook my skirt out and sat down. Graceful.

Last community service project?

I did a triathlon in July. All the proceeds went to breast cancer research.

Link: www.kellymacfarland.com


Mugga

Mugga

Mugga is a seasoned professional comedian. A “true to life” Brooklyn girl, Mugga’s comedy talent has taken her around the world (Italy, Germany, Caribbean) to the hottest comedy clubs. Here in the States, Mugga is a regular at The Comedy Store, Boston Comedy Club, Caroline’s, The Comic Strip to mention a few.

Film: The Interpreter, Something’s Gotta Give, The Arrangement, Jungle Fever

Television: Chris Rock Show, Def Comedy Jam, Showtime At The Apollo, Comic View.


Steve Donovan

Steve Donovan

This local 104.5 FM WXLO funny man gets paid to make people laugh not only on the Zito and Jen Morning Show, but also as a stand-up comedian. Steve was born and raised in Malden, MA, then headed off to Syracuse University. After graduating, Steve briefly came home to teach junior high school but then returned to NY to break into the comedy scene. Steve earned a regular spot performing at New York’s The Comic Strip, famous for alums like Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, and Chris Rock to name a few. The rest is as they say, history…

In His Own Words

Funniest show I have done?

When I was in the third grade, I had a “show”, involving my playing the accordion. Yes, the accordion. The idea that the sounds I was making could be considered “music” is funnier than any joke I could ever write.

Most embarrassing fashion moment?

This was a moment that was embarrassing for some; I was pretty proud of it, myself. My friend on the west coast wanted to go on a cruise for his 30th birthday (last March). It was a three day cruise, one day of which was spent at sea. The weather that day was overcast and 60 degrees. Everyone else onboard (all from the west coast) thought it was unbelievably cold. Coming from Worcester, I was psyched and spent the entire day (24 hours) in my bathrobe. God Bless America.

Last Community Service project?

We’re pretty community-minded here at the Zito & Jen Morning Show (my day job). The big ticket item every year is a fundraiser for breast cancer research held every October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month). This year’s will be the 4th Annual “Raise for a Cure” – where I’m stuck on the roof of the Rotman’s Building until we hit our fundraising goal. Last year, it was in the neighborhood of $30K. That’s a nice neighborhood.

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